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    T'was the official start of my season. Took the skis out of the car, removed "Survivor" (my bike) from the trainer, and off we went.





    Not trying to be a hero, just 10 miles, rolling around the area, seeing what's open and what's not.





    Let the training begin!



    Edit: Dang! I just found out that there is still pretty good skiing up on Sheboygan (45mins north) ... I may have to put those skis back in the car tomorrow and head up there. Hmmmm ... double workout? Ski then bike? )
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    4/2 - I did the commute in today. I seem to be getting slower. I've got nothing. I currently feel like I am only faster than those going in the opposite direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    I currently feel like I am only faster than those going in the opposite direction.
    LOL, know how you feel.

    Rode the mountain bike on the bike path for 45 minutes today, still some snow.

    Rode the motorcycle to work today - first time this year.
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    4/1

    Trued wheel on old steely
    Went outside
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    Tried a few sprints
    27.4mph max
    Identified sprint as definite weak point
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    Hoped on rollers for 50 min.
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    4/2 40 miles, way colder than the sunny sky would have you think, dressed completely wrong and froze my tail off.

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    Ugly night at work ... 3 hours sleep ... in the car to ski - GO GO GO !

    Incredible spring skiing, 1 1/2 hours.







    (I gotta admit ... I've NEVER seen a snake while out skiing before)

    Still have the bike in the car, so I rode easy for 30 minutes.





    What a BEAUTIFUL day !! A real gem.

    Time for 3 1/2 hrs sleep then back to work.

    Worth it?? OH YEAH !!

    G'night ...


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    30.5 miles through the metro parks this evening. Ride time of 1:34. A bit chilly but dry. Lot's of other people starting to come out...

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    Commute home was a ton better. I think I had a little bit of a tailwind to help me out. The trail was absolutely packed.

    I love my commute in that I can just blink and my mileage skyrockets. Nice easy 50 miles for the day.

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    A few more miles than Gary tonight. I went with the Spin group and my team. Me and Gary rode in the A group. at first we rode as a huge group for a few miles, and at a red light we split up. I got boxxed in in the B's and by the time I realized what was goign on, the A's (inc. Gary) were a quarter mile up the road. Some of the B's (and my teammates) said "Good luck" in a sarcastic tone as I took off in a sprint. According to Gary, the group was traveling at 25-27mph, and a few miles later, I caught up with them, after catching a straggler and we traded drafts.
    With some burn in my guads, I attacked all the climbs, and stayed with the group. In the last 5-7 miles, the pace started heating up, where one rider would sprint off and hold a high solo tempo until caught, then repeat. On one climb, we caught up with some of the B groupers, and rode some brick streets back to the bike shop.

    It was a really un-fun ride. The pace was less of a group-ride and more of a "tear your legs off, let you catch your breath and repeat"

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    I'm so done with skiing. After racing for three months and training for four it really wears on you. So done with that. On to cycling. I deny that the skiing is any good...

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    Did a short ride left work. Got about 7 miles into my ride and snapped my chain. Then I got to practice my duck walk in my shoes. Called my wife and asked her to come get me. Then went to LBS they replaced the chain under warranty, but now the bike has battle scars. So much for the new paint job from Trek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wilke View Post
    Ugly night at work ... 3 hours sleep ... in the car to ski - GO GO GO !

    Incredible spring skiing, 1 1/2 hours.







    (I gotta admit ... I've NEVER seen a snake while out skiing before)

    Still have the bike in the car, so I rode easy for 30 minutes.





    What a BEAUTIFUL day !! A real gem.

    Time for 3 1/2 hrs sleep then back to work.

    Worth it?? OH YEAH !!

    G'night ...

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    27 miles, a combo of trail and roads in the forest preserve (Deer Grove north of Palatine). Nothing you could really call rollers, but enough to make my desk jockey legs feel it.
    Suzy Creamcheese, what's got into you?

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    4/2-- 27 miles w/the bright sun, 40+ degrees felt just right.

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    Boy, am I late to the party. It's April 3rd and I rode for the first time outside in 2008.

    Just 9 miles, though. Round trip from dropping car off at mechanics to returning to pick up the car at noon.

    I hope to have a more interesting ride post tomorrow.

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    Rode with a local pro today. It was his endurance day. I rode with him for 3 hours and 15 minutes of his 6 hour ride. Total mileage for me was 56.66. We went from Peninsula to Chagrin Falls and back through the Metro Parks.

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    1 hour on the bike path. Nothing bigger than 38x19. 600+ km behind last year ... there's my first goal of the year.

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    4/3 50 miles start was nice warm and sunny. ended cloudy and cold ( at least no rain). it was a race with the sun to see who would get home first, this time I made it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leinad View Post
    it was a race with the sun to see who would get home first .
    sun or son?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Wilke View Post

    (I gotta admit ... I've NEVER seen a snake while out skiing before)
    I got bitten by mosquitoes several years ago while closing ski season in Winter Park, Co. What a shock!

    Looking forward to start my season this Saturday! It's going to be 60+! I am back from ski forums! And you guys already did your first organized ride on St. Pat day. I am jealous!

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    A nice day to ride, sunny warm and just a slight breeze. I did almost 26 miles and did a little climb, gotta get ready for 4/27!
    "It doesn't get easier, you just go faster."

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    Lots of miles (45+) on a crappy ride today! Took the day off from work (Spring break for kids) and decided to find my way from NE Indianapolis to center of downtown Indianapolis. Uneventful on the way there up to about 10th street. Then bad luck. Crashed hard by riding on the sidewalk (I know better!) and reading street signs because I'm not knowing my way around downtown and rolled over a very steep wheel chair ramp. Threw me into the street, a couple gashes in my knee, broke my dang fairing and still hurts a lot right now. Went around the block and decided to back track and crashed on the same obstacle again and into the road - yikes! Then I must have picked up glass on the way around the Monon trail construction detour in Broad Ripple, back tire flat, so out with the tools and patch and pump. Sit back down . . . and WTF? . . . front tire flatted too! Same kinda glass. Glad to be home, not buying any lottery tickets today with that kind of luck. Sunshine tomorrow.
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    Gee ... my ride was blissful in light of that report!

    8 miles with air in the rear tire ... 8 miles without. Thumpa - Thumpa - Thump!

    May drive up to Fond du Lac County tomorrow and try one last Bike & Board day. I suspect there will be less skiing and more biking, but it should be fun.

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    4/4/2008 - Yes indeedy.

    I decided to take a mental health day today. I had only ridden once outside all year and that was only for 9 miles. Today I decided to dive into the deep end and test how well all the treadmill running and trainer spinning has worked for me.

    I hopped in the car and drove up to New Glarus to do a recon ride for the upcoming BFNIC Spring Classic (and Vintage) ride. Let me just say, iab, great work! The route is awesome. And everyone else planning on this ride, let me cut to the chase: donít dawdle with your riding in the next three weeks. Both loops are challenging.

    The first loop (maps here) is a lot of fun and rolls, climbs, descends, and has a fast flat section back into town. The second loop starts off with an HHH worthy climb, a fast descent, another climb, and then another downhill before it levels out at mile four or so. One of the descents I coasted to 45 mph. Coming back west on Hwy C goes up, it goes down, and then again and again and stays that way until heading back west toward Monticello. I canít say how hard these are in relation to anything else because my legs were starting to tire and there was a head/crosswind (first ride of the year, remember). In any case, itís a wonderfully selected route.

    Iíll put some notes over in the ride thread regarding road conditions, as I know iab was a bit concerned on that front.

    After getting done with both loops I was knackered and wanted to get home, so instead of getting a cold sammich and a beer (sorry aham ), I zipped through the Culverís drive thru. Culverís used to be kind of a treat, but now that they are everywhere in the Chicago area, they have lost some of that special aura. But, dios mio, man, todayís tasted amazing. Nothing like 65 miles of hilly terrain to work up a nice appetite.

    Lots more drivers than Iíve ever seen coming in the opposite direction gave a friendly wave. Very cool.

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    4/5 = 40 miles.

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/5321352

    headed out around 9am. still a bit cold, but i love riding in the morning. spotted 10 or so other riders out and about. solid effort for me this early in my season. looking forward to some more miles tomorrow. later.
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