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How many got their year off to a good start??(61 posts)

How many got their year off to a good start??Mike Prince
Jan 1, 2004 5:43 PM
I did. Got out for a 45 miler in the mountains today. Did about 5000' of climbing and had a great ride. Only down side was that only 2 others showed up for the ride. Too bad, it was sunny and in the high 50's here in the NC mountains today - a great day by any measure!

Happy New Year everyone.
I did!4bykn
Jan 1, 2004 5:54 PM
Sounds like you got our weather a day after we did. Rode 31 miles with the local club on New Year's Eve and New year's Day. 45 deg on Wdenesday with light winds, and 34 degrees and 15-20mph winds Thurs.

We had a better turn out also, about a dozen on Wed(most people were working), and 20 showed at 10:00 am today!

Ride in Peace...Mike
I did...torquecal
Jan 1, 2004 6:14 PM
Great ride today, little over 50 miles on the flat valley highways. 60 degrees F and almost no wind. Best Jan 1 in a long time :-)

Happy New Year Everyone
Wet and rainy but I got in 25 miles.....Dave Hickey
Jan 1, 2004 6:32 PM
My Van Dessel has fenders. It's the first time I ridden with
fenders in the rain. No more skid marks are your shorts:-)
45 miles...Beautiful..nmLen J
Jan 1, 2004 6:39 PM
37 miles, SS, beautiful weather, great ride nmFez
Jan 1, 2004 6:48 PM
I managed to.george_da_trog
Jan 1, 2004 6:48 PM
It was rainy and cold but I got to ride. I wasn't going to but my back fainally felt good so off I went, met up with some others who didn't now better.

Drafting in the rain. You start out try to draft off center so you don't get as wet, but after a while, screw it, I'm wet and a spary of water in the face just doesn't matter anymore.

Does shoveling off the roof count as a workout ? ( nm )superdog
Jan 1, 2004 7:03 PM
San AntonioKEN2
Dec 17, 2003 2:25 PM
Incredible weather in SA today, started with drizzle, by afternoon still cloudy but 72 degrees--I rode the fixed gear 35 miles riding in shorts and a jersey! Tomorrow it's supposed to be 80--ain't global warming great?
Who can beat 70s on New Years Dayglia
Jan 1, 2004 7:21 PM
On vacation in Florida. Who can beat 70s on New Years Day? Took off at 9:30 am from Seaside to Panama City and finsihed 42 miles in 1:50 under blue sky and sunshine waering short jersey and shorts....spring anyone
Happy New Year!
Same thing on Pacific Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, CABIG RING
Jan 2, 2004 12:59 PM
37 mi. in gust to 20. not best, but not the worst.rdbike
Jan 1, 2004 7:23 PM
Depends what you mean by "good"mickey-mac
Jan 1, 2004 7:27 PM
I went to bed late, got up early, and spent the morning watching the parade with the kids. We went to the park, where I ate a carnitas burrito while they played. I came home and took a nap with my three-year-old son. We woke up and I ate another burrito for dinner. I'd describe this as a good day. I haven't touched a bike all day, but I'll be back on tomorrow. The boy's climbing on my back yelling in my ear as I type this: gotta go.
Jan 1, 2004 7:35 PM
Got the day off tomorrow--that means a machaca masterpiece is on the menu. It's supposed to rain anyhow.

Did Bob Eubanks seem a bit more surly this year to you?
Love the machaca,mickey-mac
Jan 1, 2004 7:58 PM
especially washed down with a Negra Modelo. Speaking of beer, I plan to knock out a bottle of Trappist Rochefort 10 after the small people fall asleep.

Yeah, Eubanks seemed a bit grumpy, but his sweater just screamed HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Just popped open a Sam Smith Taddysn69
Jan 1, 2004 8:17 PM
If it was good enough for Jerry Garcia, it's good enough for me. Actually, I shared a Moreti with the wife watching the sun paint colors against the approaching storm a while ago.

Nice day in San Diego today. I 'spose tomorrow will suck a bit, but, hey, Mammoth is getting more white stuff.
Good stuffmickey-mac
Jan 1, 2004 8:23 PM
Among others last night, I had a Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout and an SS Imperial Stout. Some of the SS beers are overrated IMO, but the Nut Brown Ale is a winner and a great session beer.

It was overcast here today, but the rain isn't supposed to hit until tomorrow night and should be gone in time for a Saturday morning ride.
Jan 1, 2004 8:28 PM
I managed to get my paws on one bottle of Alaska's Smoked Porter this season--I love that stuff.

Last night, however, was a single malt night. That's also why I had to vernture forth this morning for an hour and a half clear the cobwebs out. Fortunately, I went with the Macallum, which seems to hurt less than my usual Lagavulin.

Have a great weekend, and perhaps we can do some joint riding this coming year (I'm still planning on Solvang at present).

Smoke Porter, oh yeahmickey-mac
Jan 1, 2004 9:44 PM
Being in San Diego, you should try to track down some Stone Smoked Porter. I'd love to meet up for a ride this year, but the Solvang Century interferes with wedding anniversary weekend. As much as my wife likes the Solvang/Santa Ynez Valley area, I don't think she wants to spend the bulk of the day alone while I'm off riding with the boys.
30 minutes on trainer while it snows like a madman... (nm)BowWow
Jan 1, 2004 7:32 PM
started late so only 23 miles on the fixie, low 40's w/wind. (nm)jtferraro
Jan 1, 2004 7:32 PM
25m and tooth marks.j_ryder
Jan 1, 2004 7:56 PM
25 mile loop in this late afternoon. just over midway, a good sized dog that always gives me a good chase with his smaller slower friend caught up to me and dropped a 2 tooth tattoo onto the side of my calf. It didn't feel like he got past my neoprene socks initially and I didnt give it much thought for the rest of the ride but I discovered a couple holes in my leg when I got home. I guess next time I'll try a bit harder to drop him. good first ride of the year beyond that.
10 minutes on the eliptical, weights(pulls), ab & back (nm)bsdc
Jan 1, 2004 8:08 PM
Affirmative. 70 sunny milesAllUpHill
Jan 1, 2004 8:19 PM
Rode from home up Rt 33 to Swift Run Gap on the Blue Ridge. Well, It was obvious it had been a while since I've done a 1700 ft climb. At the gap I took advantage of the Skyline Drive being free of winter mess and rode a few miles on it for some good views and a little more elevation gain. Great ride.

Met a guy on what looked like a good touring setup with two large panniers flanking his rear rack. Expecting a good tale of a cross-country ride, or at least a trek of the entire Parkway/Skyline, I asked where he was riding. Just 10 miles on the Skyline. Whatever it takes, I guess.
90 minutes with 38 degrees with a heavy overcast.MR_GRUMPY
Jan 1, 2004 8:22 PM
Our New Years Day team ride had about 25 riders show up in full team kit. A nice easy 18-19mph pace.
re: How many got their year off to a good start??tmotz
Jan 1, 2004 8:23 PM
Got in a 3 miler with 3 of my children.
Stopped at Subway for some cookies.
Went down to the Maumee River(Downtown Toledo) and rode around.
It was sunny low 40s and a bit windy.
Overall started good.
83 Kms in cold clear weather!GeoCyclist
Jan 1, 2004 8:43 PM
After two weeks off the bike (due to traveling around Japan with friends) I finally got in a good ride. Hooked up with two cycling buddies and enjoyed a clear cold morning of cycling. We rode up to the snow line before turning around.
It is now the 2nd of Jan, and I just got back from a 35 km ride with the tandem. It started to rain today, so we cut the ride short.

Ride On!
50+ w/revelation, lust, love, &...intervals (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 1, 2004 8:48 PM
you're not supposed to be reading this--didn't you see (NM)?

read bukowski. if you're not, you're missing it.

no finis without bukowski.


ps. i love this two-wheeled curse
nope, not todayCritLover
Jan 1, 2004 8:59 PM
Coach gave me today and tomorrow off. It was a good thing too, my legs were killing me.

Happy New Years!
25 miles up and down (and up and down) Mt. Diablooutofthesaddle
Jan 1, 2004 9:24 PM
Had to do the lower part a couple of times because the upper mountain was closed because of rock slides. Still felt good to start the year off right.
re: How many got their year off to a good start??il sogno
Jan 1, 2004 10:34 PM
30 mile cruise with the wife. A cloudy 48 in the San Fernando Valley. Empty streets. The 1000 feet of climbing was welcome as it gave me enough warmth to brave the downhills. Drank bad champagne the evening before (Louis Roederer, how appalling!), but the headache wasn't so bad. By the way, I love Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout. It reminds me of the brew I had at the U Fleku tavern in Prague.
re: How many got their year off to a good start??alchemy
Jan 1, 2004 11:42 PM
Got an early morning start to take advantage of having almost no traffic on the roads. Managed 66km including a decent climb up Greenmount Hill.

It was going to be a hot day (30C +) but fortunately there wasn't an easterly headwind to make life miserable. Left about 630, back home around 915am, it was just starting to get warm by then but still hardly a car on the roads.

There should be more days like that !!!
re: How many got their year off to a good start??Juanmoretime
Jan 2, 2004 2:15 AM
Cloudy and 37 degrees at the start of a club ride that wound up going for 37 miles. The best part was the sun peaked out and it warmed to 45. We passed a farm and had a yellow lab follow us for about 2.5 miles until a pick up, with I guess his owner in it, came out and picked him up. He must do this often.
I nearly caught my penis on fireZenJones
Jan 2, 2004 5:11 AM
I was standing talking to some folks at a campground and was standing-apparently-too close to the fire and first smelled a very toxic mix of fabric and then hair, looked down and my trousers were smoldering.

One pair of khaki's down the toilet and one very irritated groinal area slathered with Neosporine. It can ONLY get better for the rest of the year.
Great day for a century ride here in DC.MB1
Jan 2, 2004 6:04 AM
We rode down the river to meet some of our friends at daybreak. Got home just after dark. 104 miles and we felt great.
On pace for over 36,000 miles??? nm4bykn
Jan 2, 2004 6:29 AM
Beginning at daybreak -- I'm not surprised . . .ms
Jan 2, 2004 7:23 AM
My family and I spent our usual quiet New Year's Eve at home. However, as midnight approached, I had a fleeting, wild thought -- I should jump on my bike at midnight and do a short ride so that for at least a few hours I could have the RBR year-to-date mileage record for the Eastern time zone. As much as I like riding at night, I decided that the only record that I was likely to set by riding in the first hour of the New Year was that I would be the first cyclist killed by a drunken driver in 2004. So, I went to bed with the goal of riding first thing in the morning so that maybe I could have the mileage record for a few minutes. Well, needless to say, I was not riding at daybreak. So, MB1 and Miss M started the year in yellow and likely will continue to wear it until next December 31. Good luck and best wishes for the New Year. I always enjoy your ride reports and look forward to many more in 2004.
You live the life (nm)PEDDLFOOT
Jan 2, 2004 6:10 PM
re: How many got their year off to a good start??Thorman
Jan 2, 2004 6:04 AM
The weather here in NE Ohio was a balmy 45 degrees when I started my ride. Only two others showed up for the 70 mile loop which has around 6500' of climbing. We used up every minute of daylight and then some. It felt good to start the year off with such a long hilly ride.

I had a great New Years day rideaOldMan
Jan 2, 2004 6:48 AM
I had an excellent New Years day ride. Took out the 'Ice Bike' yesterday for a ride through the snow and ice covered roads, mountains, trails and lake.

It was a beautiful sunny day. No clouds with a temperature of -4C/25F. Winds were light at about 15km from the north west.

Left the house and headed for the local mountain. The roads were snow covered, with a little bit of ice along the sides. Left the main roads and started my climb on a dirt road that was covered in snow and ice. The road winds through horse country, with lots of horse farms, trees and beautiful homes. After about 10 miles of snow covered roads, came to a road that is closed for the winter. It was burried in snow and ice. ATV's use the road during the winter, so the snow was compact and icy (we had a couple of days a rain that had frozen). Decided to try and ride this snow/ice road.

The road starts off with a grade of about 6% and then rapidly goes to about 12%. Travel was slow and precarious. I was geared down in the granny and travelling at no more than 8km/hr (5mi/hr). The Ice Spiker tires gave good traction, but the rough surface made it a technical challenge to stay upright. But it was so beautiful. No people, lots of snow covered trees and no civilization as the climb continued to the top of the mountain.

It was hard work, but it was just so beautiful. After reaching the top of the mountain, the road I normally take appeared. But the ATV trail continued into the woods. I had no idea where the trail went, but decided to continue. It is a funny feeling travelling along a snow covered trail that dissappears into the unknown.

The trail began dropping down the mountain the further I travelled. It became very rough, with many obstacles to dodge. For a roadie, this was a new experience. Frozen streams that were sheets of pure ice, rocks, holes, and unfrozen streams all needed to be crossed. The more I descended, the more it became clear that there was little chance of turning around and going back up. But I still had no idea where I was going!

Eventually the trail crossed a road. Back on the road I continued towards home. It was good to be back on the road. Despite the little ice and snow, it was a road and that meant I could get my speed back up. With the wind at my back and a flat road ahead, I was moving again with speed and confidence. With every pedal stroke I was pushing towards high and higher speeds. Slower than my road bike for sure, but it felt fast with these big and heavy tires.

The road I was on passes a very large and frozen lake. Normally at this time of the year the lake is frozen to a point where there is an 'ice bridge' that allows cars to cross the lake. With the mild winter this year, the ice bridge is closed because the ice is not strong enough.

One of the reasons for the 'ice bike' is to cycle the frozen lake. But with the weak ice, cycling on the ice is not recommended. Eventually I come across some people close to the lake. After some dicussion with one of the local's, he assures me that if I stay in certain areas of the lake (the bay), the ice is fine.

So off to the frozen lake I go. The surface is glare ice. The wind has scavanged all of the snow from the bay. I start by heading into the wind towards the N/W corner of the bay. The wind is strong and the speed is slow. I turn around and head back, with the wind at my back. I have lots of traction and the speed keeps going up and up with every pedal stroke, eventuall I am going at 50km/hr arcoss the frozen ice. If feels fast, the ice feels strong and it is so peaceful. I have the entire bay to myself.

I wanted to keep riding across this large lake, but my inner voice kept saying that I was pushing my luck, so back to the roads and home.

The best ride of the year. Slowest average speed ever, but lots of grins.
36.8 miles ... comfortable temps in NJHouseMoney
Jan 2, 2004 6:51 AM
... just warm enough so my toes didn't get cold, just cool enough so my base layer didn't get clammy with sweat.
Two rides-28 mi. and 10
Jan 2, 2004 7:00 AM
A sunny day with temperatures in the high 40s. I started the morning with my usual 28 mile loop from home (rolling hills). Then, after lunch, I convinced my wife to go for a 10 mile ride (largely flat). I still couldn't convince my daughters to go for a ride. In any event, yesterday was a much better January 1 than last year when I rode 10 miles in driving rain just so that I could say that I started the New Year off with a ride. January 1, 2003, was a sign a things to come in 2003 -- the wettest year on record in Baltimore since recordkeeping began in 1871 (the old record, from 1889, was broken in Christmas Eve). If yesterday is a preview of 2004, I will be very happy in the new year.
SS climbing...msmootsiemartin
Jan 2, 2004 7:00 AM
It was a beautiful day in Denver. We decided that it was time to start climbing on the single speeds. Only did 4.5 miles, but it was all uphill (lookout mtn.). What an awesome ride and workout!

Happy New Year!

58km @ -1C but no wind, sun shining, bodes well for 04 nmjiggs
Jan 2, 2004 7:14 AM
re: How many got their year off to a good start??Don R
Jan 2, 2004 7:19 AM
Too cold in Calgary for outdoor...1 hr 50 on the trainer while watching stage 15 of the Tour.

32 mi, SS, sunny and cold in upstate NY, happy. (nm)Mariowannabe
Jan 2, 2004 7:33 AM
GO HAWKS!!!!!bimini
Jan 2, 2004 8:04 AM
Got out for a 25 mile below freezing ride and back in plenty of time to watch Iowa's Hawkeyes run over the top of a bunch of Gators down in Florida.
I remember the Hawks last year. Go TROJANSBIG RING
Jan 2, 2004 1:00 PM
I got a ride in, then went to the game! So there! nm.russw19
Jan 3, 2004 9:11 PM
ss mtb ride with the GF. Great ride. (nm)FTMD
Jan 2, 2004 8:06 AM
Not me!MShaw
Jan 2, 2004 8:35 AM
I was awakened by a migraine at about 7. Stayed on the couch watching the WRC Rally-a-thon and napping all day. Finally felt almost OK by 9PM.

Today's a little better: I'm not feeling sick to my stomach, but the headache's still there.

The worst part about yesterday is that I was in bed by 11, and only had one beer!

45 miles:dry, headwinds for 20. Columbus, OH...komatiite
Jan 2, 2004 9:00 AM
PLUS, i was on the rollers as the ball struck midnight on New Years Eve. I figured I should start the year out right.
152mi, easy and slow nmcyclopathic
Jan 2, 2004 9:11 AM
43 miles with 2 others.KG 361
Jan 2, 2004 9:11 AM
Started with 5, 2 dropped off at about 1/3 way out. Mid 40's , stiff headwind out to King's Gap Genrl store for some refreshments and to warm up a bit (14.4 mph avg?!) and then back with a tail wind WoHA! Ended with about 16.1 mph avg-not bad for a NY day ride!
60 degrees and sunny here in VA...DL Lawrence
Jan 2, 2004 9:43 AM
...perfect for a 40 mile cruise through rural and scenic Hanover County, VA. Great start for the new year. Looks like a high of 70 and sunny for tomorrow (Sat)-Sue-weet!
Not bad for early January.
re: 55miles with 10 friends along the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Keycdhbrad
Jan 2, 2004 11:01 AM
FL, in 70 degree weather with a tailwind bringing us home, what better way to start a new year of riding?
Yep. Caution: large pic, mtb content.....scrublover
Jan 2, 2004 12:15 PM
Some friends, old and new. Got together for some dirt. The girliefriend doesn't ride, but ran the same trail, just going the other direction. This be me.
2 hours on trails in a balmy 30 deg. (nm)TFerguson
Jan 2, 2004 12:23 PM
5 hours, 77 miles.triple shot espresso
Jan 2, 2004 12:53 PM
Averaged 187 watts. Started in Golden, up Lookout mtn, through Mt. Vernon CC, over to Gennesee, around Genesee, down Grapevine, up Bear Creek canyon, started up Parmalee and turned around, back through Morrison to Denver, through Wash Park and back to Golden via 32nd. ouch.
A blessing from the bike gods...RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 2, 2004 1:29 PM
Hoo ha!

Tell you what-it's about as rare as a blue moon to see a 50 degree Janyary 2nd in Chicago. I certainly took advantage of it and rode the lakefront path- 53 miles round trip- and saw some nice sights along the way-especially in Lincoln Park ;)
re: How many got their year off to a good start??ukiahb
Jan 2, 2004 10:00 PM
major rain storming in Northern CA, but mercifully it stopped long enough to run in the A.M. and hike in the P.M....which is a good start