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Old 06-14-11, 11:26 PM
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First ride in 13 days, 36 miles under 2 hours. Was not really trying to go fast, just was very happy to get out for a ride. 78 to 83 degrees. Felt strong all the way just did not really push it.
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Old 06-14-11, 11:54 PM
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1 mile into my ride this evening and I picked up a flat. Called the wife to pick me up... Going to see about replacing the tube tomorrow and get right back after it.
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Old 06-15-11, 04:39 AM
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I rode the Tuesday club ride. First ride since BRAG and I was curious to see if I would be stronger or tired after the week of long rides. Maybe a little of both. I rode alone to check my times. With the help of a mild tailwind, I had my best time ever (by more than a minute) to the top of the tough hill at 10 miles. But when I turned into the wind at 17 miles, it became stronger and I struggled all the way back, finishing with a slower than average time.
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Old 06-15-11, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by teachme
1 mile into my ride this evening and I picked up a flat. Called the wife to pick me up... Going to see about replacing the tube tomorrow and get right back after it.
Once you learn to fix a flat and carry the necessary supplies, a flat can be a 10 minute delay instead of the end of your ride.
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Old 06-15-11, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
Once you learn to fix a flat and carry the necessary supplies, a flat can be a 10 minute delay instead of the end of your ride.
Thanks Bluesdawg! Going to learn how today.
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Old 06-15-11, 10:34 AM
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12.4 miles @ 19.9 this morning. It felt good.
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Old 06-15-11, 03:33 PM
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25 miles with a couple solid climbs and a 4 mile TT stretch over rolling terrain...plus a 2 mile "rabbit chase" because some stranger got cocky & thought he could outsprint my wife!

All that, & still got home before 8:00AM!
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Rode to the "Bike to Work Day", breakfast, here in downtown, Colorado Springs, CO. Hit downtown at 6AM. and it was neat to ride thru the center of the town with "NO" traffic! As I work at home, after the feed, door prize drawings and socializing, alas, it was time to head back home. Only 14 miles but a FUN way to start a day!
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Old 06-15-11, 04:47 PM
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Road 34 miles today from Carillon Park, West Carrolton, OH to Pizza Parlor, Franklin, OH. Great going to Franklin, started raining while eating lunch. Rained entire way back to Carillon Park. Temp wasn't bad 63 degrees. Stopped once under a Park shelter to let lightening move through, then stopped again at a watering hold and shared a piture of beer and some fries. Good ride with good friends.
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Old 06-15-11, 04:55 PM
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I did some single track mountain biking with a couple of friends around Chatfield reservoir. Beautiful day great ride. I took a spill at the end but it felt great and I got to come home with the war wounds to wear like a badge of honor.

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Old 06-15-11, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by AlphaRed
I did some single track mountain biking with a couple of friends around Chatfield reservoir. Beautiful day great ride. I took a spill at the end but it felt great and I got to come home with the war wounds to wear like a badge of honor.

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So, you're the guy who passes us when my wife and I are hiking those Chatfield trails!!

My life has been filled with medical appts re my wife, and my riding is somewhat limited to 10-15 mile rides, such as yesterday and today: - resistance exercises, 1.5 mile walk with wife, 10 mile ride, 30 minute swim.
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Old 06-15-11, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
So, you're the guy who passes us when my wife and I are hiking those Chatfield trails!!

My life has been filled with medical appts re my wife, and my riding is somewhat limited to 10-15 mile rides, such as yesterday and today: - resistance exercises, 1.5 mile walk with wife, 10 mile ride, 30 minute swim.
Thank you for your encouragement. I hope we get to meet some time

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Old 06-16-11, 09:31 AM
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12.2 miles this morning @ 19.1. Was a bit tired this morning after getting home late 2 nights in a row. It was kind of nice to "relax" and still average 19.0
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Old 06-16-11, 10:51 AM
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Today’s ride:

Left the house at 6:30 AM this morning and rode with my friends Richard and Jim on the Seminole Wekiva Trail. We took the loop through Mandarin to pick up extra miles (about 4). From there it was on to Panera for breakfast. I had my usual bagel and iced tea and we topped off our water bottles for the rest of the ride. We did the scenic ride through Heathrow then Orange Avenue to Sylvan Lake road then west to the trail head. We took a short break at the trail head to see if the dark clouds were going to pass over which they did so we headed on out to the horse farms. We stopped at the turn around point for some water then headed south towards home. Along the way we stopped at Panera again and refilled our water bottles for the last part of the ride. Today was a great ride I felt like I could have done a century.

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Miles today: 57+
Mileage this month, May: 581+ (on track for another 1,000 mile month)
Mileage this year: 4559 (65 % of my 2011 goal)
Over/under riding days 2011 vs. 2010: +7
Over/under riding days June 2011 vs. June 2010: Even
Over/under miles 2011 vs. 2010: +1317 miles
Average miles per ride this month: 52+
Number of rides over 50 miles this month/total ride days this mo. 7/11
Metric Centuries this month: 3
Miles needed to hit my 2011 goal of 7,000: 2441, and an 8,500 mile year (would be my best ever) is not out of reach.
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Old 06-16-11, 12:16 PM
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After some rain departed from the area, the weather became perfect for a ride along the Lakefront. My 28 year riding partner is keeping the pace above 20 mph and the challenge is improving my fitness. If it was possible to lose both 20 Kg and 20 years, I might be able to keep up with this elite cyclist. Another 40 mile ride completed, with a 55 mile ride planned for Sat.

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Old 06-16-11, 12:17 PM
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22 windy miles this morning (SW at 17 gusting 24). Only averaged about 15MPH. Drat....
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Old 06-16-11, 02:18 PM
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Here's a couple of pics from today's 2 hr ride which included several miles of climbing at 10,000ft. Good workout, with a stop
for pics on the descent. I haven't kept track of my speed or distance for several years



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Old 06-16-11, 06:23 PM
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I did 20 miles, after work (15 yesterday), at the bike trail near my house. It's very hot here in Florida and very humid and it's only June. Not to bad while riding but when stopping, it's like getting into a sauna. I would have loved to ride some more but I had to come home and start dinner. Yes, that's right, I do the cooking during the week because my wife doesn't get off work until after 6 pm.

I live in the country outside of Tampa and the road I live on is a great road for cycling because it has a very wide bicycle lane one each side that goes for around 30 miles. I would love to ride it if it wasn't for the heavy traffic and the idiots behind the wheel of the cars that travel the road at the time I am riding. I need to retire again so I can ride during the time that everyone else is at work and have the road to myself.

I wish I had photos to show like werks, but all we have is flat land and swamp woods. Nothing spectacular.
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Old 06-16-11, 06:29 PM
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About 20 miles today in my role as Mr. Bike Commuter.
Total miles for 2011 is 1453. Not a world's record but could be a Spring personal best.
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Typical 6 am - 20 miles along the creek, Wonderful cacophony/symphony of birds singing - many types, but mostly red-wing blackbird (which has 3 different distinct calls, as far as I can tell). Cool, as I wore arm warmers and windbreaker 1st 1/2 of ride. Lots of folks out this morning at 6am - surprised me.
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Originally Posted by werks
Here's a couple of pics from today's 2 hr ride which included several miles of climbing at 10,000ft. Good workout, with a stop
for pics on the descent. I haven't kept track of my speed or distance for several years

Snake River?
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Old 06-16-11, 08:19 PM
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Did a ride with my club tonight. 18 miles at 14.4 AVS. A few really tough hills. Enjoyable anyway.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:44 PM
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DnvrFox wrote .... Snake River?
Yes, along Montezuma Road.

Here's a couple pics from last summer in your neck of the woods.


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Old 06-17-11, 07:03 AM
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Ghost Falls near Salt Lake.


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Old 06-17-11, 12:01 PM
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Today’s ride:
Left the house at 6:30 AM this morning and rode some miles before the temp got to hot. At 9 AM I met with the photographer for the Seminole Wekiva magazine to get some cycling picture taken for the July August issue about the Seminole Wekiva Trail. From there it was on to Panera for breakfast. I had a pecan roll and iced tea and then topped off the water bottles for the rest of the ride. I did the scenic ride through Heathrow as usual. It is very shady and picturesque through that area. On the way back I stopped at Panera again and refilled my water bottles for the last part of the ride. Today was a great ride I felt good but it was in the mid 90s when I got back.
Ride statistics for: 06/17/2011
Miles today: 50+
Mileage this month May: 632+ (on track for another 1,000 mile month)
Mileage this year: 4609 (65.8 % of my 2011 goal)
Over/under riding days 2011 vs. 2010: +8
Over/under riding days June 2011 vs. June 2010: +1
Over/under miles 2011 vs. 2010: +1368 miles
Average miles per ride this month: 52.7
Average miles per ride this year: 41.5
Number of rides over 50 miles this month/total ride days this mo. 8/12
Metric Centuries this month: 3
Miles needed to hit my 2011 goal of 7,000: 2390, and an 8,500 mile year (would be my best ever) is not out of reach.
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