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    First 30 mile ride

    What a year it has been so far this year. I started riding last fall (first time on a bike in decades). I was progressing pretty well over a 3 week time frame, last ride before my consulting business took off and the weather turned poor was just over 14 miles before a flat. Having no patch kit, spare tube, pump (yes, I know a Cardinal Sin), I walked back the remaining 2 1/2 miles home. The 14+ mile ride is my longest ride I have been on since starting to ride again, up to this point.

    Fast forward to 2010. Business has been extremely busy for me this year that riding has taken a back seat. I have only ridden a handful of times (yes, I got another flat tire this year and no supplies on the bike). I now have a saddle bag with a patch kit, spare tube, tools, and a frame pump. I might pick up CO2 as well. However, that is another story. In all I have ridden less than 30 miles this year (yes, it has been that busy and some traveling).

    My wife and I have decided I am spending too much time sitting in front of this blasted computer and I need to start riding. It has been 5 or 6 weeks since I rode last so it is time to get my butt out of the chair and on to a saddle. I went out this morning and the route I was planning on taking was going to be around 26 miles with a couple of good hills but overall relatively flat. I suppose I underestimated the ride because the ride (with a detour due to construction) ended up being just over 31 miles! I feel good, no pains, legs a little tired because they have not been tasked to do much lately.

    Most of all, I am pleased that I set a goal and surpassed it. It did not hurt that this morning in Colorado was magnificent. The temperature was in the low 60s, virtually no wind, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and very low humidity. The ride took me about 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Now I have a route and a time to work to beat. I will probably tackle this route again on Thursday but will ride tomorrow morning. Maybe a 10 to 15 mile ride will work. I am just afraid of overdoing it but I know I need to get out.

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my post.

    Best regards,

    Sam

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    Congratulations! Sounds like it was an awesome ride! Keep it up!

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    Great job getting out there! Now stick with it! I know it can be tough finding time but in the long run making time can have such a huge payoff!
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    I got out this morning and followed the same route, for the most part, but added an additional 1/2 mile. Again, weather was pretty nice this morning. Temperature was in the mid 60s and mostly sunny when I started and was in the low 70s when I ended. I ended up riding 31.6 miles today (adding the additional 1/2 mile to the route) and rode it 8 minutes faster. I also had a pleasant conversation with another cyclist who is just starting to get back into riding.

    Out of curiosity, is it considered bad manners not to acknowledge fellow cyclists when they say good morning in passing or make eye contact? I said good morning to every cyclist and pedestrian and about 1/2 of them ignored me. I did put on deodorant on this morning so I should not have smelled that bad.

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    Haha...I get "cool guy-ed" by about half the riders I see out as well. I try to say at least aknowledge others with a nod or a slight wave, but only a few really seem to respond. Oh well...

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    I tend to ride a section of a local towpath over and over again, I tend to wave, smile, nod, etc - and most seemed to ignore me until I started seeing the same people over and over.

    /shrug

    Some people are simply more friendly than others, and some seem to think - leave me alone, this is my time...
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    congats, I'm back to 10-12 after having to wait a week for a broke spoke. . .still loosing weight though (diet . . . )

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