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Old 11-24-09, 10:09 PM
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Cold, quiet, a little spooky this morning. We've had so little work in our office this year, I've been working half days, so this is the first time in months I've been on the road before 6:30. I was out the door at 5:55. (Insomnia does that to you.)
I went through the silent streets with virtually no traffic and didn't see another cyclist 'til I got downtown. My lights aren't great, but they get me around the unlit section of pathway if I slow down.
Coming back, I got through the downtown traffic section fairly quickly, then back onto the short segment of river path, lit only by a crescent moon and whatever that planet is that rises with it. Got passed by a fellow with really good lights, otherwise never saw another human until I got to the end and spotted some walkers in the dark. The streets leading to home were fairly quiet, just me and the moon. And possibly one coyote, slipping down a back alley.
Lots of Christmas lights already. Just how does one cover a 40 foot spruce tree with lights? Rent a cherry picker?
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Old 11-24-09, 10:31 PM
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Todays commute.. cool morning with gusty winds.... coming home wind shifted and got it going both ways- typical day of communting...LOL
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Old 11-25-09, 05:51 AM
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Third rainy day in a row, going and coming, but the temps are holding in the 40s F ( single digits C). Nothing has time to dry anywhere, here or at home. Some person in a car decided to race me to a highway on ramp. Only I wasn't racing, just going fast down a right turn at a red light. Fortunatley the person decided to
pull up and stop right before turning into me. People usually don't speed up to the get to the ramp, they only speed up to go straight ahead, so I got confused on that one.
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Old 11-25-09, 05:55 AM
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Wet, drizzly, W&OD covered in wet leaves. Not much of a day for a commute, but did it anyway. I question my sanity
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Old 11-25-09, 07:32 AM
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Great riding this morning, very little traffic and just a light mist going on which is great for the complexion.
I drove to work Monday and Tuesday so it felt really good to jump on the saddle this morning.
 
Old 11-25-09, 07:55 AM
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Upper 30s. Left the house just as the sun was peeking through the woods. Lots of people out walking and running, for 7AM. I got feisty, reeled in a dude who was doing about 17mph, dinged my bell, and passed. Was pushing my big ol' Trek along at 20-25 for a while. Didn't see the guy again.

Lots of young women out on these inline ski/skate trainer things lately.
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Old 11-25-09, 08:00 AM
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surprisingly wet. just barely light enough that I didn't need the new headlamp I ordered - should have it for next week's rides. my computer isn't working and I don't know why. since I haven't been in-the-groove lately with regard to bike commuting I am sorely unprepared at work reg food and clothes. had to resort to left over pizza instead of a protein shake. I have fresh dry socks but my shoes are wet and drying in the computer server room - stuffed with paper. I'm out of instant coffee and have to walk to Starbucks but I have no shoes ... oh and my colleagues think I have poor judgement again - but hey what else is new? I wore in my new rain jacket with reflective tape and brought my day-glo hi-vis lime-green windbreaker for the ride home. I'm hoping my base layer dries so I can wear it home. This is the 1st time I'll be using the same pair of bike shorts for my ride home. I usually bring a 2nd pair. I have them inside out drying in the boiler room - tucked away where no one can see them. They're not that wet or grody. I brought extra gloves for the ride home.
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Old 11-25-09, 10:43 AM
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I'm off today, but I got 49.87 miles in (hmmm...should I have gone around the block once to round it off?) with a morning meeting north and then back to the office and then the ride home. The rain held off but it was still kind of gloomy out there. It was a great day.
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Old 11-25-09, 11:56 AM
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For last night's return ride home I was looking forward to a mellow midnight run in crisp night air near Stanford - got about 1/3 way home (3 of 9 miles) and realized I left my iPhone in the bathroom where I changed at work! Needless to say I was beat from a busy evening but returned anyway, found it where I left it. AHHH. Now I'm off two days (Turkey Days) then work/ride three days in a row, yee-ha!
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Old 11-25-09, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by doorunrun View Post
I been thinking the same thing until I checked and the earliest sunset is sometime around Dec. 7 or 8. Huh? Well, look it up. It might seem obvious, but sunrise gets later and later until sometime in early Feb. It seems crazy but true. Check the US Naval Observatory for sunrise/sunset tables for your location.
Thanks. I didn't know about that either ... but it looks to me that sunset gets later faster than sunrise after the 21st, so it's still true that it's the shortest day and they start slowly to get longer at that point. For Denver sunsets start coming later in mid-December and sunrises start coming earlier around Jan. 11.
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Old 11-25-09, 03:33 PM
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Another day of wet. The temps aren't too bad in the '60's. The rain came through last night, and by the time I got on the road it was down to a very fine mist. I just had to stop by the bagel shop for some "all-the-way" ones (my favorite!). I'm able to grab a quick breakfast at work which today was steel cut oatmeal, the bagel, and coffee. Yum! Not too many cars heading in to work and things were dead slow at work. We closed down around 2:00 and I got an early ride home. Now we just have gray overcast skies. I'm running in a 6 mile race tomorrow morning, a Turkey Trot, to help work up an appetite for later in the day. Happy Thanksgiving to all at BF!!
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Old 11-25-09, 06:29 PM
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got my computer working for the ride home. not entirely sure what the problem was. wiggled a few things and checked the sensor alignment and distance to maget. my time was good even if my average speed wasn't impressive

12.9 miles
27.8 mph max speed
13.7 mph average speed
56 minutes saddle time
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Old 11-25-09, 08:50 PM
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wet but fairly warm (8C). managed to take the long way home around the lake. trying to maximize saddle time. loving the weather but thinking it can't last much longer. will miss the lake. very soothing after work.

have developed a real fixation with adding lights to the bike. i think that the distance given by motorists increases exponentially with the number of lights they see flashing. had a little kid on my street point at me and say "look dad, it's a bike ambulance!".
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Old 11-25-09, 09:19 PM
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ride to: windy
ride from: wet

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Old 11-26-09, 09:14 AM
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Chilly at low 40s upper 30s (F).

This is really my second ride back after 6 months recovering from a wrist injury. It is so dern good to be back. I simply can't explain to non-cyclists how liberated I feel now that I'm back or how antsy I felt walking past my bike to the car or bus...

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Old 11-27-09, 12:54 PM
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Upper 30s, clear, just a light breeze. it sucked having to work today but at least the ride was nice.
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Old 11-29-09, 03:31 PM
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expecting showers for the rie home tomorrow. not sure how bad the showers will be. trying to figure out if I can just let my cheap running pants get wet or if I should wear my actual rain pants. the running pants has the new reflective tape. have yet to apply it to the expensive rain pants. hmm ...
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Old 11-30-09, 05:40 AM
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Mid 50's, absolutely beautiful morning. Calling for rain later, but this morning was full moon with just some high clouds. One of those nice mornings that you wish you were out for a pleasure ride rather than a commute!
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Old 11-30-09, 05:55 AM
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Not a bad ride for late November, 40 F ( 4 C). No rain, but probably going home. I finally dried out from last week over the long weekend, and the college roads I
use to cut through have a new speed bump added to the many that they have already, and this one is on a downhill. How lovely.
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Old 11-30-09, 07:13 AM
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no rain after all! a bit over dressed. wish I left a lighter shirt at work. stopped twice to adjust lighting. 1st to aim my headlamp (getting antsy for the new one) and 2nd to switch it to strobe when the dawn broke and I could see the road. I added a bright blinkie in conjunction with the steady headlamp. I had bought it before getting the LED unit. It wasn't cheap and in the world of blinkies - it's pretty bright, but it's no LED strobe. I think with the steady headlamp it was good. The real test will be tonight if it rains cuz I need a headlamp.

funny thing this morning I noticed a foggy mist in front of the headlamp when I stopped. was the light bright enough that it was vaporizing the cold humid air? weird

new items seemed to work out OK - rain overboots & fenders

13.3 miles
27.3 mph max
14.4 mph avrg
55 minutes (5 minutes slower than what it should be but then I did stop twice)
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Old 11-30-09, 09:10 AM
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I was buzzed by some jerkoff cabbie and I saw a Skyline GTR. Looks good standing still which is what it was doing when I passed it.
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Old 11-30-09, 09:19 AM
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Rain, high 30s, tailwind. Saw exactly one person on 5 miles of MUP. A regular, out walking her two dogs.

I also saw a 4-point buck cross the road in front of me. I slowed way down in case there were deer following him. He stopped, turned to look at me, and huffed. Then he trotted off and jumped a chain link fence. Very cool.

Later, on the MUP, I saw a pretty big fox with a bushy tail.

Lastly, I saw a red squirrel on the MUP. Today is interesting animals day, I guess. I'll probably see our neighborhood wild turkeys when I get home later, too.
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Old 11-30-09, 09:35 AM
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Best November ever! Only missed one day commuting to and from work because of a mid day appointment. Rode 677.4 kilometers, 29 out of 30 days. On November 5th had some snow on the way home but that was it. No mechanical issues, no punctures.
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Old 11-30-09, 11:21 AM
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Awesome; 40F, sunny (or, rather, clear as the sun was not yet up). Dry. My wife rode today, so I am trailering our almost 5 yr old home tonight.
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Much warmer than expected, about 50 and balmy. My legs felt nice and fresh since I had been off the bike since last Tuesday but I tooled along at a comfortable 18/19 mph average so as not to over do it. By the rugby fields I was passed, with authority, by a guy on a hybrid. He seemed to be cruising along ina very relaxed position at that. Before he passed, I briefly stepped it up to 22/23 or more, to get around traffic, but, he passed me easily. Not only that but, he pulled away. Even had I stood on it I would have been hard pressed to catch him. I'm just hoping he was on an electric assist bike, he made it look too easy.
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