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rsbob 05-29-24 11:40 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23253554)
I mean 355 is almost what my FTP is according to my recent test. I started the climb cold, so I was just trying to pace a few seconds ahead of the live segment tracker. Those may sound like big numbers, but I get dropped hard by the truly great climbers.

I sometimes forget how many rainy days you PNW guys have...I'm getting into the time of the year that I look forward to a chance of rain. Although those usually come in the form of thunderstorms, which can be a bit worrisome sometimes.

Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.

Jughed 05-30-24 02:32 AM

Unexpected thunderstorms…

29 fake miles including Mt Ventoux.

Ventoux kicks my behind every time.

Cramped up/bonked out at the top.

Headed to the French Alps in 3 weeks - need to work this crap out now.

Sierra_rider 05-30-24 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23253566)
Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.

A few years back, I got caught out on a MTB ride at 8-9k' up. It was a loop ride and I saw the clouds starting to build up, but I thought I could beat the thunderstorms. I was wrong...temps suddenly dropped 30 degrees, the hail was painful, and I was pretty sure that I was going to get zapped. Set my fastest time back off that mountain though, so not all bad.

rsbob 05-30-24 09:50 AM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23253954)
A few years back, I got caught out on a MTB ride at 8-9k' up. It was a loop ride and I saw the clouds starting to build up, but I thought I could beat the thunderstorms. I was wrong...temps suddenly dropped 30 degrees, the hail was painful, and I was pretty sure that I was going to get zapped. Set my fastest time back off that mountain though, so not all bad.

Good for you, or we wouldn’t be typing.

Impending storms or being caught in a downpour can really shave times. I have ‘raced’ many. :)

Smaug1 05-30-24 10:40 AM

No fake miles for me. If I'm going to do that, I'll hit my Total Gym, (there ARE other muscles in the body that need attention, you know...) but more often just take a rest day.

34.9 miles yesterday:
  • 8 and change out to the ride's starting point LINK
  • 18 and change for the club's Wednesday night ride LINK
  • 8 and change home LINK
It felt good to be on the Domane again. The gravel bike handles the cracked pavement better, but is a LOT OF WORK to maintain > 15 mph on it. I put the flat pedals back on it, the U-lock mount and some of those snap on fenders yesterday. Maybe a rear rack in the near future...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9577589dc8.jpg
From the biergarten last night after the club ride. It's open weeknights now!

Sierra_rider 05-30-24 04:51 PM

Did a variation of my "easy," not-so-climby loop. Still hit the golden ratio at 50 miles and 5000' elevation gain, but at least it's not one of the usual 125'/mile+ rides.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a70cc14c99.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...58436d4d34.jpg

Sierra_rider 05-30-24 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by Smaug1 (Post 23254064)
No fake miles for me. If I'm going to do that, I'll hit my Total Gym, (there ARE other muscles in the body that need attention, you know...) but more often just take a rest day.

34.9 miles yesterday:
  • 8 and change out to the ride's starting point LINK
  • 18 and change for the club's Wednesday night ride LINK
  • 8 and change home LINK
It felt good to be on the Domane again. The gravel bike handles the cracked pavement better, but is a LOT OF WORK to maintain > 15 mph on it. I put the flat pedals back on it, the U-lock mount and some of those snap on fenders yesterday. Maybe a rear rack in the near future...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9577589dc8.jpg
From the biergarten last night after the club ride. It's open weeknights now!

Mmmmm...beer. As far as the fake miles, real miles, and gym work, I do all of it. Due to work obligations, it is impossible for me to ride outdoors for 3 days of the week, so I keep a trainer and a spare bike at my job. The 3 day break was killing my fitness goals before I started doing the indoor stuff. Besides the indoor and outdoor riding, I try to lift about 2 days a week. "Try" is the key word...I do not enjoy gym work, but I force myself to do it for the more well-rounded fitness, as well as the increased cycling endurance.

jaxgtr 05-30-24 06:28 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23253566)
Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.

Yea living in Florida, Lightning is a constant riding partner in the summer months. I remember one day, it was about 6 pm and riding toward downtown the storm just blew up in about 15 mins and we pulled up under a church covered car drop off while we waited for the worst of the storm to pass. It was raining so hard we could not see across the road, then a strike happened right above us on the church steeple and caught it on fire. My ears were ringing for about 15 mins it was so loud. We immediately call the fire dept and luckily the station in that area is about 2 miles away, so minimal damage happened to the roof. Once the lightning moved to the east, we rode back to our start point in a down pour, it was miserable.

Today, I got in 15 miles on a flat route, my legs were having none of it today, I think that was due to being tired as I got 2 hours of sleep last night, too much work is really interrupting my riding desires. I think it time to search for a new job to wind down toward retirement so I can get a job at the bike shop.

jaxgtr 05-30-24 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by Jughed (Post 23253683)
Unexpected thunderstorms…

29 fake miles including Mt Ventoux.

Ventoux kicks my behind every time.

Cramped up/bonked out at the top.

Headed to the French Alps in 3 weeks - need to work this crap out now.

Been a while since I've tried this one on Rouvy. I been riding harder climbing routes this year, and I can really tell the difference on this type of routes where the avg incline is greater than 6 or 7%. I'm going to hit some of these big climbs while I watch some of the tour coverage in July as I am still slow, but not as slow as I was. :thumb:

WaveyGravey 05-31-24 08:44 AM

Today I rode 33 miles.

HectorStorm 05-31-24 09:10 AM

Did Apperknowle trip again - it's my hill practise route, and has a good view at the end. Half the ride is 190ft/mile of climbing, and those are consecutive miles. :cry: I'm sure I'll get faster when I'm no longer 100KG, not including the bike. :thumb:

Distance: 12.43 miles
Moving Time: 01:05:44
Moving Avg Spd: 11.3mph
Maximum Speed: 44.8mph

Smaug1 05-31-24 01:04 PM

Yesterday: 8.9 miles of commuting on the eBike, then a 17.4 mile ride that started with meeting my wife and stepdaughter for ice cream celebrating her last day of high school.
So 26.3 miles total. Here's a shot looking northeast over Lake Michigan right after sunset:
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f5425d9d56.jpg

Legs are a little sore today after consecutive riding days, so I took the eBike into work and home for lunch, then swapped it for my gravel bike coming back to work. Forgot my work badge and wallet at home; had to call a colleague to come let me in. The left crank is hitting the kickstand a bit on the gravel bike now; I'll have to look into that later. Gonna be only about 8 miles today. (recovery day)

I might stop at the grocery store tonight and get a bottle of Willett Pot Still Reserve bourbon from the genie bottle. It's a little spendy at $55/750 mL and a bit too strong for my taste (100 proof), but speaking of taste, it is sublime. What I like about it is that I can put in an ice cube or two, and when it melts, it doesn't taste watered down like 80 proof bourbon sometimes can.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4862d4de26.png
Tomorrow is a full day (Mazda) Miata club ride, but I may join a group on Sunday morning and put in maybe 30-40 on the road bike. I'll take it easy and save my legs for the fast Monday club ride. I need to make up some miles from January and February if I'm gonna hit the 5k goal for this year.

Sierra_rider 05-31-24 06:54 PM

Got a little bit of riding in today...83 miles and 9600' of gain.

The riding hasn't been easy this week, so I was fatigued before I even started...I felt great once I warmed up and probably hit the first difficult climb a little bit hard. Then by mile 30, I was feeling twinges of bonking...luckily I was able to keep my fueling ahead of the bonk and never did fully crap out. Once I got to the top of the big climb of the day(8 miles/2500') I had a couple of options. I really wanted to hang a left and bomb 15 miles downhill on the state highway. However, I stuck to my originally intended route which was another 40 miles and 2500' of climbing. I managed to rally for the last couple of climbs and felt really good towards the end.

This ride also wrapped up a big month of riding for me...in May, I had 63 hours rolling time, 896 miles, and 98,500' climbed.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6e74cb8cb4.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...67002eba61.jpg
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https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...61916f954f.jpg

jaxgtr 05-31-24 07:43 PM

Got in 35 miles and 1.2 K ft of fakery. Looks to be a nice day for an outside ride tomorrow, planning for 60 to 75 with the winds coming from the east, so the temps should be comfortable. Plan to ride down A1A at the beach and get in some gravel as well.

rsbob 05-31-24 10:44 PM

Beautiful day ;;before the atmospheric river arrives. Did almost 64 miles with 3500’ of climbing. One punchy 10th of a mile climb at 14% which I chose to tackle rather than detour around. I find it to be a good fitness test. Took it easy for most of the ride but also snagged a couple of PRs for fun. The best part is I don’t feel trashed.

Decided to bag the century ride tomorrow with rain in the forecast. Homey don’t play dat. Did a double century in the rain a few years back, and never again.

Pictures of Lake Washington from Kirkland and Bellevue.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8e85cdbfd.jpeg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6e674dfd0.jpeg
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Jughed 06-01-24 07:55 AM

42 miles on the MUP Thursday evening, Z2/easy pace.


33 miles this AM with a 30 mile TT.

Set PB’s for 30/40k distances and had more in the tank at the end. Finished strong.

Troul 06-01-24 11:58 AM

124 miles & I only had 1 near miss from a distracted derp... round abouts are dangerous.

jaxgtr 06-01-24 12:14 PM

62 today with the front 35 into a 25 mph mostly cross headwind which sucked. I was doing 280 watts to maintain 17 to 18 going south on a pancake flat route. Once I turned to come back, I was doing 125 to 135 watts and doing 21 to 23, toward the end it shifted to a full on cross wind with about 10 miles to go. I was glad when I pulled into the parking lot as I was beat from the front half. The gravel section was really loose today, we have not had any rain in the last 7 or 8 days, so that made for some interesting cornering. The guy I was supposed to ride with bailed due to a sick kid, I just think he caught news on the wind speed and did not want to deal with it. My bike is just covered in dust from the gravel section.

Edit: Something I forgot to mention is I am so glad I did not have any deep section wheels today.. That would have just made it worse, as I was already being blown around with 37 deep wheels.

XxHaimBondxX 06-01-24 04:00 PM

I repeated the same 30 mile route on the Orbea Terra this morning with much stronger winds and shaved about a minute....

Ironfish653 06-02-24 05:18 PM

Rode the Armed Forces Cycling Classic Challenge Ride yesterday; got 9 laps in the three hours, for a total of 54 miles.
Definitely farther and faster than my usual routes; but it was a fun, fast course with a lot of really good energy.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ccc6d7b30.jpeg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...76ce86517.jpeg

macattack71 06-02-24 07:00 PM

Just under 23 miles, working my way back into cycling shape. Let's see how the knee holds up when I get up to 50 miles is the question.

Sierra_rider 06-02-24 11:29 PM

A much needed rest day yesterday...today was a fake 15 miles and 1600' at an easy pace...so still a recovery day. Hopefully all the metrics look good enough to get back into intensity work in the next couple days.

50PlusCycling 06-03-24 01:54 AM

I did an easy 20km today. I spent last week in America visiting family, the trip took a couple extra days due to weather-related flight cancelations and delays. While waiting at LAX for my flight to Haneda, I made the mistake of having dinner at PF Chang’s. During the 11 hour flight to Haneda, I had to use the toilet around 11 times, firing out of both barrels. Explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting are never enjoyable individually, and when combined together while on an airplane, you can say I didn’t have the most pleasant flight. For those who might care, Panda Express has better food than PF Chang’s, and cost about one-third as much. Chang’s rooked me for $171, adding a 20% service charge which wasn’t mentioned until I asked for the check, and then giving me a receipt which had the nerve to ask me if I wanted to leave an additional tip.

I had looked forward to getting in a longer ride, but didn’t have the energy for it. But after a bottle of Pepto Bismal toilets, I’m starting to get “regular” again. I’ll try to do 50km tomorrow if the weather allows.

NVFlinch 06-03-24 08:13 AM

Lake Tahoe century ride yesterday on my Serotta Legend. It was my 'graduation' ride after coming back at age 73 from a smashed pelvis last fall (cargo van meets bike), and getting back on the bike in February.

Did the same ride last year on my CSI, and was worried about being able to come back from injury. This year, although ten pounds heavier, I managed to best last year's pace by...wait for it...one second per mile. Another plus was that I met a woman who was riding a Serotta Concours, first one other than mine I've seen there (I'm a fan boy. Bike. Not her)
https://i.imgur.com/eSzUuCu.jpeg

HectorStorm 06-03-24 09:46 AM

Today was a nice afternoon ride, with some ugly hills included for fun obviously. On the steepest hill the bicycle wouldn't shift into the small ring so it was like an infernal leg press.

Distance: 19.61 miles
Moving time: 1:33:36
Moving Avg Spd: 12.6mph
Maximum Speed: 41.4mph


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