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Something different: Downtown Mt. Dora Urban Assult ride.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 by  
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Yesterday’s blog was extremely lengthy, and I was writing until I was up against my self-imposed 9:00 AM deadline. After I posted my blog and ate breakfast it was already 9:30. I was in the mood to ride, but I had a lot of work to do. I was still trying to find an excuse to break away for a ride, but once it started raining I decided that I was going to do an afternoon HIIT or extended medium-high intensity cardio workout on the indoor trainer.

At about 10:00 Mike sent me a text message asking if I was riding. I told him I wanted to, but I was too busy. I asked Mike if he was riding, and if it was raining there. I asked him these questions mostly because I was still looking for any excuse to break away and hit the trails. Mike said he was thinking about getting a ride in, and that it was not raining out his way. That was all I needed. I rushed to tie up some loose ends at work, and started filling my CamelBak. 🙂

Yesterday's route.

Yesterday’s route.

Mike suggested something a little different for yesterday’s ride: meet at his place, and do an urban assault type ride over to the Mt. Dora trails, grab a quick lap there, and then hit some other surrounding areas on the trip back. It’d been a couple of years since I’ve done any real riding on the pavement, so that sounded like an interesting and fun deviation from the norm.

There were some pretty decent climbs and fast descents on the 16 mile route we took. I challenged myself to push hard on most of the climbs, and thought I did a pretty good job considering that I was on a mountain bike. The paved downhills made for fun and speedy rewards after the climbs. I reached nearly 35 MPH on my noisy and slow-rolling MTB tires a couple of times, and I have to admit the speed was exhilarating.

I love speed, and I’m not going to lie: yesterday’s ride further whet my appetite for a road bike. Good grief, maybe all you guys who have been telling me I’ll really get into road biking will wind up being right. We’ll see, I guess. 🙂

The ride was fun, challenging and a great workout. I really enjoyed it. Here’s the full ride on Strava. It felt good to wind up second on the leaderboard on one of those climbs, as the current KOM did it on a road bike.

After the ride Mike sent me home with a couple of very hard-to-get (at least in Florida–the brewery doesn’t have distribution here) craft beers from New Belgium Brewing: “Fat Tire Amber Ale” and “Red Hoptober”. Last night I was dying to dive in and give these beers a try, but I’m going to wait until this weekend and enjoy them with a cheat meal. Thanks for the great workout and the brews, Mike!

Today there’s no way I have time to hit the trails, so I’m definitely going to have to do an indoor cardio session. I’ve noticed that I’ve sort of slipped into the habit of riding every single day, either on the trails or on the trainer. That’s not such a bad habit to be in at all.

Also, this afternoon I’ll be doing a little surgery on my carbon handlebars (as mentioned in yesterday’s blog). I’m going to start by reducing the width by about 25mm and see how that feels.

John Stone Fitness Comments

7 Responses to “Something different: Downtown Mt. Dora Urban Assult ride.”
  1. If you like speed, imagine being able to PEDAL up to 35mph (or more) on a flat grade. I managed that last year when my legs were still weak, as you saw in the video. With legs like yours, 40mph+ is a distinct possibility. Just imagine how many more KOM’s await you once you get on asphalt. 🙂

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      • You may want to wear a parachute. 😉

        BTW, a question I meant to ask the other day was how did you come loose from the bike when you went over the handlebars? One of my big concerns about going clipless is the possibility of tearing ligaments from crashing with the bike still attached to me.

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          • I use a set of Crank Brothers ‘Egg Beaters’, which have only one tension setting. I’ve set them to disengage with a 15 degree twist, making them easy to get out of. Hopefully I won’t need to find out. Here’s a video of my very first mtb ride, filmed at Santos back in March. Apparently the kid who fell on the trail couldn’t get out of his clipless pedal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP4AVDELqOU

            Make sure to turn off the sound, unless you like elevator music. I don’t know what possessed me to pick that awful sound track.

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            • Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I really like Shimano clipless pedals–you can dial in the perfect release tension. I have mine set in such a way that they never accidentally unclip when I’m pedaling, but I can quickly release if I need to drop a foot (and auto-release if I wreck).

              I was considering CBs at one point, but the lack of adjustability combined with reports of their fragility pushed me towards Shimano.

              I actually thought the mellow lounge music was absolutely perfect for the pace you guys were riding. Slayer would have seemed highly sarcastic. 😉

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              • Strange. I’d considered the Shimanos, but everyone – and I mean everyone I talked to – said the CB’s were lighter/better/safer/cheaper. There were some reports of breakage, but apparently that only involved early models. I’ve only used them on my road bike and at SC on occasion, so I don’t have much personal experience to draw on. Santos was to have been my first serious outing with them last weekend, but the rain put an end to those plans.

                I suppose the music was appropriate to my slow, plodding, pace. Hard to imagine now, but I was very nervous on that ride, thinking that if my tire went over a stone or a stick, I’d certainly crash. lol

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