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Your Weekend/Week Ride Reports -- March 23/24

Old 03-23-19, 03:46 AM
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Your Weekend/Week Ride Reports -- March 23/24

Apparently it is spring in the northern hemisphere ... so ... tell us about your cycling in your lovely spring weather!!

Down here it's autumn, and is a kind of windy, drizzly weekend.

But we're still exercising!
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Saturday -- so far, better than last Saturday!


Rowan dug some of our potatoes ... they're looking good! And we're going to be eating potatoes for dinner for a long time coming! There are a lot of them even though our potato patch was relatively small.

Some of our other veggies are coming along too.

Because it was windy and drizzly, we went for a walk (3.5 km) and shopping.

Among other things, I picked up a pair of 3 kg weights. Our bathroom is huge, so I've got some weights in there and some downstairs. My 1.5 kg upstairs weights have become too light for me! So I did my weights routine with the 3 kg weights today.

And then we built my new rowing machine ... with no seizures this time, thank goodness!! In fact, we spent about an hour downstairs and all was good. I was a little bit apprehensive in case something down there was a trigger (suspect the light, so we took precautions with that). Anyway, the rowing machine went together quite quickly and I rowed 2500 metres in 16 minutes.

Apparently I should be able to connect the digital display to my phone and/or computer so I can track what I'm doing. I'll have to look into that.

So ... what with the heavier weights and time on the rowing machine, I should be a bit sore tomorrow!! It's all steps in the right directions.


Potatoes ...


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Originally Posted by Machka
And then we built my new rowing machine ... with no seizures this time, thank goodness!! In fact, we spent about an hour downstairs and all was good. I was a little bit apprehensive in case something down there was a trigger (suspect the light, so we took precautions with that).
I bet you're right, if they're florescent lights. Heck they can give me a headache.

I looked ahead at the weather last Monday, saw it would be nice and took the Friday off (22nd). Got 112 miles in on a perfect day, overnight low was just at freezing. Had a north wind at my back for the first half and the temperatures quickly climbed to the 50s. My route goes about 56 miles south to our capitol city then I turn around.

We've had a lot of snow then rain, so there's been flooding. Lucky for me my favorite route had been cleaned!! In my area there were still massive drifts on the trail, but going about 20 miles south the snow has melted and the trail was clear. So I had to ride a little more road then I had planned but no biggie, besides the expansion cracks. Oof.

I have been getting some miles in on my mtb, but this ride I got the LeMond back out. Got the fit more dialed in for longer riding with some tips from my LBS. The first 50 miles were a breeze and it was invigorating that there were signs of spring every where. Frogs chirping in the ponds, all kinds of birds. The Robins are back! I failed to bring beef jerky with me, so I wasn't careful about my nutrition. Mile 80 I was feeling the effects of the French fit, poor nutrition and being out of shape. The last 15 miles were on road and I really had to dig deep, but I kept my mood positive. All in all it was just fantastic! No mechanical problems just one too many beers and eating protein at mile 80 instead of mile 50.



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8hrs moving time; 2,243ft elevation gain; 17mph avg for first 50 miles, 14mph avg total. Pretty much bonked my last two hours

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Sunday --

Lots of walking around Bunnings and lifting and moving stuff. We got a bunch of garden stuff.

Then a walk to the beach and back - 2.5 km.

Then 20 minutes on my new rowing machine!

And some weights.





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Go up early keen as mustard to ride the day looked awesome and was most of the ride except the last 20k, was just extremely windy but was a great day riding still. Did a route I haven't done since before having a spinal fusion. There's a lot of steep grades this way.


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Road 15 miles over to the old Mathews YMCA to ride with the local group. Its a 2:00pm Sunday ride with various levels and no planned route. Fun ride. Warm day. Mathews has no, I mean no hills. But wind. With the ride home I road 59 miles. So close to a Metric Century.

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Saturday - Still struggling to get back up to speed on the bikes. But I did go out for a short and easy 10 mile spin on the Ribble badge Martelly bike. My right quad and calf are a mess so I left the compression wraps on and just tried to spin easy. Stayed on the 42T for a lot of the ride. Felt good to get out as it was nice and sunny out after a morning of snow.







What was sad was that despite this bright green bike, flashers, and a blaze orange fleece I still got buzzed a couple of times by cars not even trying to give me 3 ft of room. I just don't get some people.
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Spring seems to be getting serious about staying awhile here. 50 miles Friday afternoon/evening. Great ride, a bit windy, but I was so tired I could barely move Saturday. Went for another 50 miles Sunday but a t-storm was approaching rapidly so I cut it short with 44 miles. Got home just as the rain started.
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5000ft of climbing in 4hrs on sat. Easy ride with 1500ft of climbing on sunday. So glad that the temps are rising and the days are getting longer. I am anticipating more hours on the road and less hrs on the trainer. yay!
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^^^ nice & impressive w/e ! I wanted to keep short rides close to home so I could keep up with March Madness while working on bikes so 2 days of 20 mi. The sign below should say spring has sprung as the weather was nice but windy. In spite of all the brown in the photo, lots of vegetation sprouting out here along with yellow pine pollen starting to make it's annual appearance. Azaleas won't be far behind....I love spring !


Edit to add yesterday's ride shot - Spring here means bugs have sprung too !

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I had a couple of rough weeks. Between being out of town and illness I have missed a couple of weeks of bike riding. I'm feeling about 60%, but am on the other side of sickness. Anyways, I could not stay in any longer and went for some rides this weekend. Fortunately, the weather was ideal. Sunny, low humidity and low winds. Saturday, not wanting to push it too much, I did a early afternoon ride to Davis Is. for 26 miles. Did not feel great, but got through it. I was amazed at how many people were out cycling. Mostly the family cruiser crowd, but impressive none the less. Sunday I tried to do a little more and rode to Picnic Is. and back for 36 miles. I got passed by a heavy hybrid with racks and the rider carrying a exercise roll on his back. Embarrassing.
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Casual rides this weekend as I get used to being on my bike again after a winter of looking at it hanging in the garage.

35k on Saturday with the wife. Nice and casual. Stretching it out.
60k on Sunday solo. A little more up-tempo but still a nice ride.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
...I got passed by a heavy hybrid with racks and the rider carrying a exercise roll on his back. Embarrassing.
Every time I think I'm having a good day, faster than usual, I'll be passed by a younger guy on a touring bike with full panniers, or riding a mountain bike. Or my buddy who rides a 30 lb hybrid with swept bars and IGH, and still beats me on sprints and long climbs. He's in his 40s and very fit.

That's when I realize the one thing I really need to get stronger and faster, I can't buy: youth.
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Went for a ride to the harbor Sunday. very nice day here in Southern California. Big waves and plenty of sunshine! Joe
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Every time I think I'm having a good day, faster than usual, I'll be passed by a younger guy on a touring bike with full panniers, or riding a mountain bike. Or my buddy who rides a 30 lb hybrid with swept bars and IGH, and still beats me on sprints and long climbs. He's in his 40s and very fit.

That's when I realize the one thing I really need to get stronger and faster, I can't buy: youth.
Not that I'm terribly competitive, but usually I can hold the heavier bikes at bay. Too sick to pull it off on Sunday. I'll get him next time.
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Rowan and I went for a little bicycle ride this evening ... just to test it out ...

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