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BumbleBeeDave
02-20-2012, 05:34 PM
No pics to show for it, but I got out for 28 miles yesterday and another 31 today. They weren't fast and they weren't dramatic--just working on keeping the base over the winter.

But I've lived in upstate NY for 20 years now and NEVER ridden outdoors two days in a row in mid-February. Sunny both days, 40 yesterday and 37 today.

Unbelievable.

BBD

jr59
02-20-2012, 05:54 PM
I rode to the parade!

It's Mardi Gras!

Throw me something Mister!!!!

AngryScientist
02-20-2012, 06:01 PM
Excellent Dave- we need some good cycling content today. I too have no pics to show, but had two great days of fixed riding around the area this weekend. Despite a bunch of time off, felt very strong out there, good stuff.

crownjewelwl
02-20-2012, 06:02 PM
graham hills early in the morning...about 35 degrees so the muck was still mostly frozen over...took a quick pic while taking a breather on the big hill

pretty sure i was the only one out there that early...no epic fails, so a great ride!

thwart
02-20-2012, 06:06 PM
Rode both Saturday and Sunday...

... have 500 miles in since the first of the year, which is insane. That's well over double anything I've done before to this point in the winter.

OTOH, I've only been cross country skiing twice.

BumbleBeeDave
02-20-2012, 06:11 PM
graham hills early in the morning...about 35 degrees so the muck was still mostly frozen over...took a quick pic while taking a breather on the big hill

pretty sure i was the only one out there that early...no epic fails, so a great ride!

It's so dry. We had pantloads of rain for Irene and Lee, but nothing really since then. The riding is great now but I'm sure we are going to pay for the lack of snow/moisture this coming summer.

BBD

tele
02-20-2012, 06:13 PM
got out today with a buddy on some old roads behind our houses:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6911773931_e64f9edf40_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6911776455_11ec668354_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6911778579_187e0ffba9_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6911772381_300d9a6a91_z.jpg
Who needs a mtb?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6911788053_46204c8b2f_z.jpg

Jack Brunk
02-20-2012, 06:16 PM
graham hills early in the morning...about 35 degrees so the muck was still mostly frozen over...took a quick pic while taking a breather on the big hill

pretty sure i was the only one out there that early...no epic fails, so a great ride!
WL,

That is one sweet looking sheep my friend.

Enjoyed 30 plus miles on the Flash 29er on Sat. Had a week off due the worst flu I've had in a long time.

Ran 6.5 miles on the single track Sunday.

northbend
02-20-2012, 06:16 PM
A 70 mile loop all by myself on dirt roads and trails on Sunday. Got nice n dirty.

crownjewelwl
02-20-2012, 06:24 PM
got out today with a buddy on some old roads behind our houses:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7203/6911773931_e64f9edf40_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6911776455_11ec668354_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7178/6911778579_187e0ffba9_z.jpg
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6911772381_300d9a6a91_z.jpg
Who needs a mtb?
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6911788053_46204c8b2f_z.jpg

A couple of weeks ago I spotted a dude in full camo with a bow on the way to the trailhead...clearly wasn't supposed to be there with a friggin bow!!

crownjewelwl
02-20-2012, 06:28 PM
WL,

That is one sweet looking sheep my friend.

Enjoyed 30 plus miles on the Flash 29er on Sat. Had a week off due the worst flu I've had in a long time.

Ran 6.5 miles on the single track Sunday.

Thanks JB...hope you're better...just getting over something myself

Oh and I knocked out 10 miles on the treadmill catching up on eastbound and down, too

Bruce K
02-20-2012, 06:33 PM
So far I've ridden an ER chair and the MD's office dealing with my wife's burned hand.

She forgot that the pan she was reaching for with the Shrimp Scampi in it had just come out of the oven (using gloves) and after getting the cheese grated turned and picked up the pan again - this time without gloves.

3rd degree burns on her palm and 2nd degree burns on every finger pad.

Fortunately the blisters are all separated on each pad and do not cross joint lines so she probably won't need any skin surgery, just a while to heal.

Appointment with hip specialist tomorrow to determine course of action for my FAI. If surgery is the direction it will be a matter of which part of the season I want to lose, early and my charity event ride, middle, or cyclocross?

FUn, fun, fun.

BK

Steevo
02-20-2012, 06:35 PM
Got a nice ride in yesterday, which is very unusual for February. Skied my arse off on Friday, which is normal for February. Its like living out west.

fourflys
02-20-2012, 07:07 PM
Bruce- sorry to hear about your wife... my wife had ankle surgery a couple weeks back so is in a cast for a few more weeks... and we have a 3 y/o, so who do you think is looking after her (gladly BTW)... so not a lot of riding for me so far this year...

BUT, I did get out Saturday for a nice ride on the Coast Hwy...

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Bob Ross
02-20-2012, 07:46 PM
I think I may have officially Overdone It this weekend: 17 miles of solo interval training on Thursday, 23 mile (round trip) commute on Friday, 55 mile group ride Saturday, 50 mile group ride Sunday, 85 mile group ride today. I'm toast.

Jaq
02-20-2012, 08:35 PM
Did a few miles in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu yesterday, including a fairly killer climb. Got about 100 yards up the hill when I realized that I'd forgotten to swap out my 43 ring for a 39, so ended up climbing it in 43/23, which was... not fun. The descents are a blast, but bitterly cold. Here's a view from the top of the hill, looking west toward the Pacific.

dogdriver
02-20-2012, 09:19 PM
I'm taking the rest of the winter off-- blew out my Achilles trying to ski with my daughter. Catch you in the summer...

benitosan1972
02-20-2012, 10:02 PM
had 4 great rides this holiday weekend, including finding a bit of snow atop Mt Hamilton in San Jose, CA. mind you, it was 70F on Friday when i did this, how the snow didn't melt away i don't know, but it was an interesting contradiction of temperatures...

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/408878_10150565395993795_508408794_8914968_1749464 249_n.jpg

jgspin
02-20-2012, 10:07 PM
Rode 45 mi on Fri, 60 mi Sun and 40 mi today Monday in Julian and there's still snow by the road side on Engineers Road. Hardly any traffic, no stop lights, challenging climbs with an 18% thrown in just to let me know I'm still mediocre at climbing. But the descents entice me to come back. Feasted on carnitas at the taco shop with a a couple of buddies.

Open invitation to any of you guys when you visit San Diego, come and ride with me.

jgspin
02-20-2012, 10:11 PM
had 4 great rides this holiday weekend, including finding a bit of snow atop Mt Hamilton in San Jose, CA. mind you, it was 70F on Friday when i did this, how the snow didn't melt away i don't know, but it was an interesting contradiction of temperatures...

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/408878_10150565395993795_508408794_8914968_1749464 249_n.jpg

Used to fish for blue gills at the little pond there on Mt. Hamilton. Wished I'd discovered cycling when I lived there off of White Road and Alum Rock in the mid 80's. Frequented Reed's Cyclery not for the bikes but for the hunting and fishing gear.

benitosan1972
02-20-2012, 10:13 PM
we rode to Julian during our cross-country bike tour a few years ago... after baking in Blythe & Brawley, the climb up into Julian then the subsequent descent into San Diego (where i felt the ocean breeze for the first time in many, many hot summer days) was amazing. we did the typical Julian-thing and had apple pie downtown, it was very good! we camped at some cool campground somewhere up there, great memories! :)

rdparadise
02-20-2012, 10:45 PM
Well, I got out on Saturday. First ride in a couple of weeks. 50 rather slow miles with a breakfast stop in between. No pics, but the wind going south was a nice tailwind on the way back, otherwise, there was no way I was getting 50 in as I just didn't have the legs.

Base building this time of year for sure. Looking forward to March and the coming of spring. It's been the mildest winter in a while here in So Jersey.

Just sayin...

All this week is supposed to be high in the 60's except Saturday for us working stiffs when it will be a high in the mid 40's. Still not bad, but 60 is wonderful for riding this time of year.

Bob

tedschwartz
02-21-2012, 12:26 AM
Was fortunate enough to catch a ride to Tustin for the Como hills ride and got to ride some "hills" at a race pace. The weather was great just cold enough for a wind vest.

pdmtong
02-21-2012, 12:40 AM
I'm in kauai and could care less about riding...it's all about watersports this week

linksman364
02-21-2012, 08:48 AM
Rode Fri, Sat, and Sun - 20 - 25 miles each day. Sunday with my main riding buddy we discussed how we hadn't been outside yet last year.

oliver1850
02-21-2012, 12:28 PM
Clear and cool here Sunday, I rode 43 miles and was underdressed for the 26 degree temp late in the ride. 3rd pic doesn't show it but there's a line of windmills that were visible from 20 miles away.

tiretrax
02-21-2012, 02:42 PM
Sorry to hear about your wife's hand and your hip, Bruce. If surgery is needed, get it over with ASAP. Every time I delayed fixing my knees, I only increased my recovery time.

Best wishes to Dogdriver for quick recovery. I've got a hiking campout with my son this weekend. I have been praying I don't pull anything!

BumbleBeeDave
02-21-2012, 02:46 PM
Rode Fri, Sat, and Sun - 20 - 25 miles each day. Sunday with my main riding buddy we discussed how we hadn't been outside yet last year.

. . . WELCOME to the Paceline! :hello:

BBD

dyerwolf
02-21-2012, 03:03 PM
Sorry, I don't have any picures for you forumites. The other Mass folks on here have shown just how incredible it was. Winter what winter??
I got two 20 plus milers done as well as hitting the gym all three days. Being able to find time for two small rides is not bad considering that I have two kids under three years old and our day care was closed on Monday.
The weather has been insane here in New England and have been riding all winter long. ***?? Strange, strange, strange. I am not sure what to think but my legs are happy for the early pre season riding regimine and thereby keeping them in shape for the spring-fall.
Hope you all are enjoying the ride too.

thinpin
02-21-2012, 03:04 PM
Clear and cool here Sunday, I rode 43 miles and was underdressed for the 26 degree temp late in the ride. 3rd pic doesn't show it but there's a line of windmills that were visible from 20 miles away.
You can just make out the windmills in 2nd photo. Nice shots.

hairylegs
02-21-2012, 04:14 PM
Great pics! None here unfort.

Climbed Yerba Buena on Saturday for about 80 miles...
Latigo yesterday for about 75....I'm done.

Jaz - that looks like Yerba! The road behind Neptune's Net?! BUMPY

oliver1850
02-21-2012, 04:22 PM
You can just make out the windmills in 2nd photo. Nice shots.


Yes, those are the close ones. In the other pic they're on the horizon, can just be seen in the original sized pic. I was thinking of you and that climb profile you posted, as my whole route had nearly the amount of climbing as your one climb. It did have one category 5 climb; even that is hard to find in my area.

Jaq
02-21-2012, 04:40 PM
Great pics! None here unfort.

Climbed Yerba Buena on Saturday for about 80 miles...
Latigo yesterday for about 75....I'm done.

Jaz - that looks like Yerba! The road behind Neptune's Net?! BUMPY

That was Las Flores up to Saddle Peak Road. Haven't done Yerba in forever; it's about a 90 mile round trip from my place; that's beyond me till I htfu.

dogdriver
02-21-2012, 08:44 PM
Clear and cool here Sunday, I rode 43 miles and was underdressed for the 26 degree temp late in the ride. 3rd pic doesn't show it but there's a line of windmills that were visible from 20 miles away.

February in Northern Illinois-- where's the snow??

benitosan1972
02-21-2012, 09:14 PM
February in Northern Illinois-- where's the snow??

dun dun dun... that's what we're worried about East & West coast, the Earth is dry! :confused:

572cv
02-21-2012, 09:51 PM
wife and I went out on Sunday in Addison County, northwest wind at about 15 mph, 36F, no pics, but dry roads. Saw red tailed hawks (2), pileated woodpecker, crows, turkeys (8), and an assortment of little birds. Went by the slang on Lake Champlain where we see eagles in early spring, but still iced over, and no eagles yet. About 20 miles was enough. Have to get better foot gear.... :rolleyes:

hairylegs
02-21-2012, 11:14 PM
J - if you climbed Las Flores you certainly do not need to HTFU. That climb is insanely tough.

oliver1850
02-22-2012, 12:41 AM
February in Northern Illinois-- where's the snow??

I went out around 3 AM Tuesday to feed the boiler and it was white everywhere, heavy wet snow coming down. All melted well before noon.

aarondgirard
02-22-2012, 11:44 AM
Mid February and 50 degrees in Albany, NY...

Out for a couple hours of single track this morning on my GT... So great to have nice weather! (Makes me want a new mtn bike)

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