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Thread: April Rides

  1. #61
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    Woke up, this morning to 8" of snow and that's only half of what we're forecast to get by the time the storm leaves, come morning. Had a great ride on our trails, yesterday, before the storm hit, one of my best of the winter, even if it was mid-April.

    I finally did it. After all my best efforts not to ride indoors on the trainer, all winter long, I threw in the towel, yesterday afternoon and set up my old vintage Kona MTB on the trainer. Again, just when I thought I had made it an entire winter without any indoor riding, April decides it's a winter month. In fact, we've had more snow in April, this year, than any other winter month. Go figure.

    Still, I am able to ride, if only on the trainer, so ride I will.

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    Talk about contrast. I follow National Weather Service twitter accounts for Chicago and Omaha, due to having family in those areas. I also follow local meteorologists who were sharing news from Minnesota. All day yesterday it was snow, blizzard, slippery, ice, white out, and more than one "uffda." But here it was sunny with a high of 86.

    I led a 39 mile ride between the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The forecast near the bay was 70, but it was much warmer than that. It was a bit breezy, but that was actually a good thing because it provided relief from the heat. Some trees are already losing their flowers, some are blooming and some still bare with just a hint of green buds. But none have leaves yet so there was no shade. A couple of riders in the group were slow due to mechanical issues and needing to avoid aggravating injuries, so I stopped often to wait for them to catch up. The result was a long day in the hot sun with no breaks in the shade. I was glad that it was not cold, but could have done without the headache that developed near the end. One good thing about riding slowly and frequent stops was that my legs did not feel worn out despite my lack of fitness.

    I still had some saddle/chamois problems, and thought about tightening the tension on the saddle. Then I realized that when I tightened it recently to resolve the sharp peak that developed at the back, I also removed all the sway from the center. So I loosened it a bit, and I think that helped.

    Now we have a "back door cold front," which is a front from the east. Since the Atlantic Ocean is east of us, that always mean cold, damp, gray and periods of rain. We're expecting the heaviest rain tonight into the morning rush hour. ( And thanks to major roadwork starting this weekend on the highway I take to work, traffic tomorrow morning will be a double-disaster, but I digress.) So today is a day to get things done indoors. I think the weather will improve in a few days so I should be able to get in a mid-week ride.

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    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
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    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

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    Crankin, that's too bad about the t-shirts. I expect you're right. Probably some cool LBS gal came up with those and ordered them custom.

    Also, I told my mother about your "January 127th" comment yesterday when we did our once a week Skype call, and she laughed out loud. Much appreciated! But sorry you're having to live through it.

    We have friends who spend six months each year in St. Paul, MN at their home and six months in Belize, in their oceanfront condo. They leave for MN around the first week in May. I am sure they are very happy for this schedule. Hopefully by May, January will be over! For all of you!
    Emily

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    Well, it's not snow here, so while I like snow in the *winter,* not in mid-April. Currently it's light freezing drizzle, but the temperature is going to start going up around 11 pm. So, hopefully, no issues on my early morning drive to the gym. But, it is going to be pouring, I mean pouring all day tomorrow, until after dinner. I cannot imagine the poor people who are running the marathon tomorrow. It will be between 40 and 50, pouring, and windy. Hypothermia, ugh. Just about all of the Patriot's Day festivities have been cancelled; the battle re-enactments at the North Bridge and Lexington Common, the parade in Concord, and several Minutemen companies are not marching to the bridge, since there's nothing happening. In 28 years, I've never seen this, nor do I remember this as a kid. Oh, and the Red Sox game is cancelled. There's thousands of tourists here for the historical re-enactments, and I guess they will all be shopping!
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    After a day of digging out, I hit the trainer for a short thirty minute workout. All I had in me after a day of shoveling snow, but it still counts as riding in my book. Today will be much the same, since more snow, overnight. Here's a pic of our patio table with 13" of accumulated snow from this last storm. Looking ahead, we may actually hit 50 degrees by Sunday, so that's something.


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    Impressive, looks like February!
    Just got back from doing a few errands; it is frightful out there, pouring rain, being driven right in your face by 30 mph winds from the NE, the cold direction. What a waste of my holiday. At least if it was snow,I could ski or snow shoe. Went to my regular 5:30 am class at the gym, despite it being a holiday here. Probably should have planned to do something later in the day, instead. So far, all of my attempts at making plans have not worked, and DH is leaving for NJ for 3 days, after lunch.
    Oh well, things look good for the weekend.
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    Got the bikes ready last weekend, all set to go riding... and it's 27 degrees and snowing. Went swimming instead.

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    Crazy...I didn't realize it was any kind of holiday, but I did see some coverage of the Boston Marathon on the news, and it looked miserable!

    In the meantime, it's still too cold for my blood in Florida, even. We drove our motorhome up to the panhandle yesterday and are in a lovely state park near the beach. This morning's low was 46. In Florida, in April, really? When I booked these reservations awhile ago, I certainly didn't expect this. Shoulda waited until May. Last year it was HOT in April, though. We're supposed to hit 73 today, and that will feel good, but it's still quite a bit cooler than normal.

    I saw an article indicating that most of the US would have below normal temps through April. Maybe May will finally bring springtime? One can dream? Stay warm, y'all!
    Emily

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    No spring yet, here, but, of course, I have to expect that at this latitude. After spending the morning digging out from this last storm, I checked our local roads to see if they're ridable. They have been plowed, but are still mostly snow and ice-covered. Nevertheless, I was tempted to go for a ride, but just didn't have the energy after hours of work with the shovel. 30 mph wind gusts out of the north and a temp in the mid 20s didn't help, either. Hit the trainer for a good workout and called it good.

    As for clearing my trails, I only got thirty feet with the snowblower. The snow is way to deep now for even a snowblower, so will have to let Nature do the clearing for me. Looks like I'm going to be a road warrior for awhile.

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    Did just short of 10 miles of laps on our area paved roads. About half snow packed and half dry, so they should clear up, quick, with some nice weather. Stopped and visited with a neighbor. She told me that the Weather Bureau reports that we officially had 18.8" of snow, making it 100 inches of snow for the winter. That makes it the 3rd snowiest winter on record and only 10" short of the all-time record, a once in a hundred year snowy winter.

    That makes me feel a little better, knowing that I probably won't see another winter like this one, but, of course, who knows? Climate change/global warming is throwing all the norms out of whack. Anyway, good to be out and riding. Sure beats staying indoors.

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    We had a fun ride today in the Santa Rosa Beach area of Florida's panhandle. We took a long beach walk in the morning, then got ready to ride out to lunch on the bike path along 30A. Found out when we got a couple miles west of our campground that two miles of the path was currently closed/torn up and being redone, so we had to ride along the highway, no shoulder. That two miles really dragged, as we had a headwind when we headed out, and traffic wa a bit heavier than I would have preferred. Fortunately, once we got through that part, the path picked back up, and we got to the restaurant we'd planned on for fish tacos for lunch on their "Taco Tuesday".

    When we arrived and went to lock our bikes, we discovered that we had no lock! DH was supposed to bring it but somehow got distracted at the last minute and forgot it. Fortunately, there are a lot of bike shops along the path, so we backtracked a couple miles, bought a lock, and headed back to the restaurant. Had delicious fish tacos + a beer, then headed back. Riding along the road was not bad at all on the way back, as we had a tailwind, and traffic was lighter since the lunch rush was over.

    All in all, a really fun time. Temps were in low 70s with bright sunshine and super low humidity. Hardly feels like Florida, but was very nice indeed, particularly after waking up to 46 degrees this morning. Sunshine warmed things up quickly!

    Got in a touch over 18 miles. First time I've ridden my MTB in a long time, and that was fun. The path surface isn't always great, so I decided to ride that instead of the roadie for that reason, and it was a good choice.
    Emily

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    That sounds like so much fun, Emily. I started researching commuter/in town type bikes yesterday while I was home in the frightful rainstorm. I came across a great review in Bicycling of mostly women's commuter/hybrids/gravel bikes, from cheap to expensive. At least 4 I will checkout. I learned from clicking on some of the links that there are no extra smalls anywhere in the country of the new Trek commuter.
    The holiday is Patriot's Day. It's only celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine. Perhaps Connecticut. It's all about the the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Yes, my little town swells with tourists for about 2 weeks, visiting the historical sites, watching the re-enactments, etc. The marathon is always on Patriot's Day. Schools have their spring vacation this week, too.
    I seriously do not know how any of those people finished the marathon. I could barely stand going out to do 2 errands in that storm.
    I am going to ride with my friend Jack tomorrow, and possibly his wife will come, too.
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    Thanks for explaining about the holiday, Crankin! I figured it was Tax Day, not a holiday in my book. ;-) Spring break here has come and gone at various weeks in March. I'll be interested to hear about your town/commuter bike search. Hope it's not impossible to find a small one! Doesn't make sense that Trek can't make more of a size that is obviously quite popular.
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    Emily, nice to hear you got out on the MTB. I used mine as a commuter in my Chicago days for much the same reason. Those Chicago suburb roads on my commute were very rough in places. That, and I had to bike in all kinds of weather since I didn't have a car. Lastly, I found that a good MTB makes for a safer commuter. Gets your head up higher, but also that quick acceleration allowed me to scoot out of the way in a couple of dangerous situations and avoid being hit. Still have the bike and am currently in the process of adding new tires, grips and so on. Hope to ride it, this summer ... if we get a summer, that is.

    Crankin, you might want to keep an eye open for a used 26" MTB. Lots of them around and they can be had, cheap, cheap, cheap, now that the bike companies have mostly abandoned the 26" wheel for MTBs and gone with the 27.5 (sore spot and pet peeve for me). A lot of bike shops won't even take 26ers in on trades , now, even ones with very high end components. If you need a small bike, the 26" wheels are an ideal wheel size.
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    I don't want a mountain bike; I rode a very nice 26" Voodoo as my first bike in 2000-2002. I just don't like the feeling of riding that geometry on the road. Although, I am still mad at my older son, whom we gave the bike to for commuting, for leaving it in the storage of his apartment when he bought his home. It was DH's first mountain bike, which he was able to set up for someone as small as me, as well as himself and my son, who are 5' 7." I want a "cool" looking commuter, most likely on a hybrid platform. Still not sold on needing disc brakes, although many, if not all of the cheaper ones have them. I am more concerned with the gearing. Not the gear combos, but which group set. I don't want something so cheap it will be a pain and not shift right. It will be fun shopping.
    I rode 27.5 miles this morning, with my friend, Jack. He is what most would call a "character," and his riding kit today included screaming turquoise and pink running shorts, over a variety of tights and other things from the 80s. Although the weather people called today the pick of the week, it was windy, partly cloudy, and 45 when we left. We were heading straight into the wind, too. I told him I was enormously slow, so he started off really slowly, but I didn't mind, since I always need more warm up time than most, and the wind... things were fine until we went up a very hard hill in a neighborhood in South Chelmsford. Somehow, I never expect these hills in neighborhoods, not sure why! It did me in ,and after that, I really felt like cr*p and was struggling to keep up on the smaller rollers. But, I persevered, as I had woken up with all of my weird autoimmune symptoms, and it pretty much is something I have to just get through, or I would be at home, on my couch most of the time. With about 10 miles left to go, we stopped and I ate half a bar, which helped immensely. Once we turned on the main road, with 6 miles left to go, the tailwind kicked in, which, thankfully, pushed my average into the barely acceptable range.
    I am glad I went, but before I left, 2 annoying things happened. First, there's been a change in the way you get files from a Ride With GPS link, and while I could put the link into my rides folder, I couldn't get it into my Garmin. It didn't matter for this ride, so I went to get ready and the pocket zipper on my wind jacket got stuck, after I had put my phone, money, etc in there. When I got home, I was able to move it enough, to get the stuff out, but it may be trashed, although I am hoping DH can fix it. This zipper has been finicky since day one. I had to bring it to be repaired after the first time I wore it. Hopefully I will have it for the weekend,when we are out in western MA with our friends.
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