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Old 01-04-18, 07:40 PM
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ashamed to say it's been approx a month. kinda funny it took a snow day from work to get me back on the bike. but hey, a day off, is a day off, right?

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Today I decided to put my second 2018 biking resolution into effect: Let go of pre-conceived notions (and do a lot more forgiving!). On my ride in Zwift this morning I decided to do an ERG workout (Century Training) and give it an honest test. To be fair, the Zwift spin-down routine now works correctly and I'm sure this would improve ERG performance for me. I actually failed 'warm up' in my previous attempt to use it. That did not bid well for the rest of my test!

After completing my 1:45 hour workout, I found it to be a very positive experience. I could easily achieve all my 'stars' and my graph afterwards looked exactly like the training goals. I'm very happy with the results and ERG workouts will now play a larger role in my indoor riding. There was one point during the in-between rest period where it had my cadence up to 105/110 rpm. If you've ever seen the movie "Das Boot", there is a character named Johann that cracks under pressure. I am sorry to say that I looked and sounded just like him during those fast rpm's! ELEMNT miles are at 15.3, but Zwift miles were like 34+ miles. I am very glad I now use the ELEMNT when indoors and it logs my miles a Ride with GPS. 214 miles this week and counting. Much more realistic miles, unlike Zwift.

Temps are forecast to get into the 30's this weekend with snow. Will see if I can get outdoors.

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Old 01-05-18, 01:33 PM
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Did a 'Le Tour de Bullhead', cool when I started, warmer when I returned. . .
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Old 01-05-18, 05:17 PM
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13.5 mi and still to cold to be a fun ride. Tomorrow beginning of a warming trend.
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Old 01-06-18, 07:17 AM
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Broke out the trainer again, yesterday. Turned on a movie and started pedaling. Got in about 2 virtual miles before I lost interest on the trainer. I don't see how you guys up north do it; even with a training video.
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Mind over matter, John. If I don't mind, it does not matter.

51.4 indoor ELEMNT miles today for a 2018 total of 280 miles. I have learned what makes a good ERG workout and can now create my own. Half to two thirds of my indoor riding will now be ERG workouts, mixed with sim mode to build legs. Forecast calls for rain this week and I am hoping for some rideable weather. I can't wait.
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Old 01-06-18, 10:01 PM
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14 miles on the road bike, moderate pace. One of the few rides just for the heckuvit I've had lately. Feels like I'm finally getting over this flu or whatever it is everybody's had.
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57 miles, first ride of the year. Finally the weather cooperated, it was even warm, 45, beautiful blue sky and an incredible sunset after the sun set behind the mountains that lasted a long time.

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Originally Posted by John_V
Broke out the trainer again, yesterday. Turned on a movie and started pedaling. Got in about 2 virtual miles before I lost interest on the trainer. I don't see how you guys up north do it; even with a training video.
I've been wondering how you've fared during this cold blast John_V? I cudn't do a trainer either.

13.7 miles (22.0k). 2nd ride of the year. I've been dealing with some health issues. It felt good to ride even tho it was cold (32). I am seriously outta shape after all that time off.

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Heat Wave!

Today is the first time in a week the temperature got over the freezing mark, except for last Wednesday when it barely got over 32F for just a short couple of hours.

Today I waited until it got up to 40F before heading out. We have a front coming in this afternoon bringing rain(all liquid thankfully). We had a strong southerly wind, so I went to my favorite smooth, recently paved, east-west oriented road not far from the house, and did a bunch of laps back and forth. I did not feel like fighting that cold wind, and I was more interested in exercise rather than sight-seeing. I feel better after a 76 minute ride.
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Old 01-07-18, 03:22 PM
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Yes! Finally!
Woke up this morning it was 36 outside and I was ready for another day of watching movies.So, I'm in the computer room and around 10:30, the wife yells, "It's 57 outside!" I think I broke the record in my age group for getting dresses and out the door. Put the arm warmers on and took off for a wonderful, first true ride of the year. Got about 7 miles into the ride and the arm warmers came off. Ended the 40 mile ride with a temp of 73, according to my Bolt. I'm hoping the Mother Nature is done with this foolishness of 30 temps and gives us back our normal winter season.
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Old 01-07-18, 04:24 PM
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Waited until the warmest part of the day -- 3:00PM, when it had climbed up to a balmy 17F -- and went out with the missus to do an easy 15 mile spin.

Unfortunately the sun started to set as we were wrapping up the loop, and by the time we finished the last couple miles temps had gone back down to single digits. This sucks.
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We had temps get up into the mid-20's today. So, I finally got to put the first mile on my bike. I have a few adjustments to make. I like to play with and clean my bike as much as I like to ride it. Tomorrow, my lights come so I'll be able to ride after work now. As long as it isn't below 20 and the streets are fairly clean.
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Old 01-08-18, 09:26 AM
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20 km indoors on the trainer yesterday using an old hybrid I rarely ride. At -17C and very icy roads, no way I was riding outside! Normally in winter I cross train by hiking/snowshoeing/climbing the local mountain (969 m summit). However I've been dealing with a nasty and worsening bout of sciatica since early December. My wife (an MD) has given me some stretching exercises to do. Hiking/snowshoeing also helps a lot. I thought I'd ride the trainer, which I have not done in years, to help limber up even more. I was relieved to find I could ride pain free (getting off the trainer was another matter though).

Gawd it's boring though. I tried watching some YouTube videos while riding. I'm going to look into Zwift.
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Another nice day, today. I'm thinking maybe our winter is over. Headed out this morning with the wife for her first ride this year. It was pretty windy when we started but the temp was 63. I took off for my ride and when I got back to the van, after my first lap, she was there and was finished with her ride, which she cut short by 10 miles. Apparently, the wind took it's toll on her. It was right around lunch time so I opted to end my ride and take her home to get some lunch. Ended up with 25 miles.
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Old 01-09-18, 01:28 AM
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4 mile errand ride Monday evening, felt like I was just warming up so I switched to the road bike and did another hour for 14 miles. Temp got down into the 30s so I quit before my toes froze since I wasn't dressed for the temperature drop.
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Sunday we finally got into the 20's after nearly 2 weeks of rude temperatures. 20.3 miles starting at 20 degrees and ending at 25 degrees. Finished before the wintry mix came through and coated my car with ice.

Today was much warmer but a gray day that started with low lying clouds and mist. The mist moved out by the time I got going in the afternoon. Temps were in the mid 40's! Got in 20.1 miles plus fit in a stop at the running store to get more Tailwind (a electrolyte/carb powder).
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We had a heatwave with temps up in the 40's today. I went out tonight and put a few miles on. The wind was pretty stiff but I'm biking for fitness so that's fine.
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First ride since Dec. 23 after work today. Temp in the 50's but too dark too soon and too much traffic. Two headlights and two tail lights helped. 5 miles but much more fun than 'riding' the recumbent machines at the YMCA. But, gee, those machines sure are easy to balance.
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54 miles Wednesday evening, including 17 miles with a group. Longest ride so far this year. Thought I'd better get one in before the weather turns bad again Thursday.
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Finally getting some decent weather without any rain. This year has been the slowest start for me since 2011. Got in a decent 40 mile ride this morning with my buddy. The legs haven't been doing too much since Dec 31st so I thought I would get back into this gradually since the forecast for the next 15 days looks pretty good for riding.
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6.4 miles (10.3k). I had late morning VA appts. so I went riding at 1:30. Just couldn't fight the wind.

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Nope. Back to cold and crummy weather.
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Only 8.3 miles which took an hour and a half because I combined it with doing road litter clean-up, plus stopping to chat with neighbors. So lots of starts and stops and stomping on cans to flatten them before bagging them up. Still, it was nice to be on the bike for a quiet, gentle pedal down our quiet, lovely gravel roads after way too many weeks of sub-zero wind chills and single degree weather. Met only one other cyclist who was "walking" his dogs the easy way - letting them run while he biked along. Nice man, very sweet dogs. Several riders on horses out hacking, enjoying the spring-like weather in the low 60s. Tomorrow hope to go for a longer ride since it will be mid-60s. Only have the one day, though, before we plunge back into the deep freeze.
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I rode 6 soggy miles on the I&M Canal Trail near Ottawa, IL, on my Mongoose Fatbike. The temperature was dropping like a rock as I was ending the ride, and it was starting to rain. It was 57 degrees when I started; 38 by the end of the ride....
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