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Old 04-20-08, 06:12 PM   #1426
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Commuted into work on the new build. What a great day to ride at 0500. Foggy and crisp, but not too cold. Early Sunday morning = nobody or no traffic anywhere. It was awesome. Ride back was different as I was leaving at 1600. People everywhere. I had 2 guys actually ask to draft off me up a hill so I was proud of that minor milestone. Of course right after they drafted off me the turned off after the descent. Lousy Bastages.. 12.7 each way. Perfect day for a ride.
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Old 04-20-08, 06:18 PM   #1427
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I, too, had a good ride today. 33 miles and managed to ride with some friends I'm trying to get to ride with me more frequently. What a day! I managed to get a little bit of hills in, the first time all year. We'll see what the BFNIC New Glarus ride holds for me (most likely suffering). The good news is that my foot felt great (recovering from a stress fracture) with no pain at all, even when cranking out of the saddle. Yay!

I wrapped up the day by walking up to the Capital Square to catch the last race of the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Regionals. The crit was 75 minutes around the square. This was my first time watching bike racing in person- fun stuff!
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Old 04-20-08, 06:42 PM   #1428
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4/20 addendum, The sun came out, as stated in my earlier post, so me and my wife made an ice cream ride into Oberlin, Ohio (a mere 10 miles down the local bike trail) after dinner. Gibson's is an ecclectic little college store that carries everything and their bakery and goodies are great. So we had ice cream ( in chocolate chip cookies dough cones no less). so add 20 miles to the earlier ride for a total today of 68.5 miles.
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Old 04-20-08, 07:08 PM   #1429
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4/20 - Sugar Grove TT. Headwind and uphill for 9 miles then kind of tailwind/crosswind for the other 9. I didn't do as well as I had hoped. Results still not posted.

Some people passed me....yes it is demoralizing especially if you are already pegged in the red zone. Haven't uploaded yet, but it looks like I was just a teeny bit under 20mph for an average. Not bad for solo, but not nearly good enough to mean anything at this event.

At least I didn't puke.
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Old 04-20-08, 07:12 PM   #1430
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4/20 = Yes = 40 miles.

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spent 7 of the past 24 hours in a car travelling for passover. the legs were slow and unresponsive at first. so, i punished them . sprinted up every little roller and into every headwind. when it was done the 40 miles was knocked out at a 17.7 mph average. not bad for my 7th time out this season. still not ready for the BFNIC Spring Classic. later.
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Old 04-20-08, 07:14 PM   #1431
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About 38 miles in great weather. Finally!
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Old 04-20-08, 07:16 PM   #1432
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Today. Rode 54 miles with ColorChange, Rowdy, and Voldemort. Just looped around Barrington Hills for almost three hours.

Glorious day for a ride. Lots of others out on the horse farm roads staring at the ginormous houses off in the distance.

Muy divertido!
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Old 04-20-08, 08:13 PM   #1433
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~40 miles in Wauconda/Barrington today after doing 30 yesterday. I can't really remember how long it took last year, but my lungs and legs seems to be taking their sweet time getting into form. averaged 18mph for each ride which was a good sign...

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Old 04-20-08, 09:18 PM   #1434
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4/20 - yes - managed to squeeze 35 miles into busy Sunday. Great day today!
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Old 04-20-08, 10:16 PM   #1435
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4/19 - 15.2 miles
Had to get mom some liquid paper at Walmart, then did some laps around the small loop trail in Rock Run Preserve.

4/20 - 41.9 miles (most thus far this yr.)
Got dropped off in Oswego. Rode around town for a few hours, then rode home in Joliet. Excellent day to ride despite having a little spring cold. Took many pictures that slowed my avg. speed down quite a bit but averaged 14 mph on way home when not stopping. If anyone was wondering about the Fox River, it still is a bit high with water over portions of Hudson Xing Pk. and Violet Patch Pk. (in Oswego) but on river side of trail. I assume the part of trail that goes under Ashland Ave. in south end of Aurora might have water on it. (didn't ride that far north today though)

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Old 04-21-08, 05:55 AM   #1436
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4-20 rode the do the rock mtb race. 8 miles in 41 min.
plus went to deer grove for some single speed mtb riding
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Old 04-21-08, 05:06 PM   #1437
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38 miles today.

The bridge in Batavia closed and the weather broke so it was my maiden voyage out on my "commuter" bike which is a cross bike that I've tuned up to ride back and forth to work and for short errands. I LOVED riding to work.

I loved that it was so peaceful just gliding along the trail....actually think I made it there faster than if I had driven plus I wasn't stressed out from the traffic, etc. Definitely a change for the better that I'll continue even after the bridge reopens.

Anywho, 8 miles roundtrip to and from school.

30 miles with my neighbor after work...standard hilly route. My legs were trashed. I am truly exhausted. I've informed the family that I'm going to bed at dark!
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Old 04-21-08, 05:22 PM   #1438
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4/21 - yes, 16 miles today. It finally feels like summer - warm and humid !
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Old 04-21-08, 05:27 PM   #1439
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4/21.... 84* 76 miles with three other riders.
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Old 04-21-08, 05:51 PM   #1440
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4/20 = No
4/21 = Yes 1:46 minutes. 33.38miles. Ave speed 19.00 Norm power 248
Beautiful Evening. Just a touch of chill in the air and a slight breeze out of the East. Solo ride down into the parks and did a few big ring hill sprints then cruised on back home. It was one of those evenings on the bike where it all just felt right.
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Old 04-21-08, 07:02 PM   #1441
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Modified commute to work this mornind from Village Peddler to downtown SC using the trail along Randall Rd. 7.8 miles each way. Thought I did good on the ride in doing it in 28:01 with an average over 16 (fast for me) Figured it was mostly downhill, tho only slightly. On the return I didnt plan on cranking it too hard but things just clicked. Made it back in 27:53. Ive never made the return trip faster mostly because its primarily uphill, but I just got into a rythm and went with it. Felt great. Havent ridden my other road bike since finishing the build and am seriously loving this build. It seems faster than the aluminum Pinarello.

Topped it all off with some goodies from Performance. Was going to order some new bibs and other knick-knacks online tonight. Wife reminded me we were heading to Schaumburg for some school clothes for my oldest son. Thought I'd see if I could locate the the Performance store after hitting the uniform store. Wasnt too hard to find, right next to the uniform shop and across from our ultimate destination, Barnaby's pizza.

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Old 04-21-08, 07:09 PM   #1442
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20 miles today. i was looking over my rides for 2008 and my avg. HR on each ride has been between 160 and 165. i think i need to lower my efforts a little bit.

i mean, this was today's ride. i definitely pushed it hard on the way home trying to push up my avg. speed...

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Old 04-21-08, 09:32 PM   #1443
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Commuted today, 4/21 and added a little extra on the way home for a 9 mile round trip. I decided I needed more bike time after work so I hopped on the roadie and put in a quick 18 miles. I pushed it and averaged 17.8mph, which is pretty good for me on this route! I guess I was feeling good! I probably won't be able to ride again until Thursday. Unless I go home sick early on Wednesday...
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Old 04-21-08, 09:44 PM   #1444
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No ride today, but I made some Tiramisu which I will have a piece tomorrow after I'm done being shelled at the races tomorrow Tiramisu to cure the pain. Me likey.
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Old 04-22-08, 06:24 AM   #1445
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Laps of Stoney Creek

I finally got out for my first ride of the season yesterday: a couple of laps totalling 16 miles around Stoney Creek Metropark (Rochester, MI). Hey -- it's the first time out since last November, and I'm coming off of a running-related hamstring injury that's had me sidelined since January. Here's the course as recorded by my Forerunner:



It's 6 miles around the lake on the park road, and the northern spur adds another 3+ miles. It's a great place for hammering down, with lots of bikes there in the evenings and on weekends. There's a path alongside the route for runners and recreational bikers, but the roadies stick to the main road. Rolling elevation changes, and the spur is like a biker's speedway.

The only drawback is that it's also famous for wind that tends to circle in both directions at once, so no matter if you ride clockwise or counter-clockwise, you're going into the wind all the way around.
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4/20 - yes, 15 miles 58:20; 4/21 - yes, 15 miles 1:03:xx.

My wife and I went out and rode the typical "quick loop" the last 2 days. She has only been on the bike once this year before Sunday, but I was impressed with her pace. I've FINALLY got her to up the cadence in an easier gear, rather than try and turn the hardest gear possible the whole time.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:08 AM   #1447
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4/22/08

12 miles in the rain with temps around 54.
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Old 04-22-08, 11:14 AM   #1448
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12 miles in the rain with temps around 54.
Rain in Rockford = bad. It means rain in Elgin for afternoon ride. This is no good. Oh well I hear the Fox River needs it.
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Rain good for the Fox? NOT!

Anyway, that rain that was west of here basically fizzled out. Psimet, think you'll get lucky and stay dry today.
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Yeah, I just came back from riding around the Mt. Prospect Technology Campus. No rain here. It looks pretty cloudy, but it stayed dry so far.
Stupid work cut my lunch ride short

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