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Old 08-02-18, 01:20 AM
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Well it's been 8 days since my last ride. Went over the handlebars and landed very hard on my back last ride. Then I was away Friday, Saturday and Sunday for my daughters wedding. I was going to go out early, but screwed around till I realized it was getting late, My back is still sore in one spot and bothered me for most of the ride. I took the same route as I took when I went endo. Rode very slowly by where I crashed to study the ruts in the gravel. I still have soreness when I bend over, but otherwise it doesn't hurt. It was a warm day 89°, 50 miles.
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Old 08-02-18, 01:14 PM
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Another wonderful day in the neighborhood!
I swapped out the steel single speed for the carbon geared road bike for the first time this year.
Got in 2 hours practicing how to change gears again. Lol.
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Old 08-02-18, 05:05 PM
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20 miles as a Bike Commuter today. Had to alter my route through downtown Indy this morning because of the very large numbers of Gamers in town for Gen Con clogging the streets and sidewalks near the Convention Center
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Old 08-02-18, 08:03 PM
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Some hill work today getting used to this bike:

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Old 08-02-18, 08:17 PM
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I've got a trail for you... https://www.openspace.org/preserves/...creek-redwoods
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Old 08-02-18, 08:23 PM
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Thanks! Back in the day I used to do Purisma. Not sure if I'm up for that right now. lol
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Old 08-03-18, 12:47 AM
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Managed to complete a bucket list climb. Mt. Baker, Route 542 in the North Cascades of Washington, solo. I had been here some 20 years ago to go hiking, but didn't remember it well. So I drove this the other day and quite frankly it intimidated me. Not steep, but just a relentless climb. I was the only cyclist I saw on the road.

About 3/4 of the way up a couple from California drove by and rolled down the window, the woman yelled at me, "You are amazing! Amazing!" That gave me a little boost. Near the top I was exhausted but pressed on. During the upper parts of the climb where the scenery is just spectacular I achieved glimpses of something I refer to as the Chrystal Horizon, where the mind, body and spirit are in perfect harmony to the limits of one's ability to live at that given moment. I would encourage anyone fit enough to give this ride a go.

Strava glitched, but here's the Relive:

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About the Chrystal Horizon: https://rider51.tumblr.com/post/1333...rystal-horizon



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Old 08-03-18, 07:15 AM
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Day off today after yesterday's 131 miles. Tomorrow is the LBS ride of 40 miles then will just have to ride some more.
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Old 08-03-18, 09:22 AM
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Rode to work today, even though it's supposed to rain this afternoon, because it's supposed to rain even harder Saturday and I'm inexplicably obsessed with getting at least 100 miles per week year-round. Will get the usual ~19 miles today, which should put me at exactly 101 miles for the week presuming I can't ride tomorrow.

Stupid precipitation...
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Old 08-04-18, 01:40 AM
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After endless days of 85°-100° days it was only 77° today, before the ride for a moment I considered bringing arm warmers, but it was perfect riding weather. 50 miles, the cooler weather made me feel much stronger, Finished the ride without feeling fatigued once.
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The wind shift out of south has brought us back to normal 90 F temps with the humidity building back to normal too.

I probably should start out earlier in the mornings again before the heat of the day.

Got in 111 minutes, and still adjusting to the carbon geared bike.
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Old 08-04-18, 11:18 AM
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After 4 days of rain, my wife/soulmate and I got in a nice 31 mile ride. Her first ride with clipless shoes. Yeah I know the pic shows sneaks, she swapped out her shoes after the ride when we loaded up the bikes to come home. I patiently worked with her, and encouraged her, and got her over the initial intimidation of riding clipless. It was kinda funny that during our ride she said “why did I not start riding with clipless sooner?” I am proud of her accomplishment today.


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Old 08-04-18, 01:37 PM
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Just 12.76 miles today. Weather was hot and humid, and my legs felt dead all day. Worked up a pretty good sweat, though!
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Old 08-04-18, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by MidSouthBiker
The wind shift out of south has brought us back to normal 90 F temps with the humidity building back to normal too.
.........I probably should start out earlier in the mornings again before the heat of the day.
Got in 111 minutes, and still adjusting to the carbon geared bike.
Starting out early is a good thing because then you can reference miles instead of minutes.

Showered around 10PM last night but never made it into bed. Got on the computer surfing and watching tv then FINALLY got my butt into gear, charged lights, aired tires, kitted up and headed out at 2:38AM. into still warm 78F temps with high humidity. SLOW-not too enjoyable riding sooooo after 55 miles I was back home totally drenched and time for another shower, fresh kit, bite to eat, change of bike from heavy 30 pound hybridized '83 Paramount to Propel then back out. In the 80'sF now with sun starting to bake, great group at the LBS for Sat. AM ride and off at 8AM. Didn't take long before I was by myself again now with temps rising along with the winds. The Propel enables one to keep the average higher but due to the temps hitting into the 90'sF and wind increasing I just ran out of (OOPS, pedaled out of) gumption.

Added another 58 for a total of 113 miles, 396 minutes and 33 seconds. Thank you Garmin.

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Old 08-04-18, 04:55 PM
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I rode 30 miles to the start of a 61 mile group ride. Then rode the 30 miles back to the house. I’d gotten dehydrated playing golf the last couple days and cramped badly around 70 miles. Plus it was extremely humid the first 3 hours. However fueled back up and finished strongly the last 40 miles. Total of 121miles with 6000’ of hills. It was good prep for next weekends monster ride.
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Old 08-04-18, 06:00 PM
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24 tandem miles this morning south into Johnson and Morgan counties. More than a few rollers,which are fun.
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Old 08-04-18, 11:41 PM
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20 miles Saturday evening after a 15 minute warmup on the indoor trainer. Seems to work better for me than trying to warm up on the road, especially when I'm recovering from injuries. Pretty fast for me, but I can still only manage 20-30 miles before the shoulder and neck start cramping and hurting. Ortho doc gave me an anti-inflammatory injection in the shoulder the other day but it's only helping a little. Guess I need to be patient.
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Old 08-05-18, 08:48 AM
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Started: Aug 4, 2018 at 7:26:27 AM

Ride Time: 1:44:16

Stopped Time: 15:11

Distance: 34.68 miles

Average Speed: 19.95 mph

Fastest Speed: 41.06 mph

Ascent: 39 feet

Descent: 76 feet

Calories: 2050

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Old 08-05-18, 11:11 AM
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Took yesterday as a rest day except for an easy after dinner ice cream run with the kids. Wasn't feeling my best and only got in 17.3 miles this morning. Crosswind kept average speed down by 2.5mph.
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Old 08-05-18, 11:37 AM
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I got out early this morning to beat the heat. I would have ridden even earlier, but it was overcast with a threat of a rain shower. It never rained, but it jacked up the humidity.
Got in 100 minutes.
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Old 08-05-18, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Harumph
Started: Aug 4, 2018 at 7:26:27 AM

Ride Time: 1:44:16

Stopped Time: 15:11

Distance: 34.68 miles

Average Speed: 19.95 mph

Fastest Speed: 41.06 mph

Ascent: 39 feet

Descent: 76 feet

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A max speed of 41 mph with only 76’ of descent over the 34 miles. Good going!
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Old 08-05-18, 06:14 PM
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Distance: 38.45 km
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Altitude lost: 541 meters
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Avg speed: 26.9 km/h
Max speed: 64.4 km/h
Avg HR: 158 bpm
Max HR: 175 bpm
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Old 08-05-18, 07:03 PM
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Did 37.79 km on my new Bombtrack Hook 2 gravel bike with my wife and son yesterday. We set out on a 70 or so km ride with a big climb in it (3.5 km, 8% average, two sections at 20%), then about half way in, we got caught in a thunderstorm which thoroughly soaked us, and since we were on gravel roads, covered everything in mud. Lightning, the works, and no really safe shelter except some brush and small trees. Nobody felt like going after the storm passed on so we took an escape route back home to shower and enjoy a nice single malt on the balcony. My shoes are still soaking wet so I didn't ride today; I have a pair of clipless sandals but don't like them all that much so waiting for the shoes to dry. Total was 37.79 km, 531 m climbing.
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Old 08-05-18, 07:42 PM
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Rode 17.5 miles today.

Still tired and sore as heck from the really bad leg cramps from dehydration the other day after riding 38 miles. Jumped on the saddle again today to work it out. Breaking in a new saddle as well ..already put 30 something miles into it in two rides and my backside is feelin it💪

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Old 08-05-18, 08:44 PM
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Early afternoon: 24 mile ride across the White River and then down into Morgan County. And back. Included one longish moderate hill. Heading back on Southport road I guess I must have slowed down traffic more than allowed, as one idiot yelled 'Get off the road, damnit!' as he passed me. Left me more than 3 feet, so all he got was a friendly wave.
Then, a little later, took my stoker out on the tandem for a five mile ride to make sure things still work after I removed the crankset to replace the inner ring with a smaller one, and replaced the timing chain with a new one. Yep, still works, and a couple of little hills in a nearby subdivision were slightly easier to get up. (replaced a 30 with a 28)
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