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Old 07-22-12, 03:07 PM
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I rode 50 mi today on the Schuylkill River Trail near Valley Forge National Park in southeastern Pa. We had a cold front blow in this past Friday/Saturday, and temperatures were 20 degrees cooler than the last two weeks. It was heavily overcast much of the time, but I wasn't complaining because it felt good to be out riding.
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Old 07-22-12, 03:21 PM
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Me and my stoker rode 30 easy miles on a club ride this morning. Not nearly as hot as our last tandem ride a week and a half ago.
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My 32 year old son came over to ride with me today. He used to ride quite a bit, but has not really ridden much in the last few years. We did a pretty hilly 23 mile ride, and he was in pretty tough shape at the end. He told me before he left that he is going to start riding again, I think he was a little embarassed that the old man had a much easier time. We made plans to ride again in a couple of days.
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Got in a nice 31 mile ride this morning getting close to my best time for that distance. This mornings ride was 1:52:00. Three days of sunshine and no rain has evaporated a lot of the water flooding the creeks at the wilderness MUP, but there is still water over the path at both locations. The ground is so saturated that the stagnant water that's everywhere is now starting to smell and the mosquitos it's breeding are getting to be unbearable. They said 50% rain chances today, but so far we haven't had one drop; which is a good thing for us.
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Old 07-22-12, 04:09 PM
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Rode early so I could catch the 1600 replay of the TdF final stage. Heat and humidity have returned here, 95*F and 90% humidity. The ride still was great and the south breeze felt good on the home bound leg. Made sure I was well hydrated and took a bottle with lots of ice and some cold water so the melt would be there at the end. Tasted really good and cold.

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Old 07-22-12, 05:19 PM
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50 miles with the missus. After yesterday's >80 mile hammerfest, today was supposed to be a recovery ride.




It wasn't.
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Old 07-22-12, 05:52 PM
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26 miles with the wife on nice sunny, hot day. LOL, it's hot but I'd rather have the HEAT than the cold of winter any day, come on sun shine, shine on ME!!
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Old 07-22-12, 07:08 PM
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45 miles on the tandem today, 47 yesterday. The full story and pics here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-Big-Adventure
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Old 07-22-12, 07:20 PM
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21 miles at 101 degrees this evening. Would have given it a rest except I spent the weekend off the bicycle at the National BMW motorcycle rally and thought I should stretch the legs a bit. Seems like no matter which two wheeled vehicle I get on, I get massively dehydrated these days.
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Old 07-22-12, 08:02 PM
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It had been a few weeks, and all types of surfing/boarding had taken over in the hot weather.
My fitness level was going down — and a good ride was overdue.

The cycling gods obliged with a perfect breezy dry and not-too-humid 80 degree day.
Ahh so good to be riding again.

Since we're a 50+ forum and some folks like to exchange notes on this stuff, I wasn't feeling great from the cardiovascular standpoint, for the first 35 minutes. It had been a stressful two weeks. and they had taken their toll. But afte about 40 minutes things began to feel a lot better.

We were out in some hilly stuff when my co-rider realized he left his Rx specs at home. We doubled back and picked them up and continued on a different route. But we ended up in the same place — Sands Point — is one of the best spots to ride, even if the narrow roads and unkempt ashphalt can make it a bit hairy.

Drivers are generally used to cyclists and joggers here, and the local L.E. officers thankfully keep a tight rein on speeding and dangerous drivers.

Western L.I. Sound taken from Sands Point, LI., with Co-op City the Bronx in the background. Humidity clouds moving in but some interesting optical effects of light streaming through the cloud cover.

Dig the tupperware-type water bottle :O !! — right out of the kitchen. The rest of the bike is homebuilt, too but with slightly higher tech parts. LOL.


CLICK TO ENLARGE. (as the bishop said to the actress)

So as not to embarass my teenage son, today I wore MTB shorts over my spandex-filling-clydesdale mass. Maybe worth a few good dad points. I was a # lighter after the ride, down to 206.5


Here's junior G holding my bike while I prop his up against a rock and take a photo.

Amazing to think I looked just like this when I was his age. Well, minus the shoulders he has developed from martial arts and small weight lifting, windsurfing and paddleboarding.

Even though we both do all those sports, as household king of the barbecue, I have added epicurean, zythophilic, and oenological triathlon to the mix.


Today's dinner was decidedly lo-cal and Omega-3 packed salmon with a spicy garlic / almost curried crust.



Oddly my Garmin registered a top speed of 24,896 mph!! with 4 spurts to 120 mph. What is up with that??

Full story about garmin satellite tractor beams and alien abduction near misses on this ride, here.


https://theoutsideinsideout.blogspot....24000-mph.html
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Old 07-22-12, 09:32 PM
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I rode 22 miles this morning on the W&OD trail in Northern Virginia. What a beautiful, well maintained bike path, a real pleasure to ride. My group rode 11 miles to a barbecue restaurant in Ashburn and then 11 miles back to our starting point in Reston.
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Old 07-23-12, 06:32 AM
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38 miles this morning.
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Old 07-23-12, 07:54 AM
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Yesterday did a 46 mile ride to the North Shore of Long Island... 1st time to Huntington. I took my usual route and then crossed Jericho Turnpike for the 1st time. I made a right onto Avery and then I saw it... a steep down hill so I approached it cautiously since it was my first time. It was steep and short and then I saw the railroad tracks at the bottom so I hit the brakes cause I didn't know how bumpy it would be. I continued north to the Long Island Sound where I headed back. So when i approached the hill at Avery I picked up speed and made it about 100 feet up until my legs gave out and I stalled. So my choice was to go down and round or do the "walk of shame" to the top. It was only 600 feet to the top so walk. I almost made it when 3 riders came over the crest and saw me walking. Honestly I don't know how guys do it.

The rest of the ride was normal and my average speed was 15.6mph over the entire ride.

When I got home i checked out the hill and found it was a 13% grade for 4/10 of a mile.

So not i have a new quest... to beat that hill.
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Old 07-23-12, 07:56 AM
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63 miles: Pics

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Old 07-24-12, 06:20 AM
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38 miles this morning starting just before 5:30 AM.
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Old 07-24-12, 08:55 AM
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Got in a hard 32 miles with the heat but primarily doing a lot of hill work that got my heart rate in the 160's. One thing we have in the Hudson Valley is hills and mountains.

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Old 07-24-12, 09:48 AM
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23 miles this AM-feeling good!
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I don't need much of a reason to ride the Monstorcross bike and give the road bike a rest. Heavy rain passed through the area quickly at dawn. An hour later, the rain had stopped. Damp pavement is one of the reasons I keep a set of fenders and knobby touring tires on the "T34."

35 miles in 2 hours, 5 minutes under damp skies.
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Old 07-24-12, 04:45 PM
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17 on the badger and there was only one tree I had to go around. We had a storm this am with 60mph gusts.
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Old 07-24-12, 05:14 PM
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Rode early to avoid what looked like an incoming thunderstorm, sure looked and sounded like one. I didn't want to end up frustrated like the poster in the forum had, this morning. The cross wind from the west kind of blew things around but no real problems or hairy moments. The clouds did cool things down from 93 to 86 and with the breeze it wasn't too bad.

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I did this yesterday. Not my fastest, no my slowest, but that's how it goes.
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38 miles this morning.
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34 mile mutual ass-kicking with the missus







...followed by a bike ride.

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Very nice 32 mile ride this morning with some decent temps for a change. Ended up a little warm but very tolerable.
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After10 hrs. at work, I got home early enough to do 19.8 mi at 17.3 av mph solo. Beautiful day in the Tri-Cities - no wind, 92 degrees.
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