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Old 09-05-19, 02:49 PM
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First ride in a month

First ride in about a month. Hot but overcast day so not so bad. Good time to start Fall training. First 30 minutes
took it easy felt stiff let the old bones loosen up. I needed some WD 40. Then it was great didnít feel like I missed any time off. Ending up with 21 miles 1:45. So Iím happy with that for a start. The heat isnít done yet so morning rides until we get a break from this heat.

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Why the lay-off? I must have missed something.
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Old 09-05-19, 06:11 PM
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Too much physical work to catch up on plus a swollen knee that just healed. 100+ weather doldrums. Late summer depression or I should say blues which is common here. Was a little burned out but I’m all enthusiastic again about riding my bikes.
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Too much physical work to catch up on plus a swollen knee that just healed. 100+ weather doldrums. Late summer depression or I should say blues which is common here. Was a little burned out but Iím all enthusiastic again about riding my bikes.
I retired in April, prior to that I was working as hard as I ever have for the last couple years and it took a toll on my cycling. Working in 100 degree heat leaves you with nothing when Saturday rides come around. It has been over or close to 100 for a while here but since I don't have to go to work I feel like my cycling has improved.
Glad to hear you still look forward to riding.
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Old 09-06-19, 10:56 AM
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27 miles this morning before the heat set in. Definitely back into it again. Those endorphins providing that natural high is what I need.
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Old 09-09-19, 07:46 AM
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Too much physical work to catch up on plus a swollen knee that just healed. 100+ weather doldrums. Late summer depression or I should say blues which is common here. Was a little burned out but Iím all enthusiastic again about riding my bikes.
Same boat here, but I bet you work much harder than I do.

My days off from work are filled with working on house repairs, car repairs, etc. Saturday was 8 hours outside doing repairs and Sunday was a repeat. At least Sunday I hopped on the bike to let the air cool me off with my sweat soaked clothes. That makes for only 2 short rides in the last 7 days, though.

My left knee seems to be improving, too. Just in time for cooling weather!
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