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Old 08-29-11, 09:48 PM
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42 miles in the western suburbs, including a 26 mile club ride (very fun and fast!) and 8 miles there and back. This month I'm staying in a suburb rather than living in my house in the city (long story), so I tried a Monday ride that I've never done. Looked at a map to figure out how to get to the ride and saw that I could get there mostly on trails, not realizing that one of them was not paved, but I got to the ride on time anyway. It was a large spirited group and we played KOM/QOM, sprinting up the dinky hills that are typical of this area. When it came time for some heady sprinting and pulling, I kept thinking that we'd leave a bunch of them behind, but most everybody kept up. Average speed for the group ride was 21 MPH. Average for the whole ride was 19.3 MPH - riding to and from on that unpaved trail kind of slowed me down.
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15 miles early morning ride in 1 hr and 5 minutes.
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30 miles through the rolling hills outside of town.

and was that a hint of fall in the cool morning air? hope so. i am so over this sweltering summer...
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Yes! 38 miles at a 15 MPH pace with the Tuesday group, which tends to be a fast group. There are some pretty good climbs towards the end of the ride, and one terrific descent. The last three mile stretch, before the pace slackens and the group and heads for coffee, always has a sprint that the fast boys and girls do. I did it today, the second time ever, and I was THIRD. I surprised a lot of people, one of which was me! I've been in a spiraling funk as of late, since my crash, really, and today's ride my have pushed me over that hump. It felt like it did!
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Old 08-30-11, 04:44 PM
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Since my plans to be up at the cottage for the last week and this week got totally messed up so I made use of the time to get out on the road.

Wed 25 mi.
Fri 39 mi
Mon 20 mi
Tue 20 mi.
all mostly at 15-18 mph
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Old 08-30-11, 07:20 PM
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To and from work today: 20 miles. Just about perfect weather.
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Originally Posted by sarals
Yes! 38 miles at a 15 MPH pace with the Tuesday group, which tends to be a fast group. There are some pretty good climbs towards the end of the ride, and one terrific descent. The last three mile stretch, before the pace slackens and the group and heads for coffee, always has a sprint that the fast boys and girls do. I did it today, the second time ever, and I was THIRD. I surprised a lot of people, one of which was me! I've been in a spiraling funk as of late, since my crash, really, and today's ride my have pushed me over that hump. It felt like it did!
A ride like that and I'm high for 3 days.
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Just a quick 24 miles today, two long 20+ minute climbs.
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Old 08-31-11, 06:36 AM
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15 mile in 1hr and 6 minutes.
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This morning's commute was exceptionally blissful. As the sun was coming up, there was not a cloud in the sky, low humidity, and temperature in the low 50s. The air quality must be especially good right now, because everything took on a crystal clear appearance. To a person, every other rider I passed either nodded, waved or gave some other greeting (that is a rare event). While I was able to see lots of flood damage, I was just thinking about how thankful my family and loved ones came out of the recent storms in fine shape.
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23 miles, mostly errand run but added some local bike lanes to take a peek thru the Garden of the Gods, then home the "not straight way", LOL, really nice day, 80's instead of 90+, lite breeze and SUNNY! Just a real nice day to get what needs to get done, via a "bicycle"!
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10 miles on the doubletrack levee road on the Tenn-Tom Waterway in the heat of the day, 97 degrees. Didn't see any wildlife today, animals are smarter than humans. Looking forward to 20 on Friday in the early morning.
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Old 08-31-11, 04:16 PM
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Started the day with a 40 minute TRX workout routine. Rode for 3 hours at a casual zone 3, 90 rpm pace. Went kayaking for a couple of hours with my daughter. I am in need of a couch. First though, my turn to cook dinner..
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Rode Mtn Bike 2.5 hours as described in my thread then swam for 45 minutes.
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Old 08-31-11, 05:13 PM
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Tuesday 46.5 miles and Wednesday 46.5 miles. I seldom do the same ride two days running, but I managed to do it today.
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Old 09-01-11, 05:20 AM
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17.5 wednesday evening. still over 100 degrees every day; the heat will just not let up. maybe next week; i will still ride but some days the heat just sucks the energy out. still better than not riding.
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15 miles...early morning.
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Old 09-01-11, 07:39 AM
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32 solo miles Thursday afternoon. For various reasons, I can't do my regular hill climbing rides any more, so I made a half-hearted effort at doing 2 minute intervals instead. 2 minutes in a tough gear at an effort level hard enough to hurt. Ran into some problems b/c my route wasn't ideal for the intervals - it's not so bad when you do a little climbing during an interval, but it kind of defeats the purpose if you crest the hill and start descending. Also, one was interrupted by a stop sign that I should have remembered but didn't. Anyway, I'll give myself a B+.

Changes in schedule and reduced daylight mean that I'm not maintaining the ~250 miles/week that I was sustaining over the summer. It's more like 180 now, with some weeks much less. I haven't yet felt an associated decrease in performance, but it's inevitable, particularly as I'll have 8 days off the bike for travel starting on Sunday. My riding ability now is the best it's ever been, and I'm sad to know it's going to start slipping away.
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Walk with wife, resistance and stretching. 21 miles in hot sun (I usually ride early in the am)
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Old 09-01-11, 04:13 PM
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not today but last night rode with the Wednesday night club ride. It turned out to be my highest average, 20.5 for 25 miles.
helps not getting dropped.
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did my park ride after work. Only 15 miles, but I make sure they count by pushing it as soon as get into the park. The best thing is it is a continuous loop where you never have to stop, and there is at least a small hill.
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Great weather today for a change and the boss let us out two hours early for the long weekend. My wife was off today, so we went to our wilderness park and did 16 miles. I was shooting for 32 but she got tired after the first lap and we decided to call it quits. Three more work free days to ride. Oh Yeah!!!
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I rode all over town today on a personal one-man Critical Mass ride. I waved, 'tinga-linged' my bell and generally spread a lot of two-wheeled, good will.
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31 today, weather was cooler than it has been for awhile and the sky was overcast....very nice ride!
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20 miles yesterday to and from work. Very hot - 97F - on the ride home but didn't really feel too bad.
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