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shapiroeric 09-04-23 06:48 AM

2 days 125 miles…

Troul 09-04-23 10:07 AM

55 miles

macattack71 09-04-23 01:59 PM

13 miles today, seeing what the knee could take after 31 miles yesterday. Still building up mileage after being off the bike for a while and a knee injury back in May.

rsbob 09-04-23 06:17 PM

Rode one-way to see the grandson today. Mrs RSbob gave me a lift home. Rode strong. Had enough left in me for the return trip but was getting late.


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Sierra_rider 09-04-23 08:02 PM

The mileage isn't that spectacular, but it's mostly a dirt loop with lots of climbing, so somewhat noteworthy. The big deal for me was setting a bunch of PR's for power...I haven't done a FTP test since when I was XC racing back in May and wasn't intending on doing one today...however climbing on 2x GRX gearing meant that going easy on the climbs was not an option.

I've got a gravel race lined up for next month...after today, I'm feeling pretty confident about it.
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rsbob 09-04-23 08:05 PM

^ Unreal watts and climbing. You should feel secure in the power you are putting out.

Sierra_rider 09-04-23 08:18 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23005690)
^ Unreal watts and climbing. You should feel secure in the power you are putting out.

Thanks. I feel weird bragging about riding stuff, but I had to after that ride...it was a surprise to me. Realistically though, I need to drop some weight if I'm to ever call myself a good climber.

rsbob 09-04-23 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23005697)
Thanks. I feel weird bragging about riding stuff, but I had to after that ride...it was a surprise to me. Realistically though, I need to drop some weight if I'm to ever call myself a good climber.

Yeah I know what you mean, but accomplishments should be celebrated. Many here, myself included, ride solo and when we accomplish something significant, it’s nice to share and get a few pats on the back. If I rode with a group, then it would border on narcissism.

As you can tell, I’m on Strava, and getting a few token “Kudos” whether I do 1 mile or 100 seems rather meaningless. Most of my Strava buddies are gravel riders and runners. I am about 95% road, so there is a disconnect between us unless it is something monumental. So feel free to share your achievements here and get more than just a Kudo. The beauty of it here is that whether you are 35 or 68 (like me) we can all pat each other on the back when good things happen.

Sierra_rider 09-04-23 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23005722)
Yeah I know what you mean, but accomplishments should be celebrated. Many here, myself included, ride solo and when we accomplish something significant, it’s nice to share and get a few pats on the back. If I rode with a group, then it would border on narcissism.

As you can tell, I’m on Strava, and getting a few token “Kudos” whether I do 1 mile or 100 seems rather meaningless. Most of my Strava buddies are gravel riders and runners. I am about 95% road, so there is a disconnect between us unless it is something monumental. So feel free to share your achievements here and get more than just a Kudo. The beauty of it here is that whether you are 35 or 68 (like me) we can all pat each other on the back when good things happen.

Yeah, I hear you on the "Kudos." I race XC, but the bulk of my time is spent riding road and some gravel. My roadie buddies see a 25 mile MTB ride and scoff at it. On the flip side, some of my MTB friends see my 50 mile road rides and think that's the craziest distance ever. The truth is, that the 2 rides are of equal difficulty. To my non-riding friends, it's all the same. Quite a bit of my activity isn't even posted on Strava, as I just don't feel the need to share it.

Most of my rides are solo rides as well, so outside of here or Strava, there isn't much back-patting involved. At the risk of going all philosophical, I've got 2 main internal motivators for riding/training. Part of it is fulfilling my desire to adventure, there are few things in life that are as rewarding as going and knocking an all-day ride out on the bike. The other driver for me is just building for future success. I do enjoy racing, so I trick myself into thinking that training rides are like taking a loan out on future success. It doesn't even have to be racing related, sometimes it's just a fitness goal.

rsbob 09-04-23 10:11 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23005747)
Yeah, I hear you on the "Kudos." I race XC, but the bulk of my time is spent riding road and some gravel. My roadie buddies see a 25 mile MTB ride and scoff at it. On the flip side, some of my MTB friends see my 50 mile road rides and think that's the craziest distance ever. The truth is, that the 2 rides are of equal difficulty. To my non-riding friends, it's all the same. Quite a bit of my activity isn't even posted on Strava, as I just don't feel the need to share it.

Most of my rides are solo rides as well, so outside of here or Strava, there isn't much back-patting involved. At the risk of going all philosophical, I've got 2 main internal motivators for riding/training. Part of it is fulfilling my desire to adventure, there are few things in life that are as rewarding as going and knocking an all-day ride out on the bike. The other driver for me is just building for future success. I do enjoy racing, so I trick myself into thinking that training rides are like taking a loan out on future success. It doesn't even have to be racing related, sometimes it's just a fitness goal.

Know those are worthy goals. Adventure, speed and accomplishment are good motivators. In my 30s I was constantly training for time and distance. Was doing centuries in 5 hours, double centuries in 10.5 hours and did a couple of 150 mile 10,000’ days rated as one of the 10 toughest rides in America. I would travel all over the west to ride new roads. Never raced since I didn’t have the genes or the time to dedicate. Now my goals are maintaining health, beating my PRs and getting the fastest segment times on Strava for my age group but am not a sprinter. Still might go for a 6 hour century this year, weather gods permitting.

Troul bangs out centuries weekly. I hope to inherit his legs when his time comes. No rush Troul.

SpeedyBlueBiker 09-04-23 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23005759)
did a couple of 150 mile 10,000’ days rated as one of the 10 toughest rides in America.
Still might go for a 6 hour century this year, weather gods permitting.

Hmm.......I've done a number of 150 mile 10,000' days around here too. Usually the last Thursday of July.
The weather gods must have been busy because they didn't have time to take care of things around here this morning.

Troul 09-05-23 09:27 AM

68 miles. Humidity was unfavorable & the busses are not paying attention to intersecting roads with crossings.

rsbob 09-05-23 09:37 AM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23006075)
68 miles. Humidity was unfavorable & the busses are not paying attention to intersecting roads with crossings.

So what’s with the busses? City, school, religious? Taken out by a bus would be so rude.

Troul 09-05-23 10:33 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23006091)
So what’s with the busses? City, school, religious? Taken out by a bus would be so rude.

first week of school & probably forgot that there are others that share the streets...

OldTryGuy 09-05-23 12:28 PM

75.57 miles
73 miles for wife's 73rd birthday today and the extra 2.57 miles for GOOD MEASURE and to make the total a palindrome

rsbob 09-05-23 07:54 PM

34 miles of Zone 2 day with a surprise PR thanks to a tail wind keeping me above 20 MPH for 17 miles.


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diphthong 09-05-23 08:08 PM

out of town 32-spot.

Sierra_rider 09-06-23 10:00 PM

Gravel ride this evening... only 24 miles and 2700' of gain.
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rsbob 09-06-23 10:23 PM

Bike cleaning/rest day. Drivetrain and frame and the bike too.

HectorStorm 09-07-23 09:26 AM

20 miles today - a relatively relaxed and flat route along gravel paths most of the time. Recovery ride stuff after beating myself up last weekend.

macattack71 09-07-23 07:48 PM

17 miles this evening. Cooling off nicely in the park, but got hit with a ton of bugs.

Sierra_rider 09-07-23 09:06 PM

24 miles with 3500' of gain. About 2500 of those feet come in one little 6 mile climb. It's a loop I regularly do, although I did the short version of it today. I can make that climb 9 miles with another several hundred feet of elevation if I want to...I'm planning a big gravel ride tomorrow with a friend, so took it easy today.
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rsbob 09-07-23 10:02 PM

40 at 17.6 MPH ave with less than 1K climbing. Good headwind on the way out.


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jaxgtr 09-08-23 07:33 PM

Took a short ride with the wife on Monday for 18 miles. Her first ride on the outside in a while, her body does not handle the heat well so avoids it, but Monday was pretty comfortable over all, we just putz along at 12 mph on the rail trail which was nice as I was not feeling well. The rest of the week I felt like I got hit by a truck. Today was the first day I felt human and did 48 inside with 500 ft of climbing. It was really hot outside, so did not want to press my luck. Legs felt good, so going to shoot for 40 to 50 tomorrow outside.

rsbob 09-08-23 08:59 PM

25 miles, 1,300’ and one fastest for age group on 1.25 mile segment.

Used 60mms rims front and rear and on a 1 mile descent at 6-8% today. I was cruising along at 45 MPH when a box truck doing about 40 MPH uphill upset the airstream suddenly throwing me into a high speed wobble. I was able to slow it down as the wobble became more pronounced just before I stopped. The hill’s speed limit is 35 and there was a car behind me (thanks Varia) the whole time. When I got out of the lane, which I took on the way down, to the shoulder, the car creeped past me making sure I was alright. Upon stopping, I tightened my through axels since I just had the wheels off two days before. Ihave been down this hill several times at speed with no issue and no box truck. May have to switch to a 32mm front on hill climbing days when I know there is a descent faster than 40 MPH. Wonder if anyone else has had this happen?

Sierra_rider 09-08-23 09:35 PM

Gravel ride up in the high mountains today, 46 miles and 5600' of gain.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...eace6067d5.jpg
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Sierra_rider 09-08-23 09:43 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23010011)
25 miles, 1,300’ and one fastest for age group on 1.25 mile segment.

Used 60mms rims front and rear and on a 1 mile descent at 6-8% today. I was cruising along at 45 MPH when a box truck doing about 40 MPH uphill upset the airstream suddenly throwing me into a high speed wobble. I was able to slow it down as the wobble became more pronounced just before I stopped. The hill’s speed limit is 35 and there was a car behind me (thanks Varia) the whole time. When I got out of the lane, which I took on the way down, to the shoulder, the car creeped past me making sure I was alright. Upon stopping, I tightened my through axels since I just had the wheels off two days before. Ihave been down this hill several times at speed with no issue and no box truck. May have to switch to a 32mm front on hill climbing days when I know there is a descent faster than 40 MPH. Wonder if anyone else has had this happen?

I've had that happen before on my bike with the 50mm wheels. It's always air related for me...there's a couple of stretches of local downhills that are wind sheltered and I can feel rock solid doing 50-55mph down them. Some of the Sierra passes, the crosswinds have induced speed wobbles on that same bike/wheels. I had a scary one this year, I was probably doing 50ish when an unexpected gust put me into a wobble. Even clamping the top tube with my knees didn't stop it, it only kept it in control enough to allow me to slow down to almost a stop.

rsbob 09-08-23 10:24 PM

interesting it happened to you as well. Looks like a lower profile front rim for fast downhills is in order. Glad you got out of it. Don’t know why the manufacturers don’t allow us to mix and match sizes.

shapiroeric 09-09-23 08:17 AM

Started out at around 3:40AM….65 miles

rsbob 09-09-23 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by shapiroeric (Post 23010205)
Started out at around 3:40AM….65 miles

The sun and I do not get up quite so early out here. Glad you could do it.

Forgot yesterdays pic:


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