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Smaug1 06-25-24 12:30 PM

Not a lot of miles in the past few weeks; I just got back from a 3700 mile road trip vacation with my daughter to the front range in Colorado, back home for a day, then down to the Nashville area for a couple days, but I DID manage to sneak in these two rides:
  1. 7 miles of proper mountain biking; my first time. What a blast! The climbing is hard, but the descents tend to last longer than road descents, since they're rarely 25+ mph:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11653307861
  2. 23.5 miles around Fort Collins, which is the #1 cycling-friendly city in the US, I've read:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11669686539
I got an eBike stolen in Colorado Springs, which is full of hobos. Forgot my good FoldyLock Forever at home and didn't want to buy another expensive $50+ lock. So I bought a $20 cable lock and got my $1,000 eBike stolen instead. :mad: Locked it up half a block down from a nice Italian restaurant at dusk in a nice neighborhood, but only a few blocks away from a bridge full of hobos, so I think I know what happened.

The eBike ride to the restaurant, I forgot to record, but it was about 9 miles on nice bike paths that are mostly out of sight of the main roads.

biker128pedal 06-25-24 04:20 PM

83 mile ride on the Capital Trail today. I started at 0930 when it was a cool 80 F. Up to Richmond then down to the 10 mile post. I need to start earlier to do a full 100 miles. Temperature reached the mid nineties.

Put the Aeolus 51s with GP5000s on the Checkpoint for the ride. Lots of hydration. Carried two extra bottles in the rack bag. Replenish at 60 miles. Need to take more calories.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...33ab1ba36.jpeg
Obligatory big bike
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...015ebe1fe.jpeg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f83178ff3.jpeg

diphthong 06-25-24 11:25 PM

out of town, mostly coastal 52-spot. low-mid 80's from 11:45am-4:30pm.

Troul 06-26-24 04:29 AM

Sweaty 29 miles. The stagnant air was thick.

ofajen 06-26-24 06:57 AM

Yesterday was about 17 miles. I kept pace with an e-biker on the way out to Hindman Junction, and it turned out that she followed my pace on the way back into town. I slacked off in the heat toward the end to prepare for the final hill climbs and she thanked me as she passed me. 👍

Otto

Smaug1 06-26-24 08:58 AM

Yesterday, I got in a ride with one of the slower weeknight rides my club does:
https://www.strava.com/activities/11740294042

First time in awhile, as I'm usually with my daughter Tuesday nights. It was an easy 20 miles, but it was mid 80s temperature and well over 90% humidity. 'twas a sweat-fest. I couldn't even wear my usual Wynd glasses, as they would have been perpetually fogged.

The small amount of A/C leakage from my house into the attached garage was enough that when I opened the garage door, the windows of my cars immediately fogged.

Tonight will be my first night leading my club's Wednesday night ride in 3 weeks.

HectorStorm 06-26-24 09:11 AM

10.6 miles. Whoop whoop! Yeah, not.

In the hot spell I didn't want to ride anyway but thought some is better than none as it's good for my fitness. Also tried a different route. But it was a convoluted route with awkward navigation, loads of junctions, and whatever. Also got held up in traffic several times, so a terrible average speed of just 12.9mph.

Smaug1 06-27-24 08:39 AM


Originally Posted by Smaug1 (Post 23278746)
<snip>
Tonight will be my first night leading my club's Wednesday night ride in 3 weeks.

Wound up with 35 miles between these two rides:
https://www.strava.com/activities/11747960708
https://www.strava.com/activities/11748820008

There was a pretty stiff NE wind, but the northerly parts of the ride were largely shielded on the east side, so that didn't slow us much. There was a stiff east wind for a bit, but not too bad; mostly just gusty. It felt like a tailwind most of the ride; it was wonderful.

It was good to get some more miles in.

I bought a scooter (2009 Yamaha Zuma 125) about a month ago and have been commuting on that, but commuting is such a small part of my monthly miles in the summer I don't miss the bike commute too much.

The lady who was going to lead the Saturday ride asked me to lead it, as she's having a rummage sale, so I will lead a 50-60 mile ride up to Milwaukee & back. (from Caledonia) That's a nice ride along a dedicated trail and then along the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront.

HectorStorm 06-28-24 01:22 PM

43.4 miles, longest ride all year and longest I will be doing all year. Not cut out for distance and get bored anyway. So got kinda tired, had to stop a few times and gulp energy drinks n stuff. Average speed = 6.7mph.

rsbob 06-28-24 06:39 PM


Originally Posted by HectorStorm (Post 23281017)
43.4 miles, longest ride all year and longest I will be doing all year. Not cut out for distance and get bored anyway. So got kinda tired, had to stop a few times and gulp energy drinks n stuff. Average speed = 6.7mph.

Wow a 6-7 hour ride is a long one at any speed. Maybe work on your speed - bring it up to 10 for short distances and you will see a vast improvement.

jaxgtr 06-28-24 08:04 PM

So over the last 14 days, I have avg 14 hrs a day, working on this stupid project, discovered Monday, one of the dudes they laid off at the end of May, got wind of it early from someone and they randomly truncated some data tables, spent the last 3 days rebuilding the ones we needed. Also discovered he dumped some of the back ups. :troll:

For some reason, he had a lot of access we do not have as they re-did all the AD rights a couple of years ago, but somehow this guy retained all of it.

So to celebrate, I did 50 miles and 1300 ft of climbing and a cold beer.

Sierra_rider 06-28-24 09:48 PM

The Strava screenshot says it all...I'm not dead, sick, or injured...I was just gone for almost a couple weeks on a work assignment. I finally got home today and managed to squeeze in a little ride. I felt a bit off today, but still managed to jump up a couple places on a couple of Strava segments. I haven't ridden these segments "in anger" since last year, but my reduced weight allowed me to improve on the climbs, despite putting out quite a bit less power. One of the segments, I was 45 watts lower than last year(390 watts,) yet 5 seconds faster(7:40.)

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f5c9252fe8.png

HectorStorm 06-29-24 06:00 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23281316)
Wow a 6-7 hour ride is a long one at any speed. Maybe work on your speed - bring it up to 10 for short distances and you will see a vast improvement.

K I'll come clean - that was my bad attempt at sarcastic humour because I thought my performance sucked. It was the slowest I've done that route, but also the first time doing it this year. The real avg. speed was 13.3mph - the return journey is more climbing than I thought as well. But yeah I was feeling annoyed yesterday also because there was heavy traffic and some not so nice people (someone tried running me over doing an illegal overtake when I was going 30mph down a hill). But anyway yeah I might do some more distance practise I could do with it anyway.

georges1 06-29-24 09:27 AM

Going to the neighbouring town back and forth 4 km on my 1999 Trek 6700 SLR MTB done in less than 25 minutes. Normally I should have taken the hybrid but I like this MTB so much because of its fast and smooth shifting, great braking and handling that I always like to take it for a ride. Sometimes, I change take the 2006 Orange Red 6500 SLR and the 1995 Giant Bronco which are very pleasant to ride and also very responsive. The actual temperature which is too hot (30 Celsius without wind) prevents me from riding on long distances because I don't bear the heat very well.

Sierra_rider 06-29-24 02:39 PM

83 miles and 8800' of climbing. Met a new cycling friend and he was stoked on the loop I showed him. I had an absolutely terrible day on the bike, started out ok, but was having trouble even getting into zone 3 by the 1/2 point of the ride.That eventually developed into nasty leg cramps and a bit of stomach discomfort.

The final straw was that I was reaching in my jersey pocket for some food, hit a pot hole, and then had a slow-speed (15mph) crash. The bike is fine and I only have some minor road rash, but it was such an incredibly lame way to crash. Luckily, the guy I rode with doesn't think I'm a complete idiot...he's seen my Strava stats and says he knows that I'm better than that. That's good, as it's a bit embarrassing for me to struggle so hard in front of someone else, especially someone I just met.

georges1 06-29-24 03:50 PM

Did an early evening ride of 20 km with a minority of gravel terrain and majority of bike lanes in 1 h 10 min with the Giant Tourer Hybrid and what a pleasure it was. Shifting, braking and handling are above my expectations plus the nice weather was very encouraging and pleasing to ride. Was averaging 20km/h of speed

jaxgtr 06-29-24 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23282031)
83 miles and 8800' of climbing. Met a new cycling friend and he was stoked on the loop I showed him. I had an absolutely terrible day on the bike, started out ok, but was having trouble even getting into zone 3 by the 1/2 point of the ride.That eventually developed into nasty leg cramps and a bit of stomach discomfort.

The final straw was that I was reaching in my jersey pocket for some food, hit a pot hole, and then had a slow-speed (15mph) crash. The bike is fine and I only have some minor road rash, but it was such an incredibly lame way to crash. Luckily, the guy I rode with doesn't think I'm a complete idiot...he's seen my Strava stats and says he knows that I'm better than that. That's good, as it's a bit embarrassing for me to struggle so hard in front of someone else, especially someone I just met.

Damn that sucks about the crash... but rather that than having to have surgery

jaxgtr 06-29-24 04:54 PM

massively hot and humid 105 miles.....Time I got done, it looks like I had been digging in the dirt due to the sweating and all the sand and such getting thrown up from the road. It has been so dry here lately, but we have seen some rain of late and the roads are just full of sand and dirt getting thrown up onto my bike and legs.

Sierra_rider 06-29-24 06:10 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23282133)
Damn that sucks about the crash... but rather that than having to have surgery

My ego is more damaged than anything else. I don't want to crash, but if I do crash, I prefer to have a cool story attached to it...not "I was eating, hit a pothole, and lost my balance." :lol:

jaxgtr 06-29-24 06:43 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23282201)
My ego is more damaged than anything else. I don't want to crash, but if I do crash, I prefer to have a cool story attached to it...not "I was eating, hit a pothole, and lost my balance." :lol:

:roflmao:... I get that.

rsbob 06-29-24 08:42 PM

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...121281aa8.jpeg

cyclezen 06-29-24 10:10 PM

sortta usual as one of my frequent loops, daily rides... old guy just enjoying The Ride...
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bae1347d27.jpg
a little up a little down, some good coffee after...

tomorrow I get shelled in the group ride, again... LOL!
... I do persist... there's always tomorrow...
Ride On
Yuri

WaveyGravey 06-30-24 08:51 AM

Today I rode 35 miles.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b22e6ba627.jpg

macattack71 06-30-24 12:29 PM

35 miles, felt like riding thru soup it was so humid, Then it started to rain, right when I needed to climb a steep hill. Longest ride of the year at least, Trying to work back up to a century this October, if my knee can handle it.

cyclezen 06-30-24 03:32 PM

Did the Group Ride, and survived ! In fact had a strong day, on a difficult day of steep climbs and fast pace on regular roads.
Called by group 'The Soren Ride'. It motors out Cath Oaks Rd to SB, then does 4 steep, quite long 'Fingers' into the hills.
The 'Fingers' all average 15 to 17% for their sections, with max sections of quite some distance around 22-24%.
Each finger is at least 1 mile long, with the last being over 2 mi., but a more shallow slope...
Rode in the top 4 to summit each climb (of 15 in the group - all much younger by decades) , and hung for the blister pace on the flats.
A good day... Still much to rebuild, but very encouraged by my recovery process!
No question that the new CF wheelset (chinese budget SuperTeams) is allowing me to ride one gear tooth greater (smaller) than my HED Ardennes...
... and, yeah I'm becoming more fit - still not where I hope to be, but improving...
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...17eed176ac.jpg
Draughtsmen 'Soren' Ride, with some serious steep climbs... suffering, when others also suffering, is doable ! LOL!

Ride On
Yuri

rsbob 06-30-24 09:00 PM

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2bcd8d26d.jpeg

Watts is a Strava estimate which is notoriously wrong. No Power meter on Orbea - yet. Only on Bianchi.

Smaug1 07-01-24 08:58 AM

55 miles on Saturday. {Strava Link}
The lady who was going to lead the club's Saturday ride asked if I could do it, as she had to (wo)man a rummage sale. I said OK.
There were the usual two guys who insisted on riding off the front at a faster pace and got us separated again.
Two people crashed on a wet wooden bridge; one was 72 years old and she's concussed. (thank goodness for her helmet)
The trail in our route was flooded, so we did some unplanned urban riding, but managed to get back on track.
We finished in four groups on this "group ride" with only 9 of 14 who started: 3 left with the ambulance after the crash, lost two more after a flat in Milwaukee.
Not one of my club's better days, in other words.

I didn't realize that I didn't have my Gran Fondo for June yet; I should've ridden an extra 7 miles to get it. :-(

OldTryGuy 07-01-24 10:32 AM

Began the 2nd half of 2024 with a 26.62 mile ride starting at 12:55AM and never farther than 5,026' away from my house as the crow fly's

.https://www.strava.com/activities/11780076463

diphthong 07-01-24 06:53 PM

two rides-one in the mountains and one on the coast-totaling 42 miles. nice to double dip and mix up the flavors.

jaxgtr 07-01-24 08:01 PM

no ride tonight but I did spend 2.5 hrs mowing and got some light heat stress mowing. Got in 19K steps though...but damn was it hot and humid. Not recommended.


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