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Riding on Christmas Day!

Old 12-26-19, 07:19 PM
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Riding on Christmas Day!

It has been many years since being warm enough to ride on Christmas Day. Last week it was 45 degrees and I rode with insulated pants and my knees paid a price for it. Yesterday, Christmas Day, it was 54 degrees and I rode in the same get up and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Seems every 15 years we get this kind of deal and boy it felt good. Great Christmas gift indeed!
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Old 12-26-19, 07:46 PM
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I got in a brisk 50k in the early afternoon, just between the rains... and it was great. The least traffic of any day of the year by a wide margin. The bike is absolutely filthy, as it was raining less than an hour before I left. I timed the ride just right, as it started up again less than 30 minutes after I got home.

It rained all day today, so a forced day off. Supposedly clear with a high around 57 tomorrow, so I hope to get some riding in, much as I hate riding on Fridays-- it always seems like everybody is in an extra hurry on Fridays.
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I got 18 nice miles in, no traffic. It was 43F or so and sunny so a nice ride. I’ve ridden 5 of the past 6 days, 4 on the road bike as the weathers been nice in the NYC metro area.
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Old 12-26-19, 08:26 PM
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I got in 28 miles on Christmas day. It was mid 40s, NE wind 10 to 12 mph and sunny. Bethany boardwalk had a few walkers and traffic was very light everywhere. Today was 23 miles and about the same weather, maybe a couple of degrees warmer. I did see a few other cyclists on the road today. Tomorrow looking gorgeous for pedaling.
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Old 12-26-19, 09:04 PM
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Did a nice, mostly pleasant 45 miles in a variety of terrain.
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Old 12-26-19, 09:31 PM
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I cruised around the neighborhood on the mtb and the smells were wonderful from people preparing Christmas feasts. Some guys were unloading tamales and other dishes from a car and I almost asked if I could join them.
There was also interesting music including a Mariachi band that appeared to be practicing (they needed it). A guy complimented my bike, he had stepped outside to smoke a joint, and I talked bikes with him for a few minutes.
I'm glad I went out, even though I was tired.
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Old 12-26-19, 09:37 PM
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Got in 16 miles. First bike ride since October. Temps were right at 60. Just right for tights and a windbreaker.
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About 22 miles in the mid-morning here in Southern California. Nice and sunny, but cool (low 50s). Unlike DrIsotope above, I beat the rain and only had a mild breeze to deal with on part of the route.
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Old 12-27-19, 07:40 AM
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Rode 17.2 miles on the Ft. Frazier trail Christmas Day...lots of riders out
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Old 12-27-19, 07:42 AM
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12 miles in the morning.
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Old 12-27-19, 07:52 AM
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Jeez! Y’all are a bunch of blaspheming idolators, risking eternal damnation for desecrating the Big Birthday. Me, I remember a great post a few months ago on these very Bike Forums, with pictures, of two of my people riding on absolutely deserted roads in Israel on Yom Kippur. My sister who lives in Jerusalem was annoyed with me when I reposted that post on Facebook with the title "This is how I'd like to atone for my sins."

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Old 12-27-19, 05:18 PM
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26 miles Christmas night, for one last look at the holiday lights. It was supposed to be an easy recovery ride after back to back workouts this week. But after a warmup my legs felt incredible. Usually when I stand to stomp the pedals up our many short steep climbs my thighs are cooked after 15-30 seconds. Not that night. I'd guesstimate I stood to stomp the pedals up 75% of the climbs, including more than half of a 1.4 mile climb that usually saps my energy.

As I wrote in another humblebrag post, it was a Festivus miracle, a feat of strength... unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. For a brief moment I may have been channeling Contador's legs.

My hip adductor muscles are still sore two days later.

Totally worth it.
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Old 12-27-19, 05:23 PM
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Moishe, your humor escapes me, I question if it was necessary, and if so, how did it enhance the communication? Just don't see how it helped the rest of the post.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Moishe, your humor escapes me, I question if it was necessary, and if so, how did it enhance the communication? Just don't see how it helped the rest of the post.
Sorry you didn’t get the joke, Ti. I fault myself for that. I should have dumbed it down more.

Here is a revised version:
Ain't it nice to bike on roads that are empty because folks are observing their religion? You betcha!

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Old 12-27-19, 10:09 PM
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Unseasonably warm on 12/25 and was able to get out pre-family get-together late morning and also later as the sun was going down for a grand holiday total of 13 miles. Not nearly enough miles to burn off the calories taken in!
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Old 12-28-19, 09:44 AM
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I hit the streets this past Christmas morning, too. Almost no traffic and the weather was clear with temps in the mid 40s that morning. I got back to the house just as everyone was stirring.

What a way to lift my spirits.

This morning's ride had few dog walkers due to a morning drizzle. But at mid 60s and high humidity, it sure wasn't as nice as Christmas morning.
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Old 12-28-19, 10:41 AM
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I got in a little less than 20 miles on my Scattanti R570. The roads getting to the river path were mostly deserted. We set records here in the Midwest quad cities. So no ice on the path.
The temps hit over 60 degrees . There were a few walkers and even fewer bikers on the way.
I would have went a lot further but I and the wife's favorite pizza house opens on Christmas day at the request of customers and staff. Mmmmm good . Merry Christmas
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