This is the weekend of love”¦”¦lovin’ your bike seat and run shoes, that is. GET ”˜ER DONE.
That being said, the weather COULD throw a wrench in our weekend plans so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep an eye on your email in case there are last minute changes!

 

Valentine’s Day Superstitions”¦it is said the kind of bird a female sees on Valentine’s Day will predict her future husband.

Sparrow: a poor man; Owl: remain spinster; Bluebird: a happy man; Blackbird: a priest or clergyman; Crossbill: an argumentative man; Goldfinch: a millionaire; Robin: a crime fighter like Batman; Flock of doves: happy, peaceful marriage; a Squirrel; you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money.

Goldfinch, single ladies, goldfinch.

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Saturday Group Run ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ Fletcher’s Boat House, Washington, DC

Saturday Group Ride ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ HM Pearson Elementary, Catlett, VA

Sunday Group Ride ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Glen Echo, Glen Echo, MD

Power Tap Wheel Rental Opportunity!

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Saturday Group Run ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ Fletcher’s Boathouse, Washington DC

 

There will be  two options from Fletchers Boathouse this weekend ”“ the first will be along the C&O Towpath and local DC Trails and the second along the Capital Crescent Trail.

  1. The C&O run will be a 6 mile loop –http://m.walkjogrun.net/jsroute.cfm?rid=89A4FCBF-F0E5-2855-F69B6D0FB7952221#

This will make it easy for people to come back to their cars to refuel while getting in 6 – 18 miles.

  1. The Capital Crescent Trail has mile markers every .5 miles and there are bathrooms and water fountains along the trail. It is an out-and-back (10 miles RT to Bethesda and back) so you’ll cross paths with your teammates.

You will have two CUPID leaders ”“ Abe & Brian ”“ one for each run.

 

Leader: Abraham Parker, Brian Kennedy

 

Where: Fletcher’s Boathouse

 

Street Address: 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington, DC

 

Google Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/4940+Canal+Rd+NW,+Chesapeake+%26+Ohio+Canal+National+Historical+Park,+Washington,+DC+20007/@38.9193735,-77.1011572,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b7b6098d1d5acb:0xdbec78bbe1008c3b

 

 

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Saturday Group Ride ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ HM Pearson Elementary, Cedar Run, VA
This is a ride from “back in the day” ”“ we haven’t done it Team Z-style in years! BUT, it’s time to bring it back! Some of the roads will cross with roads from our Nokesville ride ”“ expect beautiful scenery. We will have options up to 70 miles for the longer riders (4 hour max!)

Please keep in mind there are no bathrooms at the school ”“ go on your way there! Please try to carpool as well.

 

AWOL: Mary Pickering & Mark Mullen

 

Leaders: Donna Sumption, David Natoli

 

Sag Drivers: Sara Greene, Misha O’Hanlan

 

Where: HM Pearson Elemengary

 

Address: 9347 Bastable Mill Road, Catlett, VA 20119

 

Google Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/9347+Bastable+Mill+Rd,+Catlett,+VA+20119/@38.650518,-77.677064,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b689c1dcf84f37:0x3b461959b9f940fd

 

 

 

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Sunday Group Ride ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Glen Echo, MD

 

We will be using the neighborhood routes – which does include the infamous “Brick Yard” hill for warm up. Walk it if you can’t stay aerobic please”¦it is not long!  Well, ok, you new riders will think it’s EVIL. But after that – the ride will take you into the famous Potomac Neighborhoods with some “smaller” homes! Nobody should be riding more than 4 hours. Do the math based on your pace and pick your mileage appropriately.

 

PLEASE NOTE we have been asked to be OUT of there by 12pm. So max ride MUST BE 4 hours and you MUST start at 8am. No exceptions!

 

 

AWOL: David & Elizabeth Hurley

 

Ride Leaders: Ryan Myers, Jeff McIntyre

 

Sag Drivers: Maureen Shea, Daryl Cooch

 

Distances: 14, 20, 28, 40, 56, 70
Distance notes: The 70 = 56 + 14 in that order please. 4 hours TOPS. Only our fastest should be doing 70.

Where:   Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo MD

 

Address: 7300 Macarthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812
Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&z=19&msid=212955401369954440698.00044ed8ba2e1d4a556cf

 

Directions: From the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), take exit 40 on the outer loop or exit 41 east on the inner loop. Take Clara Barton/Cabin John Parkway to the MacArthur Boulevard/Glen Echo exit. Make a left onto MacArthur Boulevard. Cross Goldsboro Road and then make a left onto Oxford Road where you will see our parking lot.  From downtown Washington, take Massachusetts Avenue in the northwest direction, to its end at Goldsboro Road, turn left, and continue to MacArthur Boulevard. Turn right on MacArthur Boulevard and take an immediate left onto Oxford Road where you will see our parking lot. We park in the back left corner of the lot, to minimize interference with park visitors.  There are bathrooms across the footbridge within the park.  It’s a 5-minute walk from the parking lot.

 

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PowerTap Wheel Rental Opportunity (throughout the season)

 

Interested in training with power? Not sure if you want to take the plunge and spend all that money?  Black Dog Racing has a couple of PowerTap enabled wheels for rent. Normally we use these with clients just getting started, or who need a loaner power meter during times of maintenance or the like. The wheels have Shimano 10s 11-28t cassettes and Michelin Pro 4 Endurance tires (or similar) installed.  We don’t provide head units so you’ll need a device which can receive the ANT+ power information (e.g. Garmin Forerunner 310xt, 910xt, 920xt, Garmin Edge 500, 800, 810, CycleOps Joule 2, 3, or similar) in order to use the wheel effectively.  One issue that has arisen with the newer PowerTap built wheels that we use, primarily our Velocity Chukker models, is that the wheel may require that your rear brakes be adjusted since the rims on these newer wheels are wider than in times past.  So depending on the wheels you’re using now an adjustment may be necessary.  We can help you with that, or, and we’d recommend this given the important safety nature of brakes, you can get a qualified bike mechanic to do the adjustment for you.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Coach Tony at CoachTony@Black-Dog-Racing.com.