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Old 07-21-04, 02:10 AM
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Decent ride this morning. Humid though, very very sweaty when I got in.
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Old 07-21-04, 04:38 AM
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Took a bit of a detour this evening, found a delightful bit of singletrack, and right in the city! Wouldn't ride it during the day, but at night it's just beatiful, and quiet. All I could hear apart from the sound of my tyres on the dirt was the pounding of the ocean. Those sandy patches made for some interesting moments with the panniers, too.
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Old 07-21-04, 06:54 AM
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Very humid here at the moment, but I put in a cracking 19.7mph average this morning. One day I'll break that 20mph barrier..

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Yuck...I felt like I was riding through soup today with the humidity. I was still sweating 15 min off the bike. I ended up just hanging out in the locker room trying to dry off.

Today I rode my road bike instead of my commuter. Its amazing the difference between them. I found myself pushing harder to go fast, but my speed differential (average) was 4 mph! That's quite a difference. Group ride tonight in Black Earth. Should be interesting
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The temps were in the mid 60's and there was a slight head wind. The ride in was the most enjoyable one to date. I can't quite lay my finger on the reason why, but it all felt good this morning. I had the chance to watch my odometer flip from 999 to 1000 - that's something I would like to see more often.

There were 14 other bikes out today.
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nice ride today - passed 2 fawns at mile 1 and a large buck about 2 feet from me at mile 5

the weather gods continue to smile on us in DC this summer - almost the end of July and temps have yet to creep into the 90s
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Old 07-21-04, 10:24 AM
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Slept in and left really late today, meeting a friend on the trail. We rode in together (until I broke off at the 14th st bridge) at a leisurely 15 mph avg chatting along the way. I couldn't believe all the other riders out there zipping along in every direction. At the intersection of 15th and Independance I was one of about 5 riders waiting for the light, a virtual bike traffic jam-I'm usually by myself or among 1 or 2 others at most. It was really neat to see everything from beaters to nice road bikes to mountain bikes and recumbants. I guess that's what I miss for leaving at 5:30 in the morning. Other than that, I'm working on a second consecutive "all ride week" and my new bike seems to have all of the kinks worked out of it.
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My once a week ride, 14 miles each way. Weather is hot in Socal with temps at noon expected to be 90's where I am. It was in the high 60's when I left home before 7 am. Only saw one bunny hopping along, but it doesn't count 'cause it was in my backyard!

Little traffic, bright sun in my eyes for the first 8 miles. Hate that! I didn't have much enthusiasm for the ride until the end, when I noticed I was close to making it about a minute faster than usual. Nope, wasn't too be. I just didn't care enough to pound it out!

The ride home this afternoon is gonna be a hot one!

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Old 07-21-04, 12:05 PM
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Very pleasant spin to work. I'd taken the dog for a run early this morning so I didn't want to push it on the bike. Not because my legs were tired but because I was still a bit warm, even after a cool shower. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone, but I took off my helmet in the last 500m to cool my head.

Going to be 100F at 5pm this afternoon. I can hardly wait.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Going to be 100F at 5pm this afternoon. I can hardly wait.
Drink lots of water! Yikes, I am dying at 85 + humidity. I can't imagine what 100 is like.
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My bike commute is what gets me through weeks like this. I've been going in early and working late everyday for the past 2 weeks. Until today, I haven't even had a chance to look at my email, let alone BF. Last night was the worst, I didn't leave work until 10pm, fortunately I didn't eat lunch until 4pm, so I wasn't bonking on the ride home. So I got home, had an O'Doul's and went to bed. I ate my supper for breakfast today. Guess what, my legs were like lead, but the ride to work was a joy and the trip home was just as good. Speed is not all, Thank God.
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Still busy at work, but still of course on the bike. Yesterday I "enjoyed" headwinds both directions but today had a bit of a tailwind on the way in. Temps have been in the 70s(f) but it is going up, with low 90s(f) predicted for the weekend! I can't say I enjoy temps out of the 70's very much
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Another perfect day in the South Sound area. 52F at 6AM, about 79F for my Noon commute & 86F in the afternoon. Thankfully we are back to our normal lower humidity today. I was riding my Myata 710 this morning & had to reset the computer after a glitch going downhill at about 31 mph, I noticed the max speed reading jumped up to 73mph.(Ha Ha) When I got to work, I just zeroed everything out & started over.
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Wasn't looking forward to the ride this morning, but like all rides...I realized I was being stupid once I got in the saddle. The ride home was great. Rode a new route, 15miles instead of 6miles. Rode past a lake I've never been to before, found a bike trail that I didn't know was there and took that to another lake that I rode to earlier this week. Got home, ate dinner, cleaned house, drank beer...... the ride turned a bad day at work into a great day overall.
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Another great morning to ride. Temps were in the mid-60's with no wind. The thunderstorms predicted for yesterday evening arrived as showers. I counted 14 other people out on bikes. The first person was a young man with a fishing pole, I almost turned around and followed him.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Very pleasant spin to work. I'd taken the dog for a run early this morning so I didn't want to push it on the bike. Not because my legs were tired but because I was still a bit warm, even after a cool shower. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone, but I took off my helmet in the last 500m to cool my head.

Going to be 100F at 5pm this afternoon. I can hardly wait.
I rode home at around 4pm. I overheated and had to stop at the Sac State Aquatic Center. Sat in the shade, poured water over my head and finally recovered. Supposed to hit 103 today - stay cool and just cruise.
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I'm just going to tell myself that it's only 39 degrees.
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Excellent ride in at 5:15 this morning. Very warm with a headwind part of the way coming home. Yesterday's ride by Lance makes me proud to ride an Alpe D'Huez (jealousy and negativism among Americans who should be friends, notwithstanding). Saving up my nickles for a trip to next year's tour.
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15 degrees C this morning, so I'm back in the short sleeves again. The "M" word crossed my mind, they're a little late this year! Seemed to have a bit of pace back after the mini-slump earlier in the week.
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I've got my bike back!! All sorted and riding like the day it was bought. Lovely. Sun is shining lots too. I was a bit knackered after going out riding last night but, other than that, I wish every commute could be as satisfying as this one.
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Had a lovely ride in bright sunshine this morning. All good except that I discovered a broken spoke on arrival at work. Grrr. Not sure if there will be an opportunity to get it fixed this w/e, so it will be a good opportunity to run the other bike for a bit, after her re-paint.

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The weather was gorgeous this morning. 60F. No humidity.

I was a couple of miles from home heading over a bridge when my rear derailluer cable popped out. Thwonk. I thought I had lost the whole piece that holds the cable to the downtube. Actually it was only the screw. I searched for the screw and never found it. And that made for some interesting shifting on the rest of the ride.

Going to a hardware store at lunch to find a replacement.
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Had Thursday & Friday off work. My brother-in-law & family are in town for his mom's 100th birthday celebration & staying with us, so he was available to help when I managed to get my tractor stuck in the bog down by our lake. We were a muddy mess before it was over! Terribly hot lately so I went for a brief 12 mile ride early each morning. Not many riders out despite the soothing cool air. Today I almost ran over a rabbit on the bike trail! Jumped out from the bushes & sprinted across in front of me & I had no chance to react, just touched his rear with my front wheel & moved him a bit off track but he never slowed.
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Hot and humid today (same as it's been all week), managed to get home about 10 minutes before a thunderstorm hit. Between the weather this summer and my work schedule, this was the first time I commuted 4 times in one week. Next week, all cycling commutes.
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Fitted a computer to my bike at the weekend so I finally have some information about my riding. Wooo, numbers!

Distance to work: 9.32 miles
Average Speed: 17.5 mph
Top Speed: 37.2 mph
Time: 32 mins

I don't think such toys should be allowed on bike handlebars, I spent more time looking at the computer than I did at the road. Novelty will wear off soon I'm sure. Nice ride today as well.
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