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Old 12-31-09, 05:37 PM   #1
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Post your last ride of 2009

Did my last ride of 2009 today, 12/31/09. A little over 38 miles. It was cool, clear, and crisp about 65 deg and sunny. No wind. Two other guys joined me at 7:30. It was my first ride with my new Garmin edge 305.

http://ridewithgps.com/trips/10686

I'm glad to see this year end. My 6 yr old grandson was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a very rare and deadly childhood cancer. He has spent about 1/2 his time since march in the hospital. Thank God, he is now cancer free, but neuroblastoma has a nasty habit of re-occurrence.

On the plus side, 2009 was the year I started riding, march actually. It's been a good stress reliever. I also bought my bike and a tandem. I guess it wasn't all bad.
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Old 12-31-09, 05:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-31-09, 06:14 PM   #3
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I did a bit over 17 miles this morning. The roads were still wet from yesterday's light rain, it was in the mid-40s and had some gusty winds to deal with. Not perfect conditions but the sun was out and I rode along the coast with clear views of our coastal islands. Didn't ride as much today (or the past year for that matter) as I would have liked but any ride is better than no ride.
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Old 12-31-09, 06:24 PM   #4
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(also posted in the riding in the rain thread)

I don't ride in the rain very often, maybe once in a blue moon . So it makes sense that it started raining as I headed out for my last ride of the year this morning. Luckily I noticed a light mist as I was preparing to ride and the temp was a cool 45F, so I wore my rain coat. It would have made more sense to ride the Casseroll with its fenders, but I really wanted to close out the year with my best girl, so Ribby and I headed out. At about 3 miles the light mist became a light rain. At 5 miles it was a steady moderate rain and it stayed that way for most of the ride. I was about to cut the ride short at 10 miles as my hands and feet were getting wet and cold (despite my 2 pairs of wool socks), but then it stopped and the sun peeked out, so I decided to go another 5 miles or so. I almost stretched it out further, but the rain came back harder than ever as I approched my street, so I packed it in with 16 miles ridden. Other than being a little chilly, it wasn't bad at all. After a warm shower I feel fine, but my bike is not clean anymore.
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Old 12-31-09, 06:29 PM   #5
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I love it. OP mentions it was a bit cool (65 degrees). Yesterday I rode 15 miles in 30 degree weather. I had to stop after an hour since I did not have enough layers. We had snow today so I went to the LBS and upgraded the cold weather gear. I am sure someone will weigh in with a much colder last ride. I am hell bent on ridng thru the winter to get off to a faster start this spring.
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Old 12-31-09, 06:36 PM   #6
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Bikely route

I did 19 miles on my new Schwinn Cutter single speed, the longest ride to date on the new bike.





Gray, gray day. 40s and drizzle.



Stopped in at the LBS to hang out with the staff before they closed early for New Years Eve.

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Old 12-31-09, 08:15 PM   #7
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Why do we do this again?

Motivation comes from curious sources. At the last Holiday gathering I attended, I made a commitment to bring the Champagne for tonight’s festivities. I was not only motivated, but inspired to run the last errand of the year!

That said, I was off riding into a cloudy, drizzly and cold evening. It turned out to be a great ride! The drizzle stopped shortly after I left home, my winter kit worked well at 39F and I am actually looking forward to my next trip to Salem Lake.

Only 6.92 miles out and back the pace was brisk and the load light on the return trip. Later, I will lift my glass to Salute everyone here! Have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Load: Approximately 10 lbs
Miles Today: 6.92
Weeks Miles: 20.25
Months Miles: 74.20
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So the last ride was Tuesday with the Bee Team out of Waxhaw, NC. Seven of us did 101 miles in bright sunshine and 26 degrees at the start. Got up above 40 as the day progressed, but a 10+ mph NNW wind the last 40 or so miles made it even more memorable. Lots of rolling hills and some not so rolling hills in North and South Carolina. Our most studly member, Curt, did in on his Felt fixie--that is more than studly, don't you think?
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Old 12-31-09, 08:30 PM   #9
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I did my work commute today, just over 25 miles. I'm glad I got off at noon. Shortly after I got home, the wind really picked up, the temperature started dropping, and a cold rain started. It wasn't fit weather at all to be outside installing a north facing storm door this afternoon(ask me how I know that).
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Last ride of the year: 34 miles today December 31, 2009. Temp 62F when I started and 74F when I finished. It is great to live in central FL where you can ride almost year around. I rode 223 days this year and most of it in very good weather.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE ON THE FORUM. I wish each of you good health sunny warm days and light winds. May 2010 be a good riding year for you.

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http://ridewithgps.com/routes/23030

Didn't have a lot of time...but this was a good ride. Winds were ENE @ 20MPH with gusts to 42 MPH. Recorded my fastest speed of the year at 47.12 mph downhill with a stiff "breeze" at my back.
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did the portola loop, not as fast as i would have liked, but im coming back from a pretty nasty spill in sept. beautiful weather in northern california today. no warmers at all. 30 miles no complaints.
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Posted my last ride of 09 under "My luck ran ou....."
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Bikely route

I did 19 miles on my new Schwinn Cutter single speed, the longest ride to date on the new bike.


Stopped in at the LBS to hang out with the staff before they closed early for New Years Eve.

Cool looking bike shop.. A friendly place. I"d much rather be in a cozy setting with fellow bike people rather than Starbucks..

. My last 2009 ride. 31 miles.. Partly cloudy.. A high of 57 degrees...
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I rode 60 miles solo on 12/30. The temps were in the low 40's but there was hardly any wind. I'm continuing to try and discover new roads and routes in an area I've been riding in for 6-7 years. I really enjoy riding this time of year but the trick is getting the layers just right. No speed records broken on this ride-probably 2 mph slower than normal but it was just about burning those holiday calories.
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Didn't have a lot of time...but this was a good ride. Winds were ENE @ 20MPH with gusts to 42 MPH. Recorded my fastest speed of the year at 47.12 mph downhill with a stiff "breeze" at my back.
LOVE THAT RWGPS site! Thanks for posting the route. Your rides have "character." Mine are dead flat.
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25 miles in the fog.
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LOVE THAT RWGPS site! Thanks for posting the route. Your rides have "character." Mine are dead flat.
Yeah I saw yours and wondered about 263' of elevation in 38 miles...I get that much leaving my neighborhood! But flat is nice sometimes. When I go somewhere flat my average speed goes up 3-4 mph...which means training in the hills pays off. Just for grins you can go to someone's map and then find it on Google maps and get a street view...it's interesting to see where others ride too.

I love the Ride with GPS site...and it is getting better all the time.
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No photos of mine. It was a round trip in to the office (because the flamming server was down and needed to me reset). 12 miles in the rain/sleet/freezing rain and slush of news years eve.
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Mine was not much of a ride. I installed the bar ends and mirror that my wife gave me for Christmas on wednesday and went for a 30 minute ride around the neighborhood. It was cloudy, 36 degrees with 10-15 mph winds.
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I rode 51 miles in the hills near Idywild California. It was a surprisingly beautiful day and not too cold. At the end of the ride, I just circled the neighborhood until the odometer clicked 51 miles. That made 8,000 miles for the year exactly!
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New Years eve - 60 minutes in the 4 season room on the trainer. Snowed about 2" and was 30 degress out.
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17 miles round trip to work on my cross bike with studded tires and bionx kit. It's my first commute in over a month. We were supposed to have freezing rain but there was 3 inches of snow. The bike didn't do great in the slush/packed snow/ice but the trip wasn't bad (no additional precip). The studded tires do better on black ice than slush or hard pack uneven ice.
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My last ride of 2009 was on 12/31/09. 25 miles round trip down here in LA (Louisiana). Great day for a ride, but I have a cold and didn't want to go overboard. No ride on January 1. Wife caught up with me, and I did yard work today
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A late start and no lights limited me to a whopping 8 miles on the 30th. Sleet and freezing rain on the 31st. Better than nothing.

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