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Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-01-23, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
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I like big butts and I cannot lieÖ
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So this morning, after a quick 2 mile hike with the spawn and wife, I Zwifted for 12 miles with ~500-600ft of vertical and quickly remembered why I hate climbing. Itís miserable.

I admit Iím a terrible climber, which isnít good living in New England, and Iím always in awe of the vertical some of you get each year. Honestly, I aspire to hit about a third to half of the lower end of those numbers. Both of the tris Iíve signed up for have 600ft+ of climbing, so Iím not attacking the Alpe díHuez or anything but Iím still not looking forward to it. I will spend the year working on my climbing, if for nothing else than to avoid a DQ/DNF at a tri. Any tips are greatly welcome.

That is all. I just wanted to whine.
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I can buy a warbird for that kind of money. Never mind. You can have it.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
You would kill yourself.
But what an exit, backwards at 120mph into a fireball.

At least it would be quick.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
I like big butts and I cannot lieÖ
Guilty.

Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
But what an exit, backwards at 120mph into a fireball.

At least it would be quick.
And spectacular. (Dibs on Madone.)
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
But what an exit, backwards at 120mph into a fireball.

At least it would be quick.

I hope a tree is involved so I can go out like Paul Walker. Always wanted to live my life a 1/4 mile at a time. Wife told me no.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I hope a tree is involved so I can go out like Paul Walker. Always wanted to live my life a 1/4 mile at a time. Wife told me no.
I thought Paul was the passenger. When I go out, I want it to be because of my stupidity, not someone elseís.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
So this morning, after a quick 2 mile hike with the spawn and wife, I Zwifted for 12 miles with ~500-600ft of vertical and quickly remembered why I hate climbing. Itís miserable.

I admit Iím a terrible climber, which isnít good living in New England, and Iím always in awe of the vertical some of you get each year. Honestly, I aspire to hit about a third to half of the lower end of those numbers. Both of the tris Iíve signed up for have 600ft+ of climbing, so Iím not attacking the Alpe díHuez or anything but Iím still not looking forward to it. I will spend the year working on my climbing, if for nothing else than to avoid a DQ/DNF at a tri. Any tips are greatly welcome.

That is all. I just wanted to whine.
And, I thought I was a flat lander. Local 30 mile route gets me to 1,000 vertical. I suck at climbing also. Coasting downhill is my thang.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
So this morning, after a quick 2 mile hike with the spawn and wife, I Zwifted for 12 miles with ~500-600ft of vertical and quickly remembered why I hate climbing. Itís miserable.

I admit Iím a terrible climber, which isnít good living in New England, and Iím always in awe of the vertical some of you get each year. Honestly, I aspire to hit about a third to half of the lower end of those numbers. Both of the tris Iíve signed up for have 600ft+ of climbing, so Iím not attacking the Alpe díHuez or anything but Iím still not looking forward to it. I will spend the year working on my climbing, if for nothing else than to avoid a DQ/DNF at a tri. Any tips are greatly welcome.

That is all. I just wanted to whine.
Do you have a power meter? Or HR? Helps a lot with pacing; flatlanders (myself included) tend to go too hard on hills/inclines. Know your power over a given duration and, if you can, scout the inclines so that you target a time/power.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Do you have a power meter? Or HR? Helps a lot with pacing; flatlanders (myself included) tend to go too hard on hills/inclines. Know your power over a given duration and, if you can, scout the inclines so that you target a time/power.
I second this, emphatically. I find HR difficult for pacing anything except long SS intervals, though, because the lag always makes me overshoot the pace.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
I like big butts and I cannot lieÖ
I like big hills and I cannot lieÖ.
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Perhaps unwisely (knee) I was lured out by light traffic and 65F.

Iím on pace for 11,000+ miles in 2023.

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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Do you have a power meter? Or HR? Helps a lot with pacing; flatlanders (myself included) tend to go too hard on hills/inclines. Know your power over a given duration and, if you can, scout the inclines so that you target a time/power.
Back in HS XC, we had the hilliest course in the conference. We won all the hilly courses (and most of the flat ones). We let the others pass us up the hills and then took it all back and more on the downs and flats...

IOW you're right.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
And, I thought I was a flat lander. Local 30 mile route gets me to 1,000 vertical. I suck at climbing also. Coasting downhill is my thang.
Iím in the same boat. I like speed and climbing is not quick.

Originally Posted by WhyFi
Do you have a power meter? Or HR? Helps a lot with pacing; flatlanders (myself included) tend to go too hard on hills/inclines. Know your power over a given duration and, if you can, scout the inclines so that you target a time/power.
Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I second this, emphatically. I find HR difficult for pacing anything except long SS intervals, though, because the lag always makes me overshoot the pace.
I do have a HR monitor and actively use that data when riding. I do want to get the Wahoo/Speedplay power meters at some. Maybe for my birthday next month, maybe after my Q is filed/tax season is over.

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I like big hills and I cannot lieÖ.
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This one might fit your budget (and mine) better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/115543050734
My budget racer sits on the corner of my desk.

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[QUOTE=thin_concrete;22755098]. Both of the tris I’ve signed up for have 600ft+ of climbing, [QUOTE/]

Originally Posted by Mojo31
And, I thought I was a flat lander. Local 30 mile route gets me to 1,000 vertical. I suck at climbing also. Coasting downhill is my thang.
The ride I posted pics from last Wednesday has 2000 feet in the first 5 miles.
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2.5 hours of mountain biking is hard. Especially when trails are wet. And youíre trying to keep up with someone fast.

Happy new year everyone


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Today only 6 of us showed up for the club ride. It was in the 40s but got into the mid 50s later. On the first 3 mile climb out of the valley I knew it was going to be rough. None of my usual grupetto friends were there and I was so far off the back I was surprised they waited/ On some flatish miles we were caught by the Simi Ride, a local racer training ride. There were dozens of them, maybe 60,, maybe more, and they were taking it easy. A couple friends were in there and they said they were finishing a block of long rides all week. Anyway we got pulled along and I got to chat with old friends and it was fun for several miles until we turned off.

Later while cruising a beat up old road one guy punctured and sealant sprayed out all over his bike. He had a bacon plug but had never used one. Got it plugged eventually and was wrestling his mini pump when a guy pulled up in a truck and offered his floor pump, like genejockey's deal.

We went through some beautiful backroads and one of the ladies didn't want to do the full 80 miles and neither did I so we took a direct route back. She claimed she was tired but she half-wheeled me for 10 miles, at least. It was not supposed to rain today but when we got back to the valley it came down pretty hard and we got wet. Had to ride through deep water several times.
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[QUOTE=big john;22755228]
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. Both of the tris Iíve signed up for have 600ft+ of climbing, [QUOTE/]


The ride I posted pics from last Wednesday has 2000 feet in the first 5 miles.
From my perspective, thatís both absurd and unnecessary (obviously biased). Youíre crazy (again, biased).
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
And absolutely dreadful.
RE: running. And I would like to see someone run down a hill effortlessly at 35 MPH too.

Had a decent NY dayís ride after babysitting the grandson for the morning. Since it was a whopping 50 degrees and semi-sunny in the Seattle area, everybody and his brother were out on their bikes, with lots of Happy New Years greetings. Managed a quick 30 (and coincidently a total of 30 for the year) and stayed nice and warm. Happy New Years to all here too.


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So this just showed up in my YouTube feed. Coincidence? You decide.

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[QUOTE=thin_concrete;22755240]
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From my perspective, thatís both absurd and unnecessary (obviously biased). Youíre crazy (again, biased).
And I do it on a 32 pound enduro bike with an 8 pound Camelbak. And I'm 200 pounds and old.

It's a lot easier on a road bike but when I do that I go down a different way and only ride on dirt for a mile or so.
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