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Old 03-15-03, 09:14 PM   #1
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Oh what a beautiful... afternoon!

Be very, very glad you didn't have to hear me sing that!

So, did anybody else get unseasonably beautiful weather today?

I rode the Mineral Wells state trailway from the Weatherford trailhead to Mineral Wells (but not quite to the MW trailhead as the last 1 or 1-1/2 miles is in town and boring) then back out and up to Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

The sign to the state park says the trailhead is 2/3 of a mile. It forgets to mention it's 2/3 of a mile UP Actually, I made it okay but was definitely in granny and had to stop for a breather halfway up. Then, I made the mistake of riding over to the marina to buy some bottled water since the fountain at the trailhead wasn't working.

WOW, riding back up from the marina to the trailhead is a heck of a climb -- I was blowing like a beached whale by the time I reached the top. If I'm going to ride the trails around the lake much I think I'm definitely going to have to change out the Nexave crankset for a Deore with 22/32/44 chainrings!

Total was 39 miles at an average speed of 10.5 MPH (saddle time) though I was actually out for about five hours with breaks.

I didn't ride from the house to the trailhead this time. I figured out I can fit the bike in the car if I take both wheels and the front clipon fender off.

After I got home I checked my tires and found that I only had about 50 pounds in them. Note to self, next time check tire pressure at the start of the ride!

I was almost as strong at the end of the ride as at the start this time because this time I took some fuel along. I found some pretty good energy bars that are not too high in fat or sugars. Has anybody else tried the EAS Advant Edge Carb Control Nutrition Bars? My cardiologist insists that I watch both fat and carbs and these are the only bars I've found that taste decent, don't melt into a puddle in the heat, and aren't loaded with either saturated fat or sugar.

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Old 03-16-03, 06:35 AM   #2
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My wife and I had a great ride in beautiful weather.

39 miles is a really nice ride, and you did it with out runing out of energy and one-half a heart. About 99% of the world with a whole heart could not do that.

Congrats.
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Congrats.
Thanks.

I wish I could get my wife to ride, but she prefers walking in circles

I actually got to say "on your left" yesterday, to a pair of cyclists, and halfway up a gentle but long grade. Sure was refreshing to say it after the number of times I've heard it.

Of course, coming back some kid blew past me on a road bike doing at least double my speed just to keep me humble.

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Has been beautiful weather here, too, John. I went for a 20 mile ride Friday and a 50 mile ride yesterday. The trainer has been keeping me in pretty good shape I guess. I am not even sore.

Next week is my spring break, and I am on my way to Chicago to visit some friends. Unfortunately, they don't ride, so we will do other things to amuse ourselves I suppose.

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Next week is my spring break, and I am on my way to Chicago to visit some friends. Unfortunately, they don't ride, so we will do other things to amuse ourselves I suppose.
I think they might rent bikes in Chicago??

Your friends might enjoy it.
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