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Your Sunday Ride (Nov. 30th, 2008)

Old 11-30-08, 07:18 AM
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Your Sunday Ride (Nov. 30th, 2008)

Well, no ride for me. I am on call and likely will work some this morning. That is not all bad as the new bike and this whole cycling thing doesn't get paid on its own.

**whereswaldo was doing/starting this weekly thread for a long time. He finally passed it on to anyone who wanted to continue it as he was not going to do it after last Dec. I took it on and have started it every sunday since. Due to personal reasons, I will not be doing that anymore after the first of the year. So, if anyone here is interested in inheriting it, be my guess to take it on. Any volunteer is welcomed. All you have to do is start the thread consistently every sunday.**

How was your sunday ride?
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Old 11-30-08, 07:26 AM
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Old 11-30-08, 07:40 AM
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Old 11-30-08, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by weather.com
Issued by The National Weather Service
State College, PA
5:26 am EST, Sun., Nov. 30, 2008

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST MONDAY.

A STORM SYSTEM TRACKING WEST OF PENNSYLVANIA WILL BRING A VARIETY OF WINTRY WEATHER TO THE REGION TODAY. PRECIPITATION WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA THIS MORNING... BEGINNING AS A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW OR SLEET... THEN CHANGING TO FREEZING RAIN OR RAIN BY MIDDAY. THE THREAT OF ICY CONDITIONS SHOULD DIMINISH THIS AFTERNOON... AS TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE FREEZING IN MOST VALLEY LOCATIONS. HOWEVER... TEMPERATURES MAY HOLD JUST BELOW THE FREEZING MARK OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS... PRODUCING SLIPPERY CONDITIONS ON UNTREATED ROADS. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THIS MORNING WILL GENERALLY BE LESS THAN AN INCH... WITH A COATING OF ICE POSSIBLE.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW... SLEET... OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES... WHERE SLIPPERY SPOTS DEVELOP FIRST.
I generally play volleyball on Sunday mornings anyway but for sure no ride today for Grasschopper.
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Old 11-30-08, 07:46 AM
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first part of ride was BAD

rest was GOOD
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Old 11-30-08, 08:19 AM
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My ride was cancelled. It isn't looking very good here in NYC.
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Old 11-30-08, 08:30 AM
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My ride was cancelled. It isn't looking very good here in NYC.
Word.

I might go out later though and do some repeats of Alpine.
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Old 11-30-08, 08:34 AM
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Canceled, popped a spoke last night and fresh out of spares.
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Old 11-30-08, 09:26 AM
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Getting ready to go now...
45 and rain...very wet...
I need two hours today though! Full fenders on the bike.

Remember, to be strong in Spring, you must be hard in Winter!
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Old 11-30-08, 09:49 AM
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rain = spinervals.
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Old 11-30-08, 10:56 AM
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In Naples Florida for several days. My ride here is an IRO single-speed - simple, low-maintenance - and there are NO hills within 50 miles of Naples, so the single speed is ideal. It's set up with 46 tooth crank and an 18 cog rear. I took one of my standard/favorite routes today - from Gulf Shore Boulevard North - south along the waterfront all the way to the end of the peninsula - Gordon Road. If you haven't been to Naples - it has more huge homes per square mile than any other place I've ever seen. When I got to the south end of the route, I wandered through one of the nicer neighborhoods (Port Royal), then doubled back to add some mileage and headed home.

I was on the road before 7 AM, going south into a steady breeze, temperature approximately 70 degrees. Light showers showed up after a half hour and stayed with me for about 15 minutes. For the rest of the ride the roads were wet and messy and I was the same.

Very little traffic on a Sunday morning around here - didn't get passed by my first car until 10 minutes into the ride. Roads are well-maintained city streets, most have bike lanes marked. The route was 30.4 miles, done in about 1 hr. 40 min. Took my standard fuel - Gatorade and a Clif Bar.

With the rain, there were fewer cyclists than usual; fewer runners too. Naples is training ground for some top-caliber triathletes, but most of the cyclists are like me - older and relatively slow.

Nice ride overall.
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Old 11-30-08, 11:09 AM
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35 degrees today in Schweinfurt, Germany. I rode 23 miles and tested out my new Look Keo Carbon Pedals. I love these pedals!
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Old 11-30-08, 11:15 AM
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It's freaking cold and I have not had a recovery day for some time. No ride since my legs hate me.

I will get to commute to work in some gnarly temps this week and possibly some snow. Sweet!
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I showed up for the annual Iron Joe Bonness Turkey ride, just north of Naples...they had routes of 25mi, 44mi, and 62mi...I planned to do the 62, however...it was drizzling and wet, and out front and it quickly got fast, 25mph, 27mph, 30+mph, reaching 32 at one point....after about 25mi when I was pretty much smoked from this pace I got a flat which I think was a blessing in disguise Once I got the tire back on and turned around to head back the winds were brutal, maybe 20+ mph with heavier gusts. I eventually got hooked up with a small group which was nice. 42mi total.
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I'm trying these weird things they call "rest days", so far it's pretty nice.
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Started out to try the route we painted yesterday for the Highlands Bike Fest next weekend but the rain got to me about half way and I came back to be nearer to the house. I'm not afraid of getting wet but if it's lightning I move inside. Only 14 miles in and out of 20 mph winds. Tail winds good, head winds not so much.
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Old 11-30-08, 01:04 PM
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Just got back from a 32 miler, 1587 ft of climbing, beautiful weather in the high 60's and sunny (with apologies for those that couldn't ride due to nasty conditions).
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Coastal ride 60's with early morning fog. Rode the Fixed Gear with a 49 x 16 (81.5 GI). Light rollers except one little climb (1.5 mile 6%). Good work seated on the FG to keep about 10 mph. 30 miles 2 hours and of course lots of traffic lights
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Old 11-30-08, 01:41 PM
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This will be my ride today - expecting to log a few hours on that puppy.
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Old 11-30-08, 01:55 PM
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26 miles, 25F, cold toes, tired legs after century yesterday. Wouldn't have gone except for my neighbors challenge and my waining machismo. Still it was good to get out, great to get back, just fine an hour later. Tomorrow I do hope it rains.
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Old 11-30-08, 05:11 PM
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It was a beautiful +3C (37F) with 8 km/h winds out there ........ and I couldn't pass up a day as gorgeous as that at the end of November .......... so I went for a 20 km ride.


I have logged my 4th best November for kilometers since I started keeping track in 1990, with 450 kms!!
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Old 11-30-08, 05:48 PM
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About 40 miles with my new cycling team in the cold 40 degree rain. The cold rain made it feel like 38. Good times though.
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Old 11-30-08, 06:36 PM
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Monthly trip up to Mt. Rose summit from Reno. 50 miles, just the Reno side as I started late and did not want to climb up from Incline Village with little sun left. I believe it's just under 5000' feet climbing to the top which ends at 8900'. I followed Machka's and others advice on cold weather. Purchased some thick wool socks and larger shoes, no numb feet issues. The ski goggles really help on the 16 mile descent. Temps were in the lower 40's most of the ride. Since I'm still getting used to cold weather cycling I tossed a bunch of extra stuff in the backpack just in case.

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Old 11-30-08, 06:43 PM
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This will be my fourth or fifth winter of riding and I still carry an extra layer on my commutes.
Occasionally I will underestimate my layering or it turns out that I am completely exhausted and not able to properly generate enough heat. Better safe than sorry.
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