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Old 07-20-05, 06:33 AM
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such a pleasant ride it was! fair and calm, 62 F and 61 F dew point. yes, that's a lot of relative humidity, but overall the air is drier and will be that way for at least a few days. it was so cool this morning i almost felt like fall was coming. and the drivers were well-behaved, so i did not make myself hoarse by pouring out a stream of invective as i did yesterday morning.
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Old 07-20-05, 07:10 AM
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Nice ride in today, I believe the temp. was below 70 for the start. Went riding yesterday for a few hours in the mid-morning heat and just dodged a big rainstorm, which ushered in a little 'cold front' that will flush out some of the humidity yet still leave us with warm days. Should be nice riding again tomorrow. Rode by 3 expired skunks--that's a lot of stink.
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Old 07-20-05, 07:16 AM
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I rode around town for a while and headed to Subway. Two bikers asked if I wanted to join them, but they were heading the oppisite way of Subway, so I had to turn them down.
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My office finally installed the bike rack yesterday, so today I got to use it for the first time - no more locking to the handicapped parking sign!
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Old 07-20-05, 07:27 AM
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I was just getting on my bike to leave the house when one of my ultra marathon-running friends (who's also a co-worker) came up on his MTB. He does a bit of cross training.

We rode in together. Much nicer conditions this morning. Low humidity. Could have been a little cooler but it wasn't bad at all. Commute seemed to go a lot faster with a riding buddy.
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Old 07-20-05, 08:53 AM
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It was awesome today!

Clear and sunny, but cool. I'm practicing commuting in my track gear so it was more of a workout/slower, but I'm getting stronger.

Best thing about today was: hummingbirds! (and bunnies)
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Old 07-20-05, 11:34 AM
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Clear again today and warm. I rode very slow to avoid over heating. I nailed the one stop light on the ride, that is my current project working on figuring out it's timing. I pulled into work late.

Once here phase two began. I go to the handicap stall in the bathroom and take my shirt off. I wipe myself down with a paper towel. Then just stand there trying to become cool. Back to the office for a dose of baby powder. In a couple month there may be access to a shower at the office, a day I look forward to.
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Old 07-20-05, 11:46 AM
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Holy smokes!

First day on SPD cleats and a personal best 30:04 door-to-door. Avg speed 18.6.
Nice cool weather, plenty of traffic to keep the lights green, and zoooom.
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Old 07-20-05, 02:05 PM
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When I got home on Monday I was beat for some reason. Still felt like hell on Tuesday so I drove. Took forever to get to work. I decided last night I was riding regardless of how I felt. Glad I did. This morning's ride was great!

I'll be heading home in a few minutes and I hope the ride home is just as good.
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Old 07-20-05, 05:47 PM
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Nice ride today. Humidity is finally gone!!!!
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Old 07-20-05, 06:37 PM
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The ride home was GREAT. It was still raining a little when I left work but it stopped when I was about half way home. The fenders are awesome. I had to ride through several puddles and I didn't get wet. Just got wet from the rain.
Riding in the rain (light rain that is ) is kinda fun. Just have to remember that the brakes don't always grab when the rims are wet so had to be careful on the downhills.
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Old 07-20-05, 06:54 PM
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Today I rode home from work for the first time since I fell on vacation and did something to my knee. A week in an immobilizer was not what I'd planned for vacation. I still can't climb stairs well, but this injury will probably force me to become better at spinning. (Frankly, looking on the bright side @&$*@!) But at least I am back riding again and it felt great.
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Old 07-20-05, 10:11 PM
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I was sick today, but still rode to work. Not a bad ride, no real problems, but work has really been nasty. No help and the help I was getting is going to day-shift. But besides that, I still had a good commute. Have a good night.
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Old 07-21-05, 05:28 AM
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Good ride home for the most part. It rained in the afternoon but stopped before I left. Streets were wet, and traffic was a little backed up but not to bad. I had a nice tailwind too.

Humid this morning coming to work. Supposed to be humid and hot on the way home this afternoon.
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Cooler and less humid this morning with some foggy patches. I slept an additional 1/2 hour, leaving about 20 minutes later than usual, but managed to make up most of the time (by averaging around 20 mph), getting to work only about 5 minutes late. I felt fairly strong even on an empty stomach-the heat has been robbing me of my appetite recently and I only had half a sandwhich, some sun chips, and a tomato with dressing for dinner last night. Saw a lot more bikers than at my normal time and dropped them all (not that I was racing, just stepped up the pace a little above my usual). I'll slow it down and spin home in the heat of the afternoon. Spinning and staying in my cardio zone (I'm guessing here as my HRM is broken and I'm waiting on the replacement) is keeping my from burning out and I feel much better at the end of the week. My left knee is also feeling much better, although it still clicks loudly going up and down stairs.
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Sigh, I ran a few miles last night so my legs had that not so fresh feeling. And yes, it's hot here too.
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Old 07-21-05, 06:43 AM
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Stayed up too late last night. Was wide awake on the ride but now I'm sitting here in a fog, half asleep, with a growling stomach.

No more humidity. Temps in the mid 60Fs. Very nice. I passed a woman who was walking The Biggest Dog I've Ever Seen. Believe it was a Great Dane. It could have put its front paws on my shoulders (I'm 6'2") and looked down at me. Big dog!
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Ride was great this morning.... was like sitting on a easy chair... riding the Flats that is. Was 70 degrees @ 5am.
 
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I echo that sentiment regarding the humidity. You can still break a sweat, but it feels good when the humidity drops 10%~ Makes life less grumpy. Nice riding today, returned home last night via S. Brownell, then up Van Sicklen. Steep little climb to bring the sweat down over my glasses!
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Low humidity today, but still felt like it was too much effort. I am still riding fast (17 mph), but the effort feels like 2x that of the home commute.
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Old 07-21-05, 08:03 AM
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My rides are getting a bit easier...22 miles this morning (44 by tonight) commute. Weather cool in 60's...getting hotter but no humidity. (UK -south)

I am averaging 16 mph...hoping to get that number to 17....

I had to buy new wheels (Shimano WH R550...my old ones were shot...big bills)

My life is so much better now that I am riding, It's like a mini holiday every day....
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Still cool, mid 50's, in the morning and the humidity drops to about 15-20% in the afternoon, so it makes my commutes pretty nice. Although, it has been hot, mid 90's and the city decided this would be a great time to dig up the street. Nice.
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Another fanstastic cool and breezy morning ride: 92 F/37% with a nice tailwind and light traffic! I am loving my morning commute more and more- I can focus on speed instead of getting beat down by the intense evening heat. At least there is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms to keep my evening commute interesting.

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Today is the hottest day of the year here. Last night I was awoken by the sound of the neighbors a/c running, first time I have had that happen. I woke up and it was like I was in hell! And to make things worse I have oatmeal for breakfast which warms my body up. By the time I pulled the bike out I was already sweating. I rode as slow as humany possible and got to work fine except for a long, long wait at the one stop light. Checking the computer I find that temps are already 69F, humidity 70%, and dewpoint 62f. And according to Yahoo weather it will only be hotter tomorrow.
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Old 07-21-05, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by eastbaybob
...temps are already 69F, humidity 70%...
Lucky. I miss those days. You just described the end of fall down here.
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