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Old 02-14-19, 10:37 PM
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41 miles on a pleasant Valentine's Day afternoon. Took the Univega hybrid to be sure I'd take it easy and not turn it into a workout. Saw a friend I hadn't seen for a month or so along the gravel/chat trail and chatted for awhile. So the chat trail is appropriately named.
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Old 02-15-19, 05:56 PM
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60 miles in pleasant weather before a week of wetness.
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Old 02-16-19, 05:21 PM
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35 mi. on Lake Okeechobee dike. On track to reach 75-80 mi before GASP100 in early May. Longest ride this year and body parts feel good at the end.
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Old 02-17-19, 06:33 AM
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Moon was high in the sky yesterday as I headed out at 12:25AM for another quiet and nippy morning ride. Finished with 122 miles.
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Old 02-17-19, 07:37 PM
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My first significant ride since February 1st. Canadian prairies have been in the deep freeze, but weather was mild at -14 Celsius. Our annual Winter Festival is on and we have a "Crokicurl" rink in the city square.




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Statue of John Diefenbaker, former Prime Minister of Canada
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Old 02-17-19, 07:47 PM
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16 miles Sunday, cool, not too windy, enjoyable but about all I had the energy for.
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Old 02-18-19, 11:10 PM
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Did a 30 mile gravel ride, first 15mi into a stiff 15mph wind, gusting 30mph. Wind chill was 29F. At one point I accidentally dialed 911! My iPhone was in a zipped pants pocket, and while trying to silence an incoming call, I tapped the on-off button several times. I was wearing heavy gloves...not easy to do...Then I heard that beeping countdown, and I knew what was happening. Stopped the bike and ripped out phone hoping to stop the process, but alas, it was too late...it was ringing 911. So I hung up! Then it occurred to me that that was the incorrect thing to do, so I called back, explained what had happened. The operator thanked me for calling back, and off I went.
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Old 02-19-19, 06:49 AM
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25 mi 92 degrees! 40 oz's of water.
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Old 02-19-19, 06:50 AM
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All I can say is ----- wow, WOW, WOW bicycling under that moonlit sky last night. Winds were low, humidity a bit high, temp in low 70's. 101 miles already, finishing my break and heading back out. Got to force another 50 miles out of this body.
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Old 02-19-19, 07:40 AM
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All I can say is ----- wow, WOW, WOW bicycling under that moonlit sky last night. Winds were low, humidity a bit high, temp in low 70's. 101 miles already, finishing my break and heading back out. Got to force another 50 miles out of this body.
You really post some impressive mileage. That must have been an awesome ride.
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Old 02-19-19, 07:58 AM
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Set out for a speed run to the greenway, about 5.5 miles from home. This is the only ride I do for time, everything else is just for exercise and fun. Got caught by the light and blew my time a mile from home, waiting through two cycles at a traffic light before deciding to run it. (I have a history with local police. Walking in public is apparently considered suspicious, and I became more pointed in my objection with each successive stop. After 8 times, it became quite contentious. So I don't want to give them any excuse to ticket me.)

Tried again two days later, and that time I set a new PR, no trouble at the light. It felt good going in; I'd figured I'd be able to knock off last year's record just from the way I felt.

Went again early this morning. No new record with a headwind, but the moonlight was stunning. Added 12 miles of loop up north then flatted out four miles from home. Wouldn't you know, the pump head had disassembled itself in my pack and a piece was missing, so that ride ended with a moonlit hike.
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Old 02-19-19, 12:23 PM
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You really post some impressive mileage. That must have been an awesome ride.
Ride was GREAT and almost NO TRAFFIC!!!! Finished 2nd part riding solo and totaled 150.7 for today.
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Old 02-19-19, 06:04 PM
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Skipped my normal Sunday ride as I was doing the "Great Aloha Run" 8.2 mile race on Monday. It's a point-to-point starts at Aloha Tower downtown and ends at Aloha Stadium in Aiea. Did a little over 1:41 (56/207 in the M65-69 class). This is the only running I do any more. First did the race in its inaugural in 1985. Done most of them except for a period I was on the mainland. I keep thinking "gee if I just did some running practice I know I could improve my time", but I would rather ride a bike, and besides, from experience I know more running will just cause joint pain I don't really need.

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Old 02-20-19, 06:15 PM
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Up in the hills overlooking Facebook HQ this morning with wind, some rain, and cold.

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Old 02-20-19, 08:20 PM
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Planned to rest most of this week but Wednesday was too nice -- cool but mostly sunny and little wind. Rode 21 miles, which was about all the fun I could stand. My average speed is the same as usual but I still don't have my regular energy. Feeling kinda spent after every ride. Doc says the thyroid meds may take 6-8 weeks to make a discernible difference and it's been 3. I'm anxious to get back to the fitness and energy level I had last March, and am pretty much on target for that.
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Old 02-22-19, 03:35 PM
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Just my usual before work ride. 14.3 miles starting at 4:15 AM. 34į. That's about as cold as it gets here in a normal year.
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Old 02-22-19, 07:57 PM
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Wife went to daughter's so I got out late last night for a 154.7 mile over nighter. With an almost full moon, cloudless sky, traffic near 0, only 1 wild boar running along side ----- AWESOME!
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Old 02-23-19, 02:03 AM
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36 leisurely miles, including a group ride on a chilly and damp Friday night. It was good.
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23 miles on a very windy Saturday afternoon. Chasing new PRs on an eastbound segment with tailwind. Working the legs on a westbound segment with moderate rollers into the headwind -- almost feels like climbing a real hill. Got some new PRs, cracked the top ten, but still a full minute behind the KOM.
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Old 02-24-19, 08:28 AM
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40 mi on Okeechobee dike. Headwind out and tail back. Legs and lungs are doing GREAT. Sure don't miss statins.
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Friday night a speed run to the greenway. I was trying to squeeze into a four-hour gap in the rains, but by the time I left home that was a half-hour gap at most. 56F and solid rain on the return, which it turns out is plenty warm when I'm working hard. A nice ride through farmland; all the fields were inland oceans.

This morning before dawn made a run to the library to drop off a book (Tim Jackson - Prosperity Without Growth) and then up into the hills from there. The rains finally cleared up at 2AM and we should get a few days of relief.
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Old 02-24-19, 03:02 PM
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Finally! We got a day of decent weather after all the rain, flood warnings and tornado watches.
Got in 70 minutes on a sunny, but windy, 45F day,
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Old 02-25-19, 02:31 PM
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I didnít get too far. The trail is still a little slick.

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A nice surprise with a beautiful sunny but cool day as I started late morning. 43 degrees, feels like 35 degrees is what the report tells me. Add wind chill and a head wind and after 10 1/4 miles I couldn't feel the shifters or brakes by the time I finished. As my first real ride after over 15 years, that was plenty. It felt great though but gloves with fingers and something for my ears would be welcome. This is the Green River near River Bend Golf Course.

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Old 02-25-19, 05:41 PM
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Got a ride in this morning before our next batch of storms arrive. I'll most likely ride in the wet on Wednesday:
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