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Old 07-28-12, 04:23 PM
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98 miles with 40 miles of gravel trail along the Des Plaines river, 175 miles this week. 700x38 Vittoria Randonneur Hyper on my Soma Double cross made for a smooth ride and a solid pace.

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Old 07-28-12, 04:29 PM
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This is the evil Wibble Hill as seen from the Creekside Park playground. It goes up 143 feet at an average grade of 8.5%, and pitches up at about 11% at the steepest. For years it's been my benchmark climb, as in "if I can climb that I can climb anything". Except I haven't been able to climb it on my 35 pound gravity sled of a recumbent bike.

This morning I woke up early and gave it a go, making it up without a stop. I was pretty happy with that. It was 73 this morning and I was shivering because it was so cold. I guess I've adapted to the heat. I certainly had enough practice in the last couple of months.
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Old 07-28-12, 04:33 PM
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Rest day yesterday, rode the regular out and back route, mid afternoon, Thunderstorm to the south of us so it was cloudy here, temps went form 92*F down to 83*F when I finished. Felt really nice.

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Old 07-28-12, 09:00 PM
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23 miles on Indy's south/southeast sides this afternoon. Pretty nice suburban/used-to-be rural roads with some rolling stuff that I wasn't expecting. My most vigorous ride since falling a week and a half ago.
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Old 07-29-12, 02:10 AM
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Did a 100 mile organized ride in Harrisonburg, VA, that I've done a few times before. The weather was beautiful, but I was wasted at the end. I've only been back riding for about 3 weeks since being off the bike for 2 months. I have a loooonngg way to go to get back to where I was...
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Old 07-29-12, 05:06 AM
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15 miles , great weather for riding
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Old 07-29-12, 06:23 AM
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38.2 miles in 2 hours 4 min.
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Old 07-29-12, 10:16 AM
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10 local miles this morning on the Screamer. Very, very nice weather with temp around 80.
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Old 07-29-12, 10:51 AM
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Joined NealH this morning for a ride from the Folk Art Center outside Asheville up to Craggy Gardens Visitor Center and back. Finally a comfortable 59-60 for the ride today. That's getting close to my preferred temps! About 2 hours climb up and just over 40 min back down. Low traffic, nice views, good ride.

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Old 07-29-12, 11:54 AM
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Easy 30.5 miles with 1050' of climbing. Very nice temperatures with a layer of marine air and only light wind.
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Old 07-29-12, 01:24 PM
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Rain this morning so went to the gym with the wife. Weather cleared up to a beautiful 73 degrees so jumped on for a quick 27 miles to reach my monthly goal. Now going to treat my quads to two days off.

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Nicely paced 29 mile ride this morning with the bike club. Rode by a Llama ranch but they were on the opposite end of the farm, under the trees, trying to keep cool. You had to really look for them to see them. They are some neat animals.
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Old 07-29-12, 02:57 PM
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54th birthday, 57 miles.
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23 miles on the, normal, path/street ride that the wife and I like to do to a little park in Manitou Springs, CO. Got hot after 11 AM., LOL, it's like someone throws a switch at 11 AM. Nice ride!
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Old 07-29-12, 05:23 PM
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Got a nice afternoon ride in, the heat index was 103*F here, the computer's thermometer said 91*F for the air temps, that felt about right to me. Ride was nice, just a Sunday out and back to keep loose. Kept the canence and the time elapsed in my range so it was a great day for me.

TKLP, Happy Birthday to you and welcome to the 50+ forum.

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Old 07-29-12, 06:01 PM
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The wife and I rode about 15 miles yesterday along with my son on a nice section of the Little Miami Scenic Trail just north of Kings Island amusement park. Didn't get started until around 12:30 pm but, the temps were around 80 degrees and the humidity was decent around 55%.

Last night the wife asks if I wanted to go back this morning for another ride which I was certainly up for. The only difference was this time we decided to pick the trail up at the small town of Morrow a little father north. This time we got started around 9:30 with temps in the mid 70's and a bit lower humidity than Saturday. Did about 6 miles and turned around at the I-71 overpass and headed back. As we were unloading the bike a few riders passed wearing yellow jerseys. About a block down there were a couple of large tents with lots of bikes and people milling around. Turns out the final leg of the Ohio Pan Am was coming south from Springfield. We passed several large groups moving along at about 20 mph and many of them would greet us with a hearty "Good Morning" or "Hi". We stopped a couple a times for a drink and a wedgie-ectmory and had several people ask if everything was OK, all in all a great bunch of fellow cyclist today. This was the first time in July that we have gotten to ride on back to back days, a great weekend.

Here's a link for the Ohio Pan Am for anyone interested. https://community.acsevents.org/site/...41540&pg=entry

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Old 07-29-12, 06:11 PM
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54th birthday, 57 miles.
Nice!

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Old 07-29-12, 06:19 PM
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An unnoteworthy ride today except that I felt cool in 90 degree temps. I'm already dreading winter.
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Old 07-29-12, 06:33 PM
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Usually our shop ride is fairly low-key. The first 1/2 was quite nice, easy double pacelines, steady wheels to follow, darned near perfect conditions.

The second half saw the young men feeling frisky; they picked up the pacemaking and made us 50+ (all 3 of us) work really hard to keep up. c_gallagh even took a nap after lunch.
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Got mad at the weather today so I went out and hammered a 15 mile sprint late this afternoon in 108 degree weather. I figured out that it would take my body at least an hour to figure out how hot it was, so I made sure it was back home in the air-co by the time the hour was up. I was pretty dry when I pulled into my driveway and drenched in sweat 30 seconds later when I walked through my front door.

Looks like the temps will be 105-110 for most of the reset of the week so there won't be any extended rides at least till next weekend.
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Old 07-29-12, 09:03 PM
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Both G-man and I, now a 51 yr old "whippersnapper," ahem, needed a ride. G tore himself away from the Olympics when I said I'm riding now before the rain comes! I never saw him move so fast.

The kid obviously wanted to ride, too.

We managed to avoid the road rash this time. But did revisit the scene of the lost elbow flesh, remembering to stay well away from the ridge on Summit Rd.

A hill-addled ride of 14+ miles with 1,300 ft of ups and about the same amount of downs.

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Old 07-30-12, 01:12 AM
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Finally got out this evening. 24 miles, 1 hr 42 minutes. We went down to Excelsior and up through Deephaven around the lake. Hills just kill me so I guess I need more of them. (only 722 feet elevation according to endomondo)

5 miles from home I took the leash off the boys and they beat me by a full 7 minutes. How can anyone get 7 minutes ahead in only 5 miles?
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Old 07-30-12, 04:13 AM
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15 miles today,
134 for month outdoors and 40 indoors,
1000 for year outdoors an 200 indoors
so far for 2012 .
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Usually I do a 38 mile ride but my legs just felt like lead so I only did 28.
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I was on staycation all last week. I had 253 miles from Sunday the 22nd thru Saturday the 28th. 64 on Saturday the 21st, and 16 yesterday.

Back to work this week.
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