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For the first time in my life...(8 posts)

For the first time in my life...tempeteKerouak
Mar 9, 2002 7:40 PM
First time outside this early ever in 15 years!!!

I've been biking seriously on and off (can there be such a thing?) for more than 15 years and today, March 9th, I rode for 1 1/2 hour on the Formula One Race Course in Montréal. just to give you an idea, last year, my last ski day (I took a sick leave after a big snow dump)was on April 21st, Mont Sutton closed May 4th.

Unseen in my life. I remember going out in May dressed like a darn hockey goaltender, trying to put in a few miles without slipping on the ice, plastic bags over my socks in my shoes.

Today, even if it was relatively warm (mid 60's) I dressed up wisely (cut it, it was pure serendipity!) with long pants (with a good front panel) over the shorts, and layers of polypro up. I left the booties in the trunk, thinking "Bah! look around and feel the warm wind, guess I could've worn shorts all the way!"

Mistake.

The race course is flat and the snow pushed aside was still melting, covering the entire width for a few hundred meters. I rode lap after lap, wind in front, wind at my back, feet soaked by the c-o-l-d melting leftovers. Did not feel my feet when I changed, back at my car. But it was worth every pedal stoke.

Nowhere in racing shape. Hip bursitis from winter running seems gone. Said hi! to a few men/women training as well, and thought about you people out there, and how cycling IS a community.

Warm up + training + cool down = 1h40 min. 42 km total. Help yourself with the math.

I wish you miles and miles like those. Felt like a champion!

Tempete on the road.
Good man!Leisure
Mar 10, 2002 1:37 AM
Sounds sweetDannyBoy
Mar 10, 2002 5:41 AM
Me, I went out and did a speedy 30 miles in just over an hour and 10. A long circuit around Christchurch, NZ.

I've been riding up into the hills these last few weeks and thought I'd treat myself to some flat stuff, hardly any wind. All those miles up the Port Hills must have done some good as it was the fastest training ride of my comeback. Bought a new bike last May, but as I was in London hardly rode it, bum knee too.

I thought I did well as I gave up regular riding at 20 and I'm 33 now and have only been back on the bike 2-3 months, knee's sorted itself out too - well, the orthotics did really...

It's just coming into end of summer here, so is mild, so it was shorts and short sleeves all the way - should have known, 5 miles in and it started to tip down, bloody freezing, but got it done.

Montreal sounds more fun!!!, bet my wet feet were almost as cold as yours.
Wow! that's like 45k/hr avrg!tempeteKerouak
Mar 10, 2002 9:10 AM
Man! In the hills? I want you on my team!

For a big Canadian city, we are lucky in Montreal. But I assure you, you are at the right place to ride a bike.

Montreal is awesome overall (jobs, party, culture, food, sports, etc) but mostly because it is average at everything!!!!
re: For the first time in my life...Velocipedio
Mar 10, 2002 5:51 AM
The circuit is one of my favourite places in Montreal to practice sprints [one of the others is the straignt laneway alongside the Olympic Basin]. I'va had some great sprints there and I was even stopped by security for speeding once, though sadly, they didn't give me a ticket. Getting a speeding ticket on a Grand Prix circuit would have been great.

For my ride yesterday, I went out with a bunch of friends for three hours; out to Senneville, looping back along l'Anse a l'Orme, though Macdonald College and back along the Lakeshore. It was a truly exceptioonal ride -- the first group ride of the year... and in MARCH!!! Clocked 82 km and felt like I could've done it twice. I was in tights, a long-sleeved jersey and vest... and I was overheated.

Just a quick clarification: I'm not sure if you mean that the circuit tarmack is clear, wet or still icey. I'd like to head down there if it's clear...
re: For the first time in my life...tempeteKerouak
Mar 10, 2002 9:04 AM
It's clear! Just wet. Some loose small gravel in the corners.

Apparently the world cup circuit (just to sound interesting to others!!!) around the Mount Royal is really clear too. Except I won't be climbing much this soon...

The Lakeshore is one of those nice rides, yep. Did you ever go around to Gouin Blvd out west? With the parks and the river, and the "farm land"... Hard to believe we are on the Montreal Island!!!

I'll see you around some day for sure!
re: For the first time in my life...Velocipedio
Mar 10, 2002 10:29 AM
I'll give the circuit a couple of more weeks then. I've been up and down the Houde a few times; it's pretty clear and dry on the way up, but mucky on the way down. Some of the roads inside UdM are clear, but it's on the north side of the mountain, so there's still a lot of melt.

I do really like the Lakeshore. One great ride is to loop up through Senneville and get onto Ile Bizard. The bridge can be dodgy at certain times of day, but once you're on the Island, the roads are insanely quite -- same for Ile Perrot and out toward Hudson.

My main problem with Gouin going west is getting TO it. I really don't like the traffic around the Metropolitan. Ruins the ride for me.

But... with the non-winter and the melt, the time will be nigh for some grand epic rides... I'm on a blue Marinoni, see you around...
Ha! You guys should be in Vancouver!Marlon
Mar 11, 2002 8:19 AM
It's a little wet here, but the riding has been good since September. We alternate weekends, first one week road riding in the flats of Richmond sound of Vancouver, then the next weekend, it's up to Grouse Mtn. and the North Shore for some gettin' close to nature on the freeride bike! Life is good...