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Old 04-04-09, 05:30 PM
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Your weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) ride(s)

I'm finally starting to feel better, and am trying to get back in shape again for my randonneuring events, for my centuries ... and for touring. This sort of thread is usually posted in the Road forum, but I thought I'd post it here this week ... after all, we tourists ride on the weekends too, in preparation for our tours, and also on our tours.

Friday ... I walked about an hour and covered a little over 5 km.

Saturday ... I cycled 21 km!! WooHoo!! I can ride again!!

The weather was sunny and +3C out there, so very nice. I actually overdressed and was a little bit too hot. The sun is quite warm again. Some of the snow has melted so brown grass is showing through ... and the roads are good now, although partially covered in sand and gravel. I was able to ride from home rather than having to drive to find decent roads. And the birds are singing!

We'll see about tomorrow.


How about you? Did you get out for a ride this weekend? Are you prepping for a tour ... or did you get out for a weekend tour?
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Good for you!

I went on a 30 mile ride today. I am going to try to go on a tour sometime this summer or early fall.
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Old 04-04-09, 11:09 PM
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Friday was a recovery day for my legs after pushing hard Wednesday and Thursday. I did take a walk with the dog for half an hour and do weights for my upper body.

Saturday, cycled a new route to my in-laws who I visit with every week and took the dog with me which was just 13 miles. When I got home, I dropped the dog off, inhaled a light lunch and was back out the door for another 20 miles. It was just too pretty to stay indoors. It was almost summery weather here in Sweden. Clear skies and almost 60 F. Oh! I have to mention that crocus are pushing up through the brown tangle of last year's grass!!

Sunday, I've only just woken up and still debating if I'm going to cycle again today or if I over did it and will rest until Monday.
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Old 04-04-09, 11:33 PM
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Yay, I'm so glad you got to ride today!!!!

Nothing here - rainy snowy cold and cloudy, with wind for an extra added bonus. Oh well, I had a great winter, now that spring is hear the weather sucks.
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Old 04-05-09, 07:27 PM
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I did 18 miles in historic Oley Township, PA, near Reading, this afternoon. My first tour in 2009 will be the first weekend with settled weather.
 
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Originally Posted by Machka
How about you? Did you get out for a ride this weekend? Are you prepping for a tour ... or did you get out for a weekend tour?
I bike commute, so my "training" is 30 miles a day. Went out with the wife, and son and his girlfriend today for a leisurely 20 miles since it was way too nice to stay in. Went to a semi-local MUP, and it was bedlam
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Originally Posted by The Historian
I did 18 miles in historic Oley Township, PA, near Reading, this afternoon. My first tour in 2009 will be the first weekend with settled weather.








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Only 32 miles today, it started snowing at mile 15. It wasn't bad though, it didn't stick to the road or anything.
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I got another 21 km in today .... very windy, but above 0 temps and no snow ........... aside from what is already in the fields.
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Old 04-05-09, 10:12 PM
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45 fairly hilly miles around Lincoln and Concord MA, on my single speed carrying the gear for my summer credit card tour to get use to the load
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I am new to touring...using a Surly CrossCheck which I posted with Nitto Campee racks on it in another thread. I did a 40 mile loaded ride on Saturday. I loaded up my Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus' at an approximation of what I think touring weight would be. I have slowly been increasing my riding over the past couple of months in preparation for my first long (for me) tour this May (220 miles).

I was heavily into mtb'ing and just bought the CC as a way to build endurance. I did not realize that riding this bike would be so addicting or that the idea of touring would set into my brain like an Alabama tick to a hound dog's ear. But it did. I have already did a very lightly packed overnighter of 55 miles each way. Stayed at a hotel and came back the next day. I did it mainly to get used to riding in traffic and to make sure my legs were up to the longer distances required from touring.

I have done rides fully loaded for shorter distances recently but in order to do the small tour I have planned within the time I have to do it, I have to be able to go about 45-50 miles per day....so that is what I did. 40 miles, fully loaded. Honestly, it slightly kicked my butt. But the bike and the accessories did great. No problems. I haven't posted a lot on bike forums, just really been lurking and reading all the great advice that is passed along here. I have a friend that has toured extensively to China, Pakistan, Nepal, and I think Tibet. He gave me some great advice as well. I just have to get the legs to do that kind of riding day after day. Now, I am about 250lbs so those distances can get hard....but I will persevere and be successful
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Had my first really long ride today, 80 miles from Amherst to Needham, MA, back from visiting my cousin. The first half, from Amherst to Worcester, was absolutely gorgeous, the second half a little less so... My trip out to Amherst on Friday was much less enjoyable, the weather got unbelievably terrible and I was very afraid of being hit by a car so my cousin came and picked me up about 30 miles outside of Amherst. : ( But today was such a nice day, and the ride was generally very pleasant.
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On Sunday I did 30km through the Cambridge countryside to a town called Lode. The new bike held up well and overall it was very, very pleasant. All days should be like that.
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I too practiced my religion on Sunday. Pretty good weather, +8 C, sunny. I only rode 25 km but I hit every possible nasty climb around here and made it up every one of them without stopping.
Glad I did it when I could; today we're getting 6" of snow!
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Sunday I went for a nice 40-mile ride on a route that skirts the SF bay. The weather was incredible, upper 60s low 70s, sunny, with just a light breeze. The route was rolling with no big climbs, I'm just trying to get used to spending time in the saddle before my long trips this summer.
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Once around Washoe lake from Reno. About 40 miles total but it felt like more after an inactive winter. Windy but wonderful scenery - Sierra Nevada Mtns to the west covered in snow and Virginia City foothills to the east - only a bit of snow left on top.
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We ride on the weekends TOO? Heck, weekends ARE my good rides. Durring the week, it`s just the same ol same ol, to work and back and sometimes the supermarket. No long trips for me My bike camping season (all two to three day trips) is going to kick off in two more weeks after my shift changes to where my days off are different from my wife`s.

So far this year, local road testing of my Winter build, a lovely afternoon on the American River bikepath in Sacramento (tandem ride), a before work tandem ride in Washoe Valley, yeaterday a half bike ride with my wife in Sierra Valley (Norcal).

Planned for the 18th through the 21st of this month, an out and back from home to Oroville, CA along the Feather River Highway (CA route 70).
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