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Old 07-09-08, 02:46 AM
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Very cold, wet, and a headwind.

Ah well.
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Old 07-09-08, 04:24 AM
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Ugh! Humid as hell! ~74F/23C w/80+% humidity. No so bad when riding of course (self-induced breeze ), but I got about a mile out--just enough to loosen up a little--and made a quick stop at a convenience store. Stepping back out of that AC was rather rude, to say the least.

It's nice knowing that there's a shower at the other end, and this morning I was pushing it all the way. Could it be those TDF time trails highlights on Vs.? Naaahhhhh...

Edit: How the world has turned Trombone. Wasn't that long ago you were wilting in 30C while we Northern Hemispheroids were talking ice everyday. Oh well--it is what it is. Say hello to Mrs Trombone and all the little Trombones on behalf of all here at BF.

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Old 07-09-08, 04:25 AM
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no ride this morning. both of my boys (7yo and 11mo) are sick - 7yo had a 104.5F temp last night - he was having 'night terrors' all night long, then waking the young one up and then vice versa - horrific cycle! The youngest was dealing with the sickness the entire past weekend too. Needless to say I am exhausted - wimped out and took the boring transportation in this morning My wife has an appointment so I gotta get home to stay with the boys anyway. Hopefully today/tonight goes a little better or I might start looking more like this guy
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Old 07-09-08, 05:14 AM
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Fine ride, humidity was a bit lower than previous days, but it was still plenty warm and humid (circa 72F/85%RH). It was very gloomy out, with a low cloud deck. Chance of Tstorms this PM. Hopefully they hold off until after 4:30. I was scoping out potential safe havens on my way in, just in case.... No interactions with any vehicles or wildlife, just a quiet, relaxing, sweaty ride.
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Old 07-09-08, 05:17 AM
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no bike, had to ride in car, yuck.
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Old 07-09-08, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jterribili View Post
no ride this morning. both of my boys (7yo and 11mo) are sick - 7yo had a 104.5F temp last night - he was having 'night terrors' all night long, then waking the young one up and then vice versa - horrific cycle! The youngest was dealing with the sickness the entire past weekend too. Needless to say I am exhausted - wimped out and took the boring transportation in this morning My wife has an appointment so I gotta get home to stay with the boys anyway. Hopefully today/tonight goes a little better or I might start looking more like this guy
Poor things, all of you!
I hope the boys get over it quickly so you can sleep.

As for my ride home yesterday...it was fast. I knew I had a night out waiting for me when I got home, so I really rode hard. Now my legs are sore.
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Old 07-09-08, 05:53 AM
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Today was a positive commute! It was nice out, albeit a smidge humid. But sunny and not too warm at about 68F degrees. My ride is mostly between two cities on a four lane road that goes over two highways, so not too scenic, but at this point, I hardly notice the foliage or lack of.

The positive part was that I was trying to take it easy, and somehow made it to work the fastest I ever have. Who knew?!
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Old 07-09-08, 06:03 AM
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err... I think I'm trying to do to much too soon. Yesterday at the end of my commute I felt a slight pain inside the left knee. It wasn't to bad but this morning it started to hurt more as I went along. The last two miles were painful, the weird thing is that if I stood up to pedal I didn't feel it but when I was sitting down it hurt like a monkey spank.

I'll be taking the rail line home as far as it can take me and then ride the last 12 miles pretty slow. If it hurts to much, I'll be calling the wife for a ride. Looks like I'm out for the rest of the week, don't want to risk a serious injury

I also got three long honks by a big ***** SUV just because she had to go around me in the other lane, damn loser! Course I gave her the WTF look.
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Old 07-09-08, 06:04 AM
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No bike for me today-I have a chiropractor appt at lunch, and it would be very tough to fit it in on bike and still get my work done, so I took the toyota. It would have been a nice ride too, even if humid. I am hoping to fit a ride in tonight after work to make up for my transgression.
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Old 07-09-08, 06:23 AM
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Very humidiferous. Everything was well & good until I got here, then I wilted. Temps already in the mid 70s when I arrived. Can't even see across Lake Champlain with all the haze in the air. More scantily-clad women runners today, and 4 (two pairs) of attractively-clad roadie women riding the other way. I have good karma this week.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:00 AM
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Perfect weather, courteous drivers. Got to smell pipe smoke from a passing car. Saw 3 other commuters - a 16 year (or so) old kid with a backpack. An older guy with a white beard and an egg crate rolling a stop sign, and a serious guy with drop bars and a backpack. Got into work and found a new car parked next to my closet with a rack and a road bike hanging off of it.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:09 AM
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nice and warm
my legs felt good too even though i did my regular 10 miles yesterday and ran 3 miles last night

getting ready to run a 10k in August so i am trying to push the running a bit more
 
Old 07-09-08, 07:12 AM
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Weather-wise, was beautiful. But a LOT of wildlife encounters. Most of them unfortunately fresh roadkill. I don't know what happened overnight. Encountered my first skunk and didn't know what to do. He was on the side of the road and crossing. When he saw me, he put up his tail and I was SO afraid of being sprayed, so I just yelled at him and hammered as fast as I could past him. I guess I need to add skunk-avoidance techniques to my riding repertoire!
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Old 07-09-08, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by theWolf View Post
err... I think I'm trying to do to much too soon. Yesterday at the end of my commute I felt a slight pain inside the left knee. It wasn't to bad but this morning it started to hurt more as I went along. The last two miles were painful, the weird thing is that if I stood up to pedal I didn't feel it but when I was sitting down it hurt like a monkey spank.
Are you using clipless pedals by any chance? I had pain on the inside of my knees after going clipless, but once I moved the cleats further outside (to bring my knees closer to the bike when I ride) the pain disappeared.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by huhenio View Post
First close call in years.

Doing a left turn on my usual and last turn in my commute, when a car doing waaay over the 25 speed limit comes and not even slows down or yields or nothing.

Just barely missed me by inches.

In front of the police station.

It would have been really bad ... over 50 mph, and then she would have to explain to the cops why she creamed their buddy who works where they fix their motorcycles.
Glad you're okay. Stories like that always send a chill down my back. You're so damned vulnerable out there.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:19 AM
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Nice and cool, with a decent tailwind (finally). Was going at a decent clip when I get passed on all sides by roadies absolutely screaming. I realized they were racing each other so I just kept going and eventually caught up with them when they reformed their paceline. I got behind it and rode with them until I turned off the trail, because I had no desire to attempt to pass an eight-man line.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:55 AM
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Yesterday ride home was bad. 17 mph headwind with 25-30 mph gusts, averaged 9.5 mph up a bunch of hills that are still challenging for a new commuter in CO (Eastbound C470 Trail from Highline/Broadway to Quebec/Acres Green).

Ride in this morning was great...took it a little easier and still managed to average 14.0 mph. Started biking about 4 weeks ago...started commuting both ways last week 15-22 mi RT. When I first started I had trouble going 2 miles and was averaging 7-8 mph. Pretty fun to see improvements so quickly!
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Old 07-09-08, 08:08 AM
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Not bad all in all but I am still recovering physically from the booze abuse of July 4 weekend, feeling dehydrated and completely out of gas at times. During the ride today there is a point at which I need to get into a right-middle lane to safely get through a large intersection. This requires getting into traffic beforehand and pedaling no more than 100 yards in that lane up to the light. However this was apparently completely unacceptable to this one car behind me, who lays on the horn and buzzes by me, only to reach the red light ahead a mere 5 seconds before I do. People are jerks I guess, c'est la vie.
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Old 07-09-08, 08:17 AM
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80% humidity and 79F. It felt like swimming!

My second water bottle cage, which is affixed with zipties on top of rubber pads came off. I need to find a better way to attach it sometime.

I found a second biker who can go faster than me! At College & St George there was this long line of bikers in the bike lane waiting for the light, so I just went around them all. Then a block or two later some bike whizzes by me. I was shocked. I pushed myself and paced him (slightly altering my route) until he made a right off Spadina (onto King) where I yelled after him "have a good day!" and went my way.

Mr Yellow Roadie whom I was following this morning: are you here?

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Weather-wise, was beautiful. But a LOT of wildlife encounters. Most of them unfortunately fresh roadkill. I don't know what happened overnight. Encountered my first skunk and didn't know what to do. He was on the side of the road and crossing. When he saw me, he put up his tail and I was SO afraid of being sprayed, so I just yelled at him and hammered as fast as I could past him. I guess I need to add skunk-avoidance techniques to my riding repertoire!
I think you're supposed to quietly back away...
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Old 07-09-08, 08:38 AM
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Raced a train up Hwy 2 yesterday afternoon. I woulda beat it too if there wasn't an abandoned car sitting in the shoulder. I had to go through the ditch to pass it. Kind've a big deal because i just missed beating the train and i have to cross it's path.

This morning i saw another cyclist in the rural portion of my commute. I've never seen another cyclist during this portion of the commute, a ver rare sighting indeed.
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Old 07-09-08, 08:39 AM
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I didn't wake up all the way this morning. I actually had my eyes closed for the first few blocks - good thing it's all straight! The weather is supposed to turn rough for the ride home, so I have a rain jacket...

Wow, this is a lame post.
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Old 07-09-08, 08:50 AM
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Took the long way home and ran into a another cyclist, which is a somewhat rare site.

I noticed them as I turned out of a residential area onto a major road. They were WAY up ahead. I assumed i wouldn't catch them before my turn and didn't try. To my surprise I found myself closing quickly and began watching them as I approached. The person had a helmet mounted mirror and was watching for approaching cars. As they passed, the person would stop pedaling. They were moving less than 10mph, perhaps closer to 5 and as they coasted for cars, the decreased speed made them wobble just a bit.

I took the lane to pass them and kept going. I have mixed feelings about the incident. On one hand I'm glad to see a cyclist on the road instead of the sidewalk, as is typical around here. On the other, I watching them ride left me a little concerned for their safety. I'm not sure if I had a legitimate concern, or if it's just that I rarely get to witness other people riding on the road in town. Probably more of the later.
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Nice ride this morning. Humid as all get out, but that's the way it goes around here sometimes. No cops, no ugly cagers, one (large) roadkill cat on the rural portion of the route - someone lost a cat last night. There was one lady in a SUV that I thought was going to be trouble. She pulled up to a stop sign at an intersection that I was about to pass through. Had her entire body turned to her right facing the passenger side of the car, one hand on the wheel, the other messing with something on the console or passenger seat (makeup, PDA, or breakfast? I'll never know...) I never saw her look left and was positive she was going to roll through the stopsign - covered the brakes and got ready to take evasive action, but she must have seen me out of her peripheral vision or something. Scary how much attention drivers DON'T put on the road (guilty of that myself at times....)
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Old 07-09-08, 09:21 AM
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Oo! Oo! I took the Trek in to the LBS to be looked over for a parts order. The drivetrain is pretty much toasted. Needs a new chain, outer ring (at least), and cassette. But they had everything in stock so they're doing it today, plus truing the rear wheel which is a little off.

So my ride home will be on a brand new drivetrain, and, um, in the dark. I nope nothing fails en route. Cell phone: Charged.
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Old 07-09-08, 10:14 AM
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Beautiful morning, nice ride.

Before taking off, decided to tackle a slow leak that developed in my rear tire. On the one hand, I managed my first lever-less tire removal, but on the other hand I snapped the little core thingy in my presta valve so my much-patched tube, the only one that has been in that tire, bought the farm after all.
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