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Your Sunday Ride (March 9th, 2008)

Old 03-08-08, 08:57 PM
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Your Sunday Ride (March 9th, 2008)

Well, saturday I went to ride "the hills" in central FL. Have never being there, so I took up a route that is supposed to be 1/2 of a century done in the area. These hills so many people around talk about are nothing more than little rolling hills. No mountains by any means, but more than pretty much anyone in most of flat FL ever gets to see or ride.

We have had a cold front coming in all night with major torrential rain all day friday and friday night into saturday. By 5 AM, the temps had dropped 20 degrees (now 55-60 degrees) and the highest was expected to be 62 F. When I left my house to drive to central FL (Clermont area), the wind was blowing pretty bad here at about 30 MPH. Somehow I figured it would be better there. When I got to the park I was starting the ride from, the winds were more like 40 MPH steady with gusts coming in at 50-55 MPH. It was nasty and insanely dangerous to say the least. I did not drive 2 hours to just turn around, so I figured I would suffer through it.

I did 50 miles altogether in what I would say is definitely the windiest conditions I am willing to ever take again. This was no fun at all. The wind gusts would pick up sand and little pebbles from the road and hit me in the face. I guess I know what Cheyney felt when he got shot in the face! The hills were good enough for training for what I need it for. I hope to come back maybe next weekend if the conditions are better so I can do the entire 100 mile loop.

Tomorrow sunday I am doing a group 80 mile ride. This is a very clear depart for me (riding with others), but a friend invited me, and I couldn't say no.
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Morning coffee ride on the fixed. Its gonna be 20.
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Friday, I went out for a 200km ride with the local PBP veterans.
Kept a great pace, even with nasty headwinds, but in the end we cut short and finished with only 160km due to a torn tire.
But we had a great 6 hours (including stops) and 1785m of elevation, great fun.
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Gonna be a chilly, windy day here in No. VA; about 38F and WNW winds at ~14mph with gusts up to 20mph! Perfect Pcad weather except there isn't any snow here. ~20 miles through N. Arlington and Alexandria.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
Well, saturday I went to ride "the hills" in central FL. Have never being there, so I took up a route that is supposed to be 1/2 of a century done in the area. These hills so many people around talk about are nothing more than little rolling hills. No mountains by any means, but more than pretty much anyone in most of flat FL ever gets to see or ride.

We have had a cold front coming in all night with major torrential rain all day friday and friday night into saturday. By 5 AM, the temps had dropped 20 degrees (now 55-60 degrees) and the highest was expected to be 62 F. When I left my house to drive to central FL (Clermont area), the wind was blowing pretty bad here at about 30 MPH. Somehow I figured it would be better there. When I got to the park I was starting the ride from, the winds were more like 40 MPH steady with gusts coming in at 50-55 MPH. It was nasty and insanely dangerous to say the least. I did not drive 2 hours to just turn around, so I figured I would suffer through it.

I did 50 miles altogether in what I would say is definitely the windiest conditions I am willing to ever take again. This was no fun at all. The wind gusts would pick up sand and little pebbles from the road and hit me in the face. I guess I know what Cheyney felt when he got shot in the face! The hills were good enough for training for what I need it for. I hope to come back maybe next weekend if the conditions are better so I can do the entire 100 mile loop.

Tomorrow sunday I am doing a group 80 mile ride. This is a very clear depart for me (riding with others), but a friend invited me, and I couldn't say no.
The wind here won't be nearly as bad as what you experienced. 40MPH steady Good for you to slog through that. Now you'll appreciate those really chainless days!

BTW, Cheney was on the other end of the barrel.
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90deg, sea breeze blowing in, blue skies and sunshine.

Bike all lubed and ready to go.

I can see all this from my bed where I am trying to sleep and trying to recover from flu. I need to Heal The F Up

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Wind

I'm from Central Florida, and I can say thoe winds were nasty yesterday! I went out and did a few miles but wsa about blown off the bike from some of the gusts. Going to give ita try this morning although abit colder 42 degrees, but the wind as let up.
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They're gusty here in NYC today too, and cold, so I'm staying home. Yesterday was a total washout.
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They're gusty here in NYC today too, and cold, so I'm staying home. Yesterday was a total washout.
Looks nice out the window though so I'm off to the GWB
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
90deg, sea breeze blowing in, blue skies and sunshine.

Bike all lubed and ready to go.

I can see all this from my bed where I am trying to sleep and trying to recover from flu. I need to Heal The F Up

aww hope you feel better!

Im skipping riding today, we are having 27 mph winds, I know my limit and unless I want to be blown away in the ocean by a mad gust of wind, Ill be staying put at home.

Im just happy I decided to ride in the rain yesterday or I would of missed the whole weekend!
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Well I am STILL waiting for my foot to heal. I haven't been on the bike since Aug. 20th. I was down in the basement yesterday gazing longingly at my bikes, wondering when I will be riding them again. I can't imagine how much that first ride is going to hurt, or how great it will feel. GOD sometimes being diabetic sucks!!.

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I caught my first cold in over a year from my son last week. I went out for a short 30 miles on a bike path yesterday before my body was ready. Now I am paying the price. I feel like complete crap.
Anyhow, once my meds kick in I will head to my LBS that is having a 2 day 1/2 off one clothing item or accessory. Can't pass that up no matter how worthless I feel.
Now the weather is looking wonderful and I have no interest in riding.

End rant.
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Holy Florida headwinds batman. Here in St Petersburg, I did my usual out and back on the skyway bridge. On the way back I was going up hill on one of the bridges, into what had to be 20-30mph winds, totally exposed, doing a whopping 7mph near max heart rate. I was braking on the downhill because I didnt want to get blown off the bike. I did see dolphins too.

Of course we flatlanders don't have hills but I'll tell you the wind is relentless for the entire ride, and with a NW wind in a city with a N-S orientation its like a perma-headwind. To be sure this is not complaining - you folks up north keep me motived to get out an ride when I see the snow and sleet.
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It's my birthday, about 5 of us are riding at 1pm probably around 35 miles. 39 degrees f, 10-15 mph winds but sunny. Then I make them buy me beer.
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48 easy, booger flickin' miles. 13mph average!

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Trainer today...

But...

Tomorrow, I may attempt my first 20008 ride up here in snow country...

Anybody know the forcast...

I have a 47 mile route in mind...
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Went out for a drive today to scout out the roads. You know it's bad out when I think I'm going to get killed.
Rode a 45 minute torture session on the trainer, 49/13 gearing on my Keirin bike with the resistance all the way up. Did mostly 5-30 second sprints with individual intensity, and 1 song of recovery in between.

The soundtrack today was Armin Van Buuren's "State of Trance 2005", Dark Disc
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Wow, what a ride today. Started out with with 20 MPH winds and 40 degrees. We headed up north with a headwind for about 35 miles. I was dressed just right for me, although I could have used some full finger gloves and full shoe covers. I keep forgetting to order those as I do need them for the 3-4 times per year I may get to use them.

Riding into the headwind, especially after my ride yesterday was no fun at all. Actually, it was rather painful really. We were not trying to break any land records anyway, so we kept it steady. On the way back, we had a tail wind, so needless to say we cranked up the juice. Despite that, about 10 miles into the 35 mile return leg, I turned around and it was just me and the guy in front (the guy in black bending over in the third and all pictures really). The guy in front is a pretty strong and fast guy, so I knew he was going to tear my legs right off the sockets before we got to out end point. We kept hammering taking turns and got pretty much to about 3 miles form the end. I was running out of gas and could not keep up at that speed, so as I started to dial it down about 2 MPH, he decided to pull off to the side of the road to answer a call on his cell. I kept going at the speed I was going for the rest of the trip and made it home. Felt pretty good. These guys are well experienced and strong, although most have not been riding much as of late. Hence getting dropped my this fat container with D battery legs. I may have to ride with them more often.

















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Did a 41 mile ride in the same wind all the rest of us Floridians seemed to enjoy today. Heading back south was a breeze though.
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Funny seeing palm trees and people dressed up like it is going to snow...



There's a lot of bike dollars in the group...



It must be like cars...

Up here not many people spend a lot on their car, it is only going to get dirty during mud season and rust from all the road salt...

Down there they are washed weekly, customized and all shiny...
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First real decent length ride since getting back in the saddle after my surgery last month. Last weekend I cruised a short 12 miles, yesterday was another fairly short and easy ride of about 14. Today I climbed into the saddle of my Fuji and decided to give my legs and cardio system a wake up call. I'm planning a metric century by the end of the month, so today it was time to do half that distance. BF'er Hobartlemagne and I decided to head down the White Rock Creek trail down to the lake and back from my apartment, a total of a bit over 33 miles.




Hobartlemagne on the White Rock Lake trail


Rest break, time to peal off a layer or two as the weather was warming up.


Last leg back to the apartment. Think I kinda surprised Ryan (and myself) as my legs were still feeling fairly fresh (mostly due to the tailwind!)
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A very nice 40 solo miles.....Winds yesterday kept me inside, but it was great today....About 35 when I started with light wind, but low 50's and no wind for the second half of the ride....All of it under bright sunshine and a beautiful blue sky..... What a wonderful day!
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I got 30 yards from the house and BANG, blew the tube in the front tire. The tube split for about 8 inches. It was an older lightweight Conti tube. Back home and put in an old tube (w/patch). But a good ride. The sun made it feel warmer than the thermometer indicated even with the wind. Planned a tail wind on the way home.
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I did a nice 20 mile loop from my house down Hwy 1 through the local junior college past Team High Road's HQ and back to the house. I kinda surprised myself I did it in about 1:30 averaging about 15mph. Not bad for only being a roadie for a couple weeks. Spun some gears, bombed a couple hills and had a great time.
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Did a 25.5 miler with a couple of friends down to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and back, a few decent little climbs thrown in for fun, nothing too serious. Best part of the ride? Having my wife riding along with me! It was her longest ride ever and she had fun (though her legs are hurting now. :-)
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