April 18, 2010 Hillsbros Playtex Cycling Team-Gets Juice-61 Hard Miles

61 miles- But it felt like 62!

We rode to Mt. Tirzah and back. It was mostly a loop from Hillsborough. Some new faces showed up with some fast legs to go with them! It would be hard enough with some of the usual perps. Now some more fast legs were in the fray.

We left the courthouse parking lot turning right on Margaret Lane.

I thought John Handy's "Hardwork" would be appropriate for this ride because this was HARDWORK! 

Turn it on and relax as you scroll down!

John Handy-Hard Work!

0.1 mile we turn left onto Cameron

0.2 we take a right on St. Marys

TJ and a bunch of other riders would make the ride short, fast, and painful!

The picture above was a little fuzzy so I accented it and it comes out looking "water-colored".

1.1 mile we take a left onto Miller

3.3 miles we take another left on Miller

Here is the coolest jersey of the day! It's a Fausto Coppi jersey!

Pretty fast beard there!

Look at the legs on these Dudes!

Everybody took the hills really well!

There were a lot of hills!

4.8 right turn on Walker

Walker Farms

Summertime - Grover Washington Jr with Kenny Burrell

These folks are going to attack somewhere!

It will be a surprise though!

We pick up a straggler for a short time.

Another nice jersey!

6.3 left on New Sharon Church

(cross Schley and Hwy 157 later)

Stan

Stan and I thought we'd attack for a few minutes!

Can't stay out here long though. Here comes the posse!

Ken is just ahead!

12.8 right on Bill Poole

13.5 right on Hopkins

Somewhere out here we Michael T. had a flat.  That took a day and a half to change.

14.8 right on Rougemont

16.1 left on S. Lowell

17.0 right on Johnson Mill

18.9 left on Patrick Road

(cross 15/501 changes to Bahama Road)

30.0 Helena Road

(store on left at turn)

These two pictures came out really well and though they are close I like them both.

There was hard riding throughout the ride. Guys really pushed hard on the hills.

I may have strained my gizzard a couple times trying to stay up!

It seemed that after one guy went hard there was another to hit hard again.

There were about a dozen riders or more that seemed to be in a big hurry!

Michael T. gets low to get in the picture. I'm amazed he had the foresight and reflexes to do that!

34.8 Rest stop at the top of the hill on left- Mount Tirzah!

It's a very pretty store with a view!

Blues Brothers - Peter Gunn Theme

We took a long break at the store. Some folks were spaced behind each other a bit. There were quite a few folks out today!

Ride leader Alan does another great job leading!

Leave the store in the same direction.

Ken is the strongest man out here. Some times that doesn't transfer into speed. Sometimes it does!

I need to check with my cue sheet maker here because it lists the mileage 34.8 (same as store for crossing 15/501 again)

34.8 left? Helena Road crosses 15/501 and becomes Dick Holeman

42.7 right on Gary

42.9 left on Hall's Dairy

44.2 left on Holly Ridge

(cross 57-changes into New Sharon Church)

53.9 cross 157 and Schley Road

53.9 right turn - Fox Hill Farms entrance

54.2 right Fox Hill Farm Road (at stop sign)

Bruce is still ripping us with his space-age craft!

55.2 straight- changes to Miller

The pace picked up considerably at Miller.

My legs let me down on the hills coming back in.

I can't complain too much about my legs though.

I'm trying to lose a little weight and I didn't put in a lot of calories for the day.

57.4 right on Saint Marys

58.3 left on Cameron

58.4 right on Margaret Lane

58.5 The start/finish at the court-house.

My mileage was 61 but my mileage started at my house so this mileage for the cue sheet was very close to perfect- as much as we care about.

When I arrived home there was a quick bite to eat.

Then for some reason I took a little nap!

Carlos Santana & George Benson - Breezin'

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I can see you riding along to the Peter Gunn theme Micky - perfect song selection.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Billy! The Blues Brothers have a great rendition don't they? Yo Bro- I love your latest!


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msorensson 6 years ago

I love the pictures, Micky!!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

I have thought of what to do to create the awareness about street kids all over Nigeria but found just one suitable thing to do...we will ride from Anambra State to Lagos State,(to and fro).It is usually 4hrs drive if you keep a steady 120speed,got inspired to do it this way from you bro Micky Dee...Nice pics indeed!

Peace.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Msorensson! Thanks for stopping by!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Bro Rossi. I wish I could ride over there. It's unfortunate, sometimes, that the world is so large. It's large and small at the same time. The bicycle is the greatest achievement by man. I'm biased though! Thanks Bro!


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Micky Dee do you ride every day? Looking at your hubs it does seem that way. This ride, was it for fun?

Give me Carlos Santana and George Benson anytime. That song rocks. I haven't heard that in awhile. Listened to it a few right here.

Thanks for the ride again. Hope you've recovered.


getmyback 6 years ago

Micky can't help this

Getting tired at so much bliss

How do you find the means to go

All this energy wow's this girl so slow

I admit to look forward to each and every shot

Like I'm there where you were and saw what you got

The beauty in what you actually do

Is sharing it here as you give us what;s true

Thank you Dee and pedal my way

I can't wait long your too far away


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Chris Eddy! I can't ride hard every day or really - only once a week about. My legs have been hurting all the time lately. I think I over-did it for a while there. I'm riding okay. Just hurt. I'm not riding today. I need some rest. Yesterday was pretty hard. Tomorrow I might ride for an hour or so. Wednesday I'll ride about 50 or 60. Santana and Benson are pretty tough huh? I've always loved them both. John Handy is old school and up to date! I saw a very good rendition of "Hardwork" at a bar once (decades ago). The band played the song and one by one each musician put his instrument down and walked of the stage. I think the drummer was last. Pretty cool exit. Thank you Chris Eddy. Thanks for riding with me.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Getmyback! Quick- get my back! Getmyback!

You're so smooth- cut me some slack!

You'll get my head all out of whack!

I'll see you at your place if I don't crack!?!

I'll just try to give you what's true.

I won't bullshit anyone, especially you.

I'll be the best I can be and do the best I can do.

Why don't we drink a Margarita and play the kazoo?


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nomoretrucks 6 years ago from scotland

Gotta ask you MD, do you creak as much as i do a few days after the distance you ride with those guys?, your obviously fit. Ive never been a health freak and eat far to much junk especially after a distance. Oh! and plenty of metabolisms, im told it good to have some of those.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo! Nomoretrucks! I love to see a bicycle over here! I creak. It's almost 6:30 AM right now. I have to lube myself up with an espresso when it's early like this. Smoke and mirrors Son! I've been hit by 2 cars and 1 pick-up truck. I've led an "active" "?" life. I think you've been a man of action yourself. You've been around.

But yes! I have nerve damage in places I didn't know I had places.

I try to watch what I eat. I use honey and try to stay away from sugar- but obviously I have a sugar addiction.

I try to hold my weight down. That's definitely a key for hills and old age.

I'm all out of metabolisms. I haven't seen a metabolism around here in a long while.

Folks, nutritional experts, continue to say to eat your breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day. When you're 60 years old- flippin', floppin' rubbish.

I should eat once a day - after a bike ride. I can't digest more food than this. If it's a hard ride and of 100 miles then I'll eat more. As it is I drank one bottle of an energy replacement on the ride that you see here. Earlier I had some yogurt before I left home.

I can't eat a "meal" before riding. It's too heavy. I hurt from digesting that extra food.

So my back (upper, middle, lower) hurts from broken ribs, bulging discs, etc. I have pain running into the right hip. I have pain and numbness running down my right leg. After I ride for a while I have pain running from the neck down my arms.

So- I can't ride without pain. I quite often ride hard at different places like "hills" and others "in self-defense". I know someone will attack so I attack. I attack them and I attack myself. I know "it's" coming so I may as well "get into it"! And- most of these rides are friendly "get-togethers" so we wait just over the top of the hills or at corners where we turn, etc.

That's why I take steroids! Then the night before a ride, like this one, I "blood-dope". I only get the blood that Keith Richards has replaced though. Maybe that's my problem. Then right before I get on the bike I smoke some crack. Now that will give you that lift that espresso can fail to do. The problem with crack is - it only lasts about an hour- hour and a half. So after you get rolling pretty good- for an hour or two you might need a booster "smoke". It's really hard to get a paceline or a pack of riders to stop while you smoke crack though. Some riders actually seem to resent your doing so.

Now for all you idiots that thought the last paragraph was true- it ain't! I've never seen blood doping, crack, etc.

Fact is- I try to live a healthy life so that if God needs this body for something- He can have it.


getmyback 6 years ago

lol lol micky one of your best just had to lrt you know

now i must go

xo

billY


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Getmyback! Bless you Dear!

Please come back- I'll be right here!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Mickey. I am exhausted just looking at the pictures! And what the hell is Bruce doing on that contraption? ha ha I would break my neck! I used to have a bike, until I went over the handlebars, and that was the end of that. I don't think my legs would hold out for 60 miles. 60 yards maybe! thanks again nell


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Nell- you know - it's whatever you do the most of. It's a bunch of tricks. I ride better than I walk! Quit going over the bars! Thank you Dear!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Nice video to go with it, Must be tough and tiring, Hmm, but the scenery is beautiful, take care when you get those pics and when you go biking, Thank you Mick, is it chilly out there? but with sunshine, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

The weather has been so very nice Maita Mostly warm days. A couple of cool days in the last couple weeks. I love it! Thank you Dear!


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Whoa my friend . . you out did yourself this time; John Handy, The Blues Brothers, Carlos Santana, George Benson, Kenny Burrell and Grover Washington . . what chew talk'n about Micky Dee.

I did some heavy duty chair dancing while checking out this hub. Simply awesome!!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo- I love you Pmccray. If you can swing to this music you know I'm in your corner! Thank you Dear! -John Handy- now that's old school!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mick, I suppose since I don't know what blood dope is I must not have done it, I thought I'd done it all except that crack shit and meth stuff. After finding out they use some part of a battery to make it I was sure I didn't need it in me, how ever they get it there. Anyway the hub is great and the pictures are as well, seems like it would be extra hard to ride and take a shit ton of pictures as well!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Bro! I'm a "on a shoestring" racer/rider. I've never been able to purchase illegal stuff. I wouldn't look for it. I wouldn't want to have an "edge" that others can't have.

Now having said that- I've not been able to buy even the "health store" "faster supplements".

However- I know that my diet is superior to the diets of many other people. Younger people are faster sometimes. This is attributed to "youth". Genetics come into play. It seems no matter what I do- even if I eat almost the same- there are people who I will always ride behind.

My diet is so good though- that I feel I have an "edge" with many people. But- I hide nothing. I tell people that "this is what I do". You've seen this of me on the pages here. I keep no secrets. I don't think sports people are idols.

Taking pictures is "smoother" than drinking from your water bottle. It's way safer than unwrapping and eating some of the crap folks are eating to keep riding. Some of the things they're eating can't even be digested in the period of exercise they're eating it for.

When the really "hard, fast" riders pick the speed and effort up I can hardly take a picture.

Most pictures I take will be at the start of almost all rides. More people will be at these "beginnings". They will be "dropped" or will ride at another pace and we get strung out. Toward the ends of rides the sun is brighter. I'm more tired. The pace quickens, etc.

Thanks Bud!

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