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Old 06-23-2013, 08:14 AM   #29476
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Seeing some serious effort out here. 'Poser, I roll with a 12-30, but I'm pretty tightly focused on climbing this year. I don't know if I could get up a 10% with a 26, to be honest, so don't feel bad at all.

Yesterday, we were down on the peninsula, starting on the east side of the mountains. We rode up and over Page Mill, then down Alpine, over Pescadero Creek Road, around the coast and back up and over Skyline via Tunitas Creek and King Mountain Road. There were plenty of Cat 2,3 and 4 climbs.

The climb up Tunitas Creek had long stretches of 15%+, but man, oh man, it was beautiful. It cuts up through a giant redwood grove that's back in this little valley. The road just goes up and up with switchbacks on switchbacks, but once you hit the ridgeline at the top, you get to traverse it. When we got to the top at Skyline, the first thing I saw go by was an old black Cobra. Oh, hell yeah.

And a first for roadkill for me: a bobcat. Also, a red headed woodpecker of some type. If there's one thing I've seen a lot of while training, it's roadkill.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:29 AM   #29477
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Found out a few things:
1. I need to ride more mountains. There's some long AND steep hills in West-by-doG that I wasn't ready for!

2. run a 12-30 (or bigger) cassette no matter what your ego says.

3. Bring 2 bottles of liquid with you. Its a longer ways/time between stops than the 20, 38, and 58mi on the ride email would suggest. I *thought* I could get by with just one big bottle. Wrong answer private! I had to beg a bottle from some corner workers. Filled up again at an unofficial stop between stops 2 and 3. Thank doG for volunteers! I woulda been in a world of hurt without em. Its an amazing feeling going from 'I'm just about out of water and there's another 8mi left to ride to the next stop' to 'I can make it!'

4. You can remain upright on your bicycle at 4kph.

More later.

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Welcome to my world. I've been rolling with two 25oz Camelbak insulated bottles and they're the best solution for me ever. I never run out of water and it stays cool. They're tall, so if you get them, check to make sure they'll fit in your seat post cage.

I carry one of those dorky top tube bags, but it lets me add fuel while riding. On the way up Tunitas Creek, I had chocolate covered pretzels from the Bike Hut in there. Salty, chocolatey crunchy. The Bike Hut. Best invention ever.

And yeah, all the guys on my team are rolling 12-30, 11-29, 12-32 and one guy's rolling a 12-34. I was thinking 12-32, but I'd have to replace my rear derailleur with one with a longer cage.

Going up Fort Ross Road a few weeks ago, I learned that I can ride my bike at 2.1mph and not fall over.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #29478
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Welcome to my world. I've been rolling with two 25oz Camelbak insulated bottles and they're the best solution for me ever. I never run out of water and it stays cool. They're tall, so if you get them, check to make sure they'll fit in your seat post cage.

I carry one of those dorky top tube bags, but it lets me add fuel while riding. On the way up Tunitas Creek, I had chocolate covered pretzels from the Bike Hut in there. Salty, chocolatey crunchy. The Bike Hut. Best invention ever.

And yeah, all the guys on my team are rolling 12-30, 11-29, 12-32 and one guy's rolling a 12-34. I was thinking 12-32, but I'd have to replace my rear derailleur with one with a longer cage.

Going up Fort Ross Road a few weeks ago, I learned that I can ride my bike at 2.1mph and not fall over.

The bike I was riding doesn't have one cage mount, much less TWO of em. So I made do with what I had to work with. The strap on cage holder doesn't hold on well on gravel descents, so I x-ferred the bottle from the cage to my pocket every time I hit dirt.

Compact rings rawk. I don't think I could've gotten up some of them hills without one. 34x27 was still too big for some stuff. I'm a spinner, not a masher. Didn't want to buy a cassette for one ride... Now I know better!

My riding buddy got off and walked more'n a few times. Only time I walked was one hill in the very beginning when every other swinging richard was off and walking and there wasn't room to get by em all.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #29479
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My riding buddy got off and walked more'n a few times. Only time I walked was one hill in the very beginning when every other swinging richard was off and walking and there wasn't room to get by em all.

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I saw that on AMBBR on the climb to Emerald Bay. All the flat landers were diving off their bikes right in the middle of the road. Also saw it on Levi Leipheimer's Gran Fondo on the big King Ridge climb. Some folks were straight up falling over and some were jumping off. It was total mayhem in either case.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:41 AM   #29480
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You guys work harder than I do, but sure I got a taste of it today... 75 miles on the San Francisco Randonneur's 115k ride (The Populaire) from Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes Station and back. About 5000 feet of climbing overall.

http://sfrandonneurs.org/summer-2013-115k-populaire.htm

I hit empty a couple of times, but just kept going, nibbling on some clif bars and drinking water, so much water. I'm ready for more. The SFR put on a great ride, and even FEED the riders at the end, so nice.

Lots of steel bikes, even a healthy batch of Rivendells, including one that was the twin to my Custom.



I know those roads! What an awesome ride that was!
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:45 AM   #29481
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RAAm, Maria has finished!

Official time: 11 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes. Way to go Maria!

Keep in mind that about 23 hours of that was dealing with her support van being destroyed. Sure, technically speaking, she didn't have to stop but she did what any sensible human being would do.

Any now, she's finished one of the toughest cycling events! One word: champion!
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:30 AM   #29482
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Hot ride

Went out and did 30 miles today, just to see if I could stand riding in the blistering Florida heat. Definitely doable, but it really sapped my strength.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #29483
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Hills. Ugh. You guys can keep them.






Today I decided to go all in. Headed out to the big hills along the river valley. Why, some of them are so massive they are categorized!

Yeah, this one hurt. Damned near broke me. I was ready to call it in with ten miles to go. First screw up, I looked it up on strava and google maps and had anticipated a three hour 45 mile ride. Whoops. Second screw up, I passed through the one town with a place to buy any kind of drink or snack while in a rare spot of feeling fresh, so didn't stop and top off my bottles, or buy an extra snack. I paid for that later at the end of the ride.
Good karma for the day - found a rider who got separated from her group ride. No phone, no map, no idea where she was. I asked where she needed to get and took her to the end of to the road that would take her back there. Just a mile or so out of my way, but it was the first temptation point to bail on the ride and just head back in. I turned around, went back up the hill I didn't have to come down and got back on track.
Stupid move of the day - descending one of the steep, lane and a half wide rural roads, I come up on a bobcat tractor parked in the middle of the road. Plenty of room on both sides for a bike, so I only slow down a little and zoom right on past. Just as I get next to it, I realize the farmer is actually about 15 feet in front of it with his chainsaw in the process of dropping a dead tree that is going to fall right across the road! No time to stop, and thankfully my timing was good enough that it wasn't in the process of falling already. I didn't bother slowing down or looking back at that point, so have no idea how close I cut it. Sad part is, I heard the damned chainsaw for a good quarter mile before I got there and it just never registered that it had anything to do with a tractor blocking the road.

Today, I found my limit. it's anything over 6% grade that's more than a 1/4 mile long. Anything more than that, and I just don't have the power or correct gearing for it. The big climb at mile 35 was .8 miles at 10%+ grade. I can honestly say that is the most I've ever sweated in my life. I made it without stopping, but had nothing left in my tank after that. I run a compact crank, 50/34, and my rear is a 10-26. I don't know if that should be acceptable for hills like that and I'm just a weakling, or if changing out to something better suited is called for. Or really wuss out and go back to a triple like my Jamis had. I won't be tackling that, or the one descent I did that was a 12% grade until I change something.
The last three hills were a matter of convincing myself as soon as I got over the top, I would stop and ask anyone I could find for water, then take the flattest route home possible. After the last hill, I finally broke down and with two miles to go, took a half mile detour on the bike trail to get to a drinking fountain. I poured the first two bottle fulls over my head and drank one before getting back on the bike and rode the slowest two miles home evar.
Out of curiosity, when I got home, cooled off and went to hop in the shower, I stepped on the scale. It's part of my morning routine every day, so I knew where I had been when I woke up. Add breakfast, a couple bottles of poweraid, two PB&J sammiches on the ride, and a 24oz bottle of V8 when I got home, and I still managed to have sweated out 4.8 lbs on the ride.
It may be a bit before I decide to take that on again.
You seem to be making excellent progress. I can't push the kind of gearing you have up hills either. I don't have any hills to train on and my knees are bad from so much surgery. I have dumped over 5 pounds on rides in the summer heat down here.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:50 PM   #29484
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Good job, everyone! Here is my Saturday ride. The one with the most hills, some repeated. I took today off to spend with my wife, and do chores, as I am gone both days most weekends... Oh yeah, the 17 year Cicada's are out in the millions here. The sound that so many of them make in the deep woods is spooky!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #29485
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Wow. Some big efforts out there. Awesome folks.

A friend came down for the weekend and we attempted to deplete my wine cellar on Friday night. We gave it the old college try but, thankfully wisdom checked our progress before we got into any danger of sobering up at Denny's.

I managed to keep a low profile and sneak off to bed early so when my internal closed woke me at 4:30 AM, I was not in a great deal of pain. I wasn't anywhere near 100% but, then I knew I had some more nap time coming. let the cat out and back in the sack. About an hour more I was good. We loaded everybody up and headed to the beach for the day.
Basically ate light and walked and laughed.

Great exercise I think.
Earlier to bed last night and early up this morning, so we could get a proper adventure ride in to the coffee shop.
Not Starbuck's better than that. Foam art even.

Stupid move number one: Triple shot latte' and a toasted bagel.
Then back to the house to make a full pot of breakfast coffee and drink that, only one big glass of water. Should of had about three.
Then lunch burgers, and fresh sweet corn grilled with basil olive oil. Yummy, but not really cycling food.
Herbal iced tea so at least that part was being a good boy.

Smart move: After my buddy headed back north on his motorcycle I decide I could get a short ride in. The family are away to a bridal shower.
Off down the trail. And since there is a pretty big wind I decide to be smart and warm up heading with it and go east.

Coming back west bound is tough but feels a whole lot better when I'm warmed up for 6 miles than not.

I then make stupid move number two: I decide since this is a short ride I'll see how hard I can bang the hammer.

I turned around just after passing under the freeway, stop and swap bottle positions, empty goes in the back cage, fresh bottle up front on the down tube. And we're off.
I can just shift up through the gears with what feels like a gale pushing at me. I note that as my legs feel heavy I just imagine smooth and spin and they magically get lighter.
So, I'm thinking; how long can I do this?

Not long it turns out, but then I didn't need to. Stopped at the park and did not re-fill the empty.
That would be the last stupid move. This one hurt.

I'd had a couple of leg and foot cramps try to get going beginning way back at about 20 minutes in. If I let up a little on the pedal pressure something wanted to cramp. I just tried to relax that area and pedal through.
Worked.
Drink more water, but I was running low. Five miles, then four, three, two, and big cramp! Spin through it, Thinking smooth, smooth. then that last mile and a half climb. Keep the pressure on to keep the cramps at bay.

That last little kick of a hill, I was feeling that feeling you feel when your stomach wants to empty.
Breathe easy, relax, pedal.
Got it.
One more kick and coast down the hill, left up the short shoot to the loop and home.
Stop in the drive and pull my foot out.

Damn! Cramp. Shoulder, foot, calf, quad, neck, back spasm.

I think relax, breathe...
Get the bike in the house, a big glass of water, lay down on a towel with my legs up, safe at last.

New weirdness: I'm freezing. Sweating big, I need to stay on the floor and drink the rest of this water. So I do just that.
A few more cramps to stand up and walk off one big back spasm, and I'm almost cooled back down and warmed up.
I sweated enough to soak my gear, headband, gloves, shorts and jersey. Not really that hot out either.
I think it was a combination of the week off the bike and poor nutrition there on Friday.

Weighed myself and I'm down some.
Lightest I've been in a long time. This portion control and exercise thing may just work.



We'll see how I feel about riding tomorrow after a day back at work, and now that I'm done with my steroid course for the disc in my back.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:07 PM   #29486
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Went out and did 30 miles today, just to see if I could stand riding in the blistering Florida heat. Definitely doable, but it really sapped my strength.

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #29487
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Bicycling and weight loss

Approximately four months have passed since I began riding my road bike exclusively; before that virtually all my rides had been on my mountain bikes. I had a fitness evaluation done at my gym just prior to this, and while the results looked good for males in my age bracket, the 23.4% body fat measurement wasn't at all what I'd hoped for. In response, I increased both the length and frequency of my rides in the hope of bringing it down. As of yesterday, my body fat registered at 21.2%, and my waist measurement has gone down from 34" to 33". If I manage to lose another inch, my waist measurement will be back to what it was in my college, and possibly even high school days.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:15 AM   #29488
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It was strange to see how many bicyclists were out in this kind of weather. Their numbers seem to have roughly doubled since March. You'd think these tossers would have been out when the weather was still pleasant, but no, they wait until temperatures and humidity levels reach record highs to do it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:19 AM   #29489
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a good weekend

Had an old friend, who used to own the bestest bike shop in St Pete, send me an email. Hadn't heard from him in a long time. He invited me to slog some hills in central florida. At first I said no "you're a much better cyclist than me". But I have really wanted to get out there (san antonio, fl) for a while and don't know my way around good enough to solo it. So I HTFU and agreed. Sunday 9am be there. I got a couple rides in during the week , Monday and Wednesday and did a easy 25 Saturday morning as I thought the legs needed it.
Got up and made myself oatmeal with a bananna in it for breakfast , skipped coffee as I knew it would be a hot one. Got to San Antonio early and found zero parking at the cyclist parking area. Had to park in a ditch around the corner. Happened to catch Michael as he was driving past he turned around and parked. We suited up and headed off. I was able to hang for the first 10 miles or so but he has alot more miles in his legs than I do. We refilled water bottles at the halfway point and headed back. Legs were ok till about the 30 mile point we did 37 total in just under 2 hours. Lots of climbing for Florida and I am not used to it. Glad I went and no cramping while I slept last night.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:22 AM   #29490
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It was strange to see how many bicyclists were out in this kind of weather. Their numbers seem to have roughly doubled since March. You'd think these tossers would have been out when the weather was still pleasant, but no, they wait until temperatures and humidity levels reach record highs to do it.


it's getting close to tour time - the number of cyclists multiplies like feral cats around this time of year


speaking of awesome -100 years of the tour de france on nbc sports friday evening !!!
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