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Your Weekend/Weekly Cycling Reports -- Oct 9/10/11

Old 10-08-16, 02:13 PM
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Your Weekend/Weekly Cycling Reports -- Oct 9/10/11

Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadians!

And to everyone, tell us about your cycling and other sports.
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After some grueling and some long event rides lately, today was just a friendly local group ride. 40 miles, and less than 2,000'. The weather cooperated - overcast, but not too chilly - and we got pie (mmm...pie!) at the turn-around. Pace was nice, too. I joined late, played caboose for most of the ride, and had a chance to shepherd stragglers back now and then. Everyone put in a good effort, and significant PRs were earned all around.
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Had a grueling 50 mile ride today. It's one I've done countless times before but it's been over a year. I decided I was going to hammer on it, but it was exceptionally hot today. I ended up bonking hard and lost my lunch multiple times 3 miles from the finish. I've bonked and puked plenty of times on the past but I could not recover from this one and limped it to the end of my ride feeling miserable. At least I set 20+ Strava PRs so it counts for something right?
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Wasn't able to ride yesterday or today due to Matthew coming by and dumping a lot of rain on us but will be able to ride tomorrow as it's supposed to be nice, sunny and warm.
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The short version ....

Saturday morning we started a 600K randonnee ... with some misgivings.

I had been very sick twice since the 400K randonnee we did in mid-August and we haven't been able to train the way wanted. In fact, we missed a 600K in mid-September because I was too sick to go.

Plus this area has been flooded and the Murray river was set to peak on Saturday ... so the route was changed at the last minute.

Nevertheless ... we began. After dealing with headwinds, a wrong turn, a flat tire, faulty shifters, and my lack of fitness ... we rolled back into the start at the end of the first loop having cycled 390 km in about 23.5 hours.

And there, we called it a day.

I gave it everything I had ... there was nothing left.


Still ... we covered 390 km faster than we did on our 400 km in mid-August.

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The short version.....

October 200 miler normally on Halloween Day was yesterday due to a right shoulder total joint replacement tomorrow morning.

Managed to start at 11:54PM Friday instead of midnight. 101 miles, hot, humid and winds still around from Hurricane Matthew. Back home for a shower, kit change and food/fuel refresh then off to LBS for group ride of 39 miles and finish on my own. Could only stay with the group for 15 miles, finished the ride by myself and headed back out to complete the 200. Major shoulder pain started to flair up and just couldn't continue. Headed back to the barn with completing 174.38 miles. Back home by 12:20PM. Decided to make another attempt around Christmas time.
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Super short version:

Went on 15 miles yesterday. Not much to tell.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
October 200 miler normally on Halloween Day was yesterday due to a right shoulder total joint replacement tomorrow morning.
I am interested in updates on how well this surgery works.

Sorry you could not do the double century ... but you still did an impressive ride. Hope it satisfies.
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Saturday morning we started a 600K randonnee ... with some misgivings. Nevertheless ... we began. After dealing with headwinds, a wrong turn, a flat tire, faulty shifters, and my lack of fitness ... we rolled back into the start at the end of the first loop having cycled 390 km in about 23.5 hours.
I am not sure I could rearrange my life to make this sort of riding fit into it, but I applaud you and your spouse for your efforts.
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How about a pre-ride report?

If the weather stays as predicted 136+miles tomorrow. On rural Massachusetts roads. I'm likely to see deer, coyote, possum, wild turkeys, and more.
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Originally Posted by howheels View Post
Had a grueling 50 mile ride today. It's one I've done countless times before but it's been over a year. I decided I was going to hammer on it, but it was exceptionally hot today. I ended up bonking hard and lost my lunch multiple times 3 miles from the finish. I've bonked and puked plenty of times on the past but I could not recover from this one and limped it to the end of my ride feeling miserable. At least I set 20+ Strava PRs so it counts for something right?
Losing ones lunch - multiple times?! - for the sake of a few Strava medals? I dunno....

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The short version ....

Saturday morning we started a 600K randonnee ... with some misgivings.

Nevertheless ... we began. After dealing with headwinds, a wrong turn, a flat tire, faulty shifters, and my lack of fitness ... we rolled back into the start at the end of the first loop having cycled 390 km in about 23.5 hours.

And there, we called it a day.

I gave it everything I had ... there was nothing left.
Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
The short version.....

October 200 miler normally on Halloween Day was yesterday due to a right shoulder total joint replacement tomorrow morning.

Managed to start at 11:54PM Friday instead of midnight. 101 miles, hot, humid and winds still around from Hurricane Matthew. Back home for a shower, kit change and food/fuel refresh then off to LBS for group ride of 39 miles and finish on my own. Could only stay with the group for 15 miles, finished the ride by myself and headed back out to complete the 200. Major shoulder pain started to flair up and just couldn't continue. Headed back to the barn with completing 174.38 miles. Back home by 12:20PM. Decided to make another attempt around Christmas time.
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If the weather stays as predicted 136+miles tomorrow.
That almost sounds leisurely. Bunch of masochists here...
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102 miles Sat @ Maple Leaf Ride Carthage MO
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
........................... Bunch of masochists here...

I just registered for Bike Sebring 12/24 Hours, Bike Sebring 12/24

Hopefully will be able to post about 300+ miles after 6:30AM on Sunday.
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104 miles including a tough 47 mile ride today. I needed that one after spending 3 days trying to fix a possessed car.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
I am interested in updates on how well this surgery works.

Sorry you could not do the double century ... but you still did an impressive ride. Hope it satisfies. I am not sure I could rearrange my life to make this sort of riding fit into it, but I applaud you and your spouse for your efforts.
I do have a name, you know.
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74 miles in two days in FL. Blustery conditions and frequent headwinds, still managed 17.5 mph.
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Old 10-09-16, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
I just registered for Bike Sebring 12/24 Hours, Bike Sebring 12/24

Hopefully will be able to post about 300+ miles after 6:30AM on Sunday.
The more LD ridingI do (and I've been doing it since 2002 with my first rando) the 24h TTs remain very appealing. We did two Mid-West ones back in the mid-2000s, and enjoyed them thoroughly,and they have popped up in discussions several times recently.
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Sat. Went up to VT with the GF.. she rode a cyclocross race on the side of a ski hill that had 2 steep run ups along with a fairly long grass climb. She did well and scored a fun medal and small camelpak. I rode the course with her on warm ups and was happy i picked day 2 to race. She actually ended up using my bike for all but the first lap since it has lower gears and 3lb lighter weight. (we are the same size so we have each others for a pit bike). After the race we drove to the location of my sunday race and I pre-rode most of the course (they were still taping out sections).

Sun: got up early and had breakfast then headed out to the course to have time for a warm up. It was advertised as a Cross race but as the course building went along it became more of a mountain bike race that was do-able on a cross bike but more suited for mtn bike. A few of us still kept to the original plan and used cross bikes. It was a 4 lap race of a 4.5mi loop. I have not done much trail riding recently and ended up crashing about 5 times, luckily on soft dirt. Ended up finishing pretty far back in 2hrs.. but it was fun and a good challenge.

also got to drive through VT in peak foliage and was in an area without touristy leaf peepers around
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
I am not sure I could rearrange my life to make this sort of riding fit into it, but I applaud you and your spouse for your efforts.
I've been rearranging my life to make this sort of riding fit in since 2001. It is life now.
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The Stats

Distance: 388.2 km (+2 km getting to the start)
Moving Time: 19:22:19
Lapsed Time: 23:19:18
Elevation: 527 metres
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Well it's a 4 day "weekend" for me with the holiday Monday so....

Friday: 71 miles lovely miles on the Giordana Superleggero. This bike always feels just "so right" after spending time on the others.

Saturday: Ride 1 was 30 miles on the Fuji Opus III

Saturday: Ride 2 was 30 miles on the Schwinn Circuit

Sunday: 70 miles on the Giordana Antares. This one hurt a bit. I had set a PR Thursday on my 24 mile route and then the long rides leading up to today. Went out with only coffee and a bagel in my belly, not smart. The bike was willing, my legs not so much so.

Weather was superb although a tad chilly.
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Tarantula season here.

Last week 140 miles 6400' elevation.

Shoo'd this harmless furball off the road.
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Originally Posted by Jakedatc View Post
Sat. Went up to VT with the GF.. she rode a cyclocross race on the side of a ski hill that had 2 steep run ups along with a fairly long grass climb. She did well and scored a fun medal and small camelpak. I rode the course with her on warm ups and was happy i picked day 2 to race. She actually ended up using my bike for all but the first lap since it has lower gears and 3lb lighter weight. (we are the same size so we have each others for a pit bike). After the race we drove to the location of my sunday race and I pre-rode most of the course (they were still taping out sections).

Sun: got up early and had breakfast then headed out to the course to have time for a warm up. It was advertised as a Cross race but as the course building went along it became more of a mountain bike race that was do-able on a cross bike but more suited for mtn bike. A few of us still kept to the original plan and used cross bikes. It was a 4 lap race of a 4.5mi loop. I have not done much trail riding recently and ended up crashing about 5 times, luckily on soft dirt. Ended up finishing pretty far back in 2hrs.. but it was fun and a good challenge.

also got to drive through VT in peak foliage and was in an area without touristy leaf peepers around
Nice way to spend a weekend!
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Distance: 388.2 km (+2 km getting to the start)
Moving Time: 19:22:19
Lapsed Time: 23:19:18
Elevation: 527 metres
527 meters is 1700 ft over 390k/250 miles. Is that a typo or was it a pretty flat course?

Anyway, kudos on the attempt & what you actually got done. As I said to @Rowan elsewhere, time to plan for next year, which is half the fun of cycling anyway.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
527 meters is 1700 ft over 390k/250 miles. Is that a typo or was it a pretty flat course?

Anyway, kudos on the attempt & what you actually got done. As I said to @Rowan elsewhere, time to plan for next year, which is half the fun of cycling anyway.
It was pretty flat (part of the reason we chose it), but that amount seems low to me too. Seems to me RWGPS had it about double that.

And yes, we're planning to start the new season with a 100K event in early November. Hopefully that goes all right.
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Finally got to ride after fighting a cold the last couple of weeks. However, still not feeling 100% yet. I couldn't stand not riding another weekend. Also got to ride my road bike after about a month due to the aforementioned illness and a brake repair. Saturday went to Upper Tampa Bay trail for 40 miles. I was benefiting from "fresh leg syndrome" due to the time off the bike and had a pretty good ride. Sunday I came back to reality with sore legs and butt. Still got in 40 miles around S. Tampa, but the last 5 miles were very painful and slow. I hope I improve with some more riding.
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