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Old 02-13-13, 10:24 AM
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Long time no see, whats this forum been up to?
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Sup leg. Nothing much. Rollers & gym lately because it's dark & chilly when I get off work.
Finally going to be back up in the 70's this weekend where it belongs. Gf and I are gonna ride 'til we barf.
What you been up to Comrade?


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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Sup leg. Nothing much. Rollers & gym lately because it's dark & chilly when I get off work.
Finally going to be back up in the 70's this weekend where it belongs. Gf and I are gonna ride 'til we barf.
What you been up to Comrade?


niiiice!! I'm trying to get my gf to ride more but the weather has been sketchy at best. She is up to 8 miles without complaining so I'm making progress
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Originally Posted by ovoleg
niiiice!! I'm trying to get my gf to ride more but the weather has been sketchy at best. She is up to 8 miles without complaining so I'm making progress
That's pretty funny, because my Lauretta has been trying to make me go on longer rides lately when all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with her in a comforter.
Gonna be great weather this weekend though... running out of excuses. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by ovoleg
niiiice!! I'm trying to get my gf to ride more but the weather has been sketchy at best. She is up to 8 miles without complaining so I'm making progress
Lucky. My wife won't do 2 miles without complaining. Or thinking that she needs some recovery food right after.
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Lucky stiffs... mine keeps bringing up the subject of doing a Double-Century together.
Six hours is about as much time as I care to spend sitting on a little-bitty bike seat.
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Long time no see, whats this forum been up to?
Are you getting used to the winters yet?
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You could stand up for the other 6 hours?
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Lucky stiffs... mine keeps bringing up the subject of doing a Double-Century together.
Six hours is about as much time as I care to spend sitting on a little-bitty bike seat.
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Lucky stiffs... mine keeps bringing up the subject of doing a Double-Century together.
Six hours is about as much time as I care to spend sitting on a little-bitty bike seat.
I know she will be able to ride a double, Chris. You could drive SAG support for her if you didh't want to ride the double. They are kind of addictive though . . . once you ride one. Lou Ann and I have ridden a double metric with her and she wasn't even tired after that.

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I know she will be able to ride a double, Chris. You could drive SAG support for her if you didh't want to ride the double. They are kind of addictive though . . . once you ride one. Lou Ann and I have ridden a double metric with her and she wasn't even tired after that.

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Oh I've no problems with double-metrics; I'm mostly done with one of those after six hours. But she wants to do a doubleREALcentury. (200miles.) My only hope is to talk her into a single century quickly before she gets much fitter, and asking her at the finish line if she wants me to register us for the next available double. (Heaven help me if she calls that bluff.)
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Well, I recommend the solvang century then. It's close at hand and the "hills" are back loaded so she'll be tired-adjacent when she finishes. Plus, there is apparently beer at the end (Firestone?)

Ya, centuries. Blase stuff, no? Doubles... you have to think about lights and stuff, that's not cool.
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Well, I recommend the solvang century then. It's close at hand and the "hills" are back loaded so she'll be tired-adjacent when she finishes. Plus, there is apparently beer at the end (Firestone?)

Ya, centuries. Blase stuff, no? Doubles... you have to think about lights and stuff, that's not cool.
Oh I know all about Solvang. Done it a few times and finished it in '11 (thankfully not as windy as '10) in 5:00:47 (missed the last light into town before the finish line and there was a smiling CHP watching me intently at the intersection, haha.)
Have they done anything about Foxen Canyon Road yet? That's one ugly patch of road.


Had a blissful moment of triumph on that '11 ride. There was a string of around 30 riders sitting on me the whole way up Foxen's Canyon's gradual climb before the steep part, none of them doing any work. Felt initially frustrated, but decided to focus instead on smooth, fluid form and steady work, HR at 170. When the road started to steepen and my HR got past 182, I finally pulled to the side to let them by... no one passed. I looked back and there was no one at all visible for at least a quarter mile. I got an immediate jolt from that, and kept passing riders the rest of the way up the climb, and then even more of them on the [rough] descent back down to downtown Solvang.
When I saw how close it was going to be to five-flat, I started really hurting.
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I finally pulled to the side to let them by... no one passed. I looked back and there was no one at all visible for at least a quarter mile. I got an immediate jolt from that, and kept passing riders the rest of the way up the climb, and then even more of them on the [rough] descent back down to downtown Solvang.
Nice!

I had a similar moment to that when I was young & silly... I was riding home from work and passed a dude on a mountain bike going up a hill and put the hammer down. No mountain bike is gonna beat me up that hill! I got to the top and as I turned to look over my shoulder to see how badly I beat him up that hill, he went cruising by and said "Thanks for the draft"

He had a backpack on with his dry cleaning hanging from the top loop. It was quite a moment I tell you.
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Hey, Ovo, you'll be happy to know I bought a used Seven bike so I'm not riding the Gunnar very often.
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The Solvang Century is a good training ride for the Solvang Spring Double. Use it for that myself, works great!

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