Did You Ride Today?

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

  1. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    There presently is a thread on power meters. Can you take that over there please? Power meters are an interesting subject and should have their own thread.
     


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    Today I did the first "normal" ride of the year. Though it was flat it was exactly 45 miles doorway to doorway. The traffic was pretty screwy all day but I suppose I'm used to it. 12.8 mph average which is pretty fast for an in-city ride with jillions of stop signs and stop lights and many of the stop lights those main-drag ones that remain red for 2 minutes or more. I was lucky and this one light that won't change for a bike and the cross traffic is too heavy and fast to chance a run, had a car in my direction as I got there and only had to weight 15 seconds to get across. On the return trip these are all right turns so you don't have to worry about them.

    The ride I reported last Saturday that was only 27 miles but 15 of which was on gravel was far more tiring than today. If the weather allows next Tuesday I'll do the normal Tuesday ride of 37 miles and 4200 feet of climbing almost all over 7%. Not looking forward to it after all this time off.
     
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    My short little Sunday ride video around home.

     
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    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    From home to home 53.5 miles. 2927 ft of climbing. 12 mph average. This was the fourth ride of the new year and the first one with climbing. I was using my Basso Lotto with tubeless tires. While I was pumping them up there was a mark on the tire and closer inspection showed it to be a sealed puncture. Riding straight into the Sun I ran over a piece of angle iron. I had to have gotten a puncture from that but no air loss. This is why tubeless are so good on winter bikes. No stopping in the cold to fix a flat.

    I entered the TierraBella and Primavera centuries that occur in April. My friends are coming up from Arizona to stay with me for a couple of weeks then. I will take them on a lot of the old rides we used to do when they were living here.
     
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    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

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    Looked up the Basso Lotto bike, cool steel!:cool:

    Gina has an old 84-86 steel Bianchi. Low end, 105 mix components. Though too small for me, I have ridden around the hood to make adjustments, amazing ride. Gina says the ride quality is better than her full carbon bike.

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    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Saturday I did another 32 mile ride kicking me up to 180 miles for 5 rides and 4300 feet of climbing. I wrote about it in Crash Test Dummy thread. Since this is a winter ride I've done all of these rides on my Basso Loto.
     
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    40 miles with my buddy, ended up running into a couple other guys. One buddy with a trach, the other heart patient who ended up doing a full Iron Man after 10 months.

     
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    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Well, I won't be riding today as I'm really sore from my Saturday fall. And the rain returns for the next two weeks so I can only hope to get in a short ride here or there. My friend in Arizona already has 700 miles in. I hate him.
     
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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.
     
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    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    I am curious - that is an exact copy of my previous posting and no one else in the group gets that number of miles or that much climbing on our ride. Since the Stanford groups don't ride until spring perhaps you can explain where this ride of yours occurred.
     
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    My friends from Arizona will be coming out to do some spring centuries here. I've entered three already. They always complain about how cold it is here. That must be because of the man-made global warming. In the 50's it was all hell and gone warmer. Everyone planted citrus trees because they ripen sweet in the heat. Now you can hardly stand to eat an orange off of one of these trees.

    I am Croatian and around here I never got more sunburned than red that turns to brown in a day. When I went to Arizona wearing 30 suntan lotion I didn't just burn but blistered. For the rest of the time I was there I used 100. The blisters took a month to go away after I got back to the bay area.
     
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    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Does doing 20 minutes on the trainer count?
     
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    Well, I got up this morning planning on doing a flat ride to Mission Coffee which is a half block away from Mission San Jose. That would have been a 40 miles of so round trip. I sent out an email to see if anyone intended of riding in the cold since yesterday it was cold enough to have sheet ice on the roads. Today it was about 2 degrees warming and no signs of ice.

    No one answered so I though I'd do the "normal" Thursday ride but slowly since I've been off schedule for taking my medication and am feeling not all that great. I started out and got to the top of the highest hill on the way and decided I just felt too punk to do that ride. So I modified it to ride to a place called "The Corner Pastry Shop" or perhaps "Café".

    I hadn't eaten much before I went and I was feeling worse as I was up to 18 miles but after a coffee and a breakfast sandwich in that place I was feeling a little better. On the way back I was riding much faster than I did on the way out.

    I had just installed new tubeless tires and the pressure was probably a little high since I could feel the lines on the road. But since I had blown a tire off a week and a half ago I was concerned about the new tubeless Maxxi's. They installed so easily that I was worried for awhile but a real tubeless tire as opposed to what I was using before is totally different. They seal against the wheel and they have a more defined hook bead. I pumped them up and went up to buy some sealant. When I got back the pressure hadn't dropped at all. Anyway I was slowly getting more confidence after the crash and was riding more like I should.

    Made it back after 37.5 miles and only 1812 ft of climbing. But it is winter and we have had a real cold spell. My average speed just always stays in the range of 11-13 mph with very occasionally a little faster. I can't figure out how Mr. Beanz does his very high averages. Just between you and I he must be cheating. I think that he is giving us his Max Speed as his average. He seems like the sneaky sort - makes all the rest of us kill ourselves to get anywhere near matching him.
     
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    Ha ha ha! Nope, no cheating. I used to ride real hard and had higher averages. Figure I'm a big 230 pound rider who has at times trained on climbs totaling 30,000-40,000 ft of gain per month while in training mode. No trainers, all outdoor climbing 20 mile climbs with 5,000 ft in the wind, cold, rain, and heat. Competed in timed events with 10,000 ft- 12,000 ft gain over 100 miles. Number 123 out of 400 entries. No bad for a big guy on standard gearing (none of that sissy compact crank stuff! :D)

    So the flat rides are a piece of cake for me. This one was my best but rode with a couple of buddies.

    See, average speed of 19.2, max speed of 30.2. Flat rides are easy peasy. Now my climbing event I did 100 miles with 10,000 ft gain at 13.8 average speed. Official time but no Garmin and no Strava back then.

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    Heck, even Gina has done a century at 15.8 average speed. But then again, many of the riders we have ridden with have said I should sign her up for racing. Heck, we used to do forum rides with bikeforums dot net. She spanked many of the locals who thought they would be waiting for her if she were to tag along on some of the rides I was invited to do.

    Me: Should I bring Gina?
    Forum Member: Umm OK! If she's too slow, we'll regroup or wait for her.
    Me: OK

    Post Ride ----

    Forum Member: Uhh I can't believe I had a hard time keeping up with Gina. I thought I would be competing with you but instead I was struggling to keep up with Gina. :D

    On one ride we were doing 5,000 ft of gain over 21 miles. She started slow then worked into the ride. She caught and passed about 10 cycling active guys from the forum. They were totally shocked when she caught up 15 miles later up the climb.

    She's strong, great endurance but has no desire to race. If she did, she'd kill me I think.:p

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    Now throw in 5,000 ft of climbing at 245 pounds and my average drops to the 11 MPH range. :mad:

    Ron is getting older but was always a good climber. He's about 70 pounds lighter than I am so trying to keep up was a good workout. :D

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    Mr. Beanz Well-Known Member

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    OK, since there ain't much happening in this forum any longer, I am going to tell my story and do a little trash talk, but as Arnold said in True Lies abou tthe guys he killed, "but they were all bad!". :D

    I consider myself a recreational rider. I though about doing some time trials but having 11 bikes at the time, I decided against investing. I guess I could have used my roadie with aero bars but I guess that's how important the "racer" label was to me, I never did. But going to some local crit training rides, me and 3 other guys broke away from the pack and almost lapped the field on a 2 mile course. Got plenty of attention after the ride from the team members. I went just to see how it was. It was fun but plenty of dangerous guys so hell no, I ain't racing no crits. I watched a few races thinking about it and the crashes, hell no, I have to go to work on Monday. Getting taken away in an ambulance ain't my idea of fun.

    So I signed up for this timed event, 100 miles almost 10,000 ft of gain. 400 riders allowed, serious climbers only it said. Ended up doing it 4 times and loved it.

    Well one year I signed up, I was trash talked by a couple of riders on dot net. One guy was a double century rider. The other guy was a pretty popular long distance racer. Did Paris Brest blah blah, Furnace Creek 508, The Death ride, many brevets and many doubles as a triple crown rider in Calif.

    I won't use his name but he trash talked me on the forum. I first did the ride hoping to not be the last one in ha ha. But I did ok but felt great after the ride so the next year I aimed for a goal of shaving an hour off my time now that I had experienced the ride. I did, shaved off an hour and 2 minutes.

    But this rider said on the forums that I would be lucky to keep up with him if he had a bad day. Umm OK! He boasted about his custom $8000 climbing Colnago. Climbing wheels, gears and even a bigger big ring to gain time on the descent.

    The other LD guy told me that he thought I was a big cry baby as I always mentioned the wind and adverse conditions on my rides. Yeah I do for entertainment but he took it the wrong way I guess. He too a Clyde at 200 pounds and I was 230.

    I ended up spanking this guy by nearly 3 hours on the ride. He came up to me after the ride, and posted on the forums that I was a big fake on the forums. He said though I played timid, I was a really strong rider and made him look silly on the bike. I actually thought that was cool!

    The other guy with the fancy bike, he started an hour before me on the ride (2 hour start window, bar coded). I caught him at the 50 mile mark. I ended up leaving him behind but then decided to pull over on the side of the road before the last dreaded climb to Onyx Summit.

    I let him pass me, gave him a head start of about 5 minutes, then got back on my bike and passed him again on the 7% climb. He shouted he would catch me on the descent with his fancy big ring. NOT!!! I'm a pretty good descender

    I hit the bottom of the descent and was having a great time still cranking it at 30. I hit town and was still able to crank it along the flats to the finish line at 25 mph over the last couple of miles. Butt face never caught me. I went into the chute and got my official time.

    It was a little over an hour better than butt face and his fancy bike! :D

    He finally got to the post ride BBQ after I had served my food. The rest of the time, he just sat at the picnic table and glared at me. I made sure to smile his way so that he would be sure to know I really kicked his ass on the ride ha ha!

    Of course we get back to posting on the forum and some racer boy says I'm not a racer and he could kick my ass on our local mtn climb GMR. Umm I guess because I have never signed up for a crit, I didn't know how to ride a bike and was a second class cyclist. :p

    We did a forum ride and he actually showed up. He started before me, got up half way, about 2300 ft of gain then called it quits, said he was struggling too much. Of course right when I was about to catch him. ;)

    So yeah, I never say I am fast but I would say strong. I have had many cyclists call me a sleeper and underestimated. I've been told I understate my abilities on the forum as well. I did the Palm Springs century solo at 5:45 at almost a 17.5 average speed. Several others as well.

    I don't feel the need to race but am really shocked at the responses of too many forum members who race. Though I have met many and rode side by side, I have to say that them riding in a pack really boosts their averages and speeds. It's different when you are trying to match a "recreational" rider like me on your own. :p

    I have met a few forum members who raced that were really fast on their own but too many who are not.

    Gina is another funny story. I usually ride hard and after 20 years of trying to keep up with me, she has become a pretty strong rider. I had a female triple crown rider draft us for 35 miles into the wind heading to the coast on a forum ride. Once we hit the turn around she said not to be offended but she had to get back so when she and her male buddy dropped us, it was nothing personal. :eek:

    Bull sheot! Gina, suck it up because we're going to kick their asses! :mad:

    We let them roll off, pretty much faded as we shadowed them from about 100 yards back. Once I saw they faded, we poured it on and blew by them. Did the final 36 miles getting back about 30 minutes before they did. That chick was shocked and approached Gina telling her she had no idea she was that strong on the bike.

    Well that was nice of her. I mean Gina did kick the sheot out of her on a 72 mile ride and she was supposed to be a triple crown long distance rider. :p

    I love riding "WITH" people and try to have fun. But when duty calls, sometimes you got to kick the sheot out of somebody! :D

    This was the timed event where the forum dudes challenged me.

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    This was a training ride about 2 weeks before the ride. 55 mile ride with 7,000 ft of gain. Yes, a standard 53/39 crank and 13-26 cog set. Nothing fancy, just me and my $1000 Cannondale.

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    It isn't like I didn't believe you completely. But trash talking you is good for the soul.
     
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    :D:p:D
     
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