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Old 10-26-04, 06:16 AM
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Same here. Lots of fog this morning. My training ride (it's study week so no students whining to me about how much work I give them) was rather "froggy" with lots of mist on the glasses. It was -- not surprisingly -- humid and warm as a result. It's kinda nice to do my commute ride without worrying about getting somewhere...
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Nice cool ride this morning. The temperature was 21F/-6C. I had a bit of a headwind. I think it must have been much colder down in the river bottoms. I had to stop and pull up my balaclava over my face. Getting darker and darker for the morning ride. Feels like being in a cocoon when on the rural roads with no light besides your headlight. Rather peaceful.
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6:30am, 32f, early enough to require lights and reflective gear. 10.5 miles later and I'm in my office contemplating how to keep my feet warm. They feel like ice cubes. Otherwise it was a pleasant ride. I get a kick out of the incredulous looks from people in their cars.
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I had a nice ride in this morning, dark, 42F, but nice. We still have some leaves on the trees and what's left is very pretty. Of course you can't see them in the morning but my lunch run and ride home it should be nice. Daylight savings this weekend will change that a little. I'm feeling weaker when I ride lately and I can't figure it out, hmmmm....
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Old 10-26-04, 11:51 AM
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Hi guys, I haven't "checked in" in a while.

The seasons are changing. Got suited up wearing my Goretex pants and jacket yesterday and today. Cool but dry weather. I started commuting on my Catrike Speed and so far it is a lot of fun. Left work a little late last night, and got home when it was dark. So riding at night was interesting on it to say the least. Good thing I had lights. Getting lots of stares and comments about the bike too. One dude saw me this morning smiled and said "pimp ride buddy", I showed him my metal by giving the "heavy metal devil horns" hand gesture, and rode on with a smile.

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Left much earlier than usual this morning (5:15AM). Was nice though because there was hardly any traffic to worry about. Temp was a decent -3C. Will put the slicks back on tonight now that the roads are bare and no ice. Just watch it will snow tomorrow now that I said I'd put the slicks on. Oh well!
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Old 10-26-04, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by MsMittens
Same here. Lots of fog this morning. My training ride (it's study week so no students whining to me about how much work I give them) was rather "froggy" with lots of mist on the glasses. It was -- not surprisingly -- humid and warm as a result. It's kinda nice to do my commute ride without worrying about getting somewhere...
Lots of fog is an understatement lol. Fog was dissipating up at Richmond Hill but once I started going down on Yonge st. it just got thicker and thicker. It was like biking through a cloud (which was kind of cool when I got downtown with taller buildings).
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45F, gentle rain & a bit of fog rolling off the lake at 6AM so I took the "Yellow Flash" (Centurion with yellow strobes fore & aft plus a 55watt headlight) Trundled in to work & was pleased by the wide berth passing cars gave. 1/2 way to work that gentle rain turned to a downpour & I just rode on through. I've been having trouble with the hearing in my left ear coming & going so I scheduled a Dr. appointment to find out what is going on in there! The sky was clearing up & it was 55F for my commute home.
Be careful out there folks.
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Congratulations on the shoes, I got my brand new Carnacs from the same source for $3.95 a couple years ago. Have been checking back since without finding any more shoe bargains but when they have some, the price is right.
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Old 10-26-04, 07:22 PM
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60F on the way home. Met my wife at the grocery store, then went home a new way. It's a little further, but probably takes the same time since I eliminate a left turn at a light that doesn't know about bicycles.
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Old 10-26-04, 08:40 PM
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I think my brain has somehow shifted into a different gear. Lately, the harder the ride, the more I can feel it, the better I feel about it when I'm done. Tonight, I feel really really good.

Late getting out of a Get Out the Vote volunteer meeting; it was dark, and chilly, and wet from the rain that had stopped about five minutes earlier. At the bikestation I discovered that my handy keycard would get me in to my bike, but not through the second locked door to my locker. Where all my bike clothes were. So, I rolled my (white, of course) work pants up past my knees, clipped my lights in, and rode home. No tights, no nice warm wicking jersey, no nice fuzzy sweats over the nice warm wicking jersey and tights.

I was really surprised to find that:
a) totally dark wasn't too dark
b) drizzly wet wasn't too wet
c) 45* F wasn't too cold

Somewhere around Belmont, I realized I'd been paying so much attention to my cadence that I'd lost an entire beach. I'd been waiting for it, dreading it, because it's always colder and windier on the beach stretches, but I'd breezed through the last one without even noticing it.

And then, right after Recreation, there was badness. My legs, which had hurt a bit but not too much, turned to jelly and started to hurt a *lot*. My ability to steer started to suffer. I started to think I had misjudged my location and that the beach was still coming up. I was breathing okay, deep and steady, not gasping, but I suddenly had to force my feet down again every time they came up. My stomach, which was fine before, started to feel weird and hollow.

I still had two miles to go and getting home required this intense level of concentration -- and was accomplished mainly through willpower. I've been here long enough to know that's a pretty fair description of bonking, but how could I possibly have bonked on a six mile ride when I'd had a latte and a cookie an hour before I started? Is that even possible? The ride seemed pretty tough right from the start, but through most of it my pace was steady, in spite of the weather and the headwind. It was only at the end that things went a bit wonky.

Anyway, it still feels like a great ride, because I made myself finish it and just knowing I can do that feels really cool. Knowing I didn't let the cold or dark or wet or lack of proper bikewear stop me, that feels pretty cool too. =)
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Old 10-27-04, 06:00 AM
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Warm! High 40s(F) and almost no wind. Windbreaker & shorts. I left around 7AM and it was just getting to twilight. The woods through which the trail runs was gloomy. I kept my front and back blinkies on but only saw a couple of pedestrians. Used the headlight briefly, too. Lots of leaves in certain places.

Supposed to be upper 20s tonight. Tomorrow will be back to warm clothing!

Merryish, try eating foods with a lot of potassium.
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Old 10-27-04, 07:05 AM
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-7c/19f calm morning. I approached a stop sign and out of the corner of my eye, see a car coming, so I look up and it's a full moon just above the horizon. It was amazing, it was so big and bright, i wish i could have seen it away from the city lights. Then I started thinking about the blackout that lasted over a day in ontario last summer. I will never forget that night. It was so pitch black and quiet, all you could see were the stars. Watching the reflection of mars off the lake, just awesome. But to sum it up, nice commute.
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Old 10-27-04, 08:31 AM
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Good commute this am. Zero celcius with little wind. It seems to be taking longer these days to get to work however it could be because of the studded knobby tires. I pumped them up to 65 psi since all the snow melted but I think it still takes more power to turn the wheels. It sure is a lot fewer people on the road; all the better to hear those studded tires rolling down the pavement.

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Old 10-27-04, 08:50 AM
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Put the slicks back on now that the ice is gone. Amazing how quiet the slicks are in comparison to the Nokians. It was a cool -8C this morning. Thought I'd put the shell on with a long sleeve cotton shirt and I was too warm. Will go back to my fleece and breathable mid layer tomorrow.
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45F, traffic was light and respectful. The legs were really getting tired by the time i got to work. Must be because I've been riding more miles this week.

Do you guys eat before your ride in the morning? I don't because my commute is short, but I'm thinking that I probably should at least take something to eat once I get there.
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Old 10-27-04, 10:47 AM
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45F, traffic was light and respectful. The legs were really getting tired by the time i got to work. Must be because I've been riding more miles this week.

Do you guys eat before your ride in the morning? I don't because my commute is short, but I'm thinking that I probably should at least take something to eat once I get there.
You are okay to eat after your short commute. If it were longer, I would suggest eating before your commute. Drink water before and/or during your ride regardless of when you eat though.
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Old 10-27-04, 04:23 PM
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Nice thing about riding vs. running. I could never run after eating. I can ride all I want after eating!!! Haven't commuted this week due to various crappy reasons. I miss it dearly.
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Old 10-27-04, 04:44 PM
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I can ride all I want after eating!!!
I never thought of it but your right. I often ride just after eating and it doesn't bother me.
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36F with scattered clouds & a nearly full moon in the Western sky at 6AM today: Had a quiet ride in on dry roads. We had a beautiful, sunny Fall day & it was 56F on the way home. So nice I was almost taken out by a 20 something gal in a stickered Volvo (Save the Whales/Kerry Edwards/Hands Off my... etc). I was waiting for a red light & she waited in the oncoming left turn lane. On the green I pedaled out with the crosswalk on my right. Her squealing tires startled me as she accelerated & turned right at me! Aaach! I reacted a bit late but swerved left & braked to a stop to avoid her. Unbelievably, she widened her turn & continued right at me then managed to stop just in time to avoid knocking me into next week. I took a deep breath, gave her a shrug & pedaled on across the intersection. She was still sitting there laughing hysterically, whats up with that? One good thing, all the other motorists waited until I cleared the intersection & one of them shook his head & gave me a thumbs up.
This should keep me more alert for a week or two. (Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean "they" are really not out to get me) Don
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Good ride today. Rode with cyclometer set to metric. It's funny to see 20 kowing full well I'm only going about 12mph or so
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Old 10-27-04, 06:10 PM
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Beautiful evening for a ride tonight. Full moon, clear sky, high 40's, no wind, what more could a girl wish for? I seemed to have more energy than usual this morning and evening on my rides too. Not quite sure why... Maybe the cooler temps are easier on the lungs?
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"how could I possibly have bonked on a six mile ride when I'd had a latte and a cookie an hour before I started"

Sounds to me as though the latte and cookie could have caused you to crash. When you eat sugary foods it is usually a good idea to either start working out immediately thereafter or wait a couple of hours for the food to digest before heading out. Or eat foods naturally high in fructose that will give you a steady supply of energy without a "whiplash" effect.
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Tonight was a Harvest Moon: low in the atmosphere and orange in color.
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Nice ride in to work and home . nice moon tonite .
Rode the ss today . Have a nice day .
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