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Old 04-26-06, 04:24 PM
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Bright blue skies this morning. A little below freezing, but in the sun it didn't feel too bad (passed in the shadow of a large apartment building for a minute or two, very cold). Broke my best time on the way to work with no wind either way, got stuck in a headwind on the way home, brutal but I made it all the way without much drama!

Good day both ways I would have to say. I love commuting.
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Old 04-26-06, 05:41 PM
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the old to/form to work went as usual, chilly start in short pants and t-shirt (acclimated in the first 7 or so mins).
after work, i switched to cannondale road bike (had to fix another flat rear/ steel belt tire piece culpret vs kevlar) and added more miles to the day.
was thinking of extended tour in the near future...where i will go if i have the time!
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Felt like crap. Rode like crap.
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Had a bad commute yesterday and felt flu-ish. Today I feel much better. A very nice ride both ways. Many new faces on the streets this week. Could it be the +$3 gas prices? Or just me-too's?
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29f riding in 72f riding home (20.2 mi RT)-nice day. Breakfast becoming really important these days. Hydrate before taking off and do some shoulder openers in the evening. namaste.


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First ride of the year in a t-shirt! Both ways! W00+! I had to use my light on the was home, but hey, that's what it's there for...
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sunshine on the way in this morning. quite glorious. Carrying a little less with me so the bike felt a little quicker. rode home with a touch of a headwind but nothing too troublesome. Then a fast turnaround and a ride of about 7 miles in no time with a nice tail wind to "The Lizard Lounge" to hear my friend play with his band. They sounded great. then a ride home in the dark without much wind but a stop at the grocery store.

I over heard two guys say that they drove to club where the band was playing and drove around for the same amount of time that I took to ride the bike there looking for a place to park. they eventually parked illegally risking a $35 ticket. Made me so glad to ride the bike.
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Beautiful day here in the PNW. Short sleeves in, short sleeves home. Into first job at 10, leave for second at 3, leave from second job for home at 8:30. Took arm warmers in the ol' pocket but I didn't need them. I was a little chilly at the start of each trip but that's okay. (In hindsight that is, at the time sometimes the initial chill is breathtaking. Two legs of my total RT start with fast descents.:0)

33 miles RT.
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Good ride today to work and home . Have a good nite .
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tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirrrrred this morning. tired legs. tired brain. tired socks. tired ears. tired teeth. tired bike, not at all grateful to me for lubing its chain. i haven't taken it for its two-week-checkup-and-adjustment like i was supposed to, and currently can't get out of the middle cog. spun my way home in that one yesterday, may be a connection there.

how come on the days when you can't figure out how you'll get through the first six blocks you still get there in about the same time that you always do? it's mysterious. the vending machine at work was out of tuna salad sandwiches so i ate cheetos for breakfast. and lunch. i'm not hardly helping myself here.

usually park my stuff at my workstation before spending the day in the test lab, but today i just lugged it all in with me. halfway through the morning, some guy from the team came up and said 'i'm sorry, but you're going to have to turn your coat down.' i turned it the other way round cause i know what he means, but missed my chance to disingenuously brag about how this here eye-bleeder coat means that i'm special cause i bike to work. the weather was nice today. cool and grey, both ways.

stopped on my way home from work to pick up another six-pack of that disgusting chocolate-flavoured protein-shake stuff my kid drinks. he left half a can of it in his bedroom once for a couple of days, and it grew a form of mould that was shaped like a human brain and was too big to get out of the opening. um. where was i? cheetos are healthier.

practice tomorrow, so i dunno. in theory it always feels like driving would be the smart thing on baseball days, but in practice i'm not sure it makes much difference, considering the rush-hour gridlock over that misbegotten bridge. i'm about to go make something stir-fried as soon as i can get my arms and legs to work together and get me out of this chair.

songs: and the band played waltzing matilda, eric bogle; crunchy granola, neil diamond.
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LOL Tokolosh. Your posts always make me smile.
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Old 04-27-06, 02:23 AM
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i'm not a very good bicyclist-even though i insist upon going fasst

so i'm juiced and jazzed coming up oak street in phoenix( with some really wicked sidewinds blustering about) toward scottsdale today to teach a ballet class. i am loving the freedom my new rack and arkel tailrider are giving me. i'm faster. i know it. my bike computer tells me so. backpack-free and cruising up the mild climb near the mcdowell buttes, i hit the crest in full bliss and pop into big gear, aggressively attacking the descent. two seconds later, i stand up in the saddle and really crank it. i popped the chain and recieved a nice side gust of wind simultaneously. the bike squirelled and sailed out from underneath me at about 27 mph. i was 8 feet away from the bike when i landed on my tailbone, right shoulder, elbow, and last but not least, helmeted head.
i was literally stunned as i popped off the pavement. my ass was numb and i felt a little sick. i cringed like and old man and was barely able to answer the passing motorist who stopped to see if i was ok.
a very cute forty something blonde came out from her house and invited me in to dress my bloody arm, but i had money on the other end of my journey. i crouched a bit more, then gingerly made my way saddleward. i thanked her and still made my 5:30 gig three miles away, albeit i disturbed my students with my sweet cherry road rash. i am in whole body ache right now. i love it.
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C-c-cold again. Perhaps it wasn't time to switch to half-finger gloves just yet. I did warm up by they end of the ride, though.
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Old 04-27-06, 06:44 AM
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Pretty uneventful commute today. A Lincoln Towncar buzzed me and left about 6 in. between the mirror and my elbow; first time that's happened in the city, but at least I didn't make contact.
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I am introducing a new co-worker to commuting by bike. We took the bus part of the way into work. The ride was pleasant. I am going to ease her into the concept of riding on a more frequent basis. The fact that she just paid 1,000.00 for car repair helped.

Our ride into work was pleasant. I will have to check on her several times today. Tomorrow, I ride with my regular partner--there is no bus.
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Very pretty, I left a few minutes later than normal so there was a bunch of traffic for me to pass.
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How was my commute? See attached.
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
How was my commute? See attached.
What does the map represent? Is that cloudy or sunny?
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Headwind coming in today. I tried taking a shortcut and ended up suck in traffic for an extra 4 blocks. Dumb. It was super-busy today, even though I left pretty late.
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Old 04-27-06, 09:48 AM
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No commute today :-( but I'll have time for a ride tonight, as my wife goes to the gym Thursdays. I ended up staying out late with church stuff, and then having a long conversation with my wife before we went to sleep, about important stuff like selling the house and weekend projects...so it was good, but couldn't for the life of me drag myself out of bed this morning. I even reset the alarm for an hour later planning to do the short ride, but I still couldn't make myself do it. Just as well, I needed to look nice for Bring your Daughter to work day (I'm helping with a presentation). Today's my Friday though, so tomorrow i'll get in plenty of miles. Hoping to set a new distance record for myself, current is 52 miles, and that was with a group, so I'm wanting to do at least 60 solo. Should be wild!

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DOH! now the forum put up both posts, EDITED!
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I was just about at work when a Pronghorn antelope ran across the road.
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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
How was my commute? See attached.
Same for me but I didn't ride today. Drove instead since I didn't want to deal with the rain and it is still raining here at lunchtime. I will be riding tomorrow though and only missed one day this week.
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Today's commute was very different. Rather than riding to the office, I rode to one of the schools in Decatur to teach an Effective Cycling (Bike Ed) class to some of the parents. We did the road ride part of the class from 11:30 to 1:00. Most were a little intimidated by the lunchtime traffic but they all passed the course.

Sure was nice riding to work after the class. Lots of mid-day sunshine. Something I don't see that often. Usually I only get to ride in the AM sun and late PM sun.
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Feel like garbage today - thought I was suffering from allergies yesterday, but turns out it was something more. Throat is on fire, can't breathe, feel like junk - therefore no ride... Will get some miles in this weekend if I can get healthy again, and back to the commute next week, weather permitting (expecting some thunderstorms...)

Also found out yesterday afternoon that not just one, but both of the guys at the office that have been talking about riding actually rode yesterday. That now makes 3 of 7 in my group, including me, who are riding...
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