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Old 11-04-18, 09:58 PM
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It was cold when I went out today, wore my winter cycling jacket, tights and a warm pair of gloves. Rode down a very long hill for 30 minutes then turned around and climbed back the same hill. By the time I got to the top I was sweeting and stopped, took off my jacket and sat in the sun for 20 minutes. Headed up into the mountains where it was much colder so the jacket went back on. Climbed for 6 miles then turned around for a fast descent. There are 8 mapped segments on Map my Ride on the routes I usually take. On 7 of them I'm King of the hill on hills and sprint king on the flat ones, and guru on 7 of them. On the Sprint King or King of The Hill I'n not near the fastest, just accumulated the most points. I don't know how they award points. Guru is given to whoever completed the segments the most times, which being retired and nothing else but ride my bike I've defiantly achieved. I'm so far ahead of everyone else I probably would still hold all the titles if I stopped riding for the rest of the year. I'm old and I'm slow, but I've got all the others beat, I'm sure all the serious riders are on Strava where I would be far down on the lists. 39 miles today
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Old 11-04-18, 10:09 PM
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1st Winter ride of the season

A short ride on the F*T B*ST*RD, to check everything out for winter/snow riding, then he got his fall scrub down.



Later a lot of twiddling and tweaking my hardtail MTB with Schwalbe Ice Spikers, in preparation for the coming 5 to10cm of snow and -10ish Celsius temps.




Managed to break 50 KM/H drafting a city transit bus
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Old 11-05-18, 01:42 AM
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25 miles Sunday, to and from the hospice to check on my mom. She's actually improving a bit, although not out of the woods. The docs didn't think she'd make it through the weekend and had removed her feeding tube. But Sunday she was more alert, following movement, seeming to recognize some familiar people, regaining some muscle tone instead of being limp and inert, and her breathing was less labored and spasmodic. We are cautiously optimistic.

I'm mostly glad she's getting such good care. I was her home caregiver for 11 years, as I'd done for my grandparents 10 years apart, but I've had some serious health issues myself this year and was hit by a car in the spring, so it's a relief to see that her needs are being met with professionalism and compassion. That wasn't the case when we tried to rely on in-home nurses and aides, which is why I took over the in-home chores.
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Old 11-05-18, 11:41 AM
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Not today, but yesterday I once again participated in the New York Marathon as one of the cycling escorts for the elite wheelchair athletes who race the course before the runners. Our duties are to ride ahead of & on either side of these wheelchair racers to ensure that pedestrians do not step in front of the athletes. The course is closed to traffic, but because the (foot) race hasn't "officially" started folks don't take the barriers quite so seriously. So we're out there blowing whistles and screaming at idiots and essentially clearing a path for the racers. Truly an honor to be able to participate, and a great way to see NYC.

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Old 11-06-18, 02:20 AM
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Fantastic, @Bob Ross! Got any more photos to share, or a site to link to for more?
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Old 11-06-18, 07:34 AM
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Fantastic, @Bob Ross! Got any more photos to share, or a site to link to for more?
Not too many unfortunately. We were discouraged from taking selfies or photographing the athletes ourselves. My wife took this shot of the cycle escorts lined up on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge waiting for the racers to arrive from Staten Island where we would hook up with them:



And there was a professional photographer assigned to document the cycle escorts, so if I ever get a link to his work I'll post it here.
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Old 11-06-18, 01:27 PM
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Haven't been posting in a few weeks. Since last post, I've been doing my usual 40 mile daily rides with a few 60 mile rides thrown in. Did my 5th, annual cross Florida ride two weekends ago. That was a 225 mile ride. Had a pretty good crash on the first day but I did finish the ride. Didn't start to feel the affects of the crash until Monday. Haven't ridden since then until this morning. Did a slow and easy 25 miles but started having some issues with the injured knee around mile 18. Looks like another day off the bike tomorrow.
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Old 11-06-18, 01:44 PM
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Very cool Bob. I always wondered about the bicycle escorts. Good for you, I'm sure it was fun and a good service for the athletes.
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Old 11-06-18, 07:43 PM
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19 miles as a bike commuter today. Around 50 all day - kinda windy but that was more of a tailwind on the ride in and kicked up while I was at work and then, thankfully, died down for the trip home.
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Old 11-06-18, 09:24 PM
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Oh, I'm behind.

Highlights: Rode 64.35 miles on my 64th birthday -- it wasn't pretty but I managed and yeah, take that, 64!

I've done some short rides, trying to them in around work and my latest involvement in founding a local non-profit (to be).

Today I took my car for service, and rode 25+ miles on the back side of Napa...the vineyards are turning color, some trees are as well. The sun was bright, the sky was blue, and drivers yielded to me, even when they didn't have to, a plus any day. Definitely a ride for "smiles per mile," to quote some old guy on this forum.
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Old 11-06-18, 10:48 PM
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I had a weird ride Friday night. I didn't really feel like riding -- the first time that's happened to me, I swear! -- but I needed to go, it had been a few days, gotta keep the metabolism spun up, weather clear and cool, all green on the life status board, so I went anyway. I had no ambition, it was just half-hearted, slackadaisical. No drive. Every time I closed in on one of the hills I'd say nah, I'm not gonna do that, I'm just gonna walk it, I don't feel like pushing. But here's the weird thing. I just kept riding. My head was still saying nah, my heart was off sulking in its room somewhere, but my body knew what to do, and up it went. I have habits now, apparently, and the pedaling habit took me up and over. Same at the big climb that ends all my rides, uphill along the highway to the mountain, then the super-steep cut from the highway up into the neighborhood, then the final climb up my street to my driveway. The whole time I was like hell no I'm not doing that, yet, I never managed to get off the bike, and up I went, because my body now knows the moves. About 15 after-dark miles.

So Monday night I baked in some motivation, some urgency. We had thunderstorms coming through, high winds expected, tornado watch across the region. I kept checking the forecast until two hours before the storm, then set off on a two hour ride. Finished in an hour and 40. A little danger, a little daring, the feeling of riding under the overhang of a breaking wave, and a 22mph tailwind on the return did the job. That was the ride I was looking for.

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Old 11-07-18, 11:08 AM
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Got a 33 mile solo ride in before work today. Started in complete darkness, sun started to come up as I was around mile 5 or 6. When I got to mile 15 I took a ~2 mile detour through the woods just because it looked so gorgeous with the sun streaming in through the trees:

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Got a 33 mile solo ride in before work today. Started in complete darkness, sun started to come up as I was around mile 5 or 6. When I got to mile 15 I took a ~2 mile detour through the woods just because it looked so gorgeous with the sun streaming in through the trees:

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Old 11-09-18, 08:04 AM
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15 mile solo ride in the early AM before sunrise
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Put some miles in on a very smokey day here in the Bay Area due to the Butte fire up north. The only thing I like about smokey days is the nice filter it plays for photos:

IMG_5903 by 2cam16, on Flickr

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Old 11-09-18, 09:57 PM
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Went out planing on doing a long ride, but I stopped by my daughter's house and when I left I forgot my helmet. I had my beanie cap on and it feels like I have my helmet on wearing it. I got out 5 miles and was speeding down a long hill when the wind started to blow my cap off when I realized I didn't have a helmet. I rode to the bottom of the hill, a little slower than I usually do, then turned around.

I have Reynauds Syndrome so I bought a pair of these, ...https://firedupx.com/collections/hea...n-glove-liners that's only $136.50 US . If my hands get even slightly cold they are very painful and even soaking them in hot water won't relive the pain. They arrived yesterday and I took then out for a test ride, but the weather never got below 55F and I was sweating enough without them. From the 10 day weather forecast it looks like it will be a few weeks before I need them. 25 miles, but it was a very nice day.
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Just finished a quick 7 miles (the Reverse Library Loop) to make sure I still know how to dress for the cold and to test a new helmet light mounting scheme. Didn't manage to crack freezing, only 34F, but still my coldest yet this season. No cars = the best ride.

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Those sound great, well worth it, I hope they work out.

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Old 11-10-18, 07:31 AM
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Yes. Doing some kind of research or something?
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Tried for a 60 mile ride with my buddy Frankie, this morning, but only finished 41 of those miles. Knee started to complain so I gave in. Getting injured after 70 takes way too long to heal.
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Modest 5 mile ride this afternoon. One hill. Sunny but only around 40F.
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I managed to get in a approximately 12 miles today with my wife. She's new to road cycling and today was her 3rd ( I think ) ride on her new Trek Checkpoint. It was great to be out on the road with her even if it was rather cold... mid 40's.
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28 miles Saturday night, first outdoor ride since last weekend's ride to visit my mom in hospice. She didn't make it and died Thursday. In a sense I'm relieved she's no longer trapped in that unresponsive, painful body. She was a good friend as well as my mom and I'll miss her dearly. I took a few days off but realized I was moping around the house, fretting over writing her obituary and other final paperwork. Realized it was the Marine Corps Birthday so I rode to a friend's brew pub to shake off the cobwebs and rejoin the living. Gonna take a couple of rides to get accustomed to the chilly weather, but it'll be fine.
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I was the only attendee at the Adventure Cycling/Bike Texas gathering in Dallas yesterday to actually ride a bicycle to the meeting, a fact I found amusing.
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A perfect Sunday morning for a 25 mile ride with the wife.
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11 miles this afternoon in sunny, upper 30's weather. One hill. Saw one deer .
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