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2020 Randonnees

Old 04-14-20, 09:11 AM
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I wish that worked for me, either the netflix is too interesting to keep going or too boring
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Old 04-14-20, 05:05 PM
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Yeah I can handle the netflix if I am JRA in zwift, I tried it today rewatching community, and kinda just plodded along in the game. I turned it off next ride and did more work in that hour so I dunno. I am going to try one of the zwift workouts on thursday and see how that treats me.
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Old 04-14-20, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I wish that worked for me, either the netflix is too interesting to keep going or too boring
I can do shows while doing base miles, but I put on the next episode of something while doing a race in Zwift and, uh, I am going to have to watch that again because I have no idea what the TV was doing.

I have done commercials intervals when watching broadcast TV -- plod during the stuff you want to watch, go hard for the commercials. Especially entertaining when watching live sports, because a time-out might mean back-to-back intervals unexpectedly.
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Old 05-04-20, 12:26 AM
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This month my local Audax club is up to another indoor challnge, this time a total virtual mileage challenge totalling 300km, 600km or 1000km by the end of May.

300km in a month is quite easy to hit, and 600km can be done with a somewhat regular Zwift riding schedule. 1000km - I'm imagining there'll be some nutters who will try to do it in one setting and depending on how I feel (was a bit under the weather last week), I might end up trying to be one of those nutters.

But on the bright side of things, my country's government has relaxed the movement restriction order somewhat and we can now cycle outside, with appropriate social distancing guidelines and a maximum of 10km from home, so maybe I'll go out instead during the weekend.
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Old 06-03-20, 11:04 PM
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New month, new audax schemes. My local audax is now proposing a ride-your-own-200k for the month of June - you plan your own route, submit it to them and (if approved), up to 8 riders can do the route and get homologated. Seems like it's got some traction with a number of rides planned this weekend, but interstate travel is still banned in my country so that kind of limits route options. On the other hand, restrictions are tentatively planned to be lifted on June 9 subject to how the ongoing pandemic develops, so I'm going to hold off until after that date to decide on route and participation.
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Old 06-15-20, 10:00 AM
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The local cycling body sent out notification early last week that we could have rides again with small groups, then "back pedaled" by Friday. I think the government was vague with their non-competitive sports recommendations then clarified later that no type of group cycling would be allowed.

My riding has been quite a bit different this year, mostly doing 2.5 to 3 hour rides around the city filling in my Strava heatmap. I managed to cover nearly all the roads in the city for the 3rd time. The Wandrer.earth site makes a nice challenge out of staying near home, filling all the roads around you. They recently did a map so I've been tracking down a few roads that I missed, as my completion dropped from 99.9% to just 99.7.

edit: And they changed their mind again this morning. Organized cycling is now permitted locally with 4 meter spacing (and a covid-19 liability waiver).

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Old 06-28-20, 09:05 PM
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Did a solo 225k ride yesterday. Not any official BRM, but I suppose practically no difference since the reason I rode was to complete a 200k this month, official or no. The route I chose was front-loaded, hilly for the first half and flat during the second. Good thing I set it up this way, I paced way too hard at the beginning and my legs were hurting pretty much the entire second half of the ride. There was even a short section where I got caught up in the middle of a fast group and, since it was along a narrow stretch of road I stuck with them instead of letting the entire group pass me (at least until the junction where we headed separate ways). No cramping though, even though muscles threatened to, I made sure to do lots of low torque, high cadence pedaling to deal with it.

But overall was a pretty good experience of bad pacing and how not to pace a 200k, lol.

The lockdowns in my country are not fully removed yet though, just loosened. I went through a total of five police checkpoints throughout the route. No issues for me, they seem to just wave cyclists past, but motor vehicles all got questioned. Also had to get my temperature taken and scan a QR code with my phone every time I went into a store, even just for some water. A necessity, but still an annoyance nevertheless.
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Old 06-29-20, 08:41 AM
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I rode a solo 200k Saturday.

Overall it went quite well, I felt like I paced things pretty good and ate and drank well. Hit a wall with an hour to go that made the last little bit kind of miserable, but I felt great the vast majority of the day.

Had a few moments of confusion with the cue sheet having a few wrong directions but nothing too bad. It was a little frustrating since ~40 miles or so were on the Fox River Trail and Prairie Path and there were a few detours that weren't the easiest to follow with only a odometer and cue sheet. I'm also on the fence about how I feel about so many miles on a MUP - on the one hand it was nice to have 3 hours that I didn't have to worry about traffic, on the other it was quite crowded and the constant slowing or stopping for road crossings got really old.

But hey, I'm glad that I finally got in a 200k this year, I had aspirations of doing a bunch of them but the whole COVID thing really took the wind out of my sails.
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Old 06-29-20, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
But hey, I'm glad that I finally got in a 200k this year, I had aspirations of doing a bunch of them but the whole COVID thing really took the wind out of my sails.
Have you done any GLR rides? We ran a 600k out of Woodstock over the weekend. I had a family commitment so wasn't able to do it myself.
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Old 06-29-20, 09:38 AM
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Have you done any GLR rides? We ran a 600k out of Woodstock over the weekend. I had a family commitment so wasn't able to do it myself.
I've done 4 or 5 rides with them, I think. This was the Fox River Ramble out of Woodstock as well.
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Old 06-29-20, 09:52 AM
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I've done 4 or 5 rides with them, I think. This was the Fox River Ramble out of Woodstock as well.
Gotcha. I I'm not a big fan of using long stretches of the Fox River Trail for brevets either. We did one earlier this year and there were a bunch of flooded sections we had to detour around which made it even worse.
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Old 06-29-20, 10:05 AM
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Gotcha. I I'm not a big fan of using long stretches of the Fox River Trail for brevets either. We did one earlier this year and there were a bunch of flooded sections we had to detour around which made it even worse.
It's certainly making me reconsider a 207k loop I had planned out from Monroe WI that loops up to Fitchburg and over to Dodgeville via the Badger State, Military Ridge, and Cheese Country trails. It wouldn't have all the road crossings that the Fox River Trail does, but that's still a whole lot of time to be on a MUP. Especially since it looks like it's mostly lined on both sides with trees. I've got a feeling it might get pretty boring.

*edit* Oh it looks like a lot of it is crushed limestone, too, so it might be a bit of a slog.
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Old 06-30-20, 09:35 AM
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I rode one of my existing local brevets and had a good time doing so, carried 7L of water and a bunch food with me but still had to stop at one shop for some pepsi since the heat was getting to me a bit. All the usual outhouses in the parks along the route weren't available which is really annoying but I got lucky with a gas station that brought one in for their customers, so I bought some pepsi from them too.

Toward the end of the month I did a new local 300 and a 200 that were both scheduled for this year but not run; they are awesome routes. The 300 has an 80km section along the shore of Lake Erie so it was mostly headwinds but still quite scenic. The winds did end up being a tailwind most of the way home so that was nice. The 200 is mostly through a county with a mandatory mask order, and it's mostly rural so there wasn't many people in the shops I stopped at. I wear a neck buff on these rides, double-up over my mouth it's an effective enough mask for me.

I have to get out and finish the second half of another 300 I started riding but I turned for home at the half-way point as I'd broken a spoke and I'm glad I did since my shifter broke at the 180km point of this ride... I neglected to do a rebuild on this bike over the winter and now a bunch of mechanical issues have popped up.
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It's certainly making me reconsider a 207k loop I had planned out from Monroe WI that loops up to Fitchburg and over to Dodgeville via the Badger State, Military Ridge, and Cheese Country trails. It wouldn't have all the road crossings that the Fox River Trail does, but that's still a whole lot of time to be on a MUP. Especially since it looks like it's mostly lined on both sides with trees. I've got a feeling it might get pretty boring.

*edit* Oh it looks like a lot of it is crushed limestone, too, so it might be a bit of a slog.
As part of my bike shutte/IAT hiking, I was on the Badger State and Sugar River trails a couple years ago. If it has recently rained, you likely will sink into the trail and find the progress slow. It was so bad on the Badger State trail when I did it, that I had to ride on the roads in the area instead.

I've also been avoiding MUP this year due to the crowds. I feel safer on the roads.
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If it has recently rained, you likely will sink into the trail and find the progress slow. It was so bad on the Badger State trail when I did it, that I had to ride on the roads in the area instead.
That's really great to know, thanks!
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abshipp and for the record, my experiences were on my Trek bike with the 35mm tires!
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abshipp and for the record, my experiences were on my Trek bike with the 35mm tires!
Oh lord, I've only got 38s!
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