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Weekend Rides - April 24/25/26

Old 04-24-10, 05:00 AM
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Weekend Rides - April 24/25/26

This is Anzac weekend here in Australia. Anzac Day is April 25th, but many of us have Monday off in lieu, making a 3-day weekend. The trees around here are in full autumn splendor, and the winter rains appear to have started ... dropping over 20 mm of rain on us in the last day.


The rain and drop in temperature made Rowan's and my decision not to ride but rather to take the train into Melbourne to visit numerous bicycle shops seem like a good decision. I lost count of the number of bicycle shops we visited!! We picked up a lot of cycling-related bits and pieces.

If all goes well, we'll get out for a ride tomorrow and/or Monday. If it continues to rain, the ride might be on the trainer!!


How about you ... how were your rides this weekend?

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I'm a former Aussie, and I miss the mentality that any excuse is good enough to have a 3 day weekend. Anzac day was always awesome, if usually rainy.

Just got back from a 22 mile jaunt through OKC. Started from my doorstep on the south tip of Lake Hefner and across the metro through Nichols Hills, then up 1-44 to Frontier City amusement park and back again. Had to make it a short trip because I'm helping my brother move today, but it was a very good route. I hadn't ridden it before and I new it would be relatively hilly (for Oklahoma), and my riding partner dropped out last minute so I was solo. Got back before my wife woke up, she didn't even know I was gone.

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today's fun ride in 2:33https://ridewithgps.com/routes/61846
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Was good so far, hope to get out tomorrow with my son but looks like rain.
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Two weeks ago I was in a hospital bed recovering from abdominal/ kidney surgery, in utter misery, completely doped up on pain meds.
That Saturday my surgeon told me I'd be on a bike in 2 weeks.
I told him he was crazy.
Sure enough today I was my first day back on a bike.
To most 30 miles in a little under 2 hours is no big deal, but for me it was epic considering where I was two weeks ago.
About the only disapointment was the inability to chase down a couple of riders up the road from me. The temptation was overwhelming, but I didn't want to push things too hard.
And to think I have 2 more weeks of disabilty before going back to work!
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Glad to hear about your rapid recovery, BJ. Abdominal surgery is a real biach. I had to walk up a few hills on my first ride post-op, but on the next one, I rode up and got progressively stronger from then on.

Today I did a 57 miler. It was my longest (and fastest) ride this year. Lots and lots of climbing. I tried to find an alternate route home, but wound up running into gravel roads on a couple of attempts (they don't show them as gravel on Google Maps, unfortunately), but it was a fun day all in all. Beautiful, too. I took some pics of some windmills and other interesting sights along the way and will post them if they turn out halfway decent.

A couple of ahole road nazis refused to wave at me (gave me The Look instead), but I did meet another committed Fred and we stopped for a nice chat in the sun.
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I once enjoyed Anzac day in Sydney, all the natives basically spent the day in the bar drinking watered down beer and playing some coin flipping game - weird.

I'm planning to do a century through the foothills tomorrow, but it's snowing right now
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Sat: Pouring rain at 6:00am, so for once I chickened out, rode solo later, but not very far

Sun: Short ride with my sweatheart to get the papers

Mon: Hoping to do a metric 100 with a large group
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Yesterday, went and helped some friends move, no riding.

Today, went and rode the Muenster Germanfest Metric Century, about 90 miles north of here. It was windy, but had a good ride. I went through the same area on my brevet a couple of weeks ago, but there were more flowers out this time, so made for some nice scenery.





I got done, and checked my speedometer, and averaged 15.0 mph, at which I was pleased. Did I mention it was windy? And hilly? Anyway, seemed like I spent too much time cranking up hills at 9-10 mph.
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From the Did You Ride Today? thread in the Great Lakes subforum:

Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
Did 65 from Canal Winchester through Hocking county and back around. Hilly, rainy, rough, fast, & amazing! Hit 50 mph! WHEE!
Okay.. 1) we wanted to record the ride on mapmyride for a better map to ride this again & 2) some of these hills seemed pretty steep so I had to do this. First, I mapped today's ride on mapmyride here --> https://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/oh...27214353428823 leaving out the 3.5 mile detour where we got mixed up at the end.

THEN (the fun geeky part), because mapmyride's gradient chart is not very detailed, I downloaded the raw data & built a chart in Excel, screencaptured it and uploaded it. Looks like we hit over 10% a few times! Nice! And you can see where we were able to hit 50mph, eh? ha! Check it out (full size recommended):



If you are near Columbus/Canal Winchester, I really recommend the ride! So much fun & absolutely beautiful! The rainy weather made it feel like we were on some European mountain & country-side or something. Pretty wonderful.....

Cheers!
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Did a 75 mile loop today - took me almost 6 hours, but I didn't feel like I was going to die at the end which is a good sign. Ate a lot of oatmeal cookies that I made, along with cashews and a ton of water (refilled both bottles multiple times). Not too much traffic in the Santa Monica Mountains (at least coming up behind me), but there were a lot of various events going on (Calabasas Farmer's Market, some cheerleading thing in Agoura, some kind of fair at one of the big ranches up in Malibu, tons of bikers hanging out at the Rock Store).

I had my photo taken by some guy with a huge telephoto lens as I rode down "The Snake" - a twisty descent on Mulholland Highway (he had been taking photos of the sports motorcycles doing the same).

Pretty fun all in all, though I wish I could climb a little better (I spent a lot of time in my bottom gear, and had long stretches where I doubt I broke 5mph so as not to go anaerobic).

Anyway, Map of my ride is here.
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Today, April 25th, is Anzac Day. Anzac Day is essentially Australia's equivalent to Remembrance Day. This site explains the tradition ...

https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/..._tradition.asp
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Rowan and I are debating about cycling, canoeing ... or both this afternoon. It's cool, a little bit windy, and threatening to rain.
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Yesterday, went and helped some friends move, no riding.

Today, went and rode the Muenster Germanfest Metric Century, about 90 miles north of here. It was windy, but had a good ride. I went through the same area on my brevet a couple of weeks ago, but there were more flowers out this time, so made for some nice scenery.


I got done, and checked my speedometer, and averaged 15.0 mph, at which I was pleased. Did I mention it was windy? And hilly? Anyway, seemed like I spent too much time cranking up hills at 9-10 mph.
Hey I was there too - I think the Lifetime cycling group I started with is in the middle of the right hand side of your photo but it's hard to tell. It was windy and hilly but the descents made it worth the pain (I maxed out at 44.2 mph on the long one.) I averaged 18 even when it was all said and done - I've never been so proud of an 18mph pace before in my life! It was a good ride for me but I need to get better about not getting shot out the back at the beginning of the ride. It's typical for me. Today I got dropped by the LT fast line about 5 miles into the ride. I then spent the next 10 miles fighting to catch up with them. I've never been so happy to see a bunch of LT jerseys, I might have cried if I wasn't trying so hard not to puke. After that rest stop in St. Jo a buddy and I broke away for the rest of the ride. And for as much as my legs hurt when I was done, a little bit (well, a lot) of beer and some bratwurst made it all okay!

At Sunday's club ride I may be leading the B pace a little bit slower though...

omorrow's Sunday club ride
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I wondered if you made it out. See the post in the "Texas" forum also.
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weird, i think my post was deleted, austin to lake travis back to austin.... absolutely beautiful weather in the 80s before it get's hot!
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Saturday 04/24/10...49 miles. Planned to ride with Gina but last second call directed her elsewhere. So I head from the Leaky Ftn to Imperial but met up with another rider at the HC water stop who redirected me to the coast. So we hit the coast then on the return, run into AznCarbos once again admiring his rocks on the side of the road. I figure I'll ride to Edna Park, turn around and hit the coast once again for some mileage. The looks on riders' faces are funny when they see you here, then see you there. I swear I saw Eric Anderson and MTBLrkr like 32 times.

So I chat with AC at the coast for a while as Alex2 appears. Long story short, we ride back together.


Dude was on a cool looking 3 speed he made out of some old parts....AND kicking butt on some BIG ol balloon tires! He actually pulled around and did a couple of pulls to help me out.


Second time heading to the coast, this dude worked with me for a bit


Some wild and crazy guys


Heading back with Alex2


Riding back with AznCarbos
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No cycling today (Sunday) but we did get out for a canoe ride on the dam (pond) on the property where we live.

Our canoeing photos:
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76 miles, 3 fun little hills. Took a nice nap afterward. Lot's of other roadies out there.
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nothing special. fifteen miles and a couple hill repeats in about an hour.
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Friday 45 miles on rail trail; Saturday 1 h 15 min spinning (rain); Sunday 15 miles road w/moderate hills.
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Glad to hear about your rapid recovery, BJ. Abdominal surgery is a real biach. I had to walk up a few hills on my first ride post-op, but on the next one, I rode up and got progressively stronger from then on.
Thanks DT, I'm not sure that my surgery was as invasive as your's. But it definately helped knowing what you were through and were able to get through it and back on the bike.

The strange thing for me? I almost feel better after the surgery than with all the riding I was doing up until the surgery.... I had a small tumor removed that was causing havoc with my blood sugar so I would get really tired after about an hour into my rides. With the tumor out my blood sugar is normal and I'm not feeling those bouts of tiredness, at least not after the first couple of rides back.

Today I rode 28 miles and was able to push myself pretty good on a few of the hills. I know average isn't supposed to mean much, but I was pleased to see 18.8 average when I rolled into the driveway.
I'm glad I was able to get the miles in this weekend, it looks like the weather here in the NE is going to be rainy for the next few days.
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We went for a 21 km bicycle ride yesterday, and then a paddle in the canoe around the dam at dusk. The water in the dam was perfectly still and the dark trees and growing dark sky reflected in the water making it look deep and dark in places, and in other places like we were floating across the sky with nothing to hold us up. We stopped paddling and just sat for a while, listening to the night orchestra gathering and starting their songs.
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My weekend ride - the Chico Wildflower Century . More details here: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...6#post10727006
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3+ hours mountain biking yesterday. That was hard, but a lot of fun too.
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Well I didn't get to ride on Saturday. It rained all day long.

I did get to go on Sunday though. However I showed up to the weekly Sunday ride, which is an easy to moderate pace for 30 miles. The ride leader sent out a message about 90 minutes before the ride saying that it was going to be a greenway ride because of the wind (20-30mph winds). Anyways I show up my on my new bike and wearing my new jersey I got (LBS team jersey)... Everyone else is on their "greenway bikes", which were pretty much hybrids or mountain bikes. They're also dressed down. I felt like a Fred.

I was also excited to go mountain biking today because I swapped my rigid fork for my Marzocchi 29er Bomber fork (been riding rigid for half a year), but it was drizzling all day and had rained the night before.
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