Did You Ride Today?

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  1. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    72 degrees and warm! The sun was out and the wind only 2 to 5 MPH. Perfect! Let's ride!

    23 miles with 1230' of climbing. The legs were a little flat so I eased off the gas a bit on the first half of the ride before maybe going 80-90% on the second half of the course. A couple of steep climbs and a couple long drags. Other than that just a nice, sunny Tuesday cruise.
     


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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Just a short 22-mile ride this afternoon.

    The sky was gray and the wind going 14 to 17 MPH steady with gusts to 24 MPH. Somewhat painful and it forced me to work hard all the way through the ride. I never got a tailwind for long.

    Just under 700' of climbing and like an idiot I kept trying to get on top of gears that were larger than I should have been using. Forcing the issue didn't gain me anything today.

    Stopped in town and visited my parents graves. Man, I remember telling my father over 40 years ago I was practicing my cornering in a cemetery because there was no traffic, the turns required accuracy and set up and screwing the line up had granite consequences. He looked at me like I was nuts! I took a fast lap of the cemetery ring road before exiting and heading home.
     
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  3. Uawadall

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    18.3 miles/18 mph/800ft yesterday, was trying to ride a little less sloppy and work on cornering some.

    20.8 miles/20.8mph/450 ft/181 avg watts on zwift today. Rode at a steady pace for the first 45 and put in a little effort for 15 minutes.
     
  4. CAMPYBOB

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    It got up to 77 degrees with some sunshine in between some rain storms last night, this morning and more headed this way tonight. The afternoon was beautiful, but the wind was stiff. It was blowing a steady 14-15 MPH again and the gusts ran to around 22-24 MPH.

    I headed out with the wind at my back and some climbing all along this route. I ended up with just under 1500' worth and unlike yesterday I hit the lower gears and spun into the wind and over the tops of the steep climbs where the wind blasted my speed off no matter how good I felt going up.

    As usual, the temperature is supposed to drop tomorrow and the weekend is forecast to be cloudy with temperatures in the 50's. We'll see.
     
  5. zipp2001

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    Very light rain so I went out in the woods to play in the dirt and mud. 53 degrees and 14 miles of fun.
     
  6. Mr. Beanz

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    13.2 miles around the hood. Nice cruise stretching the legs. 1,220 ft gain. 80 degrees out, supposed to be 90 this weekend.

    Straight from the doorstep, it's a climb. 4 miles 800 ft gain, not much of a warm up and all the extra weight of the Incred- I-Bell! :D

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    60 degrees and sunshine! The wind was still running a steady 14 to 15 MPH, but this was just a soft ride of 12 miles and only 300' of vertical.

    It was a nice, easy cruise on quiet roads.
     
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    55 degrees and overcast with the wind at 9 to 14 MPH.

    36 miles with 1990' of climbing. The hills were not so bad. The wind, once again, sucked.

    Medium tempo work. There was no sense in cooking it when it was damp and cool out with the wind hammering me. I was exploring a new road and found it closed...2' of water flooding a low area. I talked to the Deputy Sheriff and asked him for good detour route. He didn't know the area well and I was off with the OpenStreetMap on the Garmin to get me around it. Ended up just switching to compass heading and seat-of-the-pants navigation to get around it. Climbed some neat hills and when I came to the next low area there were permanent steel gates marked "High Water" from two approaches to the valley. They were open and those roads were free of water. Guess that area is prone to flooding.
     
  9. Mr. Beanz

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    44 miles on the trail with Gina and Aimee today (16.2 average). Always a headwind but today not so bad! Average temp of 89, max on the Garmin site says 104. I don't think it was that hot but I did feel pretty warm in the more inland sections of the ride.

    I knew there had to be a bikini or two out there! :D

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    Always puzzling to me. See this dude out there, we stop at park, he stops. Getting ready to leave, he hops on his bike. We roll out, he rolls out and takes off like a bat out of hell. Looking back at us like he thought we might be trying to race him. Big head wind as always and we roll by him after he fades. He hops on the back so I snap a picture. Guys always tend to back off when they see my camera. :D Then he hops back on for a while then gets dropped. I dunno, I think men have this thing not wanting to get passed by a chick, called "getting chicked!".:p Oh well, not he knows, girls can pass him! :D

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    Va-va-va-voom! :cool:

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    Chick on a tandem with her hubs. But honestly, I don't think any of us care what he loos like so I cut him out! :D

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    Lots of little ones out playing in the sun today!

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    Good sign the drought is over. Showers are back on after 2 years.

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  10. Mr. Beanz

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    Was murky and wet yesterday, decided to just stay inside and use zwift. 21.2 miles/21.2 mph/330ft/184 avg power/790 max.... Damn the trainer can be a borefest, but Zwift is bearable for an hour. Beats spending an hour to clean my bike I guess. Plain on heading out early for a ride today.
     
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    Holy snot it was windy today. Forecast said 16 mph wnds but felt tougher than that. Gina got an unexpected visitor today so she sat it out while I rode with Aimee. 16.3 average speed 44 miles. 042317A.jpg 042317C.jpg
     
  13. zipp2001

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    Got out after service for a quick 41 miles with the TT bike. It was mid 60's with a light wind, and the sun sure felt good. Sorry no bikini's, and the right move Mr. Beanz cutting the husband out of the photo we don't need that.

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK5VN_zXaM8&t=210s
     
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    Nice pics again, as usual Mr. B.! Cali has some really nice...er...views!

    I did a bunch of after church chores and then had to assist a couple neighbors. 77-year old guy is in good health, but his wife just had a major stroke and things are not looking positive. Another neighbor boiled over the radiatior on his huge John Deere 4450 4-wheel drive tractor.

    It got up to 67 degrees this afternoon after frost this morning. With the wind a mild 7 to 8 MPH and the sun shining I finally jumped aboard for a fast 42 miles. And I mean fast! Only 1600' of climbing so fairly flat and for some reason the legs decide today was the time to roll. A fun ride!

    I kept thinking about poor Michele Scarponi during the ride. a downhill to an intersection is all it takes... RIP Michele!
     
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    Rode some solo and with a friend for some in the middle. 56.8 miles/16mph/2800 ft. I was asking about 7 speed wheels a few weeks ago, but he seems fine with his current setup. He rides well on his 7 speed setup, I told him to just stay lightweight and get a 6/700 dollar entry level when this bike gives out. My legs felt fresh, but my arms felt sore and my feet were starting to kill me. Maybe I just haven't broke in the road shoes enough. I'll stick to the synapse and mt bike shoes for endurance rides more often. Perfect riding weather and an overall good day.
     
  16. Mr. Beanz

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    Is it just as comfy on a TT bike a a regular roadie? Seems like the angles would be a little steep for longer rides, but I dunno!
     
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    67 degrees and the wind a steady 14-21 MPH with gusts to 26 MPH. Yeah, required a little effort to power through.

    The sun was out when I through a leg over, but clouds quickly rolled in...nothing threatening, but the day turned gray in a hurry.

    I headed out for a 22-mile climbing ride with 1240' of climbing and kept the revs up and the gear as light as I could while still pushing hard into the wind. On the way back I picked up a nice side tail wind and started climbing even harder. The light drizzle started three miles from the truck and that's the only time I kicked it really hard. Just a short head down ITT for home. No biggee.

    A nice ride and the figures look good after yesterday's effort. I feel pretty good about that for an old dude!
     
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  19. zipp2001

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    I lived on the TT set-up for quite a few years as my daily ride, and have used it for 12 & 2 hour events along with several double centuries. When my back starts acting up this is the best medicine for it.
     
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    69 degrees and overcast with the wind still going a steady 15 to 16 MPH. The wind has been a constant workout companion for the last few days.

    Another 22-mile loop, but a different one than yesterday. Only 820' of climbing on this rolling loop. The biggest hill is probably only 150' in 3/8-mile, but it does have a section at 15%.

    Just an easy recovery pace of 16.1 MPH on the Wilier.
     
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