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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I'm looking at getting a cross bike this winter and this would be nice with the dirt route.
    I would love to get a cross bike. There are a few gravel grinders that look like a lot of fun. Especially the Crusher in the Tushar and the Oregon Coast Gravel Epic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutusBuckeye View Post
    I would love to get a cross bike. There are a few gravel grinders that look like a lot of fun. Especially the Crusher in the Tushar and the Oregon Gravel Epic.
    I've got some guys in town I ride with and they have directed their focus from Lotoja to the Tushar. They say it's brutal and if you don't have a one to one ratio option for your gearing that's it's almost impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I've got some guys in town I ride with and they have directed their focus from Lotoja to the Tushar. They say it's brutal and if you don't have a one to one ratio option for your gearing that's it's almost impossible.
    I would definitely want some easy gearing on the bike for it. Maybe even something closer to where my mountain bike is geared.
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    We were supposed to do our third (and last) century of the year today, a relatively easy loop out of Davis through the hills by Lake Berryessa. But five days ago I came down with a nasty cold that got into my chest (is that a thing? just a lot of coughing with lots of junk in the windpipe). I didn't go into the office as planned for the first time in years due to illness. But I felt so so today so I drove the missus up to Davis and joined her, her four awesome cycling buddies and went out for the first twenty miles, then I took off on the metric century and watched them disappear in the distance for the full. I was pretty wasted by the time I finished but at least I got 60 in, disappointing though it was.

    Meanwhile, Mrs. PAC and the others really cranked, finishing with a 17.6 or so average with over 3,000 feet of climbing. Over the initial 20-mile segment, she's now ranked fifth on Strava among all women going back the past several years. I am, yet again, humbled.

    One minor plaudit for me... I achieved my goal of running/riding the distance from Cliff House overlooking the Pacific to Captain Jon's Lobster Boat in Bar Harbor, Maine (3400 miles or so), this year, with weeks to spare. I think I'm going to ease up and focus on eating for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    We were supposed to do our third (and last) century of the year today, a relatively easy loop out of Davis through the hills by Lake Berryessa. But five days ago I came down with a nasty cold that got into my chest (is that a thing? just a lot of coughing with lots of junk in the windpipe). I didn't go into the office as planned for the first time in years due to illness. But I felt so so today so I drove the missus up to Davis and joined her, her four awesome cycling buddies and went out for the first twenty miles, then I took off on the metric century and watched them disappear in the distance for the full. I was pretty wasted by the time I finished but at least I got 60 in, disappointing though it was.

    Meanwhile, Mrs. PAC and the others really cranked, finishing with a 17.6 or so average with over 3,000 feet of climbing. Over the initial 20-mile segment, she's now ranked fifth on Strava among all women going back the past several years. I am, yet again, humbled.

    One minor plaudit for me... I achieved my goal of running/riding the distance from Cliff House overlooking the Pacific to Captain Jon's Lobster Boat in Bar Harbor, Maine (3400 miles or so), this year, with weeks to spare. I think I'm going to ease up and focus on eating for a while.
    Nice going PAC, any ride over 20 miles not feeling 100% is tough. Mrs. PAC is amazing. I went over 3000 miles for the year yesterday and like you i'm ready to just belly up to the through prepare for winter.

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    PAC, did you track your progress across the country on some sort of mapping app? The nerdy part of me (ok, pretty much all of me) thinks that sounds kind of fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ERCougar View Post
    PAC, did you track your progress across the country on some sort of mapping app? The nerdy part of me (ok, pretty much all of me) thinks that sounds kind of fun.
    No, I couldn't find such an app, but I'm sure there's one out there. Using Google Maps, I charted the route at the beginning (Cliff House in SF to Bar Harbor, ME). There was surprisingly little difference between selecting "car" or "cycling". Then every week or so I could estimate approximately where I was along that route, but did a specific check (e.g., Cliff House to, say, Davenport, Iowa) to see exactly where I was. Very nerdy, as well as anal retentive. During rides I'd tell Mrs. PAC things like, "Right now I'm riding through Cleveland!" She feigned interest, even though she was already way past me (she's racked up well over 5,000 this year).

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    I need something to shoot for at the end of summer. Any fall rides down in Cali that you would recommend or I could join you? If BP recommends this one I may have to pass.

    http://www.tourofcalifornia.org/2006...challenge.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I need something to shoot for at the end of summer. Any fall rides down in Cali that you would recommend or I could join you? If BP recommends this one I may have to pass.

    http://www.tourofcalifornia.org/2006...challenge.html
    I'll start looking around and advise, although we have nothing planned at the moment. We're expecting another grandchild at the end of September so we'll have to work around that...

    We're going to ride the Delta Century in less than four weeks. When we first started riding in our early 40s, the Delta was our first century and we were immensely proud of ourselves and our 15.3 average (the course is pancake flat). We're returning to it on the 20th anniversary and, weather permitting, we plan to crank out a PR, despite our advanced years. We could use a pull if you find yourself in California on May 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I need something to shoot for at the end of summer. Any fall rides down in Cali that you would recommend or I could join you? If BP recommends this one I may have to pass.

    http://www.tourofcalifornia.org/2006...challenge.html
    How about this one: http://www.fallcentury.org/

    I may be doing it / have done it in the past.


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    I'm doing a 150 miler (over 2 days) coming up next weekend. It shouldn't be too tough...but then again I'm hobbled by the IT band so it might hurt more than I want.

    I noticed that Sunday morning, before we head out for the next day, there is a Catholic Mass scheduled at 5:30am. Most church members avoid this ride because it requires you participate on Sunday...which got me to thinking, I wonder if I can convince the local bishop to give me permission to hold a sacrament meeting that morning. I'd think more members might show up and ride if they knew local leadership was approving of hte event...but I got to thinking, would I rather wake up early to attend sacrament meeting or would I rather sleep for antoher 30-45 more minutes.

    I will be wearing my oval Y jersey on the Sunday portion of the ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I need something to shoot for at the end of summer. Any fall rides down in Cali that you would recommend or I could join you? If BP recommends this one I may have to pass.

    http://www.tourofcalifornia.org/2006...challenge.html
    Have you thought of the Tour de Park City? I haven't fully committed yet, but that is what I think I'll be aiming for this year. It's on August 15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    I'll start looking around and advise, although we have nothing planned at the moment. We're expecting another grandchild at the end of September so we'll have to work around that...

    We're going to ride the Delta Century in less than four weeks. When we first started riding in our early 40s, the Delta was our first century and we were immensely proud of ourselves and our 15.3 average (the course is pancake flat). We're returning to it on the 20th anniversary and, weather permitting, we plan to crank out a PR, despite our advanced years. We could use a pull if you find yourself in California on May 3.
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    How about this one: http://www.fallcentury.org/

    I may be doing it / have done it in the past.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrutusBuckeye View Post
    Have you thought of the Tour de Park City? I haven't fully committed yet, but that is what I think I'll be aiming for this year. It's on August 15.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I will be looking at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    I'm doing a 150 miler (over 2 days) coming up next weekend. It shouldn't be too tough...but then again I'm hobbled by the IT band so it might hurt more than I want.

    I noticed that Sunday morning, before we head out for the next day, there is a Catholic Mass scheduled at 5:30am. Most church members avoid this ride because it requires you participate on Sunday...which got me to thinking, I wonder if I can convince the local bishop to give me permission to hold a sacrament meeting that morning. I'd think more members might show up and ride if they knew local leadership was approving of hte event...but I got to thinking, would I rather wake up early to attend sacrament meeting or would I rather sleep for antoher 30-45 more minutes.

    I will be wearing my oval Y jersey on the Sunday portion of the ride
    Unfortunately, due to weather, day 1 of the event was cancelled. The weather actually wasn't bad on Saturday, however it had rained all week and the campgrounds where the 14,000 riders stay were saturated and unusable. Day 2 was still on, which meant the riders had to drive to La Grange on Sunday morning for the day 2 start. On Saturday monring I decided to at least get in some miles so I went to the LBS and hooked on to a group of 4 riders.

    Sunday morning's ride was an adventure. Temps were warmer than I'd have liked and there was a steady 10mph headwind. The route was also packed, and I mean packed. There were at least 10,000 riders that still showed up for day 2 and they had to close down one of the routes (they usually have 2 routes open on day 2) so everyone was packed onto the same roads. The first 15 miles I took very easy as I rode with an old coworker, but once things thinned out a bit I ended up dropping him (at his request). The biggest mistake I made all day was only brining one water bottle. I had to stop at BP2 to fill it up and the BP was crazy. The ground was soaked and there were lines that went on forever for the portojohns. Next year I'll remember to bring a second bottle and skip all BPs except for lunch.

    After lunch I had the oddest experience. I didn't really spend much time at BP2 or at the lunch BP, but when I got back out on the roads I found things thinned out a bit but I also was passing people like crazy. This was the only time where I wasn't really impeded by the crowds and the headwind get my speed down around 18mph but I was flying past people. My only sense of it was that they had most likely joined the route further up the road (which I guess many do in this ride) or they blew their wad on the first 35 miles and were just suffering. It was weird. I'd guess I passed at least 300 people over a 10 mile stretch with only a handful passing me. By this time the temps were around 90 and the headwind was getting stronger. This was a tough stretch and I ended up in a makeshift pace line with 2 other guys, both of whom were struggling more than me.

    I was saving some strength for the hills just before Austin, which proved to be a flawed strategy. As we approached Austin we ran into stop lights, where we often sat for 3-4 minutes until police waved us through. I guess they wanted a critical mass of cyclists before getting us through. Odd. I at least powered up the hills with ease, only to stop at the next light. After 6-7 more lights I was finally pedaling past what should be renamed "Taysom Hill Stadium" and soon was at the finish line. I took a quick shower and then ran into a couple people (including Nikuman) before heading back to Houston.

    This is a fun event and one that would be a fun ride for any local or non-local CSers. Next year, weather permitting, I'll do the full 180 miles. This year, not counting Saturday's makeshift ride, I got in a little over a metric century at 68 miles. The mph was depressing low, which is due somewhat to my 50 miles the day before, the headwind, the crowds, and walking the bike thorugh the massive BPs. Here's the GC data:

    https://connect.garmin.com/activity/751572142
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    Planning on my first 100 on May 2nd here on the Outer Banks. There are three options for the ride, 33 miles, 100 kilo's and 100 miler. The organizers ( local baptist church) provide a breakfast and lunch. Looking forward to this ride though it's on the same day as the local duathlon I had planned to run. My weight is too high for me to race so I'll do the ride.

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    Today is the Devil Mountain Double, the route for which encircles our house, but which despite the proximity is one ride I will never do, although I've done early all of it in separate rides. I've mentioned it before, but I'm still amazed anyone does this: around 205 miles with well over 20,000 feet of climbing. The nastiest ciimb (Sierra Road) was the finish for an Amgen stage a couple of years ago and it was a killer for a lot of the pros. In today's ride, it comes 150 miles into the course and after the riders have already done Diablo, Patterson and Mt. Hamilton, among others. And yet 250 or so hardy or insane cyclists have signed up for this.

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    Mrs. PAC and I blew off church today and rode the Delta Century. When we started riding back in the '90s, we made this our first century, and we thought it would be fun to do it again--today was the 20th anniversary of that first century. I thought we'd do better, as there is probably no flatter course in California (the only "climbs" are up and down the many levees one rides on). But the winds were pretty stiff, which is great when they're behind you; not so great when they hitting in front or on the side. So we only averaged 16.3, but cut 40 minutes off of our riding time twenty years ago--I figure when we're in our 80s we're going to crush it.

    I haven't been riding nearly as much as the missus, and wasn't truly ready for this, so I was pretty wiped on the second half. But as reported previously, I'm married to Wonder Woman and she pulled me pretty much the entire second half. I have no shame.

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    http://thejensiegranfondo.com/

    October 10th in Marin County. Looks like a great route. I may have to give it a go this year, as it has been a few years since I've done a century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Mrs. PAC and I blew off church today and rode the Delta Century. When we started riding back in the '90s, we made this our first century, and we thought it would be fun to do it again--today was the 20th anniversary of that first century. I thought we'd do better, as there is probably no flatter course in California (the only "climbs" are up and down the many levees one rides on). But the winds were pretty stiff, which is great when they're behind you; not so great when they hitting in front or on the side. So we only averaged 16.3, but cut 40 minutes off of our riding time twenty years ago--I figure when we're in our 80s we're going to crush it.

    I haven't been riding nearly as much as the missus, and wasn't truly ready for this, so I was pretty wiped on the second half. But as reported previously, I'm married to Wonder Woman and she pulled me pretty much the entire second half. I have no shame.
    I missed this post earlier, so a belated "well done".
    To be pulling off centuries in your 60s (not that you look it, but extrapolating from the 80s comment) is truly inspiring. I've done one century and was so miserable by the end that the idea of doing another one has not even crossed my mind. And you're cutting 40 minutes off. Pretty amazing.
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    Thanks, ER. I wish I were better, or even Mrs. PAC's equal (she's getting better all the time), but I feel really good and am grateful I'm able to do what I can. Like you, we just finished a great vacation and we averaged around 17,000 steps a day without missing a beat; it's apparent that cycling is a great way to stay healthy and improve fitness.

    And bluegoose, that ride looks great, if a bit daunting, and my wife has the hots for Jensie, but we'll probably take a pass as she needs to attend to our third grandson whose arrival is expected a couple of weeks prior to the ride.

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    Mrs. PAC and I had a most excellent ride today around Lake Tahoe. It brought back a lot of fun memories of the CUF Ride a few years back, and along the way we noted the various rest stops and other noteworthy incidents from that ride. I was unable to persuade the Nevada authorities to shut down the east side to bikes only, but traffic was light and with only two of us it made little difference. We rode counterclockwise this time and have deemed this the better way to go, as it's nice to get Emerald Bay and the harrowing hairpin turns out of the way early. The weather was also a little better today, but the company of a dozen others was sorely missed.

    We should put this on the docket for 2016 or '17.

    And while we finished strong and felt great, my heart goes out to the LOTOJANs, as I wouldn't want to do another 140 miles today...

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    Just found about a ride today -The Caldera 500: http://fatbikemammoth.com/events/caldera-500-9-18-15/

    500 mile mtn bike race. Free to do, but is completely self supported.

    My family has been following the athletes here: http://trackleaders.com/caldera15

    The leader just went by our house and we went and cheered him on and talked to him for a bit. The only girl doing it is a 15 yr old and was on my daughters soccer team last year.

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    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    That is seriously amazing, especially considering the recent hardware in your knee. Way to go man! I am very much impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    Very impressive. Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    Holy cow, good job, RC. I don't know how you continue to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    Congrats! I knew I wouldn't be riding, but decided to go volunteer at the check-in on Friday afternoon/evening. I was fluctuating between jealous and relieved the whole time. Ha!

    I've got a friend - the one who got me into riding and triathlons - who really wants to do this. But physically I just don't see it happening. He's quite a bit overweight, and the age things is working against us more and more every year. So I'm thinking maybe I'll do the relay with him next year, just so he gets the opportunity, and then ride the full the year after that.

    It was a rough enough ride for me last time, and the waiting for others at nearly every stop just sucked the life out of me. So I "need" to do this thing again on my own without a team I'm waiting around for to have a better experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1176576185

    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    Congrats. I'm definitely impressed that you not only finished but your speed and time look really good. After trying LOTOJA and failing, I'm know how hard it is and I came into it thinking I was in great shape. Anyone that finishes the ride deserves all the glory that comes with it.

    I want to do it again. My BiL did it this year, but he was in the competitive division. I honestly think that if I had another hour I could have finished, but my start time two years ago was 7:35am. Give me a 6:30ish start time and I think I could do it. Maybe I'll even consider going solo next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
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    I had no intention of doing Lotoja this year but a friend called me in March and said he would like to do it again. It wasn't a great summer of training and then that same friend calls two weeks ago and says he's not feeling it and is going to drop out. I had replaced my components and suffered through enough miles this summer that I still thought I could do it. It was a nice day and I didn't start to cramp until the second climb so that was better than in the past. I didn't push it that hard, mainly sucked off the wheels of groups coming by and just wanted to try and enjoy the day. It was like a long ride with little picnics along the way. It was good but I think I'm done with it.
    Well done, friend.
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