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Extraordinarily BLESSED Ride Today!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Yesterday was such a LONG day of sitting on my hands, being grumpy and testy over having Day One of BikeTioga washed out. I had been getting out more during the week in anticipation of Bike Tioga...!

Bad as it was NOT cycling, I knew I'd be even WORSE after a soaking ride...!

Today? I wasn't going to be denied again! So off I went! Berkshire metric century here I come!

I tried keeping up with the fast puppies in front for the first 10 miles, then I gave up, figuring I've got three climbs to save my energy for...! Pacing myself was going to be important on this OH-so-muggy day! I saw 85 on a bank thermometer around 11 a.m...don't know how high it climbed. Stopped to chat with a couple fellows, commented on how fortunate we were not to have any rain yet, even though clouds were everywhere and we were dealing with hazy misty valleys. Then noticed a kindred spirit in the one fellow who was making like yours truly: a human water sprinkler...I said: "Um, except we're making our OWN rain!" and gave my t-shirt a shake with a smile on my face.

OOF what climbs! Three of them, around 1500 ft apiece...excruciatingly slow at times, but no WALKS! :-) The SWOOPS on the other side helped MUCHLY to offset those climbs, with the exception of the last descent which was gravel and too chancy not to be braking a lot on the way down.

Toward the end of the ride there was a few sprinkles, one of which grew into an outright pour, but I ducked in to get a soda as I'd been plumb outta water and getting pretty parched. By the time I downed the soda the rain stopped: voila! Off to wrap up the ride! Had run into fellow local members of SparkPeople along the way: LADYGWEN25 and NIKANN7493 and we enjoyed chatting a bit about the ride. I'm SO IMPRESSED with NIKANN7493 being able to do such rides on my son's old Diamondback Wildwood mountain bike, which I sold a while back to LADYGWEN25, who passed it along! Can't wait to see her take off like a BOTTLE ROCKET when she gets a full-fledged road bike!

After packing up, putting my bike on the car rack and on my way home...what should happen but the skies ripped open and the heavens shook, rattled and rolled with the HEAVIEST most INTENSE downpour! I was on the interstate where traffic crawled to 30 mph!

I looked upward, gave praise and savored my ride EVER so much MORE! :-)

Today's ride will have to hold me during this rainy week ahead!

Up to 1128 miles for the season!

Don

Here's a link to my ride: ridewithgps.com/routes/5
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VALERIEMAHA 8/24/2011 10:08AM

    A Spin Warrior -- YES!

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CANBDONE 8/15/2011 5:10PM

    You reinvented yourself into a Spin Warrior!

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/13/2011 9:13PM

    You definitely had someone looking out for you, Don. I know what it's like to 'slog' through a downpour - I ended up doing it this morning for about eight miles - it was NOT fun!

Better than no bike ride at all, I guess - I was anticipating doing some serious climbing this weekend myself, so I gave my body two days off to prepare. So I was itching for a ride - but when I got up, I decided not to go climbing, but do my usual route on the river. Which was great, because I would rather negotiate a flat path in a drenching downpour than have to negotiate a downhill run in one.

Sounds like you had a great ride!

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TERRYMEMPHIS 8/13/2011 6:47PM

    Awesome for you. Totally impressive. .i'm @ only 466 miles for the year. Multiple injuries as well as a physical job with McD's. Today 2 miles slow after not riding for two weeks. So far so good. One of these days Ill be right behind you. I'll recognize you for sure. God Bless you Don. Terry

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2BMYOWN 8/12/2011 12:31PM

    Woo hoo, the rain fairies were with ya that day, weren't they? That's totally awesome! The way the weather and the heat has been this year, it literally amazes me to see what all people are still managing to accomplish outside. Kudos for such a great ride, Don, that's stupendous, and even better that you didn't get caught in the downpour until AFTER your ride was completed!

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VARMINT3 8/12/2011 7:43AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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CDGOLDILOCKS 8/10/2011 12:35PM

    Nothing like a great ride. Biking is wonderful.

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NIKANN7493 8/10/2011 7:52AM

    Thank you Don for the shoutout! That ride was a very enjoyable ride. I was certainly hoping for a mostly dry ride, and when it did rain a bit... it felt great! Especially on the thighs! I can't wait to get a full fledge road bike! I burned almost 2000 calories that day! I am definately impressed that I was able to ride the full 44 miles that day. Thank you! It was nice to bump into you once again! :)

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OUTDOORGIRL69 8/9/2011 9:45PM

    emoticon I am very impressed. Just wish I could get out and do some walking. The knee is killing me and the DR hasn't decided what he is going to do with it yet.

Keep riding for me also.

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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2011 5:47PM

    Fun blog . . . and you're clearly having a terrific time with your biking and your real life sparking!!

It's always so nice to hear from you: like you I had orthodontry done as a kid and yeah, it does slow you down a bit!!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 8/9/2011 11:52AM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/9/2011 9:23AM

    Bet the rain really cooled you off, lol. I love hearing your bike stories. You rock dude.

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LADYGWEN25 8/8/2011 8:32AM

    yeah Don.. I"m so happy i decided not to add the extra miles on.. i would've been SOAKED! ANd i'm up to 959.82 miles! Catching up to you!!! :)

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JLITT62 8/8/2011 5:36AM

    Impressive that you did all that considering how muggy yesterday was! No rain at all here yesterday - plenty the day before, tho.

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LMLOPEZ 8/7/2011 10:57PM

    Don, I am so amazed every time you post with your biking adventures. How wonderful that the heavens were nice enough to wash your bike for you after your ride ;)
Great job-you are an inspiration!

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TAMIK1964 8/7/2011 10:49PM

    What perfect timing! Glad you had a great ride!

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