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Old 01-29-20, 03:44 PM
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Yes, a cold 4.1 mile cruise around the neighborhood on my Roll , to stretch the legs .
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Old 01-29-20, 06:07 PM
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Got in a nice mtb ride this morning. Haven't been to this trail since the end of Summer. Everything is nice and green.
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Old 01-31-20, 02:57 AM
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Last night, 25.1 miles, 55F (where's winter?) to the greenway for time then a northern loop. I found a groove and pushed harder than usual and now I'm sore. Got passed by an EV for the first time, notable for how quiet it was. It surprised me a little since I didn't hear it coming up.
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Old 01-31-20, 04:08 PM
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Did my kid's school commute with him, then rode up the levee trail to my office downtown. He's riding 13mi round trip, plus doing conditioning for track on top of that. Fittest 15 year old I know. He's already faster than I am on a CX bike. Pretty soon he's going to be able to drop me on a road ride too.

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Old 01-31-20, 04:53 PM
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Nice unusually warm Winter weather today. A chance to bring out the Bottecchia and try out the jersey:
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Old 02-01-20, 03:14 PM
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40 miles of gravel and asphalt with 3100’ of climbing. Love the really rural route with fairly smooth dirt roads......ad an Amish store on the route.

What’s behind that high dollar gate out here in the middle of nowhere???

Amish bread on my turkey sandwich. It’s a very good day!



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Old 02-01-20, 03:33 PM
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I had my first ride after prostate removal. I only went 1 mile on my new bike. Certainly not what I am used to doing but probably more satisfying than most rides previously taken for granted. On my way back!
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Old 02-01-20, 03:50 PM
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O5 Fuji, good for you! Heal quickly!
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Old 02-02-20, 04:14 PM
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20 miles today in 15-20 mph winds, mostly headwinds.
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Old 02-02-20, 07:08 PM
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21 miles with some wind in Englewood Fl
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Old 02-02-20, 07:56 PM
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60 and sunny today - wow! 15 miles riding with spouse. 2 hills. Mom Nature will be bringing back Winter this week.
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Old 02-02-20, 08:20 PM
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30 miles. best day so far (this year)!


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Old 02-03-20, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Timtruro View Post
21 miles with some wind in Englewood Fl
It's SOOOO good in Englewood!!!

Some wind??? When were you riding??? My ride had 12mph most of the time with gusts that jerked my front wheel a number of times!!!!

Just a little sandwich ride of 57 solo miles + 19 miles drafting with the group out of Real Bikes for Bob's 3rd X-FL training ride + 52 solo miles
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Old 02-03-20, 07:04 PM
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Impromptu 72 solo miles with 3600’ of hills.......after walking 18 holes of golf this morning. Unseasonably warm at low 70’s. I rode 36 miles into the wind (5-10mph) turned around and joyfully rode the remainder with a helping wind.



Sunrise in NC!

Solar farm in the background.

Another section of the same solar farm. I’m guessing the entire complex is around 10,000 kilowatts.
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Old 02-03-20, 09:40 PM
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Another 60 degree day - 12 mile ride with spouse. one hill.
snow coming in a couple of days.
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Old 02-04-20, 12:21 PM
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A tad over 14 miles at 4AM this morning before work. 33° and that is about as cold as I'm willing to ride in with the gear I have. Toes and fingers were pretty numb after 45 minutes.
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Old 02-05-20, 06:48 AM
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Last night, a quick 6 miles to pick up a book at the library. Since I left my library card (and the fanny pack it rides in) at home, I get to go back and do it again in a couple days, if I get a break in the rain.
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Old 02-05-20, 05:00 PM
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Up in the hills this morning for a nice ride:
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Old 02-06-20, 04:45 AM
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Low water bridge that is supposed to have the creek running under it, not over. Too much rain already in February here in Virginia.

40 miles on the surrounding gravel roads this Tuesday. T-shirt riding weather with temps in the mid 60s, but threatening skies and rain forecast (which is why I have my rain gear strapped to the back). Part of my route included a gravel road closed by VDOT due to some very major major overwash from an adjacent creek. Imagine a WWI battlefield - that was the condition of that road. First time I've ever had my pedals go underwater while riding.
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Old 02-06-20, 06:57 PM
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Last night, a quick 6 miles to pick up a book at the library. Since I left my library card (and the fanny pack it rides in) at home, I get to go back and do it again in a couple days, if I get a break in the rain.
This evening, 12 miles, 42F and overcast with a fine maybe-frozen mist, made it to the library *with* library card this time and accomplished the mission, then finished up with a loop through the hills behind it. Riding with my new rainshell over-mittens , which are very nice and so far doing the job.

Winter gloves - gloves for *REAL* winter

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Old 02-07-20, 04:59 PM
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It was a foggy and damp ride this morning.
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Old 02-07-20, 08:26 PM
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This evening, 25 miles, 36F, lovely sunset and then a dark return.
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Old 02-08-20, 04:02 PM
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40 mile 3000’ of climbing gravel ride with 4 others celebrating one of the riders turning 50!! It was my third time doing the same loop in 3 weeks. My time improved by 20 minutes riding with others. It was chilly with temperatures in the mid 30s and cloudy skies. One more layer of clothing was added all around.

The group greatly enjoyed the mix of dirt roads and gravel. Fun times.
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Old 02-09-20, 04:55 PM
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Recovery ride.....64 miles with 3000’ of hills. Still have 4 gates open trying to bring water levels in High Rock Lake back down.



High Rock Lake Dam

Today’s vehicle

The debris field beside my in-laws pier on zhigh Rock Lake was the most they’ve had in 35 years.
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Old 02-09-20, 06:00 PM
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I got in the longest ride I have done on my recently restored Lemond Tourmalet, 37 miles. Also my longest of this year at this point. Truthfully, I set out to get in a 50 miler. At 26 miles, I stopped and talked to a friend for awhile on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Soon after getting back on the bike, a very strong hunger came upon me and I felt myself running out of gas. I took a couple of neighborhood detours going back to my house, where I planned to get some food and head back out. Once I got the food in my belly I just felt very tired. Decided to be satisfied with the 37 and called it a day.
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