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07-27-20, 03:47 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Agree with the multiple source approach. I use a...

Agree with the multiple source approach. I use a paper gazetteer, Maps.me and Google maps. Google Earth is often the “proof in the pudding” to see if a way through really exists. Around here, the...
07-26-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 342
Posted By Greenhil

Treadmill and weights (or resistance bands)....

Treadmill and weights (or resistance bands). Don’t agree that treadmills are a waste - in addition to the bone strengthening aspects of running, there are aerobic and anaerobic benefits.
07-13-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,610
Posted By Greenhil

Iíve admired your nocturnal habits and tolerance...

Iíve admired your nocturnal habits and tolerance for repetition ever since you posted this ride:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vPOpE49LNR6
07-13-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,610
Posted By Greenhil

Some people have a high tolerance for repetition,...

Some people have a high tolerance for repetition, but I’m with you. Exploring unfamiliar places is half the fun. About once a week I put the bike in the car and drive somewhere different - within an...
06-20-20, 04:13 AM
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Views: 1,424
Posted By Greenhil

The downside of mashing is the potential for knee...

The downside of mashing is the potential for knee problems:

https://www.roadbikerider.com/will-big-gear-climbing-kill-my-knees-d3/
06-14-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By Greenhil

Like 3roch says, I think if you do some research...

Like 3roch says, I think if you do some research you’ll find chest straps are considered more accurate. I got something called a CooSpo for under $30. I assume it’s as accurate as more expensive...
06-04-20, 03:59 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Glad to hear you’re back at it!

Glad to hear you’re back at it!
05-29-20, 04:03 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Iím not aware of a site specifically dedicated to...

Iím not aware of a site specifically dedicated to older athletes, but thereís plenty of info out there for older folks that could help you design a training program. Here are a couple of sites where...
05-26-20, 03:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,226
Posted By Greenhil

I’m not an urban person or a bike lock expert but...

I’m not an urban person or a bike lock expert but I wouldn’t worry too much if it’s in the boondocks (it’s not clear how populated the take out areas are). There won’t be any professional bike...
05-12-20, 03:46 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

You’re tougher than me; riding at 32 degrees!...

You’re tougher than me; riding at 32 degrees! We’ve had snow 2 of the last 3 days. It isn’t all that abnormal for this time of year, but after 50 years here I’ve come to realize you don’t get used to...
Forum: Northeast
05-10-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Greenhil

Check out the Great Trail East of Montreal. It...

Check out the Great Trail East of Montreal. It makes a pretty straight run toward Maine before turning North.

https://thegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map/

I’m not sure about a route through Maine...
05-06-20, 03:09 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

It hit you (vs you hitting it)!? I hope your...

It hit you (vs you hitting it)!? I hope your recovery is swift and the only lasting effect is a good story to tell.
05-02-20, 04:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,709
Posted By Greenhil

Interesting and impressive to read all the...

Interesting and impressive to read all the workarounds due to closed gyms. I’m in the same boat - doing weight work at home with a couple of rusty dumbbells, a bench made with milk crates and a board...
04-19-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 474
Posted By Greenhil

I’m an older rider with about 4K of some pavement...

I’m an older rider with about 4K of some pavement and mostly gravel miles on my NRB. No issues on the hard-packed to loose gravel roads in these parts. Many rides here average 1,000’ of climbing...
04-18-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 306
Posted By Greenhil

DIY Gravel Grinders During Pandemic

In case youíre missing organized rides, Ted King has come up with a contest to fill the void in the interim (also a way to provide exposure to his sponsors, I guess). Participants would do the...
04-12-20, 04:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,663
Posted By Greenhil

I find that Wahoo give me lower calorie counts...

I find that Wahoo give me lower calorie counts than Ride With GPS when both are connected to a chest strap heart rate monitor. Also much lower than a diet app I use (Chronometer) which doesn’t...
04-12-20, 04:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,698
Posted By Greenhil

I use this formula: Subtract your age from...

I use this formula:

Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate.
Calculate your resting heart rate by counting how many times your heart beats per minute when you are at rest,...
Forum: Foo
04-08-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,621
Posted By Greenhil

RIP. There were times his songs helped get me...

RIP. There were times his songs helped get me through.

https://youtu.be/te7x8s9P4U8
03-26-20, 04:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,878
Posted By Greenhil

I found that touching up the chain after each...

I found that touching up the chain after each tank of gas worked better than waiting til It got dull. Hope you’re wearing eye/ear protection and chaps!
02-25-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,788
Posted By Greenhil

I worked at home for years, so I know what you...

I worked at home for years, so I know what you mean about a refrigerator having the gravitational pull of a black hole. It’s often easier not to eat at all than it is to control what you eat once...
01-10-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By Greenhil

“I am now up to about 8 mi runs with about 600...

“I am now up to about 8 mi runs with about 600 feet of climbing on trails until my running legs come back.”

Just curious what distances you’d expect to run after your running legs come back! 8...
12-25-19, 05:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,746
Posted By Greenhil

Iíve never used any of that stuff, either. Iím...

Iíve never used any of that stuff, either. Iím just going on what my body tells me and trying to respond in a way that improves how I feel when riding. I think at the heart of this discussion is the...
12-23-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,746
Posted By Greenhil

Yep, I’m chagrined at how quickly my conditioning...

Yep, I’m chagrined at how quickly my conditioning and riding can decline at my age. Maintaining some sort of weight and anaerobic program seems to help. Two summers ago, when all I was doing was...
12-06-19, 05:21 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Thanks very much for taking the time to lay this...

Thanks very much for taking the time to lay this out. Agree about the individualized aspects, but, as you point out, there are some general principles that apply across the board. Most of my riding...
12-05-19, 04:53 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Your post sent me down a rabbit hole reading...

Your post sent me down a rabbit hole reading about HRV and checking the TrainingPeaks site. I wonder if you could share a little more about what your training routine looks like. Thanks - and...
11-30-19, 06:25 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

I ran in a 5k Thanksgiving morning in Woodstock...

I ran in a 5k Thanksgiving morning in Woodstock VT. The thing that bugged me a little were the age groupings for awards: 20-29, 30-39, etc. The last grouping was simply ď60 and overĒ.

I...
11-21-19, 12:38 PM
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Posted By Greenhil

Yes, the only thing for me that might eventually...

Yes, the only thing for me that might eventually constitute a ďbetterĒ bike is one with even lower gearing. Speed isnít anything I pay attention to, since 80% of my riding is gravel and nearly 100%...
11-20-19, 05:43 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Completely agree! Itís not comforting to consider...

Completely agree! Itís not comforting to consider that at our age you can work hard at training and fitness and all it might get you is a slower descent into that which shall not be named. I guess...
11-18-19, 05:03 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Iíve got just one lap around the sun on you. I...

Iíve got just one lap around the sun on you. I donít buy the ďage is just a numberĒ line, but I think there are things you can do to at least slow the natural decline in strength and conditioning...
11-11-19, 04:03 PM
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Posted By Greenhil

Sounds like your unpaved roads are rougher than...

Sounds like your unpaved roads are rougher than most. A drop-bar gravel bike will ride ok on rough roads to a point and on non-technical trails (depending on the riderís tolerance), but an MTB would...
11-08-19, 05:25 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Thanks BengalCat. I agree with all of your...

Thanks BengalCat. I agree with all of your comments + anaerobic (intervals) training. Here, the riding season is over and won’t start again until April, so it’s easy to find time for the gym. The...
11-07-19, 04:57 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

Iím just a couple of years behind you, age wise,...

Iím just a couple of years behind you, age wise, and way behind you in years riding but the question for me is to what extent a fitness routine using weights and aerobic and anaerobic exercise can...
10-31-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,068
Posted By Greenhil

At 71 the gym is my winter pastime, usually 5...

At 71 the gym is my winter pastime, usually 5 days a week, with 2 days of free weight training. I wonder how often folks change up their weight routine and whether there’s any merit to that other...
10-25-19, 04:07 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 31,691
Posted By Greenhil

Using the monitors on the equipment at the gym...

Using the monitors on the equipment at the gym for many years now has given me a pretty good ability to guestimate my heart rate and it’s never as high when I’m biking. Even a long steep climb...
10-24-19, 03:24 AM
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Posted By Greenhil

We’re supposed to be too old to care what people...

We’re supposed to be too old to care what people think. Agree with bargeon - do what works best for you.
10-15-19, 04:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,909
Posted By Greenhil

Might have been a sales pitch, but a guy at an...

Might have been a sales pitch, but a guy at an LBS told me the materials degrade over time, making the helmet unsafe, or at least less safe. When I bought a new helmet he told me to go home and take...
10-06-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,922
Posted By Greenhil

You do become “invisible” past a certain age, and...

You do become “invisible” past a certain age, and I don’t mind at all.
10-04-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By Greenhil

If you’re not averse to gravel riding, there are...

If you’re not averse to gravel riding, there are a number of shortcuts that can be taken that provide beautiful scenery and reduce both the overall mileage and the elevation gain.
09-28-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 984
Posted By Greenhil

Read up on interval training. It may help you. I...

Read up on interval training. It may help you. I find it hard to do when I’m riding because it’s best done in a way where the high intensity and rest periods are consistent. You can do it on a bike,...
09-28-19, 04:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By Greenhil

The climbing figures I’ve seen for VT’s 6 gap...

The climbing figures I’ve seen for VT’s 6 gap ride vary from about 11,500 to 12,500. Who knows how reliable they are. As for grades, that steep stretch on Lincoln Gap seems to be consistently listed...
Forum: Introductions
09-27-19, 04:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 728
Posted By Greenhil

Hey Jeff - a fellow VTer here. I admire your plan...

Hey Jeff - a fellow VTer here. I admire your plan to ride through the winter - I hang it up when it gets below 40. You know that saying, “I’m from Vermont, I do what I want”? Wear whatever’s...
09-26-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By Greenhil

Good going! I live within a 45’ drive of all...

Good going!

I live within a 45’ drive of all those gaps. Like you, I’ve done them individually (4 of them - I’ve yet to do the App. Gap. and will probably give that one a go next month ‘cause im...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-01-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,261
Posted By Greenhil

I agree many national forests are terrific places...

I agree many national forests are terrific places to gravel ride. Not all have extensive road systems, but there’s always somewhere to be ride. On the same trip I did Superior NF, I took some long...
Forum: Great Lakes
08-25-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,261
Posted By Greenhil

Well, now that I’ve been there I can respond to...

Well, now that I’ve been there I can respond to my own post.

I stopped at SpokeNGear in Two Harbors on my way to the forest. I got the impression that gravel riding in Superior NF, is largely...
07-28-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 25,396
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Posted By Greenhil

30 mile ride on a hot, sunny high summer day on...

30 mile ride on a hot, sunny high summer day on the back road along the Winooski River between Richmond and Waterbury Vt. Lots of other cyclists had the same idea - the route is mostly shaded and...
07-27-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By Greenhil

Thanks for taking us along - I enjoyed all the...

Thanks for taking us along - I enjoyed all the posts.
07-26-19, 04:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,759
Posted By Greenhil

Enjoyed it all - even the geeky stuff. Thanks for...

Enjoyed it all - even the geeky stuff. Thanks for posting it!
07-25-19, 04:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,226
Posted By Greenhil

Thanks for the posts and photos. After all the...

Thanks for the posts and photos. After all the wet weather we’ve had in NE and then the heat, your ride is happening on the best week of summer.
07-25-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 25,396
Views: 2,498,536
Posted By Greenhil

The suspense is killing me!

The suspense is killing me!
07-24-19, 04:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,554
Posted By Greenhil

I camped in Ocala NF earlier this year and tried...

I camped in Ocala NF earlier this year and tried to ride some of the forest roads with 48mm 650b slicks. Not even close. Looks like Rumrunn6 had better luck. BTW, Withlacoochee State Forest has a...
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