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Your Weeks' Rides - July 11 to 17

Old 07-14-16, 08:42 PM
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Your Weeks' Rides - July 11 to 17

Tell us about your cycling adventures this past week. What do you have planned for the weekend? What about other sports?
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This Week So Far ...

July 11 - 3.2 km walking (40 min) + weightlifting (15 min)
July 12 - 4 km walking (50 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min)+ 45 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 5 min of core work/weightlifting
July 13 - 3 km walking (35 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min) + 50 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting
July 14 - 1 km walking (12 min) + 30 flights of stairs (24 min) + 54 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting


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Totals:
July Cycling Outside: 213.9 km (665 min)
July Cycling Inside: 194 min
July Walking: 38.4 km (472 min)
July Stairs: 185 flights (148 min)
July Weightlifting: 40 min
July Time Total: 1519 min = 25 hours 19 min
July Distance Total: 252.3 km = 156.8 miles
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I rode 68 miles, then 122, then 25. I think I'll do some laundry, and maybe grocery shopping.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
July 11 - 3.2 km walking (40 min) + weightlifting (15 min)
July 12 - 4 km walking (50 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min)+ 45 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 5 min of core work/weightlifting
July 13 - 3 km walking (35 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min) + 50 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting
July 14 - 1 km walking (12 min) + 30 flights of stairs (24 min) + 54 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting


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Totals:
July Cycling Outside: 213.9 km (665 min)
July Cycling Inside: 194 min
July Walking: 38.4 km (472 min)
July Stairs: 185 flights (148 min)
July Weightlifting: 40 min
July Time Total: 1519 min = 25 hours 19 min
July Distance Total: 252.3 km = 156.8 miles
Do you use a pedometer ?
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I'll play....

Monday was a rest day after 100 miles saturday and then a very fast 23 mile ride Sunday. So I only did 6.3 miles on my LeMond Ventoux which I had just gotten back together. Trying to sort this out as a comfortable long distance rider since there's room for 28mm tires on it.

Tuesday was an easy 23 miles on my Giordana Antares. My right knee has swollen up at work so I took it easy hoping the ride would sort it out. Slowest pace ever on this bike as I normally fly on it.

Wednesday was 23 miles on the Ventoux again trying to sort it out. Brooks saddle position was off so I kept feeling pushed forward with lots of weight on my hands. Knee still not right.

Thursday - Giving the knee a rest to see if it helps and because it's a 3 day weekend for me and I want to do 50 miles each morning.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
Do you use a pedometer ?
Sometimes. I do have a few pedometers and I've actually got one in my jacket pocket right now. But mostly I map it out in Google. And occasionally Rowan will bring his Strava along on walks to double-check things.
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We walked to the beach on Monday evening, and are planning to go again tonight ... because it is winter, it gets dark early, so this is our evening walk view ...


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11th-- 130.1 mi. Only cut it short (of 150) because I had to get to the post office before it closed to pick up my new wheels.

12th-- splashdown beach (water park) with my daughter - nothing like going up all those stairs after a 130 mile day.

13th-- 61 mi of hills

14th-- rest

15th-- heading out shortly, thinking of doing a flat 100 mile ride (it's hot and humid today). If the weather holds it'll be another 350-400 mile week. EDIT- I got a 140 mile ride in.

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Wednesday I did my Davis Is. 33 mile ride. Really miserably hot and windier too. I was just heading home and almost got caught in a squall line. Thursday also went to Davis Is. this time for only about 25 miles. The storms started earlier and I was getting buffeted by 30 mph winds with lightning near by.
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Friday - I just did a quick little 50 miler on the Greg LeMond Ventoux to see how well I've got it sorted out for comfort. It felt pretty good for the must part cushy but some of the bigger hits could be felt all through the frame without being harsh, if that makes sense. I think I've got the tilt on the Brooks saddle pretty much right. I see no reason I couldn't add this into the rotation with the rest of my century riders now.

Crazy fat GP 4000s II in 700 x 28 actually fit on this, barely.



I was debating upgrading this bike to a modern groupset but everything works well. This first gen brifters shift up 3 cogs with a very light action, loving them even if the hoods are a bit lacking for comfort.

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Old 07-16-16, 05:22 AM
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Friday -- walking and stairs.


Saturday -- 164.9 km training ride.

We did a 200K mid-June, and wanted to do a long ride mid-July too, so we decided to ride a century today.

Plan A took us to a location that got snow earlier this week and then flooded. We decided to do a different route.

Plan B had us doing a Y-shaped route, starting at the bottom of the Y and going out the left side first, then the right, and back to the bottom of the Y. But mid-ride we changed our minds, and decided to do a section in the middle of the Y twice rather than the right segment. That worked out all right.

Our route started with a long climb up and over the hill into the city. Then the middle section of the route was relatively flat, by comparison. And the route ended with a long climb up and over the hill to our suburb. See elevation profile below.

It was about 12.5C when we started, got to a high of 16.4C, and then cooled down to 8.3C by the end of the day ... with some particularly cold spots on the last climb and during that descent, after dark. But, for a change, it was sunny all day! In fact, it had something of a spring-like feel. It's still the middle of winter, but after all the cold and miserable weather we've had, it's nice to have a spring-like day. But it was windy ... 22-30 km/h with gusts as high as 48 km/h.

We started the ride about 8:30 am, after the 7:00-8:10 am recap of last night's live coverage of the TDF Time Trial. Priorities!

Moments after we started, I had trouble with my cassette shifters. Sometimes I couldn't shift ... the shifter would move freely but nothing would happen. Sometimes when I would try to shift into a smaller ring, both shifters (brake and shifter) would move, and nothing would happen. More frequently, I could do the shift, but the shifter wouldn't return. I decided I would just deal with it until we got into the city.

We climbed up and over into the city and stopped for a quick break before riding out the Cycleway. Shortly after we got going on the Cycleway, we stopped at a hardware store to get oil to see if that would help my shifters. It might have made some difference, but then Rowan turned one little screw, and it was all good!

For some reason, people like smashing bottles on the Cycleway Friday nights, so we had to dodge patches of broken glass here and there. But on the bright side, there were a lot of cyclist on and near the Cycleway today. I don't know if I've ever seen so many cyclists out and about. I guess everyone decided to get out and enjoy our brief glimpse of spring! In fact, one cycled and chatted with Rowan for some distance.

We continued on to New Norfolk, across the bridge and along the rather flooded Derwent river for about 12 km before pulling a U-turn and returning to New Norfolk. I like that stretch of road along the Derwent ... it's scenic, and we could see snow covered mountains in the distance. We had lunch in New Norfolk - both of us had cauliflower and cheese pies (one of my favourites) and Rowan had a sort of custard pie with fruit for dessert while I had mud cake.

There had been a headwind all the way out to where we turned around, so going back was great! We flew along (and set several personal bests on Strava). Next thing we knew, we were back on the Cycleway and flying back to the start of the Cycleway.

We stopped there, again, and made up bottles of Ensure. Part of the training ride was to try out possible nutrition solutions for long stretches of longer rides with no services. The Ensure worked well ... tasted good and provided energy and electrolytes.

Back to the end of Cycleway, against the wind, and back to the start again, with a tailwind .... but a dying tailwind, so we weren't flying anymore.

And then it was homeward bound. Through the city, and then up and up and up. The sun set while we were making our way through the city, and so partway up, we stopped so I could take a ginger tablet. I have found that climbing in the dark makes me feel a bit sea sick with the swaying light. Ginger tablets work for other "sea sick" situations, so we thought I might try one for this ... and it seemed to work. I climbed the hill in the dark, and no sea sick feeling.

Then a quick descent into our suburb, another climb as we cycled through the suburb, and another descent to home.


Distance: 164.9km
Moving Time: 8:54:36
Total time: 10:17:33
Elevation Gain: 1,767m




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These photos are not from today, they are from another ride, but we saw these views on today's ride ...

This is at the top of the first big climb ...


Some of the cycleway ... but the vineyard doesn't have leaves just now ...
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That looks like a sweet path to ride on. Nothing like that around here.
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Saturday - Another 50 miler, this time on the Giordana Antares. Felt real slow and sluggish today and figured that for some reason I had not recovered from yesterday. That is until around mile 38 when I suddenly realized I had not put air in the tires. That's a bad thing when your latex tubes and haven't touched that particular bike in a week. Checked pressures when I got home and found both tires about 30 psi down. So lucky not to pinch flat.

Old picture but part of the scenery on my base daily route. Great place to ride.

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That looks like a sweet path to ride on. Nothing like that around here.
It is quite nice ... wide enough so that we can ride at normal road speeds, and it is relatively flat. Makes for a nice evening ride or recovery ride or reasonably flat part of a century route.

Unfortunately it is only about 13 km long. I wish it were quite a bit longer!!

And also unfortunately, people do like smashing glass on it, especially on Friday nights, so that Saturday morning it can be a bit tricky to ride. It also crosses many roads so you're slowing down, waiting for traffic, crossing, etc. but I suppose that would be the case riding anywhere in the city.
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200k Brevet yesterday. Quite hilly, and quite chilly. Really suffering from not enough riding and too many pies.
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We continued on to New Norfolk, across the bridge and along the rather flooded Derwent river for about 12 km before pulling a U-turn and returning to New Norfolk. I like that stretch of road along the Derwent ... it's scenic, and we could see snow covered mountains in the distance. We had lunch in New Norfolk - both of us had cauliflower and cheese pies (one of my favourites) and Rowan had a sort of custard pie with fruit for dessert while I had mud cake.




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Tues- shop ride.. lots of hills.. 2500' in 27mi fairly moderate pace tho to keep everyone together.

Thurs- local sprint triathlon.. 6th out of 44 men. swim went pretty well. started pouring rain during the bike so much that i had to flip my air attack shield up out of the way so i could kinda see. (clear shield might have still been ok but tint was too dark) rain stopped just in time for the run and i did an ok 5k.

Sat: weekend shop ride. 37mi bit of fast-wait kinda day with a mixed group. legs were pretty shot from running so that was ok with me. will take sunday off and get ready for fast shop ride monday.
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Didn't know it at the time but Sunday's Frank Stark charity ride in Boca Raton was my last ride on my 2013 Madone. Billy from Trek Bikes Boca told me he had my new Emonda in so we could build it up on Monday. Love that new bike smell!
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On Saturday, went with my GF to her 'bootcamp' class-

run, skip rope, pull ups, box jumps, squats, push ups, etc, etc. Can still feel it in spots three days later.

Sunday ~50 miles. Garmin/powermeter fritzed out, & then shift cable broke.

A zip tie got the RD into a decent gear for the remaining 20 miles.
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Saturday did 40 miles to Picnic Is. and Davis Is. Sunday I had family things to do so no bike riding.
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