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Old 12-26-14, 12:33 PM
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Well That's A First!

Cant believe it is THIS nice. We have 42F and it is dead calm. When my little shift was done I scrambled into some suitable clothes and grabbed this off the wall....



Unreal. My first December ride. Oh and my initial observations are that my heavy squat program works. It's been 3wks since the last spin session and 2mos since the last ride. The legs had a surprising explosiveness on the hills in town and with this 760's "character building" gearset.
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Old 12-26-14, 01:22 PM
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I spent 3 winters in Alpena MI, and I don't recall having green grass in December. Sounds like a great day for a ride and I'm glad you left the Cannondale indoors
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Old 12-26-14, 01:28 PM
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I use Strava to keep track of my results. Increases in VAM are the thing to look for.
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Old 12-26-14, 03:47 PM
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Yup its great. 38 out when i went. A bit windy coming back, but iam not complaining.Had roads and mup all to myself.
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I spent 3 winters in Alpena MI, and I don't recall having green grass in December. Sounds like a great day for a ride and I'm glad you left the Cannondale indoors
Not that I wasnt tempted.
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I also got a good ride in today. That "Winter Sun" can be a little harsh though. It's a harder light than summer
sun, that's for sure.

Enjoy this period of mildness. It will not last. January, the month of deadly cold, and February, the month
of great snow storms, are coming. But, I would love a mild winter. After last winter, I would say we have
all certainly earned it.
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This too shall pass. supposed to be an Arctic air mass dropping down next week, should effect most of the country according to the NWS forecast. I won't bore you with the local conditions here, today.

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This too shall pass. supposed to be an Arctic air mass dropping down next week, should effect most of the country according to the NWS forecast. I won't bore you with the local conditions here, today.

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Downright frigid, I'm afraid.
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I also got a good ride in today. That "Winter Sun" can be a little harsh though. It's a harder light than summer
sun, that's for sure.

Enjoy this period of mildness. It will not last. January, the month of deadly cold, and February, the month
of great snow storms, are coming. But, I would love a mild winter. After last winter, I would say we have
all certainly earned it.
Rough winter, indeed. The spring wasnt nice either. March 3rd it was -28F. Yes, let's hope for milder months.
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Old 12-27-14, 12:11 PM
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This year was odd, with a snowed-in Thanksgiving, and a downright balmy sunny Christmas that was perfect for riding. I finally got in a good long ride in the day after Christmas with sun and 60 degrees f. All that time away from longer rides shows! My legs felt like rubber when I got home.

Still, that freakishly warm sunny Christmas day was the best Christmas present ever! "I'm dreaming of a bicycling Christmas, just like the one I'll now used to know!"
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Old 12-27-14, 12:20 PM
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+1 on the rubbery legs, also my butt was sore from the increased mileage and multiple days of riding.
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We are still in the 45deg range but it's raining.
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+1 on the sore butt. Beautiful on Christmas, but with a houseful of people I couldn't get out. 28 miles yesterday in 50 degree weather. Heavy snow this morning and temps in the low 20s predicted for the rest of the week. Oh well.
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I can really get into temps around 45. I am scared to look at the up coming forecast.
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I can really get into temps around 45. I am scared to look at the up coming forecast.
Were you really, fr1? I was in college then, knew people who were going, but didn't know what it was, still being a naif.
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It was really cold (for us) on the ride today, starting out right at 50 Deg.F and while it did warm up a bit, it never got up to the 84 claimed by my Garmin (must have been sitting in the sun at the stop too long).

Everyone was bundled up so we all survived the brutal cold conditions. Strava shows an average temp. of 55 Deg.F but with the wind, if felt colder. Thankfully I had my wool base layer on, so that plus my jersey and jacket . . . all good. Full leg warmers, toe covers, gloves with liners, I'll tell you, this SoCal rider is a cold weather wuss.

Bike Ride Profile | Saturday 8:00 AM Gold Rebel Ride - Cold & Windy but fun! near Irvine | Times and Records | Strava

And I thought I was HTFU-ing! Here's a photo of me arriving at the coffee shop, although the photog. cut off my toe covers!
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Were you really, fr1? I was in college then, knew people who were going, but didn't know what it was, still being a naif.
You were a Naval Officer?
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We've had highs in the low 60s the past two days. I rode 50 miles on Friday and 35 today. If the rain holds off, I might get in another 40-50 tomorrow. 2014 is going out with a bang.
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You were a Naval Officer?
No, a
naif - definition of naif by The Free Dictionary
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Everyone was bundled up so we all survived the brutal cold conditions. Strava shows an average temp. of 55 Deg.F but with the wind, if felt colder. Thankfully I had my wool base layer on, so that plus my jersey and jacket . . . all good. Full leg warmers, toe covers, gloves with liners, I'll tell you, this SoCal rider is a cold weather wuss.

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