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Old 06-28-07, 06:25 AM
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Last night was a hot and humid commute. One mile from home I hit a sewer grate at a bad angle and blew out the rear tire. Ugh....rather then waste a CO2 cartridge, I decieded to walk it from there and change it at home with the air compressor.

This morning, for the first time in a year and a half of commuting, I ran into another commuter. Actually rode with him for about 3 miles, chatting about stuff. He's mostly a fair weather commuter, but his workplace doesn't have showers, so I guess I can't really blame him (works at a doctors office).

It was nice seeing someone else out there though
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Old 06-28-07, 06:25 AM
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It looks like its gonna rain today.....

Thanks all, We should know by friday!

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Old 06-28-07, 06:46 AM
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Hot and humid this morning, I was drenched in sweat halfway to work. This has been an awful week of JAM's, they are everywhere. I think I am going to lose my voice yelling at driver's who don't use their turn signals. Other than that it's been a pretty good week so far, just hoping to avoid the rain/storms tonight and tomorrow.
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Old 06-28-07, 06:54 AM
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Good ride today. 16 miles. Spent a week with my kids at Scout camp so no riding. The legs are feeling pretty weak today. Almost became a hood ornament and it was my fault. Took a curve in the road real wide and kind of fast. There was an oncoming car that had blended in with the background. There was no real danger of hitting it but it reminded me that I need to be a little bit more vigilant.
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Old 06-28-07, 07:33 AM
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My ride was pretty normal. My wife decided to try cycle commuting yesterday. We got her a trek comfort bike last week. She rode 6km to the c-train station, then trained to work. I biked to her work place in the evening and rode back with her the 21km home. It's a pretty good jaunt, especially considering she's new to it.
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Old 06-28-07, 08:00 AM
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Turns out the blood collection officer yesterday was (mostly) right. I made it home fine but felt puny afterwards. The commute this morning was sloooow and my hands are numb/tingly. Part of it is that I didn't eat enough last night.

Thank God I exercised good judgment last night (for once) and decided not to go to Ultimate pickup.
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Old 06-28-07, 08:05 AM
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Today was the first commute in over a week. Boy, am I feeling it. On the way out, I was at an intersection with another bike commuter. I took the crap road no traffic and a hill and he took the nice road which is basically a short highway. I took my time and even stopped for about 5 min. to blow my nose. We ended up crossing paths at another intersection. Maybe I can hook up with him tomorrow. It'd be nice to have someone to commute with again.
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Old 06-28-07, 08:35 AM
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Good ride back yesterday, was hot - felt kinda crappy when I got to my daughters place, just rested, ate and drank and assume it was fatigue/sun related.

I rode today direct via the road again - left late and wanted to get to work within a good time and I've quite a few evening miles to look forward to, so not a biggy. I'm away from my bike for a few days as of tomorrow, so today is my last riding day - even though I'm a little beat from all this riding in the crazy heat and lack of good rest, I wanted to get the time in before my weekend break.
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Old 06-28-07, 08:36 AM
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Another uneventful, yet pleasant, ride in. My co-worker has called in sick with "pinkeye". A dollar says that it miraculously clears up for an afternoon tee time...
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Old 06-28-07, 10:08 AM
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Great ride in. I am a big wimp and hate exercise, but for some reason the whole pedaling thing doesn't seem as awful. I was working pretty hard this morning just because, and I liked it.

There was a power crew parked blocking the bike lane and right lane of a busy 4-lane road that I use. I hit it when there were a ton of cars coming up and merging at 50+ into the one open lane, and thought I'd be stuck for a bit, but one of the crew guys waved me up through along the curb. Maybe he noticed my orange vest and saw me as one of them.
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Old 06-28-07, 10:24 AM
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Cool and drizzly. And long! Trailered Thing 2 to daycare, detoured back to MUP, did run into wife this time, went w/ her til we got to a turnoff I seldom take, took that, stopped for blood draw at clinic, detoured to McDonald's (fasting for blood draw) rejected from drive through! Blew them off, continued on to work, will eat lunch apples for breakfast instead of egg mcmuffins. Finally, got a horn honk and big thumbs down gesture from random old guy in beat up old sh*tbox car while I was standing minding my own business at a red light (out of everybody's way). The McD's and old guy things were just entertainment though, not stress. It is a nice day at least.

Yesterday I was stuck on MUP when deer and I stopped to stare each other down. I didn't want to pass too close and have him puncture my chest w/ razor-sharp forehoofs, so I waited him out, and he finally jumped onto the freeway offramp, hopped across into homeless people camp.
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Old 06-28-07, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Buglady
I just realized that as of this afternoon, when I hop off my bike at my chiropractor's office, I will have broken 1000km for the year (80% commuting). This is a nice milestone and calls for celebration! I think I will see if they have a massage appointment open

Did some online job hunting this afternoon and found that the local college is hiring support staff at *considerably* higher pay than I am currently making. It would cut my commute in half, but that means more time for recreational riding. Oh, and studying. Since I'm officially leaving here because of going back to school, not because it's a snake pit.

Good Job!!! Ya HOO!!!

I also have a milestone; aprox 1555 miles for the calender year, bike computor shows 1555 b'cause new bike for x-mas and started riding it mid Jan. when I had adjusted some components for personal taste. Any way I have been riding for about a year on this commute so I can guess that the 365 day totall would be about 3000 miles. Ya HOO!
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Old 06-28-07, 04:10 PM
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Nice ride this morning. I love to ride early in the morning before all the cagers hit the road. The commute back home this afternoon was not as good for the same reason: cagers. >:-(
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Old 06-28-07, 06:57 PM
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Nice ride both ways, took the roadbike out for a 20 miler too. Good 15 mph headwind but lovin the tailwind back.
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Old 06-29-07, 06:30 AM
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Nice ride in. A little rain, but not enough to really be any wetter than my own sweat gets me. Felt good to be "back in the saddle". (First real riding in a week, work/home schedule too crazy.)

Going to check out a bike co-op I just found out about on the way home.
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Old 06-29-07, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg
Yesterday I was stuck on MUP when deer and I stopped to stare each other down. I didn't want to pass too close and have him puncture my chest w/ razor-sharp forehoofs, so I waited him out, and he finally jumped onto the freeway offramp, hopped across into homeless people camp.
On one of my rides home (passing a local lake adjacent to the MUP), I almost collided with a Canada Goose who was coming in for a landing on the lake. I was checking out a pedal creak, and when I looked up again, he (she? I dunno, didn't have time to check) was right at eye level about 5 feet away.

I ducked down flat, (s)he veered or did something, I felt a wingtip brush my back, and I looked over my shoulder to witness a somewhat-embarassing-but-still-succesfull landing on the lake.

We parted company on good terms, but I'm still amused at how cartoon-ish a startled goose can look. I imagine that the goose probably feels the same way about people.
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Old 06-29-07, 07:03 AM
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Excellent commute. Today was the kickoff for Bike Fridays in Mississauga. It was nice to commute with about 100 other cyclists.
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Old 06-29-07, 07:16 AM
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Fantastic commute today! The heatwave broke last night, so it was a sunny and breezy 60 degrees. Left early and took the scenic route around Back Cove. A nice change from a week of taking it slow to keep from overheating.
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Old 06-29-07, 08:30 AM
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Uphill and against the wind. But it was nice.
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Old 06-29-07, 08:53 AM
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Better than the ride home last night (managed to step in an ant nest while changing a flat) mostly sunny and in the mid 50's.
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Old 06-29-07, 09:02 AM
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Oh my goodness, rode in at 9:30, as opposed to my regular 6:00-6:30 commuter time, and man did I feel it. In South Carolina, it gets to like 90 degrees by 10:00 somedays, and this morning was horrible, I sweat like twice as much as usual, and had a headwind. Just got a new computer though, and my average was 12 mph, which was okay I guess, since I have no frame of reference yet.

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Old 06-29-07, 09:03 AM
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Total slack mode this morning.
Got up around 8 instead of 6:00.
Rode a few extra miles on the way in.
Arrived about an hour later than I usually arrive.
What the heck it's Friday.

On a side note, i did click in a couple extra gears just to make climbing the hill a bit more of a challenge. Climbing mountain passes all last week seemed to put some more muscle on the bone.
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Old 06-29-07, 09:08 AM
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May I just say that I hate you people who get to choose your start time.... ?

If I'm not here at 8:30 there's hell to pay...
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Old 06-29-07, 09:16 AM
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Legs felt like cement today, absolutely exhausted-still feel that way. Plus, it was super humid. I got to work about 15 min. late and completely soaked. Hopefully the ride home will be a little better.
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Old 06-29-07, 09:22 AM
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Hey Buglady! You were sort of in a dream I had the other night. The dream wasn't about you - I was riding my bike with my wife along a winding road with a beach, and we passed by a lady in a ladybug costume riding a bike. I waved and said "Hi Buglady!" and the ladybug replied "Hi Pinkrobe!" Then I turned to my wife and said "That's Buglady from Bikeforums". My wife said "Uh-huh", and rolled her eyes [her beautiful eyes].

Anyway, I got a little damp riding in today. Worse, my gloves were still moist from mtn biking last night. Ewwwwww!
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