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Old 06-07-07, 07:04 AM
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Sunny & low 40s. Switched to a long-sleeve jersey. Still wore shorts though. Annoying headwind but I plowed through it. Saw a couple of trail regulars.

There's a huge tent up in Burlington's Waterfront Park. It covers the bike path through the park. I don't usually ride through there but yesterday I did because I wanted to ride through the tent. It was fun. This morning I noticed the path was blocked off as I was riding by on the road. The tent is for the Jazz Festival, I imagine.
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Old 06-07-07, 07:10 AM
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The worst of the wind isn't here yet. It was gusty, however. The boys and I have a short commute so should be OK.
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Old 06-07-07, 07:15 AM
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Awesome ride today. Hadn't been able to ride the last few days so made the best of it and gave the bike a thorough cleaning. I could feel the difference today and combined with no winds and an amazing amount of luck with stoplights, I made it to work in record time.
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Old 06-07-07, 08:01 AM
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I had a pretty easy ride in today. I slowed down substantially so that I could actually talk to my wife. It was good!
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Old 06-07-07, 09:04 AM
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Had a sick day Monday, rode to a trade seminar both Tuesday and Wednesday, though - that went well.

Had a brief 'chat' with a cabbie over why he chose to all of a sudden race past me toward a line of parked cars. I asked him "Sir, why did you just do that?". Firstly he said because I was blocking the road, and I replied "Sir, do you see that huge yellow truck in that lane? That means I have to come out into this lane, you were not anywhere near me, what is the problem?" Then he said because I was 'dancing', I said "Well, no sir, I wasn't dancing I was riding a bike. There are red lights and stopped traffic in front of you, why did you do what you did?". He wouldn't move on from the 'dancing' claim, and waved me to leave his window (passenger side). I shouted back "Have some damn respect!" and went on my merry way. I wasn't angry, just curious to see what he would say. Ho hum

Went by a police officer with a radar gun yesterday morning, "Ma'am, did you get me?" she replied "No sir" and I was all "awww, damn" heh

New pedals came in today, so I'll be fitting those and am now looking for some SPD-style shoes

Rested yesterday afternoon and today, legs are still in a bit of a state from Sunday (not helped by riding Tuesday the way I did).
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Old 06-07-07, 09:09 AM
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Wind wind go away,
or at least spin around and go my way.

I seem to be out of sync with the wind. Head wind going in, big head wind going home last night. It spins around into a big head/cross wind this morning.
The big winds are supposed to stop by noon or so today... we'll see.

Hills eventually end, but the wind just works on you till it blows away your spirit.
Mean ol winds.

In the end, I guess it just makes for a better workout, so it's all good

My ass is happy too... see my Brooks_Thread if you need a happy ass.
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Old 06-07-07, 09:16 AM
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Nice ride in w/ my wife. I realized that going through intersections by myself, I do things differently than with her (or, I assume, anyone). I might slow down to a crawl to see what's coming, on my own, whereas w/ someone else I might be focusing at least a bit on maintaining a similar speed, which kind of divides my attention a bit. Need to keep an eye on that.
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Old 06-07-07, 09:39 AM
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Lovely ride in today. Saw a Merganser and a family of Canada Geese (with a dozen little fluffball goslings). Also saw rather a lot of debris on the riverside pathway so I think it may actually have been flooded yesterday!

In the last 24 hours I have received $400 in pledges for my charity ride on the weekend. Yay! (Guess that means I can't chicken out!)
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Old 06-07-07, 12:00 PM
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The wind this morning (around 5:30a) was BRUTAL! Headwinds would just stop me dead, crosswinds almost knocked me off the bike. Sometimes I had to stop and hang on because the gusts would almost sweep me away. At some point I thought, why don't I just walk? But because I'm carless, I have no option (and I'm not whining); besides I need the bike this afternoon to run some errands and I'm taking off right from the office.'

I hope this afternoon the wind is not so bad (cross my fingers)...

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Old 06-07-07, 01:34 PM
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Breezy but nice. And as a bonus, it looks like I may get out of here at a civilized hour tonight.
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Old 06-07-07, 02:11 PM
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Steady rain on the inbound route, the rain pant expansion ripped at the back of the heel but my feet stayed pretty dry anyway.

Sun is shining now...hopefully the return ride will be warmer and drier.
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Old 06-07-07, 03:59 PM
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On my morning commute I made a somewhat unwise decision. Instead of commuting straight into downtown, which takes me around twenty minutes, I decided I'd take a leisurely ride through the neighborhoods (East Atlanta, Kirkwood, and Edgewood) to the Candler Park MARTA station and take the train in. I managed to convert a twenty minute commute into nearly 45 minutes.

The commute home was better, although very hot.
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Old 06-07-07, 04:58 PM
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Morning ride was pleasant, but there was a severe thunderstorm warning in the afternoon that kept getting bumped from 8pm to 7, 6, 5pm. So I wimped out and got a ride home with a coworker.
It was really windy. Been home for an hour and still no storm.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:19 PM
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What is meant by "dancing" in this context?

Regards,

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Originally Posted by Flimflam
Had a sick day Monday, rode to a trade seminar both Tuesday and Wednesday, though - that went well.

Had a brief 'chat' with a cabbie over why he chose to all of a sudden race past me toward a line of parked cars. I asked him "Sir, why did you just do that?". Firstly he said because I was blocking the road, and I replied "Sir, do you see that huge yellow truck in that lane? That means I have to come out into this lane, you were not anywhere near me, what is the problem?" Then he said because I was 'dancing', I said "Well, no sir, I wasn't dancing I was riding a bike. There are red lights and stopped traffic in front of you, why did you do what you did?". He wouldn't move on from the 'dancing' claim, and waved me to leave his window (passenger side). I shouted back "Have some damn respect!" and went on my merry way. I wasn't angry, just curious to see what he would say. Ho hum

Went by a police officer with a radar gun yesterday morning, "Ma'am, did you get me?" she replied "No sir" and I was all "awww, damn" heh

New pedals came in today, so I'll be fitting those and am now looking for some SPD-style shoes

Rested yesterday afternoon and today, legs are still in a bit of a state from Sunday (not helped by riding Tuesday the way I did).
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Old 06-07-07, 06:21 PM
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My first commute today. I had some rethinking to do with my method of getting my clothes and things to work... I had everything in my backpack and thought I'd strap it to my rack, but it was so much bigger that it didn't seem stable, so I wore it instead. I didn't really like riding with all that weight on my back, though. I will have to figure something else out! I wish I'd have checked it last night.

A couple good things:

- It took less than half an hour, with stops.

- Phoenix was unseasonably cool (a high of 85? In JUNE?! That's like March weather.)

- As I was parking my bike in the not-very-conveniently-located rack--in the sun!--someone walking by pointed out that there's an indoor storage location, right next to the door where the locker rooms are. It only holds a handful of bikes, but all I need is one spot, right? It looks like a janitor's closet, I'd have never thought to look in there myself, and a week ago when I'd emailed the "alternative transportation coordinator" the most she could tell me was that she said she thought there were racks near most of the doors.

- The locker room wasn't busy when I came in. There's a small gym, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I hadn't planned to shower (I used the suggestions here about showering right before with some good anti-stink soap, and had wet wipes) but I think I will in the future. I don't smell...but I feel like I MIGHT.
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Old 06-07-07, 06:57 PM
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Old 06-07-07, 07:44 PM
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Old 06-07-07, 09:20 PM
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really scary. We had 45-60 mph gusts today in Chicago. After going to Target and getting groceries I was pushing very hard but hardly going anywhere.. We're on tornado watch right now. The city really is the windy city, but today was too much!
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Old 06-08-07, 12:49 AM
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Commute was great today. At every single stop sign intersection today, drivers were courteous and allowed me to go first.
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Old 06-08-07, 05:41 AM
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Tail wind! I averaged 20.3 mph this morning. Only a half day of work today, so I'll be fighting that wind in just a few hours!!!
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Old 06-08-07, 06:31 AM
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Headwind. (Tailwind this afternoon!) Low 60Fs. All in all, pretty enjoyable. Could be in the upper 80s for the ride home. Ick. Something crossed the MUP about 100 yards ahead of me. It was low, kinda dark-furred, and about the size of a big domestic cat.

There's a dead bull frog on the street about a mile from where I live.

TGIF
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Old 06-08-07, 07:24 AM
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We had some storming last night. Commute this morning was at least 30 degrees (far.) less than yesterday, and a little gusty. My younger son said "It's cccold Dad!" Yesterday he was the one that complained as we got home "It's burning hot!" (Of course I noticed he couldn't pass up the opportunity to ride his fenderless bike right through a beauty of a mud puddle.)
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Old 06-08-07, 08:06 AM
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It has been obscenely windy the last couple of days. Yesterdays ride home was the worst. 30 mph headwind 1/2 the way. It gusted to the point I could not ride at more than 8 mph. Plus, I had to pick up the kid and tow him home in the trailer. More miles. By the time I got home the temp was around 50F and still very windy. So tired....

This morning my legs felt like logs and I took it easy. However, they couldn't even keep up with my usual recovery ride speed. Fortunately it is now calm and warming up. I think I may eat everything I have at work to give me some needed energy. ugh
I want to crawl under my desk and nap. Should have taken the train.
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WARNING: RACIAL STEREOTYPE INSIDE

Today was hot and sticky. Thank god for the eBike.

There were lots of bikes out today. Several hot looking younger women as well. I ran into a group of about 20 young girls using up the entire MUP. That's the first time I had to deal with bicycle traffic congestion. Interesting.

Now I know this will come off as a bit racist but any experienced driver/rider in Toronto will instantly understand this one: Asian woman, beige Toyota Corrolla. Did you cringe when you read that? Well, I saw the most stupid act of driving this morning.

I'm heading down the MUP and I see the Asian woman driving a beige Corolla coming up to the stop line from the left. She's driving down the road I'm about to cross. The light is green for me along burnhamthorpe, a 6 lane major artery. She's on a small two lane road and she has a red light. It's a good thing the "Asian woman in a Corolla" alarm went off inside my head because she stopped right in the crosswalk but then she got off the brake and kept going into the intersection... ON THE RED LIGHT. Just then is when I cross the intersection, behind her, and I'm looking for the backup lights to go on. They don't. So I yell... "Wake the F**K up!". She stops right there in the middle of the intersection blocking off the middle and rightmost lanes of the westbound traffic. And she doesn't even back up! Cars are screeching to a halt, horns are blazing and this stupid woman is just sitting there in the intersection. As I pedal away, I saw her backing up.

Totally ********! Too bad my video camera's back at home being recharged!

Note to self: Always recharge the camera overnight!
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Old 06-08-07, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mirage1
My first commute today. I had some rethinking to do with my method of my clothes and things to work...
Good for you! I have to warn you that bike commuting is addictive You will figure out the system that works best for you on the clothes etc.

I took the bus today - resting for the big weekend ride!
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