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The chase is on

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The end of the year is quickly approaching. It appears as though I will have attained most of the riding goals I have set for myself. One that I didn't get was three centuries for the year. I only rode one. That will be something to work on for next year. I did manage to get 4 metric centuries and 13 half centuries so far. I am happy with that. I have 5800 miles for the year, so the goal of 6000 is in my sights.

The challenge before me now is an attempt to catch a team mate for total mileage for the year. We log our miles on another site called bike journal. She is currently in third place with me in fourth for our team. Every time I try to close on her she manages to pull away. I have closed the gap a bit over the last week and a half. On December third she was 377 miles ahead. I stepped up my commuting distance and had during last week I closed to 270 miles. Last Saturday I was running some errands which included a stop at the local bike shop for some winter gear. At the shop I was discussing my trying to close the distance with another rider. I came to find out that Jennifer (third place) was out of town for the week. Armed with that knowledge, I have now closed to within 179 miles. I can close that another 60-70 miles before the weekend. I am sooooo close. Jennifer is a strong rider and won't be passed without a fight.

We shall see. I have been watching her rear wheel for a long time. I think I would like to pull for a while.

  
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FATMANRIDING 12/14/2012 6:20PM

    Bill, I looked you up on Bike Journal. 9000 miles! Wow. I, too, am retired military. Navy for me. The steel decks took their toll over the years. I can't run much anymore, but I can ride all day.

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BILL60 12/14/2012 9:59AM

    Sounds like fun. BTW, I log onto Bike Journal as well. Last I looked I was 120th. Keep it up and pass Jennifer.

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NIKKILEEG 12/13/2012 2:59PM

    What a fun way to keep motivated for more miles! Good luck with your annual miles.

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Weather!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Today it was almost 60 degrees out on the morning commute. By the time lunch rolled around, it was 70 and I got in a nice lunchtime ride. The afternoon commute is looking to be around 70 as well. Loving it! Tomorrow it is supposed to be even nicer!

  
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RAVENBAR 12/13/2012 6:41AM

    Oh sooo different today!! I actually dusted off my bike over the weekend to go for a quick ride. You dedication motivates me. Well actually it will really motivate me in the spring :)

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BILL60 12/4/2012 9:56AM

    Just super!! Weather in South Texas has been equally nice. Let's enjoy it while we have it.

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GREENGENES 12/3/2012 11:42PM

    Had great weather here as well. Had a nice 10 mile ride to the office this morning and was looking forward to a 5 mile ride home but discovered by back tire was flat. No spare, no tools, no luck. DW had to pick me up. I'll pick up a new tire tomorrow.

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DDOORN 12/3/2012 4:47PM

    Awesome deal! Savor! :-)

Don

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NIKKILEEG 12/3/2012 2:21PM

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Inspiration! Commuting AND going on a lunchtime ride.

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Weighing in

Monday, November 05, 2012

I have been doing well with the exercising portion of my weight loss strategy. I have not been doing well in maintaining control in the eating department. I dropped down to 271 by the end of April and as of this morning I am back up to 302. It didn't all come back on right away. Bit by bit, actually bite by bite, I have managed to erase most of the losses from earlier this year.

Time to refocus. Next year I will turn 50, and I have a few big rides I really want to do. Virginia has a series of rides called brevets. They are randonneuring events, which are long timed rides, through the Shenendoah Mountains. The first one is 200 kilometers and is on the 23rd of March. I already know it is much easier to climb hills at a lower weight, so lose it I must. Every three to four weeks there will be an additional brevet of greater length. After the 200km ride is a 300km, 400km, and a 600km ride. The idea is that each ride helps to train you for the next one. Completing these rides in the same calendar year qualifies the rider as a Super Randonneur. It also qualifies you to ride a Grand Randonneur event. These are typically 1200km (750 miles). The most famous Grand Randonneur being the Paris-Brest-Paris.

I have my work cut out for me. Less weight while climbing the Shenendoahs works out to a more enjoyable and doable ride.

  
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NIKKILEEG 11/8/2012 1:22PM

    If you can get the latest Bicycling magazine, there is a great article by Colin (somebody) who talks about losing and then gaining weight. He also mentions several ideas that are helping him get back on track to lose. He just started cycling about 18 months ago and writes a column each month about his experiences as a "new" cyclist. He inspired me.

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DDOORN 11/6/2012 12:27PM

    Those blasted pounds keep hounding me too. There are WAY too many fantastic rides out there to allow the pounds to get in the way...right? Sounds like a winter ahead of watching those calories...I know I'm going to try my best.

Don

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BILL60 11/6/2012 7:17AM

    Let's lose that weight and enjoy those brevets in 2013.

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FATMANRIDING 11/5/2012 9:28PM

    Janette - A 200k should take 8-9 hours. I can do 100 miles in six hours, but that is on flat ground.

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JANETTEB553 11/5/2012 3:34PM

    Cor how long does it take to ride 200Km?
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Getting cooler

Friday, November 02, 2012

This morning when I check the weather, I found that it was 39 degrees. I knew I was still going to ride in, but for a moment I was questioning my own sanity. It was brisk out, but oh so beautiful. What a great morning to be alive and what a great way to enjoy it.

Last winter was my first commuting winter. It was pretty mild by our standards. I only had to wear the balaclava a couple of times. I think this winter will be a bit more challenging. I say that with a smile on my face knowing that I look forward to the challenge. Ride on!

  
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BILL60 11/2/2012 9:46AM

    Way to get out there, in spite of the challenging weather.

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LUVS2BIKE101 11/2/2012 9:05AM

    I feel the same way. As long as we are dressed for the activity, we can accomplish our goal.
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Sandy has passed

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This morning was the first ride since Friday. Saturday morning was spent preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Patching the garage roof, putting up all of the lawn furniture, cleaning gutters, and taking down our wind chimes. The rain had already showed up by the time I was done at 4:30 PM. The rest of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday was spent hunkered down in the house. There was plenty of wind and rain, but we fared ok. My heart goes out the the folks up north. It is going to take a long time for things to get back to normal for them.

We still had some rain and high winds on Tuesday, so I chose to drive to work. This morning it was a little chilly, 41 degrees with a 34 degree wind chill. However, it was a most beautiful ride. After being cooped up for so long, the freedom to roll was incredible. To top it off, the sun was rising just as I got to work. I had not seen the sun for a few days and I appreciated the confirmation that it was still there. I called my wife as soon as I parked the bike. It's part of our morning ritual. I give her a courtesy call that I made it safely to work and she continues to let me do the dark time commmute. I let her know the sun was coming up so she could enjoy it with her morning coffee.

Now, it is lunch time and my bike is calling me. Time to go get some sunshine.

  
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BILL60 11/1/2012 7:38AM

    Way to get out there!!

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