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April's looking like March should have looked!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I didn't get a ride in this weekend. Saturday's winds were just too much. Sunday, after church, we went to a few nurseries and bought more goodies for the garden.

On my way back from court this afternoon, I started off in sunshine, noted a strong northerly wind (yay! downwind of Hanford!), then sideways rain which turned into hail, followed by sleet. I'm assuming this weather system will have passed by the time I leave work. It better have moved on, because I intend to ride my bike home!

Washington's DOT closed westbound I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass this weekend because of the number of spun-out vehicle blocking the interstate. Eastbound traffic had to be chained up. There were a couple of avalanches in the area, too (but not over the freeway - WSDOT does an excellent job of avalanche control); a couple of people died. Weather-wise, April is shaping up to be much crazier than March was.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/16/2013 9:50AM

    Same here.... Cold and wet most days this month!

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CORNERKICK 4/16/2013 1:50AM


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BILL60 4/15/2013 10:15PM

    Hang tough and try to get that ride in this weekend.

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UMBILICAL 4/15/2013 6:31PM

  Ah, the Northwest!!!!

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Probably no ride today

Saturday, April 13, 2013

There's a high wind warning today. I can tell just by looking out the window I don't want to ride. The forecast is for 30-40 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. The crazy thing is, I'm still tempted.

Maybe I'll go for a mountain bike ride instead. emoticon


Yeah, it was windy

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I rode home along the north side of the river. That's my normal route, but it's very exposed to the wind. The south side of the river has more protection from the wind, but that route adds four miles to my commute.

The waves on the river were about 8" high; every now & then, I'd see waves 1' tall. No, that's not a big wave, but the river is only a half a mile wide. That's not much of a fetch. The wind was 25-30 mph, with gusts that I'd guess were close to 40. It was a brutally slow ride.

I was surprised to see other people out on the trail, but all I saw were walkers & runners. Most days, I see a few riders that appear to be out on training rides. What better conditions to train in than brutal winds? No, it's not a lot of fun, but it's a heck of a workout!

I bought a Fitbit recently. I had it tucking into my bibshorts on the way home. It logged my 10.4 ride as 8000 steps & 23 flights of stairs. Interesting. I like the Fitbit, but if I sync it with SparkPeople and then log my bike ride, I'll end up with a completely wacky calorie burn count.

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HILLSLUG98239 4/11/2013 6:23PM

    I had the Fitbit tucked into the waistband, which is a few inches higher because of the bib. That's pretty close to wear I usually wear it.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/11/2013 4:39PM

    Congratulations on doing the ride in the wind. That's interesting that the fitbit attempted to track the ride as steps and stairs. I didn't knw it would do that. Did you have it on your leg, your waist or on the suspender part of the bib?

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CBLENS 4/11/2013 12:48PM

    the wind is good when it's at your back., consider the fitbit, good comments on the syncing.

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Windy day ahead

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Here's the forecast for today:
I still plan on riding home this afternoon. On the plus side, there won't be many people out on the trail.

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BILL60 4/10/2013 9:47PM

    Way to hang in there. We had that type of weather today and there weren't very many "diehards" out there.

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Good weekend!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Hubs and I spent last weekend at a lodge near 49 Degrees North ski area near Chewelah, WA, with one of his sisters. I love 49 North - lots of terrain, laid back atmosphere, rarely a wait to get on a chair lift. They don't charge for lift tickets the last week of the season. Usually, the skiing is still pretty good. The slopes face north, so the spring sunshine doesn't melt them.

This year, the rain melted them. It was the worst end-of-the-season week I've seen. Our host said it was the worst she's seen in 15 years. The snow was really wet & heavy (not something we're used to in the Selkirk Mountains!) On one particularly bad run, I found myself fearing I was going to blow out my knee and by doing so ruin my cycling season. No injuries, though. We quit while we were ahead.

On the way home, we stopped at a store in Spokane that sells Costco returns & overstocks. We found a discontinued Teeter HangUps inversion table at a really good price. I used it few times yesterday, and I'm really looking forward to using it a lot! My back was so stiff when I first got out of bed this morning that I could barely walk. I went for a leisurely walk this morning, then hung for a bit. Although there is still some pain in my back, I have complete range of motion. (I'm using at about a little less than a 60 degree angle. I plan to work up to full inversion over the next several weeks. My back feels better just thinking about it!)

No ride home tonight (I have to pick up our CSA box - first asparagus of the season!). Tomorrow should have me back on track with the bike. I still don't feel ready to run again. Not sure why, but I figure it's best to listen to my body. If I'm getting exercise on the bike and by walking, the running can wait.

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    Sorry to hear about the wet snow, but it's great you managed to get some runs in without incident. I'm a big Costco fan so I would probably love the overstock store. I didn't know that they did that. I hope you enjoy the inversion table.

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