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Your Weekend Cycling Report - March 7/8/9

Old 03-07-15, 12:05 AM
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Your Weekend Cycling Report - March 7/8/9

Tell us about your cycling this weekend ... or other sports you do. Inside ... outside. With people ... solo. And of course, pics are always welcome.


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This is a long weekend for us here in Australia ... Labour Day weekend. It's also my birthday weekend. Nice how that works out!


Saturday -- 60.87 km in 3 hours and 20 min of cycling time.

We had a fairly relaxed morning, and after a little trouble with a tire, set off on our ride. Some wind, a few minor hills, mostly overcast with a few rays of sunshine ... and mostly beautifully quiet country roads. Just lovely!

I had estimated 5 hours for the trip, given how slow I have become. So I was pleasantly surprised when we finished the ride so quickly.

Could be the relatively flat terrain ... could be increased fitness ... but it might have been our titanium bicycles which we haven't ridden in a while. They certainly are sprightly compared with our touring bicycles.

And then ... dinner at a rare for this part of the world) Mexican restaurant + Evita, the musical.

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Tell us about your cycling this weekend ... or other sports you do. Inside ... outside. With people ... solo. And of course, pics are always welcome.


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This is a long weekend for us here in Australia ... Labour Day weekend. It's also my birthday weekend. Nice how that works out!


Saturday -- 60.87 km in 3 hours and 20 min of cycling time.

We had a fairly relaxed morning, and after a little trouble with a tire, set off on our ride. Some wind, a few minor hills, mostly overcast with a few rays of sunshine ... and mostly beautifully quite country roads. Just lovely!

I had estimated 5 hours for the trip, given how slow I have become. So I was pleasantly surprised when we finished the ride so quickly.

Could be the relatively flat terrain ... could be increased fitness ... but it might have been our titanium bicycles which we haven't ridden in a while. They certainly are sprightly compared with our touring bicycles.
If I'd finished a lovely ride an hour and half early, I would have kept riding; maybe you were thinking miles when you did your estimate.
Happy Birthday!
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If I'd finished a lovely ride an hour and half early, I would have kept riding; maybe you were thinking miles when you did your estimate.
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Thanks!

And ... we were riding our titaniums for the first time in ages, maybe even a year ... and I was experiencing some fit and saddle issues that really started manifesting at about 45 km. I'm not sure why exactly, but things change and we're going to have to look at the setup again. So the last 15 km were a little bit of a struggle ... or we might have kept going.

I also was thinking we might take a leisurely lunch in the middle ... but we were in a zone then, and just kept riding.
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Fri: 2.5mi snowshoe. lots of unbroken trails from the new snow so it was a good workout.

Sat: 3mi snowshoe with the bike shop guys. most of the trails we did were broken out but we went faster.

temps look like they might finally go up this week so hopefully some of that biking stuff might happen.
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Nice enough to go outside today for a leisurely stroll down to zion and back.

Just curious, Machka. What do you estimate your calorie burn is during loaded touring? Ballpark numbers are fine, thank you.
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Nice enough to go outside today for a leisurely stroll down to zion and back.

Just curious, Machka. What do you estimate your calorie burn is during loaded touring? Ballpark numbers are fine, thank you.
I have always estimated that I burn about 500 calories per hour when I cycle with whatever cycling I'm doing (on our titaniums, like yesterday, with our loaded touring bicycles, randonneuring, etc. etc.) ... maybe less depending on the terrain and wind.


Zion National Park?
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Yeah I think between 500 and 700 /hr for me depending on output. Less if I'm noodling.

Zion Park? Sadly, no. But maybe someday. Short jaunt to zion Il and back to see what all those trainer miles add up to.

While I can't say more speed, I CAN say less effort. The slogs weren't as sloggy and the wind was easier to cut. And I don't remember needing to coast to spell the legs at all. Intervals still suck. But wow do they pay off.
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127 miles, 8K+ climbing.

Beautiful day along the coast, but feeling a little worked just now.

Happy Birthday Machka!
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My old lady and I got into an argument so said #%¥! this $&@#!! I'm outa here. So I hopped on my Dawes and headed south with no idea wher I would end up. I rode over I80 on ended up at a area where I use to ride a mt bike several years ago. It has since been overran with a costco and a wallmart along with a sames club. Most of the trails have vanished and there's now a cement trail that runs parallel to the creek. Further towards the creek is still one of the original trails. It's packed pretty hard so I went ahead and rode my skinny tires over it. I came up to the spot where I was able to ride down the bank, through the creek, and up the bank on the other side ten yrs ago. Today,even if I rode a mt bike, I wouldnt be able todo it. So much corrosion has occurred since I was there last. What was once a U is nowadays V.
Afte riding there for awhile I headed towards home but took a detour to visit a uncle who's buried in a nice rolling hilled graveyard. When I got home all was good with the old lady. We had sex for three hours right there in the backyard.
Then I learned on the news someone was shot and killed outside at an intersection that I rode through just two hours before I was there. Not a cop car or a strap of yellow barrier tape anywhere.
Anyway that's my weekend ride. Also I was just kidding about the sex part.
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I did a nice steep 27 with a buddy. Gorgeous weather in western Oregon. My bud just bought a new carbon bike but won't have it for a few days, so this might've been our last ride with him on his trusty RB-2 w/downtube shifters.

Just idyllic, pastoral country rides around here, and lots of climbing if you want that. Virtually no cars out today on the country back roads, too. Really sweet riding.
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Doing the 100K Rumba on the Lumba ride in Lumberton, NC. Starts at noon. Sunny in the 60's, low wind, perfect day. I think I'll pull the Paramount out of the quiver. I'm in strong winter shape and I like passing people on carbon wunder bikes and finishing in the lead group on my 23 year old steel war horse with downtube shifters.
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Still too much SNOW on the edges of the roadways and shoulders to ride safely on the rural roads around here. Might have to go for a short run in immediate neighborhood.
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I last rode this bike 4 or 5 years ago (don't remember exactly) the day before going in for spinal fusion.

So the transition from upright mtb to my best road bike is now complete and my sore knee's from riding last weekend feel fixed from riding this bike, I did take it a little easier also but really happy.

Taking this picture a couple Italian tourists rolled up in a car to also take a pic. I said my bikes italian and there eye's lit up, then started pointing out all the Sram bits and said it's not italian there's no Campy on it. Lesson, don't tell an italian your bikes italian unless it's all italian.



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Im still training for that half century at the end of April. I rode 40 miles there and back from my house, up to the northern end of Hutchinson Island and back. It drizzled and rained for 90% of the ride, but I still enjoyed it. It was really windy riding along side the ocean though. The wind was a reported 14 mph coming out of the NNE, but it was far worse than that on the coast. I did my usual two minute stop at the halfway mark to stretch my legs and switch out the water bottles. Then God brought me home with the wind at my back.

Have a good weekend, all and happy birthday, Machka!
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Thanks all!

The birthday weekend continued with a 37.37 km ride on our tandem. We were hoping to go further, but the winds blowing about 50 km/h were a bit daunting ... as was my saddle situation. My Brooks on my titanium was giving me some issues yesterday for reasons I don't quite understand (it used to be comfortable!) and I'm trying to break in a new Brooks on the tandem. The result ... Ow. So we cut the route short and called it a day at 37.37 km.

Then we drove to a wetlands area and did a 4 km walk. There weren't too many birds about ... I think most of them were hiding from the wind.

And to cap the day off ... we went to the Speedway. The main event was the Sprintcar finals -- State Championships, but there was a whole lot of good racing all evening long.
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This was a great weekend for me. I started the year with my first effort just this year at the end of January going 3 miles. I have set a goal to do 25 miles by the summer's end.

Well it appears the daily ritual of doing an hour on the trainer has paid dividends early. On Saturday 3/7, I rode to my longest distance (outside of course) of 25.2 miles!!! YIPPEE!!!! Last week I had done 15 miles and at the time, that was my best. I had set a goal to do 20 miles yesterday and when the 20th mile ticked by I felt like I had more in the tank so I pushed for 25. What a great feeling. Temps started at 41 F and dropped by ride's end to 38 F. It took me 2 hours and 2 mins to complete this distance which is also the longest I have ever been in the saddle continuously without a stop or rest break.

To add to it, I had an hour today (3/8) and wasn't feeling all that bad so I stretched and went out for another 12.8 miles outside today. Today it was 41 this late morning.

Boy does it feel good.

It felt good ti see the runners and dog walkers on my route and to see the roads starting to clear up.


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Well done Frank. sounds like you need a new summer goal

Sun: 28mi on wet and sandy roads. at least it was above freezing with a warmer outlook on the horizon hehe
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Great job Frank. I started riding only 2 miles in May last year. It took me a month to get to 3. I then started increasing too quickly and found myself riding slower and slower each ride. A friend told me to increase 10% every two weeks. Since I started that, it's been great. It's just a suggestion. If you doing well as is, then go for it!
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Great job Frank. I started riding only 2 miles in May last year. It took me a month to get to 3. I then started increasing too quickly and found myself riding slower and slower each ride. A friend told me to increase 10% every two weeks. Since I started that, it's been great. It's just a suggestion. If you doing well as is, then go for it!
When I started ... way back when ... it was with a 2 mile ride that felt like it was going to kill me.
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Saturday: I went on group ride with club(6 people total). We did an easy 10 miles with some hills thrown in. At the half way point, we saw few deer running thru an open corn field. After the 10 miles, I still felt good and rode another 5.5 miles to bring the total to 16 miles.

Sunday: I did the same route with club (10 people) including my mom. We did another easy 10 miles. I felt somewhat good going into the last climb and passing most of riders who were on ther road bike( I was using my mtb). I ended up 3rd on the climb. I can't wait to take out my new bike next week to tackle the group rides. My mom had to walk some up the big hill. She said she needs to try work on climbing hills and to try riding of of the saddle.
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Your Weekend Cycling Report - March 7/8/9

Saturday: 7.7 miles.
Sunday: 4 miles (all gravel)

Was my wife and I's 9th and10th ride so we were happy. Enjoying getting into cycling.
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Sat: 35 miles, Sun: 32 miles, feels like springtime here now.
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Although I seem to be coming down with something, I made it to the start of a group training ride, but not without going down on some ice on the way. It looked like slush, which I'd been watching the delivery guys ride through lately like it was nothing. But it was not nothing, and it was not slush, it was solid ice. No crunching through the ruts and ridges - ruts and ridges just threw the bike about and down I went.

It was a cue sheet ride, and on the way up, mostly unfamiliar roads, it was easy enough hanging second from the back, as we weren't rotating at that point. But as usual, I found myself gapping on the fastest descents, and relaxing on the slowest climbs. On the return, we trainees took turns pulling, where I learned that I over-estimate the extent to which I need to modulate speed to keep the paceline from stretching or bunching up as we go up and down rolling hills.

Once we got across the bridge and back to Manhattan, I hopped on the subway for the last 11 miles. We'd gotten a good lunch, so I had the energy, but I'd done the 50 miles, and with this cold or whatever, I figured: why push my luck?
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And the birthday weekend wrapped up with a third ride ... 41 km on our titaniums.

Beautiful quiet road southward with a blissful tailwind under sunny skies ... beautiful quiet road northward, but with something of a headwind gusting to 45 km/h to struggle back into.


Then we drove into town to find cheesecake to celebrate.
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Happy Bday Machka...my wife's and one of my friend's birthday is on the same day this past weekend too (makes it easy to remember). The road to cycling comeback continues. Saturday was a little bleak out. Cloudy and a bit windy and cold, but the riding was easier. Sunday was just about perfect. Mid 60's and sunny. Still breezy, but that is good training for the legs. I felt good most of the ride. The only annoying thing is getting passed and not being able to catch up to riders I know I used to be able to keep up with. Not that I'm all that competitive about it. I just like to use that as a benchmark and I'm way out of shape right now. Anyways I got in about 75 miles total. I'm also hoping to add another night of riding during the week.

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