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Did everyone have a great Memorial Day ride?(26 posts)

Did everyone have a great Memorial Day ride?CyclingWolf
May 27, 2002 6:10 PM
It was AWESOME weather here in Tidewater, Virginia (Williamsburg to be exact) saw very few cyclists on the roads. I got in 55 miles and felt good after dealing with a bad kidney stone episode the first of the year which took me out of commission for over a month.

Anyhow hope everyone had a good ride, I truly enjoy this message board.

Cycling yours,

George
re: Did everyone have a great Memorial Day ride?gs6769
May 27, 2002 7:05 PM
Great weather in Minneapolis as well. Lots of cyclists out and about. 60 refreshing miles in an awesome new pair of bibs. Century next Saturday I think. Today was what being on a bike is all about.
Glad you're on the mend!
re: Mixed bag in PA.JL
May 28, 2002 5:39 AM
Started out in remnants of the morning fog. Midway through it was bright/sunny and a little humid. Made a quick stop at mile 40 and it started to rain. Had to cut the ride short by 15 miles, but finished 50 in steady showers. Still it felt good to get in so many miles and I was able ride most of the organized ride route I missed last weekend. All the markings were still there in great shape.

Very little traffic and a great ride.

Happy riding.

John
Western Wisconsin...Andy M-S
May 28, 2002 6:32 AM
I made the mistake (?) of taking the whole family out for a short ride out of Westby, down through Avalanche and back.

Well, about five miles(?) out of Westby we came to the top of a longish (? Took off my computer, so I don't know quite how long/how far/how fast) fast (? see above) descent that took us most of the rest of the way down to Avalanche.

Had a nice picnic lunch, then started back. Near the base of the hill, stopped at an Amish farm and bought a gallon of maple syrup, popped that into my Carradice saddlebag, and started back up.

That's when my 8-year-old pooped out, so I left the family to walk up as best they could, then zipped back to the start and got the van. Gorgeous weather, and gorgeous all around, but we could have used more shade on that hill!

I left my bike in the car, then got the van and picked up everyone else, all of whom had been walking up the hill--except for my daughter (13) who is one strong rider. She has a road triple I built for her, and she rode all the way up the hill. Burned out at the top, though.

We made it home, and had brats and beans and lemonade, and went to sleep feeling like it was a job well-done.

A short ride for me, but an epic for the kids, and a lot of fun for all.
Western Wisconsin... Carradice saddlebagWannabe
May 28, 2002 8:35 AM
How is the fishing this spring on the W. Fork? Ever throw some fly boxes in the saddle bag and a fly rod over your shoulder? :) Those are some real hills there around Avalanche/Westby and surrounding environs...

Andy
Western Wisconsin... Carradice saddlebagAndy M-S
May 28, 2002 10:06 AM
I'm not a fisher, so I dunno how they're biting, but the hills were a blast! I live up in Onalaska and work in La Crosse, so Grandad Bluff is just a few minutes away and a frequent lunchtime ride.

Saw lots of riders this weekend, that's for sure, but only a couple on the west fork route...
re: Did everyone have a great Memorial Day ride?namir in SoCal
May 27, 2002 8:46 PM
Tons and Tons and Tons and Tons of cyclists on the coast highway today in Encinitas, CA. It was a glorious day after the fog burned off. Everyone and their mother was out today. Quite spectacular.
Yepmickey-mac
May 27, 2002 8:53 PM
I left the house at 6:30 this morning, and it was overcast and cool. With the combination of the hour, the holiday, and the weather, the roads were surprisingly but happily quiet. I did a quick 50, got home early, and spent the day with the family. It was the last day of my vacation and a nice way to spend it.

I also spent some time thinking about my uncle, who was killed in Vietnam at 19.
Bike, BBQ, and a Beerrwbadley
May 27, 2002 8:57 PM
Glad to hear you have your health back.

We had some great Reno weather.
Did a nice ride Sunday. Today went mtb'ing with the kid. We fired up the BBQ with cherrywood, did up some Jumbo Shrimp (I love that name) and 'taters with mushrooms. Slow cooked some plantains. Kicked back with a fresh Pilsner. Dee-lish.

I hope everybody had the weekend they wanted. Cheers!

RW
Great weather here! I was sick all weekend!Mike P
May 28, 2002 3:45 AM
I had some flu something that just kicked my a$$ all weekend. In bed from Saturday morning until Monday morning.

I had planned on a little recon ride up on the Cherohola Skyway to see if my legs are ready for the Cherohola Challenge in mid June.

I hate being sick,
Mike
Pretty good.djg
May 28, 2002 6:30 AM
We've got a fairly new set of twins (3 months old) and Sunday was the first time this year I've been allowed out of the house long enough to do more than 50. Apart from work, that is. I had a rather uneventful ride following a pretty familiar path, but it was nice to keep the pedals turning long enough to log 93 miles. Nice day too.

Just did a short ride Monday--had to work a few hours and then had to get home.
OK, pretty good, except thatdjg
May 28, 2002 6:32 AM
I'm losing my tiny mind. The 93 miles were Saturday, not Sunday. I didn't even ride on Sunday.
yes!lonefrontranger
May 28, 2002 6:57 AM
I had the ride/race of a lifetime. Platte Bridge Stage Race in Casper, Wyoming. 3 days, 4 stages, hilly as all getout. When there weren't hills there was wind, because the only thing to block it out there is cows, fence posts and tall blades of grass. When there weren't hills AND wind there were a bunch of strong, fit women making life hard on everyone.

The first road stage ends in 10K of the most wicked climbing I've ever done, and I'm no climber. I'm also a Cat 4 (bottom rung) and this was a Women's 3/4 field, so I was going against girls who are theoretically stronger than I.

Final results: 6th in the mountain stage, 2nd in the time trial, 3rd in the crit, and I won the final road race! 3rd overall, because they score on time, not placing, and I lost a little too much time on 2nd place in the climbing stage. Doesn't matter. When I hit the final 5K in the ugly bits (20% grades) on the front (?!) with only a few of the skinny girls left, I could just hear Phil Liggett's voice in my head saying "Well, Paul, this is a very select group now...!".

I don't know whose legs I was using over the weekend but they sure as heck didn't feel like mine.

The girl who won overall crushed us on the first 3 stages and gained 20 minutes on the rest of the field. She did this by riding away on her own at mile 4 of the 50-mile climbing stage, beat me by 1:25 in a 14.5 mile time trial and then nearly lapped us solo in the crit. The only reason I was able to win the final stage is that she conceded it and soft-pedaled in with the field.
WAY TO GO!mikebikr
May 28, 2002 7:52 AM
Sounds like you really kicked ass! Well done. Doesn't seem like the format would have suited you so well. Maybe you're a climber after all.

How did you set up your training to peak so perfectly? My big race of the year is coming up this weekend.
wowDougSloan
May 28, 2002 8:02 AM
That's terrific.

Was that a peak race, or is that normal for you now? :-)

Doug
initially notlonefrontranger
May 28, 2002 10:41 AM
My training plan got all screwed up this year owing to team focus events changing in mid-stream. Originally back in February, everyone planned to go to Iron Horse, which I elected to give a pass - I almost sent my registration in for the Snake Alley / Moline / Quad Cities weekend o' crits in Iowa.

Somewhere about the beginning of April, everyone figured out that they were paying the same amount of entry fee to go to either Iron Horse or Platte Bridge. Hmm, let's see - drive 10 hours to go do 1 race with a meager prize list, enormous fields and 50 miles of climbing, or drive 4 hours to do 3 days and 4 stages, also with big fields but a much deeper prize list - each for $60 (well then there's the 2 nights in a hotel difference) ... It was a no-brainer for me anyhow.

I kinda had to switch my training around, and this wasn't really even a focus event for me until a few weeks ago when one of my teammates got injured. I did have 5 weeks of build coming in, so I decided 2 weeks ago that I'd go ahead and taper and see how it went. I've only been doing a periodized plan for a season and a half, so I'm still in the experimentation phase, really.

I'll recover this week then I've got six weeks until the State Championship Crit (23rd June) We'll see how that goes.

The scary part is that I was originally designated as a domestique until our team leader got dropped on the second climb in the first stage. She's sixteen, a phenomenal climber (usually) and incredibly talented, but apparently this wasn't a great spot in her training curve. We didn't have radios so I didn't realize she was gone until the descent, so I went to tow her up and she told me to leave her and get the hell back into the lead group where I belonged to support our other climber. Seems she's overtrained and shot (she did Tour of the Gila 2 weeks ago).
coolDougSloan
May 28, 2002 10:54 AM
Sounds like you have some good team mates. That makes it more fun, when you can actually employ strategy beyond "hang on and sprint."

Keep the stories coming and good luck.

Doug
yeah, way cool..Wannabe
May 28, 2002 1:05 PM
I love reading posts by people here talking about how they get to employ race tactics. Fun and inspirational (maybe I'll get to do it someday)...

Andy
Nope :(SnowBlind
May 28, 2002 7:01 AM
Reinjured my ankle mowing the lawn.
Looks like I am off the bike for at least a week.
Crap.
BummerPsalm 147-10_11
May 28, 2002 10:24 AM
How do you hurt your ankle mowing the lawn?

Yikes, my oldest boy is 11 and is now just old (responsible?) enough to cut the lawn for me. It was a real treat to sit on the porch and watch him Saturday, but maybe I should wait awhile before I give him this chore...
BummerSnowBlind
May 29, 2002 7:09 AM
Lost my footing on a rock. Don't worry about the kid, I was born with a club foot and the ankle is VERY touchy.
You betcha!rideslikeagirl
May 28, 2002 7:37 AM
Three days, 120 miles, 85 degrees, oodles of rollers and 6 wineries later! Couldn't have been better!
Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat CO!!imthehotone
May 28, 2002 1:54 PM
re: Did everyone have a great Memorial Day ride?comedy-tragedy
May 28, 2002 2:19 PM
A great weekend, but no riding.

How is possible you ask? Think Indy for the race.

I've seen some pretty cool things over 45 years, but that was just about at the top of the list. The speed just blows my mind. If you think it looks fast on TV it's nothing like being there. Also, the track is just plane huge.

Back on the bike tonight. i think I feel pain coming my way.
It bored me.bikedodger
May 28, 2002 2:36 PM
I watched the first 100 laps, then went out and picked up dog crap in the back yard. I think that the worst thing was the announcers going on and on about how fast the cars covered the front straight with the idiotic graphs (its three tiger woods drives long!)

Mike
You Bet.Len J
May 28, 2002 4:19 PM
Went out to do a 3 hour Endurance ride & ended up doing 104 miles in a little ove 5.5 hours with some minor hills & never got out of Zone 2. Felt great all day, weather was great, rode somewhere I hadn't been before, & was home before 1:00pm to spend the rest of the day with my wife.
It doesn't get much better.

Len