Thanks for the organization, sounds like we all needed someone to take the lead! Please add me to the distro, will try to show when the schedule allows:
abbyswim at hotmail dot com
Thanks for organizing this, Tuan.
Please add me to the list. Steffi
steffi dot nesmith at gmail dot com
Hey Tuan, please add me to the list! Should be able to make it Sunday assuming I don't break anything during the brick on Saturday.
drewpugh at yahoo dot com
This is an excellent idea Tuan! Please add me to the list firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and cheers!
This is a rebroadcast of an email that I sent the group this morning. If you did not receive that email then you are not on my distro list. Please send it to me so that you can be up to date on the routes.
SUNDAY BIKE RIDE WITH THE VERTICAL SWIMMER
Star Date: Week 1
It looks like there are more people out there who are against throwing rocks at the neighbor's dogs on a Sunday morning than I expected. It's either that or you all are really eager to learn more about the fine art of vertical swimming. So far we have about 50 people who have either emailed me offline or have posted their desire to do the Sunday rides. If we can get about 25 people to show up on a weekly basis then this could be the start of something really cool.
I know that all of the folks training for the full IMs would rather chop off an arm than to miss a long training ride so I expect good representations from that group every Sundays. I hoped that the HIPsters and other half IM folks feel the same about their pinkies so that we can have a good mix. NTPers and others ... just stay away from sharp objects on Sundays.
EMAIL DISTRO LIST
If you did not get an email from me earlier this morning then you are not on my email distro list. Please email me (email@example.com) your email address or posted here. In my effort to reduce redundancy and workload, I will only send notes to you all via the email distro list. This is the last time that I'm going to post info concerning our rides on this message thread.
I'm sure none of us wants to be inundated with junk emails. I will send out our routes once a week via email. At any given time, if you want to be removed from the disto list then please let me know. A bunch of people have either listed their email addresses here or have sent it to me offline without posting on here. A few of you haven't done either. Perhaps one or two of you may have given me your email address and I may have missed it. Please resend if that is the case. I'm only going to use my email list as a means of communication to the group. It will cut down on email traffic and amount of work that I have to do.
To give you an idea of our makeup so far, the half of the people who have emailed me are doing full IM races. We also have a sizable chunk who are doing half IMs (some are with the HIPster program while others are loners who ride commando). We also have a few newbies (NTPers or just plain old newbies). I have either personally ridden with a bunch of folks in our group or know of their reputations. Speedwise, I think that we have pretty good representations from the entire spectrum. I would guessed that most people will be riding between 14-24 mph during our training ride.
I know that if you are one of the faster folks, Lawrence the Freak and Eric can show you a thing or two about riding fast while at the same time not endangering your abilities to reproduce children or attract a mate. If you are on the slower end, Jeanne M likes to pick daisies and sing while she rides the bike so not only will you get a ride but also a show. Hopefully everyone will get a chance to hook up with a few others in the group who train at their speeds and intensities.
If you want to ride with Vietnamese royalties then you can stick with me. I should warned you that Vietnamese royalties can only generate a 17ish mph average. My last half IM was 17.8 mph. Vietnamese royalties also moans and bitches a lot around hills, headwinds, and squirls so be forewarned!
I realized that we have probably 20 different races represented in our group so ride at whatever distance and pace that your plan is telling you to ride. I'm going to make up the routes that will go from 60 to 70 to 80 to 90 and back down to 60 miles. Most of us will be riding to the starting point so our mileages will be more than that. If you want to add more miles, repeat the loop or head towards Rock Creek. There is a 30 mile loop waiting for you there. If anyone has any established routes mapped out already, please send it my way.
I'm going to substitute some of the longer bike rides with some organized bike rides. The two that are on the calendar so far are the Reston Century on 8/23 (http://restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/) and Southern Maryland Century (http://www.ohbike.org/century/). Both of these are within 1 hour driving distance of the DC area. If you know of some other organized century rides out there that are within driving distance then please let me know and I'll see if we can get a group ride out of that. Note that just because it's a century ride doesn't mean you have to do the century. They always have options to go 30 or 63 or you can adjust them to fit your plan. I think that these rides will add flavor and variety to our training.
Since there are so many of us, let's plan on meeting in the parking lot of the bank at the corner of M Street and Wisconsin. That parking lot may not be visible if you are standing on the corner so please go to the backside of the bank. We don't want to be holding up traffic. We'll clip at 7:00 AM.
To everyone else who is reading this. Drop me an email if you want to join the group. I'll add you to our distro list.
Since this is our first ride, we'll make the cue sheet simple.
1. Up Wisconsin
2. Left Reservoir Road
4. Right on McArthur Blvd
5. Go to dead end and make right on Falls Rd
6. Make left on River Road. River Road will veer left so stay left.
7. Right on W. Willard Rd until you hit the 30 mile mark on your bike computer
7. Head back to base
Here is a map of our ride:
FOR THE SILVER SPRING GROUP
There are about 4-5 people who have told me that they'd like to hook up with me in Silver Spring along Beach Drive and ride down to GTown together. As of right now, I'm not sure how long it will take to get to GTown from downtown Silver Spring. Let's plan on meeting at 6:20 AM at Picnic Area #10. We'll clip at 6:25 AM. Since it's our first meeting, I'd like to get there a little early. Once we find out how long it takes, we'll adjust the time accordingly. Picnic Area #10 is about 1/4 mile south (i.e., towards DC) from where you enter Beach Drive from Downtown Silver Spring via Rt 29 and Portal Drive.
THEY HAVE COOTIES
I want to thank everyone who have responded so far. You all have validated a point that I've known all along about the group that rides every Saturdays and why you would rather ride Sundays instead ... they have cooties. You know that you all think it. I'm just Vietnamese enough to say it.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, advice, or recommendations, please drop me an email so that I can make things easier for everyone.
Take care everyone. See you out on the road.
Sounds great. I'll definitely be there sometimes. I'm aiming to join the ride this weekend.
Tho a longer drive than an hour to the start, many make the Sept. 12 Civil War Century into a day trip:
(People usually stay overnight for the somewhat further away Seagull Century, later in year, Oct 10.
-- Ed M, savvyveteran at gmail dot com
Interested in riding some Sundays. But, all the good organized rides are on Saturday, walking VD.
Couple local centuries:
Bay Country Century Sat. 9/5
Amish 100 Sat. 9/19
50 states ride 9/26
There's a bunch more here.
another few local centurys to add to the mix
cumberland valley century August 8
PPTC Historic Backroads century September 20
civista Potomac heritage tour 2009 October 11
most of them are an 1h to 1h:15 minutes drive
Katie and I are going to leave the Hill at 6:35 am if anyone else rolling out from that area would like to join our train over to Gtown.
Meet at 6:30 am @ 4th and Penn, SE.
Roll out at 6:35 am
PLease add me to the email list, I am doing Arizona and will definately try and make some of the rides
Tuan, thanks for orgainizing the ride this morning and making sure I didn't get lost too often. Wish I could've kept up with you and Mark on the way back, but that's more miles than I usually ride in a month and bad things would've happened if I kept pushing. ;-)
Katie & Karen, very nice to meet you and thanks for the escort over to Gtown.
Hope to join you all again next Sunday!
Sorry I couldn't make it this week. I did a 12 hour mountain bike race on Saturday and didn't have to much energy to get out in the morning. Will be there next week for sure.
Please add me to the list as well - I definitely need to put more miles in cycling!
Do you think we are going to have a problem with traffic on our bike ride this Sunday because of the At&t National Golf Tournament at Congressional C.C. Just thought I would mention it before Sunday because it has been a zoo over in that area.
Someone else sent me an email about that. I think that most of our routes are away from it and the fact that we are clipping at 7:00 AM might help a bit on the way there. It was also mentioned that our route is on the backside of the tournament so we may be able to escape it. Worst comes to worst, we'll ride the shoulders.
I see no other viable alternatives to doing a really long ride other than loops around Rock Creek or deal with 4th of July tourists. Here's hoping for the best :)
I rode past the golf tourney last year and traffic wasn't an issue. If you ride on Persimmon Tree or Oaklyn, sometimes there are cars parked on the side of the road that aren't normally there, but the Sunday ride route should be fine.
If you do happen to ride past Tiger, spray him with the gatorade in your bottle. He makes a lot of money to love Gatorade showers.
I road past the CC this morning on the way to Poolesville and traffic was fine in the early AM. On the way home, River and Bradley roads will very busy with cars and walkers heading to the tournament. All in all, it was manageable. If you turn on Falls Road in Potomac to head back to DC via MacArthur Road, you should miss the golf traffic.
I may try to join you on Sunday if I get moving early enough to get down to DC by 7.
Is this a rain or shine ride tomorrow?
If it ain't raining, it ain't training. We go in all weather except lightning.