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    Because the previous weekend ride reports thread has vanished mysteriously, I'll start a new one for 2011. We headed out early this morning and enjoyed a 30 ride up through Niles, Palomares and Dublin Canyons. Thirty miles with nearly 2500 feet of climbing at a pokey 14 mph pace. It was 43 degrees at the start but we managed to ward off the extreme cold (sorry, RC).

    Our prep for the 2011 TdC begins today.

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    So bummed and anxious for anything that even resembles "good weather". We are just now breaking back into the 30's. Been in the teens or single digits for the longest time it seemed. Spin class today...closest I've come to hitting the road.
    "Newton's First Law of Motion: ...things at rest tend to stay at rest. Things in motion, tend to stay in motion...."

    Hmm... Good motivation for me to remain active I guess.

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    We had a nice 40-miler Saturday morning despite some wind and my flat at the midway point. At the end of our rides, the final half mile to the house is a lightly traveled straightaway and I often like to crank as fast as I can to the finish (although my top speed, particularly at the end of the ride, would be laughable to a serious cyclist). Mrs. PAC usually rolls her eyes as I announce my intention to jam and she hangs back, allowing me to finish alone with my Cavendish fantasies. The past couple of times, though, she's been hanging onto my rear wheel. Despite a slight headwind, we hit around 27.5 mph (Hey, stop laughing!) and had a blast finishing up together.

    It's been said many times, but I marvel at the improvement in mental outlook as a result of becoming more fit and active.

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    I realize that until Utah and Idaho emerge from underneath the Great White North, I may be the only one posting rides in this thread. But consider these tiresome reports as a beacon of hope for a spring thaw soon to come. This morning we had a fun ride through the Livermore foothills ("quoth the raven, Livermore!"). The missus has been racking up 100+ mile weeks and she did a couple of 24 mph pulls while I sat back and enjoyed the ride. Forty miles later, we're home and happy, looking forward to the UNM tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I realize that until Utah and Idaho emerge from underneath the Great White North, I may be the only one posting rides in this thread. But consider these tiresome reports as a beacon of hope for a spring thaw soon to come. This morning we had a fun ride through the Livermore foothills ("quoth the raven, Livermore!"). The missus has been racking up 100+ mile weeks and she did a couple of 24 mph pulls while I sat back and enjoyed the ride. Forty miles later, we're home and happy, looking forward to the UNM tip.
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    Went for a ride along the Rio Grande today before the B-Ball game. The weather was a pleasant 50+ degrees; the skies were blindingly blue, and there were all sorts of wildlife making appearances. I only did about 17 miles as I needed to get back to watch the BYU-UNM game, otherwise I might still be out on the road.
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    For those that did Tour de CUF 2009 - is this basically the same ride that we did?

    http://www.bikethewest.com/AMBBR.html
    "Newton's First Law of Motion: ...things at rest tend to stay at rest. Things in motion, tend to stay in motion...."

    Hmm... Good motivation for me to remain active I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borg View Post
    For those that did Tour de CUF 2009 - is this basically the same ride that we did?

    http://www.bikethewest.com/AMBBR.html
    Yup, that's the ride, although for some reason we dispensed with the after ride Pool Party. We'll work on that for this year.

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    Working at home, and with the missus away for a week, I decided to play hooky and did my weekend ride today. I rode up Mt. Diablo, a very scenic but tough ten mile climb with an average grade of 6%. The final quarter mile to the summit is around 16-18%, and with tired legs coupled with today's wind blast at the top, it was nasty. But I survived, and the descent was fun. I'm not very good with wind, and dealing with sudden crosswinds is a challenge.

    BTW, per Garmin I burned about 750 calories/hr., which given the climb seems about right, but who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Working at home, and with the missus away for a week, I decided to play hooky and did my weekend ride today. I rode up Mt. Diablo, a very scenic but tough ten mile climb with an average grade of 6%. The final quarter mile to the summit is around 16-18%, and with tired legs coupled with today's wind blast at the top, it was nasty. But I survived, and the descent was fun. I'm not very good with wind, and dealing with sudden crosswinds is a challenge.

    BTW, per Garmin I burned about 750 calories/hr., which given the climb seems about right, but who knows?
    I assume you went through the southgate side? A good ride.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Working at home, and with the missus away for a week, I decided to play hooky and did my weekend ride today. I rode up Mt. Diablo, a very scenic but tough ten mile climb with an average grade of 6%. The final quarter mile to the summit is around 16-18%, and with tired legs coupled with today's wind blast at the top, it was nasty. But I survived, and the descent was fun. I'm not very good with wind, and dealing with sudden crosswinds is a challenge.

    BTW, per Garmin I burned about 750 calories/hr., which given the climb seems about right, but who knows?
    always wanted to do that. Loved fathers and sons up near rock city every year. Sounds like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPiney View Post
    always wanted to do that. Loved fathers and sons up near rock city every year. Sounds like fun.
    Rock City is great. I actually think the northgate side is a little harder, but it is a great ride, either way. But that descent can be COLD. Not Cowboy with his arm plunged into a cow's maidenhood in the middle of winter cold, but still plenty cold.
    PLesa excuse the tpyos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    I assume you went through the southgate side? A good ride.
    Yup, and a good choice given the wind coming down from the northwest. It was calm until I got around to the west and northwest sides where it was a bit brutal. Clear skies and gorgeous views, though. And far more cyclists than cars; a fun ride.

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    My only rides lately have been on the trainer. I did the spinerval aero base builder 2 today.

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    Continuing the Friday morning trend, I rode with Mrs. PAC and two of her cycling pals, all very proficient women cyclists. The wind out in Livermore was bad at times (it's discouraging when your air speed is around 30, but your ground speed is around 8). But when we turned with the wind, we managed some exhilarating pacelines, going between 20 and 35. Still averaged just over 15 mph over the 46 mile route, but had a great time.

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    Snow on Mt. Diablo and all of the surrounding hills, not to mention the prospect of cold rain this morning, combined to keep Mrs. PAC and me indoors. We went to the gym and did our first spin class together. It was kind of funny how sweaty we got, not realizing until now we're probably sweating that much on real rides, but the steady 15-20 mph breeze keeps us dry.

    It was a great workout, but we agreed there are better ways to work up a sweat indoors on a Saturday morning.

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    Made my inaugural mountain bike ride of the new year yesterday. Rode in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. The weather was nice -high 50s. We got in our ride before gale force winds set in. There is a loop I like to ride that is about 6 miles long, so yesterday I decided to do two loops. On the second loop downhill I broke traction on the bike and took a tumble, scraping my leg. I had remarked before the ride that I needed new tires for my bike as the tread is getting awfully thin. So I am blaming the crash on my poor tires rather than my bike handling skills It was great to get on the mountain bike. Carving singletrack is sheer fun.
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    Spring is on the way. We went 42 miles up to the Calaveras Reservoir and back. We were not alone, passing close to 200 other cyclists on the ride. Most of them seemed to be relative newcomers training for a big benefit ride later this spring.

    As usual, at the end of the ride we jammed it on the final straightaway and were sailing along at over 25 mph. We both thought we were much cooler than we really are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Spring is on the way. We went 42 miles up to the Calaveras Reservoir and back. We were not alone, passing close to 200 other cyclists on the ride. Most of them seemed to be relative newcomers training for a big benefit ride later this spring.

    As usual, at the end of the ride we jammed it on the final straightaway and were sailing along at over 25 mph. We both thought we were much cooler than we really are.
    Jealous PAC. I've got spring fever bad!
    "Newton's First Law of Motion: ...things at rest tend to stay at rest. Things in motion, tend to stay in motion...."

    Hmm... Good motivation for me to remain active I guess.

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    I finally got out on my mt bike this weekend. The roads are still covered in dirt and gravel from the winter so I'm not ready to take the road bike out yet. We've had a ton of snow this winter and on some of the farm roads I'm riding between drifts that are piled as high as ten feet. I feel like I'm riding down a toboggan run. I got 27 miles in today and the whole time I was jealous of PAC and the weather in NorCal.

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    We had a really good ride out Mines Road, a long climb that will be part of the Tour of California's Stage 4. We did 53 miles and felt great afterward. It seems like the greatest benefit of the weight training the past five months (three days a week with lots of lifting and ab/back work) has been much better core strength--I don't feel tired at all in my back or midsection as I used to after long rides.

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    Oh, man, there'll be no keeping up with you on the CUF ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    Oh, man, there'll be no keeping up with you on the CUF ride.
    Worry not; I feel better, but I'm not faster. We averaged 15 mph today. There was a lot of climbing, but still...

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    Thirty miles and it's still cold. This is the worst of it but it still looks like a long time until spring.




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    Took a little break from work yesterday and did my first outdoor ride of the year. A little 18-mile spin down to Utah Lake and back. It was wonderfully therapeutic.
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    Got ont he bike saturday for the first rid since August I think. Felt great to get an easy 27 miles in.

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    We're three weeks away from our toughest century ride yet (6300 feet of climbing), and I'm not ready. Unfortunately, it's been raining a lot. So I went to the gym for a spinning class taught by "Elsa", who I assumed would be a tall, nubile Swedish blonde. Instead, she was a short, middle-aged Asian woman (I love the American names they choose) who bore a disturbing resemblance to Sessue Hayakawa's camp commander character in Bridge on the River Kwai. But she was awesome, directing a great 60-minute workout (man, I can't believe how much one sweats on a bike in an enclosed room), all the while shouting out faux angry commands and declarations. "You too slow! You get fat! Work harder!!!!" I'd rather be outside, but I feel like I did 40 miles this morning.

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    The missus and I continued our century prep by going 60 miles today, with 4200 feet of climbing (per Garmin, a mere 2900 per MapMyRide). Gorgeous weather, with full reservoirs and creeks along the way. This is the best time of year to ride in NorCal. The hills are a vivid green, and the temps are perfect. I'm going to take a nap, so nobody call me for the next hour or so.

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    I broke out the road bike for it's first ride this season. The wind was blowing strong so I headed straight into it and after suffering for about an hour and forty minutes of 13 and 14 mph I turned around and enjoyed 50 minutes of high twenties and low thirties. I hate the wind.

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    RC - I agree...there is nothing more discouraging than trying to ride in the wind. I hate the wind, and I have self proclaimed the Wasatch Valley as the "Windiest Place on Earth". I don't care what day it is, or time of year it is...there is always a wind blowing here for several reasons.

    1) if there is a northern wind...it's coming straight down the valley;
    2) if there is a southern wind...it's coming straight up the valley;
    3) all the east side canyons create wind blasts coming from the east where one would think the mountains would block it out...nope;
    4) same with the west side....canyon winds instead of wind blocking mountains.

    Wasatch Range = wind tunnel

    First ride of the year outside this weekend. 20 miles of just getting lost. Went up Redwood Road (excellent bike lane) to Camp Williams, then down to the Jordan River Trail. It's blocked now due to the new bridge construction...so, I got off and got lost on random roads while working my way back to Saratoga Springs.

    As Lebowski stated...there is certainly something theraputic about riding...love it.

    Friday...was 73 degrees and sunny. By Saturday night...there was about 3 inches of snow on the ground and blowing like a hurricane. Ugh. I need to move to California...
    "Newton's First Law of Motion: ...things at rest tend to stay at rest. Things in motion, tend to stay in motion...."

    Hmm... Good motivation for me to remain active I guess.

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