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Old 05-21-07, 02:39 PM   #76
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i'm all about redefining "the nooner."
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Old 05-23-07, 06:43 AM   #77
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Got caught in heavy rain last night and we cut our ride short, only 16 1/2 miles. Strong winds, 20 - 30 from the south so we headed into it and half way to River Falls from Hudson the rain started. Radar had shown spotty showers and T-storms so did not last. Headed east and back north a few miles later, thats when the skies opened up! I have only ridden in rain that heavy once before. Hard to see with sweat being washed down from the helmet pads into my eyes. It poured the last 5 miles and let up as we pulled back into the parking lot. But a ride in the rain is better than no ride at all.
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Old 05-23-07, 06:49 AM   #78
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Wow Dan, glad you made it back safe in the downpour!

5/22 - Another 'nooner' of 9.5 miles in just under a half hour. The wind was strong from the south, but my route was mostly east-west with only a short leg south, so the wind seemed to be pushing me along most of the way. Much fun.
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Did 15 last night, and am supposed to do a timed 10 miler after work. That wind has steadily picked up through the day and is now over 21mph and gusting over 30. Should make for one huge suckfest of a TT tonight.

Edit: Holy suckfest. 14-15mph out, 30mph on the way back. Guess which direction we rode. Heart rate was 170+, cadence in the low 90's, 0% grade and I was still getting all of 15 mph into the wind. I can't believe I had to resort to the small chain ring on the way out.

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I rode yesterday 14 mile round trip.Forest park to lexington Nursing home in La Grange IL.I rode on a ss coaster brake cruiser.Very smooth.The return trip took about 55 minutes Suburban riding on the street i saw a fox in riverside Ill otherwise pretty uneventful.I left the home at 8:05 and arrived at the domicile about 9pm.
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Old 05-25-07, 08:53 AM   #81
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5/25 = YES

a big fat YES. a lovely pre work morning ride. i made an attempt at doing some intervals as i wanted to maximize my limited time. plus, i think i may have a rather difficult ride coming up soon?!?

INTERVALS = (1 min all out with 3 min recovery) x 5.

Warm Up=13:41 / 3.75mi

1= .43mi 25.8mph 162/197 HR
2= .47mi 28.2mph 146/174
3= .39mi 23.6mph 146/161
4= .44mi 26.5mph 152/170
5= .43mi 25.7mph 156/170

cool down/home=34:27 / 9.21mi

total ride was 19.47 miles in 1:07:52.

off to work now. later.
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5/25 = YES

a big fat YES. a lovely pre work morning ride. i made an attempt at doing some intervals as i wanted to maximize my limited time. plus, i think i may have a rather difficult ride coming up soon?!?

INTERVALS = (1 min all out with 3 min recovery) x 5.

Warm Up=13:41 / 3.75mi

1= .43mi 25.8mph 162/197 HR
2= .47mi 28.2mph 146/174
3= .39mi 23.6mph 146/161
4= .44mi 26.5mph 152/170
5= .43mi 25.7mph 156/170

cool down/home=34:27 / 9.21mi

total ride was 19.47 miles in 1:07:52.

off to work now. later.
This belongs in the training section so guys like me that CAN'T go all out for a full minute yet do not get too depressed!
I was feeling pretty good about my leisurely 5 mile run until I read your interval training ride!

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Old 05-25-07, 01:40 PM   #83
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5/25 = Yes.

Morning commute. Nice ride. 7 minutes quicker than usual.


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Psimet,

Looks like they got the St. Chuck portion open again huh??
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5/25 Yep, Just got home from a nice 25 mile ride.

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5/25 A stress relief 12 miler along the shore of Lake Michigan down to the South Milwaukee Yacht Club. Sunny skies and deep blue water ... ahhhhh.

Cerenity now.

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How was the wind down there John I was out yeesterday and man was it hard
on my legs .

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How was the wind down there John I was out yeesterday and man was it hard
on my legs .

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It's been breezy, but not too bad. I try to stay narrow with my hands and arms, that helps.

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Psimet,

Looks like they got the St. Chuck portion open again huh??
Yup! They finished it on time. Beautifully fresh new asphalt. Smooth as silk. Now if they could have cleared out the art fair downtown then I wouldn't have had to dodge the exhibitors on the way home.
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Where do you commute? I could swear I saw you on the Fox Trail a few days back.

Also, since you guys ride farther north than I go....I'm wondering....I have ridden through St. Charles and crossed the bridge and followed the path. Going north it then turns into a subdivision and I follow the signs and go through a little park and then end up on Randall a little north of Dean? How do you connect from there to the Randall Road trail that goes on north without riding on Randall?

Is there a cut through somewhere?

Where is this new asphalt? Thanks, Crystal
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If you're following the signs and ending up at Randall Road, then continue West on Dean St. to the Forest Preserve on the North side of the road, (Leroy Oaks if memory serves correctly), the trail goes thru the forest preserve up along randall road to Silver Glen. I think the path then hooks up with the Thornwood paths up in that big subdivision.

I had heard there might be a new tunnel under Randall, but have yet to see it myself and not quite sure how or where it hooks in to the trail. I always come out of the park onto 17th St. then ride Dean West to the preserve.

The other option would be the continuation of the fox river trail on the East side of the river.

This is my normal commute route, when I'm commuting that is.
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5/26 = YES.

Went up and down the Bull Valley hills a few times today. Much fun. Glad I put the 12/27 on the rear wheel yesterday.

That steep section up Deer Valley road actually got easier the second time I went up. I was having a conversation with a guy who was training on his tri bike as we ascended. Maybe it was easier because of that.
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Where do you commute? I could swear I saw you on the Fox Trail a few days back.

Also, since you guys ride farther north than I go....I'm wondering....I have ridden through St. Charles and crossed the bridge and followed the path. Going north it then turns into a subdivision and I follow the signs and go through a little park and then end up on Randall a little north of Dean? How do you connect from there to the Randall Road trail that goes on north without riding on Randall?

Is there a cut through somewhere?

Where is this new asphalt? Thanks, Crystal
I ride the Fox River Trail from Elgin to North Aurora during my commute. The only day I was commuting this last week was Friday. You really can't miss me. I ride with a big flashing LED light up front and two red blinkies on my tan messenger bag. Guys at work call me rocket man.

I pass a lot of riders and try to say "hello" or "good afternoon" to as many as possible. Yell, "Psimet" if you think it's me. I'll stop.

I only follow the East side of the river through St Chucks. The new pavement is along 25 from just South of down town through North side of Geneva.
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5/26 = YES.

Went up and down the Bull Valley hills a few times today. Much fun. Glad I put the 12/27 on the rear wheel yesterday.

That steep section up Deer Valley road actually got easier the second time I went up. I was having a conversation with a guy who was training on his tri bike as we ascended. Maybe it was easier because of that.
I could have gone with you. My son is either teething (molars all at once) or sick. Miserable person to be around right now. Would have loved to have gotten out of the house. Oh well....
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5/26 = YES

after pissing and moaning all morning about the crappy forecasted weather for this weekend i thought for sure i was NOT riding. i should have pulled up my panties and headed out this morning, but i didnt. so around 2pm everyone is taking a nap, but me. i pull up the weather radar and it looks like i have an opening.

well, even brant miller could have forecasted that as soon as i got 6 miles west the rain would start. it did, but i went 4 more miles into the front before turning around and heading back. it was really raining and a first for me. it was kind of fun. i even spotted two other riders out just when i was thinking how hardcore i was

as i was rolling back down my home street the wife frantically calls my cellphone to inform me of our just issued tornado warning. good times.

21.62 miles / 1:09:35 / 18.64 mph

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5/26 = YES

after pissing and moaning all morning about the crappy forecasted weather for this weekend i thought for sure i was NOT riding. i should have pulled up my panties and headed out this morning, but i didnt. so around 2pm everyone is taking a nap, but me. i pull up the weather radar and it looks like i have an opening.

well, even brant miller could have forecasted that as soon as i got 6 miles west the rain would start. it did, but i went 4 more miles into the front before turning around and heading back. it was really raining and a first for me. it was kind of fun. i even spotted two other riders out just when i was thinking how hardcore i was

as i was rolling back down my home street the wife frantically calls my cellphone to inform me of our just issued tornado warning. good times.

21.62 miles / 1:09:35 / 18.64 mph

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You went riding in the rain. I'm sure your wife was thrilled.
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^^^^ well, she was napping when i left and had no idea until she woke up! then of course she was NOT thrilled. she is one of these weather phobia freaks. she flips out when tornadic conditions are forecasted. AND when live in Plainfield where i think there is a history? later.
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No riding saturday it rained all day. Friday I rode from home out to the nursing home then out to cicis pizza at butterfeild plaza .About a 20 maybe 22 mile round trip.Once again on the fat tire coaster brake cruiser.Not a fast ride at all .Just plugging along .I Left the house at 3 and was home around 10 with stops along the way.
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Bike the drive day=NO..

Kinda po'd about this one. Woke at 0400 to rain. Went to the computer and saw weather was upgraded to 60% chance of tstorms and the Mrs & I decided no, after pre registering a long time ago for this. Woke up much later and saw sun and blue sky galore. I guess its lawn work for me today instead. Its a shame because my wife really enjoyed last years BTD and its one of the few times shes excited about getting up early for anything.
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5/27

Rode home at midnight and back to work at 2:00 p.m. Beautiful ride home and I look forward to the ride back.
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