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Old 08-23-06, 04:12 PM
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I just finished riding mi 6-7 mi route a few days in a row as fast as I possibly could, hammering all straightaways and resting only at lights, out of the saddle for most of the 30 min ride.


My butt hurts...and I'm tired!

Can't wait to try it again, though...
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Old 08-23-06, 04:13 PM
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On the way in to work I happened upon a water main break. There was gravel, piled up for the repair, in the south lane and North bound lane was curb high in water.. I walked around on the grass which
was saturated. On the way home tonight water was still pouring out of the hole.
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I did my second ever commute today, and it was great! Much cooler this morning and I saw 3 deer and a wild turkey all in the same spot. It almost looked like they were all friends just hanging out. One was a buck and probably no more than 25 feet from me. He just stared at me as I went by and didn't budge an inch, which started tomake me wonder if I should be afraid of him. Leaving the parking lot this evening I hit the edge too hard and my taillight fell off in the street, I turned to look but with traffic coming so fast there was no way I could get it in time. So on the way home I swung by the LBS and got a new one plus a better headlight. No big deal really, it was just one of several cheap blinkies I bought as extras for when friends ride with me at night occasionally.
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Old 08-23-06, 05:28 PM
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Fourth day of commuting out of the last six work days.. Tonight was a treat. No headwind, perfect weather, hit all the intersections right and kept the momentum up. Witness a very, very near accident where a dump truck with a backhoe on the trailer ran a red light.. Freaky.

Took advantage of no headwind and did the 11.5 miles in 0:45.00 exactly, which include one very steep climb. Best so far.
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Old 08-23-06, 07:42 PM
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great to get back on the bike after a few days off. everything normal, took it easy. very nice... hot on the way back, about 102. forgot my water bottle but it was not too bad.
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Old 08-23-06, 07:45 PM
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On the way home caught up with another rider. We were in the same business. he sells corks and I make the contents they seal in.
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Not so great, I got rear ended, Bike is a mess, I'm sore, and mad at the world of cars.
 
Old 08-23-06, 08:06 PM
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Chased an ambulance down the MUP this morning. Just past the drop through the first gully were 3 roadies, one down. Maybe they kissed wheels. I hope he's ok.
Otherwise cool and sunny - rode the old steel frame I was planning to sell - damn she shifts and rides like silk. If I didn't have another vintage bike that was lighter I'd keep her.
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Old 08-23-06, 08:51 PM
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Really appreciated the ride home as stress relief today, as I was involved in the termination of an employee this afternoon. Thanks to the bike, I was able to return home fairly calm, all things considering.
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Old 08-23-06, 09:42 PM
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I added a few kms to my commute this morning just for the sheer pleasure of riding. It's an amazing section of road: flat, smooth, VERY wide and nearly empty. No traffic lights. No traffic. Surreal almost. Just you and your bike. Pedal. Pedal. Pedal. Feel the wind in your face. Country riding 2 mins away from downtown Toronto.
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Old 08-24-06, 05:20 AM
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Rid ehome yesterday was good-hot and a 5-10mph headwind, but otherwise uneventful. The ride in this AM was stellar!! Nice and cool 65F with relatively low humidity. The sky was full of pink stratus clouds which looked awesome!
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Old 08-24-06, 06:37 AM
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Today was a fun ride, that's for sure. Weather man said the rain was out of the area, I left my jacket on the table. Wow, that's the last time I think I'll listen to that weather man.
Five minutes into my ride, a light sprinkle, then heavy rain. For a change of pace, they threw in a torrential downpour here and there. By the time I got to work, I was completly soaked.

The best part is my coworkers giving me "You biked through THAT" expression.
I love that
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Old 08-24-06, 06:40 AM
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Weird commute today. Somehow, my seatpost slipped down, yet is still tight, so I'm riding like a granny on a comfort bike. My knees don't extend enough, and they bend too much coming up and around. It felt all wrong. Lucky me, I lent my set of hex wrenches to a friend so I can't adjust the #(@* seat yet. I just emailed our company field service guys to see if they have a set lying around.

On the plus-side, I rode behind a very attractive woman (from behind, at least) all the way in. Slow going at 12MPH but I didn't want to try riding fast with my saddle the way it was. Not sure if she knew I was back there. I didn't get too close. Probably makes women nervous... A big ol' clydesdale shadowing them like that...
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Old 08-24-06, 07:11 AM
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Getting out of bed this morning was next to impossible-so tired. 50% Chance of rain but a 100% dry commute this morning. Forgot to pack the Cliff Shot gel packets, so I had to take extra time to munch a Cliff bar. Now 70% through the first week of commuting Monday-Friday, thats 154 miles down, 66 to go. Just 3 more rides and I've proven to myself I don't need the car to get to work. If I feel up to it Saturday I might try biking to my parents house (40 mile drive, bike route length TBD but estimated at about 50 miles). If I can do that, then maybe I don't need the car at all! Enquiring minds want to know
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Old 08-24-06, 07:19 AM
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Hangovers are a blast.

I rode really hard for the first portion of my route. Must have been all the added testosterone.
I was laboring like a mule on the last straightaway before the office, though. Guess it caught up with me. I felt like I was swimming during the 5-10 minutes of cool down at my desk.

Regardless, I'm glad i did it, cos there was some SERIOUS temptation to not even get out of bed this morning.
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Old 08-24-06, 07:34 AM
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Hangovers are a blast....I rode really hard for the first portion of my route. Must have been all the added testosterone.
Good job, Floyd.

Interesting morning today. Very few cars, light mist, low clouds, intermitent breeze. Strange weather, but looks like it will burn off this afternoon. Stopped and got some fig-filled cake snacks this morning, so I'm a happy worker.
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Broke the law this morning. Stopped at a light to turn left, and the dang light just wouldn't change, even with the huge, noisy, smelly diesel truck sitting on the sensor behind me. After waiting a solid 10 minutes I just ran the light, as did the truck and a bunch of cars.

I'm sure they all blamed the light not changing on "that *&^%*&# cyclist".

Oh, almost forgot this one. Nearly got hit from behind by a sheriff yesterday on the way home. Rode my tail for a second or two, then gunned it and pulled out around me very aggressively. Bear in mind, this is all on a 4-lane (2 each direction) road and no one in the left lane behind us. "Serve and protect" my a$$.
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Old 08-24-06, 07:59 AM
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Weather was warmer this am, around 63f or so. Made for a nice ride in. You can tell the high school kids are on the road now. Many more agressive drivers out at 6:30am than there used to be. One almost nailed me on a high speed right turn into our complex while I was coming out. I yelled at the little turd. He gave me the F-you look. Kids.... sigh

Was tired this am because I was up late last night building a blinkie. Yes, I acutally soldered all the Transistors, Resistors, Capicitors, and LEDs onto a circut board. Surprising thing was that it worked when I was done. I had never done anything like that before.
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Old 08-24-06, 08:02 AM
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Commute was great this morning. I actually got a green light at SPEED to cross old milton parkway I didn't think that was possible...
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Today will be our 40th day of >100° temps this Summer - w00t.

Still, commute was nice this am, 82, not too humid, winds negligible.
Beaucoup insect life on the trail, passed two ladies of a certain age on comfort bikes, wearing headnets.

Local high school cross country running team has started practicing on the trail, too, but they all seem pretty clued into the protocol.

Overcharged my L&M NiMH battery by about 10 stinking hours yesterday, so I'm curious to see how it's affected my run time.
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Old 08-24-06, 09:39 AM
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fig-filled cake snacks??? Is there a new bakery in downtown Decatur?

A green light at Old Milton Parkway? You're a brave soul.


It looked like nighttime when I left the house. Got darker as I got farther from home.
The students are back at the university I ride through and so are the @$$holes. Some clown was driving a university vehicle on the wrong side of the street on a two lane two way street. He was talking to his buddy in the vehicle beside him. I stopped and when he saw me he stopped. I asked if he knew which side of the street he should be driving on. He just laughed and continued talking to his friend in the other vehicle. As I passed I got the license number. What an idiot! I wonder if he'll still be employed after my phone call?

The rain started when I was about 3 miles from work. Changed to semi-hard rain by the time I reached work. I do not like getting to work with a wet bike, panniers, ME, etc. Wiped the bike down and dried off. Then I was able to get to work. Luckily I'm usually the first one here.
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Back from vacation, so it is trailer time again. Dropped off my daughter at day camp and continued on to the office. Trail-A-Bikes are a great idea -- vastly less work than towing a trailer.

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Originally Posted by Itsjustb
Oh, almost forgot this one. Nearly got hit from behind by a sheriff yesterday on the way home. Rode my tail for a second or two, then gunned it and pulled out around me very aggressively. Bear in mind, this is all on a 4-lane (2 each direction) road and no one in the left lane behind us. "Serve and protect" my a$$.
He was running your plate to see if you were wanted.
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I took the Caldaro out for an early morning loop of the Pocket this morning, returned to the house to shower and change and kiss the wife and kids. Rather than switch to the craptastic Hard Rock as I usually do, I hopped back on the Caldaro.

Italian steel is the jam, as the SS/FG kids would say.
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Old 08-24-06, 03:55 PM
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I was tired this morning... didn't want to roll out of bed at all. As a result I slept in and had to hammer it like crazy to get to work on time. And it was FUN. I was flying. Even though traffic was not congested and moving freely, I was actually passing all the cars and making all the traffic lights! Woo-hoo! (Yeah, I know, my ride to work is downhill... but it's only a slight down grade most of the way there! )

Only one more day to go on this job, and then... um, well, I find something else to do.
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