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Old 10-29-14, 07:51 AM
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End of Season Gratitude

I have had a great summer cycling season. Rides with my grandson around town, hard breathing TT's and Strava fun, built a new Criterium bike, acquired my dream bike (Trek 760), no crashes, a whole lot of grins, laughs and sufferfests.

To top it all off....no flat tires. What a season.

And Today I will hang my two beauties on the wall and bolt the Centurion Elite in the trainer. ***SIGH***
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Old 10-29-14, 08:57 AM
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Not doing Iceman Cometh next week? I'm there for it.
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Ah, gratitude.

I've come to regard gratitude as the greatest gift.

You can have a lot of good things. You can do a lot of good things. And you can be a lot of good things. But if you're not grateful for them, you might as well not have them at all. And if you're grateful for what you have, you have all you need.

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Not doing Iceman Cometh next week? I'm there for it.
Not this year.
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I've been commuting for decades and every couple of winters the lowest temperature I'll ride in goes up (originally no limit, then 15F in the 1990s, now 23F) and I went from snow riding to dry roads only. But last winter out of frustration I rode to work on a 15F day with moderate snow on the side streets. I went 1/2 mile, slid fell suffering only a minor bruise and froze on the 10 minute walk back. I may try studs, but I'm still not sure about the temperature. Getting stuck in upper Michigan in the middle of winter could be deadly.
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Glad your season was a good one, Rev, thank you for the moral support this summer and the kind notes, too. You of course realize that now you have guaranteed yourself a trainer flat by posting the flat score for the year.

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What is this "season" of which you speak?
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What is this "season" of which you speak?
Gotcha, Rev, FTW Dawg, FTW!!!
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Glad your season was a good one, Rev, thank you for the moral support this summer and the kind notes, too. You of course realize that now you have guaranteed yourself a trainer flat by posting the flat score for the year.

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You just watch. I had one last year with the trainer bike. When you forget to loosen the friction wheel you run that chance. "Hey honey, I forgot a spare tube, can you come get me?"
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What is this "season" of which you speak?
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Nope, why do you think we live in the southeast?

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Moderators: Please delete the post with the pictures of the white cold stuff!

Grateful the coming Cold Dark Months can't possibly be as nasty as last year's.
Grateful only one fall this season and that my stoker and I were only moderately beat up by it.
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It has been a great summer for me, too. Retired/fired in May, and then biking every day since. 30 pounds gone, back no longer sore, and 2200 miles logged. I hope to miss maybe five days of riding this winter, which I think will be possible in Roanoke, VA. Thanks for reminding me to stop and say thanks.
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Grateful the coming Cold Dark Months can't possibly be as nasty as last year's.
Grateful only one fall this season and that my stoker and I were only moderately beat up by it.
I've heard some of the weather folks talking El Nino effect. That will be a big relief after last year. The temp models showed a warm-up in the Pacific up near Canada and Alaska. That's a good sign.
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Nope, why do you think we live in the southeast?

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We moved in town after last years rough winter (and we are used to a lot of snow and cold). I wouldnt mind never experiencing 200" of snow and subzero, again.
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Excellent thread OldsCOOL. I have a lot to be thankful for. On July 24, 2013 I was lying on a State Road in Mansfield, CT with what turned out to be a broken neck. I won't bore you with the details. After 5 hr & 4 hr operations and 8 days in the hospital I came home on Aug. 1st. with C1 & C2 fused. Lots of pain and lots of worries about something going wrong and being paralyzed. By the second week in Nov. I was back on a local rail/trail and a week later I was on the road. Having lost 15 lbs as a result of the accident and surgeries I rode better than ever this season. Averaged about 100 mi. a week and was stronger and faster than I've been since I got back on the bike 10 yrs. ago.
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Ryp, I can't say as I blame you for moving in town, I'd take the El Nino talk with a grain of salt, though. Not supposed to be quite as cold, or as harsh, as last winter, but there are some serious cold air bubbles in the Arctic just waiting to come down. I'd need to see what the Siberian maps look like right now and what the jet stream patterns are supposed to do. I'd prefer not to have another ice storm down here where no driver has the skills necessary for that condition. I hibernated that day last winter. Riding the next day after things thawed a bit was interesting, still pretty cold, for here, and people were astonished to see me out pedaling and smiling under my balacclava

Bruce, please don't give any of that excitement again! Waiting for news each day was nerve racking, I'm just grateful that you have recovered so well and improved your fitness and cycling after that scare for you.

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Excellent thread OldsCOOL. I have a lot to be thankful for. On July 24, 2013 I was lying on a State Road in Mansfield, CT with what turned out to be a broken neck. I won't bore you with the details. After 5 hr & 4 hr operations and 8 days in the hospital I came home on Aug. 1st. with C1 & C2 fused. Lots of pain and lots of worries about something going wrong and being paralyzed. By the second week in Nov. I was back on a local rail/trail and a week later I was on the road. Having lost 15 lbs as a result of the accident and surgeries I rode better than ever this season. Averaged about 100 mi. a week and was stronger and faster than I've been since I got back on the bike 10 yrs. ago.
Wow! That really is an inspiring situation.

On the subject of weight loss, I can feel surge in acceleration and hillclimbing endurance for every 5lbs lost. This winter I will lose 20-25lbs and see how that works.
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Ryp, I can't say as I blame you for moving in town, I'd take the El Nino talk with a grain of salt, though. Not supposed to be quite as cold, or as harsh, as last winter, but there are some serious cold air bubbles in the Arctic just waiting to come down. I'd need to see what the Siberian maps look like right now and what the jet stream patterns are supposed to do. I'd prefer not to have another ice storm down here where no driver has the skills necessary for that condition. I hibernated that day last winter. Riding the next day after things thawed a bit was interesting, still pretty cold, for here, and people were astonished to see me out pedaling and smiling under my balacclava

Bruce, please don't give any of that excitement again! Waiting for news each day was nerve racking, I'm just grateful that you have recovered so well and improved your fitness and cycling after that scare for you.

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We are going to have our first snowfall tonight and tomorrow. Nothing serious, mostly wet snow and 1-3" possible. Just a reminder of what's coming. The biggest benefit of being back in town is getting off propane and my wife is near her work (legal assistant). Oh, and being in the center of our county's cycling activity. I do miss my treestand and hunting everyday.
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Last season is ancient history. I'm grateful for being around for the start of the next.
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Last season is ancient history. I'm grateful for being around for the start of the next.
In the meantime, I spin and cut weight. It really was that good of a season (as I look at snowflakes this morning).

I just want to be faster next spring.
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No outlook for any white stuff, other than all the loose cotton bolls where the harvest began this week, but all out low temps for the weekend were lowered last night. Watched the 5:00 PM news/weather and it was a low of low 60's to high 50's for our area, the 6:00 PM forecast had us headed onto the high 40's last night/this morning. It was 43F when I was driving in to work, an hour ago, and the NWS is forecasting a possible early (for here) frost away from the coastal margins. Bring it on, I put on some firewood last week and wouldn't mind having a fire in the fireplace, with some hot cocoa in the evenings.

I hope you don't get too much harsh stuff, Ryp, its going to be interesting to see how the winter shapes up this year. Riding in tights and a ls jersey felt comfortable this week, more so yesterday.

Enjoy your hunting season up there, I've seen some of the bucks taken in the UP, and in Ohio, you guys sure grow them big up there. I've flushed more quail and dove this year, while riding, than any year in the past I can remember. Too bad I lost my Llewylen Setter a few years back, the old 20 gauge SBS and my A5, Light 12 are looking mighty tempting. Not a good idea for a guy with Parkinson's, probably

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This spring I did a couple of century rides in the upper (southern) end of the Shenandoah Valley, and on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mts in Lynchburg. It reminded me of how beautiful this country is, and I started getting the bug about looking around for retirement locations. By June I had bought a house outside of Lexington, VA, and have been doing rides in the area all spring, summer, and fall. This has been the best experience of riding that I've had since I started riding again in 2004. Now if I could only actually retire and stay here all the time
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No outlook for any white stuff, other than all the lose cotton bolls where the harvest began this week, but all out low temps for the weekend were lowered last night. Watched the 5:00 PM news/weather and it was a low of low 60's to high 50's for our area, the 6:00 PM forecast had us headed onto the high 40's last night/this morning. It was 43F when I was driving in to work, an hour ago, and the NWS is forecasting a possible early (for here) frost away from the coastal margins. Bring it on, I put on some firewood last week and wouldn't mind having a fire in the fireplace, with some hot cocoa in the evenings.

I hope you don't get too much harsh stuff, Ryp, its going to be interesting to see how the winter shapes up this year. Riding in tights and a ls jersey felt comfortable this week, more so yesterday.

Enjoy your hunting season up there, I've seen some of the bucks taken in the UP, and in Ohio, you guys sure grow them big up there. I've flushed more quail and dove this year, while riding, than any year in the past I can remember. Too bad I lost my Llewylen Setter a few years back, the old 20 guage SBS and my A5, Light 12 are looking mighty tempting. Not a good idea for a guy with Parkinson's, probably

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Less than an inch of snow but the winds are gusting above 50mph out of the north. There are reports of waves being 30' on the big lakes. All the freighters have been brought in to safe harbors. This is similar to the storm of '75 that took the 'Fitz to the bottom.

Have only gone out twice in this bow season but hope to fix that when ***** season starts. Sure wish you could get out after the birds, lots of relaxing fun there.
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I spent most of my season working on the house to prepare it for a reverse mortgage appraisal. Well I got the appraisal I was hoping for and I'm grateful for that and the retirement so I can devote the next season to riding. My advance paid for some decent retirement transportation and some cycling parts for a winter build.

Kind of set back my riding this year but I'll have the winter to wrench and the spring to ride.
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