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Old 01-15-12, 02:48 PM
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Did a 22 mile club ride this morning followed by a brunch at a Columbian Restaurant. Temps were around 40 at the start of the ride and ended up being close to 65 at the end of the ride. Sunny, no winds, beautiful blue skies and white clouds. Came home and did another 8 mile neighborhood ride with the wife. Great day for riding.
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So much for the mid-40s weather they were forecasting. 34F, 10.4 miles in it. Packaged like the Michelin Man and on a canary yellow recumbent, I attract attention even on a day like this.
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Was just going to do a short loop ride since it was 25 degrees out. Once I got started I realized I was plenty warm (just have to dress for it) so I extended the ride a bit up through Rock Creek Park in DC (54 miles). I ended up getting lost in NW, and ended up taking a loooong cruise down Wisconsin Ave. Not my favorite kind of riding! But overall it was a great, sunny ride. I didn't bring any food or water though, so I was a bit dehydrated by the time I got back. I don't think I've ever done a 50+ mile ride before without taking some kind of a rest break:

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Very beginner but making progress...3.6 miles..riding everyday for the last two weeks...it's a start!!!
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^^24 miles/week. Better than I did last year.
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Originally Posted by JimF22003
Was just going to do a short loop ride since it was 25 degrees out. Once I got started I realized I was plenty warm (just have to dress for it) so I extended the ride a bit up through Rock Creek Park in DC (54 miles). I ended up getting lost in NW, and ended up taking a loooong cruise down Wisconsin Ave. Not my favorite kind of riding! But overall it was a great, sunny ride. I didn't bring any food or water though, so I was a bit dehydrated by the time I got back. I don't think I've ever done a 50+ mile ride before without taking some kind of a rest break:

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How many Starbucks did you go by? I always have a Starbucks card on my person, in case of emergency.
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Originally Posted by Chrysalis
Very beginner but making progress...3.6 miles..riding everyday for the last two weeks...it's a start!!!
Keep it up.....
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Old 01-15-12, 06:47 PM
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2 riders 62 miles. Winds 7-21 mph with Temps 60F-69F

Had some spectators today.

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11 miles to the river and back.
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8 mile round trip to the YMCA today. Used weight machines while there. Sunny and 32F this afternoon.
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I'm spending some time in the North Ft. Myers area of Florida. My Sister-in-law and brother-in-law came for the weekend and we took a ride today. Not really a pleasant experience. We got beeped at once, swerved at once, and someome threw a cup of soda at us. First time I've had any of those things happen.
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack
How many Starbucks did you go by? I always have a Starbucks card on my person, in case of emergency.
I was warm as long as I kept moving. I was afraid to stop in case I'd freeze over
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10 miles on the trainer , snow pack still present in the streets
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Originally Posted by Chrysalis
Very beginner but making progress...3.6 miles..riding everyday for the last two weeks...it's a start!!!
Good for you! Keep going and don't worry too much about how much progress you are or aren't making. As long as you keep riding, the progress will come.

They say increasing by 10%/week is all you need to get from where you are to cycling nirvana....
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Old 01-16-12, 10:46 AM
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Mountain biking at Dauset Trails Sunday with my friend and his 9 y/0 daughter.


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Old 01-16-12, 12:30 PM
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17.3 miles 24 degrees F. 5-10 mph wind, Sunny skies, Feet were a little cold. It was the Coldest Temp. I rode in so far.
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18 miles to work this morning:


It was an unusual snow event here in Seattle, so I left the regular commuter at home and rode the all-season commuter to work:


18 miles back home this evening.
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Yep, rode today and yesterday and the day before... after an unseasonably warm winter I'm finally getting back in practice for riding in sub-freezing temps:

Saturday: 29F w/ 20mph winds = ~17 wind chill. 50 mile group ride with a gang of semi-crazy hammerheads who haven't quite learned to respect a headwind and let it dictate your pace!
Sunday: 22F w/ 30mph winds = ~6 or 9 wind chill, depending on which weather report you believe. Did an easy 16 mile spin with the missus, mostly just to prove we could.
Today: 16F w/ (mercifully) no wind at all. I commuted to work, so I'll have 22 miles by the end of the day. Presuming I make it home, that is. I may wind up like one of those fossilized cavemen they dig out of a glacier 50,000 years from now!
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Swapped my rest day from today to yesterday. Did a 25 miler today at my local wilderness MUP. Beautiful day for a bike ride.

As I was getting ready to leave, I saw a car from New York state also leaving. The car had a Univega tandem on the back and the driver had a white beard and we nodded at each other as he drove off. By any chance, was they you Cranky? If it was, that was me in the bright orange jersey standing next to the silver pickup.
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It was a great day here in the Arizona desert. I did 58+ miles, a regular route but the garmin got shut off a 7 miles. Have no idea how that happened, I didn't notice it till I did another 28 plus miles.My garmin shut off at 7 mi. I didn't notice it till I did another 25 miles or so.

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Old 01-18-12, 11:32 AM
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20 miles in subfreezing temps so I can get ready for a long trip in France three years from now in the middle of August while my wife is strolling up and down Les Champs d'Elysee.

I agree. It makes no sense whatsoever. However, I am gradually acclimatizing to the cold. A thermos of Earl Grey tea consumed at the mid-point really helped.
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Old 01-18-12, 01:27 PM
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Kenneth, Yes, I have ridden today as part of my normal routine. Like a couple of years being your age, but believe the axiom: USE IT OR LOSE IT. Is there a 65+ group in this forum?
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Hey Dude, Is there recumbent trike group in this forum for us older folks? Also know that a lot of young dudes ride the recumbent trikes also.
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I rode about 7 1/2 miles this morning to the gym and worked out for a bit. Nice way to start the day!
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Originally Posted by rwt12
Hey Dude, Is there recumbent trike group in this forum for us older folks? Also know that a lot of young dudes ride the recumbent trikes also.
I'm guessing about a half of the posters on the recumbent forum own trikes. That's about as close as it gets here.

I ride a SWB high racer, but earlier today, when I was going up a steep hill, a car close behind me, and when I down-shifted the chain skipped, a trike would have been a VERY NICE thing to have been riding. I'm fortunate not to have gotten hurt.
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