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First Ride of 2014

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First Ride of 2014

Old 01-01-14, 04:15 AM
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First Ride of 2014

Tell us about your first ride in 2014!!

January 1

The first day of 2014 started cool and rainy. It didn't bode well for a ride, and we debated about some other options. But then, about 2:30 pm, the rain cleared and the sun came out ... so we decided to go for a ride through various parts of Hobart. We did a loop, part of which I had not ridden before, and then decided we hadn't ridden far enough, and did an out and back on a familiar route. 41.69 km all up.

About 2/3 of the way through, the wind picked up and was gusting to 60 km/h ... just to add to the challenge.

That's our longest ride this year!! ... and also the longest ride we've done since the 17th of November.

Rose-coloured 2014!

And me ...

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What a wonderful landscape Machka!

Did a 25F degree ride around Central Park here in NYC and through Times Square where they let the "Ball" drop. Everything was mostly cleaned up at 8:00 am with the occasional gold hat, glasses and bits of trash floating around. The sanitation dept. here is really good.

Saw some really strange people walking around Times Square too. Mumbling to themselves, dressed like druids or other. Having a fast carbon bike is always a plus when you see weird things going on.
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44 miles...it was 27F when I left the house. Wasn't too bad, but the wind picked up a little just in time for the final 15 miles or so.
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We're heading out on some dog mushing trails for our Jan 1 ride. Last night's ride to the fireworks was -15F but it's warmed up to +10F so I'm a happy camper.
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Did a 20 mile ride in the rain. Luckily it was 61F though. There was no way I wasn't going to ride on the first day of the year.
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50 mile ride up the coast this morning. I must have taken on and off my jacket 5 times. A vest would have been perfect.

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15.5 miler.. 28*f .... That was enough. enjoyed the festivities a little to much last night!
Just totaled mileage for 2013....3207 miles my first full year as a cyclist.
Happy wit that
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My first ride of the year was my commute in today; took this picture along the way. While it was a little chilly for So Cal standards, the ride home shortly is going to be perfect! Happy New Year!

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A short 5.5 mile ride up the local big hill on my old mountain bike (the roads were too salty for my road bike). The 40F seemed plenty warm. I planned for the ride to be nothing more than ceremonial.... but it was a lot of fun.
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I went for a nice 4 hour stroll around the area.
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Did about 1.5 - 2 hours in 25f temps on the local back roads. I have been off the bike for 6 months, so make use of my low gears.
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Beautiful cool day here today. Started out the day with a 15 mile ride in 30F, came in to work and then had to spend most of the morning and afternoon monitoring a fatality near the resort where I work which was pretty sad. Hopefully a reboot tomorrow!
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We have a traditional New Year's Day ride up our local mountain (Mt. Diablo, 3849'). Today the weather excellent - about 40 F at the start and warming up to about 60 F by the time we finished.

Our route and some pictures are at:
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31mi in 1hr55min with some insane headwinds that brought a 17-18mph avg down to 16 w/ 1500ft elevation. Not bad for a guy who packed on 30 freakin lbs since mid August.

Only a month or two left of this cold weather!!

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I did 28 miles with some buddies. Was a cold and foggy 35 degrees. Was a nice and enjoyable pace ending with some hot coffee. Great way to start off the year.
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Couple of hours on a beach mtb ride w/some chums.
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After 6" of fresh snow overnight over flash frozen road ice I managed my annual new years metric. Roads were super greasy and sloppy.
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Took down Christmas lights and all the decorations so what was going to be a ride I did not get in but instead rode my trainer in the garage to Sufferfest Islagiatt!
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A friend of my mine and I rode 24 miles around the baylands, shoreline park and down Stevens creek trail, it was a little cold outside but not bad.
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After hosting a New Years Eve slumber party for 12 second and third grade girls, my wife let me out for a nice 35 mile ride with two of my favorite riding partners. Happy New Year!
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Last year I managed to have some non-wussy friends and we did a Jan 1st Century. This year all my team-mates got sick, my coach disappeared into his new house and it got cold so I couldn't recruit any other meat pylons. So I decided to go out and hammer myself into oblivion for 60 miles.
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I cycled 58 miles sunny but windy,a stiff NW wind was a genuine PITA!
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A short ride of 23 miles but an important milestone for me. I bought a new bike in Oct because I wanted to be able to ride more of the local hills which were very hard in my old bike (and the subpar engine powering it). The new bike has gotten me further and up bigger hills so I went for a much harder ride today, a 5 mile 2000' hill with an average grade of about 7.5% with some pretty steep sections. I wasn't sure I could make it and did it more to see how far I could go and I surprised myself by finishing the whole thing in about 41 min without a stop. Now I go back to work after a week and a half off so I might not get another chance for a while so I'm very pleased that I could manage that and will have more confidence for other hills in the future.

It was hard but it didn't kill me and I still had energy to walk the dog 3 miles this evening
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nice 50 miler to kick '14 off, hope to get a few thousand this year.
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It was 10F when I rolled out for a slow, windy, hilly, relatively miserable salt encrusted grimefest.

It sucked pretty hard.

Happy New Year.
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