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Weekend Rides/Exercise - November 6/7

Old 11-06-10, 01:23 AM
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Weekend Rides/Exercise - November 6/7

Today was a beautiful spring day ... in fact, it almost got a bit hot out there (finally). I guess now we'll have to start acclimatising to the warmer temperatures in preparation for summer. What's the weather like in your area?

If I'm not mistaken, daylight savings time ends this weekend for some people in the US and Canada. Does that mean you won't have as much daylight when you go out for your evening rides?


Have you been able to get out for a ride this weekend? Are you inside on the trainer these days?


Friday evening - a short 25 km ride on the singles on one of the "usual" routes. I wanted to ride the singles for a bit in order to help build up my strength. I work harder on the singles than I do on the tandem. I also need to keep working on my new Brooks.

Saturday - 67.5 km out to a neighbouring town for ice cream and back. There is apparently about 630 metres of climbing on that route so it was a good workout.









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Does anyone from the northern hemisphere make posts like this in July?
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Friday - Diwali, public holiday - temple followed by day with family and friends feasting.

Saturday - New Years Day (for many Indians) - more eating and merriment.

Sunday - m-u-s-t r-i-d-e...

Wishing everyone a Great and Safe Diwali weekend!


edit - Sunday - 80km solo, one stop for water refill.

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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
Does anyone from the northern hemisphere make posts like this in July?
Welcome here. These sorts of threads have been going on most weekends for years. Did you, or will you, ride this weekend? Tell us about it, and if you've got pics, even better!
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Leaving out in a few minutes to go ride a 200k permanent with some of the local randonneurs. This will be #12 in my R12 series, so looking forward to gettin' her done!
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
Does anyone from the northern hemisphere make posts like this in July?
I'm in the northern hemisphere.

1 deg north
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Thoractomy (lung surgery) 16 days ago. 11 miles on my newly-built up Klein today. Av. spd. 13 mph which I don't think is all that bad, all things considered. No front der.--yet--so I had to use the small chainring going out (mostly uphill) and the big ring coming back down. Probably 650 feet of vertical gain.

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It was cold,wet, and I was to busy to ride fri. But I needed a recovery day anyways
It snowed this morning and had my hands full with the kids so I missed another day.
Sun (tomorrow) it is suppose to warm up and be sunny so its on. I'm taking the kids to visit their grandmother and will do a nice 50mi loop with some decent climbing in the mountains after I drop them off. I done a few bike fit changes the last two days so this will be a good time to test them out.
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Got 'er done. Finished my 200k permanent, which completes my R-12.

Usually, on Lone Star Randonneur rides, there is a group riding faster than I can keep up with, and then some of us stragging along behind. Well, today the group (9 or 10 people) was moving slower, and I was able to keep up with them for the first 70 muiles or so, which made it a more fun ride. Cool but sunny all day, breezy, but not too terrible, and I made the ride in 9:25 or so (which, for me, is pretty good, but not the best I've done, either.)
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Yesterday's lunchtime group ride was in the spirit of "it's winter now", with a deliberate relaxed pace (18.5 mph over ~22mi). That was probably a good thing, because today's solo ride was my longest yet: 47 miles, taking me through parts of rural/wooded Pennsylvania I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting previously. On the longest straight flattish section, I was surprised to be flying along at mid-20s speed - didn't realize I had the wind helping out until the return trip
I really need to get some winter gear, piling on layers isn't going to work much longer...
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
Got 'er done. Finished my 200k permanent, which completes my R-12.

Usually, on Lone Star Randonneur rides, there is a group riding faster than I can keep up with, and then some of us stragging along behind. Well, today the group (9 or 10 people) was moving slower, and I was able to keep up with them for the first 70 muiles or so, which made it a more fun ride. Cool but sunny all day, breezy, but not too terrible, and I made the ride in 9:25 or so (which, for me, is pretty good, but not the best I've done, either.)
Congratulations! It is nice to ride with others ... and 9:25 for a 200K is really good.
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Sunday - the original plan for today was to do a ride that would have ended up being about 105 km, but on our way out to one little town, we made the executive decision to turn around and go back rather than continuing on. There was a very large storm looming in the distance!

The way back from that point was uphill most of the way, so the progress was a bit slower than I would have liked and I ended up getting caught by a corner of that storm.



Fortunately, it was just a corner because it could have been a lot worse. The storm caused flash flooding and "drowned" the road we wanted to use to get home. Even the alternate route was flooded, but fortunately we were able to get through there.

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Went on a group ride yesterday morning that was billed as a newbie ride at a moderate pace. The group leader told me at the end, "You should try the faster group tomorrow morning."

So, I went out today, and although I wasn't technically "dropped", I gave the faster guys plenty of time to chill while they waited for me and the other slowpokes to catch up.
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Friday and Saturday-Homework
Sunday- 80 miles with a friend. Only 2 stops which I think is pretty good for two 15 year old rookies. Got kinda cold on the way back.
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+1 on the homework. +1 on the 80-miler. I spent my formative years in Eureka. That was about 45 years ago, however.
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No rides for me this weekend

I set out for 30-40 miles this afternoon but had to walk home only after 1 mile. Crank arm nearly fell off.

Completely ruined my Sunday. The weather was pretty much perfect..52 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze.
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First cold ride of the year.. 38mi sunday group ride 43F degrees plus a stiff breeze. haven't been riding much since sept due to it being prime rock climbing season so the legs did not appreciate being cold and going further than usual in a while. Did do a lot of good pulls in a fun group of 5 guys rolling around the same ability until the legs gave up.
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28.6 miles
30.5 max
14.9 avrg
1 hr 55 min (I had to stop to warm my toes; get a small coffee and wolf down some choc covered raisins)
40F degrees

got passed by two riders who were obviously SERIOUS road riders (made me feel like lead)

got the layers right incl a wind breaker vest for the first time in a long time. forgot to wear my black socks so some of the gray wound up showing between my new pants and shoes, oh well. got home just in time for not having reflective ankle bands but next time I'm putting them in the trunk. hope I get some rides in in warmer weather so I can use the cool cycling head band I bought late last fall.
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We had a couple of gorgeous crisp fall days. I went riding both days. The first one I had to do some shopping and did about 15 miles with stops here and there. I had to stop by the LBS and get some arm and ear warmers. It was a little too cool to be without. The trip home went well and I made good time.

Sunday was a pleasure cruise. Again temps in the 40's and 50's (F). I followed part of a tour route here in NJ. I made a few mistakes in navigation, but was glad that I did. It's always fun to see new things. On one one of my "side trips" I found a "Rails-to-Trails" path that I'm going to explore later on. That was a nice surprise. I did break a toe clip, but it didn't kill the trip. I'll just have to replace it this week. I'm going to consider clipless in the future, but I have to think about that one.

Ended up doing 22 miles with some pretty major hills and quite a bit of wind but finished my longest ride to date.
My legs are jello, but there's a smile on my face.
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Saturday raked up 19 bags of leaves. Had hockey game at night (won 10-1).

Sunday ran 12 miles. Jealous of cyclists that past me, but told wife I'd run marathon with her and have to put in some foot miles.
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Standard 24-mile out-and-back, about 1700' of climbing. Temp was hovering around 60 but no wind and not a cloud in the sky. I went with a base layer, bibs, ss jersey and arm warmers, but the arm warmers came down after the first mile. It was nice.
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"got passed by two riders who were obviously SERIOUS road riders (made me feel like lead)"

I've discovered that seriousness does not equate to speed.
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It was a cold, windy weekend in Massachusetts, but I managed to get in about 20 miles on Sunday after (hopefully) the last clean-up of leaves from the yard for the year. Woke up this morning to freezing rain and a 2" accumulation of slush, so I don't know how much longer this riding season will last. Although I wouldn't mind some snow in about a month...I'd like to give cross country skiing a try this year to get into a winter sport.
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It was a cold, windy weekend in Massachusetts, but I managed to get in about 20 miles on Sunday after (hopefully) the last clean-up of leaves from the yard for the year. Woke up this morning to freezing rain and a 2" accumulation of slush, so I don't know how much longer this riding season will last. Although I wouldn't mind some snow in about a month...I'd like to give cross country skiing a try this year to get into a winter sport.
You've got some good XC ski potential in the Bay State. Around here if I'm not riding in the winter, I've got a pair of boards strapped on my feet. Totally different muscle groups, however, so doing one doesn't really keep you in shape to do the other. Your legs still hurt after skiing--just in different places. It's more of an upper body workout as well.
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Group ride on Saturday AM. 23 degrees (F) at the start, did 43 miles. Group ride on Sunday AM. 32 degrees (F) at the start, did 42 miles on a glorious crisp sunny autumn morning. The roads are pretty clear of other cyclists now; we saw 4 others total for both days.
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