Bike Forums

Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php)
-   General Cycling Discussion (https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=7)
-   -   How fer did you ride today?! (https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=1081695)

Sierra_rider 12-31-23 10:06 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23115382)
Last guess is Sonora.

In between Sonora and Auburn...closest thing to a town to me is an unincorporated area called Pioneer.

rsbob 12-31-23 10:47 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23115910)
In between Sonora and Auburn...closest thing to a town to me is an unincorporated area called Pioneer.

I know 49 well, but not 88 in your vicinity. Learned to drive on Sheep Camp Rd near Murphys. Where you live its no wonder you get such massive climbing. HNY

Sierra_rider 12-31-23 11:49 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23115919)
I know 49 well, but not 88 in your vicinity. Learned to drive on Sheep Camp Rd near Murphys. Where you live its no wonder you get such massive climbing. HNY

I've been through Murphys on multiple occasions, I often go through Sheep Ranch rd on the motorcycles. I really like Highway 4, the "alpine" area up over Pacific grade and Ebbett's Pass is my favorite cycling road and I usually make it over there a handful of times during the summer. Hwy 88 isn't nearly as bike-friendly as the top section of 4, but there are some epic mtb trails up 88, near/at the crest.

Yes, not really many options here that don't include lots of climbing. Just the geography of the west slope of the Sierra, we don't really have valleys, just steep river drainages...so just about every section of road is up or down. Just to get my climbing numbers down to less than the golden 100'/1mile ratio, I have to ride west of 49 and down into the front country.

Happy new year! I'm being boring this year and not partying...some friends and I did our last dirt moto ride of the year today, so that's enough celebration for me.

rsbob 01-01-24 12:10 AM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23115936)
I've been through Murphys on multiple occasions, I often go through Sheep Ranch rd on the motorcycles. I really like Highway 4, the "alpine" area up over Pacific grade and Ebbett's Pass is my favorite cycling road and I usually make it over there a handful of times during the summer. Hwy 88 isn't nearly as bike-friendly as the top section of 4, but there are some epic mtb trails up 88, near/at the crest.

Yes, not really many options here that don't include lots of climbing. Just the geography of the west slope of the Sierra, we don't really have valleys, just steep river drainages...so just about every section of road is up or down. Just to get my climbing numbers down to less than the golden 100'/1mile ratio, I have to ride west of 49 and down into the front country.

Happy new year! I'm being boring this year and not partying...some friends and I did our last dirt moto ride of the year today, so that's enough celebration for me.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0113b75de4.jpg

Pic of my exciting New Years celebration. In past years have gone to fabulous displays and 500 drone displays and they were cool, but BTDT. Now just trying to keep the animals from freaking out with WWII going on outside.

Sierra_rider 01-03-24 01:37 AM

32 miles and 4800' gain today...it included a little 1.6 mile climb at 12%, that has become one of my favorite training hills. I set a PR on it today, I think taking the weight-weenie climbing bike helped that.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...36b8bcd278.jpg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5d470d0234.jpg

mharri24 01-03-24 02:29 PM

A mellow 15 miles. For some reason I missed all the great weather of the last two weeks here and chose the cold gloomy day!

rsbob 01-03-24 05:18 PM

16 miles @ 19 MPH 180 Watts peak at 690. Just started to rain so bagged it.

diphthong 01-04-24 12:49 AM

21-spot in palm springs from 7am-9am on january 1st. not the warmest for this wimp. minimal traffic. turned into my version of a really nice day
once back to the start point/reality. twas in the mid/upper-60's after 9am. beautiful views were super clear at least.

rsbob 01-05-24 12:03 AM

50 odd slow trainer miles since I have no energy since one of my pets suddenly died. Feel gutted.

Windows95 01-05-24 12:43 AM

I rode four miles before my ankle started hurting

OldTryGuy 01-05-24 05:04 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23120005)
50 odd slow trainer miles since I have no energy since one of my pets suddenly died. Feel gutted.

Saddened to read ^^^^^ :,o(.

Made it out at 9:33pm yesterday for 11.11 miles to keep the 4 day 2024 riding streak going. Couldn't get out early thanks to a PSMA/CT PET Scan to see if/where my Prostate Cancer has returned (metastasized) so not the best way to start off the New Year.

Troul 01-05-24 07:19 PM

25 miles in the 17F slightly breezy great outdoors.

rsbob 01-05-24 08:47 PM

26 fakers @ 200 W for 40 mins + warm up and cool down

Jay Turberville 01-05-24 08:52 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23120005)
50 odd slow trainer miles since I have no energy since one of my pets suddenly died. Feel gutted.

I've found it much, much worse when it's unexpected. The ones we've lost that lived a full good life don't hurt as much.

rsbob 01-05-24 09:00 PM


Originally Posted by Jay Turberville (Post 23120968)
I've found it much, much worse when it's unexpected. The ones we've lost that lived a full good life don't hurt as much.

Jay, you speak the truth. This is the first rather sudden death. With all the others we saw their gradual decline and were able to come to terms with a bit of relief.

She was dumped 4 years ago and we saw her wandering the neighborhood for a couple of weeks and took her in. She turned out to be absolutely wonderful, trouble free, super social and all our friends loved her too. We expected a long life together, but renal failure cut that way too short. All of our animals have lived long healthy lives, so this was a shock.

Appreciate your concern. Cheers.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d5d3171d7.jpeg

Today’s ZWIFT FTP builder had two 20 minute segments at 200 Watts while holding 95 RPM. Focusing on maintaining the RPM was an excellent distraction.

Sierra_rider 01-06-24 06:49 PM

Ignored the winter storm warning and went "gravel riding." I use that term loosely, as it started snowing before I ever left the pavement, and my tires never actually touched gravel underneath.

Anyway, 24 miles, 3600' of climbing, and an average temp of 32F.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...58851fe1e8.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...98fbaf97d5.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...964ad72c77.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...419d373826.jpg

jaxgtr 01-07-24 10:14 PM

So after having to have some stitches put back in for a week and finally having them removed and letting the area heal a little more, I was able to get some time in the saddle and fake miles on the trainer. Did a quick warm up route of 2.6 miles to see how my hand would feel, then did a mild flat 56 miles as a follow up. I was planning 65, but started to feel the pressure at the base of my hand right on top of one of the incision lines that has healed nicely, but is still a bit tender. That area has been really tight, so I have been using one of my wife's stress balls to help relieve the tightness. Overall the legs felt pretty good.

Sierra_rider 01-08-24 11:15 PM

Another outdoor ride, in the snow, to break up the indoor trainer monotony. This time I took the XC mountain bike and it wasn't actively snowing. I kept the race wheels off my old bike and finally put them on the Santa Cruz for the first time...I've got my first XC race of the season this weekend, so I wanted to make sure there wasn't any fine tuning that needed to be done.

Anyway...only 15 miles, 1750' of gain, and an average of a balmy 39F.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...78ffe35771.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...94a2ae2289.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e56edf917d.jpg

Troul 01-09-24 07:10 AM

27 miles with a fierce 17mph wind in 35F. Just before the winter storm.

jaxgtr 01-12-24 07:12 PM

Hand feeling much better, but the weather sucked today, so got in 74 mostly flat miles, I think there was about 300 ft of incline, so flat, but indoors in comfy 69F temps. Still ran the fans on medium though. Suppose to be heavy overcast and stupid windy in the 50's, so will probably stay inside tomorrow but do some climbing routes. Legs feel really good.

Sierra_rider 01-14-24 02:38 PM

My first XC mtb race of the year was this morning, and I managed to pull off a first in the expert class for my age group. The start was a bit disorganized and we started with the pro's...I was marking some guys that I thought were in my class, but were actually pro. The plus side is that I rode away with them and away from my competition. It wasn't a super-stacked field, but today's result exceeded my expectations.

It was also the first race on my Santa Cruz, I was worried that the 120mm of travel F/R was going to be just a bit excessive for XC racing, but it's just about perfect. Crazy to think that a few years ago, I was debating 100mm full suspension vs hard tail, now the hardtail is virtually extinct in the local racing scene...and longer travel XC bikes are becoming the norm.

Anyway, about 3 miles of warm up time and scouting out the start and finish area. The actual race was 18 miles and 1600' of elevation gain. Other non-interesting stats: moving time of 1:20:00, average HR of 172bpm, and a normalized power of 293 watts.

rsbob 01-14-24 11:50 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23129261)
My first XC mtb race of the year was this morning, and I managed to pull off a first in the expert class for my age group. The start was a bit disorganized and we started with the pro's...I was marking some guys that I thought were in my class, but were actually pro. The plus side is that I rode away with them and away from my competition. It wasn't a super-stacked field, but today's result exceeded my expectations.

It was also the first race on my Santa Cruz, I was worried that the 120mm of travel F/R was going to be just a bit excessive for XC racing, but it's just about perfect. Crazy to think that a few years ago, I was debating 100mm full suspension vs hard tail, now the hardtail is virtually extinct in the local racing scene...and longer travel XC bikes are becoming the norm.

Anyway, about 3 miles of warm up time and scouting out the start and finish area. The actual race was 18 miles and 1600' of elevation gain. Other non-interesting stats: moving time of 1:20:00, average HR of 172bpm, and a normalized power of 293 watts.

You killed it! Way to get after it.

jaxgtr 01-15-24 07:49 AM

Got in 56 real miles on Sunday. Was very very very cool almost cold at first, but warmed up to very very cool, not quite as cold by the time I got back home and the wind, so not bad until the very end.

jaxgtr 01-15-24 09:48 PM

Got in 2 outside. Right after I left, I got a call from my wife she had gotten a flat and she was on the interstate. Nothing says sketchy like changing a drivers side tire with cars and trucks blowing by you at 75 mph. Luckily she happened to be in an area where there was a large shoulder where there are a couple of over passes for cars heading east. Had a highway patrol come up behind us and put his lights on, while I worked so people would move over. Probably the fastest tire change, I every did, lol. Luckily, I could just patch the tire, so got that taken care. Came back and did 53 inside.

Troul 01-16-24 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23130602)
Got in 2 outside. Right after I left, I got a call from my wife she had gotten a flat and she was on the interstate. Nothing says sketchy like changing a drivers side tire with cars and trucks blowing by you at 75 mph. Luckily she happened to be in an area where there was a large shoulder where there are a couple of over passes for cars heading east. Had a highway patrol come up behind us and put his lights on, while I worked so people would move over. Probably the fastest tire change, I every did, lol. Luckily, I could just patch the tire, so got that taken care. Came back and did 53 inside.

fastest spare swap I did was when I was with my relative & the car blew it's tire from a road void around 2:30AM in the city where street lights had no copper wiring going to them....

Sierra_rider 01-16-24 06:24 PM

Took yesterday off, as my stomach was hurting pretty badly on my race day(Sunday) and yesterday. It was still a bit off this morning, but I managed to get 69 miles with 6400' of gain in today.

I was worried I was going to have a really bad day on the bike, but it was quite the opposite...I was drilling it all day, had a solid average power over the 4 hours, and even set a PR on a segment that climbs between miles 50 and 60. I'm down 25lbs from this time last year and even 10lbs down from my peak "race fitness" late last season, so I'm stoked about how I'm climbing right now.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...03729d0860.jpg

jaxgtr 01-19-24 10:21 PM

So I spent most of the day at the hospital, my very dark black coated dog decided he was going to lay out on the floor and my wife got up to get some water and boom, tripped over him, hit her head on the dresser. Luckily, nothing overly bad, no stitches needed, but she did have a very mild concussion. She was upset that I took her to the hospital ER, uhhhh get over it woman, your not young anymore. They kept her over night to watch her, did a couple of test and scans to make sure no internal bleeding or anything like that. So I have been up since 5 am Thursday, nervous energy, can't sleep, walk the dog for 3 miles, still no sleep, decided to hop on the indoor bike, did 56.5 miles 1800 ft of altitude gain. I was killing it, legs are sore, still can't sleep, so off to melatonin land should be zonked out here very soon.

Troul 01-19-24 11:00 PM

^ that's a long day, & you still managed to put the hammer down on some isolated miles!

ya know, if you were to have been in her shoes & communicated your feelings of being upset for being taken to the ER, she'd gave you an ear full.

Some nerve she has! lol j/m hope she gets well soon.

jaxgtr 01-20-24 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by Troul (Post 23133743)
^ that's a long day, & you still managed to put the hammer down on some isolated miles!

ya know, if you were to have been in her shoes & communicated your feelings of being upset for being taken to the ER, she'd gave you an ear full.

Some nerve she has! lol j/m hope she gets well soon.

Exactly, and that is what I said.... but all is well today. Said light is not bothering her today, so that is good news.

The Chemist 01-21-24 04:27 PM

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0c536c538e.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...eaa03f8e1e.jpg
Weather cool and wet, so took my gravel/commuter bike rather than my road bike. Still a good ride.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:49 AM.


Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.