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Old 08-02-08, 01:20 PM   #1
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Today, on the Katy trail....

I saw a 6 point buck in the velvet! I came over a slight rise and gradual curve and there he was, standing broadside in the trail a couple hundred feet off. I was going 19 mph...a little fast for the trail maybe, I don't know. I got pretty close before he realized I was nearly on him. Beautiful.

Todays ride was very good. I had fun most of the ride, improved my cadence, average speed and number of miles a little. Each is a small number, but a pretty good percentage for gradual improvement without injury. My heartrate is beginning to drop a little at key points I set on the trail to check it. There are some sections I am using to do this using the same gear, speed, distance, etc. I have stop points to actually get off the bike and check pulse. Today, I skipped all of these but two today, meaning I can actually ride longer without feeling the need to check myself (meaning keep myself in check). These points I am using for my own safety because of how I know I am. Today was the most relaxing ride even though everything is improved. Part of this is the outside temperature and humidity. That's why I decided to ride, even though I work 12 hours tonight. Just wanted to share...off to shower and nap.

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Old 08-02-08, 01:25 PM   #2
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What is the Katy like near you? I am thinking of maybe going on a two day ride sometime next month and Sedalia is close enough. Man is the air thick enough these days or what?
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Old 08-02-08, 01:40 PM   #3
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Thick is the right word! The trail goes right through town. That particualr stretch is a necessary evil for me...no shade...too many crossing streets. Today I experimented with some side streets with trees. Much better. Once you get out of town to the west, over by the state fairgounds there is a parking area you could park at and ride west to avoid all that. More shade to the west too. So far, I've only ventured 4.5 miles from that spot I told you about, but the difference in ride quality is pretty dramatic. That is also where the equestrian trail starts to the west. It's okay, but I prefer the road or real singletrack. I like the convenience for now since I'm getting back in condition. I wouldn't call it scenic, except for that one deer. I've seen pictures at the katy depot of the trail along the missouri river...that looks pretty nice!

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Oh, I decided to eat before the nap..LOL.
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I still have certain rides that I use to check my "Performance". Trying one of the offroads tomorrow to find out how much road riding has ruined my trail hillclimbing ability. Boy am I going to hurt tomorrow night.
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