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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:45 am

First commute for the week. As a result of racing on the weekend I have made the commitment that I really need to start pulling the finger out on my commutes and start visiting the pain factory. I take it too easy on my commutes normally....and this is where/why it would be great to have a commuting partner to help push me.

I went hard from the get go and kept pushing, despite a mildish headwind all the way, and ended up getting my second best commute avge I believe..34.7 k/h for my 45 k commute. From now on I will be happy with anything above a 33 k avge until my fitness improves a bit more.

The commute home may not be as hard :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Razorwolf » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:51 am

gretaboy wrote:34.7 k/h for my 45 k commute


That's pretty quick! My average is only 24.5km/h for a 20k commute.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby alexander » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:55 am

Melbourne:

The Mrs begged me not to ride today, and it can't hurt to have a rest day, my first one in 2 weeks. I was a bit hesitant as the trains were running heat affected schedules, and it would have been quicker to ride any ways.

I'll sit this one out today, this is also qualifies for the excuses thread.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:07 am

Razorwolf wrote:
gretaboy wrote:34.7 k/h for my 45 k commute


That's pretty quick! My average is only 24.5km/h for a 20k commute.


I was pushing hard...just need to back it up for the next two days. If I can stay above 34 for the next two mornings I will be stoked
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:35 am

tough commute this morning. 60-odd kms with over 1100m of climbing. ouch

found an iphone on coot-tha. PM me if it's yours.
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How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:46 am

gretaboy wrote:34.7 k/h for my 45 k commute

Only shows how far I am to try racing. I can only manage 26-28kph if pushing hard on my 5.3km commute, oh well!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:02 am

rheicel wrote:
gretaboy wrote:34.7 k/h for my 45 k commute

Only shows how far I am to try racing. I can only manage 26-28kph if pushing hard on my 5.3km commute, oh well!


rheicel....I started in E grade then have slowly moved up grades...there is a grade for everyone I have found...all I can say is get out there and try it, you will have fun

I am finding the racing is helping improve my stamina/speed. I and others got our butts kicked by a 14 year old on sat but we all had fun and gave it our best.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:08 am

^that is the goal this year, to try at least one race. :-)
I am not sure why the hell I am scared of it though!
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:50 am

Hot for the ride back yesterday, 40C by the time I got to my place - kept the ride to a short 30km hop.
Warm this morning, opted for the shorter commute into the CBD, but with a bit of extra effort and achieved a satisfactory time in.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:00 am

TailWind wrote:Hot for the ride back yesterday, 40C by the time I got to my place - kept the ride to a short 30km hop.
Warm this morning, opted for the shorter commute into the CBD, but with a bit of extra effort and achieved a satisfactory time in.


Time for the car or PT!!!

With such heat forecast it would be wise to not ride for the week :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

oh and beer wont fix the issue either hahaha
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:05 am

gretaboy wrote:
TailWind wrote:Hot for the ride back yesterday, 40C by the time I got to my place - kept the ride to a short 30km hop.
Warm this morning, opted for the shorter commute into the CBD, but with a bit of extra effort and achieved a satisfactory time in.


Time for the car or PT!!!

With such heat forecast it would be wise to not ride for the week :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

oh and beer wont fix the issue either hahaha


We're worried about you TW. definitely take the car, or PT

gretaboy style ride this morning except with a bit of climbing.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:08 am

gretaboy wrote:
TailWind wrote:Hot for the ride back yesterday, 40C by the time I got to my place - kept the ride to a short 30km hop.
Warm this morning, opted for the shorter commute into the CBD, but with a bit of extra effort and achieved a satisfactory time in.


Time for the car or PT!!!

With such heat forecast it would be wise to not ride for the week :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

oh and beer wont fix the issue either hahaha


I don't have a car and I'm faster than PT :mrgreen:
Doesn't beer fix everything??? :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:20 am

jasonc wrote:We're worried about you TW. definitely take the car, or PT

gretaboy style ride this morning except with a bit of climbing.



now Jason...do it again Wed/Thurs and Fri lol....oh will be generous and say the climbing doesnt have to be included

good to see you doing some good k's and climbing
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby Summernight » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:31 am

Last night was painful on the ride home with the thigh telling me off on every upstroke. It felt more painful than the ride in. The temperature was a lovely 27 degrees with a nice wind when I left work so the temperature wasn't bad, just the leg.

This morning I did some 'aquatic therapy' and the leg didn't seem to hurt as much on the bike on the way to work (well, it hurts for the first 5 minutes and then pipes down a bit). Pretty sure it isn't broken but it's coming up with a nice set of bruises.

Not looking forward to riding home in 43 degree heat but at least I don't have to ride too far.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:33 am

jasonc wrote:We're worried about you TW. definitely take the car, or PT

Fret not, all is well, easy does it... :mrgreen:
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:38 am

TailWind wrote:
jasonc wrote:We're worried about you TW. definitely take the car, or PT

Fret not, all is well, easy does it... :mrgreen:


hope your not heading north going home :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:44 am

gretaboy wrote:
TailWind wrote:
jasonc wrote:We're worried about you TW. definitely take the car, or PT

Fret not, all is well, easy does it... :mrgreen:

hope your not heading north going home :)

Heading is NNE, with a N N/W wind forecast. My place seems to be a couple of degrees warmer than the CBD - will most likely hit around 45C...I'll have to reduce the commute to 30km :(
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:47 am

gretaboy wrote:now Jason...do it again Wed/Thurs and Fri lol....oh will be generous and say the climbing doesnt have to be included


tomorrow is climbing day :D
thursday I'll do a riverloop
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby gretaboy » Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:57 am

TailWind wrote:Heading is NNE, with a N N/W wind forecast. My place seems to be a couple of degrees warmer than the CBD - will most likely hit around 45C...I'll have to reduce the commute to 30km :(



mmm those headwinds/crosswinds are going to be lots of fun for you
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby turtle rider » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:19 pm

jasonc wrote:tough commute this morning. 60-odd kms with over 1100m of climbing. ouch.


:shock: You obviously don't like yourself very much as that commute is serious punishment dude :D I wouldn't ride my motorbike that far to work , lol.

BTW I find if i ride with low tyre pressure around 15-18psi in the tyres cycling to work its a lot harder to pedal so i get twice the work out compared with pumped up tyres 120psi, i find the ride a lot harder as the bike feels like a slug and smoother over bumps with lower tyres.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby TailWind » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:29 pm

gretaboy wrote:
TailWind wrote:Heading is NNE, with a N N/W wind forecast. My place seems to be a couple of degrees warmer than the CBD - will most likely hit around 45C...I'll have to reduce the commute to 30km :(

mmm those headwinds/crosswinds are going to be lots of fun for you


I made it back, and it was no picnic. Two birdbaths along the way, soaked my entire upper body with water, slow going into a blast furnace of a headwind.
Once home, I headed into the shower with bike kit still on. Weather Station at home showed 45C in the shade. Evaporative cooling not getting the better of the heat in the house.

More of the same tomorrow, perhaps 2 degrees "cooler". Aus Post again refused to leave a parcel at my door, so I'm detouring past the local PO tomorrow during the ride back to load 6kg worth of malted grain into the panniers. All for a good cause tho. :)
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby rheicel » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:37 pm

Stretched my commute home from 5 to 25 km today.
I was awarded with a KoM :lol: , well pretty sure I tried hard on that part.
I am talking about this segment: http://www.strava.com/segments/holiday-park-exit-5446970
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby oxonabike » Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:45 pm

While heatwave conditions prevail in the southern regions, a bit of a wet spell has set in up in the north. Have copped a few epic drenchings but overall don't mind so much, as its probably keeping the air temperature down about 10 degrees or so. Fairly calm wind wise as well so there's another plus. Actually last week I distinctly remember bleating about the heat and humidity, so yeah, the rains not too bad.
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby jasonc » Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:29 pm

turtle rider wrote:
jasonc wrote:tough commute this morning. 60-odd kms with over 1100m of climbing. ouch.


:shock: You obviously don't like yourself very much as that commute is serious punishment dude :D I wouldn't ride my motorbike that far to work , lol.


I don't know what made me think doing that BEFORE climbing day was a good idea. Still made it home. Tomorrow may not be nice
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Re: How was your commute ... today, yesterday, last week ...

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:25 pm

rheicel wrote:Stretched my commute home from 5 to 25 km today.
I was awarded with a KoM :lol: , well pretty sure I tried hard on that part.
I am talking about this segment: http://www.strava.com/segments/holiday-park-exit-5446970

Nice one Rheicel - I stretched my 10km commute to 30km - no KOM's for me though :cry:
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