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Old 01-29-08, 11:22 AM   #1
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Birthday ride (long and boring)

Well yesterday was my B-day and with it I had planned on a 36 mile ride to match my years on the earth. But, due to some obligations at the office, I was only able to ride 24 miles before light became an issue. That said, it was 24 wonderful miles of riding.

It was a balmy 42 degrees at 3:50 when I headed out from my car. As it was my birthday, and I was feeling a little (too) macho, I road with just shorts and toe covers on my legs and 2 layers plus a vest on my upper body - no helmet liner whoops! Needles to say, when I got back to my car a little over an hour and a half later I was pretty cool. the temp had dropped to 36 while I road. It took until dinner, 2 hours later, to shake the chill. Next ride I'll use leggings and a helmet liner.

Anyway, I road out and around the two reservoirs that serve Cumberland. There was a good bit of gravel in the corners and at the bottom of hills from the recent icey snow storm, and there was snow along the road but not on the road. I road part of this ride 9 days ago and the lakes were still open. Now they are frozen over.

Riding through the rural contry side with farms and woods all around is relaxing, and then throw in the snow and ice on the lakes and it was exactly the type of ride for starting a new year of life and letting go of the last one.

I was riding pretty easy for the ride not wanting to go hard, and was suprised to discover I averaged 14.8 mph. I found I could power over hills that caused me to get out of the saddle and the steep climb up the first dam was a seated spin without too much discomfort until I hit the last 10-20 yards.

Coming back there were bunch of false flats that would have been a struggle a couple weeks ago. I pushed through them without getting winded. An easy ride and it was faster than all but 1 short version. That one didn't include the climb up the dam and was only 15.2 mph and hard as heck.

So if I can find a way to pick up 17 more miles over the next 2-3 day I'll have 150 for the month.
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Old 01-29-08, 11:49 AM   #2
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Old 01-29-08, 01:39 PM   #3
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Nice job! Sounds like a wonderful B-day ride!
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Old 01-29-08, 04:09 PM   #4
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It'll be easy to get that last 17! Get out for a ride!
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Sounds like a lot of fun. Relaxing with plenty of good scenery and a couple hills to keep the HR up.
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24 miles; so that means you're only 24 right? ... 24 and 432 months, as I like to say.
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ahhh....... I remember when I was young and invincible. (40 deg. temps in shorts. )

Happy B-day. Good average speed too.
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I missed my ride on my birthday, January 27. I turned 35, but there was a family function that I just had to attend, and it wasn't a funeral for a change. I still haven't got around to that ride.
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Good job on your ride. You will still get the birthday distance in, it just won't be on your birthday, right???
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ahhh....... I remember when I was young and invincible. (40 deg. temps in shorts. )

Happy B-day. Good average speed too.
Around here, that's the first couple of rides in March or April, when hasn't been any warmer then the teens for 3 months, 40 is a nice warm day. Of course after it's been in the 80's and 90's for 3 months, 40 is freezing.....
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ahhh....... I remember when I was young and invincible. (40 deg. temps in shorts. )
I did get pretty cold, it was 40 in the sun by my car, but in the shade with the airconditioning effect of the snow I was probably in 36ish degrees. I'm lucky I didn't get colder than I did. I was so cold I was shaking (past the point of shivers) sitting in my car. Plus the exposure on my knees made them hurt until mid monring the next day!

I'll be riding with the leg warmers for a while I think. Even when its up to 50 this weekend.
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