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Monthly Archives: May 2013

2013 Storming of Thunder Ridge

The weekend finally arrived, and it was time to drive down to Lynchburg for the Storming of Thunder Ridge, my first real mountain climb. After dealing with a work related problem, I left out of Northern Virginia at 11am, headed first to see my Grandfather in Richmond. The drive down I-95 took over 3 hours, … Continue reading »

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2013 Bike To Work Day – DC

Goal today: Get the cool Bike Arlington Water Bottle. That meant I had to get to the Ballston Bike to Work Day stop by Freshbikes. I got up at 6:15am, showered, and prepped everything. The LLBean coffee mug didn’t fit well into my water bottle holder, so I abandoned that. Hit the road at 7am … Continue reading »

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Anticipation

Sunday is the Storming of Thunder Ridge, and I’m going into this not feeling as well prepared as I wanted. I was only able to complete one big climbing ride the entirety of March/April/May, and though I was riding my Commutotron Bike, it still clobbered me mentally. I had really wanted to get some extended … Continue reading »

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Sticky: TD Five Boroughs Bike Tour

Finally the day was here, the first big event on my list. The TD Five Boroughs Bike Tour, a carless ride through all five boroughs of New York city. The night before I got everything set out. Bibs, heart rate monitor, everything I needed. Filled the water bottles, put in the Skratch Labs Exercise mix. … Continue reading »

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Aborted Arlington Loop

More intended as a recovery ride (if a recovery was needed) from the Five Boroughs ride. I had taken that Monday off, so we could leave New Jersey at a sane time during the day, leaving time for a ride in the afternoon. The only remarkable thing about the ride was being told, just after … Continue reading »

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Packet Pickup for the Five Boroughs Bike Tour

This year Bike New York Five Boroughs Bike Tour required you to come to the Bike New York bike expo to pick up your packet, instead of mailing it out. I’m guessing this was done to keep people from selling their slot in the race. This was a better situation than last year, where you … Continue reading »

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Pre Ride for Five Boroughs Tour

This was just a quick spin to get the legs loose for tomorrows ride. The only big stress was doing a quick sprint down on Ocean Blvd right by the bay. I also learned that I could not get to Laurence Harbor from Cliffwood Beach without riding either to Matawan, or on Rt. 35 (death … Continue reading »

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Vonage Loops

We were up in New Jersey to visit family and be there for the Five Boroughs Bike Tour, so I went to go visit some old friends at Vonage, and did some loops around the Vonage driveway. Problems with a mile loop is that there is no where to hide from a headwind. There will … Continue reading »

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In Which I Attack Bucklew & Tower

I wanted to get in some miles this wednesday, as it was the start of the National Bike Challenge but Becky had scheduled a Thomson Creek guy to come give us a quote on replacing our side door. He showed up early, talked alot, gave us a REALLY hard sell, and ate up all my … Continue reading »

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Failed to make it to Trails End…Again

I had wanted to ride today back up Mt. Weather, with the PPTC group riding Naked Mt. as well. Except it was going to rain, starting out west first, so the ride was cancelled. To make up for it, I was going to put in some big milage and ride out to Purcelleville to Trail’s … Continue reading »

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