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Old 07-18-06, 12:17 PM
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Still doing it...

Commuted 8 out of 10 days since I bought my bike!!!

Let's see, the savings would be...

(((3.8mi * 2) / 10mpg) * $3.24) * 8days = $19.70 saved in gas!!!

Well, today I really felt my legs burn. My thigh muscles were really pushing. When I got to work, I realized I was 6 minutes earlier than usual. The ride felt really good.

Weather was nice and cool. Nice morning.
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Old 07-18-06, 12:28 PM
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I forgot to check in this morning, but that's because I was absolutely exhausted. I have been thinking about doing a triathlon, and so I stopped by the pool to do some laps, and then hop on my bike to get to work. Seemed like good practice for the swim-to-bike change. Well, I did 250m in the pool, and the commute wasn't too bad until I hit the hills. By the time I got to my desk, my legs were jelly, and I could not even imagine running after those six miles. So if I can add a mile and a half run to that, I'm almost halfway to where I need to be.
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Old 07-18-06, 12:58 PM
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Very muggy at 6am this morning - I could feel dew forming on my arms. Once I got moving it was much cooler. but my gear was totally soaked when I got to work. 98F and climbing at 3pm in Northern VA
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Old 07-18-06, 01:32 PM
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Nice ride in this morning, still vaguely cool in the park. People swimming in Big Chico Creek at 7:30 this morning. Supposed to be 106 today, happy to be an office worker on a days like these. Oh, keep meaning to mention there's a commuter across the street from my office who rides her cruiser to work in high heeled stiletto sandals ! Crazy! I need to take a picture, but I don't want to freak her out...
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Old 07-18-06, 01:54 PM
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Howdy there...I'm a newcomer here (See? My second post).
I've been commuting to work...throwing in my commute info for kicks
Mid Michigan is HOT right now. The morning commute is great, a light breeze (Even though I'm 30 minutes from the Lakes, it's noticeable), light traffic. Probably mid 70s. This evenings commute is going to be a bit worse: Mid 80s, heavier winds (Last nights winds all but pushed me into reverse).

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Old 07-18-06, 02:46 PM
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Not that it needs to be said, but...hot. And hotter on the way home tonight. My commutes have gotten faster and faster of late- dunno if I'm getting more comfortable on the new bike but each day seems like a quicker and quicker ride. I guess you could say I'm dialed in now, sizewise, gearwise, and otherwise.
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Old 07-18-06, 03:21 PM
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Has anybody mentioned how hot it is?
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Old 07-18-06, 03:47 PM
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Old 07-18-06, 04:35 PM
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The ride in this morning was cooler than yesterday, only 68. The ride home was cooler, as well, only 82. The roads are covered with little limbs and sticks and other detritus from last night's storm, though. One of the roads on my commute was closed due to two trees laying across the road. I went around the road closed sign, jumped the curb, went through the park, came back down the curb and continued, though. I wonder if I'll be able to do that when I get the slicks on the rims.

I was 'confronted' by the cow-orker I mentioned in an earlier commute report (the guy who drives the SUV and thinks cyclists are less-than-manly) as I went out the back door in my bike shorts, wicking T-shirt, cycling shoes, ankle socks and helmet. He was not impressed with my fashion choices. The high point of my ride was when the self-same manly man pulled up behind me and laid on his horn (although, I didn't know until the next part that it was him). He then proceeded to pull up next to me, roll his window down, swerve closer and yell, 'Get a fscking car!!!!!' Then he laughed maniacally, stomped on the gas and tore off in to the distance.

Needless to say, I was impressed. Not. He has managed to browbeat one of the other two commuters in our department in to not commuting. His nickname is 'Iceman,' although he doesn't know it. 'Fscktard' would be more appropriate.

EDIT: And sprinting away from a stoplight, I didn't get my right foot clipped in before trying to mash on the pedal (CrankBros Mallet C). The platform rotated, my leg dropped and now I sport my first commuting wound.

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Old 07-18-06, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Dickseacup
....I was 'confronted' by the cow-orker I mentioned in an earlier commute report (the guy who drives the SUV and thinks cyclists are less-than-manly)....He then proceeded to pull up next to me, roll his window down, swerve closer and yell, 'Get a fscking car!!!!!' Then he laughed maniacally, stomped on the gas and tore off in to the distance....
Don't let f-tard get you down. He sounds like a real prize . Real men ride bikes .
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Old 07-18-06, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Dickseacup
I was 'confronted' by the cow-orker I mentioned in an earlier commute report (the guy who drives the SUV and thinks cyclists are less-than-manly)...
So he's manly cuz he never drives his SUV off-road and insulates himself from danger in a 2.5 ton coccoon?!? Man, he must not have a pair.

Took the extra long way home and dreaded stopping cuz it meant over-heating while I waited for the light. I also had to conserve my one bottle of water and was dripping wet and thirsty when I got home. A cold shower while the A/C cooled the place off helped a lot. Think I'll stay in the rest of the day.
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Old 07-18-06, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
So he's manly cuz he never drives his SUV off-road and insulates himself from danger in a 2.5 ton coccoon?!? Man, he must not have a pair.
Oh, on the contrary. Just ask him. I could go into great detail on how he earned the (stealth) nickname 'Iceman,' but that might be saying too much.

His antics and attitudes don't get me down. I'm the kind of person that, if something I'm doing pisses him off to the point that he has to get aggressive in telling me about it, I'll continue out of sheer stubbornness and spite. In fact, I might even ramp it up. Especially seeing as it has no direct impact, that I can see, on him.

For the life of me, though, I can not fathom why he is so threatened by guys on bicycles. Like my choice to take advantage of some 'free' exercise (time-wise, certainly not effort-wise...heh) somehow diminishes him. Very, very bizarre. But, like my great-grandfather used to say, "It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round. And not one of the bastards is missing." Heh; that made me smile just thinking of it.
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Old 07-18-06, 05:38 PM
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Harrowing.

I have to keep reminding myself: When you're faced with the choice of an overpass or an underpass, take the under. I thought I was going to die on the 22nd Street bridge.
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Old 07-18-06, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by vtjim
I forgot to mention what happened on my ride home yesterday. It was in the 90Fs. I was on the MUP. I saw a couple of young boys ahead, each carrying super soakers. (High-volume water "guns" if you don't know.)

As I approached they said, "You want some?" I said, "Sure!"

So they let me have it. Funny. They were spraying other cyclists and runners, too. Everybody was smiling. Cool kids...
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Old 07-18-06, 06:06 PM
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HOT. report said it was going to be 106 this afternoon. No biggie, I thought. I can do 106 standing on my head. so I ride for the first time in a week. it turned out to be 110-114, depending on which source you believe. and 17% humidity. I just about died. had to take a cool shower when I got home. I seriously think I was close to heat stroke when I got to the house. I was starting to get chills. and I drank a bunch of water before I left! man. is there something I can drink to help my body recover quickly besides water?
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chocolate milk! seriously, it's a great recovery drink. ice around your neck when you get home helps a lot too.
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Cooler than yesterday and fast. (At least fast for me!)
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Old 07-18-06, 09:58 PM
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All the thugs were out tonight. You regularly don't see them until Friday night. Revving their engines and acting like jerks. Besides that, the commute went well both ways. I just have to take a little more time at crossroads because a lot of people don't stop at stop signs. So far, summer's been going well. Except for vacations, I have been riding 5 days a week since winter. Everyone have a good, safe ride.
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Old 07-18-06, 10:07 PM
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Pretty great commute today despite the heat. I had jury duty and I was pleased to discover that the courthouse provides free secure bike parking for jurors. I rode the beater so I wasn't too concerned but at lunch I took the opportunity to move it from the sidewalk rack to the garage. I just had to show my juror badge and leave a $5 deposit for a key card. And I got almost a double commute by riding to the gym during the long lunch break. I'm feeling very fit and virtuous today.
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Old 07-19-06, 05:23 AM
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Hot, sticky, steamy, sweaty ride in this AM. Fairly uneventful though. My blinky light fell off at ~mile 10. Didn't appear to be damaged though, so I just shoved it in my pocket and kept going. I think I'll need to start using the headlight again, so I can leave home before 6:00. It's getting too dark out now to leave at 6:00 without the lighting.
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Flew to Washington DC early this morning so no commute for me. I'd rather be at the office.
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Ride this morning was uneventful and hot. Last night was another story though. The ride home from work was fine and then I rode to my soccer game which was also fine. After my game I get on my bike and as I am turning onto the road from the parking lot I notice my front tire is pretty flat. A few hundred yards down the road it is totally flat. This is my 4th flat in about 2 months and I am now out of tubes so today I am getting a patch kit and more tubes. I can blame the debris on the road for the flat last night though as the route to my soccer game takes me on the side of a narrow road right through all the junk near the curb. I found a small needle sized hole in the tube so at least I can repair it. I ended up riding on the flat for about half a mile till I was off the main road then walking the final half mile home through the park. I will be riding my mtb to soccer from now on...
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
chocolate milk! seriously, it's a great recovery drink
Absolutely. One of my favorites.

The ride was surprisingly mild this morning. 74 when I left the house after watching a bit of Tour. Had a nice stop for breakfast with my sister who is heading to Honduras for two weeks. Then into the office and the first person here.
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Great weather this morning: slightly overcast, but dry, and 75 degrees. After my ride in, I did a 9:00 mile on the treadmill. Bring it on! I am loving the endorphines.
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It was still overcast from last night,and there were a few puddle I couldn't avoid. Ah well, still a nice ride.
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