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Old 06-17-11, 01:12 PM
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10 miles on the trusty hybrid mountain bike thing (Cannondale M500) round tripping the public pool where I swam for 40 minutes.

Tomorrow will see me riding a full century. I'm taking it a little easy today!
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21.1 day before yesterday on the fuji, 11.2 on the trainer last night and will trainer tonight. Hoping to do 30 (all at once) one of these weekend days.
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Went to the top of Sulphur Gulch, then over to Village Inn to join our "church seniors group" for breakfast - they all think I am amazing because I ride my bike to these breakfasts - then home. Tim and Amy are coming home tomorrow after 2 weeks in trial in CA. It appears - from the judge's comments - that they have won this huge case against a corporate giant. We enjoyed greatly placing many baskets of hanging flowers on their patio and patio cover, and putting some fresh food in the fridge. They love the hanging flowers, and, due to this lawsuit and preparation, they have not had time to purchase and place their own.
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Rode 81 miles today. I dont think that first century is too far off but my body is going to be screaming at me tomorrow. (this was a 20mi increase over the long ride for last week)
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Old 06-18-11, 09:40 AM
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25 miles this morning. Training for my first century in ten weeks.
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Old 06-18-11, 10:57 AM
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First ride on the "new" Trek 5200 today (bought used and put in new drivetrain (BB, cranks, chain, cassette) and tires). What a difference from the old Schwinn Circuit. Darn thing kept wanting me to go faster, go figure!!!!! Sweet ride this morning.
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Today’s ride:

Left the house at 6:30 AM this morning and rode my usual Horse Farm route with my friend Dick. When we got back the feels like temp was 96 degrees and the humidity was 57%

Ride statistics for: 06/18/2011

Miles today: 50+
Mileage this month May: 682+ (on track for another 1,000 mile month)
Mileage this year: 4609 (66.5 % 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: +1384 miles
Average miles per ride this month: 52.5
Average miles per ride this year: 41.5
Number of rides over 50 miles this month/total ride days this mo. 9/13
Metric Centuries this month: 3
Miles needed to hit my 2011 goal of 7,000: 2340, and an 8,500 mile year (would be my best ever) is not out of reach.
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Old 06-18-11, 12:16 PM
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Got in 58 miles between 8AM and 11:20AM. I love Saturday rides along the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, must have seen 200 cyclists. The weather could not be better.

We stopped at the Northbrook Velodrome, which is open to the public.

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Old 06-18-11, 01:02 PM
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It was overcast so a little cooler. Did a quick 33 miles.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:09 PM
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70.6 @ 16.0 ave. took it easy today, but wanted some miles before the Grand Tour Lowland Double next Saturday.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:59 PM
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For a change of pace I took the Salsa out for a 21 mile dirt and paved road ride. We had a good rain last night, so the dirt roads were softened up a bit making it a little harder to keep my speed up on the uphills. Also I think I erred a little toward comfort vs efficiency when pumping my tires. I could have stood a little more pressure in my rear tire. Then again, once I accepted that the Casseroll just won't ride fast as easily as the much lighter Roubaix, I started to appreciate what a versatile and good riding bike it is. I love being able to turn down any road I see without concern over whether the pavement will end.
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Old 06-18-11, 04:10 PM
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26 miles at an easy pace. City ride. Group ride Baton Rouge Bike Club.
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Old 06-18-11, 05:05 PM
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20 easy miles with my Saturday bike group. Nothing spectacular, averaged 12-14 mph. (I did say easy). Tomorrow morning the wife and I get serious. I'm planning a 40 mile before lunch and I'm not sure what my wife is planning on her new bent that she bought today.
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Old 06-18-11, 07:06 PM
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I rode two of my vintage bikes about 15 miles each around my area. It seems each one was trying to out ride the other. Both of them rode sweetly, and I mean sweetly.. 85 Raleigh Prestige, 88 Centurion Ironman.


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Old 06-18-11, 07:21 PM
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Met NealH for the Big Walker Metric (only 57.4 miles) today. We had a good ride in cool conditions. Beautiful course.

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Old 06-18-11, 09:00 PM
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Rode 52 miles today in northern Door County on my fixed gear bike.

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Old 06-18-11, 09:22 PM
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10 miles yesterday evening. Made a slight change to my seat - making the back a bit more upright was a change for the better.

24 miles this afternoon - morning club ride would have been wet so I rode by myself. Mostly rural roads. Saw one gopher, or do you say woodchuck? It was not chucking wood.
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Old 06-19-11, 12:06 AM
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Hit up the Blue Ridge Parkway again (mostly) for a 108 mile ride, 9200 ft of climbs.

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/93248008

Notable features:

1) climb up to the parkway from Vesuvius. This is part of the TransAmerica route, and many cross-country tourists consider this the hardest section of the entire route. I was glad I wasn't carrying a full set of loaded panniers

2) Thunder Ridge climb goes from the lowest point on the Parkway in Virginia (650 ft) to the highest point (3950 ft.) over a 12-mile stretch. Makes for an incredibly sweet downhill!

3) Horseflies!!?!?

Pic of my bike at the top of the climb:

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Originally Posted by JimF22003
Hit up the Blue Ridge Parkway again (mostly) for a 108 mile ride, 9200 ft of climbs.

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/93248008

Notable features:

1) climb up to the parkway from Vesuvius. This is part of the TransAmerica route, and many cross-country tourists consider this the hardest section of the entire route. I was glad I wasn't carrying a full set of loaded panniers

2) Thunder Ridge climb goes from the lowest point on the Parkway in Virginia (650 ft) to the highest point (3950 ft.) over a 12-mile stretch. Makes for an incredibly sweet downhill!

3) Horseflies!!?!?

Pic of my bike at the top of the climb:

How does the R5 compare to the R3sl? Is there enough of a difference between them? I think the geometry has changed on the R5 too?
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Old 06-19-11, 07:15 AM
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Last week...
Sunday > Did about 24 miles. This was another turtle & deer ride - saw a good sized box turtle & 2 deer.
Tuesday > again about 24 miles. No wildlife.
Wednesday > a quick 17-ish with my husband after work.
Saturday > bike commute to work, 30.6 total.
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Old 06-19-11, 07:56 AM
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97.03 miles yesterday, just shy of my desired century. I round tripped Santa Cruz from Monterey. The pace was lower than I'd have liked, and there wasn't much in the way of climbing, but it was a sweet ride! On the way back, the traffic on Highway 1 through Moss Landing was ridiculous (as it always is), and there was a stiff headwind (15 to 20 MPH) from there all the way to home - 20 miles.

It was a great workout!

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Good job sarals. The Century a Month Club does count 90+ as a century (a couple of friends did that last year). But I know what you mean by wanting to see the 100 on the computer.
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Old 06-19-11, 08:51 AM
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Today I decided to ride the trails at our home that I have been working on. Probably close to a mile of trails, with lots of ups and downs. The trail isn't complete, so there was walking, but it was a very good workout. The hope is to continue to enlarge it to about 5 miles total. So far though, the trail seems to be either holding on for dear life, or grinding up a hill with your nose on the front wheel...
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wind both directions sucks

yeppers and I gotta tell ya, wind in your face going out and coming in really sucks! Had significant wind shift about a mile before my turn around point. A 24-mile ride that normally takes less than 2 hours took me 2 hours 21 minutes today. Oh well; it didn't kill me so I guess it made me stronger.
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Old 06-19-11, 10:43 AM
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30 miles this morning.
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