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Troul 04-28-24 06:54 AM

79 miles.. 69°F dropped to 57°F, clouds roared in with the crackling atmospheric rivers. Bummed that I wasn't able to net triple digits.

Smaug1 04-29-24 08:49 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23224248)
A few years back, I belonged to a group of cyclists in the bike club which were probably about CAT 5s. Each weekend, a group ranging from 7-15 would get together and ride 60-70 miles at an average speed of about 20 MPH. This group ran well for five years until some outlaws joined us decided to disobey the rules, like blocking traffic lanes, running red lights, flipping off drivers and riding in an unsafe manner. The club (15,000 members) then dissolved the group as a result. Sad times but necessary. (The original members then had clandestine rides without the scofflaws)

I think our club is going to move the fast ride or change the route without making it public knowledge. If we start and finish at the same place but change the route, when the "fast guys" ride off the front, our guys will turn and thus separate from them.
If we change the start location, it will take the outlaws awhile to figure out where we are. We started from a location 7 miles away, years ago.
There may be some "shop competition" in the works too. Our club is sponsored by a local Trek shop that is owned by a former road pro. But this guy is about ALL kinds of cycling, and sells more comfort bikes than anything I think.
The outlaws are mostly attached to this smaller local shop and they maybe like to show that their riders are faster than our fancy club with our fancy sponsorship. We don't care about all that, but a lot of our club membership rides with our club jerseys, and we don't want to be associated with these guys in the eyes of the public or police.

Smaug1 04-29-24 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by Smaug1 (Post 23224216)
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This weekend, I have my daughter and I'm not hopeful to get a proper ride in, so I took Ye Olde Schwinn on the commute today. (only 4 miles, round trip) My stepdaughter is competing in the state solo singing competition tomorrow. Maybe my daughter and I will ride to it? Her first number is at her high school only 1.5 miles away, and the next one is an hour later across town, 7-3/4 miles away. That's an easy eBike ride, and we could go along the lake for better views and a few extra miles.

The forecasted rain wound up coming in 2.5 hours earlier than it should've on Friday, so I got showered and striped on the return commute. It was warm enough out and a short 2 mile commute, so a change of clothes and all was well. I was surprised at how much road grit was striped onto my jacket afterwards; the roads looked pretty clean...


We're thinking of taking the train downtown Chicago on Sunday to visit the Art Institute. Daughter said she wants to go ALL DAY, which is 11-5; not bad for a 12 year old! Then, she'll push me to take her to her favorite pizza place, Aurelio's in the south loop, on Michigan Ave. She has forgotten that we agreed that next time we'll go to The Berghoff instead. Maybe we'll take our cheap bikes? She has an old Trek mountain bike with street tires and a cushy seat and I have my 1972 Schwinn Varsity, which is good because it has quick-release NOTHING.
My daughter and I wound up barely leaving the house on Sunday, as it was raining off and on all day. We made brunch together in the morning, played on our phones awhile, then went to the LBS to look for decent quality flat pedals for my gravel bike, (they were closed, despite Google and one sign saying otherwise) then stopped by a local record store (I bought 4 CDs) and the local Play it Again Sports, where I got her a glow-in-the-dark "putter" for disc golf. We're hoping we can play frisbee with it without hurting our hands. She may bring her goalie gloves next time.

For Saturday, my stepdaughter made it to the state solo singing competition and got the highest rating. There is no overall winner or anything these days, just a score 1-5, where 1 is the best and that's what she got.
Here she is singing the song at the previous stage of competition; I think you'll like it!

Anyway, that was my Saturday, so not a lick of riding this weekend for me. I charged up an eBike for my daughter to ride in case we got out Sunday, but since we didn't, I'm commuting on it now this week to run the battery down to 50% or so.

At least my legs will be fresh for tonight's club ride! There are moderate and fast groups, with the moderate group going 15-17 and the fast group going 18-20. I'll be in the moderate group and should get in 24-28 miles.

jaxgtr 04-29-24 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by Smaug1 (Post 23226426)
For Saturday, my stepdaughter made it to the state solo singing competition and got the highest rating. There is no overall winner or anything these days, just a score 1-5, where 1 is the best and that's what she got.
Here she is singing the song at the previous stage of competition; I think you'll like it!
https://youtu.be/ptPQ3KPXVqY

My mother help start the Palm Beach Opera Company back in the 60's and she started singing professionally from age 13 to 59. My 2 siblings and I grew up with classical music and opera, were all taught how to read and arrange music, learned music theory, and could all play multiple instruments. My sister was very good with strings, she was a first chair all state, for Violin and Viola, but also played the piano. I was a second chair in Trumpet\French Horn\Baritone, but also played several windwood instruments, oboe and bassoon; and some piano, master of none, player of many as it were. My brother played anything with a reed, and played them all very well. They could also both sing, I was too shy to sing in front of people, I would freeze up, but I appreciate people with the courage to do that. I do however have a great ear for music and your step daughter, for her age, is very good and I hope she continues to follow that path if that is what she chooses to do. Singing in small area like that is can be a curse as you can hear every mistake and that can ruin your confidence if you choose to let it. She has a lot of power in her voice, great tone, very good range.

Kudo's to her and tell her to keep at it, you never know where it can take her in life. My sister's bachelors degree was paid for with a music scholarship.

jaxgtr 04-29-24 09:44 PM

I got in 25 tonight inside after work. No climbing to really speak off, just 300 ft.

Sierra_rider 04-29-24 11:27 PM

I took a rest day yesterday, I was feeling a bit run down after a couple challenging rides and my first weight lifting session in a few weeks. Got some stuff done around the house before I had to go back to work and was ready for some indoor intervals tonight. 9 virtual miles and 3600 fake feet...did 2x15' intervals at 330 watts and then felt fresh enough for another 5 minute effort at the end.

Smaug1 04-30-24 07:04 AM

I rode with the bike club last night and we (the moderate pace group) took a new guy under our wings. He plans to join us Wednesday for the slower ride that I'll lead.
  • 27.31 miles
  • 15.6 mph avg.
  • 571' elevation
Had a couple beers afterwards. I bought a variety pack of beer last week and brough the IPAs for others to drink. Someone else brought Oberon Wheat Ale, which I prefer. I brought popcorn with bacon grease in it, which was a hit.

Anyone else notice this thread shows 250 pages, but if you click anything beyond 248, it just reloads pg. 248? Strange. (maybe the thread is maxed out?)

jaxgtr 04-30-24 06:51 PM

Got in 76.6 on Rouvy tonight and 2600 ft of climbing. It was my post work anger management ride :troll:

diphthong 04-30-24 09:37 PM

38-spot yday and 36-spot today. so out of shape but at least riding on days off now whereas wasn't riding at all (8x this year before yday).
hoping to be semi-respectable pack fodder by mid-june.

Sierra_rider 04-30-24 11:30 PM

Busy day, didn't get a virtual ride in until about 9 this evening. Only 1 hour, 8 miles, and 2900 fake feet of zone 2 riding.

Troul 05-01-24 05:46 AM

37 miles. 50ish °F out.

Sierra_rider 05-01-24 11:17 PM

I made it back out to our local XC series this evening. A total of 24 miles and 2200' of elevation, although only 16 miles were race miles(the rest practice/warm up.)

I went out hard at the beginning, in order to make the race selective...my plan worked and only 1 guy could follow. He was willing to work with me and we took turns pulling for the next 4 laps. Finally on the 4th and final lap, I could see he was starting to fatigue, so I attacked with about a mile to go. I managed to open up a gap of over 30 seconds by the finish, for the win.

Average speed, power numbers, and HR were quite high...I'm happy how consistent I was during the race. My fastest and slowest laps only had a spread of about 11 seconds difference, and those were 15ish minute laps.

XxHaimBondxX 05-02-24 02:31 PM

Another half day at work and 18 warm windy miles, mixing it with gravel and road. Tried new leather Brooks saddle, but found it much more slippery than C17.

Sierra_rider 05-02-24 04:46 PM

Road ride today...51 miles and 5100' of gain.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...57c827178d.jpg

jaxgtr 05-02-24 07:10 PM

25 miles and 1200 ft of fakeness tonight.

Troul 05-03-24 03:30 AM

the unpredicted monsoon with the booms really ground my gears.... So much that I setup the indoor rider that was being temp. stowed out of the way to clip off at mile 30. Ugh, I thought indoor cycling was over for a few months now that it's May. I could go for tacos & margaritas.

WaveyGravey 05-03-24 01:18 PM

Today I rode 20 miles.

Thigh Master 05-03-24 02:10 PM

42 miles, 2,700’ elevation gain commute to and from work. First real commute on my new “grail bike.”
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b31e44918.jpeg

Sierra_rider 05-03-24 06:07 PM

45 miles and 6300' of elevation...my first "California Alps" ride of the season, ahead of the snow that's supposed to happen tomorrow. The 2 major climbs on this route were 7.5 miles/2600' and 9 miles/3200' respectively. My goal to become better at long climbs has paid off, I PR'ed both climbs today and am now in the top 3% on Strava for both of them(there's about 8k riders on each segment.) The top of the leaderboard is littered with world tour pros, so I'm happy with my results.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dc0f022b37.jpg
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https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7fe287de2a.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c256b50d55.jpg

Troul 05-03-24 06:18 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23230816)
45 miles and 6300' of elevation...my first "California Alps" ride of the season, ahead of the snow that's supposed to happen tomorrow. The 2 major climbs on this route were 7.5 miles/2600' and 9 miles/3200' respectively. My goal to become better at long climbs has paid off, I PR'ed both climbs today and am now in the top 3% on Strava for both of them(there's about 8k riders on each segment.) The top of the leaderboard is littered with world tour pros, so I'm happy with my results.

What temps are they predicting?

Congrats on the PRs!

Sierra_rider 05-03-24 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23230827)
What temps are they predicting?

Congrats on the PRs!

The weather forecast for Markleeville(where this particular ride starts) is calling for temps of 54/25 tomorrow and 48/26 on Sunday...big change from the high 60s like it was today. At my house, it's supposed to be 46/30 tomorrow...my weather station is reading 71 as I type this, the seasons can't make up their minds.:lol:

Thanks, it's amazing what dropping 20-25lbs and becoming "roadie" lean will do for one's climbing speeds.

Troul 05-03-24 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23230841)
The weather forecast for Markleeville(where this particular ride starts) is calling for temps of 54/25 tomorrow and 48/26 on Sunday...big change from the high 60s like it was today. At my house, it's supposed to be 46/30 tomorrow...my weather station is reading 71 as I type this, the seasons can't make up their minds.:lol:

Thanks, it's amazing what dropping 20-25lbs and becoming "roadie" lean will do for one's climbing speeds.

That's how it's been in michigan. Bipolar weather seasons.

I bet the loss in lbs is very rewarding for those endurance zones.
hope the weather prediction is off & you don't need the artic gear.

jaxgtr 05-03-24 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23230816)
45 miles and 6300' of elevation...my first "California Alps" ride of the season, ahead of the snow that's supposed to happen tomorrow. The 2 major climbs on this route were 7.5 miles/2600' and 9 miles/3200' respectively. My goal to become better at long climbs has paid off, I PR'ed both climbs today and am now in the top 3% on Strava for both of them(there's about 8k riders on each segment.) The top of the leaderboard is littered with world tour pros, so I'm happy with my results.


https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dc0f022b37.jpg


Fantastic scenery... and I love the color of your bike.

jaxgtr 05-03-24 06:46 PM

Did a short 20 miles and 1600 ft of climbing of fakery in the Hollywood Hills on Rouvy.

rsbob 05-03-24 07:44 PM

30 miles with 1,700’. Set a PR on a 3 mile 645’ climb and was the second fastest for age group. Also got a 4th 🏆 over all on a 1.31 mile segment.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...de312939e.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...29cb34bef.jpeg
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Sierra_rider 05-03-24 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23230850)
Fantastic scenery... and I love the color of your bike.

Thanks, some of the climbs just west of this one are even more scenic IMO, but they're still closed for snow.

As far as the color, as soon as I saw it, I liked it. I was looking at this particular model last year, but it was purple...I just couldn't pull the trigger on a purple bike.

Troul 05-04-24 10:41 AM

Took a little more hydration than I usually do in the weather conditions this time of year [50s & cloudy, 14mph headwinds] so instead of lugging it around, I put it to use.
107 miles.

Sierra_rider 05-04-24 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23231353)
Took a little more hydration than I usually do in the weather conditions this time of year [50s & cloudy, 14mph headwinds] so instead of lugging it around, I put it to use.
107 miles.

Nice mileage, but I could do without that headwind lol.

Sierra_rider 05-04-24 11:25 AM

Return of the crappy weather today...so I knocked out a quick 26 miles and 1500' in fake Italy.

jaxgtr 05-04-24 03:42 PM

Got in 64 today with 38 miles of 18 mph headwinds, but made for a quicker return, but man did it get hot and humid for the last 45 mins, the clouds went away and the sun started to bake me and the earth pretty good. I unfortunately did not realize that the road I opted to return back on was being torn up, it was not that way 3 weeks ago, so I did about 8 miles on the sidewalk versus the potential of being nailed by a side mirror. I also believe after today's ride, I have confirmed my thoughts to unload some bikes as I have found that the CheckPoint is just fulfilling my road and gravel needs all too well and I just don't need the others. So I am going see about finding new homes for my Domane and Emonda. Might build up a mountain bike with the proceeds.


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