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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - May 25/26/27

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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - May 25/26/27

Old 05-25-13, 01:11 AM
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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - May 25/26/27

Happy Weekend! And I believe the US has a long weekend ... Memorial Day. Whether you've got a long weekend or not, tell us about your cycling adventures, or adventures with other exercise this weekend. Post pics if you've got them.


Friday - Rowan and I were able to get out for a 19.2 km ride on the touring bicycles in the afternoon. It was a bit chilly, but sunny. Quite nice for very late autumn. Our route took us up the gravel rail trail, along a very narrow paved road, then a bit more gravel, then a bit more paved, and repeat. The touring bicycles have wider tires to be able to handle the gravel


Saturday - Rowan and I were able to get out for a 30.6 km ride on the tandem in the afternoon. I think it was a bit warmer today. Today's route took us up our "usual" route ... a quiet paved road.
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When the fog lifts and it gets a little warmer out there, we're hoping to do at least a short ride today.
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I got out for 185km yesterday.
40 of those on gravel, half in the dark. Lots of hills.
First long ride in 4 months. Great to be out there again.

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Old 05-26-13, 09:18 AM
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It was drizzly and cool all day ... so we just went for a walk. Maybe tomorrow.
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Saturday: 23 miles of a hellishly brutal chilly, very windy day that nearly knocked me over. Today: 21 miles of inner city riding with a buddy, subdued winds a bit and nice and sunny.
May take a day off tomorrow unless its beautiful...........then I feel guilty and will do 20 miles.
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100mi in 6hr50min then slowed pace to a crawl for a total of 107mi in 7hr30min
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Did a 44 miler with a friend this morning. More a scenic ride than anything.






http://i.imgur.com/0rMHTFt.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/kCP5enC.jpg
Coronado Bridge




Stopped by a local Mexican joint. Meat lovers quesadilla. Sausage, bacon, ham, beans and carne asada.

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Old 05-26-13, 04:17 PM
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Absolutely gorgeous ride this morning south of Bragg Creek on cowboy trail. Bright blue sky, no wind and a fast 70 km (at least it was fast for me). 3 dudes in Cervelos dropped us like we were standing still.
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Work like everyone else, but i get tuesdays and thursdays off though. I try to get the most miles i can on the days off.
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Raced Saturday -- Folsom Classic Criterium. Won a lovely beverage.



Recovery ride today. Riding to a 5k run tomorrow with my son and father-in-law. May do the Monday night group ride if my legs feel good.
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bunch of rides in this weekend

Saturday - semi-casual ride with 3 friends. 48 miles - http://app.strava.com/activities/56214669

Sunday - started with a couple laps of mountain biking with 3 different friends. i don't have a mountain bike, but when one is offered to me to use, i'll take it every time. loop is actually 11 miles, but GPS signal sucks. plus, at the end of the first loop, me and my buddy backtracked to find the girls, so probably around 13 on the first one. i was happy, because i did the first loop in 1:01:xx, and my buddy said when he races there, he's shooting for just under 1 hour laps. 4th time ever mountain biking, i'll take it! loop 1 then 2 - http://app.strava.com/activities/56492135 http://app.strava.com/activities/56492128

THEN, i got home, had about an hour break, and a super relaxed group ride. it's about 7.5 miles from home, so i rode to it. about a 38 mile loop. http://app.strava.com/activities/56492130

and if those 2 days weren't enough, did a 55 miler today. back to semi-casual. had an awesome tail wind for the first half, a light lunch break, then an absolutely brutal headwind back. i did get in a solid 5 mile pull with a 15mph cross wind which just kicked my ass, but i know it'll make me stronger. http://app.strava.com/activities/56688660

about 180 miles for the long weekend, and finally over 2k miles for the year.
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Old 05-27-13, 07:41 PM
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Sat, Sun, Mon; ate a lot, drank a lot, rode a lot (135 hilly miles in all). But I rode a lot mostly to make up for eating and drinking a lot.
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Awesome weather Monday for a ride around Cayuga Lake. Sunny, mid 60s, a little windy at times but not the "bog you down" kind of wind, just the "get in the drops and you're fine" kind. Soloed around (left out about 2.6 miles at the South end through the traffic of downtown Ithaca) in 4:45:28 for 83.1 miles. 93.2 total including getting to the lake and back (did come back through town and that was slow with the stop lights and a climb up East Hill). Great day for a long ride!
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Sat- 25 miles (flat)
Sun- 26 miles (2350 ft)
Mon- 16 cut short with shifting problems.
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Interestingly, it was a long weekend in Thailand as well - though for the Visacha Bucha holiday on Friday. However, it is also monsoon season here as well with perpetual weather forecasts of 50% chance of isolated thunderstorms (this is the actual forecast).

Friday - I rode 100 km in 3 hr 20 min - it was quite cool at 28 C when I started at 7 am 70% humidity but quickly climbed to 37 C 60% humidity by 10 am. Though this time, I was a bit better prepared with cooler drink mixes in my refrigerated bottles. Last week, when the weather also topped out at 37 C, I think I came pretty close to bonking (or heat exhaustion) due to the heat and had to ride at a much slower pace once the temperature passed 36 C 60% humidity.

Saturday and Sunday - Thunderstorms!

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Old 05-27-13, 09:39 PM
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Sunday we did our first mountain pass ride of the season, 65 miles and 5000,' out and back but over 2 different passes. To climb the second pass, we had to lower our tandem down an 8' drop off an unfinished Forest Service bridge, which was kind of cool. Can't do that in a car. We were with a couple other bikes, which made it possible. We enjoyed a 21 mile aerobar descent off the first pass, gentle curves, very fun.

Memorial Day did
a 46 mile recovery ride, on the tandem in the rain, average HR 111.
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First time on the bike in 2-3 months due to various issues. Rode 12 miles on a small scenic highway. I weigh about 10lbs less than I did and started off too fast. It seems like it's easier for me to sprint, but then came the rolling hills and the puking. Haha. The 95F heat was brutal and I should have started much earlier (started at 8:30). Being off of the bike for 2-3 months was awful. I never want to be off the bike that long.
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Did a 600k out of Mineral Wells on Saturday and Sunday, a 200k on Monday, so 500 miles for the weekend. On the tandem.
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This weekend almost killed me. ~120 miles of group riding pretty fast (21-23MPH rolling) and about 20 miles of running. That's a lot for me. The 50 mile tempo ride on Sunday was probably the hardest thing I've done this year. We hauled ass the entire way, everyone else died (they've all been riding a lot more than me) and I pulled our group for almost the entire last half. ~7 miles from home, I was suffering like I haven't since I raced: legs cramping, slightly nauseous, eyes losing focus... I had that "chest caving in" feeling, it was frankly awful. Made it home and felt better as soon as I stopped pedalling.

I think I overdid it a bit. My legs are still a little blitzed. Can't ride like I used to be able to ~20 years ago.
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Went out for a ride on saturday, for which I and my buddy had major reservations due to the winds (steady 25mph, gusts of 30). We rode a 55 mile loop in the Vineland NJ, which has a lot of farms and such, so the wind can be brutal. It was every bit at rough as we expected and kept our average speed at 17.5. This is good for me, but slow for my friend. The crosswinds would hit our front wheels and nearly pull the bars out of our hands. We tried to stay in the trees as much as possible. My buddy is a much stronger rider and did most, if not all, of the pulling. For which I will owe him many beers. We had a nice ride, but I was pretty much on one leg the last 10 miles. My left patella was screaming. The most enjoyable part of the ride was running down wind. It was kind of bizarre. When we had the wind at our backs we were moving about 25 mph on flats with hardly any effort and it was nearly silent.

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