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Anyone not get out this weekend?

Old 01-11-09, 04:45 PM
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Anyone not get out this weekend?

I got 90 min outside yesterday but stayed in today on the trainer.

Cold air settling in on the eastern half this week...

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Old 01-11-09, 04:55 PM
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30 degrees at our 10:00 start, warming up to 40.

50 miles, three hours of base.

Finally... a day outside. I can't wait for Spring.
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Old 01-11-09, 04:59 PM
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I am still sore from all of the snow shoveling .
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Old 01-11-09, 05:08 PM
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Rode both days. Northern California weather was a taste of spring this weekend and the cyclists were out in force, good to see. Nice to ride in shorts and knee warmers and fingerless gloves for a change.
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74 degress out, and i can't go out. i need to finish installing new shifters, bar tape and rear brake. commuter bike needs new RD hanger and bartape. beater mtb needs rd adjustments. its been no riding for the past serval weeks. just gardening and unpacking, and work.
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Old 01-11-09, 05:35 PM
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3.5 hours each Friday and Saturday (about 110 miles total). Very cold indeed. Windy too. No ride today. It's going to be a nasty week, forecast temps for Chester will only exceed 30 on Tuesday, after that it falls into the deep freeze with sub zero night time temps expected by Friday. Ooofaaaa.

But BF keeps me sane. That should tell you something about what a whackjob I am right there.
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Originally Posted by Ih8lucky13 View Post
I am still sore from all of the snow shoveling .
Back in the day the local TT/cat 1/pro god shoveled his driveway, his cul del sac and about 100 yds of his road after an 18" snow fall so he could gt to the gym for his squats session. I s**t you not.
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Old 01-11-09, 05:38 PM
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35 miles, 3000'+ yesterday with some strong winds...another 16 miles today. Don't hate me....Socal was low 80's today under sunny skies.
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Old 01-11-09, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
3.5 hours each Friday and Saturday (about 110 miles total). Very cold indeed. Windy too. No ride today. It's going to be a nasty week, forecast temps for Chester will only exceed 30 on Tuesday, after that it falls into the deep freeze with sub zero night time temps expected by Friday. Ooofaaaa.

But BF keeps me sane. That should tell you something about what a whackjob I am right there.
You really are whacked! Do you do any trainer riding in the winter?

I don't mind riding in the cold, within reason of course. I tend to stay indoors though if there's any snow or ice on the roads. What can I say, I'm a big fat wussy!
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uhhh we got a bit over a foot of snow, I watched it snow from my rollers. Moving away from ohio as soon as i'm done with college.
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Rode to the bike shop and back twice (Sat and Sun). And will again tomorrow morning. My front shifting has them right stumped, but now they won't be charging me any labor. This was after I spent all Friday afternoon trying to do it myself.

Did get some hill reps in on Friday though on the other bike.
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Originally Posted by BarryJo View Post
You really are whacked! Do you do any trainer riding in the winter?


I use my trainer for warming up at TT's. Period. I have a road bike with winter(y) tires and an MTB with knobbies, both with fenders. I watch out for the ice. It's dicey, but that's how I ride all winter. Straight through the winter the past several years. Rarely miss more than two straight days on the bike.
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Old 01-11-09, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post


I use my trainer for warming up at TT's. Period. I have a road bike with winter(y) tires and an MTB with knobbies, both with fenders. I watch out for the ice. It's dicey, but that's how I ride all winter. Straight through the winter the past several years. Rarely miss more than two straight days on the bike.
You're my inspiration, seriously, to ride more this winter.
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Rode up to Piermont on Saturday before the snow arrived but didn't get anything in today because the roads looked a mess, not to mention the skating rink that was the sidewalk in front of our building.
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Old 01-11-09, 06:12 PM
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You're my inspiration, seriously, to ride more this winter.
Sat AM I get back to my hill (Mt. Doom, the mile long 400 vertical foot slog with the (3) 15%+ grade sections) and now it's snowing. Hard. The road is coated with snow. I have 55 hard miles in my legs, including 40 chasing around the local Cat Two from Hell up every grinder in Orange County. The only way I'm getting up Mt. Doom in the snow is SEATED, because if you stand when the road is coated with snow, your rear wheel slides out. That kinda sucked. But I did make it.

I ride in these conditions because:

1.) I really can't handle riding indoors on a trainer

2.) I'm addicted to endorphins, endorphin withdrawal is worse than dealing with icy roads and cold

3.) Our first race series (and arguably the one most important to my team) is only 7 weeks away

Those are the inspirations you need. Self-centered ones. Because if you have to look to an idiot like me for that, you're not going to venture out on your road bike when it's below 20F much.
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None. Torn calf-muscle. 4 days of sitting on the couch so far. Likely several more to go.
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^ Ouch. Likely lots more than that i'd say.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Those are the inspirations you need. Self-centered ones. Because if you have to look to an idiot like me for that, you're not going to venture out on your road bike when it's below 20F much.
Using ~0C seems like a logical cutoff. I don't mind cold air so much, but the risk of hitting (black) ice just isn't worth it to me.
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I have ridden down the hill pictured below (the road that leads up to my driveway), hit unexpected ice, and done a header into the snowbank on the side of the road. Which certainly beat hitting the pavement. Got up and continued with the ride that day. Sometimes I'm not a total idiot and I throw the bike in my car and start the ride from the bottom of my development (about half a mile from my driveway). But usually I prefer being an idiot. I learned that here by the way.

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Originally Posted by dysFTP View Post
Using ~0C seems like a logical cutoff. I don't mind cold air so much, but the risk of hitting (black) ice just isn't worth it to me.
If it's black ice you're concerned about, don't go out when it's below 40F, because that was the ambient air temperature the morning I crashed hard on some a couple of years back. The pavement was obviously still 0C. Black ice avoidance is more a question of steering around anything that looks too black or shiny on the road. Nobody has as much experience with black ice avoidance (and non-avoidance) on a road bike than I do. Trust me on this.
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30F with 12mph winds but cloudy/overcast and damp made it feel colder.

I realized how much easier an 18mph cruising speed is compared to 22mph.
Most of the die-hards didn't show-up today so we merged with a moderately "gentler" group ride. (actually felt good just pedaling along and not having the hammer down, though I wish we went for another two hours)

BTW the die-hard''s I ride with (who are typically not weather-weenies) probably wanted to be assured of being in front of a TV in time to watch the EAGLES decimate the giants. (WOW Eagles going to the NFC Championship. Who would have thunk it?)
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I was out for about 30 minutes yesterday ......... walking.
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Shoveled snow and hobbled around outside for about two hours. Blea...
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