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Old 08-21-10, 06:12 PM
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Rode a Rotary Club organized 100K this morning on the tandem (Tour de Menlo, Atherton, CA). The weather was absolutely perfect, great roads, not much traffic. The climbing, 4000 ft., slowed us down, but I kept the cramps at bay for a change. What's not shown on the elevation profile are the number of stop lights, stop signs, etc. which are always on a downhill - a real pain for a tandem!
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Old 08-21-10, 06:38 PM
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We drove an hour to Fairfax, just north of SF, where we met a couple other Coldwell Banker agents, a couple of their clients, and rode 40 miles to Pt. Reyes Station. We've driven out there to get to Tomales Bay for kayaking -- this was the first time on bikes. Can't wait to do it again!

The ride was social, fun, not excessively fast but steady. The smiles per mile >the miles ridden. Great fun!
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Rode 4 miles from new house to Oley Turnpike Diary for breakfast. Boy it's great to be able to ride from the front door. Thought I'd take the long way back and add 6 or 8 miles, and wound up adding 19 miles for a total of 23 miles. Wasn't actually equipped for that, wearing regular shorts and cotton shirt. Stopped at father in laws for water, as I had no bottle with me. Will do a short ride on Sunday if rain holds off, believe I'll take a bottle this time. Could get lost.
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13.68 miles, around the loop near my home. Overcast and cooler than usual.
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Old 08-22-10, 12:29 PM
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Drove to the other side of Indy for a CIBA club ride this morning. Rode 100 kilometers through corn- and soybean-fields. Mostly flat with a bit of a headwind on the way out and small tailwind coming back. Just enough to help.
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Old 08-22-10, 12:36 PM
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62 miles in an early morning (6:30 AM) club ride. I don't normally do the early morning-rides, as I like to sleep late, but I had family responsibilities in the PM and very much wanted to get in some miles. It has its advantages, as we beat the heat and were done by 10:30. Only 2 others showed up, so it was perhaps the smallest club ride I've yet done. I'm told that usually the ride attracts more people, but that many of the stalwarts did a brevet yesterday. I'm pleased that a 60 mile ride no longer feels like a particularly ambitious undertaking.
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Old 08-22-10, 12:39 PM
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44 Miles, temps 92* Encountered Three Salmon Riders.














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Old 08-22-10, 12:41 PM
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NealH and I rode a 30 mile valley ride this morning, only 2000' of climbing, after our 62 miles and 6000' the day before.
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33 miles

Temp - hot
Average speed - slow
Wind - now and then
Humidity - someone lost the vaporizer.
Hills - yes
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Old 08-22-10, 01:37 PM
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A lazy 35 miles put me past 3000 miles ytd.

Bike psychos century next weekend. Doing the 124 mile route.
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55 miles of doing a local guy's "Eric's 14 hill challenge". The route takes the rider in and out of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park numerous times. It's around 400' of climb each time with some being long grinds, others being low cadence lung busters, and yet others being stair case ass kickers. I'm tired and sore and have decided to self medicate with beer. Recovery week coming up.
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Only 10 miles - started to rain - turned around, went home - which sucked, because I was looking forward to riding.
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Old 08-22-10, 02:31 PM
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Weatherman said 80% chance of rain. When I got up and looked at the sky it looked like 90%. I canned the idea of riding and watched all morning as the rain never came. Around noon the sun came out! I left at 1pm and did 32.8 miles and did a backwards ride I usually do during the week. Around 1/2 mile from home the skies opened up and poured. Near home I could see the sky darken up near my house and I tried to gas it to beat it but didn't.
Took a shower when I got back and when I got out of that looked outside and the rain had stopped and the sun was looking like it wanted to come back out.
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Old 08-22-10, 02:46 PM
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Like kr32 I couldn't make sense of the weather today.
Slept in and it was drizzly so bagged driving to Thurmont to do hill repeats. Went to the farmers market and it was sunny. Got home suited up and headed out. Went 3 miles and it got dark and started to rain. headed home and went to the basement to ride on the rollers. Did 20 miles and took a break to find the sun was out again. Went out and did 30 miles on the roads.
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Old 08-22-10, 03:00 PM
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Weatherman said 80% chance of rain. When I got up and looked at the sky it looked like 90%. I canned the idea of riding and watched all morning as the rain never came. Around noon the sun came out! I left at 1pm and did 32.8 miles and did a backwards ride I usually do during the week. Around 1/2 mile from home the skies opened up and poured. Near home I could see the sky darken up near my house and I tried to gas it to beat it but didn't.
Took a shower when I got back and when I got out of that looked outside and the rain had stopped and the sun was looking like it wanted to come back out.
I've found that "x% chance of rain" in a weather forecast is pretty meaningless, particularly if one is looking at, say, a particular 2 hour window. Cast as percent, these forecasts make almost no sense. For example, it's not uncommon to see forecasts predicting 50% chance of rain during the day, and then within particular 3 hour windows (8-11 AM, 11 AM-2 PM, etc.) also 50% chances of rain. If you have any rudimentary understanding of statisitics, you realize that this is contradictory.

Much more reliable is to check out the NEXRAD reflectivity radar for your area. It really shows you where the rainstorms are. Go to www.wunderground.com and type in your zip code. Then click on the radar map for a more detailed view. Then click on "animate" so you can see not only where the storms are, but where they are going.
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Old 08-22-10, 03:13 PM
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Rode three "town loops" in a sauna, just under 13. Lots of cars, and tourists, lots of stops, very distracting. Trying to still work a few kinks out with the saddle. Not very fulfilling ride, but saddle did better with adjustments after yesterday's unpleasant ride. We will get there, yet!
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Old 08-22-10, 03:25 PM
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The weather was perfect today. Well, maybe a touch on the warm side this afternoon. It was ~85F (29C) when I left home and ~95F (35C) when I got home. I ran out of water about 4 miles from home.
Rode 40+ miles with El Conquistador De Amore. You folks don't know him because he's not allowed in here. He's only 33. Kinda reminded my of my next to youngest son who is 31. We met up at a local bike shop, then rode to Stone Mountain. We rested after a lap around the mtn and then rode toward Atlanta. Stopped by a lake to catch our breath and then rode back to the bike shop. I was hoping to refill my water bottles (again) at the bike shop but they were closed. We rode a little farther and then parted company. He went north and I rode west. I took a short cut home (not my usual route). It took me by a shopping mall. The traffic was a real mess. Surprise, surprise!!
Thanks for the ride Deren.

My sweet wife had lots of COLD iced tea waiting for me and turkey burgers and coleslaw. Yum.
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Old 08-22-10, 07:06 PM
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Did 42 miles down to the beach and back with Mr Beanz, his wife Gina, Jose, and a couple other of Beanz's friends. The ride was mostly uneventful, until on the way back, Jose went down avoiding someone making an ill advised left hand tirn at the wrong moment. Jose ended up with a few scrapes, but his rear wheel will be needing some serious work done on it. With his rear brake opened all the way and a little trueing of the whell, he made it home , but I doubt anyfarther would have been questionable. Other than that, a nice sunny but warm day at the beach.
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Old 08-23-10, 09:24 AM
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Easy 20 mi recovery ride on the Lakeshore MUP in Chicago this morning after a pretty fast 60 mi from Wrigleyville Chicago to Lake Forest on Saturday.

Lovely day today - rainy and dirty on Saturday.
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36 miles in 88 49% humidity. Felt good.
Had a dog chase me but he never really came close. I didn't even hear him till I was almost past him anyway. I now know where to keep an eye out in the future though.
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At the docs most of the day - only ride was to the po box and back - total of .2 miles!!
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Rode the Dayton Cycling Club, 34th Annual “Old World Tour”, on the 21/22 Aug. Rode from Buck Creek State Park, Springfield, OH to the German Village in Columbus, OH. 50.7 miles Saturday and 50.4 miles Sunday. Roads are flat to rolling hills. Cloudy both days, sprinkled on a little Saturday, but Sunday was cloudy and cool until about 12:30 PM. Departed both days at 8 AM and arrived at destination at 1 PM. 41 riders signed up and 37 actually went. Stayed at a Comfort Inn, which provided a continental breakfast Sunday morning. Had a rest stop and a lunch stop each day. Saturday’s lunch stop was in the small village of Lilly Chapel. The village was having its yearly summer festival/reunion and the food was fantastic. Sunday’s lunch was on your own in the town of London, OH. Many good restaurants to pick from. Great ride, made many new friends, and lots of food and plenty of good German beer, hard to beat.
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10 mile recovery ride. did it at 17.9mph average, best so far this year.
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40 miles, 94 degrees when i left but i was going to the beach which was cooler. It was 78 to 84 degrees at Belmont Shore and it cooled off on my return trip. Took double the liquid i usually take and drank early and often. Use this as a where am i at ride because recovering from Bronchitis/viral pneumonia. Had to stop a little more often but felt OK>
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Friggin garage flat!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got to take the other road bike as my Lemond is dead in the water.

Yeah, my newer conti ultra gators.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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