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Old 06-02-11, 08:48 PM   #1
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What were you thinking about on your ride today?

Today I was thinking about finding a pie cafe. There aren't many around here. Sometimes its difficult to remember my thoughts after a ride.
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Old 06-02-11, 10:17 PM   #2
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What were you thinking about on your ride today?

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Today I was thinking about finding a pie cafe. There aren't many around here. Sometimes its difficult to remember my thoughts after a ride.
There's a current introspective thread on the Commuter Forum, "The Lonely Commuter" in which several subscribers relate their thoughts. I didn't specifically ride today, but here's what I posted about my usual state of mind:

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I'm a year-round early morning commuter on very comfortable routes of usually about 14 miles and often longer, when in training. I don't think of my commuting time as lonely, but rather call it "head" time. Probably work items are my most common head threads, and often mentally composing rough drafts of varous personal or work-related correspondence. I always have a listening device on, mostly a local radio talk show, and the hosts are in a sense riding companions. I think I only once actually stopped to call in while en route but often I am focused on the discussion. Sometimes I will E-mail in a comment, or perhaps call in when I arrive at work. I am known to them as their self-proclaimed "Number One Fan among Boston's Bicycle Commuters."...
I find that I can often recall specific thoughts thunk at specific segments of my routes, sometimes even years later.
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Old 06-02-11, 10:22 PM   #3
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I was thinking of some tri-tip, baked potato, and a huge slice of banana cream pie. All of which won't happen until the trip in July with the family. For the most part my mind is clear, I use the saddle time to relax and enjoy the scenery.
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Old 06-02-11, 10:41 PM   #4
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I'm relatively new to riding (just two years) and I find that my post-ride notes get more and more extensive. THey used to be just where I rode, distance, and average speed. Now some days I write more than 500 words, reconstructing what happened at each stage of the ride - who I was riding with, how it felt, what I was thinking, the weather or scenery. If I don't do this, then after the passage of time it all becomes a blur in my memory. And it's usually such an enjoyable experience, I want a record of it.
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Well, I didn't ride today... but when I do ride, my thoughts are everywhere.
Sometimes I work on lyrics but, mostly, I just let my mind run.
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Old 06-02-11, 10:49 PM   #6
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I was thinking of some tri-tip, baked potato, and a huge slice of banana cream pie. All of which won't happen until the trip in July with the family. For the most part my mind is clear, I use the saddle time to relax and enjoy the scenery.
What's tri-tip?

I note you post from Saugus, CA. There is a Saugus, MA just outside of Boston, known for the Suagus Iron Works, the first iron works in this country, and a National Historic Site.
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Old 06-02-11, 10:56 PM   #7
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I'm thinking how much I need to ride at least every-other day, if not daily. And how reasonable it might be for me to drag my GT Xizang around with me - through airports, rental cars, motels, different locations. It's going to be a challenge, but I do need to ride. I need the exercise for my heart and joints.
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This . . .
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I was wondering what you were thinking!

No, really, I was actually thinking about a poll I could start in the 50+ forum. Now, I can't remember what that poll was to be - probably for the best for all the other 50+ participants.
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Old 06-03-11, 06:29 AM   #10
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I was thinking, "Where the hell am I?" (I had gotten lost.)
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Old 06-03-11, 07:36 AM   #11
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Last night I rode a fixed gear Raleigh Grand Course conversion the Robtown graciously loaned to me. My thoughts were like this...

"Keep feet spinning"

"Whoa! Don't coast" "Keep feet spinning"

"Gear is too dang low. I could be going faster if it were geared highter"

"Gear is too dang high - I'll never m a k e i t u p t h i s h i l l"

"Whoa: don't coast while taking a drink"

"Wow! That was fun!"

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N O T H I N G!! That is why I ride. I have to think too much at work and don't care to when I ride. I do a lot of activities that all you can think about is the activity you are doing at the time. It's an escape for me.
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Old 06-03-11, 07:49 AM   #13
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As little a possible, until I heard a clicking sound. Then I was thinking, "What the hell is that?" Once clicking sound was found (leaf stuck in spokes hitting computer sensor). I went back to thinking about as little as possible..... Ah, a shady cool section ahead..... I wonder if I have time to stop can smell the honeysuckle up close?.... Oops, another rider headed toward me; make sure to acknowledge him or her..... it's a him.... handlebar hand-wave and head nod complete.... only 8 more miles to go.... wonder if anyone would mind if I stayed out a bit longer?......

And so it went.
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Old 06-03-11, 08:04 AM   #14
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What's tri-tip?

I note you post from Saugus, CA. There is a Saugus, MA just outside of Boston, known for the Suagus Iron Works, the first iron works in this country, and a National Historic Site.
Tri-tip is a cut of meat, and when cooked right is probably the best cut out there. I travel for work frequently, and rarely see it outside the area, so it must be something local. Tri-tip is the triangle-shaped cut of beef from the bottom of the sirloin and looks like this:


If cooked right, look like this:


Saugus, CA is an unincorporated area around Santa Clarita in Northern Los Angeles County. I don't think we are known for anything yet.
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I ride to not think.



Although, my long loop route to work is right on Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier route. Yesterday I came upon a fully-loaded couple heading east as I was heading west. For a half-mile or so I wondered where they were coming from.
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Thinking about how I need to ride more to get my conditioning back. Oh yeah and how much it would have hurt if that (*&^% delivery truck had not moved over in time. I have lots of lights so I know he saw me.
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Yesterday I thought about that irritating young guy (like 1/3 my age) on the mountain bike who allowed me to pull him (at 19 to 20MPH) for three miles, before he drove around me when the road started to climb and sprinted away. I did let him know, loudly, that he "really showed me!!!!" The thinking was about revenge - "if I be waspish, best beware my sting..."

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Old 06-03-11, 01:26 PM   #18
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yesterday, and Wednesday, I was thinking about the pain in my quads, since, I was trying to ride 12 miles as fast as I could.
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No ride today but last night took an evening ride. 15 miles at a gentle pace out to a Time trial to watch the youngsters try to kill a few cars. Had a novice rider on an MTB with us so gentle pace to bed him in. Gentle pace? Oh yea- but there's that hill ahead and Wonder if I can sit on the fast riders wheel while he goes for it? Couldn't as he slowed down to force me to lead and only just made it to the top-but beat him by 1/2 a wheel. On the way back took a mile long 5% at a constant 90 cadence and no gear changing---That did hurt by the top.

A long winter lay-off and I am paying for it but at least I managed to get my brain round working hard--In between the rest breaks.
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Heading up to the "recumbent specific" shop in town to see IF they'd carry a set of platform pedals that would accept the "Power Straps". Then what kind of bread I'd use for my sandwich for lunch!
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I have been sitting here trying to think what I think about on my today. For the life of me I can't think of a thing. I must be empty headed when I ride. That's a good thing, I think,... I hope. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/89887186
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I was thinking about not getting spit out the back.
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The same thing I think every morning: " Don't die, don't die, don't die, don't die, don't die..."
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I rode a TREK 850 MTB that I just put together with slicks and 8 speeds. The rear twist shifter was very difficult to adjust/shift last night. The 5 minute test ride this evening went much smoother - it seems shifting while on the work stand is harder than while riding. I was thinking the bike was handling nice and I had priced it correctly.
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What were you thinking about on your ride today?



I find that I can often recall specific thoughts thunk at specific segments of my routes, sometimes even years later.
On the other side of the coin, I hear certain songs now and associate them with specific places on a ride, including weather conditions and a particular scent in the air--pine needles, blooming shrubs, cold air.
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