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Old 04-21-17, 01:32 PM
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32 miles this morning on the Raleigh Greenway, beautiful day here (80s) summer in April!
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Old 04-21-17, 10:28 PM
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20 miles Friday afternoon/evening, loafing around cycling the highest elevation nearby hoping to photograph the incoming t-storm clouds. Nothing remarkable to see and the worst of the storm passed far north of us. Pleasant ride anyway.
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Forgot to post yesterday's windy, 40 mile ride with my buddy Steve. Today's ride was going to be a 70 mile birthday ride for my buddy, Frankie, but he pushed it up for tomorrow so I ended up doing another 40 mile ride in some very windy conditions. I mounted the aerobars on the CRS and with today's wind, I'm really glad I did.

I was told by Amanda's parents that she is going for the 100,000 mile record since she is already over 80,000 miles and will be close to 86,000 by May 14th. The 100,000 mile in 500 days unofficial record currently belongs to Tommy Godwin but if she goes over 100,000 miles, it will be official.
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Old 04-22-17, 12:59 PM
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1st day of the year warm enough to not have to wear triple layers (just base layer and jacket). A bit cool to start, a little too much by the end of the ride. I'll take the warmth any day. 25.1 miles (40.4k) on the Roubaix. What a joy to ride.

2017: 1,294m (2,082k)Total: 16,282m (26,204k)
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Old 04-22-17, 03:50 PM
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Over nighter for ACS Relay For Life 152.16 miles
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Old 04-22-17, 04:45 PM
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Over 90 degrees here, so I only did 15 miles up thru Porter Ranch, north of LA. Supposed to be cooler tomorrow, so will join the club ride out in Ventura County.
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Old 04-22-17, 06:06 PM
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6 miles in the cold pouring rain to celebrate the official ribbon cutting opening of a local bike trail with a ride on the trail afterwards. Photographer, newspaper, local and county dignitaries, and our small group of "Belgian tough" cyclists (TIL: what "Belgian tough" means) to celebrate the event. Not a long ride (it was finger numbing cold and wet) but fun nonetheless. The photographer, on his motorcycle, raced ahead to take photos of us enroute.
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Old 04-22-17, 06:34 PM
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6 easy miles this afternoon - unusually for me, knee feeling out of sorts, thus a short, slow ride, which felt better than walking.
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Old 04-23-17, 08:48 AM
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Solo training ride from the house. 101 miles with 6100' of climbing. The last 20 miles were in very gusty winds.
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Old 04-23-17, 12:06 PM
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A satisfying 51 miles solo, which this year constitutes a "long ride" for me. I had no plan whatsoever other than riding 50 miles, some hills, good effort on at least part and not hurting myself. Strava "awarded" me with 17 "achievements" and several "PR's" which feels gratifying but objectively I haven't ever "strava'd" those areas much so it didn't really mean anything.

I did get a kick out of reeling in "Team USA" on a flat section (in my mind, because it was 2 guys on matching bikes wearing matching USA flag jerseys) and then swapping "attacks" over the next 10 miles. I thought I'd lost them in the hills - really wanted to "just because" - but I cannot match their flat/downhill speeds In reality they were racers from a local bike shop team, on a 45 mile ride with twice the climbing I did and of course much stronger than I, but who can resist it when they're going easy like that?
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Old 04-23-17, 01:11 PM
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19 miles (30.6k) in 1:27:46, my best time, some of it riding slow (9mph) with a friend on his first ride of the year. Powered thru some moderate headwind, just felt good today.

2017: 1,313m (2,113k)Total: 16,301m (26,234k)


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Old 04-23-17, 01:19 PM
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It was suppose to be a 70 mile ride this morning, celebrating my buddy Frankie's 69th birthday. Well, we did a 60 mile ride on Thursday and since he has company coming this entire week, he did his 70 miles on Thursday after I left. So glad that he told me. So, today we would have done a 60 mile ride together as part of our normal week, so that's what we did. My buddy Steve and his son joined us for the first 30 miles and then they left. Except for the 90 temp we had, it was a good ride.
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Old 04-23-17, 04:40 PM
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Believe it or not

It's warmer in Florida than New England. 64 miles today, and no wind - wow. It's certainly fun cycling in Florida with all the wildlife. All the local bike shops are friendly/helpful.
Life is good.......
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Old 04-23-17, 05:04 PM
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15 miles on the Erie Canal.
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Old 04-23-17, 06:04 PM
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Long drive home from VA today, but had to ride. Relentless winds from the west, 32 hard earned miles through "The Gauntlet", and back. I've been off a bike for a week after trashing my Giant Defy, but I hiked the mountains every day. John V, The Frame Dr. quoted me to fix it, but it is still uncertain whether it's all worth it. The Roubaix Pro will be a nice consolation. The 58 cm frame dimensions match the Domane very closely.
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Old 04-23-17, 06:56 PM
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ten easy miles this afternoon, riding single bikes with wife/stoker.
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Old 04-23-17, 07:09 PM
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Finally a break in the April showers, and nice 18C sunshine. So put in 60.5 km on the road bikes (2016 carbon Marinoni for me, 1993 steel Marinoni for her) with my wife after church. Truly one of the crappiest springs on record. An early ride in +18C weather in late February set the hopes pretty high, but then March was blizzard after blizzard (including one epic 70 cm dump at home, and 115 cm on the local mountain 10 km away). Then April started out with snow, sleet, rain, more sleet and snow, then rain and temperatures barely rising above +5C. Tomorrow is supposed to be sun but only 8C. Brrr... then it's back to rain for 2 more days but at least it warms up.
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Old 04-23-17, 09:34 PM
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19 miles on the hilly route this evening. Just missed breaking that pesky 15 mph average by 0.04, per Cyclemeter. On the plus side I've managed to maintain my goal of averaging or beating 10 mph over the steepest and hilliest bit of the roller coaster. One app shows 10.4 mph over the 2 mile segment, another says 13.1 mph. Good enough, considering for a year I'd struggled to average 8-9 mph on that segment.
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I did 50 miles on the Skyline Drive free National Parks Day no cars allowed and free access to the Skyline Drive, sweet

I am not much of a downhill guy as I love to climb and not much of a techy downhiller. Something to be said though of being able to put your bike in the left lane of a downhill because you know there are no cars coming. lol

I did a 25 mile out and back the out was pretty much uphill.

5728 ft elevation gain in 50 miles
21.95 miles of climbing
avg. speed climbing 6.40 mph

on return leg
26.57 mph on the downhills sweet.

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Mornin'!
Saturday, 4/22: 22.6 miles, beautiful day but a STIFF wind, so slow-ish.
Sunday, 4/23: Yard and garden work. (Hey, it burns calories!)
This morning, 4/24:
Stationary bike (after weight training): 25 min., 8.9 miles
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Started the ride with the group, three decided it was too cold and windy to ride (wimps), finished 15.3 miles (24.6k) solo. Brutal head wind going home. Tomorrow should be moderate wind, the rest of the week heavy winds.

2017: 1,328m (2,138k)Total: 16,317m (26,259k)
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Old 04-24-17, 03:09 PM
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Torrential rains here in Raleigh NC today so couldn't ride outdoors. Did 13 miles at 16 mph pace on my recumbent stationary exercise bike which is better than nothing!

Hope to get back on the trail Wednesday after rains move out of here.
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51 miles today... on a Catrike Speed.
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More brutal winds this morning for my 40 mile solo ride. Woke up with some pain behind the left knee. Between that and the winds, it wasn't the fast ride I was shooting for. Still need some tweaking on the CRS. Hope I get it correct before the MS, on the 6th, or I'm going to have to take the Ace.
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Originally Posted by wthensler
Long drive home from VA today, but had to ride. Relentless winds from the west, 32 hard earned miles through "The Gauntlet", and back. I've been off a bike for a week after trashing my Giant Defy, but I hiked the mountains every day. John V, The Frame Dr. quoted me to fix it, but it is still uncertain whether it's all worth it. The Roubaix Pro will be a nice consolation. The 58 cm frame dimensions match the Domane very closely.
Well, there you have it! A good reason for N+1, if I do say so myself.
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