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    Rode My Age Today (Actually a Bit More)

    Finally achieved my second goal for this year. Today I rode 77 miles (2 miles more than I had to). Feels good to have done it but now I plan to do a bit of riding just for the enjoyment alone. Passed a studio of a friend and had thought it would have been nice to drop in but I was "on the clock" so to speak. Guess there is a century in the future somewhere but not this month.

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    Really, really nice job! You burned a whole lot of recovery beer calories. Remember to carbo load.
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    Now as far as the century goes - I sure do hope there is one in your future and that again - it is your birthday ride.
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    Fantastic. I think a century could happen really soon. When I rode my age a few weeks ago I didn't ride as many miles as you did. I am a mere youngster at 61 (next mo). I plan to ride a century on my birthday. I still need to get a 80 mile ride in this weekend as preparation. I hope I do as well as you did.

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    Sculptor7 -- you may enjoy the Granite State Wheelmen ride in Sept. out of Hampton Beach N.H.
    it goes from Hampton Beach to Nubble Lighthouse and back with a short trip to the
    Newburyport bridge. have done this in the past and enjoyed it

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    Every year the ride-your-age goal gets tougher. I'm only 59 so my hat's off to you for your accomplishment. I hope I'm still able to do it for a long time to come. You give me confidence. Good job!

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    Nice job. It's a good feeling, ain't it?
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    Now that's a birthday ride to celebrate.
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    Good On Ya!!!

    A good motivator for us "youngsters"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
    Finally achieved my second goal for this year. Today I rode 77 miles (2 miles more than I had to). Feels good to have done it but now I plan to do a bit of riding just for the enjoyment alone. Passed a studio of a friend and had thought it would have been nice to drop in but I was "on the clock" so to speak. Guess there is a century in the future somewhere but not this month.

    High 5 dude! You did real good! I have the same computer, but the big difference are those number. What are some of your other stats? Time? AVS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodtoo View Post
    High 5 dude! You did real good! I have the same computer, but the big difference are those number. What are some of your other stats? Time? AVS?
    I was afraid somebody would ask that! Average speed, which in my defense, includes stops in city traffic at rush hour on the way home, quite a few hills on the back roads, quite a warm day and a wind that was not as bad but still a factor: 11.5 mph AVS which came to 6 hours and 40 minutes of pedaling. Made one 20 minute stop for lunch; one 10 minute stop for a cookie and a lemonade and two or three 5 minute breaks en route. Think I could have used a bit more hydration because on one of the steeper hills I began to get cramps in the right thigh. Actually got off the bike and walked it off for a few minutes and was not bothered thereafter. There were also very enjoyable moments of sailing along at 18 to 20 mph on flat sections, a few rather thrilling descents at up to 30 mph. No flats!
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    No need to be afraid, those numbers look good to me and it seems you have 25 years on me. I just ask to see how much of a wimp I maybe. Yesterday I rode 20 miles, AVS 13.1, and TM was 1:31:41. There was wind and hills too. My fastest decent was 28.1 MPH. I don't know were I compare to more serious cyclist. My bicycle is an 1983 mixte style Schwinn le tour. It does need some work, but seems good enough to get the job done. I thought I needed a good road bike to help improve my performance or maybe am I just looking for excuses. In the end it's all about the fun anyway.

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