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Ever have one of these rides??(18 posts)

Ever have one of these rides??PaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 6:27 AM
My pre-work 35 up at 6am and hit the road at 6:30.

...started to rain about 5 miles into the ride
...temp started at 60 but with the storm front, dropped for 2 hours to low 50's the halfway point, the skies opened up and poured
...flatted in the pouring rain
...while standing on the side of the road fixing my flat, some AH in a car swerved onto my berm to nail a puddle and drench me.
...road home, soaked, filthy, and PO'ed

But lest I forget: A bad day of riding beats a great day at work. I still came to work with a smile on my face...and heck, the stock market is up too!


*if you ask why I still went out with impending rain, its' because I'm going on a cycling trip to Colorado two weeks from Saturday. I need all the miles I can get.
what doesn't kill you makes you strongerColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2003 6:37 AM
apologies to nietzche...I think rides like that make you appreciate the rides where everything is perfect so much more.

By the riding buddy bailed on me for Ride the Rockies this year so I think I'm gonna skip it and finally get to the home improvement projects I've been putting off for way too long. You doing Pedal the Peaks right? Have a great time. Hope the torrential rains we've been getting let up a bit for that week. Weather is usually pretty good then, but make sure you bring along some warm stuff because it can be really cold at altitude--especially if it rains.
Pedal the Peaks?gopokes
Jun 4, 2003 6:44 AM
You mention a Colorado cycling trip, just wonder if it is Ride the Rockies or Pedal the Peaks. If the later, I too will be riding.
Yes, Pedal the PeaksPaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 6:58 AM
I'm really looking forward to it. I'm doing a 'test packing' this weekend to make sure all of my stuff fits into two duffle bags. I'm trying to get in as many long miles as possible before the trip. Both this Sunday and next, I am doing a hilly century with some friends. A 'hilly' Northern KY century is nothing compared to a mountainous century in Colorado..but gotta do the best I can.

Have you ever done this ride before?? I haven't.

FYI: I'm arriving in Denver at about 10am, taking the PtP shuttle at noon.

by the way ...what does "LMAO" mean?
2 duffle bags?ColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2003 8:06 AM
what on earth are you packing? if it can't fit into one duffle bag you are packing way too much stuff. small solo tent, small sleeping bag take up most of the room. you don't need many clothes. just shorts and t-shirts and maybe a sweatshirt for cool nights. wash your cycling shorts when you shower so you only need to pack 2-3 shorts that way and cycle them.
2 duffle bags?PaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 8:17 AM
Like I said, I haven't started packing yet. The tour company allows 2 duffles - so I have two duffle ready to fill. My duffles are really big, so I'm guessing I could squeeze it all into one. One duffle would make my life a lot easier in the airport - since I'll be dragging my bike box along with me. Paul
Well that makes two of usgopokes
Jun 4, 2003 8:40 AM
I'm looking forward to a week without meetings, clients, phone calls, e-mail, voice mail and teen agers. I've not done the ride, however, I have ridden parts of the route. I am fortunate to live in Loveland, CO and probably take for granted the incredible riding I can enjoy, year-round (almost). While I've never been to Kentucky, I'm sure you have ample hills on which to practice- you'll be fine once adjusted to the altitude. Generally, the climbs are not steep (4-6%), just long- and the downhill's are well worth the climbs. Do you know any other riders who will be doing the PtP?
do I know any others...PaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 9:33 AM
..who are doing the ride?? Kind a way.

I posted a question about PtP on this "rides" board a couple of months ago. Since that time, I have had an ongoing email conversation with two guys from this board (I'll leave their names out) who are doing the ride. One from Minnesota, one from Canada. I am going alone.

You live in Loveland. You lucky dog. My hills are just that - hills. Maybe 4-600 feet of climbing , 1-2 miles each but at steep grades - some >15%. On a 50 mile ride, I usually have to climb 5 or 6 of them. Five to 15 minutes of pain. I spent a week riding in Colorado in the summer of 2001, so I remember the pain of cranking up the Loveland Pass or Fremont Pass.

I've got to admit that my mind is not on work these days - its' on the trip and getting as much time as possible on my bike.

E-mail me sometime...gopokes
Jun 4, 2003 10:55 AM
Exchanging cycling e-mail is always a welcome diversion to work. My focus is also not so much on work. I too am going solo on this ride, far as I know.
Sorry PaulCL, ROFLOMA!!!! Thanks. It'll be me one day.94Nole
Jun 4, 2003 6:48 AM
Ooops......Make that LMAO94Nole
Jun 4, 2003 6:51 AM
What does "LMAO" mean?PaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 7:57 AM
Also, what does "ROFLOMA" mean from the previous post??
Jun 4, 2003 8:02 AM
LMAO = laughing my a** off

ROFLMAO = rolling on the floor ......

rolling on the floor laughing my a$$ off (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2003 8:07 AM
thanks...always wanted to know (nm)PaulCL
Jun 4, 2003 8:34 AM
Yep-yesterday.KG 361
Jun 4, 2003 6:50 AM
Rained all ride. At least I didn't flat or get splashed. Imagine how good it will feel on a nice, sunny day, when you are a cycling god due to your perseverance and dedication while riding in the rain as opposed to all the other "fair weather riders". =)
sometimes you're the windshield... sometimes... the bug...Akirasho
Jun 4, 2003 12:23 PM
... at least it was a glancing blow... and you survivied to "ride" another day!

Be the bike.
rain is no excuse to skip the ridecyclopathic
Jun 5, 2003 8:20 AM
more then half my 32mi/2hr daily commutes had been rain on. BUT no flats since I've switched to MTB with full size knobbies :)