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Old 01-05-06, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by velogirl
Where is winter?
I hear it's been hanging out around Boston this week... We just got a little up here in Maine last night.
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Old 01-05-06, 09:00 AM
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I set a new personal record today: Lowest temperature for a tube change: 20 F. It was on a stretch of road with only private residences, so I couldn't go inside anywhere; I just found a cleared driveway to set up in. (We got about an inch of snow last night.) Fortunately I was dressed well enough so that the only annoyance was that I had to keep taking breaks to warm my hands up, after needing them bare to work. When I got to work, my hands and feet were both slightly uncomfortable, due to being out longer than usual, but nothing dangerous. Delayed me about 25 minutes, including the 3 minutes spent conversing with the nice older gentleman who came out of the house to make sure I was okay, just as I got the wheel back on.
That's cold. I had to do that earlier this winter tho' it was more like 30F. I couldn't move my fingers when I finished.
My commute was excellent this AM, actually warmish!! Like 50F
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Old 01-05-06, 09:19 AM
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Good commute this morning. Yesterday on the way home I was snowed on. A nice little snow shower and it was 40F out. What the?

This morning 2 joggers puzzled me. The area was pitch black (no street lights). Neither jogger had any reflective gear on. Both were female. The first jogger was running in the middle of the street and the second one was running in the bicycle lane. I was pondering asking the second jogger where her bike was but did not bother. Also, each street had well maintained sidewalks.
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Old 01-05-06, 09:24 AM
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Felt good to be back on the bike commuting again. Legs didn't feel much different after two weeks off and it showed. My time was right where it usually is although I could've gone faster even w/ the wet streets. Took it easy since I just put on a new wheel last night and was feeling a little tentative about pushing too hard. Plus I didn't want to sweat too much since it was warm today (37F).
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Old 01-05-06, 09:28 AM
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26F (-3C) according to the bank sign on my new route. Should have worn a warmer coat. Snow and ice are completely gone from the road. Really liking the new bike. Can't wait to get my singlespeed conversion done so I can stop riding my new one in all this sand and goop.
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Old 01-05-06, 10:14 AM
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About -3C leaving the house today. Velogirl, be careful what you wish for! I'm waiting for winter to come give me the smack-down any day now. Anyway, I had an easy ride in this morning, passed a couple of fellow bikers on the road. It's getting to be lighter and lighter out in the mornings, probably because I'm leaving for work later and later. It's still too early for a decent sunrise, but another few weeks will fix that.
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Old 01-05-06, 10:32 AM
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The Santa Ana's started kicking up yesterday afternoon, and this morning they were really blowing. Temp was 66 for the commute with 25-35 mph headwinds. Despite this adversity I made it to the office in about 10 minutes.
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Old 01-05-06, 11:28 AM
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Today was a great commute. I was'nt that tired, and it was'nt hell like yesterday. I think I felt that pleasant painfull sensation that Lance Armstrong always describes during the last stages of his training for the TDF...
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Old 01-05-06, 12:40 PM
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Comfortable, relatively warm ride home last night.

Another practice at continuous standing and climbing today... I still have trouble going half a mile up a 5% grade standing, but I did make it up, and I'll keep at it. It was uncomfortably warm.
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Old 01-05-06, 12:47 PM
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There was a tailwind this morning that wasn't really noticable, except for letting me go fast and get a great time, all while feeling like I was not pushing that hard.

52F this AM, compared to 36F yesterday AM. High today is forcast to approach very close to 80F.

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Old 01-05-06, 02:02 PM
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Whoo hoo! First commute for 2006!


Beauuuuuuutiful sunrise Felt like spring today in Portland.
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Ahhhhh, nice commute today, still gloomy, no sun but the roads are clear of snow and the riding is good. I think we got up to 29F so far today, now it looks like it's dropping. I took a longer route on my lunch break.
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Old 01-05-06, 04:23 PM
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40F & windy. Pretty much the same its been since the week before Christmas.
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Old 01-05-06, 05:33 PM
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Today was a little cooler, but I usually dress too warm.

Let's see if I can put a photo of the Kansas City, MO skyline from the Chouteau bridge.




WaaHoo I got the photo on. This photo was at 7:09 AM 5-Jan-06 on the Chouteau bridge looking west.

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Old 01-05-06, 05:38 PM
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that's pretty!

just switch <img> with [img] and you got it
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Old 01-05-06, 06:54 PM
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54 degs f today?! alittle cool this am w/sweatjacket, goretex only shell pm and perfect! are the peach trees going to budd soon? a good day's commute!
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Old 01-05-06, 07:11 PM
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50 and foggy this morning on the way to work. High 60's on the way home.

The most unusual thing was the otter that ran out into the road ahead of me this morning. They're fairly common aroud here, I just very rarely see them in the highway. I saw him from a good 200 yds. He ran up onto the pavement (no cars at all), stopped, lay down a rolled around. I know he could see me coming. I figured it was just an otter thing. As I got closer I started thinking, "he aught'ter get out of the road,"

As I approached to within about 30 yds. he jumped up and took off into the swamp.

Yesterday I brought home a cooler of fresh mullet that I caught at work. Today it was bluecrabs.
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Old 01-05-06, 08:39 PM
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44 and thin fog. Hands still a bit cold. Shorts and undershirt damp by the time I got to work 9.4 Miles.
Started back at sunset. Lit up the new 50 watt homebrew light 10 min later. Lots of back scatter of light to assist the powerful rear stobe.
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Old 01-05-06, 09:21 PM
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75f and a tail wind for the ride home. I got there in about 10 minutes.
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Old 01-05-06, 10:55 PM
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cold !!
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Old 01-05-06, 11:55 PM
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had to be in this morning at 9:30 am and cycled in with a sleet/rain mix and saw two fender benders. Only three other cyclists' tracks in the snow on the MDC bike path from Watertown all the way to Harvard Sq. after H.Sq. saw more cyclists.

Left at 2:30p and rode home with the sun breaking through the clouds for the first time in days temperature felt like it was up near 40F.

Had to be back in at 6:30p and rode back in with a colder temperature. The Boston skyline from the Cambridge side of the bike path was gorgeous on the way in.

The ride home at 11p was stunningly beautiful with a low slung pale yellow 1/2 moon sitting like a bowl on the horizon. It reflected in the still black waters of The Charles River with the footbridges mirrored back in perfect detail. Certainly set no speed records but was happy at this time of the year, when any miles ridden feel like a bonus, to have put on 43 miles of commuting today.
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Old 01-06-06, 06:30 AM
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perfect riding weather this AM.

I had a stronger head wind than usual.. so I convinced myself to ride on the side of the road through the busiest section of my trip ... I typically ride the side walk for about 6 blocks or so to avoid the carnage...

but I had no issues and most people moved over to give me room... I only had one or two cars get real close at high speed, but otherwise I made it !

WOOT !

I'm gonna try to just do it like this from now on, but we'll see if I am confident enough. ! LOL
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Old 01-06-06, 07:13 AM
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Windy. Gusty. But not too bad. It's Colorado. "...like a box of choco-lates..."
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Very very windy.
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Ride home last night was uneventful and took less time than the ride to work by 4 seconds! Ride to work this morning was equally uneventful. 40F this morning so I went gloveless.
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