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Old 10-26-17, 04:48 PM
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About 13 miles on local MUP. Two round trips with short hill climbs at the end. Think I will ride every day - shorter rides and see how my body reacts. Life is good on the bike. Still pissed at Strava for stopping new age groups at 75. Age discrimination at it's best. Oh well - somebody has to be in the minority.
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Old 10-26-17, 07:59 PM
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Rode to work again today and it was colder this morning than Wednesday. Low 30's but today wore ski gloves and fingers were happy.
Around 60 and sunny on the ride home. 19 miles total.
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Old 10-26-17, 11:16 PM
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Well, it's 1:16AM and getting ready to head out. Will be taking it slow and easy for 5 hours or so then home for a quick breakfast and back out to 3-pete my 100 milers for a first time.

Got in the 103 miles.

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Old 10-26-17, 11:25 PM
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14 miles on the flat bar hybrid, still taking it easy on the neck until the spasms stop. Looks like I'll need to raise the road bike bars a bit.
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Old 10-27-17, 01:13 PM
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Glorious 38 miles in rugged hills of the BlueRidge. Weather 60 degrees, fall colors out, just a wonderful experience. I'm beat from the hills...

Unfortunately, I cancelled my Roubaix at the LBS here in VA. It's been sitting in their shop for a month with some sort of brake lever malady, and I guess Shimano was slow to ship new parts. I had the car and rack ready to bring it back to FL, but no luck, and not sure when I'll be up here again by car (usually I fly). Disappointed, but still planning to purchase one in the near future.
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Old 10-27-17, 02:38 PM
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Commuted today, so I'll get my usual ~19 miles round trip when I get home tonight...but unlike most commutes, I took my Strong custom coupled road bike rather than my 30-year-old Bridgestone clunker (Bridgestone needs a new headset, so it's offline for a few days). Not surprisingly, my ride to work this AM took 10 minutes less than usual!
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Old 10-27-17, 03:28 PM
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21.3 miles (37.0k). The 75 mm stem (28 Rise) is Perfect on the Tarmac SL. What a fun bike. Ordered another 75 mm stem ($10 less) for the Roubaix Expert. I'll have everything in perfect order just in time to not-ride (sigh) in late Nov (shoulder replacement surgery). Still trying to sell the S-Works Tarmac, no luck so far.

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Old 10-27-17, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Greybeard712
........ I'll have everything in perfect order just in time to not-ride (sigh) in late Nov (shoulder replacement surgery)................
My ortho said I could ride 2 days after my total shoulder replacement but I waited until day 3.

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Old 10-27-17, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
My ortho said I could ride 2 days after my total shoulder replacement but I waited until day 3.

GOOD LUCK AND FAST HEALING
This surgery is a "reversal" where the old bone is removed and replaced with steel and plastic. The ball and cuff are reversed. muscles re-attached. Doc says 2-3 months with physical therapy. And I have to stop the immuno-suppresants (RA) for a week beforehand, and two weeks after (ouch).
But thanx for the good wishes.
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Old 10-27-17, 04:42 PM
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I did 10 miles to work and 11 miles home. In the month of October I've only missed 4 days of riding. And since September 10th, when I did the NYC Century, I've lost 17 pounds! My immediate goal is 20 by Nov 17th, the weigh in day at the office contest. 25 if I can do it, but realistically just 20. The long term goal is 40 so I'm back down to my post college weight of 160. That was 40 years ago too. Even where I am now I feel much lighter and can climb better.
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Old 10-27-17, 04:58 PM
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17.1 miles today after 28.2 yesterday. Coldest weather yet. Kit is good so far, but I do plan to go shopping for some pants and booties to keep the legs warmer. My weight is holding rock solid at 184 lbs. New bike on order: Kona Wheelhouse. Can't wait! It will spend most of the winter on the smart trainer, but I hope to ride it as much as I can before it's too cold.
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Old 10-28-17, 01:01 AM
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38 miles Friday night, including Critical Mass. Toes were froze at first, even thought the temp was in the high 30s. Warmed up about 2/3 of the way through and felt much better for the return route home. Just takes awhile to acclimate to this sudden shift from warm to chilly weather.
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Old 10-28-17, 01:26 PM
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22.7 miles today. Coldest yet, with some rain and even sleet for a bit. I rode my usual MUT, there and back and then detoured to some woods to a quiet area we found long ago on Mtn bikes. I just love that I can easily ride the Sutra back there. A very peaceful place to sit. I passed one jogger that said I was crazy for being on a bike (in a friendly way). I was actually working on not over heating. Big, tall gears at slow speed warm me right up. Driving to Chicago tomorrow to pick up my new bike.
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Old 10-28-17, 02:18 PM
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25 miles with a fun group on the C&O - Point of Rocks, MD to Harpers Ferry, WV. It was chilly in the morning, and I was wishing I had worn my fleece gloves. But the rest of the clothing was appropriate for a Fall morning, and while the trees had yet to really dress themselves out in Autumn foliage for the Leaf Peepers, the river was at least scenic. Being low, it allowed quite a bit the marvelous earthy geology to be visible. However, you had to be careful not to stare at the scenery for too long, or risk the sneak attack of raised tree roots intruding into the pathway and sly mud spots. So it was "quick, look around, quick, look down!"

We stopped for a rest and snacks at Harpers Ferry. The place was mobbed - not as bad as mid-summer, but close. Met and chatted with a young, fit, good-natured 20-something walking by who had a long length of climbing rope looped around his neck and shoulders. He, and a couple of other young, grinning compatriots were going to be climbing just left of the sheer cliff face above the train tunnel opening. That I would have loved to have seen, but our group was starting back before they had gotten to the base of the cliff.

The sun was a bit higher and teasing up with a bit of warmth on the way back. Above us at tree top level there was a stiff headwind, but down below we were protected from any and all pushback.

Altogether it was quite a nice outing with fun, congenial people. It felt great to be back on my bike after a couple of months off it.

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Old 10-28-17, 02:19 PM
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16.2 miles (26.9k). Woke up late, rode late, and yet another flat (Mother Nature has my number). That's flat #9 on this bike since July (but I really like the Turbo Pro tires), #25 for the year (over 5 bikes). Sheesh! Insidious Goathead stickers, broken glass, road debris, and most times nothing in the tire, just a pin hole in the tube. But this is over 5,000 miles of riding. Fortunately I just bought 100 16 mm patches

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Old 10-28-17, 04:10 PM
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No ride for me today. I wimped out. Storms and another cold front last night left the roads wet in places and a good wind chill factor today. And if I keep typing this, I'm sure I can find even more excuses why I did not ride. Anyway all was not lost, because I got lots of errands done today, laundry, grocery shopping, Rx pickup, and the annual flu shot while I was at CVS.

Edit: Now my arm hurts from the flu shot, so another reason not to ride? Ha!

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Old 10-28-17, 08:06 PM
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50 miles up to the ski resort, warm day. Tucked on the fast descent home, I was going over 45 MPH on the steepest sections. I was coasting along at 35 when a young pup passed me on a mountain bike! I knew I had a higher gear, 52X11, than he did, so I quickly sailed past him. Up here us road bikers are outnumbered by the MTB crowd 10 to 1, can't let them get ideas.

They built a new trail out in the mountains far from town. Very peaceful.

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Old 10-28-17, 08:53 PM
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just under 15 miles on some hard dirt

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Old 10-29-17, 01:28 PM
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Started four week skin cancer treatment - STAY OUT OF SUN! OK trainer and I will become good friends 10 mi today.
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Unlike yesterday there were no excuses for not riding today despite our first night of below freezing temps. I waited until it warmed up to above 45 degrees before heading out. I'm out of practice with dressing for cold weather and thought I would be warm enough. My toes and fingers turned into icicles against a really cold NW wind, so I headed back home and stopped at the 2 hour and 5 minute mark to warm up.
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With the Bears at New Orleans, I drove to Chicago to pick up my new bike. Best drive there ever, traffic-wise. Sunny day and mid 40's temp. I took the Wheelhouse for a 6.2 mile shakedown ride. I was feeling pretty sporty but brought it home early to watch Formula 1 racing. I just love the bike and it will improve as things break in and I fine tune the almost perfect fit. Pictures tomorrow.
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Returned home from a stop off in NC and attempted to ride, but aborted after less than a mile. It was dangerously windy - 20 to 30 mile gusts. Bike was tossed about and decided it just wasn't worth it. I live to ride another day.
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YES. Second day taking Darla on her test spins. 1950s Schwinn Red Hornet, very happy.
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Old 10-30-17, 02:08 AM
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40 miles Sunday night, including Halloween group ride. Pleasantly cool, down into the high 60s, only needed a sleeveless undershirt and long sleeve lightweight t-shirt.
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15.7 miles (25.3k) Sunday. Two flats, same tire-rear, within 500 feet (Sheesh!) Fortunately a bike buddy rode by om his way home, got his new 4Runner and gave me a lift home. I pulled a chunk of glass from the tube. Maybe it's time for a new set of tires (1,750 on these, dunno how many miles on them when I got the bike in July). I patched the tubes, then used larger patches (boot) inside the tire since I have only 20 more days to ride. I'll install new tires when I start riding again (if I don't have more flats).

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