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Got My Granny Back!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

After a weekend of woefully late spring cleaning (sans cycling...!) and a week full of RAIN last week it was WONDERFUL to get out on my bike for my commute today! A cool, foggy upper 60's ride this morning with plans of getting to my local bike shop after work to see if they could tweak the front derailler so that I could shift and get my "Granny" back!

I knew it would be a hot one...and it was! 90 degrees on the bank thermometer!

The trick to minimizing sweating when cycling?

Don't STOP!

I turn into a human water sprinkler!

The bike shop tweaked the front derailler...cable was slack. Managed to pick up a flat, unbeknownst to me, just before arriving at the shop...a tack of all things! Also I finally remembered to bring along a gift I received some time ago: A Schwinn 17 function Bike Computer:

I didn't trust myself to be able to install it properly so I had them take care of that at the shop. Grand total service bill: $10. Worth it to have things done properly. From the Amazon reviews it looks like I made a wise choice!

Now I can pay more attention to my speed while cycling! I've already found out that I go faster than I think I do on the open flats...often topping 20 mph. Plus, I've ALWAYS wanted to know how fast I go down this hill I have to travel each time I go to / from work. It's a manageable climb, but not exactly a breeze! And the SWOOP of joy down the other side is always a sweet pay-off!

So how fast is this downhill...? 38 mph...twice a day every time I commute! Been faster (near 50 mph), but to have this at my doorstep is kinda cool.

We'll see how this bike computer thingy goes...who knows maybe I'll get into the numbers enough to be lured into the world of GPS...? (Doubt!)

Took the long way home...UP the River Road hill AND the hill to my home...climb baby climb!

Did I mention SWEAT?!?! EVERYTHING I was wearing was drenched! DW thought I'd had an "accident" on the way!

No riding tomorrow, long day, but Thurs. / Fri. look good for precip and chilling to a frosty 70 some degrees! :-)

Today's ride racked up 26 miles bringing my 2 month totals for April and May up to 313 miles. Not too shabby...considering all the rainy day washouts!

Make it a SPARKED week everyone!

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    I love my little bike computer. And, I bought a GPS watch for running, so I use that while riding, too! I live seeing how far/fast I'm going!

    Enjoy your new toy! And, wish we'd get some rain down here! So, so dry!
    1968 days ago
    1970 days ago
    I had a little gadget that clipped on my handlebars on the last bike I had that showed speed & distance & thought that was the bomb! And that little doohickey was probably about 3x as much as the Amozon price on yours, Don. Bike computers have come a long way since then!

    1971 days ago
  • NIKANN7493
    Awesome job on the ride and the Computer! I have one as well, wireless though. I love it so far! It's a Bell computer... can have my avg speed, top speed, temp, time, all sorts of info. I just love riding around town... easy calorie burner!
    1972 days ago
    awesome job Don! I"m catching up to you on Mileage! to bad we couldn't make it a monthly "goal" in the group... I've gotten Nicole back into bikeing.. we did 20 miles yesterday..WHOOT! and we're going to do a duatholon this fall... I think you could do it with us easy peasy! :)

    1972 days ago
    Great workouts you're getting! WTG! Don't forget to hydrate!
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    1973 days ago
    Fastest I've ever gone is 44 mph down a hill, loaded with camping gear, in my 20s.

    Not only can you get bike computers that do GPS, but you can also get ones that listen to a heart rate monitor strap too!

    Looking forward to the day my surgeon and PT give me the "all clear" for cycling outdoors again...
    1973 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I'd say that's awesome considering all the rain we've had. Numbers can be motivating!
    1973 days ago
  • BAM-MA
    Glad to hear about your Granny!!

    I am SO jealous, reading about all you guys that can bike to work!
    1973 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds super!! Talk about the ride you're doing in a week or so. Sounds like you're really looking forward to it.
    1973 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Great job! It was brutal yesterday afternoon but I know how much you've been wanting to ride. I'll have to stop over to the shop and have my ride tweaked. I love local business.
    1973 days ago
    Human water sprinkler???? Too funny I think I am one of those Rainbird spriklers on the treadmill or elliptical beast-spitting and sputtering with sweat pouring so great analogy!! Keep up with that biking 50 mph would scare me to death on a bike. emoticon
    1973 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • XENA1956
    Great numbers. Sounds like you are having fun too!
    1974 days ago
    Awesome!! I can't believe the speeds your reaching. I certainly don't have the courage/experience for that yet. I tend to ride the brakes. Call me a wuss. emoticon

    Ride on brother, the weather is finally with us.
    1974 days ago
    Yeah I went for a walk late tonight after it cooled down some and I still ended up totally soaked.

    Love the idea of a speedometer on a bike. I know on stationary bikes I use it to push myself to go a little faster.
    1974 days ago
    Don, YOU are a winner! emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Wow! You just continue to be so inspiring! emoticon
    1974 days ago
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