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Old 04-19-2014, 10:07 AM   #33196
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just got back.

Left the other 3 guys a third of the way thru (their) ride because the guy planning the route picked stupid roads. I know! Its Sat AM. Let's ride on several of the busiest roads we can find!

There's at least 4 other routes to get us where we were going that DIDN'T involve riding on 4-lane divided highway(s).

I'm done with these yahoos.

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Old 04-19-2014, 03:42 PM   #33197
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:03 PM   #33198
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Well I've got the rollerblade wheels.Now, I've got to go to the hardware store and get some small parts.and I'll have some free floating rollers and I didn't spend $ 850 for em.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #33199
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From today's ride on the American Tobacco Trail

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Old 04-19-2014, 09:10 PM   #33200
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My son and I out enjoying parts of the VASA trail today.


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Old 04-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #33201
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93 miles this week. About half occurred this morning. I rode yesterday and got caught in some pretty nasty wind and light rain. The wind didn't bother me too much but the dust & debris kicked up was pretty bad.

Today's ride was a Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club Saturday ride. My buddy and I took the longest route (45 miles) but he was slow from his 600k last weekend. Yeah - I cut him some slack.

I think I'll do the "Tour de Tuscon" in Nov. It's supposed to be a pretty big deal and I think Bicycling ranked it as a top 10 event. It's 107 miles and has a rider limit of 10,000 riders. I'll bribe the wife and take her to a local resort for the weekend of the event. She'll enjoy that.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:55 AM   #33202
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They did that too. A group ride should be just that: a group.

When you're in a group, you ride to the speed of the slowest, not the fastest.

In a group of 130# little guys (tallest is about 5'5"), I'm always gonna be the slowest up a hill. Not built to climb. I outweigh the next heaviest guy in that group by 40#. I'm within 10 beats of my absolute max and they're up there riding away and not slowing at the tops of hills.

NOT the way to ride a group ride.

Add to that the stupid roads and I'm done.

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Old 04-20-2014, 05:55 AM   #33203
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93 miles this week. About half occurred this morning. I rode yesterday and got caught in some pretty nasty wind and light rain. The wind didn't bother me too much but the dust & debris kicked up was pretty bad.

Today's ride was a Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club Saturday ride. My buddy and I took the longest route (45 miles) but he was slow from his 600k last weekend. Yeah - I cut him some slack.

I think I'll do the "Tour de Tuscon" in Nov. It's supposed to be a pretty big deal and I think Bicycling ranked it as a top 10 event. It's 107 miles and has a rider limit of 10,000 riders. I'll bribe the wife and take her to a local resort for the weekend of the event. She'll enjoy that.
El Tour is mass chaos on wheels. LOTS of folks ride that that don't normally ride in groups.

Be careful.

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Old 04-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #33204
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El Tour is mass chaos on wheels. LOTS of folks ride that that don't normally ride in groups.

Be careful.

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Duly noted - I've heard stories but I did ok at Ragbrai and I'll be extra careful on this one.
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:05 PM   #33205
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but I did ok at Ragbrai .
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #33206
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All this talk about hill climbs...

... reminded me of yesterday's ride. The last segment on the way back to the parking lot is a mile long with a 2.6% grade (a brutal climb by Florida standards!). After riding nearly 30 miles consisting of numerous sprints, I'm usually too tired to even attempt to go for a record on this one, but I was feeling pretty energetic, so I decided to do it. I hit the base of the hill at around 29 mph and had only slowed to 26 mph by the midway point, so I felt sure this was going to be a personal record. Then it suddenly began to get harder and harder to maintain a decent speed. By the time I could see the entrance to the parking lot I was struggling just to keep it at 22 mph. Not as good as I'd hoped, but still good enough for 37th place out of 833 riders, and two seconds ahead of a young racer named Jason Guillen. Jason is the skinniest racer I've ever met, and his average power output compared to mine shows what an advantage that can be in hill climbs. I was averaging 305 Watts, while Jason needed an average of only 198 Watts to get up that hill in about the same time.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:22 AM   #33207
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... reminded me of yesterday's ride. The last segment on the way back to the parking lot is a mile long with a 2.6% grade (a brutal climb by Florida standards!). After riding nearly 30 miles consisting of numerous sprints, I'm usually too tired to even attempt to go for a record on this one, but I was feeling pretty energetic, so I decided to do it. I hit the base of the hill at around 29 mph and had only slowed to 26 mph by the midway point, so I felt sure this was going to be a personal record. Then it suddenly began to get harder and harder to maintain a decent speed. By the time I could see the entrance to the parking lot I was struggling just to keep it at 22 mph. Not as good as I'd hoped, but still good enough for 37th place out of 833 riders, and two seconds ahead of a young racer named Jason Guillen. Jason is the skinniest racer I've ever met, and his average power output compared to mine shows what an advantage that can be in hill climbs. I was averaging 305 Watts, while Jason needed an average of only 198 Watts to get up that hill in about the same time.
2.6%?!? Did you get some Gu gels or something in you before hitting that beast?
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:25 AM   #33208
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2.6%?!? Did you get some Gu gels or something in you before hitting that beast?
Next time I'm just going to walk it instead of killing myself.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #33209
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awesome!! hard, by those smiles, to tell who is having a better time !
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:26 AM   #33210
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Next time I'm just going to walk it instead of killing myself.
Careful. It can be tough to keep your footing on that kind of slope.
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