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Old 09-21-21, 01:51 PM
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Come on Cold Front

Taking its time damn nasty hot sweating like a pig. Due anytime now 50s at night and cool dry air. Grill some steaks slams some brews. Time to get back on the bikes see how much fitness I have lost. Takes about 2 weeks to gain it back the body has good memory. The price you pay here for the mild winters.

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Old 09-21-21, 02:15 PM
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75F for this morning's ride. Coldest it's been for months.

Only problem was my frozen water bottle was still solid halfway through the ride, but being so cool I didn't get thirsty.
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Old 09-21-21, 02:18 PM
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Phoenix area's 1st day of fall will begin with temperatures of 100-plus degrees in the Valley

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Old 09-21-21, 02:32 PM
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At sun up, the starting temps were in the high 50's on my last 3-4 rides, and with highs in the upper 70's, low 80's, and full sun. Perfect century weather, IMHO.
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Old 09-21-21, 02:39 PM
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Signs of Fall I've noticed so far from my observations...

*Starting to see the native winter plants sprout all throughout my yard/garden (My yard is my garden)

*The hummingbirds have started their southern migration.

*Various species of birds I only see in Fall/Winter are starting to appear.

*Various species of fall-flowering plants starting to bud out.

*And of course the shadows are getting longer and beginning to creep into my north-facing front yard.


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Old 09-21-21, 04:09 PM
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Went from 101 to 85 much better. Lower humidity… Little to no rain so the sprinklers are on. Time for a beer …. Much better mood now sick of the heat and humidity.
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Old 09-21-21, 07:44 PM
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Iím on tour right now. Started in VT on 9/12. Unseasonably warm and humid until two nights ago in Copake, NY. Got down to 48.
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Old 09-22-21, 01:12 AM
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built the first fire of the season tonight. <<yowza>>
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Old 09-22-21, 01:35 AM
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I'm looking forward to cooler weather for walking and jogging... maybe even actual running if I'm in the mood. While I've continued doing alternating walking/jogging for 3-7 miles per session about three days a week, I haven't done any continuous running since May. I always check my heart rate during runs and rides and ease back on the effort after my HR hits 150, and slow to a walk when it hits 160. My heart rate spikes much more easily in the heat so I've mostly been alternating between walking half a mile, jogging half a mile, etc.

I'm not really looking forward to cycling again in cold weather. That's never been one of my favorite seasons, even when I lived in a colder climate and was accustomed to it. It's harder to get warm and stay warm in winter while cycling, but easy to warm up and stay warm when running -- less wind chill, more overall body and arm movement. My fastest 5k times this year were in February-March during our coldest weather. Some of my half mile splits this summer are among my fastest, but I haven't even attempted a continuous 5k since June. I supposed I could if I got up early enough, but I can't imagine running before noon. I've never been a morning person, even when I had to get up at 4:30 AM for work.
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Old 09-22-21, 06:39 AM
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Bass fishermen (or fisherwomen, fisher-people, et cetera) don't like cold fronts.
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Old 09-22-21, 10:30 AM
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We need a few cold fronts then the fishing will get better. Water temperature too high from summer heat. Overall cold fronts kills the fishing until the 3rd day after.
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Old 09-23-21, 03:52 AM
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I jogged 5 miles Wednesday early afternoon when the temperature was 80 degrees. After jogging all summer in midday heat ranging from 90-105 degrees, it actually felt cool. I barely worked up a sweat.

Then I joined some friends for a casual group ride Wednesday evening. Weather forecast said the temp would drop to 68, which it did, so I brought arm warmers in cases it felt chilly. I didn't need them, but a couple of degrees cooler and I would have. Barely worked up a sweat over a 47 mile ride.

But I know this is just Pumpkin Summer and we'll see a few more hot days. In fact I ordered a couple more of my favorite summer jersey, a Garneau Lemmon 2. It's hard to describe the fabric -- it's all poly/synthetic, same as most cycling apparel now. But it's ultra thin and soft, like fine merino wool or brushed cotton. By far the most comfortable summer weight fabric I've ever worn. It's been discontinued so I snagged the last two I found on Amazon for less than $20 each. I think the MSRP was more than $100, but that's meaningless in the apparel industry -- most clothing is grossly overpriced at first with manufacturers and vendors hoping to make all their profit the first season, then they'll offer steep discounts later.

Alas, it didn't seem to catch on with cyclists, possibly because the fabric is so sheer the generous pockets tend to sag with much more than a phone, a couple of gels, etc. My first Lemmon 2 jersey, bought two or three years ago, has stretched quite a bit from stuffing the large pockets with spare tubes, mini-pump, multi-tool, etc. It'll hold a ridiculous amount of stuff. After getting the new jerseys I might try washing and drying the old jersey on hot to see if it shrinks a bit. Probably won't since it's synthetic.

Those should last me several years. I have better, more aero jerseys, but nothing as comfy as these. I might even try one for jogging, so my shorts pockets aren't overloaded with my phone, keys, etc. I suppose I could get a waist pack, but... nah.
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Old 09-23-21, 04:36 AM
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I walked out this morning, there was actually a cool, crispness in the air

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Old 09-23-21, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
We need a few cold fronts then the fishing will get better. Water temperature too high from summer heat. Overall cold fronts kills the fishing until the 3rd day after.
It has been raining steadily for two days straight, thanks to your cold front. No more rain dances for a while.
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Old 09-23-21, 11:31 AM
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Just a teaser front down here. Nice cool mornings dry afternoons than it’s over back to hot and humid.
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Old 09-23-21, 01:51 PM
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Rainier looks a lot better with the new snow from last weekend.
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Old 09-26-21, 05:11 AM
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Another sign Fall is definitely coming...In the summer I can dump the 1-gallon container of water under the condensation drain of my AC about every three hours, but over the last couple days I'm only getting a fraction of the water, which I use to water compost piles and plants.

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Old 09-28-21, 12:34 PM
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I was only 200 miles north in FL last weekend, but it was so much nicer. 60's - mid 80's with lower humidity. I came back to Tampa and its about 5 degrees higher.
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I had to wear my hat on today's ride, because the sun was that low in the sky, plus I didn't put on any sunblock....Yeap, summer is over

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Old 10-04-21, 04:13 PM
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I noticed that the porta-potties had been removed from the beach the other day... sure sign that summer is over.
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72F today at the 6:30am start of my weekday 25mi ride. Definitely cooling.
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Bring it. Fall is the best season.
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Old 10-06-21, 01:02 PM
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Snow possibly down to 4,000' on Sunday. I'm getting excited. 🙂
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Had all the snow we could handle last winter. Was going to ride today but after 1 1/2 days of land labor my motivation is zero. Plus it will be in the 90s summer is hanging on here. Ride tomorrow morning when it is cool. Sure waiting for sweater weather. But not this


It was fun 4x4ing in the snow. But we don’t have the infrastructure for this LOL
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Cold fronts in Texas like the panhandle mostly. They don't read boundary signs so they think it's Kansas.

Oh I know it snows down in Dallas but it's not like the wind chilled, snow drifted panhandle. Now when the wind is cutting through your long johns at 30 mph the wind chill makes 20 deg fahrenheit feel like a minus. But when it's actually a minus you don't usually get any wind at all. Having lived in both Amarillo and Manitou Springs Colorado I can tell you Amarillo is colder in the winter. Denver of course is a whole other story.

Now someone in Alaska or Canada will tell us all that minus 60 is about your spit shattering when it hits the ground. But I knew that because I read it in a Jack London short story ("To Build a Fire")
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