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Old 07-30-12, 01:05 PM
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Solo for 2 hours @ 13.3 mph. IMO not bad for just three weeks. Body feels good.
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Old 07-30-12, 01:14 PM
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Recovery ride this morning, before it got hot. Legs are still toast.
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30.1 mile ride in very hot, very muggy weather. Only thing that helped keep me cooled down was the headwinds on the south side of the loop.
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Old 07-30-12, 04:33 PM
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7.5 miles. I would like to add that since I started riding in April I have dropped 15 pounds. Even riding as little as I do can make a difference in fitness.
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Old 07-30-12, 05:10 PM
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I woke up this AM with no burning desire to ride. Although I slept well, I was slow to get going. What helped spur me on was that the weather looked good after days of threatening thunder storms followed by thunder storms. I did carry rain gear just in case the weather gurus were wrong. From the instant I got on the bike, legs felt good, in fact really good. Batteries on the bike computer chose today to die so that when I felt I was really speeding along, there was no speedo to confirm. Nevertheless, I know from the gear I was in at various points of the ride, that speed was several gears and MPH faster the usual. I rode 57 miles, more than I originally planned, and there was over 2000 feet of elevation gain. This area, my favorite riding area, has many low traffic county roads. It is so familiar I can guess at distances without the map and be very close. I did check out the route on Map My Ride for distance and elevation gain.

Another awesome day of blue skies and a delicious cool breeze after storm fronts pass through.
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Old 07-30-12, 05:25 PM
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When I left the house my legs felt good so I headed west. rode over the coastal foothills to Orange County and the SART. 2 hours later I was in Huntington Beach. Made the turn around and , with the help of a 25 MPH tailwind made it back to Riverside in a total of 5 hours. I was toasted but it felt great. Total of 109.4 miles, all solo, and only passed by 2 riders and one tandem on the downwind leg. Love those new ENVE wheels.
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Old 07-30-12, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Smogsteve
When I left the house my legs felt good so I headed west. rode over the coastal foothills to Orange County and the SART. 2 hours later I was in Huntington Beach. Made the turn around and , with the help of a 25 MPH tailwind made it back to Riverside in a total of 5 hours. I was toasted but it felt great. Total of 109.4 miles, all solo, and only passed by 2 riders and one tandem on the downwind leg. Love those new ENVE wheels.
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Originally Posted by RaymondK43
7.5 miles. I would like to add that since I started riding in April I have dropped 15 pounds. Even riding as little as I do can make a difference in fitness.
Yep. Today someone popped the question: "Have you lost weight?" I love it, especially since I make no effort to restrict my calories. It's just from riding.
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Old 07-30-12, 10:02 PM
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I did about 16 miles today. Up to Alton IL on the Confluence Trail as per usual, and I ALMOST decided to cross the Clark Bridge, but then I decided against it. I went off past the Alton Arena and through the Argosy Casino parking lot to go to the Vadalabene River Road trail, but was stopped by two rail cars being pulled by a John Deere tractor, of all things (should have taken a pic)! So I turned around and went back home.

On my way back, I chatted with a fellow who was going from Forest Park in St. Louis up to Grafton, IL. He even offered to take a pic of me with my bike.
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Originally Posted by Smogsteve
When I left the house my legs felt good so I headed west. rode over the coastal foothills to Orange County and the SART. 2 hours later I was in Huntington Beach. Made the turn around and , with the help of a 25 MPH tailwind made it back to Riverside in a total of 5 hours. I was toasted but it felt great. Total of 109.4 miles, all solo, and only passed by 2 riders and one tandem on the downwind leg. Love those new ENVE wheels.
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Old 07-31-12, 07:13 AM
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Rode after the afternoon's thunderstorm, yesterday. Temp was a mild 73*F after the storm went through but some areas got in excess of 11"+ in town. We got about 0.10" at our home. Ride felt very good, hills seemed to just glide by.

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Old 07-31-12, 08:24 AM
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Went out for my 38 mile ride this morning and after about 10 miles it started to rain and it get harder. I was close to home and decided not to get drenched or caught in something worse so I went home. Only 10 miles today then.
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Old 07-31-12, 09:32 AM
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Five miles to work in coolish weather (75)...then five more back home at 5pm in 100 degrees...
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Another very hot and very muggy 30 mile daily ride. Ended up better than I thought when a nice breeze showed up and made the last 10 or so miles a little more enjoyable.
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12.2 miles @ 19.6 this morning before work
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Old 07-31-12, 11:22 AM
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Had to make a run over to the local Batteries Plus to recycle a dead laptop battery. I wanted to do it by bike, about 9.5 miles. So my sweetie said "Want to do it on the tandem?" Ah, sure! 19.8 miles round trip, local (suburban-ish), a few significant hills, errand done and we returned home safely!
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Originally Posted by az_cyclist
12.2 miles @ 19.6 this morning before work
Last ride of the month. I sure didn't make it to 200 miles.

12.2 miles, @ 15.2 just now before work. If I can make it to 19.6 mph by the end of the season I'll feel pretty good. That's a big step. I check my cadence with a little chart on my bike shows gears vs rpm and HR by sticking my finger in my neck. Never get my max HR because I'm too busy trying to get up those little hills.

Cadence > 70 - 90 (about)
HR > 120 - 150 (about)
Elevation up 376 down 374. (How the heck does that work out?)
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Got a nice ride in after the storms passed through by 1400. 81*F was okay, a little windy on the south bound legs. Felt really good.

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Biked to work today (20 mi.) for the first time since falling while commuting two weeks ago. Not the first ride - just the first commute.
I've found that Reebok compression socks can be very helpful if a lower leg is bruised, contused or otherwise banged up.
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Rode 25 miles today in 106-107 degree weather. Total for the month is 600.66 miles and 2808.22 miles for the year so far. Not too bad for a "comfort" bike. I'm not all that fast but I am steady and consistant. Goal for August is 500 miles.
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38 miles starting at the ungodly hour of 4:20AM(about 1 hour earlier than usual). I woke up at 2AM and spent about 2 hours trying to get back to sleep. Finally, I gave up and went riding--great ride.
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Old 08-01-12, 09:21 AM
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Did 17 miles on the Badger trail yesterday. I typically play 1 hr of r-ball on mon. evening and have found that a tuesday ride really helps take the sorenesss out of my legs. Well that along with ice and asa.
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96 miles in 5.5 hours of saddle time. It was a good day for a solo near-century ride.

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11.3 @ 19.3 this morning before work
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Originally Posted by RoadTire
12.2 miles, @ 15.2 just now before work. If I can make it to 19.6 mph by the end of the season I'll feel pretty good. That's a big step. I check my cadence with a little chart on my bike shows gears vs rpm and HR by sticking my finger in my neck. Never get my max HR because I'm too busy trying to get up those little hills.
My cadence displays on the computer. it is usually about 90-101. I am just looking for a good workout in a short period of time, but the higher speed you can maintain, the stronger you will get. You could try intervals as well to gain strenth
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