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Rode outside today

Old 03-03-07, 05:11 PM
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Rode outside today

amidst the giant piles of gravel at all the intersections and puddles of slush.

Infinitely better than the rollers
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I did too, felt good..
Had to watch everything very carefully, the roads are a mess and I came back with my back all wet from the puddles.. but a wet day outside beats any day inside
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I live in arizona, this is exactly what our roads are like right now.



I'm serious.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
I did too, felt good..
Had to watch everything very carefully, the roads are a mess and I came back with my back all wet from the puddles.. but a wet day outside beats any day inside
Yeah, same here. Even with the 30-mph wind gusts, 25-degree temps, and slush, ice and snow, riding outside today was better than riding the trainer. Took a long time to unthaw my toes though...
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
amidst the giant piles of gravel at all the intersections and puddles of slush.

Infinitely better than the rollers
SpongeDad, you should head up to the BARC. Nice clean roads this whole week.
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Originally Posted by matthew_deaner
Yeah, same here. Even with the 30-mph wind gusts, 25-degree temps, and slush, ice and snow, riding outside today was better than riding the trainer. Took a long time to unthaw my toes though...
same about my ears
*edit* talking about cold ears, what do you guys use?
I use a regular headband that I also wear for running and it doesnt help any.
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Brisk here too. Mid 60's
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Originally Posted by DrPete
SpongeDad, you should head up to the BARC. Nice clean roads this whole week.
What is the BARC?

I hired a trainer this year, so you may see my sorry keister at a few more crits this spring. Not that you'll see me for long ....
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
same about my ears
*edit* talking about cold ears, what do you guys use?
I use a regular headband that I also wear for running and it doesnt help any.
I use a Headsweats skullcap that I bought from Performance for $15. It's very thin but warm, and it breathes well. I have tried headbands but they don't keep my ears and the top of my head from getting cold.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad
What is the BARC?

I hired a trainer this year, so you may see my sorry keister at a few more crits this spring. Not that you'll see me for long ....
BARC = Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Just outside the beltway by Route 1 in College Park. It's a big plot of federally protected farmland that's used for research. It's right next to NASA Goddard too, so the route options are many. The roads are lightly traveled, and there are some really nice loops with excellent road conditions. It's right out my back door, which is awesome. All my mid-week training happens out there.

It'll be cool to see you at the races again-- between Ghostman, Riskus, and bdcheung, there'll be some quality BF representation in the 5's this season!
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I thought about riding today, looked outside - saw snow, went downstairs and jammed on my drums. Riding in the snow I'll pass on for now
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I prefer riding outisde too, but the rollers really aren't all that bad, at least not to me. I can wait a few more weeks. I can't get to a hose yet for all the snow, so I can't hose off the grit, salt and sand. I did see a guy out there today and was a bit jealous ..

*shrug*
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I thought about riding today, looked outside - saw snow, went downstairs and jammed on my drums. Riding in the snow I'll pass on for now
that sig goes so well with your post.
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Today was my first outside ride of the year. It was also the first ride on the new bike. Temps were just a little on the cool side, so I put some oil on the legs and wore a long sleeve jersey. It feels great to be outside.


BDG. I loooooooooooove the new pic .
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Originally Posted by DrPete
BARC = Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Just outside the beltway by Route 1 in College Park. It's a big plot of federally protected farmland that's used for research. It's right next to NASA Goddard too, so the route options are many. The roads are lightly traveled, and there are some really nice loops with excellent road conditions. It's right out my back door, which is awesome. All my mid-week training happens out there.

It'll be cool to see you at the races again-- between Ghostman, Riskus, and bdcheung, there'll be some quality BF representation in the 5's this season!

You live out that way? I have a client near there. I will often park at the visitors center after an appointment and take a ride. Nice roads. A bit flat, but not bad.

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Riding OUTDOORS ON MARCH 3??? Are you all mad??

Why don't you post about your Century to the Top of Everest while you're at it.
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Riding OUTDOORS ON MARCH 3??? Are you all mad??

Why don't you post about your Century to the Top of Everest while you're at it.

I would but my Toasters malfunctioned again

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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
I live in arizona, this is exactly what our roads are like right now.



I'm serious.

Grrrr.....

/jealous
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I too got in a nice long rode ride. In the NY city area, it got to over 50 degrees, sunny and light wind. The roads are now clear of snow and all, and it was great to be on the open road, putting in extended miles. Got in probably 30 miles on the fixie conversion (no computer there). I only stopped commuting regularly to work about 5 or 6 weeks ago when the big frozen blast settled in, so I definately felt off form, but it felt like if I was riding daily again, I'd be up to good form in only a matter of a couple weeks. Haven't been on the indoor trainer too much in the interim. Good to know I haven't slipped too much. But, what a great day, to be out, almost warm, and riding real pavement again.
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Originally Posted by wxlidar
Grrrr.....

/jealous
Wait 'till June.
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Originally Posted by derath
I would but my Toasters malfunctioned again

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THIS is the thanks I get here for being a Bike Weenie Guinea Pig. Patentcad's on the Cutting Edge for you flunkies, and all he gets is grief. So it goes.
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So far 38 hours and 29 minutes on the rollers/trainer since January...

I hope to start riding outside by the end of the month...

Then I have 7 months of great weather for riding...

Those down south will be suffering in the heat and humidity...

I grew up in Maryland and hated the summers...

No limit to the amount of clothes you can put on but if you're buck naked and sweating like a pig there isn't much you can do...
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Originally Posted by derath
You live out that way? I have a client near there. I will often park at the visitors center after an appointment and take a ride. Nice roads. A bit flat, but not bad.
Yeah, not much of a spot for hill repeats, but you can take 197 out to Bowie and catch some hillier roads out that way...

Drop me a line if you're ever in the neighborhood. I might be available for an afternoon ride.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Yeah, not much of a spot for hill repeats, but you can take 197 out to Bowie and catch some hillier roads out that way...

Drop me a line if you're ever in the neighborhood. I might be available for an afternoon ride.
Yea the client I have is out 197, soon after the split and before the college. The only client I have that is easily identified from space.

Afternoons could work. I also have a cycling bud who works at Goddard. We try to ride as often as possible together as well.

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Originally Posted by derath
Yea the client I have is out 197, soon after the split and before the college. The only client I have that is easily identified from space.

Afternoons could work. I also have a cycling bud who works at Goddard. We try to ride as often as possible together as well.

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I'll have you hook up with one or both of you for some riding some time soon. I work in Beltsville (Konterra Business Park) and spend at least a day or two a week at GSFC so I'm very familiar with the whole area. I haven't been on the bike much the past 4-6 weeks but I told my wife today that I need to get back out soon. I'm not giving up biking just because we have two kids now (2nd son born 2/9/07).
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