Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Your Sunday Ride

Old 08-13-06, 08:10 AM
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Your Sunday Ride

The weather here in coastal NC looks great today. I have a century coming up in 3 weeks...so I guess I'll get out and do about 3-4 hours if I can. Maybe do my favorite 30 mile loop x2. Not sure exactly, but I'm looking forward to getting out there just after lunch.

What are you guys doing today on bike?....assuming you have not already done it. Ride reports?
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Today, nothing
Yesterday I rode bikefest in Hillsborough, NC. THis is my second ride in a week --last time I rode before those was for a tri sprint in 2003.
I did the 31 miler (up from 27 last week) and it was great.
I felt pain during the race, I had to force myself to go on, to keep up the pace. And out of that mini-ordeal came great satisfaction.
I love riding --and I'm going out next week
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Old 08-13-06, 08:23 AM
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My son & I are going to do a quick 20 or so later this morning, when it warms up just a bit. Two weeks ago Northern California was over 100 degrees for 10 straight days; today, the overnight lows are down near the 40's!
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No ride today (got in a brief 18 miles yesterday), just more wrenching. Mountain biking tomorrow
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Mountain biking yesterday for about two hours and then just riding to church and back (about 14 miles round trip). Nothing big,
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Unfortunately, nothing today - picked up a sore throat or something yesterday. I'm resting up so my vacation doesn't get screwed up I wish I was on a ride today though, so beautiful in DC right now...

Yesterday though, 65 miles in the beautiful 80 degree weather. Started from Downtown DC and went out into Maryland farm country. Lots of hills and rollers. 3 Friends went with me, but we kept dropping someone so our ride took *all day* even though saddle time was only 3hrs 50mins.

I was sniffling the whole time ... thought it was allergies. By 8pm I was popping meds, ordering hot soup from the chinese place and hoping that this all passes by Monday (my flight to Miami).
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4 hours at 180-210 watts, with 2 x 20min intervals at 220-260. Yay for technology and coaches.
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Old 08-13-06, 10:57 AM
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Didn't ride today, but yesterday I had a really nice 70-mile road ride. I love my road bike!
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Today was a gorgeous riding day in Carolina. Beautiful sky, cool weather, very little traffic. Went 65, would have liked to go 90-100 but ran out of time due to a late start.

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Beautiful day just south of Charlotte, NC today. Just finished 67 miles through some farm country and into Buford, SC the back through Cane Creek. Met up with three gentlemen that let me tag along for a while. They did some hill climbing, I did my best just hanging on. Rode through Waxhaw then home. By the time I had 5 miles left I was spent. Now it's time to eat!
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I did 2 hours today. Not much, but still fun.
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I cycled in to work in the rain... working 3pm to midnight... after working 3pm to 3am yesterday / this morning...

Blah. And I didn't have my mudguards on yesterday, as it wasn't raining when I went to work. And part of my commute is on a dirt trail (loose wet gravel and 700x23 tyres don't mix).

(at least time after midnight is paid double-time)

(and I sat about and registered for a ride in late September whilst here!)
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Old 08-13-06, 11:27 AM
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it's about 72 degrees here and kind of windy... a bunchn of friends went for a century this morning but I'm going on my own ride today. About 70k, unless the wind is too much. We're supposed to have nice weather all week so I'll probably get lots of riding in, but this will be the longest one for a few days.
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Got up at 6:30 to go for a ride. No wind, about 65* out side, a perfect day for a ride. Got done with some cereal and got a call to go in to work. Drats! Told my boss I'll be late coming in tomorrow.
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Yesterday I did a 60mile ride as a warmup to our MS150 ride in a few weeks. Very nice route with rolling hills and very little traffic. There were around 100 riders total taking part. This morning the wife and I awoke early and geared up for our very first Tandem ride. My wife does not ride very often but she did an awesome job today. We rode 20 miles and averaged 18.5. The route was pretty flat with a nice bike lane. I think we are going to like this Tandem thing.
BTW....I need to thank forum member AD-SLE for lending us his Tandem and getting us hooked.
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We did a 100 Km ride today. Mid August. For the first 40 minutes, Leaving at 7:30 we actually used arm warmers. Did some foot hill work. All did a pretty fast pace line on the flats. Mid day, it was in the mid 70's.
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Road from Jacksonville to St Augustine and back. There's now a bike lane th whole way, and its a great ride right along the ocean through a state preserve, even worth a trip.
Hot and very windy (20mph+) Good lesson in why you want to head out into the wind instead of vice versa. On the way out, in the most windy part, An hour at 200 watts averaged a little over 23 mph. Same section heading back, an hour at 232 watts was only good for 18mph.
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Great ride today. Weather in DC was PERFECT, 79 degrees with nary a cloud in the sky.

This was my first ride with Route 1 Velo, one of the racing-oriented clubs in the area (I'm looking for one to join). Very laid back folks, but definitely some strong riders.

The loop started on Capitol Hill at the shop, and worked its way past the Mall and into Georgetown. From Georgetown the ride went up MacArthur Blvd to Goldsboro Rd, with a stop at Quartermaine coffee roasters in Bethesda. From there we headed for Rock Creek Park, and headed north on a little out-and-back on Beach Dr. Then it was all the way down Beach to the Kennedy Center/Lincoln Memorial, then a quick lap around Hains Point before heading back to the shop. Total distance 48.5 miles.

This is a really well-run, enjoyable ride. Lots of racers from the Route 1 Velo/CHB team to ride with, and lots of small groups heading out on variations, with paces ranging from 16-18 to 25+ in the pacelines.

I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good, fast rec ride with all kinds of options for pace/distance...
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
Road from Jacksonville to St Augustine and back. There's now a bike lane th whole way, and its a great ride right along the ocean through a state preserve, even worth a trip.
Hot and very windy (20mph+) Good lesson in why you want to head out into the wind instead of vice versa. On the way out, in the most windy part, An hour at 200 watts averaged a little over 23 mph. Same section heading back, an hour at 232 watts was only good for 18mph.
Cool graph. Is that from a powertap?
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I decided to quit after one trip around my usual 30 mile loop(solo). My wife had hip surgery recenty(due to stress fracture) and I figured she might be getting hungry(she can't fend for herself just yet).

The weather was perfect, about 82 degrees and sunny. Not many cars out on my loop today. Although I didn't make the 40-60 as planned, I still felt challenged, as if I'd done enough work for the day. I pushed a little hard those last 5 miles. I averaged about 15.7 for the loop, so no PR's today. Just kinda took it real easy with the exception being the run in to home. Kinda windy out there today as well.

I'm in coastal NC...a little town called Tabor City. My 30 mile loop is a great route. It's a ride through the country featuring tobacco, corn, and cotton fields...as well as barns and cow pastures(yes...some double wide trailers too). Lots of pine trees and very few cars. The only negative is that the asphalt is a little rough in some parts and needs resurfacing. My steel Ciocc sure helps smooth out the road though. Luckily for me, I am about 35 minutes from Myrtle Beach(by car)...so if we want movies, shopping, and dining, we go there. There's also a bike shop there.

As an aside, I'm really loving these new Cane Creek wheels(Strados)!!

Enjoyed reading your reports.

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Ditto the DC weather.
Rode the W&O from Trailside to Leesburg, then up Woodburn and into the hill country south of Purcelville. Ended up back in Leesburg for a flat finish down the W&OD. 44 miles total.

Nothing yesterday (family stuff)
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Did ~40 miles today on a somehat hilly course, averaging around 17 mph. Fell once and got chased by dogs a couple of times
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Originally Posted by Nashville Man
Cool graph. Is that from a powertap?

Powertap SL, with cyclingpeaks software. If you have a power meter the cycling peaks software is willing worth getting.
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No Sunday ride for me.

Reason: work
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I did 52 miles of hills with a strong headwind most of the ride. Rode with two ladies on 'bents, so I essentially pulled myself along.

Did 60 miles of hills yesterday (yes, we do have hills in Florida).

Nice weather. I wish it'd rain though so the temperature would drop a bit.
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