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    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/85307977

    I did 21 this morning. Beautiful morning. Almost ran over a squirrel. Then I almost hit a deer. And then a dog tried to attack me (thankfully he was very slow). All of which added to the experience.

    I'm doing another 50 tomorrow, I think - same ride as last weekend. I'll be very honest: I'm envious of you guys with your elevation changes and such. I'd love to take a trip over the alpine loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    [url] I'll be very honest: I'm envious of you guys with your elevation changes and such. I'd love to take a trip over the alpine loop.
    Come up in the fall. Lebowski will kick your trash and con you into the mild mannered "Nebo Loop". I should have thanked him for that grind by puking on his bike. Was fun though. Probably the toughest climb I have ever done.
    "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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    Mrs. PAC and I are up at Tahoe, bribing CHP officers in anticipation of this year's CUF Ride. This morning we rode a portion of the Tour of California's first stage which ends up at Northstar. Near the finish, there's a 1,000 foot climb, followed by an 800 foot descent and then a sharp left turn, followed by a short climb/sprint to the finish line. Going down the descent we hit 44 mph without pedaling or even a decent aero tuck. I assume the pros will be breaking the speed limit and the tight turn near the end should have a certain NASCAR quality to it.

    Gorgeous weather to go along with a fun ride (36 miles). With the deepest snowpack in decades, the lake is already at capacity and there are small waterfalls everywhere. Tomorrow we'll probably return to Donner Summit.

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    PAC -

    "deepest snowpack in decades"....."returning to Donner Pass tomorrow".

    ....um.....don't get stuck in the pass. Are you tougher than Mrs. PAC?
    "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 falafel View Post
    Trying to avoid the women's prison, I see.
    Me riding past that place in my Lycra Superman outfit would have resulted in some serious conjugal visits.

    As for the interstate question, there's actually a bike path between the freeway and the flood control channel.

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    "Denied"!

    Grinding up that blasted grade 10%ish I think on Suncrest...we were turned back about 1/4 of a mile from the top by a cloudburst! #$@!~! 1/4 mile! I wanted to go up and over as that was closer to my home (on the Utah County side) but both riding buddies did not want to get caught in the rain going down a 10% grade...so, we turned back and headed down.

    Still too late as the thunder rolled (queue Garth Brooks) and down we went in the rain. The last 10-12 miles we rode in a complete "gully washer". Ugh!
    "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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    It was a little windy in the morning so I thought I would do some yard work and wait until the afternoon to see if the wind died down a little. In 40+ years here I've never seen the wind die down in the afternoon so i don't know what I was thinking. I went straight into the wind for about fifty minutes and then turned around and came home. Friday night was a little better and I got 46 miles in but it's been a windy spring.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/85643888

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    The Lord taketh away and the Lord giveth...

    Rode up to Vivian Park yesterday and when I got back down to the bottom of the canyon I noticed that my Garmin 305 had fallen out of the clip.

    $?!&&)(:/??&&$#€%?!!!!!!!

    I rode back up the canyon sick to my stomach. For some reason I recalled something hitting my foot on the way down (I thought it was a rock). I stopped at the approximate location and searched up and down the sides of the trail in the weeds. I gave up and was walking back to my bike and glanced over in the weeds one more time and there it was. Praise Jesus!!!

    I need to work that into my testimony next month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    The Lord taketh away and the Lord giveth...

    Rode up to Vivian Park yesterday and when I got back down to the bottom of the canyon I noticed that my Garmin 305 had fallen out of the clip.

    $?!&&)(:/??&&$#%?!!!!!!!

    I rode back up the canyon sick to my stomach. For some reason I recalled something hitting my foot on the way down (I thought it was a rock). I stopped at the approximate location and searched up and down the sides of the trail in the weeds. I gave up and was walking back to my bike and glanced over in the weeds one more time and there it was. Praise Jesus!!!

    I need to work that into my testimony next month.
    Great, faith promoting story, JL. Thanks for sharing.

    A few years ago when my buddy crashed out on a century, He was a little out of it after taking quite a hit on the head. All he could think about was what happened to his Polar bike computer, He asked probably 50 times in 20 mins. We combed through the road side weeds probably 10 times before finally seeing it tucked away in some trampled down weeds. I can't blame him for fixating on it - i think that model cost about $700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    It was a little windy in the morning so I thought I would do some yard work and wait until the afternoon to see if the wind died down a little. In 40+ years here I've never seen the wind die down in the afternoon so i don't know what I was thinking. I went straight into the wind for about fifty minutes and then turned around and came home. Friday night was a little better and I got 46 miles in but it's been a windy spring.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/85643888

    Wish I could hold an 18 average into a headwind. I got caught today in 25mph head wind today for a good 8 miles. I finished the ride with a 14 ave.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/85946361

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    The Lord taketh away and the Lord giveth...

    Rode up to Vivian Park yesterday and when I got back down to the bottom of the canyon I noticed that my Garmin 305 had fallen out of the clip.

    $?!&&)(:/??&&$#%?!!!!!!!

    I rode back up the canyon sick to my stomach. For some reason I recalled something hitting my foot on the way down (I thought it was a rock). I stopped at the approximate location and searched up and down the sides of the trail in the weeds. I gave up and was walking back to my bike and glanced over in the weeds one more time and there it was. Praise Jesus!!!

    I need to work that into my testimony next month.
    I wish I would have been so lucky with my 305. But it officially bit the dust Saturday, so garmin link for me.

    Did the same 50 miler I did last weekend. Felt confident enough to take a pull of the group. Except I didn't know the protocol for telling people I was tired and to replace me (I know it now) so I just kept going. Ended up pulling for about 8-10 miles (unsure because of my dead garmin). I know that's no big deal for you vets but I appreciated people - knowing I was a newbie - telling me it was a good solid pull.

    Nasty headwind for the second half of the ride, though, and that sucked.
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    As long as I'm posting cycling-related pics (see the Tour of California thread), here's one from last week. It's Calaveras Reservoir from the south (not far from where today's Tour stage will finish) along which we ride a few times each month. Our casa is about 20 miles to the north (top of the picture).


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    Wow PAC...beautiful. I think that would become my favorite loop living in that countryside.
    "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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    That looks really nice. How busy are the roads? Do you mostly have them to yourself on your scenic rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    That looks really nice. How busy are the roads? Do you mostly have them to yourself on your scenic rides?
    Yes, the road that goes along the reservoir (it's to the left in the pic, although it's hard to see), is nearly deserted. On weekends, one always sees more cyclists (usually at least a couple dozen) than cars (maybe 2-3). Sadly, the hills are starting to turn brown/gold.

    Interestingly, they're rebuilding the dam (it's on the north side at the far end of the pic) and, for nearly two years, they're going to shut down the road altogether for motor vehicles, but it will remain open to cyclists.

    We invite all Cuffers to come and partake.

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    Nice... PAC's legendary sway with Caltrans (and NDOT) just continues to grow.

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    Saturday - Salt Lake Century - 105 miles. 6hrs, with an average of 17.5 miles per hour.

    Has been raining in Utah like it was the Pacific Northwest. But today, was perfect for a nice ride. Thought I would just be gassed for such a long ride, and have to cut it short, but...was along with a good friend, and we made such good time, we decided to go for it. Glad I did. Good times. Summer riding is officially "on" now that I've knocked out a century.
    "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
    Saturday - Salt Lake Century - 105 miles. 6hrs, with an average of 17.5 miles per hour.

    Has been raining in Utah like it was the Pacific Northwest. But today, was perfect for a nice ride. Thought I would just be gassed for such a long ride, and have to cut it short, but...was along with a good friend, and we made such good time, we decided to go for it. Glad I did. Good times. Summer riding is officially "on" now that I've knocked out a century.
    Congrats on such a strong ride. I noticed that in the three weeks leading up to the ride you had only four rides, the longest of which was around 30 miles. No way could I have done that (or at least I don't think I could). If you're even ambulatory today I'm very impressed.

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    Good job, Borg! Yesterday was only my 2nd road ride of this year, a 26-miler. There was no way I was even going to think about a century with that little mileage. The weather has been crazy this spring.

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    Thanks Pac/mtnbiker -

    Ha! Yes...it was fun/bruatal all at the same time. Pac - you are right...only a few rides and 30 miles was the max distance I had gone at that time. But, I've linked back up to some local, long time friends I went to high school with, and one is in training for an Iron Man and he and I were the only ones to show up! So, of course, I couldn't let my long time friend put the hammer down on my in his first ever century ride.

    So...I'm ashamed to say, "pride" pushed me on especially in that last leg of 18 miles. We hammered about a 21 mph into the finish line! Crazy...I would have taken it much easier if he hadn't been there...but glad he was as I finished stronger than I ever have done in the past.

    Good times. I sure hope to make the CUF Tour of 2011. <<sigh>>
    "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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    Last night while I was riding home from the kids' swim practice, I saw a cyclist by the side of the road who looked a bit lost. Turns out he was, as he was visiting town for work and had taken off for a quick 20 miler. I gave him some quick directions for a nice route, for which he was really grateful.

    As we continued talking, it was clear that he was hoping to get some good riding miles in this week, so I invited him on our little group ride planned for this evening. Not knowing what kind of a rider he was, this was taking a bit of a chance that he would either a)drag the group overall average because he was slow, b) take the risk of crashing out because he is a squirly rider, or c) resign us to 90 minutes of boring conversation.

    Turns out I was wrong on all accounts. He was a very, very strong rider, who showed up in his UN-Reno wolfpack jersey, who also happened to active LDS from Fallon, NV. His wife also served in my mission, just a few years before I was there.

    We hammered it pretty hard for 33 miles, battling a slight headwind for a good portion of the ride. Overall average approached 20mph toward the end of the ride. Temps were about 85 degrees, which was a drain for me, as I am used to riding in the early morning. But, overall it was a most excellent ride and the pasta salad that was awaiting me at the end tasted all the better after burning close to 1500 cals on the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    Last night while I was riding home from the kids' swim practice, I saw a cyclist by the side of the road who looked a bit lost. Turns out he was, as he was visiting town for work and had taken off for a quick 20 miler. I gave him some quick directions for a nice route, for which he was really grateful.

    As we continued talking, it was clear that he was hoping to get some good riding miles in this week, so I invited him on our little group ride planned for this evening. Not knowing what kind of a rider he was, this was taking a bit of a chance that he would either a)drag the group overall average because he was slow, b) take the risk of crashing out because he is a squirly rider, or c) resign us to 90 minutes of boring conversation.

    Turns out I was wrong on all accounts. He was a very, very strong rider, who showed up in his UN-Reno wolfpack jersey, who also happened to active LDS from Fallon, NV. His wife also served in my mission, just a few years before I was there.

    We hammered it pretty hard for 33 miles, battling a slight headwind for a good portion of the ride. Overall average approached 20mph toward the end of the ride. Temps were about 85 degrees, which was a drain for me, as I am used to riding in the early morning. But, overall it was a most excellent ride and the pasta salad that was awaiting me at the end tasted all the better after burning close to 1500 cals on the ride.
    How are you burning < 1500 calories if you're cranking along near 20 mph for nearly two hours? Using both Garmin and the HealthStatus table on the CUF Challenge page, I burned >3500 by averaging just over 14 mph. I spent twice as much time on the bike as you did, but obviously at a much slower pace (although Patterson Pass is one nasty climb). Do my additional pounds account for the diff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    How are you burning < 1500 calories if you're cranking along near 20 mph for nearly two hours? Using both Garmin and the HealthStatus table on the CUF Challenge page, I burned >3500 by averaging just over 14 mph. I spent twice as much time on the bike as you did, but obviously at a much slower pace (although Patterson Pass is one nasty climb). Do my additional pounds account for the diff?
    I think the Garmin calorie calculator is not very accurate. I think its too high for cycling and too low for hiking. Running seems to be fairly accurate.

    I have been using myfitnesspal.com for my food and exercise log. While not perfect, it seems fairly close to what it should be.

    I also just plugged my numbers into a calculator that I made several years ago (but rarely use) that is based on Metabolic Equivalents (Mets). It gave me 1584 for 100 minutes at 165 pounds at 19mph. myfitnesspal gave me 1497. healthstatus doesn't go any higher than 14-16mph for cycling, but it gave me 1320 cals at that speed with the same numbers.

    So I may be getting ripped off a little bit on the competition, but as I am trying to drop a couple of pounds, I would rather shoot a little low on the estimate so as to not automatically reach for the Tillamook ice cream every night because I see a huge calorie deficit on my log.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    ... I would rather shoot a little low on the estimate so as to not automatically reach for the Tillamook ice cream every night because I see a huge calorie deficit on my log.
    Word. After racking up a mega-calorie burn yesterday morning (using even the more conservative measures), I ate a trough of ice cream last night that resulted in Mrs. PAC having to transport me to bed with the use of a hand truck. 3,000 feet of climbing negated yet again by the Brothers Ben & Jerry.

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    Somebody help me! Because of the huge Wallow Fire in Southwest Arizona, Albuquerque has been subjected to its worst air quality in history (due to the smoke plume that wends its way into central New Mexico). This entire week has been a bust for any bike riding or running as health officials warn against any outdoor activity. Everything smells like a campfire. Geez, I'm starting to understand what Utah denizens are up against in the winter when they can't go outside to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    I think the Garmin calorie calculator is not very accurate. I think its too high for cycling and too low for hiking.
    It's messed up. I don't think their is any way I can burn more than 1000 cals in an hour but it routinely gives me 1500. Yesterday it gave me 1549 for a 21 mile ride and tonight it gave me 2343 for a 42 mile ride. My goal in the gym was to break the 1000 cal mark for an hour on one of those stupid moving stair machines and I couldn't do it. I got up to 950 one time and about died and I never feel like that after an hour on the bike and the 1500 total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoose View Post
    I think the Garmin calorie calculator is not very accurate. I think its too high for cycling and too low for hiking. Running seems to be fairly accurate.

    I have been using myfitnesspal.com for my food and exercise log. While not perfect, it seems fairly close to what it should be.

    I also just plugged my numbers into a calculator that I made several years ago (but rarely use) that is based on Metabolic Equivalents (Mets). It gave me 1584 for 100 minutes at 165 pounds at 19mph. myfitnesspal gave me 1497. healthstatus doesn't go any higher than 14-16mph for cycling, but it gave me 1320 cals at that speed with the same numbers.

    So I may be getting ripped off a little bit on the competition, but as I am trying to drop a couple of pounds, I would rather shoot a little low on the estimate so as to not automatically reach for the Tillamook ice cream every night because I see a huge calorie deficit on my log.
    I've been saying this for a long time. It's messed up, although it seems a little bit better than it used to be. It's always way higher than any of the other calculators (or Cardiotrainer on my phone, which tracks speed, altitude and all that). It seems about right (or at least agrees with other calculators and seems about right effort-wise) when it comes to mountain biking though, although I fully realize that mountain bike rides can be all over the map when it comes to effort.
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    I had a good 44 mile ride this morning. My legs were still pretty tired from earlier in the week, so by the time we hit about 30 miles I was pretty cooked. Longest ride of the spring/summer for me.

    One thing happened on the ride that gave me a good laugh. We had just finished a really hard section while working our way back to town and were passing through an intersection out in the middle of basically nowhere. Strangely, we had just seen 2 different cars filled with friends of ours heading up into the mountains. After saying hello to them, a third truck pulled up along side us. He had obviously seen my BYU jersey that I was sporting. Thinking that we might just be seeing someone else that we know, we then heard some rough looking guy leaning out the window yelling, "BYU sucks! Oregon Ducks Rule!"

    As he pulled away, there in the back of his truck were 2 caged goats. They both started loudly bleating at us as they accelerated down the road. It was as if they were his little toadies following his lead of derision. I've never been openly mocked by goats before. I guess there is a first time for everything.

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    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/92500628

    Our Tuesday night group rides keep getting faster and faster and I keep getting older and fatter. I try and take my turns at the front but it's seems like I'm just trying to hang on anymore. I do look forward to it every week and it really does help keep me motivated. I would just encourage anybody who wants to get faster to find a group, it's a good time.
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