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Old 12-20-12, 05:57 AM
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Great Ride on my city bike (Mountain Bike with slicks and folding baskets), 30 miles across a dirt/cement road in the rice fields. Nice wind, temp was 87f and got a little spot of rain.
Had the climb two freeway over passes in low gear but a great ride
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Rode yesterday afternoon, more beautiful riding conditions but that comes to a screeching halt tomorrow morning. There was a bit more wind, SSE, and the inbound leg was a challenge. If things follow the forecast we are to have severe weather through noon today, winds are already gusty, rain to clear out by noon. If we have the 35kt-40kt gusts they are forecasting it will be Friday before I ride again. Hope everyone on the mid-west is safe and warm.

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Old 12-20-12, 01:50 PM
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Bill,

No rain in our part of the state but the winds are pretty strong and steady. Our area is in for a cold spell tomorrow and Saturday. Suppose to have a high of 63 both days. Nice 82 at the end of my ride today.

Very nice 30 mile ride with some pretty strong and steady head/crosswinds. Cruising speeds and ride times are still a bit slower than normal because of the winds but my breathing is starting to get back to normal after doing my sprints. When they say the body takes longer to heal with age, they weren't kidding.
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Old 12-20-12, 03:43 PM
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Yes! First ride in weeks & weeks :-) I too the mtb bike down the street to the local riding spot and toodled around for a hour or so, getting the feel back. It was fun, but boy am I out of shape! And, I kept under steering - very annoying.
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Old 12-20-12, 04:04 PM
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Yes. A very quiet, peaceful, relaxing 21+ miles. Weather was heavily overcast with foul, cold, wet weather moving in...but not before my ride came to a blissful conclusion with my road bike floating along like a dream, and the wind at my back. Several other bikers out, all of us warmly dressed, smiling and nodding in passing..and a few "Merry Christmas!" greetings exchanged.

It was wooooonderful - especially when compared to the "20 mile Ride from Hell" just two days prior....
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Old 12-21-12, 03:57 PM
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Just a 14 mile "transport" ride to the LBS to slowly add a few tools to my collection and pick up some half clips for my brother. Street's still a bit icy here and there and it was mostly cloudy instead of party sunny like the weather guess'ers thought so it stayed chilly.
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Old 12-21-12, 04:50 PM
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Rode this afternoon in the gusty WNW wind, made for some interesting times with the cross-wind buffeting the front wheel. Not bad but I had to concentrate harder, still it was a good ride with crystal clear azure skys.

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Old 12-21-12, 06:12 PM
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I did one of my common day-off rides into the city, in this case a 30 miler on my rehabbed Raleigh DL-1. Stopped at the bake shop



for a small snack



A quick stop at the downtown Christmas tree



On the way back, noticed the new food park is open





And by then, it was lunch time.

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Old 12-22-12, 07:22 AM
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Didn't ride yesterday because of 25 mph winds and up to 40 mph gusts. Supposed to be windy today as well, but there was no way I was going 2 days in a row without a ride. Got up and started off around 04:45 and started riding. Winds were 17 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. There were times on a flat into the wind I was barely achieving 11 mph. On one slight incline with a tailwind I got up to 26 mph and if I had pushed I might've achieved 30mph, lol. There are two sections where I'm near the wather(James River), Lion's Bridge and a small section of road in another part of my loop. Being a crosswind, I had to lean into it so I keep going straight and not me knocked over.

Anyway, did 35 miles this AM despite the winds.
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Old 12-22-12, 02:11 PM
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Nice ride today, after last nights torrential rains, all the snow and ice are gone and it is still 38degF. Studded tires not really needed today but they can handle clean pavement just fine. It looks like fall again.
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Old 12-22-12, 03:46 PM
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Nice shortish 21 miler today. 60F, blue skies and just enough south breeze to make the wind coming off Indian Creek Reservoir a bit chilly for summer kit. In the sun it was great, but the wind in the shady forested parts of the ride felt a lot cooler than 60F. Nice ride, all in all, though.
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Old 12-22-12, 04:51 PM
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Wanted to do a normal 30 mile ride today but only got in a 15 mile ride instead. Tomorrow I have to go shopping for a new refrigerator since the current one went kaput today. Maybe I can get a late ride in.
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Old 12-22-12, 06:57 PM
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No. Not with 60mph gusts bending the trees in half. I had no desire to be blown into the next county. The 20 degree F windchill simply added insult to injury. We stayed warm and cozy with a blazing fire in the fireplace, and I baked chocolate chip cookies for hubby.

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Old 12-22-12, 07:45 PM
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Did the fireplace thingy last night, felt nice. I rode this afternoon with crystal clear skies and no wind to speak of. It hit 58*F today, during the ride, so things were comfortable. Need to ride tomorrow at least 20 miles and then some on Monday morning since Christmas Day looks like thunder storms right now.

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Old 12-22-12, 11:45 PM
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I did the Saturday breakfast ride this morning.



That's BFer nkfrench at the front of the pack in the pic above



We ended up in downtown Fort Worth







The young man on the right rode with us for the first time in several years. He started his riding career with us when he was 11 on a Wal-Mart Schwinn his grandma bought for him. He's now 17 and riding with the Garmin Junior team.



He said he didn't want to take his helmet off because he had a terrible case of helmet hair.

I ended up with 43 miles for the day. Everyone else was in their spandex riding geared bikes. I was in jeans, riding my fixie.
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Old 12-23-12, 07:04 AM
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31 miles starting at 04:40 and 29F and ending with the temp at 27F. I wanted to do more, 40 or so, but my hands, actually my forefinger was just about frozen. Not only was I wearing lobster gloves, but I had chemical hand warmers but my forefinger was starting to hurt from the cold. Everything else was fine(using chemical toe warmers too).
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Old 12-23-12, 07:12 AM
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Up and down & up and down the hills of Highgate North London. They are not really that big so you have to sprint to get some worth from it.

The bonus is my girlfriend gets to window shop but can't buy anything! :-)
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Old 12-23-12, 10:05 AM
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Indoors on the trainer yesterday, about 1 hour. We still had some snow and wind. It's getting cold now and we may not see 40 degrees for a while. At least I can look at the photos of BFs out riding in Fla., Tex. and SoCal.
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Old 12-23-12, 10:07 AM
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I'll be glad to post pics to make you jealous
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Old 12-23-12, 11:16 AM
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Rain has forced me indoors. I treated myself to an early Christmas present and got a KK Road Machine trainer, and an account with Trainer Road. In the last year since taking up cycling again (In March) I have ridden 2 centuries - 1 supported and 1 unsupported, and about a dozen metric centuries - and dropped 65 pounds along the way. The first ride I did on the trainer was trainer road's 8 minute test (which actually lasts an hour) and it almost killed me. I feel like I am starting all over at a different level of intensity on the trainer. First impressions of trainer road are great, but I can see where I might get bored with just the graphs to monitor progress and will eventually integrate it in with some videos.
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Old 12-23-12, 02:29 PM
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25 mile ride, 39 degrees 15 mph wind, a cold windy ride
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Old 12-23-12, 03:13 PM
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30 miles in 35 degree weather. Nice and sunny helped. Always fun to be sweating and cold at the same time! Strangely, I saw no other riders today.
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No ride today, not a problem stopping me, just a day with Monica to wrap gifts, get on the computer and kind of veg out for a day. Hope everyone's ride was a great one for those that could/did.

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Old 12-23-12, 04:55 PM
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36 miles on the tandem today. Temps in the upper 30's. A nice day!

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Old 12-23-12, 07:23 PM
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12 mile hard sweaty interval workout on the hybrid on one of our local rural quiet-but-hilly gravel roads at sunset. 40 degrees, temps dropping as the sun disappeared behind the mountains in a watercolored blaze of hot pink and soft teal. Grand total of 2 cars on the road the entire ride. I owned that road.

I also worked off every single one of those chocolate chip cookies from yesterday ...
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