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June 12, 2007

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Adam

Sara,

I enabled comments to be made without a Google account. It was just my technological ignorance, not anything intentional!

Cheers.

Camille

Sara, I didn't realize I had that option (which was well-hidden back in the user instructions -- they think I *read* that stuff???). So I just enabled anyone to comment. Hooray for learning!

Yeah, that was not the most gracious thing in the world for our Tom Boonen to say after losing that sprint. But I have to ask you females, was I the only one who couldn't help picturing him in his gladiator leather as soon as they showed him in the starting gate? He's the one who gave us the impetus for the Team Gladiator idea. I mean, he gave *SUSIE* the idea, I guess I should say.

Janann

LOL Camille! That is EXACTLY what I was thinking about when they showed him in the gate!

Camille

Okay, so maybe Greg didn't hear us... we want to hear about how the Ride Around the Bear went, Greg. Quit working for a second and give us a little report.

Julie

Oops! The Gladiator talk reminded me, here's a pic of a whole lineup of SD boys and their little peepees. ;-)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos.php?id=/photos/2007/jun07/euskalbizikleta07/euskalbizikleta071/4saunier

Actually, when they're standing like that, it's kind of like a heart...

catherine

Julie, Julie, Julie. Those boys put their legs together and, viola, it's an inverse of what's between thier legs!

theresa

Oh,my....

speaking of the stomach and food problems reminds me of Brad's story about the Tour Langwawi in Malasyia. I think the whole peleton had diarrhea!! They had to stop using the water!!

Camille

Those outfits are just CRUEL! They look like little Easter chickens. And that design...hellooo!! Here 'tis! lol

Amy

Wow...those SD uniforms make it hard to notice the riders' faces!! Here's a picture from happier days...


http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/photo;_ylt=AmsLy6d5Un8J3Eri13WQ0xZ.grcF?slug=c04f5da9814d4855b2306a7025b890dc.ullrich_doping_olympics_cycling_ny160&prov=ap

GregC

OK, here is the Ride around the Bear update (Camille is relentless!) A friend and I departed about 4:30 AM to drive to the ride start. Part of me was thinking how good it will be when this day is over and the ride is behind us. We were riding by 7:00 AM. The weather at the start was overcast and cool, with about 15 miles of very slight uphill / flats until we hit the mountain. The first rest stop was about 10 miles up the mountain and 3000 feet of climbing. Not too bad, the weather was cool. Next rest stop was another 10 miles and 2200 feet of climbing (there was one very short downhill in this leg, maybe 100 feet of vertical). The overcast had burned off by this time and it was warm (my thermometer registered in the mid 80's), no wind. Fortunately the road was wide and traffic was minimal, signs everywhere and highway patrol was cruising back and forth. Next rest stop was only about 400 feet of climbing and 15 miles in and included nearly 400 feet of downhill and some flats to boost our speed. It was good to go faster than 7 mph for a while. Lunch was great, but mainly just get off the bike and reclining on a lawn chair for a little while. About this time the headwind found us, and always seemed to be a headwind no matter which direction we were headed. Next stop was at the top of Onyx Summit at 8440 feet (1800 feet of more climbing) and 20 miles up the road. This was difficult- the grade wasn't terribly steep- 4 to 5%, but we were all tired, my bottomside was plenty tired of sitting on the saddle on the hill never seemed to end. The rest stop on top was like heaven, they had hot soup (I know it sounds crazy, but it was great- and you need extra salt). After much too short of a stop, the decent started, 7000 feet over the next 40 miles (with a couple of smaller climbs of about 600 feet total) thrown in. Descending for long periods of time is much harder than it looks, your upper body, arms and hands get really tired. I'm a conservative on the downhill- 40 mph is more than fast enough, I was passed by several riders like I was standing still. We finished the last 18 miles or so in a paceline averaging over 30 mph, which was really fun. Bottom line, 9200 feet of climbing over 100 miles, 8 1/2 hours total time. A fun ride, weather was good, the bikes worked great, and the BBQ lunch at the end was delicious. Oh, and did I mention that I was just happy to not be sitting my bike saddle anymore? Sorry, no pictures to share this time (although the guessing game after Solvang was very entertaining!) I have heard that there might be a century ride in California that doesn't involve big mountains, guess I just don’t seem to find them.

Camille

Wow, I was just about to complain about my tough bike ride to the grocery store just now -- how hot it was and how my hands cramped on the 1% grade downhills... guess I'll keep those comments to myself. Whew, Greg, that doesn't sound like a fun day to me. A century ride should be mostly flat or with rolling hills, if you ask MOI. But the soup did sound good and yes I bet it was great to get that salt back. See, I put everything on a food basis...:) Thanks for the report and I've loved hearing about everyone's rides lately. It sounds like a lot of us are getting out there and spinnin' those wheels now that the weather is better for most. You know though, sometimes I really miss the old fashioned foot brakes and just sitting up like a little old lady. Is that so wrong?

Janann

Wow Greg - that is impressive!!! If I tried 100 miles (on the FLAT!) I'd be crying for someone to come pick me up half way through! Thanks for sharing (with just a few prods), though it IS a shame that you don't have any photos this time :)

So, Theresa, you're seriously considering going to Floyd's camp next year? Have you heard if he's planning on having another one? You'd have a blast -- and as a bonus we'd get to hear about it! Good luck!

Boonen seems like he might be feeling a little sorry for himself (or disappointed in himself). Regardless, that statement was uncalled for.

Can't wait to hear about your "Gala Evening Dinner" Sara! Have fun!!

Theresa

Greg, YOU need to be Marty Dugard's riding coach!! OMG; my little rides here sound like playground stuff compared what you rode!!
Camille, I know what you're saying; but I had one of those bikes in 2005; and I rode it like a road bike; which made me slower than I am now and 25miles was like 6 hrs!!

I'm glad Tom Boonen is showing he's human!! Jan looks so happy in that picture from the olympics, God only knows what he took before the race! And I think he could have done JUST as well on his own talent; he just had a little character flaw....

Janann, I'm thinking about it!! It's not posted yet on Floyd's website. It's $3000 and airfare and whatever crap I think I need to take with me; and do I trust the airlines with my bike??? But I HAVE NEVER spent that much on a vacation! My trip to Downer's Grove is the first trip I had (that classifies as a vacation), since 1997; and that was to a Dog Agility Camp!!lol

The last big vacation, was in 95 when I took my sister and nephew to Green Bay for the tribe's Pow-wow; and we have family there, but we stayed in the hotel.

I might acutally learn something and become a stronger rider....for supported bike tours!

catherine

Camille, that is egg-zackly the kind of bike I rode when I left for two weeks in March! It's kinda fun, certainly easier on the back! ;-)

Ms T, YOU NEED A VACATION! That's a pathetic vacation resume. Hey honey, hang with me in August and we'll have some fun!

"Gala Evening Dinner?" Isn't that, um, redundant? But Yummy, right?

Anybody seen susieb?

theresa

I haven't been around that much since this morning; maybe Susie didn't work?

I've got crowing to do! I went to the Doctor for yearly physical. My 18lb weight loss showed right away! My blood work was PERFECT!! Total cholesterol dropped(and it wasn't high!). Bad-HDL, 79; good-ldl 65; blood pressure 118/60....WOW!!! Losing 1 med from bp control, zip, GONE, and my Hdl had dropped 23 points!! HAPPY DANCE!!!!!! My doc is so proud. Jenny Craig and cycling are a great team!! My family history wasn't the best in the west. My mother died at 60, from heart disease. But, my asthma's controlled; and my risk factors are waaaayyyyy down! Anyway, I proud of myself.

Sara, does this elegant dinner mean you have to dress up?? I'd be in trouble; I haven't worn make-up since I had my picture taken when I was 50 or 51 yrs old!

theresa

I haven't been around that much since this morning; maybe Susie didn't work?

I've got crowing to do! I went to the Doctor for yearly physical. My 18lb weight loss showed right away! My blood work was PERFECT!! Total cholesterol dropped(and it wasn't high!). Bad-HDL, 79; good-ldl 65; blood pressure 118/60....WOW!!! Losing 1 med from bp control, zip, GONE, and my Hdl had dropped 23 points!! HAPPY DANCE!!!!!! My doc is so proud. Jenny Craig and cycling are a great team!! My family history wasn't the best in the west. My mother died at 60, from heart disease. But, my asthma's controlled; and my risk factors are waaaayyyyy down! Anyway, I proud of myself.

Sara, does this elegant dinner mean you have to dress up?? I'd be in trouble; I haven't worn make-up since I had my picture taken when I was 50 or 51 yrs old!

theresa

Sorry, guys, I don't know what I do that posts twice...

I came back because the boys are in Canada, at the Tour of Beauce. Sounds like Quebec? Sara, are you familiar with this race? Brad's not feeling good, and got dropped, and so did Friedman. The guys had a bad day. Danny Pate finished 6th. But he's been racing a lot longer than Brad and Mike. Anyway, Brad's kinda feeling low.

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