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Your Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - May 27/28

Old 05-27-17, 02:14 AM
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Your Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - May 27/28

Tell us about your cycling this weekend! Where did you ride? Who did you ride with? Got pics?
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Saturday -- First post surgery ride! And I got my results back a couple days ago ... no more pre-cancer! Oncologist wants to see me again in 6 months, but all is good for now.

We cycled slowly up the cycleway and back on a cool overcast late autumn day. No PRs of any sort today! Bumps are leaving me feeling a little jostled. We also stopped in at a little grocery called Ziggy's because I was told they sold perogies ... but sadly they don't have any anymore.


Distance: 27.1 km
Elevation: 227 m
Moving Time: 1:36:27
Elapsed Time: 1:36:27
Speed: Avg: 16.9 km/h | Max: 28.8 km/h
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Just looking at my Strava stats ... and I've got three QOMs! I knew about 2 of them, but the 3rd was a surprise. Cool!

And as it happens, 2 of the QOMs are fairly lengthy ... and the one I just discovered is a particular surprise because it is a very commonly ridden route.
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Sat: 32mi group ride. did a hard Zwift TT and then a 5k brick afterward wed. night and my legs were still killing me at the start.. I had wanted to do an easy recovery ride last night but my trainer wheel was flat and I was too tired from lack of sleep the night before to fix it. Sooo they started out much faster than the last time i did this shop ride and it was hard to get into the groove. I did the big hill at a steady pace and didn't try to chase the front guys. My legs got a bit better after that.. then finally came around with 4mi left to go they felt pretty good haha.

Will probably do a ride with the GF tomorrow, weather looks good for sunday but maybe rainy Monday so we should get out while we can. 1 week till my Tour de Heifers gravel ride in VT... 7k climbing here I come
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Sunday -- shorter ride. Had a bit of abdominal pain after yesterday's ride, which got worse during today's ride, so we kept it shorter today. I was hobbling for a while after this ride!

Temp around 12C today. Heavily overcast ... and raining quite heavily all around us. That was interesting to watch! Fortunately we only got a few drops where we were.

Distance: 20.9 km
Elevation: 183 m
Moving Time: 1:13:49
Elapsed Time 1:15:51
Speed: Avg: 17.0 km/h | Max: 25.9 km/h

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Old 05-28-17, 07:24 AM
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Saturday - I got out after spending the morning cleaning and detailing a new car. So my bad back was already hurting before I went out. Late in the ride it got really bad which is unusual as normally riding makes it better. It was a beautiful day out, perfect temps for a ride but quite windy. Took out my favorite bike hoping for a great ride but as I got ready the winds kicked up. Still at the two hour mark I was surprisingly still at a 19 mph avg despite fighting winds that were up to almost 20 mph. They were really strong on the last few miles and killed the pace even more.

Anyway the ride wound up being a tad over 40 miles. Happy overall with the pace I was able to do as this was one of those days where the winds were strong enough to be pushing me all around on the road. Lots of visitors up here the weekend so the roads were busy, back to dealing with summer traffic.

This show's how beautiful out it was.



And what I was riding:

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You know how deflating it is when your Surgery recovery rides are longer and faster than my quick rides?

"Oh, I only blew you completely off the road with total ease because I was riding home from the hospital. Tomorrow I will start riding fast again."

(Glad to hear you are healing.)
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My son asked to go for a ride with me this weekend so yesterday we went for 32.2 miles (his longest ride to date). He is 16 soon to be 17, and I think I have him hooked. On 13 May we rode the 25 mile route of the Inland Empire Century in Tri-Cities, WA and on 10 June we are riding the 25 mile route of the Strawberry Century in Lebanon, OR.

Here is the Relive video from yesterday https://www.relive.cc/view/1008872271
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92.3 miles Saturday with a group of 8 from one of the local bike shops. We averaged 18.1 mph, not a lot of fast sections but steady speed. Nice clear day and the longest I've ever ridden so all in all a success for me.

Sunday I did 30 minutes on the trainer (it was raining this morning) to loosen my legs up from the day prior.
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Sunday - Did the same 40 miles route I did yesterday only this time on the Waterford Paramount. Legs were totally wasted from the hard effort I did yesterday in the winds. Never really got it going today. Warmer and much calmer today but the legs just couldn't take advantage of it.

Stopped to grab a shot of the Paramount enjoying the day.

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Sun: did 22mi on the CX bikes with my GF on a local dirt rail trail. For the most part it was lightly traveled so we could cruise pretty quick and only had to slow up at places with parking/access points where more people were at. It was a perfect recovery ride for me and good tempo for her. Weather was perfect and we had a good pizza/calzone lunch afterward
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Saturday was the CRAM 100. Participation was down probably 75% due to a severe thunderstorm forecast. I got in with six fast riders for the first 33 miles. (The lead group would normally be about 50 people.) The last 67 miles were entirely solo. The first 25 miles were in 1:02:18. The full 100 was in 4:51:16.


Sunday was a Zone 2 metric.
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13 mile recovery ride https://www.strava.com/activities/1010611399/overview
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I had a fairly epic ride on Thursday, so kept it low key this weekend.

Saturday: Took the fixed gear out for a quick sprint up a short hill (which turned into two quick sprints up the short hill), and a stop for groceries. Made it home just as the rain started. 8.3 miles, 428 feet elevation.

Sunday: I did a quick loop with a nice climb on a scenic road, followed by a descent through a very pretty valley. There was a strong wind out of the west that made the descent tricky. On the way back into town, I decided to do some exploring and bust out a few hills going through residential subdivisions on the east end of town. Thanks in part to the west wind, I ended up with 3 QOMs! Ride total: 33.6 miles, 2,205 feet elevation.
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My first Metric Century of the year, 72 miles actually.

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I had a fairly epic ride on Thursday, so kept it low key this weekend.

Saturday: Took the fixed gear out for a quick sprint up a short hill (which turned into two quick sprints up the short hill), and a stop for groceries. Made it home just as the rain started. 8.3 miles, 428 feet elevation.

Sunday: I did a quick loop with a nice climb on a scenic road, followed by a descent through a very pretty valley. There was a strong wind out of the west that made the descent tricky. On the way back into town, I decided to do some exploring and bust out a few hills going through residential subdivisions on the east end of town. Thanks in part to the west wind, I ended up with 3 QOMs! Ride total: 33.6 miles, 2,205 feet elevation.
Don't be bashful. Tell us about the Thursday ride, too.
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I rode an easy 20 miles Saturday, Sunday was family time, and today was a nice 57 mile ride through Horse Country USA as they call the area north of me for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Weekend was capped off by a short ride from our hotel on the outskirts * to the Piazza del Duomo ahead of the time trial finish (saw a few teams on their recon rides along the way) and then back after getting a few photos. We returned later to watch most of the finish. The day before was Cima Grappa, from the north side. The whole week (Tuesday through Sunday) saw 240 miles and almost 34,000' elevation.

It was all part of a trip to follow the last bit of the Giro, as you might have guessed. Stelvio on Tuesday was spectacular, then Wednesday's ride was tough; I didn't realize why until I looked at the profile later. It didn't seem like so much climbing, but it was, and although we had one nice long descent, overall it was pretty relentless.

It was kind of a bummer that Gavia was still not clear of snow, but the weather was fantastic. The last such trip I was the strongest rider aside from the guides. This time I was the weakest, but I did OK and wasn't the last up all the climbs, so I wasn't disappointed; it was just a fun challenge. I got better at descents, and we had some of the fastest pace lines I've ever ridden in. However, what was impossible to keep up with was most of the conversations; everyone else was Italian, and two of them spoke no English at all.

* Photos available on the links to the Strava rides.
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Rode 21.5 miles down Hwy 25 toward Pinnacles National Park and back to Hollister. Would have done a little more but had someplace I needed to be in the afternoon. Nice cool morning without too much wind.

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It was the best of rides…it was the worst of rides…

Ill-fated bike ride part 1: Thursday I was going to do my usual Davis Is evening ride. My bike started making this ticking sound that grew louder and louder. I finally gave up after 16 miles. Bad pedal was the cause.

Saturday I had a nice ride to Upper Tampa Bay trail for 40 miles. There was great weather in the morning, due to a lingering and rare cool front in May.

Ill-fated bike ride part 2: Sunday started with a mysterious flat tire. I wasted a lot of time just trying to figure out what caused the flat. Finally gave up and changed the tube. I then rode out to Phillippe Park via the Courtney Campbell trail. I was feeling a little queasy when I left, but assumed it would go away. I made it through about 3/4 of the ride when I started to really feel it. My stomach was hurting and my delayed start meant that the temperature had gone up. The last 10 miles were some of the worst bike riding I’ve ever done. My legs just gave out. 34 miles of okay riding and 10 miles of agony for 44 miles total.

Monday I felt like I had to conquer the previous day’s failed attempt. I did the exact same route and mileage. I prepared a bit better by taking along a drink supplement and eating a protein bar half way through. I also kept to a steady but unspectacular pace. I had no problems for all 44 miles.
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considering the nature of the town I live in, holiday weekend rides are typically a bad thing, to much boat traffic and to many people drinking hauling boats. not to mention the wind was awful on top of it. not worth the risk so I stayed home and had beer and caught up on some projects.
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Don't be bashful. Tell us about the Thursday ride, too.
OK! Thursday, I wanted to get in a 100K and also hit a few climbs locally known as "monsters". (The official definition of "monster" is apparently (1) at least 400 feet vertical, and (2) 14% or greater grades.)

The first leg of the journey involved a detour out of town due to flooding through the marsh, followed by a small bump in the road, a quick descent into the town of Barre Mills, and a shady, twisty climb up to the ridge. On the ridge, I stopped in St. Joseph at a lovely Catholic cemetery overlooking the valley. There was a bit of activity, with people out decorating for Memorial Day.

The second leg of the journey headed out a stretch of beautiful new pavement along a couple of rural highways; I then turned off onto a county road to head south. The road was scenic and twisty, but the pavement was awful - I took the descent very slowly. Heading into the town of Coon Valley, I stopped for water at the Lion Fountain.

The fun started heading out of Coon Valley. Monster #1 - Sveum Ridge Road - was followed by a lovely descent down a farm road I hadn't been on before, with a visit to the Chaseburg Village Park at around mile 40. (The park has running water and flush toilets!) Next, Monster #2 - Schlicht Road out of Chaseburg. As usual, I yelled at the brown dog that wakes up and chases me at the top, before heading down and back onto another quick climb up a farm road.

From mile 50, it was mostly downhill, along the river, and back to town. I hit my metric century goal: 63.5 miles, 3,723 feet elevation gain. Part of the motivation is this nasty route, which I'm hoping to do later in the season, but make it a 200K by riding to and from the ride.

Elevation profile just for fun:
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I had the unusual opportunity to ride the last five straight days, no really big rides all of them about 90 minutes. First real warm weather of the year so more about acclimating going from wet and 50 to sunny and 80 at the drop of a hat was not as easy as years past but I really love the heat. I have yet to ride at a decent casual pace it's all about getting my heart rate up and doing intervals so I earned a day off the bike and this coming week will persue some distance rides.
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OK! Thursday, I wanted to get in a 100K and also hit a few climbs locally known as "monsters". (The official definition of "monster" is apparently (1) at least 400 feet vertical, and (2) 14% or greater grades.)

The first leg of the journey involved a detour out of town due to flooding through the marsh, followed by a small bump in the road, a quick descent into the town of Barre Mills, and a shady, twisty climb up to the ridge. On the ridge, I stopped in St. Joseph at a lovely Catholic cemetery overlooking the valley. There was a bit of activity, with people out decorating for Memorial Day.

The second leg of the journey headed out a stretch of beautiful new pavement along a couple of rural highways; I then turned off onto a county road to head south. The road was scenic and twisty, but the pavement was awful - I took the descent very slowly. Heading into the town of Coon Valley, I stopped for water at the Lion Fountain.

The fun started heading out of Coon Valley. Monster #1 - Sveum Ridge Road - was followed by a lovely descent down a farm road I hadn't been on before, with a visit to the Chaseburg Village Park at around mile 40. (The park has running water and flush toilets!) Next, Monster #2 - Schlicht Road out of Chaseburg. As usual, I yelled at the brown dog that wakes up and chases me at the top, before heading down and back onto another quick climb up a farm road.

From mile 50, it was mostly downhill, along the river, and back to town. I hit my metric century goal: 63.5 miles, 3,723 feet elevation gain. Part of the motivation is this nasty route, which I'm hoping to do later in the season, but make it a 200K by riding to and from the ride.

Elevation profile just for fun:
Thanks for posting the profile and link! The profile looked very unusual and I was wondering where one might find topography where something like that could be. Seeing the map, it makes perfect sense.
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