RR: First ride of the season (kinda long, as always)

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Jonathan Bond, Apr 16, 2003.

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  1. had been rainy and cold, snow a week before, so I was worried about the trails being muddy and
    nasty. The past few days have begun to get sunny and warmer though, and they dried everything out
    quite nicely. And then, the day comes, and its pushing 80F! It was almost too hot, coming from near
    freezing temperatures, but it was a beautiful day. Nobody from Tufts cycling felt like joining me
    (don't know what they're missing, staying on their road bikes), so I took off solo. I wore my new
    heart rate monitor, just for shits and giggles.

    Rode the two miles there, and then putted around by myself for a while. Stuck to the fireroads
    mostly, they were in decent condition. One had a stream running down the middle - now I know why its
    official name is "mud road". Found the mountain bike loop and hooked up with it for a while. I was
    definitely feeling out of shape and out of practice, so I decided to hit the one nasty climb (fairly
    short but steep, loose, and rocky), then turn back around, ride the couple miles to the trailhead,
    and head home. A nice ride.

    There were 4 or 5 other riders at the top. Besides the one guy in a RAGE (www.rage-mtb.com)
    jersey who passed me in his car as I was riding to the trails, I had seen no other bikers. Get to
    the top... hey, its Stack! He's a Tufts Alum, still lives really close, and I went on a few rides
    with him in the fall. They're on an ATA cycles ride, heading back to the entrance, so I join up
    with them. One nasty rider on a singlespeed in the group, one guy on a sweet Seven Sola, and a
    few other riders on bikes a lot like mine. I manage to pinch flat and dent my rim (doh!) on a
    not-quite-far-enough bunny hop, and realize I forgot to check my tires before the ride. Oh well,
    all part of the fun and games! Quick tube change, and we're at the entrance.... and so are 5
    other riders.

    Well lookie here, its a RAGE ride! Two MORE guys on Seven Solas (damn... and another one showed up a
    little later!), one on a sweet bright neon green Curtlo hardtail, a Superlight, a Truth, and a bunch
    of other sweet bikes. Some trash talkin', some introductions, and we're off.

    I hang with them for another hour or so. Wow, they're good riders... really, really good. I clean
    some technical moves I thought I wouldn't, and have some early-season screw-ups on some other parts.
    I do start to feel a lot better in terms of fitness though - guess I just needed to clear the
    cobwebs out. The Racer-boys are still dropping me on some sections, but I'm definitely keeping up
    better. Just don't remind me that this was a fairly mellow ride for them ;) We discover at some
    point that we lost a rider... where'd we see him last? Hmmm... no, not the last time we stopped...
    or the time before that... actually, we haven't seen him in like 30 minutes! Some confusion over
    location, and eventually we figure out where we are, and where he is... maybe. We end up finding
    him, and set off again. About this time, I realize its about
    4:15, which means I've been riding for almost 3 hours. I also realize I'm really close to bonking.
    And that I have hours of homework to do. D'oh! I get directions back to the entrance, ride home,
    bonk about half a mile away from campus, and collapse in the common room of my dorm.

    Take a look at my HRM. Besides the fact that my heart rate was still up above 100 (my resting rate
    is around 54) for at least 45 minutes after I finish my ride, I notice that the calorie counter
    function says I burned 2000 calories. And I started it about 1/4 of the way into the ride. Yow. I
    chowed down on anything and everything availible.

    Great ride. And I slept really, really well ;)

    Jon Bond
     
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  2. Bb

    Bb Guest

    On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:52:49 GMT, Jonathan Bond wrote:

    > About this time, I realize its about
    > 4:15, which means I've been riding for almost 3 hours. I also realize I'm really close to bonking.
    > And that I have hours of homework to do. D'oh! I get directions back to the entrance, ride home,
    > bonk about half a mile away from campus, and collapse in the common room of my dorm.

    Time flies when you're having fun. Pretty long ride so early in the season! Sounds like a
    great ride.

    And he's so young he's probably not even sore today (dammit!).

    --
    -BB- To reply to me, drop the attitude (from my e-mail address, at least)
     
  3. BB wrote:
    > On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:52:49 GMT, Jonathan Bond wrote:
    >
    >
    >> About this time, I realize its about
    >>4:15, which means I've been riding for almost 3 hours. I also realize I'm really close to bonking.
    >> And that I have hours of homework to do. D'oh! I get directions back to the entrance, ride home,
    >> bonk about half a mile away from campus, and collapse in the common room of my dorm.
    >
    >
    > Time flies when you're having fun. Pretty long ride so early in the season! Sounds like a
    > great ride.
    >
    > And he's so young he's probably not even sore today (dammit!).

    Nope, not really. I'm supposed to go for a ride today and one tomorrow night... gotta finish my
    stupid chem problem set before I can go today though. We'll see if I get lazy or not.

    Ass is a bit sore tho ;)

    Jon Bond
     
  4. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    Jonathan Bond <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > had been rainy and cold, snow a week before, so I was worried about the trails being muddy and
    > nasty. The past few days have begun to get sunny and warmer though, and they dried everything out
    > quite nicely. And then, the day comes, and its pushing 80F! It was almost too hot, coming from
    > near freezing temperatures, but it was a beautiful day. Nobody from Tufts cycling felt like
    > joining me (don't know what they're missing, staying on their road bikes), so I took off solo. I
    > wore my new heart rate monitor, just for shits and giggles. <snip>

    > Take a look at my HRM. Besides the fact that my heart rate was still up above 100 (my resting rate
    > is around 54) for at least 45 minutes after I finish my ride, I notice that the calorie counter
    > function says I burned 2000 calories. And I started it about 1/4 of the way into the ride. Yow. I
    > chowed down on anything and everything availible.
    >
    > Great ride. And I slept really, really well ;)
    >
    > Jon Bond

    Cool RR, Commander. I'll bet you never expected to get worked over like that for 3hrs when you were
    riding to the trailhead. Always fun to find hotdogs to hang with.

    Paladin
     
  5. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:52:49 GMT, Jonathan Bond <[email protected]> wrote:

    [snip nice RR]
    >
    >Great ride. And I slept really, really well ;)
    >
    >Jon Bond
    >
    Exactly what is the MTB season?

    Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind
    should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  6. Bill Wheeler wrote:
    > On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:52:49 GMT, Jonathan Bond <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > [snip nice RR]
    >
    >>Great ride. And I slept really, really well ;)
    >>
    >>Jon Bond
    >>
    >
    > Exactly what is the MTB season?
    >
    > Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the
    > mind should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    > :-]

    April 15th-Jan 1st at the Fells. Hence first ride of the season ;)

    Jon Bond
     
  7. "BB" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > On Wed, 16 Apr 2003 14:52:49 GMT, Jonathan Bond wrote: And he's so young he's probably not even
    > sore today (dammit!).
    >
    I think of Jon as the son I never had ... wait ... I have a son. Well then the college student I
    never had ... wait ... got one of those also. How about the offspring I don't have to pay the
    bills for.

    I love my kids, but I sure could use more of those :)
    --
    Craig Brossman, Durango Colorado
     
  8. crazy6r54

    crazy6r54 Guest

    Who needs 1st ride of the season. What season every seson is riding season. Winter,Spring,Summer,and
    Fall all you got to do is call.

    Fire up MTB 03
     
  9. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    >April 15th-Jan 1st at the Fells. Hence first ride of the season

    So let it be written, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector,
    that is, the mind should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
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