Did You Ride Today?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Mr. Beanz, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Uawadall

    Uawadall Well-Known Member

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    Got an early one in today, 5:30 in the morning. I alternated between hills and flats for the 27 mile ride. Finished up with an 18.1 mph pace and 1300 ft. Early summer mornings are my favorite time to ride. Nothing beats great temperature and low traffic.
     


  2. CAMPYBOB

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    78 degrees and sunny with the wind a mild 5 MPH.

    Only 18 miles. Started with a short warmup and then turned up the wick and got into a fast, steady effort. Watching the Tour this morning must have had an effect on me! LOL!

    A fun ride!
     
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    83 degrees and sunny with the wind at 7 to 9 MPH.

    A duplicate of yesterday's ride due to time constraints. Just a tenth of a MPH faster so pretty much...are-ride. Felt good to be in the sunshine!

    I got one really good dig in that went for about a mile and over three small rollers. I had a audience behind me and just buried the needle. Man, it feels good to breathe that hard and get the lungs burning again!
     
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    23 miles in an attempt to beat the rain!

    Humidity was sky high and despite the fact it was only 79 degrees and I never saw the sun it was so overcast, I sweat up a storm, myself.

    The wind was up at 12 to 18 MPH with pre-storm gusts running 25 MPH.

    Head down, legs not exactly dead and not exactly turning over like Geraint Thomas', I managed to get back to the truck before anything fell. It was a good workout despite not a single data point being worth even talking about. Good effort, but nothing worth more than a good laugh.

    Three days of rain, on and off, ahead and possibly a fourth day of rain.
     
  5. cyclintom

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    I watched the end of Le Alp d'Huez stage then went out and did 3,000 feet of climbing over 6% which is my point where rises become climbs. The steepest section was 12% and the only stop I made in the first 32 miles was to let my heart rate go down (50 meters from the top of one mile of 9% average climb and after a quarter mile which included 12%) and drink some water. Since I don't have any balance anymore I can't drink while riding unless conditions are perfect.

    Restarting after the second stop I missed the pedal and flopped down into the middle of the road just as Joe Racer in his Porche came around the blind turn at 60 (in 25 mph zone) Obviously he missed me cussing me out the entire time. Try standing up from laying flat on the ground some time when you don't have any balance.

    I stopped at a Crepe place at 32 miles and had an ice tea and a savory crepe with tomatoes and cheese and something green inside that was probably spinach. I was recovered enough that I rode over another 500 foot climb on the way home. It was only 7% though so the only good thing about it was the mile long descent on the other side.

    I've converted to tubeless 25 mm Michelin Pro4 Endurance tires and am now confident enough in them that I only carry a tool and CO2 inflator with me in case I hit something large enough to give a tubeless a flat. But these tires ride SOOOOOO good as tubeless that it really improves the ride of the Pinarello Stelvio. And the 28 mm tires I put on the Time VX spectacularly improved the ride of that bike. It is now the best riding bike I have and I'd keep it if I wasn't permanently off of carbon fiber.

    I'm almost relaxed on the Pinarello descending at 45 mph. If California roads weren't so bad I would be. The route I was on has been turned into a short-cut by Box-Vans during commute hours despite the sharp turns and limited speed limit which is universally ignored. This causes dips in the road where it doesn't cause cracking of the surface. You can dodge the cracks because you can see them but at 45 mph you cannot see the dips some of which are almost bad enough to throw you off. So I'm stuck trying to memorize where they are and the medication I'm taking screws up my memory.

    Unlike young people my average speed was 10 1/4 mph but with all of that hard climbing I figure that's good enough.
    Now today I'm so sore that I'm really glad tomorrow's ride is with the old farts and I can use it as a recovery ride.
     
  6. CAMPYBOB

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    80 degrees with high humidity and the wind, again, at 13 to 18 MPH and gusting.

    About 650' of easy climbing over another 23-mile course.

    The sky has been heavily overcast all day after morning rain. It looked like it could rain any minute pretty much from when the rain stopped until mid-afternoon. The wind has been up all day and when the breaks in the clouds give way to blue sky the sun peeks out for a few minutes here and there.

    I kept trying to hit the gas,but the response seemed to take forever in the heavy wind. Nothing but hard work in that headwind! It was a good day to keep your head low and change gears a lot to keep it spinning. I felt lucky just getting a road ride in as the forecast was for rain on and off all day. Most of it missed us so far.
     
  7. Uawadall

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    4th week in a row doing the Saturday group ride. Perfect riding weather, a little cooler than past weeks. A comfortable mid 70's. 40 miles, 18.5 mph/1700 ft.
     
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    Nice ride, U!

    79 degrees and sunny today. Boy, did they blow the forecast! I got up this morning with every weather website and radio saying rain by 2:30 PM. WRONG! The whole weekend forecast was incorrect and I'm hoping the next couple days of predicted rain is also incorrect.

    The wind was 5 to 9 MPH and I set out at 9:30 AM to climb a few hills! A simply beautiful morning ride was unfolding on every climb!

    Got a total of 2,600 feet of stiff climbing in and despite legs dulled by several days of wind and rushing to get rides in between the rains, I was cruising pretty easily and climbing relaxed and with a little power for a change.

    The climbs on this circuit are mostly short and steep. I saw 12% and 14% numerous times and the the little ring was in use a lot.

    43 miles worth of fun this morning!
     
  9. Fang

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    Yes, I am riding ofo to go to work everyday.
     
  10. CAMPYBOB

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    84 degrees, humid and sunny...until I jumped on the bike! Then all Hell broke loose.

    The wind was 10 to 12 MPH for most of the day and then picked up in the mid-afternoon. 12 to 14 MPH with much higher gusts. Still not recorded on Windfinder.com yet, but I'm guessing 20-25 MPH gusts that came one after another as the storm front rolled in.

    I only got 18 miles in and as I looked over my shoulder at the first turn on the course what was a clear, sunny day had turned ominous and threatening in just a few minutes.

    The wind really kicked up and the thunder could be heard in the distance.

    I went up a gear or three and started to work. And work. And work some more.

    At the turn back into the wind it really got tough. The gusts were rocking the bike and things were not looking good in the direction I was heading. I put my head back down and used whatever gear was working to keep it just under Detonation heart rate.

    Made it back to the car just as the first hint of rain drops spotted the windshield. Changed shoes and peeled off the sweat soaked HR strap, gloves and helmet. Tossed the bike in the back seat an headed home with larger drops hitting, but not not enough to turn the wipers on.

    I pulled in the driveway and unloaded the gear and bikes just in time for...the sun to come out again! That front pretty much missed us, but more rain is forecast for tonight, tomorrow and the next 5 of 6 days! We'll see!
     
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  11. cyclintom

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    Did another 37 1/2 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing. I simply no longer have any speed and can't ride with a group since groups ALWAYS race (except for one old farts group I ride with where I'm the punk kid). Lots of bikes out and this is a weekday. I wonder what it's like over in Palo Alto since the Stanford riders can often exceed 100 riders in a group. Too bad I can't ride fast enough to keep up since I'm getting invitations from several clubs like the Oakland Yellowjackets. I do still have power - that 3,500 feet was almost entirely in a 39/23 - but the average speed stinks.
     
  12. jhuskey

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    Getting old sucks Bob but the weather is lovely and I had a nice evening ride after work. Won't be overusing that term "after work" a lot longer. Looking forward to tommorows stagein the French race. Should be hell on wheels. Short ,steep and HELL. Oh did I mention hell?
     
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  13. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Wait! Wut? You mean attorneys actually...RETIRE?!?!

    I hear ya. It won't be long now! Race ya to the exit door!
     
  14. CAMPYBOB

    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Afternoon rain...a downpour that lasted 5 minutes and flooded the streets.

    82 degrees, really humid and the sun never came back out after that first rain. The roads dried and the radar showed I was in a corridor of calm in between two rain cells moving North. Thunder in the distance again, but fresh air beats Zwift in the warm basement every time.

    I decided to try the road with the wind at 8 to 9 MPH. And a few rain drops still coming down here and there.

    Only got 13 miles done, thanks to a neighbor that wanted to talk about our oil & gas wells, lawsuits and royalties. Semi-fast over flat'ish terrain I just gunned it through medium gears and hauled up a couple little hills for 450' of climbing.

    Sweat soaked everything fast. It wasn't all that hot, just very humid!
     
  15. jhuskey

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    I have been asked to remain on in a consulting position. The details have not been worked out as yet but it will be a part time gig.
     
  16. CAMPYBOB

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    Same here. Too 'valuable' to turn out to pasture just yet! LOL! Translation: You can still make us a metric shit ton of money.

    82 degrees and sunny today. Windfinder said the wind was a steady 9 to 10 MPH, but it hurt like it was going closer to 15 MPH and the flags agreed with me.

    27 miles of fun. Worked hard into the wind and my my cassette looked like a Euro Pro as I ran fast with that '10 MPH' wind at my back. Like I said, I'll bet a fiddy it was at least a 15 MPH breeze going.

    The double-work in both directions yielded a good, fast training ride. 975' of climbing that included a hill I hate climbing. It gets steeper all the way to the top. It only carries on for four tenths of a miles, but it's painful when taken at threshold from bottom to top.

    Another fun effort!
     
  17. jhuskey

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    In my case it is more about saving money than making it.
     
  18. CAMPYBOB

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    I was always the spending hawk...got to spend it to make it. That flew high and mighty in the 1980's. Not so much after that. Sad and pathetic what followed. Someday...over a rum & Coke or three...

    85 degrees and sunny. The wind was listed at 14 to 15 MPH today and that was really noticeable, but that 10 MPH wind yesterday hurt a lot more! Go figure.

    Just 19 miles, but at at a good tempo. Just under blow-up most of the ride. I was surprised how good the legs felt and how quickly they turned on after shoving off.

    almost exactly 500' of climbing, so pretty flat and i spent about a third of the ride on the drops pushing a gear into the breeze. Nice workout!
     
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    I've watched all but one stage of the Tour on Swiss streaming. My German is for crap, but I can transliterate most of the commentary based on the livestream video.

    I'll miss the ITT tomorrow as I plan on hitting the road early for a longer ride. Still pulling for Tommy to pull a rabbit out of his hat.

    84 degrees and sunny here in Ohio today. The wind was 6 to 9 MPH when I rode and picked up noticeably after I got back home.

    22 Miles of mostly flat roads. Only 600' of climbing. Kept it light and easy, saving the legs for tomorrow. Quiet rodes and nothing much happening on a Friday afternoon. Chain's cleaned and fresh lube applied. Tires are wiped down. Gels are in the jersey pockets. See ya on the road tomorrow!
     
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    67 miles in glorious 77 degree sunshine! Only 60 degrees when I threw a leg over at 8 AM, but it warmed up quickly. The wind was going 6 MPH at the start and I ran into the wind for the first 29 miles of the ride.

    It picked up to 9 MPH by the time I made the turn for home with a decent cross tail wind assisting me.

    2900 feet of climbing with a couple of stiff hills. the 13% 'er near the finish is probably the most painful, but most of the climbing is over rolling terrain at 3%-9%. Not so bad.

    The day was just really beautiful! The sky was dotted lightly with clouds and there was zero humidity. The sun was not overly hot and I cruised along pretty much effortlessly the entire ride.

    This one felt good!
     
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