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    Sticky: Well, another day, another thirty miles. Still...

    Well, another day, another thirty miles. Still not climbing all that well, but I'm certainly getting back my speed on the flats - I was running about 17-20 most of the time, which made up nicely for...
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    Sticky: Lucky you! I started my ride this afternoon just...

    Lucky you! I started my ride this afternoon just after the rain (knocked the temps way back - yay!), and thought I'd be free and clear. Upped the pace around my Hague/IFAS dairy farm loop, looking...
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    One thing you quickly learn is carry a third...

    One thing you quickly learn is carry a third bottle in a jersey pocket. You'll need to drink more than you think you will - one bottle every 10mi is my rule of thumb.
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    Sticky: Another Thursday, another loop around the dairy...

    Another Thursday, another loop around the dairy farm at Hague. Averaged 15.8 over 24 miles, and I'm not screaming in agony at the end. I think I'm actually managing to get back into decent shape. ...
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    Sticky: Tuesday's supposed to be the short, easy ride in...

    Tuesday's supposed to be the short, easy ride in my new training schema. Um, d'oh, what part of going up The 39th Avenue Wall right at the end of the ride falls into the "easy" category? :rolleyes: ...
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    Sticky: That's what I'm aiming for. :thumb: Today was...

    That's what I'm aiming for. :thumb:

    Today was 23-1/2 miles at rather a higher pace than I figured I was capable of. The rain earlier today really knocked back the temperature, and at one point I...
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    Sticky: Seems I get a later start every year, ah well... ...

    Seems I get a later start every year, ah well... I coulda sworn I'd ridden some in the spring but if I did I didn't log any of it. Came home early from work today with some kind of "something I...
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    Sticky: Heh, I feel like that all the time - steel,...

    Heh, I feel like that all the time - steel, straight tubes, downtube shifters, the bike and I, we're a rolling antiques road show :)


    So, evidently, does the rider. Good on you, neighbor! :thumb:
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    Sticky: Thanks. It was a bit of a chore. Had a real...

    Thanks. It was a bit of a chore. Had a real nuisance - my left cleat was worn out and wouldn't lock into the pedal. It just let go completely right as the ride started. I'd bought new cleats a...
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    Sticky: Hadn't ridden in over 2 weeks whilst fighting off...

    Hadn't ridden in over 2 weeks whilst fighting off a really persistent sinus infection. But I'd already paid the registration fee, so I went ahead, unprepared as I was, and rode the Gainesville...
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    Sticky: Another cloudy rainy Tuesday, another no-show for...

    Another cloudy rainy Tuesday, another no-show for the LowBees. Ended up doing 24 and change with the Tuesday night fast bunch - averaged 18.1. Don't feel fatigued and no leg cramps. That's...
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    Sticky: Another trip to the inlaws, another windy beach...

    Another trip to the inlaws, another windy beach ride. Left Taylor Park and headed down the Trail, then out Pasadena to the beaches and up Gulf Blvd to Clearwater. Ran afoul of construction -...
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    Sticky: I've FINALLY gotten off my lazy situpon and...

    I've FINALLY gotten off my lazy situpon and started riding again. Yay me. Even replaced my busted computer so's I can see how far/fast/etc. I've been riding. This newfangled digital wunderkind even...
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    Sticky: Another year, another Gainesville Cycling...

    Another year, another Gainesville Cycling Festival. Did my usual 55. Of course, despite telling myself over and over, "pace yourself, don't hammer it early" I latched onto a paceline rolling along...
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    Sticky: Another Saturday, another club ride, this time a...

    Another Saturday, another club ride, this time a shortened loop through Monteocha and LaCrosse. 35 miles, most of it in the rain. Had a lot of fun but got soaked - socks wringing wet, shoes and...
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    Sticky: Did the Tour de Tow... 63 @ 15.5. Usual...

    Did the Tour de Tow... 63 @ 15.5. Usual headwinds over a good bit of the course. I still am mildly amazed that somehow there's a 2-1/2 mile stretch that's pretty much all uphill. :) Flatted at 38...
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    Sticky: Only got one commute in this week 'cause of...

    Only got one commute in this week 'cause of errands requiring the car, and a two day road trip for work. Did the club ride this morning out to Worthington Springs. Felt pretty good, but misjudged...
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    Sticky: Phew. HUUUUUUUUUMID!!!! :( Did the club ride...

    Phew. HUUUUUUUUUMID!!!! :( Did the club ride this morning - 48 miles @ 15.5. Feels like I'm getting back into something approximating decent condition. :thumb: Good thing, too. The Tour de Tow...
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    Sticky: Well, the dork in the mirror actually commuted by...

    Well, the dork in the mirror actually commuted by bicycle this morning, probably the first of several such outings. Mind you, there's a lot of making a virtue of necessity here, as I had to stop...
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    Sticky: Wow, three rides in less than a week. I'm onto...

    Wow, three rides in less than a week. I'm onto something here. :thumb: Went out Millhopper Road and back in 39th Ave and up The Wall. 20 miles at an average 15.7. And only a little bit of leg...
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    Sticky: Down at the inlaws' for the weekend with a dozen...

    Down at the inlaws' for the weekend with a dozen teenagers from the youth group. FUN! Got two rides in. Saturday I went up the Trail and across to Clearwater Beach and back. It wasn't Alpe...
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    I read somewhere a long time ago that a good way...

    I read somewhere a long time ago that a good way to deal with aggresive canines is to squirt 'em with your water bottle. The mutt thinks he's being peed on, and some kind of internal doggy pecking...
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    Sticky: So the other week my 16yo daughter had a Close...

    So the other week my 16yo daughter had a Close Encounter with an automobile, the driver of which had a somewhat inadequate operational comprehension of those red and white octagon shaped signs. My...
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    Sticky: Been a while since I spun the two wheels, thanks...

    Been a while since I spun the two wheels, thanks to holidays, travel, work, more work, several bouts of the creeping crud with wailing and gnashing of teeth and antibiotics... let my firstborn talk...
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    Well, I didn't ride Saturday 'cause the Rotary...

    Well, I didn't ride Saturday 'cause the Rotary Club in Bartow cancelled the Rotary Ride to Read at the last minute, citing not enough preregistrations to cover the cost of actually going through with...
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