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Old 05-29-06, 11:15 PM
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wasn't i the one used to be heard proclaiming that she Never biked to work in baseball season? well, sigh. although if he makes the summer team, i swear on the knucklebones of great-aunt zillah . . .

today was pretty good actually, darned if i can figure out why. traffic on the bridge had something borking it up in my direction. i swear, the days my kid has a game are the days someone's ford throws a rod. probably shouldn't tell him that and add to his delusions of grandeur, but at least i was biking instead of driving today. i left half an hour earlier than usual this morning, so i had no intention whatever of hurrying, and it ended up as the same overall trip time anyway. saw two cyclists on my side of the bridge going in. the first was an old, old indian man in resplendent turban and that long two-part beard partriarchs seem to grow, coming the opposite way on the baby bridge. someone just ahead of me stopped so he could ride past them on the narrow path, but then just as i was preparing to do the same he stopped for me. gave me a nice stately nod and smile as we passed.

and the second other-biker i met was ahead of me, going my way on the major bridge. someone - couldn't tell boy or girl - on some old machine carrying full panniers on either side that would get the spca called if you saw them on a donkey. i laid back and just followed them, and i'll say this: they weren't moving too fast, but they never slackened or wavered at all even when they got up and the wind took a hand. off the bridge they pulled to the side of the mup and let me go past, so overall i'm very up on my fellow bike-commuters today.

the ride home didn't go all that fast. didn't go all that slow either, considering that i was folding over with hunger before i'd even cleared the parking lot. and left my water bottle in the u/g parking lot, sigh. i was well on my way up the my-side hill before i checked my watch and told myself, 'okay, they've started the game.' rode the rest of the way playing a fantasy first-inning in my head so i'd have an idea of timing. fortunately for me, they let the wheels fall off in the top of the second, so they were still playing the bottom of it when i got there. they gave the other team six runs and me just enough time to not-miss my kid's first at-bat. now that's what i call a good baseball team!

no songs due to imaginary ball/strike counting. but my kid hit an rbi single to left, flied out to shallow left and was called out on a very fictional tag on his way down to first. made a theatrical running catch on an outfield flyball and got stepped on by someone while stealing second. not bad for monday.
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Old 05-30-06, 05:54 AM
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Wow, the ride home yesterday in 33 C temps was, um, sweaty. I must say though, that Old Spice Red Zone really works quite well. The ride was fine, drivers were civil despite the weather, though I nearly took a right-hook as I passed a turning car in the bike lane (he wasn't signalling!)

This morning, it was already over 20 C, but still cooler than our non-air-conditioned house. Well, it was cooler for about the first 5 minutes of the ride, then my internal radiator began to boil. I'm looking forward to the ride home today, even though it will be another scorcher. Hmmm, maybe it will rain like they say it might, that will be fun!
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Cool and nice, about 70°F. Had to share the love with a mis-guided motorist today. He absolutely had to lay on his horn and pass me in a very short section before a red light. So when I coasted up next to him, I just gave him my "love ya man, we all want to share our love you, yada yada yada...". All he could do was give me the finger while his passenger looked busy. The joys of commuting...
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Warm and sticky ride in this morning. Saw another commuter and got a wave from him. Going to be a hot ride home this afternoon with temps in the low 90s and most likely very humid. Summer is here for sure.
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Nice ride in. No wind to speak of, temps not too high yet.

Passed a co worker who was on the hwy next to the green way. i waved a couple of times. Saw him at work and he was apologizing that he had the radio too loud. I explained that I hoped he wasn't paying too much attention to the bikers when he was in traffic on the highway.
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Old 05-30-06, 08:13 AM
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Humid this morning, but it wasn't bad as long as I was rolling. I reeled in a serious-looking roadie guy. He would get out of the saddle for a few seconds, then sit down, then coast, then pedal normally. He kept doing this and I was wondering why. Is that a recovery thing? The two of us then reeled in a woman on a mountain bike.

I'm definitely seeing more commuters this year.
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Old 05-30-06, 09:36 AM
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Quite humid this morning. It rained last night pretty hard, but 'tis the season. The street sweepers were out in force, so now the gravel is finally gone. Yippee! It's so nice to be able to rail turns without constantly worrying about sliding under a truck.
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Old 05-30-06, 09:55 AM
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Cool ride in today, about 63 when I left the house. Made good time on the 7 mile meduim commute, did that commute so I could still get sleep and get to work early. Leaving at 4:30 today to meet up with some other Albuquerque commuters at UNM at 5:00, gonna hang out do some BS'ing and maybe get some food!

This weekend I did 50 miles with the group ride thing, kinda sucked, I was low on energy the whole time, and was hoping for an easy ride back (we basically turn around at about 25 miles)...I was one of the last to get into the restroom, and it took me longer to get ready to go than normal, the group ended up rolling out without me, and I had to hurry to catch up. one guy dropped back to help me, lucky thing he did or I might have gotten lost (there are a few tricky turns at the turn around that I don't have the hang of yet) Then on the way back with a tail wind we were cranking along at about 25 mph...which was really hurtin...I dropped back to the end of the paceline...but couldn't hang, ended up getting dropped about 18 miles from where I was parked. No big deal, just dropped the speed down a bunch 13-15 mph :-) and it actually made for an enjoyable ride.
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Headwind + No Rush = Easy ride! Going directly home today and I should have a nice tailwind.
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Old 05-30-06, 06:41 PM
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same old! (but one of the high-lites of my day) commuting. i have not ridden - commute on 2 and 1/2 days this year (back in feb), saved lots by not buying gasoline!
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Originally Posted by tomg
saved lots by not buying gasoline!
nice sunny day. 20 degrees coming home at almost-8pm, and probably about the same this morning. this summer commuting thing is a whole other story from the winter version. i don't think i've got my head all the way around the differences yet. must. drink. water. it's just not optional anymore.

this place has a fancy-pants crushed-ice dispenser, so i'm compromising for now by filling my water-bottle up with ice-chips, then pouring cold coffee and milk in on top of it. and i keep getting fooled on the way home with a bottle full of chips and slush in the cage. i hit bumps, hear the rustly rattle down there and think 'huh. what bike component would make that noise right before it fell off?'

and one of these days i will have it organised so there will be food to eat along the way. i keep planning on it. one of these weekends, there'll be no ball-game and no appointments and no dishes or laundry stacked up, and i'll go out there and do that thing they call 'buy groceries'. i'm shooting for september.

no ride tomorrow. ball-game near my crushed-ice depot, so someone else is bringing him out and i'll bring him and someone else's kid home. tomorrow i'll remember to take my wallet.
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Called the bike shop to change out cassette and chain and see if I brought the bike in during lunch yesterday if they could do it then or by the end of the day so I could ride home. They were backed up from Mem Day wknd, so they said if I dropped it off they could do it by Thursday. I said I would call them later in the week so I could keep riding.

Wouldn't you know as I am riding up the Manahattan Bridge from Brooklyn, my chain broke. ARGHHH!!! Had to roll back down to Brooklyn and take the subway to the bike shop. Bike will be ready by Friday. If I had gotten to ride home yesterday and on today it would have been a 500 mile month.
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Warm, humid and wet ride in this morning. Some unexpected rain showers came through as I was getting ready to leave so I waited till they passed before heading out. Roads were wet about halfway to work so I got a little wet but nothing too bad. I passed the 300 mile mark for the month today and should have a record for most miles in a month so far this year June will be a low mile month since I will be out of town all next week which most likely means no riding for me unless I can borrow a bike from my sister while at her place.
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Old 05-31-06, 07:19 AM
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They have been predicting rain for the past few days, but nothing has fallen yet. The clods were darket this morning, I wonder if today will be the day. The ride in this morning was very pleasant, about 18 degrees C with low humidity. It'll be hot again this afternoon, though. I love this hot weather. I just have to remember how bitterly cold and lousy the winter is, and suddenly the layer of sweat on my arms doesn't seem so bad...
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Rode home on the eighteen speed Klein last night since riding fixed has my legs feeling a bit blown. The weather was nasty this morning so took the fixed gear out and rode a more relaxed ride. It took a little bit longer but I feel better. Seeing many more folks out on MTBs with knobbed tires, especially between Cary and NCSU.

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Warm, humid and wet ride in this morning. Some unexpected rain showers came through as I was getting ready to leave so I waited till they passed before heading out.
I should have waited or paid more attention to the radar. I threw on my rain gear only to find the roads drying in Raleigh and just damp in Cary. The clouds kept looming but never started raining until I crossed over into Durham for the last two miles of my sixteen mile trip. The inside of my gear was drenched and I've already drank a liter of water.
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Originally Posted by vtjim
I reeled in a serious-looking roadie guy. He would get out of the saddle for a few seconds, then sit down, then coast, then pedal normally. He kept doing this and I was wondering why. Is that a recovery thing?
He was probably doing "jumps" or standing to push hard on a larger gear for ten to fifteen pedal strokes followed by a minute of two of recovery. It's training to respond to quick accelerations during a race.
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Old 05-31-06, 08:16 AM
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He was probably doing "jumps" or standing to push hard on a larger gear for ten to fifteen pedal strokes followed by a minute of two of recovery. It's training to respond to quick accelerations during a race.
Makes sense. I didn't see him this morning. Left earlier today.

I saw one guy outside a house standing next to a bicycle and throwing a backpack over his shoulders. Yet another commuter, I'd guess. I also came up behind a guy on an old road bike like mine. He must not have known I was back there when he let out a huge burp.

Temps in the low 60s. Pretty humid. Headwind. Not too bad though.

Oh! Excitement! There's a big bank building next door and there are cops all over, hiding behind bushes and walls, and a news crew. I wonder what's going on.
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Great ride.
Played cat and mouse with two other commuters. One on a recumbent (lives a few blocks from me but usually leaves 30-40 minutes before me) and one (wearing slacks and white shirt ) on a road bike with a small trunk bag.
Our destinations were in the same part of town but each of us took different streets at different intersections. We'd split up only to meet again a few blocks down the road.
We rode through some road construction (only one lane of travel) and our 3 bikes looked kinda cool in the line of other vehicles waiting for the flagman to wave us on.
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it was supposed to rain, but it didn't. it was bee-yootiful. I get to work @ 6:50 and I can even put on my sunglasses on the way in! I saw a few other cyclists... I almost got caught in an Arcata traffic jam... 200 head of cattle in the road! Somehow they all knew what lane they were supposed to be in! Very bizarre!
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Old 05-31-06, 04:05 PM
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Nice ride home yesterday, met a couple of commuters from Albuquerque for what I'm dubbing as the "Inaugural Albuquerque Hardcore Commuters Meet" We met at UNM at the Yale entrance, hung out for a bit waiting for some others to show up, and then pedaled up to Kelly's we lost one guy on the way, he turned off to do something...but me, Reza, and Eaglevii (sorry, forgot your real name) stayed, had some drinks, ate, and talked a bunch about bikes. Good time. We're already planning a semi-regular meet perhaps once a month or so, maybe we'll have a better turn out next time, I may try to bring a few people from work that commute...

Ride home after that was a little sluggish :-) Ride in this morning was short but good. Nice weather, no jacket, and just shorts. Doing the short route home today too, got bowling tonight.

Did 527 miles for the month of May, up 60 miles from April.
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First day of winter down here in Australia. Pretty cool this morning but no rain until later today. I was very happy to be riding in today as there was a major truck crash on a bridge I cross. Traffic was diverted and it was bedlam on the roads. I was able to ride over the bridge on the footpath and continue on as normal.
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I'm on vacation and I miss commuting. I don't miss working, just the ride. I have my bicycle w/ me and I've been riding a lot, but something's different. The commute has lots of traffic, suicidal peds and crazy drivers. The vacation riding has less traffic, peds that don't jaywalk and less crazy drivers. I think I miss the adrenaline rush of traffic dodging. There must be something wrong w/ me.
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16.7 mile extended commute helped complete monthly biking at 507.2 miles (not all commuted, 1502.2 miles, ytd). my "BMI" (body mass index) has gone from +/- 29.0 ("obese") to 26.1 ("over weight") since i started w/ bf 2006! my goal is less than 25.0 bmi, would like to do another doudle century as 1993 (200.0 miles, 15.5 hours, 6/18/06). right now, bmi 25.0 is goal!
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Back from vacation and rode with fresh legs. I was avging 134mi/week. With the bike commute competition being extended, the break was very nice.
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Hot then rain !!
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