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pics from morning ride

Posted in ride reports with tags , , , on May 8, 2015 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

It’s been a while since my last post so I thought I might drop a few pics in here from this morning’s ride.  At least a couple mornings per week I get out early (anywhere between 5am to 5:30am) to get in some ride time before work….even if just 45 minutes to an hour it at least gets my day started on a positive note.  This morning’s ride consisted of some hill repeats on Double Oak Way, followed by a ride up to the cliffs and then along the ridgeline of Double Oak Mountain.

These pics are a big part of why I love living where I do so much.  From my front door in Mt Laurel I have access to some of the best road riding around, along with dozens of miles of trail/dirt riding within a mile from my house.  Double Oak Way is a steep Cat 4 climb that usually gets our day started (not just me, but Brian P and Scott L).  I can string together a nice road century or a 3-hour trail ride without ever getting in a car.

 

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latest rides

Posted in ride reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2014 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Things have been pretty boring in terms of riding lately, as I don’t have a ton of pictures or data to share.  I guess that’s what happens when most of my riding is done pre-dawn in the dark and cold of a typical weekday morning.  I was able to get out for a decent/fun pavement ride last Saturday morning on my mountain bike…..nothing like passing a few roadies on a mtb while climbing and descending Hwy 25.

Most of my riding has been done on my still-fresh-feeling Stumpjumper Carbon HT 29er….this has been just an absolute awesome bike.  Aside from the fun factor of being able to take it on a few trail sections during some of my pre-dawn rides, I’ve also been riding it thanks to its stability and its ability to quickly hop off the road if I sense a car or truck is coming up on me too closely and might not see my taillight in time.  Plus, with a hardtail 29er I don’t feel like I am losing too much speed on the pavement as compared to my Specialized Crux cyclocross bike.

I’ve also picked up running again, with my first run since Thanksgiving taking place just a few weeks ago.  And prior to Thanksgiving, I could count on one hand how many times I had run since the previous Spring.

A few random, yet typical, recent photos are below, along with some random Strava links.  More photos can be seen on my instagram page.

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Labor Day weekend ride reports

Posted in ride reports with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

This past weekend I was able to have what for me is elusive these days: the trifecta of ride opportunities.  Three rides in four days has become something fairly unachievable for me lately, thanks to work commitments, family commitments, and more work commitments.  But with the office half-empty on Friday afternoon I decided to duck home early for a quick mountain bike ride.

My plan was to climb up to the top of Double Oak Way on the EBSCO property, and then hit some doubletrack trails leading down to Hwy 43.  Then I would simply return with some doubletrack climbing, and then pick up some singletrack that runs alongside Double Oak Way on top of the ridge.  All told I would have had a solid 2-hour ride.  But, Mother Nature had other plans with rain and lightning forcing me to turn around once I got to the top of the paved hill.  As I was actually still feeling sick and congested from a lingering head cold, it was all probably for the best anyway since I likely needed to rest.  But at least I was still able to squeeze out a Cat 3 climb during my short ride.  Strava data can be found here.

Next up was a Saturday road ride.  I was hoping to actually get in a lot of pavement time while riding my mountain bike just to mix things up, but since my shoes were still waterlogged from Friday’s rain-out I was forced to put on my road shoes.  So I put the slicks on my CX bike and headed out during the late morning hours.  It was extremely humid, and rather hot, which did not make for a very pleasant ride experience during my last few miles.  I opted to take Hwy 41 to Hwy 25, then do the massive Hwy 25 climb twice….once heading southeast and once heading northwest.  I also spent some time on Hwy 43 in between my climbs just to add some mileage.  As a rather unexpected bonus, I met a super nice guy hauling a front-end loader up Hwy 25 while I was ascending.  I had been slowing him down since he couldn’t find a chance to pass me, so when he was pulled over at the top of the hill I thought for sure he wanted to harass me (I’ve had it done before after all)….instead he wanted to offer me some cold water from his work truck.  We chatted for a couple of minutes before I headed down the opposite side of the hill….too bad not all drivers aren’t like him.  After a total of 33 miles and 2000 feet of climbing I limped my way back home, still a little groggy from my head cold and glad to be out of the heat.  Strava data can be found here.

Ride #3 came on Sunday, when I put my knobbies back on the CX bike in search of some bike-handling practice.  I knew it needed to be a short ride, i.e. less than an hour due to my available time, so I headed down Hwy 41 to the soccer fields at Sports Blast.  From there I hopped on the Dunnavant Valley Greenway Trail until I came upon a large tree with many branches that had fallen across the trail, making it impassable.  So I simply turned around, lapped a couple of soccer fields to get some grass resistance, then got back on Hwy 41.  I got back on the Dunnavant Valley Greenway Trail at its north end, and rode it until it became too rocky and I would have had to spend some time walking.  A quick zip back home and I was done for the day.  A very short ride, but definitely beneficial in terms of getting more comfortable on singletrack with my CX bike.  And I still climbed over 1100 feet.  Strava data can be found here.

All told I was able to spend around 3.5 hours on the bike this weekend….some good moments and some bad moments.  The best part was being able to have three distinctly different rides, being on my 29er mountain bike, my CX bike with slicks, and my CX bike with knobbies.  With the BBC Century coming up in a few days I really needed the hours under my legs, especially considering that I only had one very brief ride during the two previous weeks dating back to my long ride with the crew from Homewood.

early morning quickie

Posted in ride reports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Now that school is upon us, my typical 1-hour training rides three days a week will be compromised for the foreseeable future.  But, I was able to get up this morning and hop on my mountain bike before the sun came up.  I made my way up Double Oak Way on one of my usual climbing routes.  Not much to see other than the sun coming up and a bunch of large spiders.  Back home by 6:30 to get the kids up and at it.

Normally I would have extended my climb by another half-mile or so to make it a Cat 3, but time was short on me today.  Strava link here.

Sun peaking up on Hwy 41.

Sun peaking up on Hwy 41.

Sunrise over Double Oak Mountain (actually taken on another ride)

Sunrise over Double Oak Mountain (actually taken on another ride)

As if the locked gate at the top of Double Oak Way weren't enough of a deterrent, EBSCO installed several of these spiders between gate pipes.

As if the locked gate at the top of Double Oak Way weren’t enough of a deterrent, EBSCO installed several of these spiders between gate pipes.

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highest point of this morning’s ride.

poor pavement...the reason why I always do this ride with my MTB or CX bike.

poor pavement…the reason why I always do this ride with my MTB or CX bike.

There are countless old jeep roads like this one.

There are countless old jeep roads like this one.

Getting ready to descend down the steep part of Double Oak Way - about to hit 44.3 mph on the way down.

Getting ready to descend down the steep part of Double Oak Way – about to hit 44.3 mph on the way down.

Oak Mtn Ride Report – March 8, 2013

Posted in ride reports with tags , , on March 11, 2013 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

After not much ride time, particularly on my mountain bike, since the beginning of the year, things at work set up nicely for me to get out of the office a little early and enjoy what would be unseasonably warm weather here in Birmingham.  I loaded my bike on the roof rack the night before, along with throwing my clothes in the car just in case, and by 3pm found myself driving out of my office parking lot and heading towards Oak Mtn State Park.

After beginning to get some quad cramps on my last road bike ride, I knew I had to perhaps sacrifice some of the “fun” factor of riding at OMSP in order to start building a non-cramping leg base…which meant some extended climbing or hill repeats.  Having parked at the North Trailhead, the two best options for this are the Red Road climb and the Boy Scout Road climb.  I wanted to get in some singletrack, so I opted to head over to the Boy Scout Camp Road.

Not much to report on the ride itself, since aside from the singletrack I pretty much just ascended and descended the road twice, stopping at the Flow Trail entrance the first time and going to some old cabins the second time.  I had never ventured down past these old cabins and was pleasantly surprised to see some old stone chimneys nearby – remnants of older cabins I would assume.  One chimney had been turned into a fireplace for a new wood platform.  Pics are below, along with a snapshot from Strava showing how LITTLE I have been riding this year.  I’ve been on my trainer a few times, but this is ridiculous.

I returned to my car to find that someone had pulled my windshield wipers up.  I can only assume that it was one my buddies, but so far nobody has fessed up.

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good thing presta valves don't leak when left open...didn't notice this until after my ride.

good thing presta valves don’t leak when left open…didn’t notice this until after my ride.

eyebrows at full attention.

eyebrows at full attention.

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steeper than it appears – road leading from Boy Scout cabins back up to Flow Trail (Lightning).

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The great thing about this time of year is being able to see through the forest at what lies beyond….the rest of the year it is simply way too dense.

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Another road that hurts on a 32×16 singlespeed setup.

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