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Old 06-24-18, 12:33 PM
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Got mono at the begnning of June. Lost two pounds a day for a week. Turned 60. Thursday returned to work half time.

Today one of the slowest 10Ks ever, but so wonderful to be out. Baby spins.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Got mono at the begnning of June. Lost two pounds a day for a week. Turned 60. Thursday returned to work half time.

Today one of the slowest 10Ks ever, but so wonderful to be out. Baby spins.

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Ooh, that sucks. Good that you are getting back out though.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Got mono at the begnning of June. Lost two pounds a day for a week. Turned 60. Thursday returned to work half time.

Today one of the slowest 10Ks ever, but so wonderful to be out. Baby spins.

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Sorry to hear that. Glad you're back on the bike. I've been down with pneumonia since early June.
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Sorry to hear that. Glad you're back on the bike. I've been down with pneumonia since early June.
Oh, I'm so sorry. Take great care of yourself and get better. Listen to your doctors, and listen to your body. You'll know when it's time to take short walks and when it's time to go on a short slow ride.

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I saw a near double suicide this afternoon. Approaching Water St near Arlington Center on the MM, a too-cool dude-hipster-type riding with no hands and a woman following and possibly trying to pass his rode out across the road quickly, without slowing, without even looking, ignoring the STOP sign for cyclists, as if the road were not there. I was about 10 yards behind, having given up trying to pass them a quarter of a mile back. As they entered the road a woman driving a small SUV came down from Mass Ave and managed to swerve over to the her right just enough to miss them. The driver sat there for a few seconds to catch her breath and regain her composure. The two idiot cyclist just kept going. Had there been an accident I was ready to volunteer to be a witness. Those two almost ruined someone else's life with their reckless behavior.

My commute was uneventful otherwise.
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Got out this morning. Just planned to ride to Borderland State Park (about a mile away) and back. Approaching my house on the return I felt so good I kept going. Ended up doing 9 miles. Not bad after a 3 week hiatus to recover from pneumonia.
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It seems a lot of respiratory ailment is going around. N'sG, good to see yo are getting a new start.

I just rode my commute again. Had two flats this morning, on sew-ups. One may have been due to a small leak in the tire I used to fix the first. Just another adventure. Fortunately I carry two spares. As long as I don't have another float on the way home I'll be fine. Otherwise I will be walking a lot.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I saw a near double suicide this afternoon. Approaching Water St near Arlington Center on the MM, a too-cool dude-hipster-type riding with no hands and a woman following and possibly trying to pass his rode out across the road quickly, without slowing, without even looking, ignoring the STOP sign for cyclists, as if the road were not there. I was about 10 yards behind, having given up trying to pass them a quarter of a mile back. As they entered the road a woman driving a small SUV came down from Mass Ave and managed to swerve over to the her right just enough to miss them. The driver sat there for a few seconds to catch her breath and regain her composure. The two idiot cyclist just kept going. Had there been an accident I was ready to volunteer to be a witness. Those two almost ruined someone else's life with their reckless behavior.

My commute was uneventful otherwise.
I'm back on the Minuteman after a long hiatus. Don't know whether I've lost my desensitization, I'm slightly grumpier than I used to be, or there are simply more arrogant/mindless/irresponsible people riding bikes, but it sure does seem like the ratio of stupid to reasonable has increased on the trail. Multiple roadies passing too closely and without warning (maybe it's just because I'm going slower than usual?), an older lady on an electric... bike? (she wasn't even spinning pedals!) going 20+ miles and continuously ringing her bell at everyone with a 'get out of my way' demeanor, noobs on Hubway (or is it Blue bikes now?) riding 3 abreast and swerving... *shakes fist at cloud*

On the positive side, the Budd car at Bedford Depot is open again on the weekends! I'm sure most of you have seen these/been inside, but if you haven't, it's a neat look into the past and the crushed utopian expectations for the future of rail transit.


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Nice Budliner pics!

FWIW, I made it home yesterday without another flat. WHen I got home I put some Stan's tire seal in both tires and behold! they stopped leaking! Fixed them flats in no time flat!
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl
Got out this morning. Just planned to ride to Borderland State Park (about a mile away) and back. Approaching my house on the return I felt so good I kept going. Ended up doing 9 miles. Not bad after a 3 week hiatus to recover from pneumonia.
Great news! Keep feeling better.

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Limes in Arlington MA:

In front of Mirak Chevrolet (yes, one and a half "parked" badly):


In front of Mirak Hyundai (all "parked" goodly):


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On my commute home two days just after I'd turned onto the MM eastbound from Bow St I passed a middle-age man riding the other way on a motorcycle.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
On my commute home two days just after I'd turned onto the MM eastbound from Bow St I passed a middle-age man riding the other way on a motorcycle.
Lexington Bow St or Arlington Bow St?

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
On my commute home two days just after I'd turned onto the MM eastbound from Bow St I passed a middle-age man riding the other way on a motorcycle.
hahaha, next thing, we're gonna see a horse!
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Lexington Bow St or Arlington Bow St?

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I believe Arlington. Near Mal's.
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Originally Posted by mr_bill
Limes in Arlington MA:

In front of Mirak Chevrolet (yes, one and a half "parked" badly):


In front of Mirak Hyundai (all "parked" goodly):


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You beat me to it. Saw them yesterday on Lake St. at the MM crossing. Weren't there on Wed night. They're now at every intersection on Mass Ave - neatly arranged for now. Expect to see them scattered around the MM soon.

In other Arlington/MM news, the Aeronaut beer garden was approved 🍺
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I believe Arlington. Near Mal's.
Thatís the Lexington Bow St. Malís is on the Arlington/Lexington border.

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I've not been posting lately however I've still been riding. I'll admit I've run out of ways to write and share the perpetual awesomeness, therapy, and rewarding emotions that each ride has had. Since early May I've been riding 3-4 days before work and at least one day on the weekend. My R3 has been in and out of the shop lately for a seemingly endless series of woes that I think has finally been fixed.
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I've not been posting lately however I've still been riding. I'll admit I've run out of ways to write and share the perpetual awesomeness, therapy, and rewarding emotions that each ride has had.

Since early May I've been riding 3-4 days before work and at least one day on the weekend. My R3 has been in and out of the shop lately for a seemingly endless series of woes that I think has finally been fixed.
Finally!

Just kidding though. You do seem to ride an awe-inspiring amount in the early AM. Me however,
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…I have previously posted to this thread, Why didn’t I ride
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My job; either too much to do, so I stay (comfortably) overnight and resume very early in the AM, missing my commute; or have to travel afar for a meeting...and to a lesser extent, family activities…

Having a mileage-based training schedule however, effectively motivates me to make time to ride. I have the opportunity to commute a minimal 14 miles one-way during the week (Commuter Rail home), and round-trip on Saturday all year-round, for about 100 miles a week.

During the nice weather, I’d like to put in about 150-200 miles to train and do long rides.

In reality though, I probably get in about 20-30 miles per week during the winter, and maybe about 75-100 during the nice weather (to include early evening rides).
Even much less this year.

I was particularly stirred to post this morning because this week I am laying out plans to ride a Century on September 1, Bike to the Beach, from Boston to Newport, RI, “…
to raise funds and awareness for Autism, the most prevalent developmental disability in the world.” As I recall, you posted last year about doing that Ride too.
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Bike to the beach was an amazing experience. I woke up at 3:00 AM to leave at 4:00 AM for the 9 mile ride to BU for the start at 5:00 AM. comftorably cool that dropped to freezing at 6:00 AM. Several well stocked stops along the way including pizza at around 92 miles.

When all was said and done I rolled onto the red carpet finish line after 111 miles with a 16mph average on the Smoothie. The route was scenic and if my mindset wasn't HTFU I could have spent all day going slow and soaking it in….

Thanks again to all who made donations to Bike to the Beach for me!
This will require pretty long and intense riding according to a previously published ten-week Century Training schedule:
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...My modification of the plan is to make Sunday my rest day, and Saturday is my century day. This won't print on the Forum as a nice table, but I think you can figure it out:

WITH STRENGTH TO SPARE:
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Weekly
Easy* Pace* Brisk* Pace* Pace* Pace* Mileage
10 12 14 Off 12 40 15 103
10 13 15 Off 13 44 17 112
10 15 15 Off 15 48 18 123
11 16 19 Off 16 53 20 135
12 18 20 Off 18 59 22 149
13 19 23 Off 19 64 24 162
14 20 25 Off 20 71 27 177
16 20 27 Off 20 75 27 177
17 20 30 Off 20 75 32 194
19 20 30 Off 10 5 Easy Century 184

1,516

EASY CENTURY TRAINING:
Week Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Weekly
Easy* Pace* Brisk* Pace* Pace* Pace* Mileage
1 6 10 12 Off 10 30 9 77
2 7 11 13 Off 11 34 10 86
3 8 13 15 Off 13 38 11 98
4 8 14 17 Off 14 42 13 108
5 9 15 19 Off 15 47 14 119
6 11 15 21 Off 15 53 16 131
7 12 15 24 Off 15 59 18 143
8 13 15 25 Off 15 65 20 153
9 15 15 25 Off 15 65 20 155
Cent Week 15 15 25 Off 10 5 Easy Century 170

1,240
Posting such intent makes me more committed. In fact, just this morning I wrote to this General Cycling thread, “Do You Do Charity Rides and How To Encourage People”:
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Here in New England it seems to me that that best organized Century Rides are Charity events, and I usually just make the minimal donation myself. Besides the tax deduction, an organized Century Ride gives me the incentive to train long and hard during my busy summer time due to work and family activities.

In fact, a special needs school that I avidly support has a fund-raising Fitness Challenge that offers an organized opportunity to further train, and support that school also. “Win-win-win.”

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Today was a bit warm. I rode 61.5 miles on my R3. I was delighted to see that Monument st is getting some much overdue attention. Shorty after the bridge over the Concord river the road had been ground up for paving. I quickly took a left onto Liberty st to Lowell st and eventually took a meandering and quintessentially scenic side road that Jim Muller introduced me to last year. Before heading home I stopped at the water fountain at Concord ctr and contimplated briefly about what would one prefer. A warm bottle of water on a hot sunny day or a partially frozen bottle in February. I'd stick with the warm bottle on the hot day. It is so much better! Despite the dozens of smiling happy cyclists, nicely manicured lawns, blooming flowers and warm sunny goodness it was energy draining after a while which produced the same desires as in February to get the heck home.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
On my commute home two days just after I'd turned onto the MM eastbound from Bow St I passed a middle-age man riding the other way on a motorcycle.
Some years ago, I was riding on the MM at night when a teenager on a mini-bike went farting up the path, looking very serious about his exploit. Takes all kinds, I guess. I doubt the APD looks kindly on that nonsense.

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Spent the last two weeks in Italy, on a vacation that was not bike-centric. However...

In the Tuscan city of Lucca, I rented a tourist bike and rode a couple of circuits on the walls, a total of about 5 miles.The old city of Lucca was protected by a pentagonal system of very thick walls and battlements; it was never besieged, and after the Napoleonic Wars, a female relative of Napoleon decided that since contemporary artillery had rendered the walls of no real military value, they should be landscaped as a park and promenade. The result reminded me of the High Line.


















Bicycle culture in Lucca was mostly centered on city bikes, with large numbers of tourist rentals mixing with even larger numbers of privately-owned bikes used by the Luccans themselves as short-haul transports. While the streets were narrow, bikes are well-adapted to negotiating them efficiently, and the cyclists seemed to co-exist peacefully with the drivers and pedestrians, with a certain amount of Italian banter and gestural communication employed to handle any moments of frustration or peril. The infrastructure story does have some bright spots, in particular this underpass for getting cyclists and pedestrians across a railroad line and major road, part of the approach to the (walled) old town. MAPC, take note.


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Back in Massachusetts, and back in the heat, rode East Saturday. I will plead guilty to being fixated on the stupa at the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Medford. I always stop there on these rides, always take a picture; in this case, sweat rendered the phone interface unreliable after these pictures, and they were all I got. I find myself associating the stupa with its radiating lines of prayer flags with the Van de Graaf generator at the Science Museum's lightning show; lots of power in either case, and access to not-so-obvious aspects of the universe.


I was looking for a sea breeze, and eventually found that in Revere, but first found more heat and sweat when my rear tire flatted on Medford Street, Malden, at the Highland Ave. intersection (I think), which happened to be the arena in which a dozen picketers from two or three craft unions were denouncing scab operators hired by National Grid to dig up the street. After a not especially efficient search I found the glass sliver in the tread that caused the flat, and changed the tire (Compass Snoqualmie Pass, first flat in the ~600 miles I've been rolling on it). In the meantime, I got a tutorial in labor rhetoric, and noted that over half the union guys' utterances were actually safety and methodology tips to the scabs. Fascinating stuff, but I rolled further East to a cooler micro-climate. When I rolled back, the union guys, the scabs, and the cops had all gone home, and the hole in Medford Street was filled. No further flats, so I guess I really did find the cause of the puncture. Sweatiest ride of the year so far.

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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Spent the last two weeks in Italy, on a vacation that was not bike-centric. However...

In the Tuscan city of Lucca, I rented a tourist bike and rode a couple of circuits on the walls, a total of about 5 miles.The old city of Lucca was protected by a pentagonal system of very thick walls and battlements; it was never besieged, and after the Napoleonic Wars, a female relative of Napoleon decided that since contemporary artillery had rendered the walls of no real military value, they should be landscaped as a park and promenade. The result reminded me of the High Line.


















Bicycle culture in Lucca was mostly centered on city bikes, with large numbers of tourist rentals mixing with even larger numbers of privately-owned bikes used by the Luccans themselves as short-haul transports. While the streets were narrow, bikes are well-adapted to negotiating them efficiently, and the cyclists seemed to co-exist peacefully with the drivers and pedestrians, with a certain amount of Italian banter and gestural communication employed to handle any moments of frustration or peril. The infrastructure story does have some bright spots, in particular this underpass for getting cyclists and pedestrians across a railroad line and major road, part of the approach to the (walled) old town. MAPC, take note.


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Today I left my Lycra and SPD-SL shoes at home and packed my Smoothie in the back of the car and drove down to Woods Hole. I caught the 7:00 AM ferry to Vineyard Haven, wearing my Club Ride casual garb, SD66 SPD sandals and Hiplock around my waist I circumnavigated the Vineyard. It was heavenly, warm weather, breathtaking scenery, and an invigorating vibe. I stopped for breakfast in Vineyard Haven before getting going at a quaint cafe which had actually good coffee. Lunch was at 7A in W Tisburry. All in all it was 58 memorable miles. One thing worth mentioning about the Vineyard; water fountains are thought to find. I spent far more on water than I would have liked.

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