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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    aaah. Yeah. Them's the guys ya gotta watch out for. The guys on the 'next year's bikes' with all the bling? Slow as molases in Jan (unless they're given to them, then watch out!)

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  2. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    He must have been one of the fast ones, 'cause he didn't seem at all impressed when I casually mentioned owning most of the KOM's on the trail we'd just ridden. :lol3
  3. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Well, I just had to go for a short ride today just to experience riding in temps of 118F/47.8C. I only rode for about 30 minutes and I certainly don't see riding in temps that high as becoming a habit. It was tough since my normal cutoff is around 100F but it was interesting to experience these kind of temps.

    Up for about 45 miles tomorrow - will be finished well before 8 AM though.
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'd mercifully forgotten how badly live tv sucks compared to innerweb feeds.

    :bluduh

    Enough with the baseball updates already!

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  5. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    NBC app for my iPad
    Best 15 bucks spent. :deal
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  7. Mr Head

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    On Friday a young guy came by me at the park when I was headed back home, he was on an S-Works TT bike, but turning over a big gear. ONce he was out about a football field, I decided he wasn't going fast.
    He had gone by while I was getting my legs going again, so I spun the gear up on top, shifted up and got on top of that one. Caught him just at the short jump up to the street level. He saw / heard me and jumped on his pedals. Mashing a good sized gear, a bit too big too. I hung right with hem, and just at the top he tried for a lower gear and ground them.
    I didn't need a gear and spun by him, shifted up , took the street exit and spun it up to the big ring middle ofthe block. Hit over thirty when I descended back onto the trail. :lol3
    This is what I see a lot out here; guys buying and riding the latest fast TT bike, yet knowing next to nothing about how to make those bikes go fast.
    I guess most figure you get it into the big gears and just rock and mash. That ain't fast. A rider has to put that initial thousand miles in spinning the small ring and managing the pressure with the rear block. If a rider does that then he can get the big ring spinning and work his way up to the big gears.
    And that is the foundation of why roadies think Tri-guys can't ride.:rofl

    The Tri boys who learn to spin, win. Those who don't get pain and gnashing of teeth.

    This is also part of the "old age and treachery" thing.:wink:

    Today is a self-declared rest day for me.

    To feel what a TDF climb is like go find a big hill and use a real GPS tool to measure the grade, I like "Motion-X GPS". Cool iPhone app. Then you get an idea of what a couple mile long 10% grade is like. Of course riding 75 miles and finishing at the top of that would REALLY simulate that. :lol3

    Club racing or training with a well organized team can give you a great feel for what life in the peleton is like, as well as what spinning along at 35 mph is like. Doing that in the rain on gravel will really let you get a feeling for some of those Spring classics.
    A great way to get ready for the tour coverage.
  8. Aurelius

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    It's hard to believe that any rider, even a relatively new one, wouldn't already understand that. I'll bet that what really happened was something I've both witnessed and done myself. If you're a reasonably fast rider and you have the natural competitive traits that most males possess, you don't want to see someone passing you. But you also don't want them to know that you don't want them passing you, because that would look a bit childish. :D Incresing your speed by downshifting would be an open admission that you're trying to beat him. You don't want that, so the only thing you can do in that situation is to push harder on the pedals and pretend it has nothing to do with staying ahead of the rider behind you. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    By the way, this kind of behavior is something I've seen much more often on mountain bike trails than I have on the road. A mtb rider will be going at a pace he feels comfortable with, but the moment he hears you approaching from behind, he immediately picks up the pace, rather than moving over to let you by. :lol3
  9. k7

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    Up at 0430, out the door at 0450. Made a quick stop at McD's for a bite to eat and then met a group at a local shop for a 0545 departure. This group is a no-drop, 15 mph group so I generally ride at the rear for about half the ride and once we make the turn home, I go at my own pace. Today, that pace was 24-25 mph. The heat was building and it got pretty miserable for the last five miles which was into the wind. Just over 40 miles total.

    Usually, several in the group will try to jump on my wheel when I take off. Two Sunday's ago, the ride leader posted a note after the ride, "Great pace line on Queen Creek today." Yep - that was the same pace line that I dropped after they tried to follow me out.

    Today, no one tried to follow me - I guess it was too hot to play. When we got to the regroup, it was 15 minutes before the next rider arrived.

    As I arrived at home, the Garmin was reporting 103.4 but it tends to read 3 degrees high so I'll go with an even 100F upon arrival.

    I think I'll hide inside for the rest of the day. :lol3
  10. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    Finally a day without OT at work let me get a ride in before the temps broke 100. Figured I would stay close to home so I did some climbing up the local canyon. Three hours of fun and I am ready for bed. I think my Tuesday ride is going to be long flattish miles. My legs are toast!

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  11. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    We got out in between T storms this weekend, and somwhow stayed mostly dry.

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  12. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Can someone recommend an inexpensive but sturdy trainer, that I could use on my GT mountain bike. Due to family commitments, I am not am able to get out and actually ride the bike nearly as much as I would like, so early mornings with a trainer might work out better for me.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Much appreciated.
  13. Aurelius

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    Doug, there are no really 'bad' trainers these days, but your biggest savings will be to opt for one that uses magnets to provide resistance, rather than the hydraulic variety, which typically retail for $100 more. In addition to the higher price, hydraulic trainers (with one exception I'm aware of) are notorious for developing leaks when the seals fail. Whichever one you decide on, my advise is to buy used. Lots of people buy trainers and never use them. You'll find hardly used 2nd hand trainers for much less than their original retail price on e-bay.
  14. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Both good points..thanks for the input. :clap
  15. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    One additional piece of advice: instead of using your regular road tire, buy an inexpensive tire made specifically for trainers. The reason you don't want to use your road tire is because it will quickly wear out on the trainer's rotating drum. Many people keep a cheap spare wheel with the trainer tire mounted on it for just this purpose. When they want to use the trainer, they simply swap rear wheels.
  16. Mr Head

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    Flattish?:huh
    I ride flattish. :lol3
    I bet your ride had fewer warehouse backs too.

  17. Mr Head

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    That was some riding. Wow. The next step in my goal is to be able to do two days back to back of good long rides. Then I can start stretching it out a little.


  18. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    I would think that the potassium is available pretty quickly. The CytoMax guys recommend beginning consumption about 15 minutes prior to riding, then consuming about 5 ounces every 15 minutes. I haven't seen salt tablets, but we all add it or Nuun to our water bottles at every stop. Our rides lately have been in pretty warm weather and everybody's gear is stained with salt stains. I usually wind up with salt deposits on the side of my face, which is kind of freaky.

    Looks good. Got some honey for quick energy and the bread and peanut butter for some longer term stuff. The bacon is great as fat is another great long term fuel. I like to have a big plate of hash browns, two eggs and a couple strips of bacon about an hour before I roll. It takes a bit for my body to get those into position for use, so I like to get up early, eat, and then head to the ride start.
  19. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    And there we go. The last training ride for Death Ride is in the books. We were originally slated for 120 and 13K, but traffic for the Dipsea Double and ridiculous temps curtailed our last climbing excursion, which would have added 7 miles and another 1500 or so feet.

    We started about 8 and temps were in the 60s, which was perfect, but as the day wore on, we saw temps in the 90s along the coast, paired with a terrific headwind. In the morning, we went up Mt. Tam, descended down through Muir Woods to the ocean, then back up Panoramic Highway to the junction at Ridgecrest. As we were coming down 1, prior to Panoramic, traffic was all backed up so the Dipsea runners could cross the road. As we started up Panoramic, same thing - cars everywhere. When we got to the top, we elected to climb a bit further, then descend Fairfax Bolinas, which would be clear of traffic.

    As we rolled north, we came across a Fire Department scene where there'd been a motorcycle accident. They wouldn't let us through, so we wound up taking a 5 or so mile detour to get around. Ugh. By then, temps were in the mid 90s and the route was pretty much unprotected from headwinds or the sun.

    So, this was our last Harden The Fuck Up training ride and we're now into taper time. I'm going to roll a 30 on the way home on Wednesday, probably spin up a 10 or so on Friday and then we're out for a quick 35 on Saturday prior to our send off. It's been a great season and I've managed to accomplish a bunch of things I never, ever thought I'd do. We've climbed all the big bay area climbs: Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais. We've climbed most of the roads leading up to Skyline down on the Peninsula: Tunitas Creek, Old La Honda, Page Mill, King Mountain, Pescadero Creek, you name it, we've ridden it. Over in the east bay, we've been all over: The Three Bears, El Toyonal, Pinehurst so many times I've lost count. I've put about 2000 miles on the Colnago and spent about 155 hours on it along the way. I'm not sure what my total climbing has been, but I know it's absolutely ridiculous and probably on the high side of 100K anyway.

    July 13th we'll roll out at about 4am and get Death Ride. I'm all about having a 5 pass finisher jersey this year and figure it's doable. I"m just going to need to get my HTFU on and stop whimpering on the big climbs. Here we go.

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  20. enduro0125

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    Great job!! :thumb