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Mr Head 06-20-2012 11:44 AM

28 miles each way with a computer. Short answer is nope.
If I were to manage it I'd be leaving the house about 3:00Am to get here, cleaned up and working by 5:30. The trail is not a good place to be in the dark, even with lights. There are some bad areas to be caught alone in between the hills and the sea.
My plan is walking at lunch then riding or running after work. If I can work back up to an hour run I'll be fine and running the hills burns a lot. The evening heat is getting to where I'll need to carry water when running too. This plan will work it just takes a little longer than the 2 a day deal. Back in the day, when I was in college I'd ride easy to school 28 miles, then ride hard home going the long way with the mountains in the way. Now, 28 miles is not easy no matter how slow I am. Back then easy was an average of 18 mph. I can't do that yet at maximum output.
Speed in getting back to fit isn't my goal.

My goal is to re-engineer my lifestyle so I eat smarter and exercise all the time as part of how I live. I figure it is harder to alter my habits, but in the long run better for me and sustainable. This is after all a part of my larger retirement plan where I simplify my life and live healthy.

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Originally Posted by Gummee! (Post 18953717)
Can ya commute by bike? That helped me get in 2-a-days.

I just got done with a couple of hours of isometrics. aka mowing the lawn. :bluduh We have a Scag stand-behind mower. Hafta keep the knees unlocked to absorb the shocks.

M


Gummee! 06-21-2012 08:25 AM

I got my picture taken with a local kid made good last nite: Joe Dombrowski. He just won the 'Baby Giro d'Italia' against a stellar field.

Stay tuned for pics once I have the link to em.

M

Ridge 06-21-2012 08:45 AM

buncha hooligans... don't y'all have bikes to ride? :evil

Still training and racing like mad 5-6 days per week with periodization and intervals from my coach. At the upper level of regional Cat 3 racing and nudging Cat 2 but probably won't gather quite enough points this year. Just rode a double century last Saturday from Greensboro, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC with 6 others and we managed to maintain a 20mph pace with a rotating pace line. Heading to Boone tomorrow for the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears mountain century. Really hoping to break the 5:30 mark on it this year. Hope y'all are getting in some solid riding and no whammies.:freaky

zippy 06-21-2012 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Ridge (Post 18961178)
buncha hooligans... don't y'all have bikes to ride? :evil

Still training and racing like mad 5-6 days per week with periodization and intervals from my coach. At the upper level of regional Cat 3 racing and nudging Cat 2 but probably won't gather quite enough points this year. Just rode a double century last Saturday from Greensboro, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC with 6 others and we managed to maintain a 20mph pace with a rotating pace line. Heading to Boone tomorrow for the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears mountain century. Really hoping to break the 5:30 mark on it this year. Hope y'all are getting in some solid riding and no whammies.:freaky


Good to see you posting again Ridge was worried hadn't seen you post in a while. But I guess you are riding more than posting which is a damn good thing. Wish I could say the same. Enjoy your mountain century !

TheYeti 06-21-2012 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Ridge (Post 18961178)
buncha hooligans... don't y'all have bikes to ride? :evil

Still training and racing like mad 5-6 days per week with periodization and intervals from my coach. At the upper level of regional Cat 3 racing and nudging Cat 2 but probably won't gather quite enough points this year. Just rode a double century last Saturday from Greensboro, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC with 6 others and we managed to maintain a 20mph pace with a rotating pace line. Heading to Boone tomorrow for the annual Blood, Sweat and Gears mountain century. Really hoping to break the 5:30 mark on it this year. Hope y'all are getting in some solid riding and no whammies.:freaky

Hey it's Ridge, I thought you were abducted by aliens or something.Hows the racing going this year. as a Cat 3?

Yes, riding a lot by my standards. I didn't ride or do anything all winter and I do mean nothing , Fatter and slower, but riding.

Mr Head 06-21-2012 07:04 PM

Got the word this morning that the program I was on is stopped, No more OT. So, I finished up what I had cooking and came home for a ride,

Man the on shore wind has been brutal. Beat me like a rented mule on the way out. I did manage to get some pace going on the way back but man I was spent on the hill.

So, with nothing in the pipe I decided to take tomorrow and Monday off. My own little summer start up stay-cation. And I plan on riding. :clap

The weather is perfect hot in the afternoon but cool in the shade. As soon as the sun dips toward Catalina the air up here cools and it is perfect.

The tape:
<iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/runs/11420896/embed/4f0ce09777f5854a48b248c4beb889a877ff0f57'></iframe>

Oh and fifteen minutes into the ride I got stung on the head by another damned bee. What did I ever do to the stupid bee? He's the dumass that flew into my helmet and got pissed off.

Ridge 06-22-2012 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by TheYeti (Post 18965258)
Hey it's Ridge, I thought you were abducted by aliens or something.Hows the racing going this year. as a Cat 3?

Yes, riding a lot by my standards. I didn't ride or do anything all winter and I do mean nothing , Fatter and slower, but riding.

Racing Cat 3 for a well-established and bigger team has made such a huge impact on my tactical knowledge. No longer am I scrambling and fighting to make my way up front of the peloton. I've been much more aggressive in attacking and establishing breakaways in both RR and crits. The security of knowing there is a team that is strong enough to control the pace and willing to work for me when I can get away from the pack is priceless. I sacrificed a lot of my early season results to help a couple of teammates get their upgrade points in, but now I get to shine and put rubber to the road. Doing that established a lot of respect from the rest of the team and they know I will work just as hard for them as they will for me.

The local racing calendar has taken a bit of a hit as a few of the omnium weekends have been cancelled, or put on hold. I'm guessing due to an economic hit. July and August look to be filled though, so right back into the maelstrom. I did buy a cross bike this year, so watch out GUMMEE... :evil I picked up a full Ultegra Vassago Fisticuff and I'm loving it. I'd like to swap out the Ultegra for SRAM Apex, but that's a project for the winter.

Good to hear you guys are still riding. I should make it over to the Farmer's market ride again soon.

ducnut 06-22-2012 09:17 AM

Killer deal going here. I'd love to have it.

Aurelius 06-22-2012 09:30 AM

No more drops for me.
 
Since I had the day off and the weekend weather prediction was for rain, I headed out to my favorite local trail to do what little riding I could. One part of the trail features a ledge with a 2 foot drop. I always go around it, but I was feeling confident this morning so I thought I'd give it a go. :huh I got up to speed and sailed off the drop, landing hard on my front wheel and was catapulted over the handlebars. My chest and face hit the ground first. Fortunately the only damage to me was a bloody nose and a scraped knee. I think my upper lip is starting to swell up a bit, but fortunately my teeth are intact. Not quite sure what went wrong, but I'll be avoiding any drops I find on the trails in future. :nah

TheYeti 06-22-2012 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut (Post 18968929)
Killer deal going here. I'd love to have it.

great deal for someone looking for touring bike that is ready to go. Hell the racks and bags are worth $650.00 alone.

TheYeti 06-22-2012 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Ridge (Post 18967507)
Racing Cat 3 for a well-established and bigger team has made such a huge impact on my tactical knowledge. No longer am I scrambling and fighting to make my way up front of the peloton. I've been much more aggressive in attacking and establishing breakaways in both RR and crits. The security of knowing there is a team that is strong enough to control the pace and willing to work for me when I can get away from the pack is priceless. I sacrificed a lot of my early season results to help a couple of teammates get their upgrade points in, but now I get to shine and put rubber to the road. Doing that established a lot of respect from the rest of the team and they know I will work just as hard for them as they will for me.

The local racing calendar has taken a bit of a hit as a few of the omnium weekends have been cancelled, or put on hold. I'm guessing due to an economic hit. July and August look to be filled though, so right back into the maelstrom. I did buy a cross bike this year, so watch out GUMMEE... :evil I picked up a full Ultegra Vassago Fisticuff and I'm loving it. I'd like to swap out the Ultegra for SRAM Apex, but that's a project for the winter.

Good to hear you guys are still riding. I should make it over to the Farmer's market ride again soon.

I'm glad you changed teams,it was a good team to start racing with. racing freelace as a Cat 5, and at 4 is fine, but the upper Cats, you really need two or three good teammates.

Sure come on out to the Farmer's Market ride and kill them I've been riding with the older guys that leave before the Big Dogs. I can't hang with those guys. Usually, and it's time I stop fooling my self into thinking I can.I get a soild workout,without getting dropped on second or third burst of speed.Or when you say " I'll go up and help with the pace" :lol3 ,and then were hitting 35 on the flats. :huh


Good Luck with your weekend mountain rec ride,AKA Boone Sufferfest. I hope you can break your 5:30.

Weirdo 06-22-2012 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18969008)
Since I had the day off and the weekend weather prediction was for rain, I headed out to my favorite local trail to do what little riding I could. One part of the trail features a ledge with a 2 foot drop. I always go around it, but I was feeling confident this morning so I thought I'd give it a go. :huh I got up to speed and sailed off the drop, landing hard on my front wheel and was catapulted over the handlebars. My chest and face hit the ground first. Fortunately the only damage to me was a bloody nose and a scraped knee. I think my upper lip is starting to swell up a bit, but fortunately my teeth are intact. Not quite sure what went wrong, but I'll be avoiding any drops I find on the trails in future. :nah

At least you gave it a go!! :clap

I'm covered in scars from crashing, some were epics and others were just simply embarrassing. Having a good wheelie drop in your tool bag is a good thing to keep trying to get. Keep it up.

Aurelius 06-22-2012 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Weirdo (Post 18970569)
At least you gave it a go!! :clap

I'm covered in scars from crashing, some were epics and others were just simply embarrassing. Having a good wheelie drop in your tool bag is a good thing to keep trying to get. Keep it up.

Just talked to another rider who knows that trail very well. He says I should have dropped my seat post and gotten my ass way over the rear wheel, which would have prevented the endo. I'll have to give that a try next time. He also recommended I wear a full face helmet from now on. :lol3

rbrsddn 06-22-2012 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Aurelius (Post 18971904)
Just talked to another rider who knows that trail very well. He says I should have dropped my seat post and gotten my ass way over the rear wheel, which would have prevented the endo. I'll have to give that a try next time. He also recommended I wear a full face helmet from now on. :lol3

A full face is probably a good idea, considering your recent history! I gotta give you credit, for even getting on a mountain bike, after breaking your hip. You don't have to get your ass way behind the seat. You have to pull the front up as you go off the drop, ensuring you land on your back wheel. I started ridiing dirt bikes at age 12, so the transition to mountain bikes at 32 wasn'r that tough. If you don't have a dirt bike background, I recommend wearing all the protective gear you can fit on your body. Mountain biking is great fun, when you can complete a day without injuring yourself! Good luck.

blackfriar 06-22-2012 05:41 PM

I went out this afternoon and before I left I checked the radar. Didn't look too bad, but after I got about 15 miles south it was very dark to the north. I started back and had the wind behind me. It looked like the storm would all blow east, but the wind changed and I was stuck out in a miserable thunderstorm. Wind and hail for about 20 minutes. I waited under a tree and then sloshed home. My cell phone is in the bag of rice again.


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