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  1. #16
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    I've been looking at the Katy Trail in Missouri as a possible goal for 2007. The little towns are spaced just right to offer accomodations when you want them....and I'm not much into camping, so I really want a nice bed and shower at the end of a day of riding. I'm looking into a couple of 'group rides' that do this trail including Elder Hostel. (Which, by the way, has extensive biking programs all over the world!!!) Ya gotta be 55, though.

    Have any of you ever done this trail....or know anyone that has??? I'd be most interested in hearing personal testimonials.

    That's one goal. The other is to simply continue to stretch myself in terms of miles and endurance.

    Best to all:
    Maureen

  2. #17
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    I found myself thinking about this very subject the other day as I was logging some mindless miles on my trainer. Here is a tentative overview of what I'm shooting for in 2007:

    Goals for Giro 20 recumbent:
    1. 1500 miles
    2. 14.7 mph average speed

    Goals for Univega Grand Turismo:
    1. 3500 miles
    2. 15.7 mph average speed

    Overal goals:
    1. total miles (road + trainer) 5500 miles
    2. host at least 10 rides for the club with one being a century
    3. complete 4 centuries
    4. log a minimum of 2500 miles with the club

    I set the following goals for myself for 2006 :
    1. 5000 total miles trainer + road (I've logged 5,300 miles thus far)
    2. average overal speed of 15.0 mph (overal average speed 15.02/15.66 on DF)
    3. 2000 club miles (logged 2305 thus far)
    4. complete 4 centuries (have 3 under my belt thus far)
    5. host 10 rides for the club (hosted 10 rides and earned a club jersey)
    Marcie

  3. #18
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    One 200K brevet, that's all I ask

  4. #19
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    Just to have fun on the bike.

    V.
    Discipline is remembering what you want.


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  5. #20
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    I like the way you think, Veronica!
    Maureen~ www.stlbiking.com might have some Katy Trail information on it. There's also a message board that might have some people on it that have ridden the trail. I've ridden sections of the Katy Trail~ it's really nice and there are some wineries along it, also!
    Teresa
    "You can't kill the Rooster"..........David Sedaris

  6. #21
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    200 km brevet.
    More hill climbing with the TE climbing gurus (maybe even Diablo....yikes did I just say that).
    The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
    Amelia Earhart

    2005 Trek 5000 road/Avocet 02 40W
    2006 Colnago C50 road/SSM Atola
    2005 SC Juliana SL mtb/WTB Laser V

  7. #22
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    Thank you 3 Weight for the link and the suggestions. That's why I love this forum....there is a wealth of knowledge out there and you're all willing and eager to share.

    Ride on!
    Maureen

  8. #23
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    I would very much like to beat al least 1/2 of male competitors on some competition... So they'd hopefully stop saying, "noone expects you to be better, after all you're just a girl" ....
    "Life is not measured with the quantity of breaths you take, but with the quantity of moments that took your breath away..."

  9. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekhawk View Post
    200 km brevet.
    More hill climbing with the TE climbing gurus (maybe even Diablo....yikes did I just say that).
    We're doing Diablo Sunday.

    V.
    Discipline is remembering what you want.


    TandemHearts.com

  10. #25
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    My goals for 2007:
    Ride a ton with my dear husband (kind of obvious for those that know me!) and put on at least 2000 miles this next season
    Complete 3 sprint tris and one Olympic distance tri
    Complete the 100 mile Tour of the Ozarks
    Continue to organize "slower social rides" for those interested
    Ride a ton more with my husband!

    Katy Trail is great, Maureen. They actually sponsor a supported ride. I'll try to find the information after I teach class!

    Lorie

  11. #26
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    Lorie~
    When is the Tour of the Ozarks? I've heard that's a pretty tough ride. Does it start in Rolla?
    Cheers!
    Teresa
    "You can't kill the Rooster"..........David Sedaris

  12. #27
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    My goals are pretty small compared to all this. Buy a road bike; get my husband to buy a bike. Continue riding with the club and try to do at least 1500 miles by the end of 2007. Hope that a lighter bike will make doing the Perrysville ride a little easier (I'm a hill slug).
    You should never stop learning: :

  13. #28
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    Maureen: They don't have the dates yet for 2007, but DNR hosted a ride, supported, starting at St. Charles and ending in Clinton. You can check the website - www.bikekatytrail.com - for more info. They also list places you can catch the train to get to your car and stuff like that.

    Teresa: Tour of the Ozarks isn't TOO bad (some killer hills but GORGEOUS scenery!). It starts at Buehler Park in Rolla (usually a police escort out of town). Their website - http://www.touroftheozarks.org/ - has maps to help give an idea of where each route goes. They have 12, 25, 50, and 100 mile routes. It's really fun! I hope you will be able to ride it next year. It isn't a race, so you just go at your own pace.

    All righty; time to get back to work to help pay for more bike stuff!

    Lorie

  14. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyannyplayer View Post
    My goals for 2007:
    Ride a ton with my dear husband (kind of obvious for those that know me!) and put on at least 2000 miles this next season
    Complete 3 sprint tris and one Olympic distance tri
    Complete the 100 mile Tour of the Ozarks
    Continue to organize "slower social rides" for those interested
    Ride a ton more with my husband!

    Lorie
    One of my goals is to start organizing "slower social rides" how did you go about it?


    It's about the journey and being in the moment, not about the destination

  15. #30
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    I've found the social folks are more "ride to eat" than "eat to ride" i.e Find a nice resturant that doesn't mind sweaty people showing up on bikes, and organize a ride to it.
    Last edited by Fredwina; 11-10-2006 at 10:15 AM.

 

 

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