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Old 12-07-13, 04:18 AM
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Weekend Cycling/Exercise Reports - Dec 7/8

It's summer!! How's the cycling going? Or for those of you in the throws of winter, how are the indoor cycling or other sports going?


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Saturday - since I was ordered off the bicycle this past week, and this weekend, by my Doctor ... we walked. A little walk along the beach, and a climb to the top of a lookout.






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So ... where are you riding this weekend? I can't ride, so I'll need to live vicariously through your rides.
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nice stairmaster

sat: should have ridden today, wanted to go with someone else but no one would go.

sun: might be brave and go do the 30mi club ride when the forecast is for 35F (2 C ?)
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Outside of Florida I think the weather is almost universally bad to awful in most of the US this weekend. There was a gale force wind warning that got cancelled along the LA coast but the wind was still brutal. I got 42 miles in today but I didn't see a soul on the beach and I had the bike path almost completely to myself.

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Saturday - 40 miles on the dot today. Weather was not too bad, but the wind picked up a bit on the homestretch. 193.7 miles to go until I hit 5,000 for the year. It is going to be tight...I will hopefully get another 40+ in tomorrow.

Sunday - 41.7 miles today. Noticeably colder - 31F when I left the house. The good news is it warmed up while I was out. 33F when I got back. 152 more miles to go.

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We had a good ice storm blow through, so that put a damper on most of the local riding. Things are just now starting to thaw a bit.

I did get out and ride my Worksman Front-Loading Tricycle around White Rock Lake for 10 miles, though. And rode a few more miles on the local greenbelt.
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well i was sitting on the fence about this mornings group ride and when i couldn't find my warmer gloves that decided it for me. Will probably be happy to not have tired legs tomorrow at work (UPS driver helper.. aka package runner). I'll catch back up after Xmas.
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We had heavy rain all day Friday and into early Saturday morning, but by 8:00am the roads had dried up and my local group ride was on We did 56 miles in high 30s temps, which felt fine once I got warmed up.

Sunday's forecast was for up to half an inch of snow starting at 1pm. I showed up for a group ride at 9am, but not many people were there. We split into slow and fast groups, and four of us rode together for 25 miles or so. I was 25 miles from home when we got the first flakes of snow, a lot earlier than forecast. I broke off from the group so that I could get home faster (I rode to the ride) and rode the last 20 miles alone, trying to beat the snow.

As I arrived at the house it started really coming down, and 15 mins later the street was covered. When it finally stopped, we had 8" of snow (southern NJ). So much for that forecast!

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did the first shake down ride on my new CX disc bike whoohoo. About 68 miles, 15 of that was offroad on singletracks and fireroads and total of 4127ft vertical



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It was perfect weather to ride A1A to South Beach...

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No riding here, i have been trapped inside by the ice storm in the Dallas area. I will try to get out there today and put in at least a few miles but its cold, we will see how the wind goes.......
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Two back to back rides, about 45 miles each day. 45 miles easy with 10 miles of hammering Saturday, 45 miles Sunday, 20 miles with the Orange County Bike Club A/B freds Sunday, the good news is I'm stronger than the freds now, getting closer to minimal racing fitness. Still have 15 lbs to lose, but I'll be happy if I can stay even or lose maybe 5 of it over the winter. A lot thinner and fitter than I was 60 days ago, that's for sure.
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Did my local over-the-mountain for time.

30 miles, ~5,000' climbing. One side is 1,500' in 4.5 miles
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The weekend started off with a bang on Friday due to an unexpected root canal. Although expensive, it beat spending the rest of the weekend in a dark room curled up in the fetal position with pain pills. As it was I had a great time with my bike Saturday and Sunday in nice weather on my unusual 40 miles S. Tampa routes. Also got the Christmas tree decorated on Sunday.
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We did a group ride of 34 miles that started at about 74 degrees and ended at about 82 degrees...it was so beautiful that the parts of the ride that were on the trail had lots of walkers, runners, dog walkers, etc. Oh...and for the first time in a pace line I fell after touching wheels with another bike. We had just stopped for traffic, and starting back up I was putting my feet back in my pedals, and made the mistake of looking down...when I looked back up I had overlapped another wheel (an expensive Zipp wheel at that), tried to avoid touching it, touched it slightly and was on the ground. Bike O.K....I have a hematoma on my left hip, a sore left embow, and a sprained left wrist. Fortunately, I did not hit my head, since my helmet was too loose and the strap and helmet ended up around my neck and not on my head. Hopefully I won't make either mistake again. AND, had a great day with our kids and all 6 grand kids at Disney's Epcot Center Sunday.
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I did a brief ride with a buddy between storms here in DC on Saturday. Winds were brisk and the temps were hanging just above freezing. His toes were cold, so we turned around and headed back after about an hour out. Nice day. Final wave before riding back home. PG

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I rode through Brea and Whittier to Turnbull Canyon Road (a local climb here in So Cal) with a group on meetup.com to which I was referred. It was my first time on Turnbull in... years, and it was on a new (used) bike with harder gearing than I usually ride. But I did well, I think, and I really enjoyed the ride.

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indoor classes hav been full after the holiday. Lots of trkey to burn. Trying to figure out how to use my new Cyclops HR monitor with the Garmin Edge on a indoor bike to get watts.
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I did a brief ride with a buddy between storms here in DC on Saturday. Winds were brisk and the temps were hanging just above freezing. His toes were cold, so we turned around and headed back after about an hour out. Nice day. Final wave before riding back home. PG

Phil are those the Saucony gloves with mitt covers? how are they?


and damn Jsigone that is a nice looking cross bike.. i want a cross bike
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I'd have to check on the brand, they may be Saucony. They were a Christmas gift from two years ago. The construction is a felt-like synthetic fabric glove, elastic wrist, and nylon shell mitten cover that unfolds from the back of the hand to form a windshell for the fingers. I've used them for two or three winters now, and really like the versatility that they offer. So, by getting a larger than normal size and varying the glove worn underneath as a liner, I can get decent protection. The little bit of wind protection on the fingers makes a huge difference, without sacrificing dexterity.

I prefer the bar end shifters once mittens are involved...

With neoprene liners, they're good down to about freezing (as shown in the photo). For temps below freezing, I swap out the mitten for a snowboarding insulated mitten with windblock. That's good to as cold as the rest of my body can stand.

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Yea, i've seen them in stores. right now i use Defeet wool gloves then a goretex shell mitten. I can get to low 30s but that is about as far as I want to go anyway. I actually have no problem using my sti shifters with them.
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Saturday morning; rolled out with a buddy at 6 deg F with a 8-10mph West wind. Not a cloud on the sky and super clean roads for 20 miles.
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We did a group ride of 34 miles that started at about 74 degrees and ended at about 82 degrees...it was so beautiful that the parts of the ride that were on the trail had lots of walkers, runners, dog walkers, etc. Oh...and for the first time in a pace line I fell after touching wheels with another bike. We had just stopped for traffic, and starting back up I was putting my feet back in my pedals, and made the mistake of looking down...when I looked back up I had overlapped another wheel (an expensive Zipp wheel at that), tried to avoid touching it, touched it slightly and was on the ground. Bike O.K....I have a hematoma on my left hip, a sore left embow, and a sprained left wrist. Fortunately, I did not hit my head, since my helmet was too loose and the strap and helmet ended up around my neck and not on my head. Hopefully I won't make either mistake again. AND, had a great day with our kids and all 6 grand kids at Disney's Epcot Center Sunday.
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