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Old 05-17-12, 02:38 AM
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25 miles on the bike path. ugh. This is my 3rd ride since recovering from surgery a month ago. I still have a tube in, and the incision is not quite healed up yet, so i had to take it easy. Not that I had much choice. My legs feel like rubber, and I was extremely slow. Any little "hill" or rise just kills me.
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10 miles today on my new touring build with all bags . A very fine ride .
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35 windy miles today.
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Twenty miles today in my recurring role of Bike Commuter.
Ditto today.
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Not being able to ride is killing me. I went to the doctor's, yesterday, and after looking at my arm and shoulder, he said not for another 2-3 weeks. I may have to set the bike up in the trainer sometime next week and use the aerobars. Or, I may have to find a way that doesn't put that much pressure on my shoulder. Injuries really suck, especially when they were caused by someone else.
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Old 05-18-12, 06:51 AM
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Saw the doctor yesterday, he said he is ending the infusion therapy next Tuesday. Hopefully the PICC comes out then and that afternoon I am riding, come hell or high water, that afternoon when I get in from work. The I.D. doctor was as dense as ever and I had to repeat everything at least twice. I just want to get back to riding. Pray for me, I need it.

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35 very blustery miles. I'm just glad I wasn't trying the 42 or 60 miler I did last week in this wind.
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Old 05-18-12, 10:00 AM
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Rode 31 miles last night after work. The first 13 miles were on my own, I completed two tough climbs. I then joined a local group ride for the first time. This was a larger group of about 30 riders. The overall pace was right for me, but I was slower than many on the climbs and faster than most on the descents. I'm sure with more development, I can match the pace on the climbs.

I'm not sure I fully enjoy large group rides like this. I'd rather enjoy the scenery than worry about who-might-do-what in a peloton. The group dynamic does reduce any slacking-off on my part, I will say that.
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Originally Posted by John_V
Not being able to ride is killing me. I went to the doctor's, yesterday, and after looking at my arm and shoulder, he said not for another 2-3 weeks. I may have to set the bike up in the trainer sometime next week and use the aerobars. Or, I may have to find a way that doesn't put that much pressure on my shoulder. Injuries really suck, especially when they were caused by someone else.
Sorry for your dilemma. You have put a guilt trip on me as I could be ridding but for some reason I just don't feel like it. I guess I am getting lazy. I know I will pay for this laziness when I get back into ridding and feel the pain but ...
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We had some warm days earlier this spring, but not so much recently. Went out today, though, and it was 92 degrees and breezy. I was struggling on the way out, fighting the wind and the heat, trying to keep my speed above 10 mph. I wasn't always successful, but I tried to hang in there.

On the way back I had a tailwind for the last 8 miles, and averaged 28.7 mph over that section, with a peak speed of 33.0 mph. No hills. When I got home I saw that the peak wind speed was 43 mph, so no wonder.
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Old 05-18-12, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM
Twenty miles today in my recurring role of Bike Commuter.
Well, of course I rode to work on Bike to Work Day.....................................
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Put in 20 miles yesterday and 18 today. The wind is back in central Kansas. From the south at 26 mph with gusts to 35. Hey, Kansans are known as people of the South Wind!
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Pig Farmer Ride:

Went for a 76 mile ride in the country.

Met a Pig Farmer on a 27 year old bike, riding in moccasins with no socks.
Said she named the first pig Hamey.

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Old 05-18-12, 06:02 PM
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To all you folks struggling with health issues and trying to get back into best physical fitness - hang on as best you can. Once you get back into your usual fitness, it will still hurt but you will be going much faster.

Today was another awesome day in my favorite riding area - 41 miles along Buzzards Bay in Southern Massachusetts. Warm temps and little wind made for fine riding. The best part was that as summer approaches my asthma subsides to a large degree. The most immediate effect is, today for the first time this year, I had the lung power to stand and crank over the smaller rollers with nary a loss of speed. The bike club has their first century ride of the year Sunday but I will only due 50 miles. The trick for me will be to keep youthful exuberance in check.

The other good thing is I believe I've learned a tactic to minimize weight on my hands that has been causing some numbness. It seems that if I let my torso bob just a little bit when pedaling, my arms are slightly bent instead of being locked out. This transfers weight from the hands to the torso and to larger muscles. This also gets me down a bit lower over the bars with no discomfort. The tricky part of fit and position on the bike is that it is a moving target. For newish cyclists who are still finding their way, what works today may not work all that well next month.
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Old 05-18-12, 06:48 PM
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The bike club has their first century ride of the year Sunday but I will only due 50 miles.
Hey berner, Sharon and I are hoping to do that option too! (The NBW calendar says it's 56 miles.) Maybe we'll see you there. Good to hear you're cranking along nicely.

I rode the Bianchi Brava on my usual commute today. A co-worker (who is more of a runner than cyclist, and who commonly wins 10k races) rode his Bianchi Imola in today too, so we had two, count 'em, two black and celeste Bianchis in the office. Hard to believe, isn't it? It was a beeaauutiful day for a ride.
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Jim, that is great. Looking forward to seeing you and Sharon again. Weather looks perfect for Sunday. The century riders will set off at 8AM and will be traveling at over 20 mph. By the time the rest of us set off at 10 AM, they will be nearing the half way mark.
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58miles today, 342 for May so far, 458 for April.
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Boy Howdy, was it ever a nice day today.

I rode out to Long Run Park, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite destinations. In the past I drove out there to start routes further east. I think that would be unmanly now.


There's a nice splash area and kiddie park. I hate to say it but I can't help but feel a bit aqualungish when I hang there.

The local Tour de Curists were out in full force. One looked mortified when I passed her going uphill. All in all, it looked like most were enjoying themselves.
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36 mile 'medium' club ride today in the flat farmlands on Indy's northwestern edges. I pulled a group of 10-15 folks for about 5 miles on one long flat stretch. Once the longwheelbase 'bent is up to speed, it's not hard to keep it moving nicely.
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36 mile 'medium' club ride today in the flat farmlands on Indy's northwestern edges. I pulled a group of 10-15 folks for about 5 miles on one long flat stretch. Once the longwheelbase 'bent is up to speed, it's not hard to keep it moving nicely.
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Overslept and missed the race ride, so I did this instead. Just a lovely spring day and an easy spin, a ride for its own sake, simple and soothing.
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Not very manly, are they?
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I joined the Akron bike club for a ride to Northwest Cleveland. It was my first view of Lake Eire since arriving in February! 61 miles on a spring day with summer temperatures. The first half of the ride was easy with a drop in elevation and a wind to my back.

The return route was real work. A headwind combined with more climbing than not along with 90F+ made for some suffering.
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23 miles today.
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Tomorrow we intend to the the 56 miles loop of the NBW's Plymouth Century on the tandem. I wanted to do some bike work today too. So our plan was to do a shorter ride straight out the front door, get home early. So wouldn't you know, when we leave directly from home we have to get 11 miles out before we get to go anywhere. So we ended up riding 45.3 miles after all, not that much less than we intend tomorrow. But I did get some of the work done I wanted to do. It was a good day!
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