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Old 06-29-12, 07:43 PM
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Rode to work today and was expecting a hot, hot ride home. Instead, thunderstorms blew through the Indy area in the late afternoon. Luckily, the weather gods smiled on me when it came time to go home. Gusty tailwinds blew me home ahead of storms. And the storms disintegrated/veered away before reaching our side of town. Only got sprinkled on briefly. And set a personal best for round trip commuting average speed: 20 miles at 17mph.
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Old 06-30-12, 08:09 AM
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60 miles starting before sunrise.
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Old 06-30-12, 10:29 AM
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29 miles with a friend in the early morning not-yet-quite-hot-ness (did that make sense? ) By the end of the ride around 9:30 am, though, the slipstream was getting warmish, so I'm glad we were wrapping up. Good ride, though.
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Old 06-30-12, 10:32 AM
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I took the road bike out on my 31 mile route. Completed the route in 1 hour, 46 minutes. Weather was good, with a moderate headwind from the SW.
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I needed to pick up some things from the Santa Monica Trader Joe's, which is about 3 miles away on a direct route. The morning was clear and cool, so I kind of went the long way around, up 11th Street to San Vicente, some side streets to Mandeville Canyon, up that to the end, then back down and across town to TJ's. And then home on the three mile route. Somewhere around 15 miles, I think, through lovely clear morning light.
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Old 06-30-12, 11:51 AM
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The wife and I did 40mi round trip for breakfast.
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In England we have Sky Rides which are free led bike rides which are run by British Cycling and financed by Sky.

As part of that they have Breeze Bike Rides solely for women.

I did my first one today, not very far but fun all the same about 7 miles or so at a gentle pace.

On the way home the rain which had been threatened and I rode most of the route again on my way home in lashing rain down the river bank splashing through mud and puddles, loving every minute of it.

Definitely want go on more Breeze rides but in the dry tho lol

Also found out I need to do more hill and stamina work, desperately out of shape
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Still dealing with post-op complications, but this morning I got in my first ride in over 4 weeks, 58 miles:

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/194276346

Despite being almost completely sedentary for the last month, I still felt pretty good on the bike. My legs are really feeling it now, but I still had good cardio, and was generally pretty strong until the last mile or two.

I'm not out of the woods yet. I still may need another surgery the week after next, but at least for today, I was able to ride...
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Old 06-30-12, 01:28 PM
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finally got to ride the savanna to moline bike trail in illinois. i've been waiting to do this ride for two years but never had my bike with me. got a 6;00 am start with good weather and 10 percent chance of rain. got 11 miles into the ride and it started drizzling but only lasted for a few minutes. decided to go back and about 7 miles from the end of the ride, the chances of rain became 100 percent. i did manage to get in 23 miles and will be back a few more times, since we are going to be here another week.

at the trailhead in savanna, il.



this is the thompson federal correctional institution in thompson, il. it is said to be the largest federal prison in the country with all of the latest state of the art equipment. it was completed in 2000, and to date, there has been a total of zero inmates housed here. they do have a full time warden and seven correctional officers that work there full time.



sorry about the capitalization. my ipad app won't copy photo links so i had to log into my server and use the browser on it, but when i do logmein loesn't capture the shift key on the ipad keyboard.
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Originally Posted by JimF22003
Still dealing with post-op complications, but this morning I got in my first ride in over 4 weeks, 58 miles:

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/194276346

Despite being almost completely sedentary for the last month, I still felt pretty good on the bike. My legs are really feeling it now, but I still had good cardio, and was generally pretty strong until the last mile or two.

I'm not out of the woods yet. I still may need another surgery the week after next, but at least for today, I was able to ride...

Thats so impressive considering you arent completley recovered yet.

One thing about being very fit, its easier to recover from surgery or injuries.


Hope you recover fully soon
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Old 06-30-12, 02:18 PM
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31 mile metric training ride with the bike club. About 25 riders showed up to ride with temps in the mid 90's at the end of the ride.
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Old 06-30-12, 03:59 PM
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47 miles this morning on a group ride from the LBS. 14mi. solo to and from the bike shop and the rest with the group. We charged into a 14mph head wind and then coasted back for the second half of the ride. Lotta fun! Temps in the upper 70s and lower 80s before 10:00AM.

I thought about adding another 8 mi. so I could call it a pie ride but I was pretty wrung out by that point. Maybe next time.

June total 471.83 miles
YTD total 1,529.89 miles

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Old 06-30-12, 04:13 PM
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The local news weathermen were almost hysterical about the record-breaking temperatures, forecasting in apocalyptic tones, so I couldn't resist taking at least a short ride to see if anyone was out. I did stay on the shady trails though For the record it was only 103.
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Old 06-30-12, 05:11 PM
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Just returned from my usual ride, temp was 93 *F when I left and moderate humidity. High here was 96*F around 1300. Not as hot as predicted, cloudy all day off and on. Hydrated before I rode so no problems there and had no trouble holding a fast pace both directions this evening. So the apocalypse is delayed by one day at least.

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Old 06-30-12, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton
The local news weathermen were almost hysterical about the record-breaking temperatures, forecasting in apocalyptic tones, so I couldn't resist taking at least a short ride to see if anyone was out. I did stay on the shady trails though For the record it was only 103.
There is some truth to it. When the heat goes up, the ground softens and the undead are able to escape their earthen tombs and walk the earth. I cite as a reference "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Really now, you've not noticed the rash of zombie behavior such as was seen in Miami? He tested negative for bath salts, you know.



Anyway, I digress.

About two months ago I posted a light-hearted thread about offering cycling advice to my daughter and was savaged about my elitist attitude and yada yada yada. We went out cycling this AM while it was still coolish and did about twenty miles. She's training for sprint triathelons, and much to my dismay she dropped me on the hills, and this is with her riding a Reno and wearing sneakers. When she geeks out on me (as she surely will), I'll see her at the big inning of rides and won't see her again until we meet up at the Starbucks.

I was very proud of her, and a little annoyed to be honest. Her first triathlon is in August in Bowling Green, KY, and I might volunteer to be her crew.

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Old 06-30-12, 06:14 PM
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Good for your daughter Dudel, I hated the jibes taken at you in the old thread. You are doing the right thing by encouraging her and by riding with her. Good for you, my friend.

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I did all sorts of errand riding today. Morning for groceries, then afternoon to the bank, and just toodling around at a leisurely pace, and finally evening stop at the mall for the bread I forgot to get that morning, then pick up a medium veggie pizza from Papa Johns (for which I had my panniers on) and strap it down on top of the panniers with two bungies and two shoe strings. It was much more humid today than yesterday, but the temp was lower, so that the breeze on my face felt like a breeze and not a hot-air-gun.
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Nope, didn't ride today. But I bought new tubes with Presta's, replacing the Schraders. And added a sig ticker like everyone else as an incentive to ride more. I've only done about 150 miles since April because I just don't get out that much. Frikken-eh now I've gone and and done it.


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Ten miles on the tandem relatively early this morning.
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Still getting in 20-30 miles per day, plus about 4 hours of swimming weekly.
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37+ hilly miles with my cycling club. The important part was having lunch after the ride and discussing what food items will be brought to the July 4th picnic ride.
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225 last month, rode 10 miles in the downpour to get there .
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I'm having to pass today as the weather guy said 30-40% chance of rain where I have to go to ride (20 miles away). Slept in late because of that, and now there's not a cloud in the sky. I don't know why I listen to those guys? Temps are already too hot up here to go out now.
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37+ hilly miles with my cycling club. The important part was having lunch after the ride and discussing what food items will be brought to the July 4th picnic ride.
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Com'n man don't keep us in suspense about what y'all are having for the picnic! We might want to drop by and say hi!

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Temps and humidity are supposed to be a bit nasty today, so I got up around 5am to get ready and ride, but I checked the forecast first--good thing as there was a string of thunderstorms going to be coming through the area(80%) around 6am which would have caught me exposed. Well, went back to bed and woke up several times to some big thunderclaps and downpours. Ended up sleeping late and didn't actually start my ride until near 9am!! But, I did my 35 miles fighting some pain in the a** headwinds and crosswinds(tailwinds didn't help me for much of the ride), but I still did it in 2 hours.
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