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4/27/14 6:15 P

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not me...it is too cold

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Z.

Thanks for all of your good advice. I know you're gearing up for your challenge in May, and I sure hope you accomplish all of your goals. You are definitely a competitor, and a good one at that.

I'm riding nearly every day, though just for short distances, relatively speaking. I'm riding with a group now, but they drop me within seconds. They're mostly younger men with years and years of experience and strength, so I don't mind being dropped. I've been riding alone until now anyway. I feel like I'm paying my dues, so to speak.

I'm starting to notice a difference in the scales. It's been a little tough to figure out the food thing, since I know I need energy to cycle...just not TOO MUCH energy. emoticon

My first cycling event is coming up day after tomorrow, and I'm nervous, but I don't know why. You are right...it's not a race, and it's supposed to be fun. While I would like to be faster and stronger, I have to accept my current level of fitness, and I have a ways to go. Life is what it is, and there are only 24 hours in a day. SO! I'll keep plugging along. On the good side, I'm more active now than I have been in years...MUCH more active...and I'm really happy to say that.

Hope you have a great season, Z! Hope all is well in PA!

God bless you and yours!

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4/22/14 10:22 A

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Garrie:

On your race not showing you who has entered. This is a fun ride right. The Calvin's is my 1st real attempt into going serious solo racing.

Something funny happened to me on Easter Sunday. Went to my GF'S relatives pigged out more than I should have and then came back and rode my bike
51 miles
3:12:38
average 15:98 mph
average cadence 81

I dropped 18 minutes off my time from Sat's time. Cadence went from 78 - 81 and when I get back to my vehicle I usually take it easy the last 1 1/2 mile. Decided to kick it up so sprinted this time. Jumped my average up from 15:89 - 15:98 unbelievable.

Biggest kicker of this ride only drank 3 swigs of ice tea and no food for the entire 50 miles.

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4/21/14 3:43 P

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Hey, Z!
Hope you had a great weekend! We enjoyed our Easter celebration here...beautiful day, wonderful church services, early dinner with awesome friends.

I rode on Saturday...just 34 miles, though. I ran out of time, as we had an Easter dinner at our church in the evening.

Saturday stats:
Distance: 34.2
Average speed: 11.4
Max speed: 24.0
Cadence average: 57
Cadence max: 93
Altitude +: 689
Altitude -: 682
Temperature: 71
Odometer total: 288

Nothing spectacular, as you can see. A bit off my game, actually. My hip is really sore, and I had to take some Aleve to make it through the ride. Took it easy Sunday, but not much relief. It's supposed to storm here tomorrow and the next day, and the forecast calls for rain and 58 on Saturday. 58 I can stand, but I'm not sure about cycling 60 miles in the rain. That'll be something new for me.

The trail I ride off and on is a completely paved walking/cycling trail. Like any other paved trail, it is sometimes dirty. It winds through several small towns, and each town is responsible for the up keep of their section of the trail. Not all of the towns are stellar in their upkeep of the trail, though, and some parts of it are downright shameful...big tree roots, debris (from trees, mostly), crumbling asphalt, etc. But other cities are really dedicated to keeping up their section of the trail. I can't avoid all of the bad parts, but I do have my favorite route...one with as few problems as possible. So, to summarize, my trail route isn't a dirt trail at all, but there are parts that are dirtier than others. I would actually have to say that it's probably a cleaner ride than riding on the streets.

I washed my bike after my ride Saturday, and it really wasn't all that dirty. The chain wasn't even very dirty. I am, however, on my way to my LBS to have them at least make sure it's in top shape.

Other than that, things are okay here.

I'm sure you're anxious for May 3. I wish my two upcoming rides had the same online feature that the Calvin's Challenge has...categories of racers, and the ability to view the number of participants in each category.

Well, better get my tookas in gear!

Have a great afternoon, Z!

G

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4/20/14 10:10 P

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Hey Garrie:


I think we can now say it is no longer winter. emoticon emoticon

Check out my ride report on BJ today but I was haulin.

I hope you and your family had a great Easter.

Zman

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 4/20/2014 (22:11)
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4/19/14 8:47 P

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Hey Garrie:

Yeah I will celebrate Easter. I was hoping to spend it with my oldest son and his wife and grandson but they are busy moving and he must be behind at work as they made him work this weekend. He is an electrician works for a big Company and they have been doing commercial work and has been working at a hospital where they are behind, Hate to admit this but working retail I don't get many weekends off and have been just staying home and relaxing on the few weekends I do have off. We will go tomorrow and then later going to my GF's son in law parents for an Easter Dinner. I have already decided to not eat very much.

A little disappointed here at my end. Yes I did get a bike ride in today but not what I needed. Only a measly 50 miles, might be good for you but I needed 100-135 miles. I have thoughts of changing my training this next week. Instead of doing one very long ride and then taking off for 2-3 or 3-4 days licking my wounds I going to ride 50 miles back to back on 5-6 days to get my legs use to stress.

today's stats
51:35 miles
time 3:30:36
average 14:63 mph
max 33:84 mph
average cadence 78
elevation gain or climb 2763 ft.
max alt. 803 ft.

I did the 50 mile loop and then sit in the car and ate some food and slept in the car for about an hr. My GF came out the lane and wanted to go to town. Yes we have to drive 15 minutes to get to the nearest town. emoticon Till we got back it was now 2 hrs. since I was on the bike and I just stiffened up in my legs.

If it was me or giving you advice here is what I would have checked on my bike before the ride.
1. Make sure the brakes aren't rubbing.
2. Make sure the drive train is super clean. Get them to show you how to clean your drive train.
3. Make sure you wheels are relly true. You could get your husband to pick up your bike spin the wheels and eyeball it from behind or the front.
4. If you gears are shifting good don't let them touch them. All the more miles you have put on the bike you probably don't need a tune up but that is your call.

On another note as I said before make sure you get all your clothes and everything together the night before with a list. Pump up your tires the night before also. Last advice probably get some good sleep 3-4 nights before the ride as you probably won't get much sleep the night before the ride.

On the Aleeve probably doesn't hurt to take it but take it with food. At my end I just heard of people becoming anemic if they took it too much.

The reason I was asking about your bike trail was to see if any of it was dirt or that it had loose gravel on it and you were picking up grit on your drive train.

Have a great Easter to you and your family.
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Zman

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4/19/14 11:32 A

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Happy Easter weekend, Z.

Drove and cycled most of the Front Runner route last night. It really is pretty flat. Had some aches and pains last night...knees and elbows...how weird is that? I don't know if you remember, but I think I mentioned here that I fractured my arm just below the elbow (hairline - no cast) last year while cycling, and that elbow just hurts sometimes. Probably related to the barometric pressure here...it's supposed to rain tomorrow, and my body is like a barometer...I ache all over at the hint of rain.

I know. I know. Suck it up, soldier. emoticon

I'm doing some house cleaning in preparation for Easter Sunday and our church services, then headed out for a long ride...long for me, anyway. 45-50 miles. I've been told that you have to be careful when taking ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc., when you're dehydrated, because it can damage your kidneys, do I stay away from all of that, but I'm sure tempted to take some Aleve or something to take the edge off the pain, so I can get this ride in.

About the little trail I ride...
Well, lately , I've stayed off of it, because it's a slow ride, and I'm constantly braking for other people, so I've been riding on regular streets and highways (no freeways, obviously emoticon ). I DO check my chain for dirt and debris, but I haven't done so on my last two rides. Probably ought to today. So, anyway, I'm just sticking to regular streets, now.

I'm taking my bike in to the shop on Monday, and they said they could tune it up that day - no overnight wait. So, yeah, I'll have plenty of time to do some riding before next Saturday.

I may invest in a bento box. Also a camelback. Don't know if I want that thing strapped to my back, but it doesn't hurt to have one in my arsenal, right?

Better run. Burnin' daylight!

Hope y'all have a very HAPPY EASTER! Assuming you're a believer, so may the love of our Savior fill your heart and make you strong!

G

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4/19/14 12:30 A

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Garrie:


Up late here burning the midnight oil. Just ordered some energy drinks etc. that I need to try well already have tried but to make sure that it still works for me before my Ohio ride.

If I read your one post right you said you were going to get your bike a tune up before your big ride. If you do that do it a week or so before the ride and do a long ride before you go as the last thing you want is a bike not shifting right for your ride. It has happened to me before.

Here is something you might want to try.

Cliff Shot blocks

I like the cherry as they have caffeine in them. I'm not sure if you can have caffeine or not. I don't drink coffee but if you can't check out their site as only 2-3 flavors have it in them. They are a quick energy boost.

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4/18/14 5:01 P

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Garrie:


The gal I had in reference was a co worker. Probably good she was off today. She is a trouble maker, rat etc. Nobody can get along with her. She is miserable at life and wants to take everybody else down with her.

Glad to hear you are going to try and lube your bike. Tell me a little bit more of your bike trail you go on. Is it paved? Is there lots of loose gravel on it. You still need to check your chain every 100 mile or so and see it it's dirty or not. Wipe your fingers on it to check it. If so clean it with Orange Citrus like I said before.

New for me this year is the ligaments hurting behind my knee caps on my hammer ride. I guess I will have to stretch more.

Out to get in an easy spin.

Z is fine or Zman

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4/18/14 1:39 P

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LMAO! Z, I assume you told your girlfriend that I'm........

NUMBER ONE - a novice cyclist
NUMBER TWO - a total wing nut who needs all the help she can get...bike-related and otherwise!
NUMBER THREE - a comedienne, humorist, and all-around funny gal
NUMBER FOUR - not easily offended......mostly HAHAHA! emoticon
NUMBER FIVE - all of the above

K. In response...I don't touch my bike with a rag before I get it wet. Here's why...I own a very pampered black car, and I don't touch it with ANYTHING before I rinse it off first. I just transfer that same philosophy to my "little eggplant." (Trek says my bike is "eggplant purple.") emoticon

I will lube my bike this very evening. How's that for taking good advice. Actually, when I was in my bike shop last night, one of the guys showed me how to do it, and I think I can manage to figure it out. Seems like it's not rocket science, but, then again, I'm the one who can't figure out what sprocket my chain is on. emoticon

Fill tires every 2-3 rides. Check!

Keep track of the miles on my bike/chain. Check!

So far, I haven't dripped any sweat on my top tube, but I'm looking forward to the day when sweat actually pours off of me. THAT, my friend, will be a GOOD, GOOD day.

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Thanks for keeping tabs on me! You're an awesome coach, Obi Wan!

Halfway done with this day.........

Have a great afternoon, Z! (I will probably call you Z forever...unless you prefer "Larry." Let me know.)

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4/18/14 1:10 P

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Hey Garrie:

Never ask me something and not expect me to give you an answer. My GF and I had a chat this morning and she said maybe you better not talk to that person so you don't say something you might regret. emoticon

Ok so bike 101 maintenance answers
1. Yes you should learn to lube your bike. Keep checking the chain and if it feels dry lube it. Most lube every 100 miles. To clean your chain use dawn dish soap or citrus orange cleaner. The citrus cleaner works best. You would clean it first and then lube it.
2. Never I mean never use a wet rag on your bike without soaking your bike 1st with water. You can use the flower stream or mist stream on a garden nozzle. When you use the rag 1st without wetting the bike you are scratching the dirt right into the paint.
3. You should be airing your tires up every 2-3 rides so you don't get a pinch flat.
You need to get over I don't like getting my bike wet. Rinsing the crude off 1st helps your bike stay clean and not get grit into where it shouldn't be.
4. You need to track your miles on your bike as you probably need to change out your chain on your bike around every 2500 miles. Sooner if you aren't going to keep the chained lubed. emoticon I'm talking from experience here as on a couple of my rando rides my buddies or guys I was riding around said "Larry if you don't know how to lube you chain we can show you." emoticon


Keep up the good work though just thought I would give you some pointers. If you bike has a clear coat on it don't forget to wipe the top tube down after you wet it so your sweat doesn't eat through the clear coat, been there dun that already. Then just use Pledge on it, Bike Luster or even car wax.

Have a great weekend of riding and you and yours have a great Easter.

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4/18/14 8:54 A

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Good morning, Z!

You're on a roll, man! I had some errands to do and a couple of projects to finish - one of which I didn't get done - so I didn't ride last night. I may head out this evening on the route I took on Saturday, and see if I can at least crack out 25 miles. Then 45 tomorrow.

Look at YOU riding 125-135 miles! I cant even IMAGINE 135 miles! Gaaahh! emoticon

To answer your questions:
1. I have never lubed my own bike. I usually take it in to my LBS about once a month and have them do it. I did, however, buy a little bottle of T-9, like my bike shop guy suggested, and I think I could really do it myself. A couple of months ago, I talked to my shop guy, and he said not to worry about it...to just let them do it when I brought it in. I planned to take it in sometime this week, actually, before that Front Runner ride...just for a tune-up. ??
2. I don't know how many miles total on my bike. I bought it in April 2013, and I maybe rode it 300 miles last year. I didnt start logging miles until I got my computer a month or so ago. My computer says 277 miles, so I'd guess I have about 650-700 miles. That's probably generous.
3. I try not to use much water on my bike, but I just use a bit of dish soap in a bucket of hot water, then I rinse it off with as little water as possible. I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge on the seat and handle bars, because they're white, and they get grimy. I don't know how those sponges work, but they whiten things up well. I don't use the sponge on my bike frame at all, because I'm not sure if it contains abrasives. I use a towel to dry the chain as much as possible. And I use a leather chamois to dry off the rest of the bike. I remove all lights, my computer, and my underseat bag before I wash my bike...just for the record. emoticon
4. I did not know that Bike Journal had a calorie counter until you mentioned it on one of your last posts. As a note, my computer has a calorie counter, I believe, but I need to program it. As you can tell, I struggle with my computer. emoticon

Beautiful day here! 72 degrees, slightly overcast. I don't know how I'll stay in my chair at work, but I guess I'll make it. I'm off to get ready now.

Have a great day, Z! YOU ROCK! emoticon

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4/17/14 11:16 P

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Hey Garrie:

Quick post and then off to bed.

Rode like Superman tonight. Looked at my average speed before the last couple of hills and it was 16.47 mph. Final was 15.98 but I did 1 mile cool down and it was 16.17 mph before that. I think someone leaked to Victoria that I have a sponsor now and she just wanted to fly. emoticon

27.64 miles
1:43:45 time
average 15:98 mph
max 33:84 mph
av cadence 78
trip climb 1307 ft

goals for the weekend
50 miles Friday
depends on whether I'm helping my son move on Sat. if not 135 - 150 miles.

questions for you
1. How often are you lubing your chain?
2. How many miles do you have total on your bike?
3. How have you been cleaning your bike.
4. You know when you log your miles on BJ that they have a calorie counter right?

Thats all for now keep plugging away girl.
Z

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4/17/14 1:29 P

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Oh, my gosh, Z! That's just great news about your sponsor! Very good! I'm really happy for you. This is turning out to be such a good year for you! It's also good to hear that the Texas race director is willing to work so closely with you. AWESOME!!

I hear what you're saying about keeping a low profile. I'll try to follow your progress on B.J. a little more closely, since it's geared toward cycling...and it's okay to talk the talk.

By the way, I experimented a little (which you might have done already), and I posted a 3-hour bike ride at 14-15.9 mph, here on Spark. It showed a 3,096-calorie burn. I really had no idea a person could burn that many calories doing ANYTHING! HA HA! Shows you what a wing nut I am! emoticon

After I got home last night, I made myself another smoothie, and I added blueberries to the mix. It was good...and filling. I tried to eat some left-over orange chicken and brown rice, but it was very unappetizing to me, so I didn't eat too much of that at all. Our dog happily ate the rest of it.

Well, better scoot! Stay on that cloud, Z! emoticon

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4/17/14 1:11 P

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Hey Garrie:

You know what they say about eating an elephant right.

How do you eat an elephant

One bite at a time. emoticon

You will get those base miles in, especially once you start doing those organized rides.

It just keeps getting sweeter at my end. I thought I would give it a shot, but looks like I landed a Sponsor this morning. Don't want to brag too much until the deal goes through but looks like a free LBS kit and discounts on their products. I'm to email the owner tonight with my sizing. It's a big LBS out of Colorado who also has an online clothing company.


I will have no excuse no to train now as I'm representing someone. The race director in Texas is really helping me out with any needs I have along with telling me how to get a crew lined up.


I doubt I will post anything on here as far as pics goes but might post on BJ after the fact. On here I see people struggling to get small work outs in so don't want to brag about anything only to someone I know a little bit. emoticon I won't say it's clickish(BJ) sometimes but I'm trying to keep a low profile on my racing season this year until after it's over.

Later
Z

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Hey, Z!

I'm just thrilled about your opportunity to get an award for riding in both of the races! Maybe you could post pics somewhere...here or on B.J. (That reminds me...gotta post my humble stats from last night on Bike Journal.)

I can sense your enthusiasm even from hundreds of miles away! You've worked so hard this year, and by next year, you'll have your base miles. Heck, at the rate you're going, you'll have a pretty good base THIS year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well, I'm getting ready for work, too, so I'll sign off for now.

Go get 'em, Z, you crazy old cyclist! emoticon

Garrie

P.S. LOL! My odometer says something like 277 miles. I've got a ways to go before I can hold my head up and say....."Who, ME? Heck, YEAH, I got a thousand base miles!!" emoticon

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Garrie:

Keep hanging in there girl. Will throw this at you. Us cyclists luv to see someone trying to better themselves and will do anything we can to help out newbie riders, so keep showing up for the rides. Remind me to tell you of a story of me and another rider helping a gal at one of the BJ reunions to get in her 1st century ride sometime.

At my end it just keeps getting better and better. Seems like the owner of the Calvin's Challenge ride and the owner of the Tejas 500 ride got together over New Years day and was doing a rando ride together. They said to each other why don't we form a pact and do something for anyone this year that rides both rides and have awards for it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I can get some kind of trophy or award for just doing both rides. Life doesn't get any better than this. I use to kid some people at work saying I'm just a crazy guy on a bike and now I can get an award for it. emoticon

Life is good
Have to get ready for work.
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YAY! Looks like you're goin' to Texas, Z!

Sorry I haven't caught up until now. I had a response to your CRAZY calorie-burn stats, but I somehow deleted it before I could post it. Made me mad at myself! I had some clever stuff in there, too! emoticon

You're just kickin' some serious butt this year, Z! When do you find out who wins the spin bike?

I had to laugh at your comment about the riders in your upcoming race...twenty-somethings are too busy texting to get out and ride! HA HA! I have a great phone, and I'm using it even as we speak. It's a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and it's waaay smarter than its owner. emoticon

Hey, guess what? I went on my first ever group ride this evening. I would've been dropped completely, but the kid in charge of it stuck with me for most of the ride. I got back to my car just barely before the sun went down, and I was pretty cold. My LBS does this ride every Wednesday, and starting next week, they'll have a women's only ride, and they'll split off into levels of experience. I don't mind the embarrassment of getting dropped. I'm paying my dues for not taking good care of myself over the last 15 years. Next year will see me a strong, fit woman, so I'll just keep my eye on the goal and keep pedaling.

My ride stats for tonight:
Distance: 21.9 miles
Average speed: 13.3
Max speed: 28.8
Cadence average: 61
Cadence max: 91
Grade:max: 12%
Altitude: 4,196
Altitude +: 1004
Altitude -: 1024
Time: 1:38

Oh, and one other thing..my blood pressure was 114/73 tonight at 10:15 p.m. I do take a low dosage of b.p. medication, but im hoping to drop it completely one day. YAY! And GOOD FOR YOU on your super b.p. numbers! That's just so great!

Let me just say I SUCK AT HILLS! And this route is hilly...for me at least! I'm not shy, but I was intimidated by the riders. About 10 of us. Only 2 women, one of whom was about 5 feet tall, and couldn't have weighed 100 lbs. soaking wet. The other girl could've been my daughter, and was pretty fit. So, yeah, I was out of my league. I worry that they'll hate to see me coming, but I'm going to keep coming back, even if I'm always riding alone. It should be noted that I am at least 10 years older than the oldest guy in the group. I'm cool with it all. If I don't do this, I'll regret it for the rest of my life.

God bless you for not "dropping" me here, Z. I believe you will be blessed for your kindness and patience.

Feeling weird tonight...humble...and just a little bit melancholy. It's just that I'm feeling my age, I think. emoticon

Hope your day is terrific tomorrow, Z.

G'night.

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Garrie;

Well I committed myself more on the Texas race tonight. I bought my plane tickets for the race. The men in the white suits haven't found my house yet. emoticon The people at work have told me I'm crazy a few times though. emoticon

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Garrie;

BJ journal had me losing 4,793 calories yesterday on that ride. I have always figured that they are high so have no clue on what I actually burned up. What I do know is if it wasn't moving today I was eating it. If I lived in the pioneer days probably would have went out and shot the deer and had a feast of meat.

Saw this on my log in journal today.

On rides less than 75 minutes, skip eating or taking in a sports drink. The body usually has plenty of energy in reserve for workouts lasting that long.

Watched Dr. Oz tonight and saw 3 smoothie recipes on there check them out one was a mango one.

Calling for a low of tonight of around 25 deg. F another record low for the state which has been keeping weather records since 1890. Jeepers give me a break already.

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Garrie;

I usually like to do a little bit of research on my races to see who has signed up in my age bracket. Not sure if I have ever said how old I'm but I might be in the upper brackets. emoticon

number of signed up riders in the 12 hr. race

80+ 2
75-79 1
70-74 1
65-69 3
60-64 13
55-59 12
50-54 9
45-49 9
40-44 9
35-39 6
30-34 6
25-29 2
15-19 1

I'm guessing the 25-29 crowd must be too busy texting on their i phone instead of out riding. emoticon

Too bad I'm not in the top 4 as they are giving out medals to the top 3 looks like a shoe in just to show up in those divisions.

I'm hoping the medal no medal works for me which is anyone that can ride 200 miles in the 12 hrs. gets a medal.


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Good morning sure glad I got my ride in yesterday as it's miserable here, heavy rain going to get colder as the day goes on and possible frost tonight. I'm glad I listened to the weather forecast and did the big ride yesterday.

On the car thingy. I knew I wanted to do a 100 miler and I have a 50 mile loop. That being said I like to do things on the cheap sometimes since I have to spend my money on all those other things. Think New shoes, Accelerade and some other stuff before the ride. Since I park my car at the end of the dirt lane I just use my car for a refueling stop. Use a cooler and throw a already made sandwich in there, bottle of water, and I had some pasta salad but forgot a spoon. emoticon I also wanted to see how fast I could get in and out of a stop and looks like 5-6 minutes so on my 200 ride in Ohio that means 15 minutes off the bike in 200 miles and also means I will probably have to ride a 18 mph average to get the 200 miles in the 12 hr. time frame.

Yesterday I had a small cramp show up around 55 miles into the ride. It was in my left inner thigh, having just a little bit of cycling experience emoticon I knew exactly what to do although it doesn't always work. On every downhill I stood up on my bike on my left leg or stretched it out. It work and the cramp went away.

I feel great today even though I'm a little bit stiff. Right after the ride I had a smoothie within 30 minutes popped 2 ibuprofen and had a shower and really cold water on the legs. I think that you soaking in the tub is the wrong thing as you are increasing blood circulation instead of slowing it down by icing it. The ice cold water has worked for me. Last night I had a small piece of London broil meat, some homemade mac and cheese and some other stuff.

Everything people do is so different and it's a learning experience. I love mango but I might recommend fruits that have more anti-oxidants in it for your recovery smoothie. I have used just plain blueberries, my current go to is 3 berries that I bought at wally world, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I think throwing in the 3-4 big tablespoons of yogurt help too.

I hope to get a short ride in today in the rain it will cool my legs off some.

I roll my eyes sometimes as I read some of the posts on the message boards. Some posts are so far off it's funny. I guess I just let my actions speak for themselves and let it go. I might have to cut back some on my posts as it looks like someone ratted me out at work for being on Yahoo and I can't log on to it anymore at work. We will see.

Keep on keepin on
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Oh, my heck, Z! You had a GREAT day! Just AWESOME! I'm trying to visualize what you do with your car, though...can you run that by me again?

How did you feel afterward? Besides eating something, what do you do after a long ride like that? I soak in a hot bath, because my knees and hip ache, and I am usually chilling. I'm probably doing it all wrong.

I'm thinking I probably ate too much on my little 40-miler. You really didn't eat all that much before and during your ride. You're freaking amazing! I can't get over it! And winds to boot!

Yesterday and today are an almost complete wash for me. I just threw my hands in the air, and turned it over to God yesterday. I have too many irons in the fire, and it has come round full circle to get me. But I'm going to try for another 30-miler tomorrow. I'm going to try to get some little workouts in at work on my breaks, but then I'll be going at full tilt for the rest of the day and night. I have to try to put it into the proper perspective.

I hope you can get some new shoes soon. And, just for the record, I wear hearing aids, too. I started wearing them when I was relatively young. Don't know for certain why, but I lost a great deal of my hearing over the course of about 5 years.

Congratulations on your super blood pressure stats! AND on your weight loss! I think it's in a woman's nature to want to feed our loved ones, so I can understand why your girlfriend teases you. Cute! emoticon

Well, here's to another great day for riding...or something wonderful! Go get 'em, Z!

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Garrie:

Today's ride. We are to have crappy weather tomorrow and since I have the 2 days off I decided to get the long ride in today.

Sleep in longer than I wanted to up at 8:30 after bed at 11:30.

breakfast
2 egg omelet
2 slices of bacon in it
1 or 2 slices of low sodium turkey in it
some cheddar cheese
English muffin with peanut butter on it

Out the door at 9:30
Probably dressed warmer than I should have been
fall jersey good down to 50 deg. F it was 74 deg. F out
rain tights on bottom

Goals for ride
easy spin ride
get 1st 50 miles in easy
practice on eating
hang on the last 50
have fun
stay on the bike

all goals meet

15 miles into the ride this tractor pulls out in front of me and then is only going 15 - 17 mph. I had to pass him and show him who the big emoticon was. emoticon Was doing my normal 50 mile loop with my car at the 50 mile point for a refuel stop. 1st 50 goes in pretty easy except I got buzzed really close by some tri-axle, dual axle dump trucks as they are doing a construction project on the turnpike here. Now a good feeling with winds at 17 mph and gusts at 33 mph. It was blowing me all around on the bike. I did get a hot foot around around 40 mile on my left foot. My feet swells and then goes numb and then gets hot. I need to get another pair of shoes before the race. These are too small.

Back at the car I eat a turkey sandwich gulp down a bottle of water some ice tea and probably 5-6 fig newtons.

What I had for the entire ride today

2 bottles of water
2 bottles of ice tea
10-12 fig bars
3/4's of a pay day candy bar

really sucked down the ice tea and candy bar the between 80-90 miles.

Really had thoughts of not going back out after a 15 minute break but glad I did. I was overheated from too heavy of clothes.

Yogi Berra said something like this

baseball is 70% physical and 60% mental emoticon emoticonemoticon

To explain this to cycling sometimes when you hit a hard time cycling and you will it's 100% mental. That is what happened to me after I started back out for the last 50 miles. I couldn't think I still have 50 miles to go that's too big. Instead I keep saying all I have to do is ride another 5 miles so I need to get to 55 then 60 then 65 etc. That way the miles roll by and it's much easier. Pretty much ride was uneventful except for a few more buzz jobs of close vehicles a detour where I keep riding and had no clue where I was and some really tuff wind. It blew me sideways sometimes.

Lost another inch of my waist, had to go to the Doc. the other day for a referral for hearing aid repair. Nurse said I had blood pressure of a teenager 104/70. emoticon My GF asked when I came over from Eithiopia since I have lost so much weight. emoticon

Stats
101.02 miles
7:09:18
average speed 14:11 mph
max speed 37.98 mph
average cadence 78
trip climb 5593 ft.
max altitude 861 feet

Great average for SW 17 mph winds with gusts of 33 mph. I was actually stopped in my tracks a few times
temps. 76 deg. F

way too much fun and if I can get around a 132 -150 mile ride in next week feel I will be ready for the ride

Later
Z

Edited by: ZURICHMAN at: 4/14/2014 (20:56)
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4/14/14 8:10 P

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Garrie:

Lets talk about you and your recovery workout thingy.

look at this website

www.intense-workout.com/post_workout.html

basically what it says and what I was trying to say is you need to get some liquid carbs and protein in you within the 1st 30 minute after a workout for better recovery. This is only on your hard rides or you will gain weight. You body is craving some recovery stuff and the liquid gets there faster instead of solid food.

.25 - 0.4 carbs per lb. of body weight. On people that are over weight it says use you desired weight you want to get to not your present weight.

0.15 - 0.25 protein per lb or desired weight and they recommend whey protein. The lamb chops probably were ok but the recovery liquids should have been taken 1st and no fats at all after a workout.

The rest of the day you can eat the protein like chicken etc. and you could have peanut butter or anything else before the ride and want something that takes awhile to digest versus the quick like the smoothie you had.

Hope this helps.
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WOW! 100 miles!! I cannot even imagine! Hope you have a good ride, Z! I can't wait to see your stats. You must have a day off. It would take me a couple of days to ride 100 miles!

Thanks for the response to my last post. So are you saying that I ate the wrong things when I returned? And was it wrong to eat the sandwich and drink the smoothie before I went out? I thought I read that I should have carbs before a work-out or a long ride. emoticon And, in my mind, I was thinking that the lamb chops were a good source of protein. Lamb chops are small, so I ate two. And the potato was a good source of carbs...I thought. I don't load my baked potatoes with a lot of butter or sour cream, so I didn't go all out on fats. Hmmm...

Well, I'll be looking forward to hearing about your ride.

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Garrie:

Off for a 100 mile training ride will post results later. Looking at your last post only have one quick suggestion. What you had before your ride is exactly what you should have had within 30 minutes after your ride for a faster recovery.

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Good morning, Z.

Happy Monday! Thanks for all the great advice! My hubby watched the Masters, too. He's a Bubba Watson fan...has been from the start. I'm a football semi-fan...I watch it, but don't eat, sleep, and breathe it. I don't mind watching golf, though. Truth is, I sit down to watch t.v., and I'm asleep in 5 minutes.

Yesterday was definitely a rest day for me. My legs ached pretty bad Saturday night. It was better on Sunday, but my knees were still sore. Just kind of in shock, I think. I realized, as I was on my last 10 miles home, that you were right about getting miles in before I try to do speed work. It was a humbling experience for me.

Just for the record, I ate 2 grilled lamb chops, a baked potato, and about a cup of green beans. My hubby had it all prepared when I crawled through the door. emoticon

A couple hours before I started my ride, I made myself a fruit smoothie using Greek yogurt, strawberries, peaches, mango, bananas, carrot juice, and 1% milk. I also had a half of a turkey sandwich. I waited about 2 hours before I started my ride. I know better than to start a long ride with a full stomach. While I was on my ride I ate a power bar and a KIND bar. I drank both bottles of water by 20 miles, and re-filled them both for the ride home, though I didn't drink both of them completely before I got home. Just to give you an idea of what I ate that day. It's hard to know...especially when I'm on my bike...what to eat. I know I'm not supposed to eat a lot, but I don't want to completely run out of energy, either.

Well, gotta get going. Hope you have a great day!

Garrie

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You should be getting some recovery stuff in you right as you finish your ride. you need to get it in you the 1st 30 minutes. I'm thinking 30 -50 carbs google recovery carbs after exercising and then use the weight chart. You should also shower and do the cold water deal. Hammer and a few others make a recovery product but you only want to use it on your long rides or hammer rides or you will be gaining weight instead of losing it.

Try this on your next long ride. The last mile or so really ride slow so you body doesn't take such a hit when you just jump off the bike.

Don't do 40 miles do 50 k You can get off and stretch but will help you get use to a longer distance. Try and get some food dialed in also.

BTW I use all of the lower 20 gears on my bike and not ashamed to tell you I have walked a few hills on my rando rides when my bike didn't fit me and I cramped so bad I couldn't climb steep stuff. I did finish the rides though. My theory is if no one saw me no I didn't walk that hill. emoticon

That's all for now have to catch some emoticon after watching my local news.

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Lets do easy 1st. On Bike Journal I have heard lots of good stuff about Terry seats for women. I think they are made specific for women. I think sometimes LBS only have a one thought process and try and sell what they are use to or what they can get. Brooks don't take a long time to break in. At least mine didn't. I went out and rode a 300km ride out from the LBS. So no I don't think it takes that long to break them in. I do think they are very comfortable but that is just me. Since you have spent so much money at your LBS have a talk with him and tell him you will buy a saddle off him but if it doesn't fit or feel right you want to keep trying until you find the right one for you.

On your bike gearing does the front have 2 gears or 3? My beater bike I think is either an 8 or 9 speed and my Secret is a 10 speed. On the 11 speeds the gears are thinner and I'm not what they call a gear masher but I still crank enough that I probably won't own a 11 speed. My bike is also a triple or 3 speed up front so is built more for climbing. My next bike I have built is going to be a double or for flat racing. On my triple there are times when the tall gears aren't fast enough for the pace lining or really fast riding. There are some gears on your bike that overlap when figuring it out is called gear inches. The hardest gears or the gears that aren't good to use on your bike would be on the lower gear all the way out to the outside. My bike also I think has gear which is listed as 12x27 which means the smalles gear on the outside is 12 and the biggest gear on the inside is 27. This would again be considered climbing gears. Flat gears would probably be 10 or 12 x 23 or 25.

You last ride stats look very good. If you ride isn't next weekend you could ride a 50 miler and then you would be set for the ride. Noticed I said ride not race. Here something I would recommend for the ride.

1. Don't change anything on your bike the last week.
2. Lay everything out the night before the ride that you need to take for the ride. Make a checklist you would be surprised on what people have not taken to the ride. Think cycling shoes, helmets etc.
3. Make sure you take a camera in your back pocket if you have a small one. I have no pics from my 1st ride only a cue sheet.

Wanna guess what my 1st ride ever was on my bike. Yeppers ride with the big emoticon 's or stay on the porch.

I did a 100 mile ride on my Heavier than a rock touring Trek 520. I got lost 2 miles from the finish line and have been lost on a bike ever since. emoticon I was stiff for 2-3 days after that and found out maybe I should train some before I do a big ride. emoticon

Work some OT on Friday and then last night I came home and passed out on the coach not not literally. emoticon I did get 2 core workouts in before work so that works I guess. I watched the Master's tonight and then went out for a ride. It's a full moon so never really did get dark. 30 mile ride is now my minimum and feels like 5 man did the Planet Fitness core work outs get me ready for cycling season. As much as I hate gym workouts I guess I will have to do it next year for all the benefits it has given me.

stats for tonight in at 9:30 pm
30.11m
2:02:22
14.76 mph
max 32.87 mph
av cad 79
trip climb 1349
max alt 807
temps 76.8 deg. F - 68 DEG. f
1st shorts ride of the season emoticon

62 tomorrow on my off day using car to refuel after 32 miles
75 - 100 miles on Tuesday

Keep up the good work girl and remember the 1st ride you are doing should be a fun ride and a memory. You don't want to do the death march on your 1st ride.


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OK, Z.

So I logged my ride yesterday on Bike Journal. I'll take your advice and start logging EVERYTHING! I looked at your ride stats there, and I can see that you've even logged your Planet Fitness spins. I'll do that too. You are totally right...it only takes a few minutes to log that stuff, and I'm just being lazy. I get frustrated because I don't have time to do all the things I love to do, but I really need to give up some stuff...AND quit taking on new projects. I claim to be super busy...and I really am...but I love cycling so much, and I need to figure out my priorities. emoticon

I'll also work toward more time on my bike and not necessarily work for speed. This is my first serious year of cycling, I'm overweight, and I literally and figuratively have my hands full. emoticon

As you probably already know, my bike has 11 gears (I had to look it up...go ahead...roll your eyes). emoticon I use the hardest (highest?) gear when I'm riding downhill, but I'm not shy about shifting down to the easiest (lowest?) gears when I'm climbing. It kills my average speed to drop down to 8 or 9 mph, but that's just how it goes. I am usually spinning faster as opposed to slower, so I don't think I'm killing my knees (any worse than they already are), as you mentioned.

I need to flip my bike over sometime and watch what happens when I shift gears. I don't know what the chain does when I'm shifting...I don't entirely understand the process, so when you ask me what sprocket (?) my chain is on, I can't tell you. I just know how to shift up and down. I am learning more and more about my bike every day. As much as I hate looking naive or flat out dumb, I am brave enough to tell you what I do and don't know. HA HA! emoticon

I spent about 45 minutes in my LBS yesterday before my ride. The young guy I talked to told me about their group rides, so I'm going to try to join them this coming Wednesday. They ride a pretty hilly route, which I've actually cycled before...just not very fast...but at least I now know. He talked to me about my saddle, and told me they've ordered some new saddles from Terry that he thinks I might like. I asked him about Brooks saddles, and he said that he doesn't think I'd be comfortable on one because they're so rigid. He said that a Brooks requires hundreds of hours of "breaking in." What do you think about that?

Thunder and lightning storms here last night. I'm glad I didn't get caught in that yesterday, but it was mostly cloudy and dark skies while I was riding. I only got full sun for about an hour and a half. emoticon

Well, I have to get ready for church. I hope you have a great day, Z! I hope your girlfriend is all better! Sending good thoughts your way!

Thank you, as always, for the good advice. emoticon

Garrie

P.S. I only have one Saturday before the Front Runner ride (60 miles). Should I try to ride another long ride (40 or more) next Saturday? (Forehead smack for starting my long ride so late yesterday. I had a miserable night's sleep. emoticon )

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Z, don't worry about calling me out on anything, man. Rest assured that I consider carefully everything you say. I'm SO grateful that you've stayed in contact with me here, and, as weird as it might seem, I have come to acknowledge you as my friend, and mentor. I would expect you to tell me if things didn't look right to you. emoticon

K...about my ride the other day...I'm sure my thinking was skewed, but I only posted my partial stats. I cycled for part of the ride on the paved trail, then I got disgusted with myself, and went to find a place where I could go full out...you know...try some faster biking. I should've zeroed out my computer when I started the speed riding, because, of COURSE my stats were going to look goofy. Duh. emoticon I feel ridiculous even confessing my stupidity, but here I am. So when I posted my average speed, it was just a guess, because I never let myself cycle below 15 m.p.h., when I was doing the speed intervals. Go ahead, Z. Punch me on the virtual arm. It was stupid of me to post my stats that night.

BUT! I have to tell you my real, true, honest to goodness stats from my ride today....

Miles - 41.1
Average speed - 12.9 (because I'm a FREAKIN' snail!)
Max speed - 26.3
Average cadence - 57
Max cadence - 90
Altitude - 4495
Alt. gain - 938
Alt. loss - 879
Temp. - 70
Now...here's the part I'm not sure about, but I read my computer manual again, and it said that my ride clock is up in the right corner of my computer screen. If that's the case, then my ride was 3:03:30. I stopped several times to rest. When I left home,
it was 3:18 p.m., and when I got home, it was 7:24 p.m. So does the computer stop calculating when I stop riding...like for breaks? It must. Right? Ugh! I feel really dumb asking these questions. emoticon

I'm hurting all over, but SO amazed that I did this today. The farthest I've cycled to date is 28.9 miles. I seriously wondered if I was going to make it home, but the last 10-mile stretch was fairly flat. Can I just say that my sit-down hurts? Gaaahhhh!!

Did you ride today, Zurichman? How's the weather in them thar' hills?

I have to tell you that my experience today with another cyclist passing me from behind was much better than the "easy, peasy dudes." This big strong guy passed me, and asked if I was okay, and then told me to keep on going, 'cause I was doing great! This was about 30 miles into my ride, and I was seriously doubting my abilities. I told him I was doing great, and he sped on by. I felt embarrassed that I was going so slow, but I had had just about enough of the hill climbing.

Sorry this is so long, Z. THIS ought to put you to sleep!

Happy Weekend!

G

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Good morning Garrie thinking of my last 2 posts I might have been a little bit harsh on you. You will have to forgive me even if my competitive side comes out in me when I'm trying to help someone else.

This is what I do know on spinning/cadence. The pro riders spin around 90/100 rpm and I probably will never see an average like that but will strive to get it somewhere in the high 80's this season. The faster you spin the less likely you will have of knee problems. Most knee problems on a bike occur when you are climbing in too high of a gear climbing or at least that is what happens to me. Maybe you could strive to spin in the 60's

I still think though that you should get a better base work out in before the speed work outs.


Keep on cycling girl I really proud of all your accomplishments and you have come a long way in the last 2 - 3 months.


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Looking at your stats again something doesn't add up.

How many speeds is your bike?
Is it a double or triple on the front?
What gear do you normally ride in to get to 16 mph?


I can't tell for sure but it looks like you are riding in too high of a gear to be averaging 16 mph with only an average cadence of 50 something.

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Garrie:

Ok so now comes the hard part. I don't necessary agree with the training plan you are using and here are just a few reasons in no particular reason.

1. It doesn't require tracking or logging. It shouldn't take more than 1-2 minutes to log your rides. You can log them on a calendar or whatever. I don't think you can track improvements if you aren't logging/tracking.
2. Your heart rate monitor I wouldn't worry too much about that unless you are having trouble with your breathing. Mine works and I haven't been using it as I notice that I'm concentrating more on reading my heart rate monitor while riding than riding my bike. I think where it is important for me is when I'm climbing the big mt. to see how my fitness level is progressing versus using it every ride.
3. The plan calls for steady rides and speed rides every week. Here is my thoughts on that. You need to get your base build up 1st and then do speed workouts. I mentioned before if you have a downhill go for it. Put it in a higher gear and pedal away.
4. I see that you said you did 16.8 mph on your last ride and did 11 something miles. That is a good ride for you but I guess I would rather have heard you say I did 20 miles or 25 miles at 14 mph. I think you will improve more and faster with more mileage.
5. Finally I would suggest sometimes you don't worry about how many miles you ride instead ride so many hours. Lets say you ride your ride at 12 mph so that is about a 5 hr. ride for 60 miles. Go out and do a 3 1/2 - 4 hr. training ride.

Now that we have that out of the way. I'm really proud of what you have done on the bike and what you are going to do in the future. The common mistake most riders make, myself included is we want to see how fast we can do the ride, but truth be told we can improve ourselves if we just spend more time out on the bike and just ride slower instead of faster.
When you do your 3 1/2 - 4 hr. training ride no shame on getting off the bike and stretching the legs and taking a break. Also work on your eating and drinking during the ride. Grabbing your water bottle without taking your eye off the road.

You could workout one night a week on spinning smoother and getting use to most of your gears on your bike. Practice on bike skills like moving your hands all over your handlebars to keep your hands from going numb. Looking over your left shoulder etc.

Yeah if your are going to take a rest day take it after your long ride. Don't worry too much about what kind of training you are doing before the ride especially the last week get the long ride in 2 sat's before your ride.

Again keep up the good work/riding but worry more about getting your base built up before you worry about interval training and speed workouts.

Hope this helps
This is just my thoughts
Later
Z

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Garrie:

Lets do easy 1st on 1 thread. I would guess your seat doesn't fit you right and probably is too wide. If you have a good working relationship with your LBS I would try seats until I find the one that works for you as long as he will let you exchange them if they don't work for you. I luv my Brooks B17 Imperial which has the cut outs for us guys.

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One quick question, Z...

Do you constantly have to keep readjusting your butt on your saddle? I do. It kind of drives me crazy, but I don't know if it's a common thing or not. I just feel like I'm constantly pushing back onto my saddle to that spot where I'm comfortable.

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OK, Z. Here goes...

I've been trying to stick to this training regimen I saw on the Goldilocks site. It seems to be working for me, and here's why:

1. This plan doesn't require tracking or logging. I'm not good at making the time for it. Also, I'm still getting used to my computer, and I'm struggling to make the heart rate monitor work. I've read the manual over and over, and I assume I'm doing everything right...replaced the battery, re-sync'd it, etc. I plan to ask about it when I go to my bike shop the next time.

2. This plan isn't complicated. They have given an easy-to-follow 8-week plan that includes a weekly breakdown of short bike rides (incorporating interval training), my choice of other types of workouts, and one long ride.

3. It suggests that you give yourself only one day of rest. This is a weak spot for me, as I'm inclined to take rest days when I know I don't deserve rest days. In other words, I justify not working out or not riding. But with my first 60-mile race coming up in two weeks, I can't afford to take more than one rest day a week. Maybe I'm finally getting in the zone, but my attitude has changed, and I'm looking forward to workouts more and more. And I'm in love with cycling...it has been one of the coolest changes I've made in my life!

This particular training program suggests three types of rides to be completed every week over the course of 8 weeks: LONG RIDES - (beginning with 10-15 miles in the first week of training and finishing up with 40-45 miles in the week before the event), STEADY RIDES - (steadily pushing yourself for 15-minute intervals, working up to 30-minute intervals), and SPEED RIDES - (4-6 very hard or maximum effort intervals, beginning with 30 seconds and working up to 2 minutes per interval, and including a slow-down after each interval).

Here are my stats for my "steady ride" yesterday:
11.2 miles
Avg speed - 16.8
Avg cadence - 53
Max cadence - 84
Temp - 77 deg

I'm getting braver...I'm staying off the winding, sometimes crowded paved trail, and I'm hitting more open roads. Because I live in the city, it's still very intimidating for me to do this, but it's difficult to push myself on the paved trail when I have to keep slowing down for "people traffic." I'm making progress, and that's a good thing. It feels excruciatingly slow, but I hope to be in tip top shape next year. I've lost a measly 5 lbs., but I'll take that. It's good to see the scales finally moving!

Tonight I'll be at good ol' Planet Fitness...working my core, arms, and other upper body.

I hope you are enjoying your time out on your bike! emoticon I know you love cycling with a passion, and you have been such an inspiration to me.

Happy Friday, Z!

G

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Garrie:

Nobody can tell you what your nutrition needs are or what works for you. It's all trial and error. We/they can give some suggestions but truth be told we are all a little bit different in our cycling. I know I learned by the school of hard knocks. I did find out very early that my stomach rebelled to Gatorade in rides over 100 miles as there is too much fructose , dextrose in it and your stomach can't process it. The Accelerade works great for me and now my local health store doesn't carry it any more so I will need to order it online. The best I can tell you is try a few things and see what works for your. I use to carry the GU packages when I did my rando rides only for emergency situations( ie bonking) I have tried Little Debbies brownies previous years and it has worked. I saw some rando riders doing the potato thing and it works for me. I don't do fast food but put me in the middle of a 300k ride and if we stop for some food I want the greasiest food I can find. Can't tell you why but that is what I crave sometimes.

Didn't start until late today but still had a great ride. I think maybe I need to stop all my contact with you as all of a sudden I get the forgetsies when I go to ride. Ok don't roll your eyes or laugh too hard don't want you on injurede reserve. Today I went to do my ride. Water bottle, keys, and yes remembered the spedo this time hit the remote close the garage door, wait the secret is still in the garage. Ok so ready to ride woops the gloves are still at the house no worries have ridden many times without the gloves especially in the rain. I just moved my hands all over the bars during the ride.

Today was one of the best rides I had this year and even in quite some time. Even thing just clicked. 1st time I didn't have my winter garb on and actually almost felt naked with just summer tights on the bottom. emoticon emoticon When you have cycled as much as I have you have some stuff stuffed back in your closet that you forget about. I had a purple wind vest that has 3 pockets on the rear that I forgot about and so I have been wearing that the last few days. Think I bought it from Col de Lizzard.

stats for today
50.06 miles
3hrs. 17 minutes 37 seconds
average 15:20 mph highest average this year so far on this 50 mile loop
max speed 34.69 mph
trip climb 2618 feet
cadence 80 was at 83 - 84 before the last 20 miles of headwinds would like to see it up around 85-90 average before the season is over.
temps 62.3 deg. F = 53 deg. F

Started at 3:30 had to push myself out the door and finished just before dark.

Hope your training is going good.

Later
Z

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G'day, Z!

The more I think about the potato idea, the more I like it. I think I'd add some Mrs. Dash and maybe a sprinkle of bacon bits. I've seen turkey bacon bits, I swear, and they would add flavor and a little sodium, so you could cut down on the salt in the water. The jury is out on whether or not turkey bacon bits are any healthier than regular bacon bits. Regardless, I actually like potatoes, so I think I'll try this. I wonder how to figure out my needs. I'll find out at the cycling nutrition/emergency training class I'm taking on April 10th. It's another free class offered through the Goldilocks Ride.

I see that many riders use gel-type nutrition supplements, and I need to do more research on this. However, the thought of eating a gel product reminds me of swallowing toothpaste, which makes me gag. emoticon More questions!

Anyway, just some random thoughts...

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Garrie:

Ok I'm laughing about not taking food from the rest stops. I might have even rolled my eyes. emoticon emoticon I'm the complete opposite as I load up my 3 back pockets and then say you big dummy why are you carrying all that food around on a well supported ride. I guess it's the long distance thingy in me where you are far and between sometimes on food stops. You ride that only has 2 rest stops seems kind of skimpy for me so yes I would be grabbing some stuff to take with me.

I understand the theory on your sprints. Here's another idea that would work like that. Find a downhill that isn't real steep but long. You should be able to get in a higher gear than you normally crank and get some speed built up in your legs. My bike has 30 gears my sweet spot for my bike is middle ring all the way out which is 20th gear. I normally crank 20-24 mph in that gear. My 3rd ring I only ride on downhills, fast pace lines or when I really have a tailwind on my back which was yesterday. I'm usually hitting high 20's to 30 mph in those gears.

The boil potato thing also has salt on it. I did buy something today which I hadn't mentioned before and that is large/x large Pay Day candy bars. They don't melt in the heat like say Snickers and have the salt and the crunch in them.

That's all for now.

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Z

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It's okay, Z. I would never want you to stress over a return message. Just reply when you want to and when you have time. I'll keep my eyes peeled for your responses. No worries, Mate!

The boiled potato thing sounds a bit weird, but I get the reason...complex carbs=fuel. When I rode in my first ever ride last year, I remember feeling guilty about taking food from the rest stop, so I didn't. That sounds dumb, I know, but I'm so weird that way! I was SO glad my niece grabbed extra apple slices! What a goof ball I am! I was also a complete novice to (what I call) long distance cycling, and I had NO clue about ANY of this stuff. Thanks to you, I am SO much more prepared to ride this year. Thank you a million times over!

I tried some training suggestions from the Goldilocks site this evening. I went to a nearby business park and did "speed riding." You push yourself as hard as you can for 30 seconds, then drop back down to an easier pace for 60 seconds. You work up to 2-minute sprints, with a cool-down that's twice as long. You try to do this 6 times per ride. Tomorrow, I'll probably hit the gym for my core work-out.

Don't worry about responding, Z. Only when you can or when you want to. Thank you, as always, for sharing your hard-earned experience! You have taught me SO much!

Have a good rest, and don't forget your gear tomorrow. You're starting to pick up some of MY habits! emoticon

G'night, Zurichman! emoticon




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Garrie;


I sometimes can't get my thought processes right at work as I'm always worried about someone catching me on the computer on Company time. I do try and email you as much as I can on my lunch breaks.

I stopped by Wally world to get some food for my long runs the next 2 days. What I like to do is park my vehicle at the end of my lane and then run laps to it and use it for a support vehicle and that way I get a chance to stock food I really like and it's cheaper. One thing I really like that is specific to PA. is Amish Macaroni salad. You should see the looks I get when I go to other states and roll up to the deli counter and ask for Amish macaroni salad. emoticon I also bought a pound of low sodium turkey breast sliced thick so I will make myself a sandwich to eat tomorrow after my 1st 30 mile lap. I have tried dehydrated sweet cherries before backpacking and like them because they give you a very quick energy rush.

Another thing the ultra rando rides use on their rides except when it's real hot in the summer or they eat them early is small boiled potatoes that are boiled in salt water. You might want to try them before your 1st ride. I have tried them and like them and probably will try it on my 100 mile ride day Thursday.

Back to the drafting normally everyone takes their turn pulling the freight train I will call it. Normally you pull for a 1/4 mile and then either peel off left or right and then just fall in the back of the pace line. It works well if everyone stays steady and no one tries to be a hero or macho man by running faster than everyone wants to in the pace line.

I did something today on my run that I can't remember doing before except maybe once or twice in the winter when I rode my mt. bike and the spedo wasn't working. I was so excited to get a ride in today I went out to the end of the lane in my GF's truck and found out I left my gloves back at the house. I then drove back out and found out that I left my spedometer back at the house. I decided to not go back the 2nd time and just rode without my spedometer. It might have been one of the best rides I had this season. I didn't have to worry how fast I was going and just rode my bike and had fun. That doesn't mean I didn't look down at my spedo a few times which wasn't there to look to how fast I was going. Old habits die hard. emoticon I might do this at least once a month now. I also rode a different route today. The wind was really blowing and so I decided to ride with the wind to my back. I probably rode about 8-10 miles with it on my back and I was flying. I probably will do the ride again to find out my mileage to log onto Bike Journal. But I rode 2 hrs 20 minutes today. When I rode into the headwind it was blowing that hard it was all I could do to keep my bike moving. A few times the side gusts almost blew me off the bike or picked me up and moved me over on the road. Nothing like spring I guess.

Well that is all for now. Have a good week of riding.


Later
Z

BTW The other solo race I have on my radar except the Hodoo 500 is the Race Across Oregon ride but the write on that ride says it's super hilly. The research and the pre ride drama is 1/2 or 3/4 of the fun of the ride itself.

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Easy, peasy...I got yer easy, peasy! emoticon

Thank you, Z!

I can take the ribbing from you...but ANYONE ELSE is gonna get it right back! emoticon

"Take it easy. Take it easy. Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive ya crazy."
(Eagles ~ 1972)

Over and out!

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Garrie:

Ok I might have rolled my eyes a lettle bit emoticon But I didn't say easy peasy. emoticon

On the drafting you can save about 30% by drafting. You are about 2 inches off their back wheel and yes it is very dangerous. You can't really look at the road ahead of you as you are glue to looking at that person's back wheel and how they are riding. I don't ride/draft with someone if they are very inconsistent with their riding. I remember many years ago on a MS ride this young kid was all over the place and I said to myself I'm getting in front of this rider in the pace line as he just isn't study. Sure enough about a couple of miles down the road he crashed and took out another rider.

Each ride is different and has different rules and you have to read up on the rules to ride the race/ride so not to get penalized or disqualified from the race. Some races have time penalties let say you bust through a stop sign and get caught you might have a 15 minute time penalty. On the Ohio ride I have to have a mirror on my bike or on my helmet. I haven't used a mirror for quite a few years so it sure ain't going on the Secret so I bought one for the helmet.

I plan on riding the following the next 2 days I'm off

62 miles tomorrow
100 miles on Thursday

I will let you know how I did later.

Just a minor tidbit on the ultra races. They throw in lettle hidden messages in the rules to see if you read the rules. I think on RAAM it was bring a blue envelope(we wrote this is a blue envelope on a white one emoticon and bring a certain size of M & M candies I think the race organizer was a candy freak because he sure got lots of candy and a few teams were really embarrassed for not bringing it. I forget what was on the FC508 RACE WHEN WE DID IT.

Back to overlapping wheels, general thought process on club rides is give everyone plenty of room and not to overlap their wheels as they are just too unsteady and miss a lot of shifts/gears which will cause the bike to slow down and then you crash into them.


that's all for now

Later Z

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Hey, Z.

Thank you, very much, for the reply and for not rolling your eyes at my questions. WAIT! DID you roll your eyes? emoticon

I'm so impressed by your experience! You say you feel bad about the Fireweed race, but I am in awe of you folks that take on these HUGE challenges! WOW! It really is impressive! And in Alaska, no less! Also, I think it's so awesome that you took a team of people with you...at your own expense. Man! I can't even fathom that! I've just never known anyone who did this before, so I'm truly impressed and inspired. I can appreciate your competitive nature.

One more question...I've read a lot about "drafting." I think I understand that drafting is when you ride close enough behind another cyclist that you don't feel any wind resistance. Is this correct? And, if so, does it really help all that much? I don't have any experience riding in a group, and, quite frankly, I'm very nervous about it. I don't want to make anyone mad at me, and I don't want to embarrass myself. I've heard, too, that you shouldn't ride with your front wheel next to someone's back wheel. But if you ride in a group, how do you avoid it? Ugh! SO much to learn! emoticon

I am still not riding very fast. Last night, I rode about 25 miles. I didn't get my stats, but when I'm riding on the paved trail, I can't really get my speed up, because I'm constantly slowing down for other cyclists, walkers, kids, skateboarders........GEESE. HAHA! I'm still so paranoid about riding on busy streets, and the trail feels safer, but it definitely limits me.

Well, better go....burnin' daylight! emoticon

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Hey Garrie:

1st there are no dumb questions asked on your thread. emoticon

Here is what I meant when I said once I get some more solo rides/races in.

The Race I'm doing in Texas is what you would consider a big time race. It is listed as a RAAM(Race Across America) qualifier. Meaning if you complete it in a certain finishing time frame 10-15% off the limit of someone who has never completed RAAM you then could do RAAM solo if you qualified and so desire to try and race RAAM. For that reason there is no drafting in that race. If you get within 2 bike lengths of another rider you either have to pass them or drop back.

The race/ride I'm doing in Ohio isn't a RAAM qualifier and so drafting is allowed. If I do well and like doing the solo racing Tejas 500 I probably will want to do other solo racing of the RAAM qualifiers. There is a listing on the UMCA cycling website of all these races. But here are a few of them.

Hoodo 500
Fireweed 400
Furnace Creek 508
Adirondack 508
Tejas 500

and quite a few others

The FC508 I have already done but was with a teammate so yes I might want to do that solo. Hodoo 500 would probably be the next one of the list that I would want to do.

The whole kicker though is that most people that do these rides do what they call

rides lots

Most ride 6,000 - 10,000 miles a year . The factory sponsored riders may even ride more but then they don't have to work. The guys/gals that race RAAM solo probably ride 10,000 - 20,000 miles a year. That is why I have some concerns doing the Tejas this year as I'm pretty much starting out from scratch with no base mileage built up from last year. The only other solo race RAAM qualifier that I attempted was the Fireweed 400 and I pretty much failed miserably at that. I had to fly my crew to Alaska which was big time bucks and so I worked a lot of overtime to pay their way and didn't get enough training time in. I was 155 miles or so into the race and my stomach just went haywire. Not something I'm proud of but sometime I will go to Alaska and do the Fireweed again to redeem myself. I don't accept defeat very well.

Hope that explains it. I guess I better go get a solo training ride in. emoticon

Check out the UMCA website lots of training info in there also.

Later
Z

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Z, I know I'm going to hate myself for asking this, but aren't ALL rides solo? I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say you've got to get more solo rides in. emoticon

Dumb question, I'm sure.

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Criminy, Z!

Sorry you couldn't get out on V.S. today! emoticon emoticon Flip! Flippity-flip! (How's THAT for dropping the f-bomb!!) emoticon

53 here, right now. Sun shining, slight breeze. Did you ever think about moving to Utah? I'm joking, but this week is one of those rare, perfect weeks that are perfect for almost ANYTHING a person wants to do outdoors. Ski resorts still open up high. Cycling, running, WHATEVER down below. It will probably snow next week, though, so I'd better not speak too soon.

I'm off for a couple hours on my bike, so I'll wish you a wonderful evening, Z. Life is good!

G

P.S. Bought a couple of jerseys on Amazon last night. I couldn't resist the one that had four turtles on a winding road, and it said "Slow And Steady." The other one is for my alter-ego...bright pink, white, bright blue, and bright green indy design with a big skull on the left front. HA HA! Like I'm a real threat out there! LOL! emoticon

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Pretty crappy day here weather wise. I was all dressed ready to go riding and then when I went out the door it was raining. Raining and 50 deg. F I can take 40 deg. F and raining I can't. So I went into PF and spun the bike for 1 hr. hard averaging 17 mph for the hr. I then took a 5 minute break and decided to spin another hr. wrong I ran out of gas and possible bored to death but I did spin for another 30 minutes and then did my 50 minutes of core workouts.

On the jersey I wouldn't expect the LBS to give it to me but instead to knock a couple of bucks off for the free advertising you are going to give them on all those rides. emoticon

If that isn't possible Bike Nashbar has lots of close outs right now on jerseys and winter stuff left over in women's clothing.

I really getting sick and tired/ticked off on the weather we are having here. I really only have about 2 weeks left to get my training in and tomorrow it's to be 50 deg. F but 10-20 mph winds with gusts up to 30. Oh well I guess I will just get in what I can get in and on the + end know that I'm getting more exercise in this year than last year.

On the Colorado story in case you haven't noticed it yet I don't quit very easily and one of the most important rando lessons is since we have to carry a control card on all of our rides, yuou turn in or surrender you control card until you have taken a 1/2 break and had some food and fluids in you. So no the garbage bags didn't do a lot for me but they did help me get off that mt. That being said I have only DNF(DID NOT FINISH) in about 3-4 times in all my riding. I went back to finish the one ride Cascades 1200km and the only other one I need to finish after I do some other solo rides is the Fireweed 400 in Alaska.


Have to go back to work get them cycling miles in girl. Daylight is a wasting. emoticon


Later
Z

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Thanks, RNICK2012! You are well-prepared for the cold commute! Hope the weather in Halifax is warming up. You're a ways "up there!" emoticon

I became a little paranoid about visibility after reading about a terrible, fatal accident here in Utah involving 2 cyclists. You are absolutely right about drivers not expecting to see a cyclist on a dark mid-winter morning/evening! Serious cyclists in Utah (and everywhere, I'm sure) are probably aware of this, but I hadn't quite thought of it in those terms when I first started out. I was naive. I have since learned a lot from good folks here...Zurichman, in particular...and I have enjoyed my winter bicycle commute SO much more. I own a road bike, so I don't really have the option of changing out my tires. As it turned out, though, we didn't have much snow last winter in the valleys below the Rockies. It has been a wet spring, though, and I don't enjoy cycling in the rain. It seems colder than cycling in the dead of winter.

I agree with your comments about getting good gear. It has been an expensive first year of cycling! GAAAHHHH! But I will be prepared for commuting in winter 2014-2015! YAY!

Now that spring has arrived (off and on emoticon ) here in Utah, I am looking forward to daily commutes.

Cycle on, RNICK2012!

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Yes. I bike in the winter. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Actually this month marks a year of straight biking commuting to work. The only time I wasn't able to bike to work was during 2 snow storms and by the way not many cars were moving either.
I live 3 kilometres from work. (It takes me 20 - 25 minutes each way). Three morning a week I also leave early and bike to the pool (5 km) before work and swim for 90 minutes with a Masters swim club.

Bike: I put my agressive (mountain bike) tread tires on in the winter and my smoother "city slicker" tread tires in the summer. I have front and back disc brakes on my bike - they are more reliable in cold, wet, slushy conditions. Rim brakes are ok for warmer dry driving.

Lights: Clothes:I have 2 flashing white lights on the front of my bike, and up to 3 red flashing lights on the back of my bike (one mounted below my seat and 2 on my back pack) I also have a red light (non-flashing) on my back pack).

ClothesI wear: - a bright yellow waterproof/breathable jacket that has a lining and is warm enough for cold winter weather [on really cold days a wear a light sweater under it].
- special Gore-Tex biking pant that are also waterproof and breathable.
- bike tights and thermal long underwear when it is really cold. I have a think skull cap for under my helmet for riding in the cold.
- neck warmer on really cold days.
- waterproof, somewhat flexable winter boots.
- As well I wear glasses with a yellow lense when it is isn't sunny. The glasses shield your eyes from the wind/cold to keep them warmer and from watering up and the yellow to brighten things up in the dark times you may bike. I always carry my sunglasses in by backpack just in case it get sunny :)
- I have my work clothes at work and change when I get to work.


Most Important --Visibility: In the spring/ fall/ winter when it is colder and darker during your commute, drives aren't looking for cyclists. So BE VISIBLE!
- I have a flourescent green helmet cover that is waterproof/wind proof to keep the rain/snow off your head and for visibility.
- My back is wrapped with a flourscent and yellow safety vest. .

My kids and some of my coworkers think I'm nuts and the bike outside bike rake is empty at my work, but I still bike. I'm 52 and didn't really bike for about 25 years, but after a year of commuting to work, I love it!.

Get good gear to keep you warm and dry as well as cool and visible.


Good Luck!

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Happy Monday, Zurichman!

I'm a dork! I didn't scroll down very far yesterday, and I missed your freezing Colorado story. WOW! That's dedication to a ride! I have experienced cold hands...all be it for just a few minutes...but cold, none the less. I can appreciate how it must feel to be numb. I have not experienced the coldness in my legs...probably because I carry a LEEEETLE extra padding. Did the plastic bags help insulate your legs, or was it futile at that point in your ride? Man! I don't know! I would like to think I have the guts to do something like that, but I'm not sure I have the strength. Actually, I KNOW I don't have the strength. YET!! emoticon

What great memories and conquests you have, Z! I enjoy hearing about them. Since long distance cycling is so new to me, I only have a couple of (lame) stories in my repertoire.

I looked up some different types of bento boxes. I also stumbled across a bike forum...can't even remember the name...where folks were bashing bento boxes. I don't know why I'm surprised,but people can be so egotistical and rude. Some were bashing newbie riders loaded down with their gear...making it sound "uncool" to carry a bento box. Others bashed "the fatties" who had stuff stashed in their bento boxes. I am not like that...I don't bash people, and it drives me crazy that others do. I am, however, a realist, and I know that those types of people can and will continue to do their damage. I'm still going to get a bento box, but I don't know what brand, yet.

Well, I better get going. Lots to do today.

Hope your day is AWESOME!

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Heh heh heh...you would THINK...after spending THOUSANDS of dollars at my LBS...that they would freakin' MAKE a jersey with my name on it! But, dude, they don't give away ANYTHING! God bless 'em, they're great people, but they are proud of their line. I just found out I missed their free bike maintenance class, however, so I guess they do give away SOME things! LOL! Dang it! My shop is a sponsor for The Goldilocks, and the free bike maintenance class was part of the package. I couldn't have gone anyway, but still.

How was your workout? Is your girlfriend feeling better today?

Well, to quote John Wayne (yet again), I'm burnin' daylight. Gotta go get them eggs cookin'! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Garrie:

Ok so my mind was thinking on the way to PF. Did you see the emoticon flying? Does your LBS where you bought your sweet bike have a jersey with their logo on it? If it does and I was a girl I bet I could talk them into selling me a jersey for a few bucks off after I told them how I was going to give them free advertising on all the local bike rides I was doing in their neighborhood this year. The other thing since your time is short you can try it on there and get the right size.

LBS jerseys are cool in my mind to wear anyways. I have one from a LBS in Colorado that I bought because I liked it

.Just a thought.

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Garrie:


Good morning

start with a funny story of the day

Ok I'm on a Colorado week long touring ride and like always it's hailing and doing all kind of crazy stuff. I think it's on top of Independance Pass. I know the ride is going into Teluride one of the most awesome mt. city's I have ever seen. Anyways they are sagging riders in and I'm seeing $3,000 - $4000 bikes just laying all over the ground and I decide they aren't touching my bike. How do I make it in you ask? The ride is selling garbage bags at the top of the mt I can't remember if it was for $1 or $3 but I buy 2 tape myself up and head down the mt. I think some tourist gave me a newspaper that I stuffed in to keep my upper body warm. I see a girl crash in front of me as her hands were so cold I guess she couldn't grab the brakes. I make it off the mt. and see some kind of crazy geisher coming out of the ground at the bottom of the mt. Finally close to town and the garbage bag gets wrapped around the chain and I do a very low speed crash but no harm to the bike.

The real kicker is they sag people in on a Hertz closed in van and it must have been leaking carbon monoxide as quite a few people got sick.

So maybe you don't want to ride the train back as I'm pretty fussy about my bikes too and that was long before I owned the Secret. I take her with me into the stores and although I have had some looks I'll probably say if anyone ever challenges me "You let strollers come in here and my bike is much smaller and cleaner than a stroller" emoticon emoticon

Check out Performance Bike or Bike Nashbar for a jersey that has pockets in the back all my 65 or so jerseys all have pockets in the back. If I was out there I would just give you one.

On the bento box check any tri online shop/Company they will have it. There are 2 sizes get the larger one.

Have to go want to get in a workout at Planet Fitness today before work.


Later
Z

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Thanks for writing back, Z. I appreciate it a lot! emoticon

Sorry to hear about your girlfriend, Z. Spring and summer colds and flu seem to be the most miserable things to get rid of. I've been VERY fortunate to have stayed healthy over the winter. Don't want to say that TOO loud. emoticon

Thanks for the advice about my upcoming race. I've kind of learned to start out my longer rides with a light meal...usually just some granola or a Kind bar and lots of water. One day, I just felt like I wasn't going to be able to keep going without a rest...I hadn't packed a snack, and I just got hungry. I was working pretty hard, and the return trip was mostly uphill. It was probably just psychological, but it was a weird feeling.

I forgot about the bento box, and I'll do a little looking around for one. I only have a couple of jerseys, and they don't have pockets, so I might need to find one that does.

I can't decide if I want to take the train back to Salt Lake City. I might...just to hang out with other riders. I don't trust anyone else with my bike, though. I don't know. We'll see.

Hope your Sunday is nice. We've invited friends for breakfast, and that's always nice. I wish I had someone to ride with, but most of my close friends don't have bikes, or they're not interested in the "long distance" thing. Oh, well. That's the way it goes, I guess. Hoping to meet some more like-minded folks on my rides.

The weather forecast here next week is just picture perfect for long bike rides! I can't freakin' wait!! I hope the weather in PA is
Saa-WEET!

Better hit the hay, as it's getting pretty late here. You're probably sawing logs by now. emoticon

Goodnight, Z!



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Hey Garrie:


I have been kind of licking my wounds here the last 2 days and I'm ok with that as the last thing I want to do now is injure myself. It's really cold outside tonight too. My GF has been sick for 2-3 days now and it seems like they keep passing it around at work. I can't believe nobody at her work got their flu shot this year.

I did look up you ride so I could give you the best advice I can.

1. I would do a 50 training ride next weekend. Don't worry if you have to get off you bike to stretch your legs or stop at a store to get something to eat. Don't leave that pretty bike unatteneded though.
2. I probably would still try and get that bento box and experiment with it before the ride.

Most important part

A. Have fun on your ride. Maybe take a camera so you can take some pics before the ride and after. You want to remember the memory.
B. See they only have 2 rest stops on the whole course so yes you want to stop fill up your bottles everytime eat something there and take a snack with you in the bento box or back pocket. For sure make sure your bottles are full at the last stop as there isn't anything until the finish. I think you should be ok food wise eating whatever they have as you are only doing 62 so what food they have should get you through. That doesn't mean if you really like something that you can't take 1 or 2 with you in your back pocket. Just don't load yourself down too much. emoticon

I'm not sure how big this ride is but on most rides you want to be very cautious at the beginning of the ride until people spread themselves out some. Remember to ride you ride or your pace. Drink early and eat before you get hungry. You will be fine above all else enjoy this ride. Usually when I ride around a pack or riders I drink every time I see someone else drinking and have never become dehydrated then. You could also drink say every 3 miles or so.

I thought you probably were Mormon. I go to a Brethren in Christ Church but only have a few Sundays off a month I have been resting some and not going like I use to.

Garrie I will always be available to give you some advice unless you do like another poster on one of these exercise threads does. She complains that she doesn't like to exercise and post other threads on how to not exercise but then I don't think you have that in your DNA.

Probably will get a 50 miler in tomorrow after work.

Keep on keepin on

Are you taking the train for this ride I see there was special instructions on how to mark your bag and not to leave any valuables in it.

Later
Z

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Hey, Mr. Z!

How's your weekend going? It is raining here, so no bike ride today. I've only got 2 Saturdays until the Front Runner Ride, and I'm a little worried that I won't be as prepared as I should be. I need to figure out my food requirements. Until I started riding more than 25 miles, I didn't realize how hungry you can get out there. I'll also review the advice you've given me.

I got a late start on my ride last night, and only rode 10 miles. emoticon

Busy days for me at work AND at home! I know...we're ALL busy. emoticon None the less, I'll be at the gym sometime today. I spent 50 minutes on the gym bike night before last, and then I did some arm strengthening. Really need to do some core work tonight.

I'm a Mormon, and this weekend is our worldwide General Conference, which is an important thing for us (Mormons). emoticon We mostly just watch it on t.v. If I remember correctly, you asked me once about my religious affiliation, so I thought I'd share.

I'm sorry I missed your last couple of posts. I figured you would be outta here for the season. Glad to see you have a bit of time to stay in touch.

Well, better keep going here. Hope you get to ride some (or LOTS!), and I hope your weekend is fantastic!

Garrie

P.S. Loved your icon-fest below! LOL! Back atcha! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Garrie:


What's going on in Utah girl? Today was one of those licking my wounds type of days here in Pa. At one point I feel bad that I'm not out training today but then on the other hand I know that I'm riding more than last year.

I did take notice to your posting of if you are ever close to Utah let us know as we could come see you race. It's way too early for me to tell if I really like the solo racing as it has been awhile and I'm trying to concentrate on one race at a time but if the Tejas500 goes well I could probably see the Hoodoo 500 as on my bucket list for the fall of 2015.

Back to training again at my end tomorrow.

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Garrie:

Well I made it home from my sleeping bag shift I call it that as since you have to stay until 10 PM you may as well take your sleeping bag. emoticon It took a great amount of time to recover from today's ride and I'm not sure I'm completely recovered yet.

I stopped by Mickey D's when I left work and of course their machine was broken and I couldn't get a hot fudge sundae with nuts. I was able to get a caramel sunday with nut. I also had a diet soda and before I left work I had a small bag of Grandma Utz's potato chips.

I guess that is all for now. Calling for drizzles in the morning so I guess I can get a ride in early.


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Garrie:

Ok I'm not going to be like Christopher Columbus and sail/disappear off the end of the earth. emoticon emoticon


I probably can still check in once or twice a week on my lunch break at work.

Today I did this before going in at work at 1:30.

50.09 miles
3:19.48
15:05 average
34.94 max speed
average cadence 80 another great average
trip climb 2631 feet
max altitude 806 ft.
probably 5-10 mph winds

way too much fun home at the house just 15 minutes before I had to go to work. Can I say I'm a little bit stressed out at work tonight. I wore shorts to try and cool off my legs but they are still hot. Mainly sore ligaments behind the knee cap. It started to rain here so I don't think I can commit to a 100 mile training ride in the rain tomorrow but a ride in the rain will cool the legs and Zman off for sure.

Forgot to mention weighed in today I dropped from 193.5 to 187 lbs. I'm sure some of that was dehydration from the ride but I will take it, no questions asked. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Maybe I should add some more icons, what do you think? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Z

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You just go out there and do your thing! Don't worry...I'll hook up with you again at the end of the season and we'll tell stories. You can brag, and I'll take notes from the big dog! emoticon

Ride hard and be safe, Zurichman!

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P.S. if you're ever even remotely in the vicinity of Utah, send me a message here, and maybe my hubby and I can come see you race. If you could talk your Sweetheart into coming with you, that would be great. Then I can say I've hob-nobbed with a REAL cyclist! emoticon

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Garrie:


No the jersey I bought was the Pearl Izumi Official 2013 USA Pro Challenge Colorado jersey. It's blue and white and pretty sweet looking. I like it because it has the red Colorado ring on the bottom of the sleeve and lots of Colorado on it so when I'm riding I can remember all the fun rides I have had in Colorado.

Yikes I just figured out what I have to ride to kind of get ready for the ride
62 miles tomorrow
100 miles Friday on my off day
119 miles or so on the 9th or 10th on my off day
132 - 150 miles on the 14th or 15th and then rest up and recovery

Not too sure how much I will be on here then.

Happy riding girl
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You've got the world by the tail, Z. Had to chuckle about you sneaking in a new jersey! HA HA HA! Was it the 7-11 jersey you told me about? I looked at that one online. Great jersey, and meaningful, too.

I do the same thing, only I have to make sure I get my packages off the porch after the UPS guy drops them off. Hilarious! emoticon I think my husband is onto me, though. Things just mysteriously accumulate at our house, and he KNOWS it's not him doing the accumulating! emoticon

We all do it. We all have our hobbies, crafts, whatever. It's wonderful if our spouses/significant others are passionate about the same things we are, but it doesn't always happen that way.

I have had a weird/bad/hard day, but it's going to get better as soon as I get home. If I can learn something from my experiences today, I'll be a better person. Right? That's my heartfelt intent.

Happy Spring, Z! Enjoy all the good things in life! I'm cheering you on, man! emoticon

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howdy garrie:

Another day off licking my wounds but still feel great. Why you ask?

in no particular order

1. Picked up my car from the collision shop last night and it looks like a new car. emoticon
2. Was able to sneak another cycling related item into the house without my GF knowing it. That jersey is sweeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttttt and fits me well.
3. Measured my waistline this morning and lost another inch last week.
4. Before I had to suck in my stomach emoticon to button my pants, now I have to keep the belt tight to keep them on me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
5. Cooked up some Diabetic-Friendly Turkey-Veggie Burger from Recipe 4 Living.
6. Bought mudflaps for the beater bike and a mirror for my helmet. The race in Ohio requires you to have a mirror either on your bike or on your helmet.


Hope things are really going well at your end.
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Hey Garrie:

Looks like spring has finally come to Pa. Trouble is I rode too hard last night so I decided to take the night off. It's a fine line from training hard and riding too hard that you injure yourself. I always have been able to monitor my body really well so I knew it was time to take tonight off. I'm really feeling pretty good as I seem to be in mid season form early in the season. Time will tell and I have to get a few longer rides in and a few sprint rides in before the race in Ohio on May 3rd.

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Oooookay! So winter has officially arrived in Utah. I'm redecorating my office in red and green, and I'm whipping up a pot of eggnog! It has warmed up nicely...TO 39, and I haven't seen the mountains for days!

Wanna know who's on top of the world in Utah, Z? The ski resort owners! LOL! I love it! But it means my bike will remain undercover for at least a week.

Planet Fitness, here I come!
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Hey, Z!

I was able to get a 2-hour work-out at P.F. today. 1 hour cycling. I have to say that I'm really uncomfortable on the gym bikes, but I work through it. Anyway, I spent the rest of the time stretching and working my arms, chest & shoulders.

It's pretty cold here. The high today was only about 47. I can't believe I rode to work I January, but I wimp out at 47. Honestly, it's mostly because I can't tolerate the wind AND the cold, and it's been darn windy!

Helped my son move today for a little while. Gotta hit the sack in a bit to get a start on tomorrow. Long days coming up.

Im impressed by your daily stats! Just awesome, Z! You're honestly working so hard! It's impressive and inspiring! I'm cheering you on!

Have a good night, and a warm Tuesday! emoticon

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Howdy Garrie:


I had to push/drag/shove myself out tonight to ride my emoticon boy am I glad I did. Didn't start until around 7:30 pm finish around 9:30 pm. I thought I normally ride slower at night but my stats don't reflect that. I really do enjoy riding at night though, it seems like you can clear your mind more. Also because it's dark you can always tell when a car is coming up on you. You also get more in tune with your bike and me and Victoria feel as one. emoticon Anyways it was a great ride.

Stats

58.4 deg. F - 52.8 deg. F
35.09 Miles
2:17:07
average 15:35 mph
max 31.41 mph
average cadence 80 I think this is the fastest spin of the year
trip climb 1648 ft.
max altitude 749
finish time 9:30 pm

Zman is a happy camper

Hope you get some great rides in this week weather is finally breaking here. The gym workouts at Planet Fitness seems to really be helping my riding. I can attack some or most of the hills already and most seasons I would have to wait until mid season to do that.

Have a great week Garrie
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Oh, my gosh, Z! It has been snowing and raining here all day! Windy, too! It's not really supposed to warm up much this whole week. More rain on Tuesday.

I may be able to ride outdoors tomorrow and later in the week. But I'll probably have to get most of my cycling done at P.F.

Hope you have a great week!

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Garrie:

I finally logged all my miles on bike journal tonight I still have maybe 10 workouts at Planet Fitness to log no wonder I have lost some weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

stats
472 miles
30 hrs 55 minutes
av speed 15.35 mph
altitude climb 14,074
calorie burned 13,978

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Garrie:


I think our PF might close Sunday night late but then I'm not sure of that. I think they are open 24 hrs every time else.

At my end just an off day. It was miserable here. Heavy rain,sleet, we ending up going down to my oldest son Tim. The grandson has really grown fast, He will be 2 the end of July. They had a video of him chasing their dog laughing it was precious. They wanted to eat in because of being so nasty out so ordered pizza. 3 slices of Italian sausgae pizza. Guess I will have to bike extra hard this week to work that off. emoticon

Looks like over 50 deg. F all work lets get ready to rumble on the bike.


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Our PF closes at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays...I've forgotten that a couple times and have been disappointed that I couldn't work out because I arrived too late. I remembered today. emoticon

You can go ahead and brag, Z. I won't hold it against you. LOL! emoticon Women tend to be a little more reserved, but I'll tell you what...when I've dropped a bunch of weight, you will know...believe me, you'll know. I may also pat myself on the back when I finish a 62-mile bike race...alive...and breathing.

K. Put that mirror down and get a good night's rest, Z-dawg. emoticon

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Garrie:



Not to brag too much as I don't want my head to swell up and then I can't get my helmet on. emoticon But I'm actually starting to feel like an athlete again more specifically a cyclist. It sure feels good. I wanted to go do some core work outs tonight after work(10 PM) but I have some residual stiffness in my legs and noticed a slight twinge in my right achilles heel so I better not and maybe stay off the mts. until the end of next week. The weakest point on an ultra rider is his achilles heel as it is a repetitive motion and there is no stretching there while riding.

It's plan miserable outside here right now raining and cold out so I glad I got my ride in early and might have to ride in the rain tomorrow after I get home from my son.

There are 2 Zurichman's in BJ as I had problems logging in once and so the one with the pic and the Starvin Marvin friends reviews is me.


Gotta run/bike emoticon emoticon when I can
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Whoa! You had an awesome day, Z! Hope you and your family enjoy a great Sunday, too!

I'm headed to the gym in a little bit. I have to give my body time to digest an early dinner of chicken noodle soup and a half of a pastrami sandwich...early dinner. So, while I wait, I'm working on the things I have to do to get ready for my church calling tomorrow.

It's cold here. Threatening snow or rain today through Tuesday. The wind has been blowing all day. Brrrrr!!

I'm just going to plan to go to the gym tomorrow too. Chilly days and chillier nights. Hey! I think I'll make that my theme for tomorrow...CHILI ! HA HA I've got some ground turkey in the fridge, and that would be a perfect meal for a cold day. emoticon

Well, cycle dude, I hope you enjoy your view from up there on top of the world! You're awesome! emoticon

PS There are a couple of Zurichmen on Bike Journal. Which one are you? I assumed you were the one with the photo.

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Howdy Garrie:

Zman on top of the world again!!!!!!!!!

Why you ask?


Taking last night off is what the Dr. must have ordered.

Climbed the big mt.for the 3rd time this season.

Stats
35.64 miles
time 2:39:47
average speed 13:38 mph
max speed 42.73 mph I must not have enough weight anymore to push the bike fast down on the descent. At least that's my answer and I'm stickin to it. emoticon emoticon
average cadence 76
trip climb 2648 ft.
max elevation 1872 ft.

Temps. 49.6 deg. F - 47.2 deg. F

Back at the truck only had 32 miles in so being one who sits on the couch instead of riding with the big emoticon 's I decided I wasn't getting off the bike until I had 35 miles in. emoticon

Ok so don't laughed too hard at me wouldn't want to hurt your side and then you can't ride.

Temps were 47 but with wind chill to 39 deg. F

So I had chilli pepper skiing underwear on winter bottoms plastic grocery bags on my feet and heavy wool socks. On top I had my expensive Castelli Vapor Jacket, heavy woolistic base layer and heavy gloves along with my hoodie pulled up over my neck to keep the cold wind out. I would say I might have been a little bit overdress when I started cranking the mt. emoticon I just can't take the cold anymore and not lol.

Hope you get some riding in this weekend. Going down to Mechanicsburg tomorrow to see my son, grandson and his wife. He was 28 on Friday.

Z
Out

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Hey, Z.

I empathize with you. Some days...granted, they're rare...our bodies need more rest. You're pushing yourself pretty darn hard.

Rest well tonight. emoticon

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Hey Garrie:

Kind of tick at myself but I try and not beat myself up too much as I did get a core workout in today. It's 10 PM here and it's still 56 deg. F. I was just too tire when I came home at 7:30 to go ride my bike. I work the late shift tomorrow so it's probably going to be too cold in the morning but I might have to brave it out.


That's all for now
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Oh, yeah...on Bike Journal, I am garebear. emoticon (with a "g")

I'm like a circus bear on a bicycle. (I FEEL like it, anyway.) Hence the name. emoticon

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Morning Garrie:

I guess you could say that when I ride with the rando group I ride with a group. I ride with the PA. Randonneurs and the DC rando bunch sometimes. As far as clubs the one club I ride with went out with the A riders a couple of times they sandbag the 1st hr or so and then crank 24-25 mph towards the end of the ride and if you can't keep up find your own way back to town. I went out with the B riders a couple of times and there was this jerk rider who would pass everyone one then turn around slowing down and everyone keep riding on top of him. Wasn't alot of fun. I did find another group that wasn't too bad to ride with and I see there is another group out there that I might try.

The benefits of riding with a good group and especially if the group is better than you it helps you become a better rider if they are faster than you.

Probably should go want to get breakfast and then do a gym workout before work. I'm getting skinny around the middle which was my main goal so the Z is a happy emoticon

Later
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Good morning, Z!

Don't feel too bad about the weather in your neck of the woods. Yesterday, we had several ferocious snow squalls and the day before, it rained all day. Too cold and wet to be outside on a bicycle, that's for sure. Indoor workouts for me last night, and night before last, I felt kind of squeamish, so I went to bed early. I must've needed the rest, because I slept well. I think the stress of work gets to me after several weeks. At any rate, I'll be back at it again tonight. On the bright side, there's a fresh powder of snow clear down on the benches of the mountains, and our ski resorts can stay open another week! We seriously need this rain and snow, so I dare not complain too much.

I'm working hard on strength and weight training. Of course, I ride outdoors as often as I can, but I'm glad the days are getting longer, so I have a little more time to ride. Sometimes I don't get home until almost 6:00 pm, and there's always something to do. Love the time I get to spend on my bike.

Do you ride regularly with a group? So far, I haven't looked very hard for a group ride. Thinking seriously of starting my own.

Well, better get a move on. As The Duke would say, "We're burnin' daylight!" emoticon Yee haw!! emoticon

Hope the weather is nice and warm for you folks there in PA this weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Garrie:

I'm tired of this frickin $#*&@#$%$ weather in PA. Today it finally made it to 44 deg. F with 15 mph winds making a wind chill of around 38 deg. F. Tomorrow I work 10-7 and of course prime temps are around 4 pm. Looks like I will be riding in the rain and the dark tomorrow night.

I did force myself to get a PF workout in tonight only 1/2 hr. spinning and my core workouts. Tired afterwards so think I will sleep in, in the morning. Hope you are getting some biking in.

I went to my local GNC health food store and of course they now don't sell Accelerade so I will have to buy it online. My GF use to own a Lexus and had some Lexus leather treatment and sprayed that on the underneath side of my saddles to protect them from the rain.

Enough for now.
Later
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Howdy Garrie:

1. What is a team kit. A team kit is one of the Kits from the Tour de France. An example was the Discovery team or US Postal. I think it makes some riders think they are faster or all that of a rider by wearing them. The only real team jersey I would like to buy is the Seven Eleven retro jersey which was the 1st US American Tour de France racing team.
2. Is it against cycling protocol to wear an event jersey before the ride is over. It has been some bad mojo for me to wear the jersey before the ride is over. Sometimes on my big rides I don't even order the jersey until after I have finished the ride. If it is on a trip that I'm flying lots of times I don't wear the jersey until the ride home on the plane kind of like bragging rights. It also for me makes me feel like I have earned the jersey if I have finished the ride instead of just buying a jersey. I have been to many rides that also sells jerseys I guess since I have so many now last count was 63 or 65 I really won't buy a jersey for a ride that I haven't ridden. Until you get your collection going though I wouldn't see anything wrong with buying a jersey if you really like the looks of one until you get some more in your collection. At my end I really don't like dark/black jerseys as they are too hot for the summers heat. I only wear black in the winter time. I only have 3-4 really white jerseys that I can wear when it really gets hot out. Some of them were getting kinda tight but maybe not to worry now with the weight loss. emoticon


3. Starvin Marvin I have been at BJ for quite some time. I kind of nickname and made it mine for Starvin Marvin. Everyone that has ridden with me knows if I can keep enough fuel in me I'm a strong riding machine. emoticon

I luv to climb and so no there really are no climbs that are hard or long in Pa. that can even compare to Colorado. The highest elevation around where I live is only like 1500 - 1800 feet when you get to the top of the mts. The only thing close to me is the Blue Ridge Parkway.

last cycling story of the day

Ok when I go on one of the Colorado week long tours. I sight see in the morning, I'm not going to pace line on a tour when I want to take pics and take in sights and then in the afternoon if you want to race me back to Dodge lets go. emoticon Anyways people look different in their cycling clothes than what they do in their street clothes after the ride. So I'm riding back into town kicking it pretty good as I'm a strong finisher kind of like the horse knowing where home is. It's really windy and so I'm kind of hunkered down to fight the wind and I come across the couple that is really fighting the wind and I can see are having trouble. I tell them to jump on my back wheel and I pull them into town. There are probably 2500+ riders on the tour. That night in town this couple walks up to me and says you're the dude that pulled our sorry butts back into town. Thanks a lot. Way too funny.

BTW I thought your BJ login was carebear but when I search UTAH I don't see you listed.

On the bike trail thingy that was their fault. Standard hand signal for slowing down is a flat hand right behind you or verbal command slowly or stopping as that lets people riding behind you knowing what is going on.

Later
Z

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Yeah, Z, I guess there are gonna be some jerks. Women, whom you would think would be sweet and nice, are actually some of the worst. I've noticed that when I pass (serious) men riders, they are pretty good about at least attempting to acknowledge me. But some of the serious women riders won't even look at me. Again...a good squirt from my water bottle would be in order. The nicest riders are the little families out with their 6 kids on tiny bikes who take up the entire paved pathways. Gotta love 'em!

When I was riding on Saturday, I stopped to take a selfie with a (real) freight train in the background (don't laugh...or judge!). I love trains! Anyway, I pulled off the path, maybe a little suddenly, but I had no idea there were three riders coming RIGHT up behind me. They did not give me any indication they were coming, and the first two riders, who were riding side by side, nearly crashed into each other. I was off the path, so I wasn't in any real danger, but I felt bad that I may have contributed to their near collision. My thoughts...1. GIVE WARNING when you're about to pass another rider! 2. Don't ride side by side on a narrow (2-lane) trail/path. There was nowhere to go for the rider who was trying to avoid hitting me.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, Z. I don't want to be an idiot when I'm out riding. You'll be pleased to note that I do not wear a headset any longer when I'm out biking. emoticon

By the way, I popped in to Bike Journal again today. I haven't really explored it until now. I was going to leave a comment on your page, but I couldn't think of anything clever to say, having never been in a cycling event with you. But don't worry, I won't stay un-clever for long. emoticon

Questions for the pro...
1. What is a "team kit?"
2. Is it totally against cycling protocol to wear an event jersey before the event?
3. Are you serious, dude? These are flat rides?!! "Hilly Hellaclious 100" Nightmare Tour of Lancaster County" "Triple Bypass...in COLORADO, no less?" Yeah, sure. Flat, my fanny! emoticon
4. Please explain the "Starvin' Marvin" reference (per the commenters on Bike Journal)

I'm glad to hear that your girlfriend is a great support to you. Maybe someday she'll change her mind about Colorado. I'm partial to the Rockies, and I can see why you would love it there. However, I'll bet PA is beautiful too. Sounds like there are plenty of high elevations to challenge cyclists there. I haven't seen it...maybe one day. It's cool that you've seen so much of the US. We're blessed to live here!

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Let's hear it for 65 degrees!



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Garrie:

Congrats on the jersey collection. Do me one small favor though. Don't wear your goldilocks jersey until after you finished the ride.

My favorite jersey is a Hincappie jersey full zipper that I bought at the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. It has a pic of a Billy Goat sitting on a bicycle pedaling it. :D

The jersey I'm most proud of is my RAAM finisher's jersey.

Here are a few flats ride I have done if you want to check them out. emoticon emoticon


Hilly Hellious 100
Nightmare Tour of Lancaster County I think I have finished it 7-8 times
Triple Bypass in Colorado
Highlander tour in Finger Lakes NY. one of my all favorite day rides.


Here are a few I want to do
Death Ride
3mts. 3 states
they have a doubles rides(200 miles) in CA. and have 15-20 rides in that series. On my bucket list for sure.

Probably some easy spinning tonight at Planet Fitness so I can hit the ground running tomorrow night and we are above the 50's for at least a week. emoticon


I'm feeling pretty good about the weight loss I'm doing. My GF asked me last night when the contest is over as she thinks I'm losing too much weight and my non competitive side doesn't want to win that bike.


I didn't split my side open on that easy Peasy statement but I sure did chuckle. I wouldn't do that to you or any type of rider like you but yes a Macho rider with the team kit who has been riding around me during a ride like a jerk I might do that. Here are 2 examples.

One of the week long Colorado tours I was riding all by myself bothering nobody and one of those freight trains(pace lines came up on me) and said on your left and I said you were on my left and smoked them. emoticon

During the FC508 race we were in Death Valley in the dark early morning and the road was terrible so bad that you couldn't hang on to your handlebars and ride. The sun bakes the asphalt and it just peels up. I pull up beside this rider and say nice road eh he, gives me a dirty look and I pull away from him. emoticon


But when I rando ride we ride all day together, talk about life and finish together and pick up and and all riders alongside the road, which is a different kind of riding but one I really enjoy.


Later
Z

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Good morning, Z!

So happy to hear that things are looking up for your son and his family.

I got a kick out of your comments about the new jersey. There are some pretty cool jerseys out there, and I have been wanting one I saw on Team Estrogen. I never thought I'd see the day when I would have one of these form-fitting, bulge-busting sausage wraps in my closet, let alone several! emoticon But I just bought another one for the Goldilocks race, so I guess I'm an official jersey collector. emoticon I wonder if I can wear a nice, tailored blazer with it.......hmmm

Well, my office is calling. Hope your day is awesome!

Cycle on, racer dude!

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Garrie:

Today is the last day of cold for awhile hopefully. 15-25 MPH winds today with a possibly record cold in the teens tonight. They have been keeping records since 1890.

My son and his wife are moving up to her home area Pottsville Pa. at the end of April so that should help. My grandson which will be 2 at the end of July has been cheering them up. He is mimicking his dad by trying to fix his toys with a screwdriver etc.


I can't believe I bought this jersey last night but I was looking around on some websites for clearance winter items and found this nice jersey. My GF said she would never move to Colorado so the red rings on the bottom of the sleeves I guess can remind of the state.

Pro cycling Challenge jersey

Have to go to work
Later
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