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Cycling for the heck of it...

Old 04-20-08, 11:34 AM
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Cycling for the heck of it...

I went out this morning (glorious weather) to get the Sunday paper. I was just going to go around the corner. I ended up going for a joy ride. I did a loop around three towns. I did stop and get a paper (plus coffee & a muffin) at the supermarket, because my wife would have killed me if I came home without it after all that time. I ended up going a little over 18 miles in a little over an hour. I would have gone a lot further if I had planned it. My blue jeans were getting a little uncomfortable, and my wife was expecting the paper. I actually passed a couple of weekend warriors decked out in Lycra. Prolly' pissed them off because I was on my 26 year old 12 speed with blinking lights, fenders, panniers, coffee mug strapped to the handlebars, and street clothes flapping in the breeze .

I've been bike commuting all winter to get healthy. This is the first exercise EVER, that I've participated in 1.) on a regular basis, 2.) that I actually enjoy. I can definitely see myself planning 50+ mile trips just for the heck of it.

Anyone else find that they extend trips further than planned because of the sheer joy of biking?
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Old 04-20-08, 12:03 PM
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Definitely. I decided to go out for breakfast this morning and on the way back decided to pass the apartment and continue up to the local lake for a casual scenic ride. Finished the ride at around 10 miles by the time I finished with all the detours I decided to make up and down side streets on the way back. As a bit of a treat the sun peeked out from the thick layer of clouds for a few minutes on the way back.
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send some of that sun this way...oh you already are this way....so where was the sun out?
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Yes. All the time. I had to learn that the act of riding and getting some me time was the whole reason I was going out. I started to get wrapped up into the whole issue of not making my year end goal issue and it was becoming a chore. I don't do that any longer, not I just ride.
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Old 04-20-08, 03:47 PM
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send some of that sun this way...oh you already are this way....so where was the sun out?
Hehe, Kent, Wa. It was just for a few minutes though. Regardless, it's still a nice day out for a ride. Just a bit chilly.
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You've tripped the rift. Welcome to the club. Wait until it rains, then ride for the heck of it.
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I left my bike in the driveway one day. That evening I went out to put it in the garage and it was 13 miles.
And no I don't live on a Texas ranch!
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With Washington's weather as of late, no riders would get much ride time in if they didn't ride in the rain. And guess what? Another week's worth of off and on rain in the forecast. Should make the commute to/from work fun!
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