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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-20-2011, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome Sunday ride!

I planned on starting early and getting in 35 then coming back and doing another loop with the group from LTF. Last year I think I got slower riding with them and wasn't really challenged. This year has been great! They combined rides with other area LTF's and some really fast peeps have been coming out. Anyway, after reviewing my HIM plan I decided it was best to do a shorter ride. I did the 56 mile loop with the advanced group. These guys were a
Blast! We had a couple guys early that couldn't hang and turned back. We are a no drop group and they felt bad we had to wait up at the stops. So all that was left were fast folks. We hammered it! The first 40 miles I did a lot of pulling. We were averaging somewhere around 21mph and I was on my road bike not the tt!!! About 40 in I started getting gassed. Some of the others started coming up more to take some pulls. We ended with a group of 6 and averaged 19.6 for 56 miles. I gotta upload more garmin. It seemed like we did some more climbing than usually with the extra miles added to the normal route. Overall, great ride. Pretty challenging at that speed on my road bike! Fun time!

So where are my clsb peeps? Haven't seen anybody out this year. Especially Kevin. Where the hell are ya???

If anyone is interested we meet at commissioners park in Naperville at 7:30am on Sundays. There is a beginner intermediate and advanced ride. Something for everyone. You don't need to be an LTF member to ride. Might be good for some of you newer guys to work your way up!

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I really need to look in to a road bike...I've started putting some good miles on the MTB, road riding to the prarie paths (a pretty long way from home), doing a loop or two and high-tailing it home.

I have to admit though, I'm just still not 100% sold on riding with traffic. Talk me in to it Brian...

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It's as simple as this Tom: you'll quickly get to the point where you cant get any better mtb'ing if you don't have a road bike. Road bikes offer sooooo much more opportunity to ride vs mtbs. Especially this year. The trails have been so wet I haven't even missed not having one yet and we are half into summer already!!

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Yeah I hear ya...I've been having a pretty decent time with the MTB, but I know it's not really ideal for what I've been doing with it. I've sort of shifted my work out focus lately too...away from the gym and weight training and more on cardio and the bike. It's taking some time to get used to...10-15 years of pretty solid wait training...I almost don't know what to do with the extra time! Maybe a road bike will do the trick.

Like I said though, I just don't really feel wholly comfortable riding a bicycle on the street yet. I don't trust these fools when I have a 150 hp engine under me!

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How beginner is the beginner group? I have been wanting to go on a group ride, but I haven't ridden my bike since last year and have no idea what my stamina/endurance will be.

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Tom. This is why we ride early weekend mornings out in the country. Very little traffic out there


Beginner group is a 25 mile ride at 14-16mph. Intermediate is 35 at 16-17mph. Advance....hammerfest!!!

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Now if it was closer I could handle the Intermediate group, but would want to be in the fastest run group.... But I will have to try a Ken CP ride soon...

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Oh yeah I could rock the beginner group no problem then!

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I'm going to have to join you guys one Sunday. I just bought a 2011 Trek 2.3 and have been putting on some miles and trying to build up my speed and getting my gear in order; Beginners Group sounds like the right start for me.
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The beginner group sounds like something I could do. Maybe I'll check it out someday this summer. Is there a website or post for it?

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I want to ride, but decided to get fat(er) and lazy(er) instead. Not on purpose but apparently I'm pretty easily sidetracked. I need to recoup whatever fitness I had and get out and ride, cuz I've run out of excuses. And I'm finally starting to miss it. Group ride would be fun, I rode with that group once last year and it was good times, good roads and very little traffic. No way in hell I could hang with Brian anymore so I'll be in the fat guy group

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Kevin! You are alive! Jk. Hope everything is going good for you, hope to see you at Palos or kettle this year.

Sorry Brian I work Sunday's, my schedule should change and if I'm lucky I'll get them off. On a side not I have been trying to run more during the week with more frequency and my running has definitely improved, thanks for the tips with that.
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Yeah things going good, just been really busy with wedding/house/family stuff. I really need to get back on the bike though. Palos and Kettle sounds pretty good, hell even a road ride sounds good!

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Good job Meulen. Every year man, stronger and stronger. Cerk, just get out and do it. That is the first step. Don't worry about getting dropped or going slow, just get out and do it. Kevin, once you get married you just become that old fat married guy.
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Hey I just got married this year too and I'm getting out on the bike MORE!

Kev I've got a nice little road/prarie path ride put together for our neck of the woods...probably 20 miles round trip. And let's go to SWK or KK, something when you have time!

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Kk wasnt worth the drive when i lived in naperville, let alone now! Should get to swk soon though, or the path. Did a quick ride with the wife last week and found our way to the fox river trail pretty easily, and that stretches 50 miles i think? This weekend should work for me for something

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Tony...anytime

Ken...thanks man! I'm trying!

I'll be riding again this weekend for sure. Not sure if I'm riding with this group or not. There's something I want to do Sunday so I may ride out there Saturday. Maybe do 70 miles or so in a couple loops. I'm open to suggestions if you guys want to set up a separate ride.

Kevin...get off your duff already! Don't make the same old get married get fat mistake! That's sooo redundant!! lol

My mtb frame is in transit. Should be here next week!!! Can't wait to hit some trails

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Hey Kev me and the wife were thinking of a day trip up the Fox River Trail to St. Charles or something one of these weekends. Ride up, grab some grub and head back??

I can probably do SWK this weekend, let me know. Hopefully will have a road bike soon too.

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With the rain coming our way the rest of the week looks like the trails will be doubtful again.

Lmk when you guys do the fox trail thing. Anne and I might be interested too. I got that old single speed project around that would be a perfect cross bike and anne has a hybrid she could use for that.

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FRT sounds cool, angela would probably dig that too. I'll check with her tonight

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With the rain coming our way the rest of the week looks like the trails will be doubtful again.

Lmk when you guys do the fox trail thing. Anne and I might be interested too. I got that old single speed project around that would be a perfect cross bike and anne has a hybrid she could use for that.
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FRT sounds cool, angela would probably dig that too. I'll check with her tonight
^^Sounds like a plan!

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Great ride again this Sunday. We did the same 56 mile route as last week. I've got the rout at about 1500ft elevation gain so pretty stout for a route in Illinois of that mileage. This week I had my TT bike out there with my race wheels to stay used to the setup for the Racine 70.3 coming up. I volunteered to be a ride leader for this group. So I took the liberty of getting up front and pulling about 85-90% of the ride. Gave me the opportunity to get down into those aero bars for most of the ride. We had one guy flat about half way through but other than that we really kept moving except for a few stop signs after hills had fracture the group. I had no idea how fast we were moving because I was leading and watching the map the whole time. I just kept pedaling at a comfortable medium/hard pace. At the end of the ride I looked a the data and was pretty surprised we avg'd 20.37 for the 56 miles! I can see now my weekly computrainer workouts paying dividends as I keep getting faster now through the season.

And I still saw no clsb'ers! Were are my peeps? Lol. Calling out KC6!!

My wife, Ann-imal, ended up goin with the intermediate group. She said she struggled quite a bit and fell behind some. She did 42 miles and avg'd 16. She's going to be giving some of you guys a run for your money pretty soon!!!!

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Good work slim. Maybe we'll ride together once at least this year.
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Thanks

Yeah....it's funny. Now that I could probably hang, for the most part, we haven't ridden at all this year!

Good job with the racing! I hvent raced at all this year except for the marathon. I'm hoping that doesn't hurt me in Racine. I've been strictly training around these two events for this season. Ive got good race experience from last year. I suspect my transitions will suck and I'll have a hard time recovering from things that don't go my way but I know I'm well trained and ready!

Hopefully, I'll see you in the run! Lol

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Hey Brian you never posted your Garmin link, I'm curious what time you guys finish. I start work at noon right now, next month my schedule changes and I will have Sundays off so I could make it out then maybe.
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Sorry Tony,

I've been training 12-14 hours per week for Racine. It hasn't left me much time for anything. I think I still owe you guys pics from our ride in the Nevada Mountains! I still haven't gotten those off my camera.

We usually get back between 10:30-11am unless there is a problem on the road. We had a flat in the group a couple weeks back and it was a little after 11.

My garmin has been giving me problems. It's been shutting down on me during rides, so some of my miles have been missing till I realize it and turn it back on.

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Yes we will be out there tomorrow, in case "anybody" was wondering!

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I would totally be down for this if I had a damn road bike!

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Well get on it!!!

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