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Forum: Commuting
09-27-04, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Hey y'all, checking in after a long gap between...

Hey y'all, checking in after a long gap between posts ... but not commuting ... still commuting 2-3 times a week.

On to my 7th year of commuting year round. The Bay Area's weather tends to make...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-04, 11:13 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Hey folks, I've still been with you although I...

Hey folks, I've still been with you although I haven't had a chance to post much recently. Busy, you know.

Anyway, after a tough training-riding day Saturday and a fast 10K run yesterday, I added...
02-22-04, 09:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,726
Posted By Andy Dreisch

San Jose Mercury News story from Sunday, the...

San Jose Mercury News story from Sunday, the 22nd. (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/8012796.htm)
02-22-04, 09:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,726
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Sorry, but as a very serious commuter, I just...

Sorry, but as a very serious commuter, I just don't buy this. The laws of physics are decidely against us, statistics aside. Though I've yet to have a single incident in my 7 years of commuting, I...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-04, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

My schedule's stll a bit messed up so I only got...

My schedule's stll a bit messed up so I only got one decent commute in last week. I've been focusing more on running than biking recently, using biking as secondary cross-training. I'll be reversing...
02-21-04, 09:38 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,726
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Update: The perp turned himself in. Below story...

Update: The perp turned himself in. Below story is from 2/21 San Jose Mercury News article.

I'm very familiar with the area and consider Rt 9 about average in terms of overall safety -- adequate...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-04, 01:45 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Hey y'all, y'all. Long time, no post. I am...

Hey y'all, y'all. Long time, no post.

I am still the faithful bike-commuter though I backed off a little more this year than past years through the incredibly busy holiday season and year-end...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-03, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,651
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I know this sounds nuts but man would I love just...

I know this sounds nuts but man would I love just once to ride in the snow!!!
Forum: Commuting
11-24-03, 06:50 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Well, it's been a while since my last post. Let's...

Well, it's been a while since my last post. Let's see ... hmmm ... how were the recent commutes?

I can't remember any except this morning's commute which was by far the coldest of the season. Dang...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-03, 06:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,343
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I've forgotten just about every article of...

I've forgotten just about every article of clothing there is at least once or twice. The strangest thing for me was when I mistakenly picked up my wife's biking shorts and packed them instead of my...
Forum: Commuting
11-11-03, 10:33 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Last night's ride was nice but I was SLOW. Lack...

Last night's ride was nice but I was SLOW. Lack of the summertime tailwind knocked my speeds down by 3-4 MPH.
Forum: Commuting
11-10-03, 11:20 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Been ridin' but no timin' for postin'. ...

Been ridin' but no timin' for postin'.

Today, chilly and nice but not as chilly as first thought. I'm still sweating buckets 30 minutes after taking my shower!!!
Forum: Commuting
10-30-03, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Nice, cool, crisp, autumn ride in today from WG....

Nice, cool, crisp, autumn ride in today from WG. I believe there's been a 20-degree (F) dip in temps from a day or two ago.
Forum: Commuting
10-29-03, 11:26 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Great ride last night although I was very tired...

Great ride last night although I was very tired when I got home. I had some extra time so I took the long way home which includes the killer hill about 5 miles from home.

The whole ride was in the...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-03, 12:09 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Great ride in today from Willow Glen. Felt strong...

Great ride in today from Willow Glen. Felt strong after a day's rest after conquering Mt Hamilton on Sunday.
Forum: Commuting
10-27-03, 12:16 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Last Friday night I was happy to get off the bike...

Last Friday night I was happy to get off the bike after riding a bunch of miles recently. I went from work to see my daughter's field hockey game. Quick change artist that I am, nobody even knew.
Forum: Commuting
10-24-03, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Last night's ride home: uneventful. Today's...

Last night's ride home: uneventful.

Today's ride in from Willow Glen: uneventful.

Uneventful is good.
Forum: Commuting
10-23-03, 10:19 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Foggy and misty and chilly ride in from home...

Foggy and misty and chilly ride in from home today. I must have "hit" half of the 60+ stop lights on the way in. Maddening.
Forum: Commuting
10-22-03, 11:00 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Ride home was mostly pitch black but uneventful.

Ride home was mostly pitch black but uneventful.
Forum: Commuting
10-18-03, 07:21 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

antonius, I have been caught in torrential...

antonius, I have been caught in torrential downpours countless times. The rainy season can be ferocious in the Bay Area. My experience is that drivers will tend to splash you as there is, obviously,...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-03, 11:15 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Strange thing happened today on the way back -- I...

Strange thing happened today on the way back -- I picked up a nail.

OK, not so strange ... yet.

The nail, as best as I can determine, became lodged in my rear tire and, with the tire revolving,...
Forum: Commuting
10-17-03, 11:27 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Took a shorter route this a.m. (13 miles). I've...

Took a shorter route this a.m. (13 miles). I've been running and swimming and needed a break.

Mr Idiot was out again today. The idiot that rides in the left lane -- blind curve, too -- of...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-03, 02:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 836
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I wear Shimano shoes that have a rubbery material...

I wear Shimano shoes that have a rubbery material on the outside. The only thing that absorbs H2O is the padding.
Forum: Commuting
10-15-03, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,122
Posted By Andy Dreisch

This time of year is tricky in San Jose only b/c...

This time of year is tricky in San Jose only b/c it's downright chilly in the mornings, especially with no cloud cover. But it gets into the low 80s in the afternoons.

I'll wear multiple layers in...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-03, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Took a few commuting down days after a...

Took a few commuting down days after a challenging ride on Sunday. Felt refreshed this a.m. It was a strange ride though. Pretty dangerous, actually.

First, there was a situation that I caused...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-03, 09:05 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Forgot to post re: Friday night's ride. Took the...

Forgot to post re: Friday night's ride. Took the long way with the monster hill. Saw many deer and there was a tarantula crossing the road at the steepest part.
Forum: Commuting
10-10-03, 04:35 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

BTW, I saw the second-ever stupidest cyclist move...

BTW, I saw the second-ever stupidest cyclist move today. This idiot was riding along on busy Lafayette Blvd, northbound above El Camino where the lanes get narrow and the traffic heavy and fast.
...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-03, 02:37 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

My ride in today was from my daughters' high...

My ride in today was from my daughters' high school for 13 miles. Seemed really short compared to the 20-miler I do from home.

It was very chilly, too, for these parts. I think it was 52 degrees...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-03, 11:18 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I've been riding a lot recently but haven't been...

I've been riding a lot recently but haven't been able to post due to the server swap and general busy-ness.

I rode to pick up my wife's van at the service shop last night. When I arrived I saw a...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-03, 08:28 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Tough ride home last night. Ran out of gas but...

Tough ride home last night. Ran out of gas but decided to slog through. Took the hilly route, too, but ssssllllloooowwwwlllllyyyyy.
Forum: Commuting
09-30-03, 09:56 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I've been doing a lot of around town commuting...

I've been doing a lot of around town commuting over the weekend. Today's ride in was pretty danged chilly. Two layers and my "winter" jacket, which is actually only slightly heavier than the summer...
09-27-03, 09:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,551
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Koffee, I have read your earlier post re; KREBS...

Koffee, I have read your earlier post re; KREBS cycle, etc. Very interesting stuff although I must say I'm on my fourth reading of this stuff and probably need another 3-4 readings to fully...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-03, 05:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I get the mob of kids, all crowding a school bus...

I get the mob of kids, all crowding a school bus stop, staring intently at my rapidly blinking front light, slowing turning the gaze as I zoom on by. They're usually too far away for any comments,...
09-27-03, 05:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,551
Posted By Andy Dreisch

This was the reason for my post in the first...

This was the reason for my post in the first place.

Thanks, again, Pat, for the great info.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-03, 08:51 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

This morning I flatted about 5-6 miles into the...

This morning I flatted about 5-6 miles into the ride. It was a seam puncture which, in my experience, is a nasty thing to repair. Sure enough, it immediately seemed to lose air.

I then did what...
09-26-03, 10:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,551
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Thanks, Pat ... excellent info.

Thanks, Pat ... excellent info.
Forum: Commuting
09-25-03, 10:01 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

My wife accompanied me for a few miles this a.m.,...

My wife accompanied me for a few miles this a.m., which was nice. I had to take off and make up some time, though, and I was a little worried about the headwind killing my pace.

Luckily I either...
09-25-03, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,551
Posted By Andy Dreisch

All I know is that I'm at 210 now, from 215 a few...

All I know is that I'm at 210 now, from 215 a few weeks ago.

The big, high-tech diet I'm on? NOTHING. Just watching portions. Eating fruits/veggies before the main course, etc. No big deal.
Forum: Commuting
09-24-03, 09:33 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

My ride home was great today. Cool temps and...

My ride home was great today. Cool temps and almost dark when I got home! I took a route I haven't done in a while and was soon very sorry I did so b/c there were patches of road surface removed for...
Forum: Triathlon
09-24-03, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,038
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Wow. A 5:46 avg mile? That's fast !!...

Wow. A 5:46 avg mile? That's fast !! Congratulations. Averaging 22.5 MPH over 10 miles ain't shabby either!!

What's your age group? (Did I miss that?)
09-24-03, 12:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,551
Posted By Andy Dreisch

What comes first: fat burn or muscle loss?

I'm just curious to know if the body will go after fat first, or muscle, when it realizes it's under a severely restricted caloric intake.

Personally, I go for the weight loss over time approach,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-03, 05:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,659
Posted By Andy Dreisch

6'3"; 42 years old; 212, down from 215 a couple...

6'3"; 42 years old; 212, down from 215 a couple weeks ago; target: 200 by the holidays.

I've been riding for years and years. I regularly bike-commute 20 miles each way. My weight stays the same...
09-22-03, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 966
Posted By Andy Dreisch

What was your longest training ride beforehand?...

What was your longest training ride beforehand? Did you taper for at least several days ahead of time?

Hey, 50 miles ain't shabby. You had a bad day or maybe your training was insufficient. A...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-03, 08:41 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

It wasn't as hot as predicted today. I was...

It wasn't as hot as predicted today. I was looking forward to a masochistic ride home with a major climb but I opted instead for a slightly different route with no hills. Still did a fast 20 miles...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-03, 09:59 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I suddenly have amazing stamina. I've been riding...

I suddenly have amazing stamina. I've been riding a bunch recently and yet I'm cooking along at a pretty good clip. My legs definitely are beat but they seem to complain less.

I used up a good...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-03, 09:02 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Well I've been quite the all-around-town weekend...

Well I've been quite the all-around-town weekend commuter recently. My oldest daughter has recently gotten her license (!!!) which has freed me up to do more around town biking b/c I don't have to be...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-03, 10:45 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

I "commuted" from San Jose to San Fran to catch...

I "commuted" from San Jose to San Fran to catch the Grand Prix action. Awesome ride for 50 miles (got a ride part way to avoid the same, tired roads I'm always on!!).

Saw Lance and Vinukirov (sp?)...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-03, 03:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,475
Posted By Andy Dreisch

If I did this I'd end up clobbering all the idiot...

If I did this I'd end up clobbering all the idiot cyclists who insist on riding on the wrong side of the road.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-03, 11:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,119
Posted By Andy Dreisch

There's a trail I use for running that has a...

There's a trail I use for running that has a similar problem. I can't see a thing!! I can only imagine biking along such a trail.

Short of looking down at your pedals, I don't think there's a...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-03, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 910,417
Posted By Andy Dreisch

Last night all the energy left my legs. I felt...

Last night all the energy left my legs. I felt drained as I pulled into Willow Glen to meet my wife and daughter for dinner before a school event. We've been real busy and I think I'm just tired...
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