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Longest ride so far?(51 posts)

Longest ride so far?mr_spin
Jan 16, 2002 9:01 AM
Sure, we're only halfway into January, but it's time for a progress report. What's your longest ride so far this year?

I did nearly 90 miles last Saturday, including a couple of big climbs (about 7000 feet total). Shocked the hell out of me that I did so well, because I was slacking off the whole month of December. Maybe that's the secret: rest!

Sorry about all you folks socked in by snow! The riding is great in California. A little chilly, but nothing too bad.
45miles last Sunday (nm)Dave Hickey
Jan 16, 2002 9:21 AM
52K on the 12th, then I came down with a sinus infection on the 13th...Cima Coppi
Jan 16, 2002 9:27 AM
So I'm back on the resting part of my training schedule.

42 mi in 34-degree weather, but I lied and said 50Retro
Jan 16, 2002 9:36 AM
Jeez, I miss California this time of year. I used to think 60 degrees was cold...
We're in a bit of a cold snapmr_spin
Jan 16, 2002 9:51 AM
The weekend was great, but this week has been very cold in the bay area. This morning it was 37 degrees on my commute to work. Everything is covered in frost, it almost looks like it snowed. And the wooden bridges have a nice layer of ice, which is always fun to ride on.
re: Longest ride so far?flying
Jan 16, 2002 9:47 AM
65 miles w/4000' climb
yup the weather is tough here in Hawaii too :)
70 miles fixed gear nmDog
Jan 16, 2002 9:48 AM
last weekend had wonderful weatherTig
Jan 16, 2002 9:50 AM
Managed an easy paced 38 miles on Saturday and medium paced 46 miles Sunday. The mornings were clear, light wind, and started off in the lower 40's, warming to lower 50's later in the rides. Needless to say there were many others out enjoying the conditions.

This weekend is expected to have lows in the 50's, but cloudy with scattered rain. My wife moved from NJ and loves it!
just a centurycyclopathic
Jan 16, 2002 9:56 AM
105mi, ~4500' climbing not much. would be an easy ride if we haven't had that blistering wind!
Does 12/30/01 count?nigel
Jan 16, 2002 10:15 AM
That was my last ride. Some of you may recall that I had some surgery (I'm the one with the horrible plumbing problem, d/b/a Shy Guy), so I've been off the bike. Got my new saddle today (a Koobi AU Chrono), and I'll be starting on short rides of 13-25 miles today until I'm used to the saddle and my underside's all comfy again. On 12/30/01, I did a 62-miler in the COLD and windy environs around NYC.

Had it not been for that meddling stricture (and its dog! Scooby reference), I'd be doing LSD centuries (or close) by now.

Glad to hear that some of you in likewise cold climes (and colder!) are out there toughing it out. Keep on going, crew!

only 32 miles, but it was 17 deg.slow-ron
Jan 16, 2002 10:28 AM
Been cold here in PA. Managed to get a few quality rides in but it's been cold as hell. I've been using all kinds of tricks to keep warm (heated socks, toe covers, 3 layers of tights, hot water in the camelback, etc.) but my performance has been terrible. I could barely make it back to the house this Sunday. I've never noticed the cold degrading my performance until this year. I'd be in heaven right now with a ride above 40 deg.
1/12 [61.2m], but 1/1 [53.99m] 22*F on SS seemed longer nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 16, 2002 10:37 AM
120 Jan 2, 112 Jan 5, 105 Jan 12. Miles of course.MB1
Jan 16, 2002 10:51 AM
Miss M is a slave driver!
that master I could handle ;-) nmDog
Jan 16, 2002 11:17 AM
If the weather permits this weekend....MB1
Jan 16, 2002 11:23 AM
She wants to do 3 centuries.

Right now it doesn't look like the weather will cooperate so plan "B" is to ride to Gettysburg overnight there on Sunday then return on Monday. About 120 miles each way.

We'll look for ya.
I'm enviousDog
Jan 16, 2002 11:26 AM
Wow. Hang on to that babe.

If I did 3 centuries back to back on a weekend my wife would kill me. Aside from that, it would be fun.


So, um, a 508 is not like 5 centuries at once?Humma Hah
Jan 16, 2002 6:27 PM
I guess that makes TWO reasons I don't know how you lived thru it.
I'm still paying...Dog
Jan 16, 2002 7:20 PM
That one pretty much depleted my good will account at home. I'm rebuilding fast these days, though. Won't be doing it this year, either.

Nice to hear from you, stranger.

120 Jan 2, 112 Jan 5, 105 Jan 12. Miles of course.morey
Jan 16, 2002 11:29 AM
It sounds like Miss M has a large Life Insurance policy on you. I thought your resolution was to ride less? Incredible! Wish I could do it.
Like all New Years Resolutions it is hard to keep.MB1
Jan 16, 2002 11:42 AM
But we can dream.
why not tandem?Dog
Jan 16, 2002 1:34 PM
Why aren't you two riding a tandem? You seem perfectly suited for it, and then you'd be able to keep up. :-)

We are on our third tandem. She pushes me around.MB1
Jan 16, 2002 2:52 PM
Got a few miles on a borrowed Trek tandem when we were courting. Gave ourselves an Al Santana as an engagement present then moved up to a Team Ti Santana. Get about 6,000 miles a year on tandems. Done a few double centuries on 'em, Solvang, Tour of 2 Forests....

Jan 2nd we rode the Santana for 100 miles then finished in the dark in town on our commuters (Bianchi Crosser for me, Rivendell AllRounder for her).
came out here?Dog
Jan 16, 2002 7:22 PM
You came all the way out here for some doubles, or did you used to live out west?

It was crazy.MB1
Jan 17, 2002 6:52 AM
I lived in SoCal she lived in DC, we met riding across Nevada and something must have clicked.

We flew back and forth for about a year-she liked doing Doubles so she did the Triple Crown while living in DC. We keep talking about wanting to do Death Valley or Eastern Sierra again although the Central Coast Double is still my favorite. One of these days we will get out to Cal again.
So much for your resolution to ride LESS! nmBrooks
Jan 16, 2002 1:42 PM
I ride less than Miss M, does that count? nmMB1
Jan 16, 2002 2:53 PM
2.5 hours LSD, 45 miles. nmLen J
Jan 16, 2002 10:59 AM
65 geared, 35 fixed. nmStraightblock
Jan 16, 2002 11:35 AM
~30 milesgrzy
Jan 16, 2002 11:41 AM
But it was a fast 5 hour hella XC MTB ride through super-dope hush-hush single track in the mts. The next day it felt like I'd done a hilly century on a road bike. Saw the HR hit the high 180's on (too) many occasions.

Gotta agree that the rest thing really paid off - I thought I was going to be lagging.
40 miles, last Sunday,guido
Jan 16, 2002 11:55 AM
This is the second week of doing everything on the bike. Weather's permitted me to ride 11 days straight, mostly distances under 15 miles: commutes, errands. Those miles add up in the legs.

Felt strong on last Sunday's 2 hour ride with four over-age hammerheads (the Lightspeed guys must be down in Acapulco, resting their quads), but my legs felt depleted from the 60 accumulated miles of the week. So, in the spirit of base miles, went easy these last two commutes and feel about normal today. Feeling better everywhere, legs, arms, back, shoulders, neck, the way one usually feels after alot of miles. I don't think those guys are getting any better. If anything, they'll be overtrained when the weather warms up. Then I'll kick their butts.
First metric century SaturdayKurt H
Jan 16, 2002 12:04 PM
Rode a decent amount last year, but never seemed to have the time to ride for long distances (lotsa 40-50 mile weekend rides). Did my first shot at a metric century this weekend, mid-40s for temps and overcast. Did it on the 40 pound (at least it feels that heavy with tools, bag, and gear) lugged steel monster with 700X37 Conti Top Tourings I commute to work on. Non-aero brake levers, friction downtube shifters and all. Elapsed time? Don't even ask....
0 miles.Elefantino
Jan 16, 2002 12:05 PM
But at least I have a date when the body cast comes off. Found out today: sometime the week of April 1.

I am not joking. Neither was the doctor, I hope.
50 miles...biknben
Jan 16, 2002 12:13 PM
That's 50 more than I had this time last year.
re: Longest ride so far?atomicwedgie
Jan 16, 2002 12:16 PM
Two hours in one setting, but unfortunatly the time was spent on the trainer. I'm not sure what the milage would be, but it felt like 40 miles.
45 MilesDCP
Jan 16, 2002 12:37 PM
30 easy minutes on rollers... knee rehab (nm)Stampertje
Jan 16, 2002 12:55 PM
40 miles or soMike Prince
Jan 16, 2002 1:47 PM
Last Saturday in 50 degree temps. Warmest ride I've had all year. Funny, that ride led to a bout of pneumonia that I'm still battling along with a partially collapsed lung. With any luck I'll be out on the roads of NC next weekend after an OK from the doctor (who also happens to be one of my riding buds). The rest should do me good.

3 miles outside...Brooks
Jan 16, 2002 2:02 PM
but then it was 0 degrees Fahrenheit this morning on my ride into work. A bit nippy for long rides. Otherwise, it's been on the trainer or rollers for 45 minutes to an hour, or spinning classes...I did get 20,000 feet of vertical, but it was on chairlifts and the fun was skiing down. waiting on the Olympics to hit town and the bike will be the best way to get around!
6.5 mile commutelook271
Jan 16, 2002 2:27 PM
I'm in a "take it easy" phase of training.Did about 50 min on a trainer, too. I try through Jan just to stay on the bike a couple of times during the week. I'll start getting serious in Feb. Gotta get ready for May and the 3 state 3 mtn century!
55 mi on SundayIseemo
Jan 16, 2002 3:08 PM
LSD - cold & windy
Jan 16, 2002 4:23 PM
I did about 80 some miles the other day with lots of climbing up Sugarloaf mountain (biggest hill in Florida((not big))).
30 miles topless!js5280
Jan 16, 2002 5:18 PM
You don't get many days in January to work on your tan in Colorado. Of course anyone w/out dark sunglasses was probably instantly blinded by my pale white winter skin. ;-) Unfortuantely the women weren't following my lead and shedding their tops, damn!
Careful! - that apparently will get you on Survivor (nm)Scot_Gore
Jan 16, 2002 5:34 PM
Gotta be bottomless too! (nm)grzy
Jan 17, 2002 8:48 AM
Ummm ... maybe 10 miles ...Humma Hah
Jan 16, 2002 6:24 PM
On Christmas day I got in a nice 44-miler, but since then I've been strictly commuting.

I'd need to work on my riding apparel to deal with long distance rides in cold weather. I have no problem staying warm (I've ridden down to around 15 F), but the problem is water vapor condensing inside my outer shell on longer rides. I get quite soaked after about 10 miles.

If I get a good weekend, where no outer shell is needed, I intend to try to get in some miles. I want to do a 200k brevet this spring.
I keep telling you that sucker is hilly-better ride the 3 speedMB1
Jan 17, 2002 6:56 AM
Last year someone tried it on a fixte and really struggled...

Still you only have to average 8.3 mph to make the cutoff so if you are not too proud to walk the steepest stuff...

Who knows bring your cell phone and you should be o.k. ;-)
on your cruser??cyclopathic
Jan 17, 2002 8:30 AM
you'd be hating those rollers at the end ;)
from my living room to my dining roomgrassy knoll
Jan 16, 2002 7:32 PM
Sat:60miles,sunday 78miles, 0 Celsius and saining bit...Samu Ilonen
Jan 17, 2002 1:53 AM
Good rides for all!
Hours not miles at this pointRayBan
Jan 17, 2002 9:24 AM
Since it is base mileage time I add time to each long ride as the weeks pass. Last weekend was 3 hours on a fixed gear bike. I WISH I was in sunny caliornia! I spent some of that ride going thru snow flurries in low 30 temps BRRRRR
16 miles/day every week daysalmonwheel
Jan 17, 2002 12:39 PM
Winter time riding for me ends up being to work and home( the bare minimum). If I keep the rubber side down I consider it a good day of cycling.

fish on ice