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Old 08-14-06, 10:59 AM
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The ride in was uneventful except for my turn onto 16 Ave. A woman, dressed head to toe in hot pink [including 6" platform heels] was crossing the street looking behind her. I thought to myself, "She's not paying attention - she's not going to see me", gave a hand signal to the cars behind me and proceeded to turn in front of her. I gave her 6-8' of clearance, enough that if I hit a patch of sand or something at the apex of the turn I'd slide right past her. A split-second after I went by, she yelled "Woooo!", I assume in surprise. I didn't look back.
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Old 08-14-06, 11:08 AM
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So nice and cool this morning. Normally it gets frying pan hot during State Fair time but so far it's been pretty mild. Nice to sleep with the windows open.
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Old 08-14-06, 11:09 AM
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Friday night a personal record on my commute home--15:05 for 3.5 miles. Of course a record is more about hitting the traffic lights than it is about riding faster, as my commute has about 4 stops and 6 slowdowns. Still, my sprint speed must be improving.
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Old 08-14-06, 12:06 PM
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No commute today. Home w/ sick kids and wife.
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Old 08-14-06, 02:26 PM
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Never better. The weather was cool which was a nice change. The weird thing was that I did not have a single car pass me in my lane of traffic this morning. I only saw a handful of cars on the road at all. I wondered if I had gotten my days mixed up and ventured out early on Sunday morning. No such luck, but the ride in was great.
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Nice, first time since June 26 that the air quality has ranked "good" and it was not killer hot.
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Old 08-14-06, 05:59 PM
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Took a bit of a tumble at a trafffic light. I forgot that I was wearing new spd compatable shoes with clipless pedals and just fell over when I came to a stop. I had to laugh - it must have looked funny to the car behind me and to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
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Old 08-14-06, 06:31 PM
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How was the commute today? How was the commute today?!?! It was EFFIN AWESOME!

Weatherman said 60% chance of t-storms, but it was merely cloudy at 7a. Off I went for a crisp, cool, hittin' all the lights (but one) ride in. Nobody was hanging out near my 'clean up station,' which is cool, 'cuz sometimes those nurses and lab ladies give me the heebies when I'm in there doing my thing and I know they're on the other side of the wall....

The ride home was under partly cloudy skies, warmer than predicted, slightly humid. I went up 'TheHill' (hardly a hill) somewhere between 14 and 15mph, which is good for me and even managed to nail the next light. I was feeling so good that I cranked it up (heh) to 19mph for the next eight blocks. Traffic was giving me the lane, too. Everything was going great until I got to 'theBigRoad.' I was in the lane, behind three cars and the punk behind me started doing the revving engine thing. Whatever. Light turned green, I hopped on the pedal and...was keeping up with traffic through the intersection and beyond! Punkyboy was still behind me, which I thought was surprising. Almost as surprising as the fact that I was keeping up with the traffic still. I looked down to discover I was doing 26mph. Yee-haw! At about this point, Punkyboy decided that even though I was in the right tire tread part of the lane, he owned the road and forced the issue. Unfortunately, for me, the next right was my turn. I gave him a look, signalled and took my turn. And slowed her back to a more leisurely 17mph the rest of the way home. I should've kept going just to see how long I could maintain that pace.

Effin great. Oh, and during lunch, I was speaking with one of the docs who, it turns out, also happens to bicycle commute; and we've added another commuter over in the lab, although nobody seems to know who the bike belongs to. We've requisitioned a bike rack. Life is good.

PS - And my new personal record for the ride home is 12:43...1:10 less than previous. Hoot!
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Old 08-14-06, 07:02 PM
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first flat ever today. pinch flat, but I couldn't find it. there was a split near the stem and I thought that was what it was, but no. I walked the bike for a half mile... luckily there is a bike shop along my route and they fixed me up. it was good before and after that ...
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Old 08-14-06, 07:07 PM
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My commute is 12km each way, I didn't bike in today, but I did bike in one day last week, it was a nice ride, although it did remind me, of why I don't do it more often. The bike isn't really set up for it. My only bike at the Moment is a Norco Bushpilot. I do want to do some enhancements to it, narrower tires, fenders, rear rack, already has lights, not sure the best way to attach the fenders and rack though, that will happen in the off season.
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Old 08-14-06, 07:24 PM
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The bee incident

I have got a great story for today's commute and it is completely true. I was riding my usual commute home to Portland today via pedaling down a rural road approaching the bridge that crosses the Columbia River. As I relaxed and let the pressures of the day unwind at an easy pace, a bee flew/blew into my mouth and stung me on the tongue! It was so sudden that I didn't have time to even yell. I spit the fellow out as fast as I could, but I could already feel my tongue swelling up. There I was 5 miles into my 25 mile commute. What could I do? I managed to finish the commute, but I am now talking with a lisp until the swelling goes down. What are the chances of that happening?!? And no I don't ride with my mouth hanging open normally; I was actually talking to my wife as we rode (we commute together). It was a commute for my record book.
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Old 08-14-06, 08:03 PM
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same old plus 11.0 miles!
traffic was "sane", roads smooth, farfiggnugann (sp)...!
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Old 08-14-06, 08:53 PM
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Today was completely ridiculous: I got lost. At a cemetery! Gosh, is it ever a maze!

With my navigational skills perhaps I should always stick to major arterials: they are mostly straight and perpendicular to each other...
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Old 08-14-06, 09:11 PM
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>>Lost at a cemetery...
Ha ha Good one!

Today was fabulous...on my way home, I spotted out of the corner my eye a plum tree. Did a u-turn and pedaled back to the vacant lot...and loaded up..Yum...I shall return
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Old 08-15-06, 05:58 AM
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Yesterday afternoon a sizeable racoon crossed the MUP in front of me. In broad daylight. I slowed down, expecting it to be trailed by babies, but nothing was following it. Some women pushing strollers coming the other way freaked out. Picture of a racoon

This morning was nice. Warmer than yesterday but not bad, and I had a tailwind. I passed a woman wearing a backpack that I judged to be far too big for her petite frame.
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Didn't ride in, took the bus since I have some running around to do after work and my bike is not yet setup for hauling anything of signifigant amount unless it's strapped to my person.

The sad part is it actually took me longer to get to work by bus than it would have had I cycled in!

One thing I did notice - has anyone else noticed that when you take your bike you're more alert, and less stressed by the time you arrive at your destination? (Maybe I should start a new thread for that...)
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Old 08-15-06, 06:21 AM
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Now, back on my ~3-4km ride, i got hit by rain this morn on the way to school. This humidity is killing... oh and that 3-4km ride is all up hill lol. Way home real fast.
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Old 08-15-06, 06:48 AM
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Nothing to report this morning. Woke up early because I was fretting about stuff but then fell back asleep and ended up leaving late. A few deadlines at work but otherwise this day should be pretty smooth. Hopefully the rain will show up this afternoon.
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Old 08-15-06, 06:50 AM
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An absolutely gorgeous morning today (65, sunny and no humidity) Did my best time (33 minutes going 8.5 miles) through the urban jungle of streets on the SW side of Chicago. Can't wait for the trip home!
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Recipe for making Jello legs:

Saturday
31 miles in the rain

Sunday
6 miles
2.5 hours of Ultimate Frisbee practice with no substitutions
6 miles home
Long hike with friends

Combine all ingredients and age 38 years.

Guaranteed to make a nice, not-so-tasty commute Monday morning.
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Old 08-15-06, 07:30 AM
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Raced the sun home last night and just beat it. This morning was sneaky humid coming in and my legs were jelly. Need to remember to grab a gatorade instead of the usual ice water for the ride home.
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Old 08-15-06, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
Alright, I'm done with August. Bring on Labor Day. I hate turning into a sweaty mess everytime I step outside for more than one minute.
Ok GT, you sort of got your wish. It's been cloudy and cool (but very humid) for 4 mornings in a row.
My SAD is starting to flare up. I need sunshine.

Nice ride today. Passed a slow recreational rider out for a morning ride. A few miles later saw and waved to a commuter I haven't seen since early June. I think he is a professor at the university I ride through so I guess he's getting ready for the fall semester.
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Yesterday and today were nice...chilly in the morning, pleasant in the afternoon. I noticed with the clouds yesterday it was a bit darker then normal, and I may have to get bike lights sooner then I thought.

Course, yesterday on my way home I nearly got clobbered by some moron who ran a stop sign *shakes fist*
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Old 08-15-06, 08:22 AM
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What happened to summer ? Was 56F this morning with drizzle, overcast, and 78% humidity. Even broke down and wore the shell for the first morning in months. It's like fall is in the air, but that usually doesn't happen till late september.

Pretty good storm as I was wanting to leave last night. So the office got an hour or so of free OT out of me. Once a hole opened up, it was zoom to home before round 2 hit. Made it just fine.

Met another commuter headed the same direction this morning. He turned it into a race. I ~let~ him win... i knew i had 2 miles of hill yet to climb. But if I catch him on the way home, that guy is toast
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