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Weekend Cycling/Sports Reports - Aug 23/24

Old 08-22-14, 07:47 PM
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Weekend Cycling/Sports Reports - Aug 23/24

Tell us about your rides this weekend (or on the days surround the weekend). Long rides ... short rides ... indoor rides ... outdoor rides ... with people ... or solo ... fast ... or slow ...

Did you go anywhere interesting? See any wildlife? Break a personal downhill speed record? Got pics?

What about other sports? The gym? Swimming? Kayaking? Mountain climbing?



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Friday -- I got two brisk walks in ... 3.6 km at lunch at quite a good pace + 2.1 km right after work with Rowan on the beach. It's the first time we've walked on the beach in a little while, but the daylight hours are getting longer so we were able to get a walk in as the sun went down.


Saturday -- well ... we're getting ready to go.
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Saturday -- Cycled 29.86 km!


Today was a beautiful day, a taste of spring with light winds, sunny skies, and a temperature high of 18C.

We decided to cycle from home to a Model Train Show and back ... a slightly strenuous loop route. And we spent a couple hours at the Model Train Show ... just fascinating!
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Sunday -- We're celebrating our 6th Anniversary today. And getting ready to go for a ride ... of course!


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On our wedding day 6 years ago, we cycled a century (100 miles) .. and then got married on the dock on a little lake near Jasper.

Us at the start of the ride:



Us getting married:

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First ride with the new machine today!

Around 32 miles total of primarily easy cruising, with one decent climb of 4.5M @ 4% at a slightly below threshold effort and a couple little bursts thrown in playing around seeing what it would do.

Pic of bike from top of the climb:
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Friday: Easy no effort ride, 40 miles on local bike paths

Today: Climbing ride, 80 miles/7500 feet of climbing. Three of us rode from our valley, up over a mountain pass to the next valley. There we took a detour into a short little canyon ride before heading back over that same mountain pass. We added an extra climb before we headed home, so this last climb was 14ish miles & 2700 ft climbing. On that climb we got smoked by a 13 year old kid who is training for the Giro Beverley Hills. In our defense, the kid probably only did 1/3 of that climb.

After the first climb, 2000 ft, we stopped at the ranger station. You can see the mountains that we're heading into in the background:


Then more climbing, and this view at the beginning of the descent into our neighboring valley:


Three happy cyclists at the top of the last climb. Why happy? Because its almost all downhill from here. I'm the one on the right.


Tomorrow I'm heading down to the coast for a short climbing ride.
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Road the Tour de Menlo today. The ride said it was 35 miles, but my app said 37 miles with 1200 ft elevation gain. I am tuckered.
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Sunday -- we cycled 19.44 km today. A nice little ride, to celebrate our anniversary, near one of the local beaches. It was very nice to get out. Earlier in the day, the weather was rather iffy, and the predictions weren't brilliant. But it ended up being quite warm (17C) and sunny.

I rode Machak, my Marinoni Ciclo again ... the same bicycle I rode on our wedding century.

And then we did a short beach stroll.
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Rode 100km's on the dot today along the Riverton to Clare rail trail. Full ride report and pic's here> https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bic...l#post17065843



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Two rides this weekend. On Saturday, I met some members of our MS150 teams. Many first time riders. We did about 15 miles in total with a rest at the halfway point. Today was a mapping run of a route at my house so I can get them to ride up this way. Only 18 miles, but a big ride for many of the folks on the team.
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Saturday just strained my legs watching the spain race since it was raining. Today 43 miles
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48 miles on a blistering hot day with a group of riders learning to ride in a group. Forget paceline tips, we practiced grabbing and putting our water bottles back while moving, riding side by side, hand signals, etc. There was some heat exhaustion, a crash, and a dropped chain on a hill . Pace was only 14 mph, which didn't help dealing with the heat.

Early in the ride, a car passed us while another was oncoming. I felt sure we were headed for the ditch or the hospital but the cars sorted themselves out. Such colorful language from the peloton.
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Originally Posted by calliebear9
Road the Tour de Menlo today. The ride said it was 35 miles, but my app said 37 miles with 1200 ft elevation gain. I am tuckered.
Congrats! How did the new bicycle feel?
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Did 36 miles yesterday. No elevation gain, but sure had my share of climbing the "Florida hills".
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Originally Posted by Machka
Congrats! How did the new bicycle feel?
It felt good. I went to a fitter on Thursday and she set me up with a new handlebar and raised my seat. I had no arm, hand or knee pain- beyond just being tired. I do need a new saddle at some point. Measured my sit bones and saddle is too narrow. Bike rode ok, although my chain came off on a hill. Luckily someone there helped me. I don't know how it happened.
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Originally Posted by calliebear9
It felt good. I went to a fitter on Thursday and she set me up with a new handlebar and raised my seat. I had no arm, hand or knee pain- beyond just being tired. I do need a new saddle at some point. Measured my sit bones and saddle is too narrow. Bike rode ok, although my chain came off on a hill. Luckily someone there helped me. I don't know how it happened.
It's good you were comfortable. And you might have the bicycle shop just check your drivetrain ... possibly needs a small adjustment.
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Easy ride today with my mom, her first time doing a categorized climb and a 3rd category one at that. 4.5 miles of 4-5% grades. Not too bad for a lady who is a year shy of 60 and only started cycling more than a couple times a year this spring!
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55 miles/5000 feet of climbing at the beach, bringing me up to 240 mi/18000 ft for the week. Today will be a rest day.

We rode from this beach up to the point of land in the background, behind the palm trees.



Then we took a pic once we got up high enough, you can see the beach we came from down below



Then we rode all over that hilly peninsula. I stopped to take a pic of this lady walking her dog with an offshore island in the background.



We saw all the sights including this Korean friendship bell.

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Hot as usual this weekend, but low wind so I could ride in any direction comfortably. Saturday was a little odd ride around south Tampa. There were a lot of close passing cars and I got a good buzzing by a motorcycle. Then later while cruising about 21 mph on a contiguous bike lane on Bayshore a lady stepped right out in front of me. She stood straddling the bike lane line with the deer in the head light look. Fortunately, the man she was with grabbed her arm and yanked her back to the curb. It was certainly one of those rides I had to stay on my toes. Sunday was a little less adventuresome ride out to the Upper Tampa Bay trail. I got in about 82 miles total.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
55 miles/5000 feet of climbing at the beach, bringing me up to 240 mi/18000 ft for the week. Today will be a rest day.

We rode from this beach up to the point of land in the background, behind the palm trees.



Then we took a pic once we got up high enough, you can see the beach we came from down below



Then we rode all over that hilly peninsula. I stopped to take a pic of this lady walking her dog with an offshore island in the background.



We saw all the sights including this Korean friendship bell.

Beautiful area.
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