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  1. #46
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    Emily, congrats on breaking your goal. I know that was important for you. You did it, girl! Very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Emily, congrats on breaking your goal. I know that was important for you. You did it, girl! Very impressive.
    Thank you! I rode 7500 miles in 2014 (my best year ever), so this year is not even close, but we did a lot more hiking, so I am happy with it. Now I am trying to break into the top 25 on bikerides.com, where I track my miles. In '14 I finished #7 and DH finished #2, but this year he is not doing it and I have been in the 30s for most of the year. Spending Dec. in Florida, though, I am moving up as many other participants are not able or willing to ride in the cold and snow in so many places in the US.

    Yes, I have a bit of a competitive streak!
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  3. #48
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    Guess I'm one of those that keeps riding, rain or snow or cold. Single digit temps with 20 below wind chills, today and yesterday, but still managed a little on the fat bike, mixed in mostly with the skiing. The biking out on the road was iffy, what with a sever wind, but the skiing not bad, at all, back in the shelter of the woods. Could really hear the wind roaring through the trees, though.

    I'm not competitive in the sense of competing with others. Just not in me. On the other hand, I am fiercely competitive when it comes to competing with myself. I am forever trying to answer that nagging question, "Can I?". It's taken my places I never would have expected and it's also had its share of danger along the way.

    Since it is December, I think it is a good time to review what we have all done, this year. I'd say the 3000 miles you've done is a great year, Emily, all the more so for all the variety of places you got to ride. Not just miles, in other words, but some great quality miles, to boot. Loved reading about all your adventures.

    Me, all local miles on familiar grounds. I made it to just over 2500 miles in my counting when concentrating on the road bike work, but I did stop counting late in the summer when I transitioned more and more to mountain biking. Come fall, nearly all of my biking was MTB trail work. Try as I might, I just couldn't cook up a formula that would convert MTB miles to equivalent road bike miles that made ay sense. Just concluded that the two types of biking are too dissimilar in their physical demands for any real world comparisons. That, and like most MTB nuts, I rate progress on the MTBs in terms of trail difficulty, not miles. Still plan to do plenty of both in '17, but the way I love being out in my beloved north woods, I suspect I'll mostly be an MTB girl, next year.
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  4. #49
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    Congrats Emily, and also to you NWG for still getting out there in the cold weather.

    I thought about riding after work last night but figured it might have been too cold and damp, and also I had a bunch of shopping I needed to do and then had to make cranberry sauce for work, as I mentioned in another thread. When I finally got home I decided that it would have been fine weather for a bike ride, but by then it was too late (and I still hadn't made the cranberry sauce...).

    Tonight is a bit colder, only by 6-8 degrees but just enough. So this morning I reprogrammed my thermostat to not warm the house up this evening before I get home from work. Arriving home to a chill will be an incentive to set up the bike in the living room and get in a workout. For another incentive, I have eaten way too much food today thanks to the holiday potluck lunch at work. It's funny, so much of what was there did not appeal to me, but it only takes a few really good things to make me indulge. This year we had the usual key lime pie and orange cranberry bread that I love, plus some good cookies and another kind of bread. There was also homemade flan that was really good. And it was authentic; I asked for the recipe and the person who made it said she would have to translate it from Spanish to English. Excellent. And someone made crepes, which I haven't had in ages. They were very good, too, with some berry jam. Plus a few steamed dumplings and some salmon with rice. Lots of food, very good food. So yes I have incentive to get in some high-intensity intervals when I get home.

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  5. #50
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    Sigh, I don't know if I am going to ride outside again this year. Today was lovely, but too much ice on the sides of the road for me to ride. I skipped the club's hike/Xmas party because the weight on the scale this morning was way too high. And, I didn't want to drive 20 miles to get to the start. However, the Chanukah party is in 2 weeks and close to me, so I am hoping I might get an outdoor ride in there, although who knows. There is also an alternate hike, which I've done twice.
    Polar vortex arrives here tomorrow afternoon, followed by now, rain, and 50 by Sunday.
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  6. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    Sigh, I don't know if I am going to ride outside again this year. Today was lovely, but too much ice on the sides of the road for me to ride. I skipped the club's hike/Xmas party because the weight on the scale this morning was way too high. And, I didn't want to drive 20 miles to get to the start. However, the Chanukah party is in 2 weeks and close to me, so I am hoping I might get an outdoor ride in there, although who knows. There is also an alternate hike, which I've done twice.
    Polar vortex arrives here tomorrow afternoon, followed by now, rain, and 50 by Sunday.
    You need a fatbike! Or maybe a midfat? I hear they work just as well on snow and ice, but are lighter and more nimble. You could even get a 29+ set of wheels for the Specialized Helga you've mentioned. A lot of people on mountain bike forums turn their fat bikes into mid-fat.
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  7. #52
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    I too love the pictures and admire those of you who get out in the colder temperatures.

    I have a few questions about cold weather clothes but I'm going to start a separate thread for it- I hope you cold weather riders will chime in.
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    Ditto for me on not getting out to ride again this year -- the chances are dwindling. As it turned out, I probably could have ridden outside last night, since the actual temp at 10 pm was above 40 (vs the hourly forecast in the mid-30s by then). But I didn't even ride in the living room, despite all my intentions. I needed to go to a shopping mall to return something, and that particular mall is utter traffic hell on weekends in December, so I figured I'd stop there quickly last night on the way home. But once I was there I ended up going in several stores, because I still have some Christmas shopping to do, and by the time I got home it was after 9 and I was pretty sleepy.

    And now the polar vortex is here, to be followed by warmth and rain, then another bout of cold. They're expecting it to warm up just as I leave to spend Christmas in NY. I'm hoping we'll get enough of a break from the rain this weekend to get in a quick spin around the neighborhood, but not very optimistic.

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  9. #54
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    We thought about fat bikes, but decided we wouldn't use them enough to justify the cost. And I couldn't do a 29-er..
    Right now, I just want to x country ski, but it might be another week. I just saw it may be ok for riding on Xmas, so while everyone else is celebrating, we go ride.
    The wind is sure whipping it up out there.
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    I do hope you get to XC ski. Has a lot in common with winter biking, but still very different, too. I find it almost spiritual at times with its beautiful flowing rhythm. Truly more graceful a thing than plowing a fat bike though heavy snow. Love them both, but with a big storm headed our way, my fat biking will now be limited to plowed roads or groomed trails.

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    I love skiing. For some reason, although I really want the season to start, I am not feeling as crazy about it as usual. I think i am just burned out on exercise, and today my back was hurting in tabata class, so I feel like I just want to chill. Tomorrow's a rest day, but not sure what will happen this weekend. It will be snowing Sat. morning, when we usually go to the gym in this in between season, so maybe a snowy short hike or snow shoe. And then we will be visiting with my son all weekend, too.
    My favorite nordic ski area is open (the one about an hour away), but not up to full speed. The good thing is, when we get to Franconia for New Years, it should be really nice and snowy.
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  12. #57
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    I was a little reluctant to start XC this month, too. Really wasn't mentally ready to give up on my fat biking, I guess. Kept the biking going right up to where the fat bikes get bogged down and wouldn't go in the ever deepening snow. Of course, once I put on the skis and started the old rhythm, I wondered what took me so long. Anyway, enjoy it when the time is right for you.

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    Yup, crazy old lady me is still riding her fatties out on the snow packed roads, a bit. That probably says more about how much I dislike riding, indoors, on the trainer than anything, though. Another 5" plus of snow, last night, so the snow is way more than the fatties can handle on the trails. It's all skiing, now, on the trails. Sigh! I really miss my trail riding, even to the point where I fantasize about stealing hubby's snow blower to clear trails. Of course, if I broke it, I'd be in the doghouse, big time.

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    For the last weekend we are going to be home until January we spent Friday and yesterday night in Los Olivos to ride the quiet country roads in the Santa Ynez valley yesterday. Had a small storm/cold system come through southern ca. the end of the week but we had a beautiful sunny low 60’s day of relaxing and riding in this wonderful valley of lightly traveled side roads with no hard climbing…..even though it took some mental strength for me not to want to ride Mt. Figueroa.

    It felt good after the last few weekends of climbing feasts to just be in the quiet moments of feeling blessed to be with Alex on the roads I’ve come to know and enjoy so well over the last few years……and taking time to relax together before our holiday trip….and of course having a wonderful hotel with the best spa and masseuses outside of L.A., excellent healthy food and friendly, engaging people. We rode from a little after 8am to 4pm, some highlights were visiting the Mission Santa Ines, visiting some wineries, watching baby goats doing their crazy dances in a field and having the best squash soup and a nutritious salad for lunch. Didn’t keep track of mileage as this wasn’t about any of that this weekend.

    Hoping all here have a holiday season of feeling togetherness and caring…………….

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    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    That's my kind of list, Rebecca. Wonderful.

    Our best to everyone, too, from up here in the frozen north country.

 

 

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