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you all are gluttons for punishment!

well... not a whole lot lately.

did a house sitting gig for a buddy.
gee... real rough... tend to his 2 greyhounds that he got thru a rescue agency
drink his rum and coke
eat his food
watch his big screen tv

altho i did end up schlepping my road bike and some things over there, on The Dummy, as I had a 5 day stay, complete with my typical roadie Velo Club Monterey Racing Team... blah blah blah...

so last Sunday was a + 70 miler out in an area called Panoche, we rode to some place called Mercy Hot Springs...
aint nothin out there! hot wind, thats about it.
i was exhausted!
monday found me reading a book, and just sitting around.

tomorrow finds me in transit with my road bike to Davis, Ca
for The Davis Double
HOT HOT HOT

if all goes well, it will be my 2nd Double Century so far for the year.
if all goes well, maybe this year I'll finish 3 doubles... then i can buy a patch, jacket, etc... "California Triple Crown"

like... what do i need that for?
uhhh... i don't know... just another thing "to do"

so today has been somewhat manic

i've been wrenching here at home, tyrin to make a buck or two
so i've been on this project rebuild, a new carbon fork, etc...

then tonight's team ride
when i'm coming home, a small hill, i'm powering along, big ring, and decide to practice some smooth power up the hill, when "BANG!"

damn.... broke another spoke.
i've been using some Williams Racing System 19's
at The Solvang Double I broke a pulling spoke on the non-drive side.
tonight, the exact same thing.
so something is up with those wheels.
maybe its my 175lbs of chunking heft!

so here's some pics

a shot or two of the current bike i'm working on...
a shot of The Dummy loaded with my road bike
a shot of The Dummy from last night, as i was leaving Trader Joe's here in Monterey.
i noticed 2 surlys
a 54cm LHT, and a CC

2 girls on tour form SF to San Diego
meanwhile my buddy Mati had rolled up, just finished a lab session, as he's in the Nursing Program at the local JC. of which i should seriously consider.

so thats basically it

bikes
bikes
bikes...

off to Davis in the am

HOT
HOT
HOT

and a pic of my buddy's garage.... bikes, a dummy and an Elise
 

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Wow Devo, the Davis Double, that'll be hot won't it? I think it would be awesome if you did that on the BD hooked up to a boombox blasting tunes for everyone. You could ride with a cooler also. Something tell me you could do it and be far from the last finisher.

I did a 400k brevet this past weekend and it was a totally psychedelic experience at the end. I was worked. One more brevet left--a 600k with 21,000ft of climbing. I'm definitely headed for the pain cave on that one.

But almost more exciting is that my next cycling adventure will be a 5 to 7 day tour in Washington state on my Cross Check. I've purchased Surly racks front and rear. I'll also be swapping out the current townie bar for a flat bar. Pictures to follow.

Continue to keep us updated on your exploits Devo.
 
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Wow Devo, the Davis Double, that'll be hot won't it? I think it would be awesome if you did that on the BD hooked up to a boombox blasting tunes for everyone. You could ride with a cooler also. Something tell me you could do it and be far from the last finisher.

I did a 400k brevet this past weekend and it was a totally psychedelic experience at the end. I was worked. One more brevet left--a 600k with 21,000ft of climbing. I'm definitely headed for the pain cave on that one.

But almost more exciting is that my next cycling adventure will be a 5 to 7 day tour in Washington state on my Cross Check. I've purchased Surly racks front and rear. I'll also be swapping out the current townie bar for a flat bar. Pictures to follow.

Continue to keep us updated on your exploits Devo.
yup
HOT
HOT
HOT

at the moment here in Monterey at 745am, its nice and foggy

brevets: i've often thought of par-taking in the world of Randos
21k of climbing... holy smack... thats my worst form... that is big long climbs, all i seem to do these days is want to settle in. some of the skinnies i ride with, obviously they love to put me into trouble on climbs. at 175lbs i have a hard time with tempo on any decent incline, typically i bog down, then they accelerate, which i simply cannot counter.

375 miles and 21k of climbing? I'd say that is probably about like Monterey to LA.

days of touring? that sounds a lot nicer...
 
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Davis Double

HOT
HOT
HOT

ya... HOT!

my buddy SAG'd out around +100 miles, succumbed to the heat
leaving me and another buddy to finish up.

our start time was 515am
the early morning was nice
once the sun popped up, on came the heat.

big long pace lines, rolling at speed, i was happy to be up front of the train, helping steer things along.

however, my buddy's, buddy.... not comfortable with group skills, he'd slowly roll back.
while I'd keep close to the front...

blah blah blah

Davis Double done!
the heat was off the hook

with SOC done, my dad's passing away, now behind me
those 2 events had put me with at least 6 weeks of little to no training.
which is really another way of saying that I hadn't put in any decent miles.

save for:
a ride from LA to Malibu, then to Ventura with The Dummy
a ride from Saticoy (Ventura), up and around the back side of Lake Casitas, Ojai, and back.
then a +70 mile road ride the the weekend prior to Davis, out in an area known as Panoche. a VCM Racing Team training ride, in the heat, that had left me EXHAUSTED!

Cliff and I finished Davis at around 10pm.

a 17hr double!
the longest double of my life!

and not too far from some very typical days on The Dummy making long jumps with a big load.

The Rivendell Reader was floating around
and sure enough an article on The Dummy
a quick read...
ok... ya.... the crew at Rivendell using a Dummy, cool.

Davis is a bike town
its a college town
college kids everywhere on bikes

Davis Amtrak Station
Sunday, the day after the double
i laid 1/2 asleep on the benches in 95F heat, in the shade
once the train arrived, pull the curtain, and crash out 1/2 asleep to San Jose
the bus ride from SJ to Salinas, was packed.

putting a nice road bike under the bus, had me a bit concerned
until, i told myself, "its a 5 year old road bike, and its a BIKE... don't fret."
so i chilled out.

arriving in Salinas, the bike was fine.
the ride from Salinas to Del Rey Oaks, was sort of uncomfortable, as i had a way too huge of a load in my Chrome Kremlin messenger bag.

today, i feel good.
rest day

chores, etc...

Hemet Double Century is probably going to be my next double.
which is about 5 months away!
huge time!
that will be the 3rd for the year, qualifying me for The California Triple Crown

not that I'm so much aimed at external validation, or "achieving a goal", as much as, its the first time that I've had the time off of work to allow such a thing.

its one of those things, where, once i go back to work, i can envision myself regretting not doing these rides. in a micro sense, they are as if mini-vacations.

vacations, with buddies, from my current sabbatical
a vacation from a 2yr vacation?
give me a break huh?
well... that seems to be the gist lately.

plus to drop a few races in there with VCM Racing.

today i received notice from the King City Ranger station, that Indians Rd is now open.
i've got a craving to try The Hunter out with those CDW bags, and spend a few days up top of Big Sur, in the back section of The Ventana Wilderness and Ft. Hunter Liggett.

so i've got "ants in my pants"
i've got a bike i need to finish up this week. the sooner the better.
then i think its "down range" for me.

lately I'm feeling that i've got a little too much of this Townie Lifestyle going on.

too much of big screen TV's
too much of big giant dogs
a little too much rum
too much of trains, and cars
too much of "Sport", and all its glamor and trappings
all the while
what i really crave is to simply be outside somewhere
where maybe in the middle of the night the only man made sounds would be from a jet high overhead...
 

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HardyWeinberg said:
A friend moved from centraly NY to Davis, naturally took up biking. I hear it's flat flat flat as well as hot hot hot.
It was really hot during the weekend! Who can't get the old thread up?
 

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I can't access the old thread. Bummer. Devo just needs to start a regular blog.
 

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I thought I wasn't able to get there with IE. For all apperance, the website had stopped loading. Then I noticed IE's phising filter was still scanning the page. Perhaps try disabling that or just waiting longer. The threads are long so it can take some time.
Yes it take forever to load! :thumbsup:
 

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strange
i use a Mac, Safari, etc...
comcast DSL
and/or just a neighbor's WiFi

pretty fast
The old one was just really photo heavy. NTTIABT
 

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Alright - Devo & Th Dummy - Book II. I was wondering when the next chapter would begin.
I just rode my first century this past Sunday in Santa Fe - hard to imagine doing a double. It was funny to see how serious some people took the race/ride. My buddy & I are already thinking about next year but ride it on my (sometime in the near future) BD w/ portable tunes cranking & a cooler of Dale's Pale Ale. Just to keep things in proper prospective & festive.
 
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The Dummy is sitting, at the moment...
as luck has it...

or rather
for me it seems that my life has these moments of ebb and flow
sometimes, I have a million things going on at once, then suddenly, everything is calm

sometime ago, a buddy let me fly along with him in his plane.
he's a commercial pilot
and had flown A-10's when he was in the military
so we have something in common, other than bicycles, that being, some sort of military mindset

anyways... I've been interested in aircraft for a long time.
so Bill took me for a flight
one of the things he had said to me, was "if you are doing nothing, there is something wrong"
in that, while flying, there is always something to be going over, double checking things, looking around, reporting observations, etc...
you should always be doing something, you don't want your mind to lull away...

in a way, i've taken that sentiment into my Lifestyle
that is so say, "you should always be doing something."
not necessarily "on the go"

like today, I've decided to just relax, i spent the day reading, sitting outside with the neighbors in the sun, light chit chat, light yoga, a nap...

yesterday I spent a considerable amount of time on the computer setting up logistics
this time for The Eastern Sierra Double
this time, I think I may attempt it on The Hunter 29er with Vulpine 2.1's

i have a hard time changing my road bike
it has a nice integrated bar and stem, a deda alanera
standard gears, and a 23/11t cogset
in the day the 23t was a bailout gear
however, these days, climbing is my bane, at times akin to riding a single speed
in that my strategy often is to run as much momentum into a hill and power up it as much as i can.

blah blah blah

on and on about road bike form
what i really need to do is change the setup, and use a 100mm stem, with about 6deg of rise, and use a 25t cog, if i really was desperate, change the 39t chainring to a 38t

why i sold off my compact crankset? i have no idea. obviously bcz i never thought i'd be thinking of actually using it... duh...

with The Solvang Double done
with Davis Double done
both doubles, my buddy not comfortable with the pace
me thinking, that maybe i should take this opportunity to try out 200 miles on a MTB
and the 29er a perfect setup?

this weekend, the local club, i think we have a 100 miler scheduled, so I'm going to feel that out.
if things roll along comfortably, i think Eastern Sierra will be on The Hunter.

really its just a matter of being able to do the hours
and
metering the nutrition
time and resource management
energy management
momentum management
where to make your investments.

very little of this actually has anything, specifically to do with The Dummy
really, things are very relaxed for me... at the moment.
when my Life is fully of Dumb excursions, I know I'm busy.

I'm glad to be off that road bike.
its not that I'm not comfortable on it
its more like, I simply do not prefer the nervous high strung nature of being on a road bike.
i get tired of constantly picking a line, dodging small road debris, like shale pebbles on hot asphalt, bunny hopping over cracked sections of road, etc...
i like being able to roll over things, and not worry.

yesterday i rode the hunter for 3hrs, felt perfectly fine, in fact, made some decent attacks at speed, a big long pull, etc...

i bit the bullet and ordered a new set of Sidi Dragon II Carbon SRS!
awhile ago, i bought some new Ergo's with carbon soles, wow! those are swank road shoes

the Dragons i'm using now, i'm on about the 4th set of soles. the msrp is about $70, which, in my opinion is outrageous. I end up begging/pleading/bartering some kind of work-off the tab kind of deal.

i suppose with the new shoes it will be much the same.

long rant about nothing in particular
other than i'm on a kick about doing Doubles.

in that light
IF i can do Eastern Sierra on The Hunter
i may aim at Grand Tour
then the Fall Solvang Double

that would give me 5 doubles for this year.

plus VCM Racing is giving me "the vibe" to actually....uhhh.... RACE!

and then there is my counter-culture Devo, tuggin my heart strings to tour, and/or simply get away and camp.

for now... being that Eastern Sierra is in 2 weeks, I'm satiated.

peace...d
 

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Either that or...

SelfPropelledDevo said:
i need to use my website better!
.... you can point the URL to a prefab blog page, like blogspot or wordpress.

Drunkcyclist did it, and I did mine (then generally forgot about it) and it works great. The formatting is taken care of, you can do your own look and feel, or use prefab ones. The site has spell checkers, pic embedding, and draft saving and all sorts of handy tools. I used to hand code mine, and it was always a big mess because let's face it, I'm an html hack. I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to code.
 
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.... you can point the URL to a prefab blog page, like blogspot or wordpress.

Drunkcyclist did it, and I did mine (then generally forgot about it) and it works great. The formatting is taken care of, you can do your own look and feel, or use prefab ones. The site has spell checkers, pic embedding, and draft saving and all sorts of handy tools. I used to hand code mine, and it was always a big mess because let's face it, I'm an html hack. I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to code.
I should devote time to the project.
i have an iMac, and a MacBook
space at apple and space at GoDaddy
i've used Sandvox
and of course iWeb
 
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