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    Half marathon went well - my firm goal was 2:30...

    Half marathon went well - my firm goal was 2:30 and my stretch goal was 2:15. I did it in 2:20:22, so I made the first but not second goal. I have another half in September, and I'm going to aim for...
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    Once I get going, it's barely noticable. My bike...

    Once I get going, it's barely noticable. My bike weighs over 50# so I don't get going much more than 15 mph tops, even downhill. It does make it awkward on some bike racks, and when I stop if there's...
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    I have a Wald Giant Basket on my bicycle, and I...

    I have a Wald Giant Basket on my bicycle, and I pretty much never use panniers any more. I love being able to just chuck my bags in there and pedal off. It's deep enough I usually don't tie anything...
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    My folks, despite knowing that I regularly went...

    My folks, despite knowing that I regularly went on 50-60 mile rides were somehow convinced that I couldn't ride the 16 miles out into the country to visit them. I finally got it through their heads...
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    :D Someday I might brave your terrifying...

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    Someday I might brave your terrifying insects for a chance to see kookaburras in the wild!
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    Another reply to self post - latest weight is...

    Another reply to self post - latest weight is down to 150. Still want to knock off about 30 lbs. When I'm done training for an upcoming half marathon I'm going to start Matt Fitzgerald's Racing...
  7. My commute is only 2.7 miles and I get the "Oh...

    My commute is only 2.7 miles and I get the "Oh that's so far!" comment every so often. It's less than the 5K fun runs everyone does around here!
  8. We had a major snowstorm here last winter (-22C...

    We had a major snowstorm here last winter (-22C for several days) when normally we only get a light dusting that is melted before noon. I kitted myself out with a snowsuit, parka, wool cap, goggles,...
  9. It depends on which pannier I grab from the pile....

    It depends on which pannier I grab from the pile. If I grab the right side pannier, that's the side I put it on. If I grab the left, it goes on the left.
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    It is pretty nice. :) I remind myself of the...

    It is pretty nice. :) I remind myself of the stuff other posters have to deal with on MUPs when I encounter the occasional annoyance. In general the wildlife is much more of a hazard than the people....
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    I guess it's because the MUP I use is a major...

    I guess it's because the MUP I use is a major commuter route. It's very rare for someone to not stay right, or get themselves to the right/get their dog under control/grab a wayward toddler when they...
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    This is the way bells are generally perceived in...

    This is the way bells are generally perceived in my neck of the woods too. I also try to follow it up with a "Good morning/afternoon/evening" when appropriate as I'm passing.

    Of course some haters...
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    The Giant Delivery Basket comes with different...

    The Giant Delivery Basket comes with different hardware than the smaller Wald baskets. The mounting is much sturdier and more secure. The struts have holes all the way up, and so do the handlebar...
  14. I've found the best way to cool down fast and...

    I've found the best way to cool down fast and stop sweating after a ride is rubbing alcohol. I keep a bottle in my locker at work, but I don't know how you'd manage it at a bar or restaurant.
  15. The one and only spin class I ever did I almost...

    The one and only spin class I ever did I almost broke my legs because I had such a bad habit of coasting on my bicycle. Can't do that on a spin bike!
  16. Yup. Every year around Feb-March the hospital...

    Yup. Every year around Feb-March the hospital where I work sees an uptick in the number of cholecystitis cases as people who went balls-to-the-wall with their New Year's weight-loss resolution lose...
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    Even if you have two buds in, if you just run in...

    Even if you have two buds in, if you just run in a straight line and look around before changing direction you can avoid problems. I confess, when I'm out doing sprints and hill work I like to have...
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    Topical anecdote: There was a nonagenarian...

    Topical anecdote: There was a nonagenarian cyclist in the small coastal town I used to live in. He always had a long pheasant feather stuck in his WWII veteran's cap and his walker strapped to the...
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    I used to get asked lots of questions and have...

    I used to get asked lots of questions and have total strangers come up to shoot the breeze with me, but it's gnat and mosquito season now. Mostly I just get funny looks, what with my bug net and all.
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    I would also add Robot Unicorn Attack II for...

    I would also add Robot Unicorn Attack II for sprint work.
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    In addition to my long recreational road rides, I...

    In addition to my long recreational road rides, I swim and run a few times a week, and also lift weights. My weight routine usually involves barbell squats, deadlifts, overhead press, bench presses...
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    Runkeeper has something called "LiveTrack" but...

    Runkeeper has something called "LiveTrack" but I've never turned it on. I'd assume it does something like that.
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    One of the doctors I work with sometimes commutes...

    One of the doctors I work with sometimes commutes in on his boat- one of the hospitals he works at is downstream from his house.
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    :) I of course have lots of other reasons,...

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    I of course have lots of other reasons, most of which have been said by other people - feeling more connected to the change of seasons, exercise, reducing my impact on the Earth, etc. But that...
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    I noticed this as well when I mounted my...

    I noticed this as well when I mounted my headlight to the top of my helmet. What's funny is I had a Contour mounted on the side of my helmet for quite awhile before this, but nobody ever noticed it,...
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