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Old 04-26-18, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by wthensler
Címon John, Floridians love the fun and adventure of getting blown around to bits in the invisible hills. As long as we keep the rubber side down......

Iím home early from work for a follow up GI appointment, then out for a nice, windy ride later on.
Yes! But it would be nice to have a few days without 20+ mph winds to give the legs a break.

40, not as windy as yesterday, miles this morning. Came home and started working on the CRS for the MS ride next Saturday.
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Old 04-26-18, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by John_V
60 very windy miles this morning. Didnít get the aerobars on the backup bike yesterday so my bad shoulder was really bothering me by the end of the ride.
On second thought I'll put up with the occasional 6mph morning wind in Northern Nevada and quite being such a Wind Wimp.

16.1 miles (25.9k). Came upon an old bike buddy I haven't seen since October. When we took off he eventually caught up to me, that's when I knew I was energy-less because he seldom rides at more than 12mph. DOA! But it was a nice ride.


2018: 928m (1,494k) ♂ Total: 21,912m (35,264k)
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Old 04-26-18, 05:11 PM
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Did a quick little "Le Tour de Yard Sale" this morning. . .
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Old 04-26-18, 07:34 PM
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Today was a bike commuting day - 20 miles total. But............................flatted this morning in downtown Indy, two miles short of Work. No problem, I always carry pump, tube, patches ,etc. Unfortunately, discovered my Topeak Road Morph had a cracked head and would only deliver a teeny tiny bit of air to the tube. Call of Shame resulted in wife coming to rescue me and bike. She delivered us to work. Plus, she brought a floor pump. So that I was able to ride home in the PM. Had an uneventful commute home in fantastic Spring weather.
Moral of story: Check the condition of emergency gear regularly. Question: Will a replacement pump head cost significantly less than a new Road Morph? I'll find out.
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Old 04-26-18, 08:23 PM
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59 miles. Another beautiful 77įday. I can't say often enough how liberating it is to ride in just shorts and short sleeved jersey, First day of the year I've worn sun block. I wore my sun sleeves too, really wanted to take them off, but I don't want my forearms to be burnt to a crisp at the end of summer.
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Old 04-26-18, 11:10 PM
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22 miles Thursday afternoon, first ride on the road bike since the weekend. Getting over a respiratory bug, aches and fever. Felt pretty good after a gradual warmup. Nearly got clobbered by a truck that right hooked me, but okay otherwise.
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Old 04-27-18, 12:48 PM
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After storms yesterday we have a beautiful, cloudless, 70F day. I got in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
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Old 04-27-18, 03:04 PM
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Woke up this morning to use the bathroom and cut the turn too close banging my toe into the dresser. Toe is purple but it didn’t stop me from riding. Started off and each time my foot got to the 6:00 position, my toe throbbed. No problem! I can take it. I’m a guy. Well after 25 miles of wind and the toe throbbing in those cycling shoes, I was about ready to cry. Went home, loaded up on ibuprofen, rebuilt a set of pedals and sat down and iced the toe.
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Old 04-27-18, 08:18 PM
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20 miles today as a bike commuter. Great weather again. Had a close encounter with an IndyGo bus. Passed me within probably 1-2 feet while I was in bike lane. City law requires at least 3 feet clearance. Reported to customer service line later - we'll see if I get a requested return call from a supervisor.
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Old 04-27-18, 09:45 PM
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Renton gets the bad rap locally, but it is a regular starting point - today a 50km ride.
Cloudy, 57*F, but dry.
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Old 04-28-18, 01:50 AM
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48 miles Friday evening: two different group rides with friends, and the ride to and from. Beautiful spring evening great company, very casual pace which I needed after pushing pretty hard the past few rides.
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Old 04-28-18, 11:53 AM
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18.6 miles (29.9k). Almost the end of April and winter is still here, really cold this morning.

2018: 947m (1524k) Total: 21,930m (35,294k)
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Old 04-28-18, 01:07 PM
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40 miles this morning. Wind showed up late in the ride which was fine with me. Humility was also down, which was also fine with me.
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Old 04-28-18, 01:51 PM
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We had our local Cancer Society's Venice Airport Relay for Life last night. Relay For Life of Venice Sign Up For Relay For Life of Relay For Life of Venice

In 2015 I committed to walk half my age overnight and thus completed 32.5 miles around the track. Again in 2016 I walked the then required 33 miles; HOWEVER, last year with worsening knees I decided to bicycle overnight instead and wound up leading off the Survivor's Lap and then leaving the airport to ride local roads and finished the 11 hours of bicycling time with 152 miles. BEGINING last night I was hoping to exceed the 152 mile distance but life got in the way with a need it now Prostate Biopsy this past Monday because a recent scan revealed a possible return of my Gleason-10 PCa.

Installing an Easy Seat https://www.amazon.com/Hobson-Easyse.../dp/B000GBK4Z4 on my Paramount I set off butt after 52 SLOW miles I had enough. Swapped out seat for my standard cheapo padded seat rested up a bit and then it was back on the road into blowing headwinds for the 18 miles back to the airport. ONLY able to get in 101 miles overnight AND OF COURSE as soon as I got back the wind dropped to ZERO.
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Old 04-28-18, 02:09 PM
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Went for a nice 20 mile ride this afternoon, despite all the pollen blowing all around (Ah-choo!!!)

Here's the route from my house (and, as I wrote on Facebook)...


I joked to my son-in-law that he must be famous to have a road named after him (Blair). LOL...


And lastly, more so sadly... Look at what Capital One has done inside the pristine "horse shoe shaped" West Creek Pkwy business complex... They started clearing out the woods, and are building huge townhouses, etc...
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Old 04-28-18, 02:27 PM
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Nice 36 miles, steadily gaining back biking strength after a long hiatus off the bike.
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Old 04-28-18, 02:41 PM
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Nice 36 miles, steadily gaining back biking strength after a long hiatus off the bike.
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Old 04-28-18, 03:44 PM
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Oops... Forgot to include this from my ride earlier (see my post above). As I also wrote on FB:

"Oh yeah, I forgot... I did my good deed for the day too. While in West Creek Pkwy, just near the overpass of the 288 expressway, I noticed another cyclist, off his bike, sitting in the grass, rubbing his left foot. I had too much speed, and simply waved to him as I rode by. But then, something hit me or perhaps it's still the Coast Guardsman in me, but I slowed down, turned around in the same lane, and rode back to him. I asked him, "Hey, are you alright?". He said that he just bought a new pair of bicycle shoes and was trying to break them in. I looked at his left heel, and he had a bleeding blister above his small sport sock. I said, "Dude, you're bleeding!" and he said, "Yeah, I know. I'm alright. Thanks for stopping!". I got off my bike, unzipped my seat bag, and sift though it and pull out a plastic container of bandaids. I hand them to him and say, "Here's a bandaid for you!". He takes a bandaid, thanks me again, and puts it on his left heel. I tell him, "Have a great ride. Take care!", and turn around and resume my ride."
I guess the moral of this story is that we cyclists look out for one another, no matter who we are or what we ride!
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Old 04-28-18, 05:00 PM
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90 mile group ride with ~5800' elevation. Gorgeous day, good group (7 of us), and some spectacular roads. Also some crappy roads, but hey, whatcha gonna do?
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Old 04-28-18, 05:15 PM
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Short ride on the trikes with the Mrs. , 10 miles a few hills, sunny and 70F a bit breezy but a
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Old 04-28-18, 07:18 PM
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I have not been on the bike in 4 weeks and for some reason thought I could do the Tour De Pickle today and ride the 75 mile route. I made it but the cramping is terrible. LOL
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20 mile ride on my Trek DS 8.6
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Old 04-28-18, 11:43 PM
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46 solo miles today.
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Old 04-29-18, 06:30 AM
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Yesterday. Fifty degrees, rain and mud; 41 miles, 2500 feet of elevation gain. 30s today and rain/sleet so I'm sitting at the computer. 70s this week!
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Old 04-29-18, 03:30 PM
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It was a lot cooler this morning than yesterday, so I decided to do some yard work for a few hours.

I then decided today would be Bike Wash Sunday. It took longer than expected to service all three bikes.

That explains only a 55 minute ride.
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