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What men will do to not get dropped by a girl...

Old 09-04-14, 10:08 AM
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What men will do to not get dropped by a girl...

There is a pretty lady who rides on the cycling road that most know and I see on most morning rides. She is pretty fast rider but didn't really think she was faster than me but maybe over 50 miles she is. :-) One day she caught my wheel we rode along as I sped up and she can ride 20-22 mph all day long it seems in her own air. She's a nice lady too. So she caught my wheel again and I didn't want to just let her go so I stayed close and then pulled for her a bit...not that she need it. So we came to end of our road and she said she was going to do another lap and that is where I turn around and we started riding and talking and she can ride and talk at 20 mph which some can but many can't. I asked her about her typical distance and she said she rode 50-65 miles a day and I don't see her ever recovering either. By contrast I ride about 32 miles a day but only 4 days a week or so...mostly because I don't like the heat so much. But doesn't seem to bother her and she rides fast. So off we go for 10 miles and we are riding at times very fast and I notice my heart rate climbing. I think in cooler conditions I would have no trouble but I am not the best warm weather rider...do a lot better in less than 80 degrees and lower humidity. So for about 30 minutes my heart rate was about 175 bpm and honestly, I didn't want to ride any faster because I didn't want my heart rate above this for this period of time. But maybe it is of no consequence...don't know. I am 60 y.o. So I found my LTHR. I can hold a HR of 175 bpm for 30 minutes without going anaerobic or breathing that hard. I figured my LTHR was about 170 or so...this is my first year of riding with a HR monitor.... but generally I don't ride with that high a heart rate for 20-30 minutes non stop. I bet her HR was lower though when we stopped she may have been breathing a bit harder than me. :-)

The other day on a sprint, again in higher heat I hit a heart rate of 195 pbm which is my highest to date. I routinely will hit into the 180's but didn't think it would climb much above 190. Again I believe some of this is attributable to the heat in Florida...even riding in the morning where the water runs out of my body as fast as it goes in by drinking. Humidity is very high.

Anyway, what men will do not to be dropped by a pretty girl and she was a bit faster than I thought. :-)
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Pictures, man! We need pictures!
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Pictures, man! We need pictures!
No pics but figured you guys know what I am talking about. A nice view in the draft. :-)
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No pics but figured you guys know what I am talking about. A nice view in the draft. :-)
Had quite a bit of that on my ride yesterday. She wasn't faster than me, but I stayed behind for a better view
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Had quite a bit of that on my ride yesterday. She wasn't faster than me, but I stayed behind for a better view
One of the joys of riding to be sure. I enjoy the social aspect of cycling, not that I am a club rider kind of guy by any stretch. I enjoy riding with fast women. but all different kinds of people...fast and slow...especially if they like to talk politics.

A while back I met a 'very nice' women out riding and we have started to ride together a bit. She isn't near as strong a rider as the girl I mentioned above and I don't have to jam every time I ride...less important the older I get but still like to rock now and then. She likes to travel and do bike tours so it could get complicated.

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We have a pro triathlete woman who does our shop ride most weekends, ranked something close to top 10 in the country. She says guys are always trying to drop her to prove something. She laughs at them......
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Originally Posted by nesdog
We have a pro triathlete woman who does our shop ride most weekends, ranked something close to top 10 in the country. She says guys are always trying to drop her to prove something. She laughs at them......
Part of the fun and of course nothing serious. The chase. I am always interested in how fast others ride.
What is funny about the girl I mentioned is she is a bit of an outliar. She isn't a Tri girl. She just has the fitness of one. No fat, super slim upper body and legs that can crush rock. She also doesn't even know that much about cycling just talking to her about it. Good position on the bike....rides in the drops all the time in a good aero position and rides like the wind. :-)
Speaking of Tri girls and yes they are fun to ride with as well...but except for a top 10 in the country type rider you mention, they don't ride any faster than the girl I mentioned....a few around her as well.
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Have I ever mentioned that my heart attack happened when I was drafting a beautiful young woman at about 23 mph? What a shame.
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Have I ever mentioned that my heart attack happened when I was drafting a beautiful young woman at about 23 mph? What a shame.
Upside is, this is a pretty good way to check out. Pretty consistent with the title premise.
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Upside is, this is a pretty good way to check out. Pretty consistent with the title premise.
Are you posting from heaven or hell?
Houston. You be the judge.
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Originally Posted by Tech420
Had quite a bit of that on my ride yesterday. She wasn't faster than me, but I stayed behind for a better view
I see guys here huffing and puffing away trying to beat pretty girls, some of them actually look back and smirk as if to say wooo, look at me (then they run out of gas lol). Why? I just hang back and keep up with them. Whats that saying.. sun upon your face, wind on your back.. and a nice view up front starts off a good day

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Originally Posted by Campag4life
No pics but figured you guys know what I am talking about. A nice view in the draft. :-)
Dirty old man.

My GF is a fairly strong rider, especially on hills. Being 5' even and 105 lbs. with very strong thighs sure helps. Some guys, both who we know and who we don't, have egos that will not let them sit idly by after she passes them. She finds it both amusing and pathetic at the same time.
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Sometime ago a couple of friends and me went for a 150km ride. We were in our 50's and 60's, but one of them invited a friend - a lady in her 40's. The last 60 kms were into a strong headwind, and this woman pulled nearly all the time, she was a lot stronger than us. I was on her wheel, trying to hang on, saying to myself "I'll get dropped... just resist for 500m more, I can do it... no, I can't stand it any more..." when suddenly someone yelled from behind "So-and-so is dropped, let's wait for him". That saved me. Turns out she's a racer, few men are faster than her around here.

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I have no ego. I get passed by women all the time. Flats or hills (up), makes no difference. I'm used to it by now.
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I have no ego. I get passed by women all the time. Flats or hills (up), makes no difference. I'm used to it by now.
+1.

I'm still not over hipsters on fixies or dudes on mountain bikes passing me though, and yes, it occasionally happens. You should hear the excuses running through my head if it sticks though!
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Houston. You be the judge.
Been there. No judging required. It's hell.
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We have two strong women that ride in our group (usually 6 - 8 of us). One is usually the strongest in the group and she's a monster and also a huge inspiration, having weighed 310 pounds only 3-4 years ago, smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish. She realized she was killing herself and signed up for a sprint triathlon to get off her butt. After the first one (she had to borrow a bike), she signed up for another, then another. Ultimately she made a video and received a spot in IronMan Hawaii and finished that. This year she won the TX State Time Trial for her age category and two weeks ago she rode the "Pace Line" group at the Hotter'N Hell, finishing the 106 mile course in 5h 6m. I love this picture she took and the sh*t-eating grin on her face...she was in good company obviously.

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I am so over that bit of sexist thinking.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
I have no ego. I get passed by women all the time. Flats or hills (up), makes no difference. I'm used to it by now.
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+1.

I'm still not over hipsters on fixies or dudes on mountain bikes passing me though, and yes, it occasionally happens. You should hear the excuses running through my head if it sticks though!
+1 on both.

The worst one was a year or two ago when I got passed by a shirtless dude with baggy shorts riding a mountain bike, with a Go Pro mounted on his helmet. I was on my fixed gear, jamming up to the lake at the top of the bike trail; he didn't look like he was even trying. I still try to convince myself that I was on a recovery ride that day.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life
No pics but figured you guys know what I am talking about. A nice view in the draft. :-)

I'm glad I'm not the only person who has done this.
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I'm glad I'm not the only person who has done this.
If you wonder why women find you creepy it's because you talk about staring at their asses on an open cycling forum.

Some of the smart women know we are all pigs, but you are helping the others figure it out too...so knock it off.
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If you wonder why women find you creepy it's because you talk about staring at their asses on an open cycling forum.

Some of the smart women know we are all pigs, but you are helping the others figure it out too...so knock it off.
I don't wonder why women find me creepy. Mostly because I don't know any. So there.
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I don't wonder why women find me creepy. Mostly because I don't know any. So there.


Im so cool that even if a purty gurl acts like she wants me to slow and chat as I pass I still just blow by and do the 'look back' about a half mile up the road with a contorted expression on my face. Yeah.
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Quite a story. You hear of these transformations from time to time. I can't begin to relate as I have been athletic my whole life. But to be morbidly obese and then develop into a top amateur cyclist is quite remarkable.

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We have two strong women that ride in our group (usually 6 - 8 of us). One is usually the strongest in the group and she's a monster and also a huge inspiration, having weighed 310 pounds only 3-4 years ago, smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish. She realized she was killing herself and signed up for a sprint triathlon to get off her butt. After the first one (she had to borrow a bike), she signed up for another, then another. Ultimately she made a video and received a spot in IronMan Hawaii and finished that. This year she won the TX State Time Trial for her age category and two weeks ago she rode the "Pace Line" group at the Hotter'N Hell, finishing the 106 mile course in 5h 6m. I love this picture she took and the sh*t-eating grin on her face...she was in good company obviously.

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