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Semi-Forced Riding
Last Post 04/30/2015 10:35 AM by Orange Crush. 13 Replies.
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Nick A

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04/15/2015 08:43 AM
Signed up for a 100k ride in a few weeks, and told somebody I'd be there. Now I feel compelled to get some miles in! LOL. N
Cosmic Kid

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04/16/2015 12:42 PM
Meh....you can probably go and knock out 100K right now.

How fast you do it is, of course, an entirely different question. LOL!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Nick A

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04/16/2015 03:42 PM
Did 25 miles yesterday. Not much, but I get extra credit for 20mph sustained winds.
Orange Crush

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04/16/2015 05:00 PM
Lots of forced training this winter. Not that I don't ride winters but a lot more effort has gone into winter base training this year.

Just knocked out 104km and 2150m vertical. Not bad for mid-April but as my Haute Route riding buddy keeps reminding me, this is half to 2/3 of what we'll need to do every day for 7 days in a row later in Aug. Arghh...much more training needed.
Nick A

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04/17/2015 08:30 AM
It's funny to post my meager goals, but it's "where I'm at" now. Once upon a time, I was the racer, riding six days a week, hours in the saddle on weekends, intervals, etc. Now, I'm trying to just to semi-regularly ride because it's something I love, but sometimes I have to overcome the potential energy to get out.

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SideBySide

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04/20/2015 01:48 PM
OC, how wiped out were you after that ride? Would you be able to ride the next day?

Orange Crush

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04/20/2015 03:16 PM
Posted By SideBy Side on 04/20/2015 01:48 PM
OC, how wiped out were you after that ride? Would you be able to ride the next day?



It really depends...the cold/wet rides really have been doing on a number on me and some weeks I feel like an 80yr old with rheuma. This particular one on a warm day went down pretty easy and no ill effects other than being perpetually hungry. I did ride easy the following two days. But as said, the training effort still needs to get a LOT bigger. Only halfway there. BTW - I did a test case in Colorado in 2013. Mountain rides 5 days in a row. It seemed to work just fine even though I was poorly trained. Recovery gets a lot better when you don;t have to work and post-ride you can just eat and sleep.
SideBySide

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04/20/2015 06:44 PM
It'll be fun to follow you, here or FB. I cannot even imagine that amount of climbing. 600m and I am wiped out.
stronz

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04/21/2015 11:26 AM
not sure I'd call this forced riding, but.....usually start my real spring riding around here on May 1 when it is light early enough to get a solid hour of riding in in the morning from 5:30 - 6:30 before work. Basically its a hill repeat drill -- but I love it. This year I have become so disgusted with riding in the basement on my trainer that I got a really bright headlight (320 lumens) and started the morning routine early - ie today! It was raining and 48degrees. Perfect. Dragging my ass out of bed was a reallll ordeal. But I did it -- made some strong coffee. And out I went. And am I glad I did! -- felt great and the damned hill is every bit as hard and steep as last year..... but I'm outside and loving it!
Nick A

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04/23/2015 09:15 AM
I guess the years of riding in my youth have trained my legs...and lungs. Yes, they fail me, but I just back off, and everything is fine. It's the rest of me that's aging and letting me down. Neck hurts a lot, and one of my elbows. It's been a few years since a major stem raising...might be time again. Next age milestone it might be a new bike with different geometry. Eventually, the cool factor will be totally out the window and I'll have a total Fred position. Oh well.

Good news is I rode last Friday, Saturday, yesterday (Wednesday). Again, not like the old days, but miles are miles.

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Orange Crush

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04/23/2015 10:31 AM
Nick - I had those problems for a while neck, back etc. to the point that I had to get off bike every 20 mins or so to let pain subside and started adjusting geometry. This was back in 2009-2010. It helps but doesn't address the structural problem with aging body. Only one solution in my experience...stretch, stretch, stretch. Consider yoga.
Nick A

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04/23/2015 10:45 AM
OC: Dude, good advice. I guess the reward to effort ratio hasn't quite tipped. I did stretch for several days straight, and it felt great. But then I stopped. Uggh. I have no excuse! LOL. But you did re-spark the idea in my head, before I start looking into higher rising stems. Certainly cheaper!

I look at these 50+ year old dudes motoring on group rides or "A" races, and I'm astounded. When I was 17 I could ride for six hours, and then walk two miles to party on a Saturday!

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thinline

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04/30/2015 08:32 AM
I was out in CA last week following a cold Vermont winter and rode 5 days in a row. One day, the "big" day, was 85 miles and about 7,000 feet of vertical. I felt pretty good afterwards and was thinking, "cool, doing okay for early season." Then, I remembered I am scheduled to do a ride the last Saturday of June in the Adirondacks, 175 miles and about 12-13k of vertical. Looooong way to go once I realized last week's big day was about half of that!
Orange Crush

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04/30/2015 10:35 AM
My weekly training rides by end of June should have about that amount of vertical; only half the distance though; gotta pack it in nice and tight :-)

First ascent of the season tomorrow...many more to go. Its going to be boring as hell riding up the same 12.5k climb 3x in one ride come July; all alone. Just the grade and a whole bunch of trees for company. Escaping the wrath of the horseflies may provide some diversion.
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