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Your Weekend Ride Reports -- August 24/25

Old 08-24-19, 08:15 AM
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Your Weekend Ride Reports -- August 24/25

Happy Weekend. Tell us all about your cycling this weekend or week!

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Old 08-24-19, 08:21 AM
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August 24 is Rowan and my anniversary. Although we were married on August 24 in Canada, which is August 25 in Australia, it is August 24 here in Australia today, so we're celebrating today. Did you follow all that.

I've mentioned this before elsewhere, so I'll try to be brief ...


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Rowan and I "met" here on Bikeforums, in early 2003. I'm a Canadian and he is Australian. I had posted a question about the Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200 km bicycle ride coming up later that year, in August, and he replied indicating he was going. That was that. We made no plans to meet or anything.

In late August, on the Paris-Brest-Paris, I was walking through the last rest stop when someone called, "Machka". I wondered who would know that name, and it was him. We chatted for a little while then went our separate ways. But over the next year we got to know each other on a couple cycling forums, one of which was this one.

In October 2004, I went to Australia with a friend and spent 3 months cycling around Australia. Rowan and I met again at the Great Southern Randonnee, another 1200 km cycling event, and then my friend and I stayed with Rowan in Hobart for a few days. My friend and I went our separate ways after that trip, and Rowan and I got to know each other better online, and through emails and phone calls.

He came to North America in 2005 and 2006, and of course we did cycling events and tours together. We spent a month in Europe in 2007. I went to Australia in early 2008 for a couple weeks. And then he came to Canada in late 2008 ... and we were married on a lake just outside Jasper.

But first, on that day, we cycled a century (100 miles) to celebrate the development of our relationship ... then we were married.


Rowan returned to Australia 10 days later, and 9 months later, I moved to Australia. During that time, I finished my Bachelor of Education ... and the area where he lived was destroyed by Australia's most devastating bushfire. Rowan lost his home and narrowly escaped with his life. For a while, he was living in a tent trailer on the property where he worked, and I thought that might be where I would be living too ... but his employer offered us a very rustic cabin on the back of the property about 2 km from "the grid". It had, somehow, survived the bushfire. And that's where I spent my first year in Australia ... living off the grid in a remote and rustic cabin!


We've been back to "our" lake in Jasper where we got married a couple times, most recently June 2017. Of course we take photos which are in the album below. And we do try to cycle on or about our anniversary each year.

So, we're celebrating 16 years of knowing each other, 11 years of marriage, and 10 years of living together.








The whole album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...57607097344648
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Saturday 24 August ...

Walked/ran 20 minutes
Cycling indoors with Zwift 40 minutes

Rowan cycled "with" me for 25 minutes.
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200 km rando yesterday. I was organising and due to some technical difficulties didn't realise there were 3 other entrants until Friday night. Cold ride with most of it around 6C, and 2000m climbing in about 80km. Legs definitely feeling the lazy winter! Good warmup for the 300 and 400 next month.
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Just a quick 15 mile ride, averaged a bit over 16 mph which I was happy with having been off the bike for a few weeks due to traveling for work...had too many other things to do today so had to keep it short.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
August 24 is Rowan and my anniversary. ..........
Congratulations

I rode an egg sucking 70 miles today and felt like doggie doo doo during and now feel like run-over doo doo. Getting s-l-o-w-e-r.....faster than desired. Hope to meet-up tomorrow with the Sunday AM group for some wheel sucking, easy following behind riding.
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Old 08-25-19, 03:32 AM
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Thanks!


Sunday ... On Treadmill ...

Distance: 5.78km

Elapsed Time: 1:01:37

Pace: 10:40/km
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
August 24 is Rowan and my anniversary.
Congrats, what a coincidence spring sprung early at the same time
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I didn't have to travel as far as usual to ride today. For the first time for me I rode at the Cobbler Creek mtb park in suburbia. You can hear cars on the highways and see them if I'm at the edge of the park and houses but otherwise its like being bush with excellent single trail. It was a nice day too.

"Relive video here "
https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10007760740






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Old 08-25-19, 07:31 AM
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Annual Walking Totals - to August 25

2015 - 670.8 km
2016 - 670.2 km
2017 - 739.1 km
2018 - 860.1 km
2019 - 687.7 km
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Old 08-25-19, 07:37 AM
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Saturday - Was signed up to do a local Century ride for a charity in a valley about an hour away. Overslept and missed it but at least the charity got my money. Anyway, went out around the house to do 100 miles anyway. Felt so good that I stayed out for 130 miles. Still felt good at the end and even kicked in a little 100 meter sprint before turning into the house. The whole ride was done on my favorite bike, the Giordana XL Super. Stayed on top of the nutrition and hydration on this one and I think that's why I felt so good. It's now Sunday morning and I still feel good with no real muscle soreness, crazy!

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Old 08-25-19, 02:04 PM
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41 mi at a 13 mph pace with a very nice group. Very enjoyable. I think we had about 2700 ft of climbing.
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Old 08-25-19, 04:07 PM
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Nyc ride



Brooklyn bridge


Towers


GWB
Did a nice 30 miles riding around nyc today
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Finally got a ride in on Sunday! Just 25 miles, 1,309'. My fitness has gone down the tubes in the last month and I'm hoping to get rolling again next week.
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Sunday - Short, lazy recovery ride from the miles I did on Saturday. Took out another Giordana today. Only 26 miles today.

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Old 08-26-19, 09:23 AM
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It's hotter than Satan's scrotum. Saturday I rode out to Flatwoods park. I had to take a slightly different route since some park roads were closed due to excessive rain/flooding. Had one vehicular close pass. Fortunately, Flatwoods was open, since I needed to refill my water bottles. 43 miles total. Sunday I went out to Thonotosassa. I did a different route and went slightly farther than I had intended. About half way something stung my knee. It really hurt. Total miles 45.

Interesting sign at a regional airport exit.
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Old 08-26-19, 10:32 AM
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Started my weekend with a 42kms ride hitting the hills in the National Park close to where I live (700m of elevation) on Saturday, and another 50kms ride on Sunday with a similar elevation. My legs are sore!
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I rode a segment in a pace line that I've ridden solo 11 times before with Strava turned on and improved my time/speed by 25 percent over my best previous solo time.
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About 44 miles on the trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park on Saturday. It had been in the 90s on Friday. I started out on Saturday in arm warmers.

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About 44 miles on the trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park on Saturday. It had been in the 90s on Friday. I started out on Saturday in arm warmers.

I hope you brought your fly rod.
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Old 08-28-19, 10:00 AM
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According to Strava, 28.4 miles, with 1,852 ft of climbing.

Brought my Bianchi to the west coast. Have triple, will ascend.
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Old 08-28-19, 03:15 PM
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Taking a break from the 50-60 mile weekend daytime club rides after admitting to myself I'm not getting heat adapted this year as well as in previous summers. I'm gonna blame the wonky endocrine system thing again since the thyroid problem late last year.

So I mostly rode several 20-30 mile solo rides this weekend, either early morning or late at night when the temp was below 90. Sometimes I'd do one in the morning and another at night. Really seemed to help. My average speed on the same routes increased from 15 mph earlier this year to 18 mph this week. Pretty happy to finally see some progress after months of PT and struggling to regain my form.
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