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DODGEGM's Photo DODGEGM Posts: 1,235
2/15/09 3:54 P

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Had a nice ride today the second one this year rode only 13 miles, rode to the gym worked out then home very nice at 53 degrees

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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2/15/09 9:14 A

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Has anyone signed up for the July week long ride across Iowa ,RAGBRAI ??? I can only do the last 3 days as a day rider.Will be my first time riding in RAGBRAI..

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2/3/09 12:43 P

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I am so ready to get back on the bike, hopefully weather will permit this sunday afternoon

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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2/2/09 5:49 P

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Saturday was beautiful, so we rode at 'bf pace'- about 10 miles, at about that pace. Having recently tipped over (gotta love clipless) I've been timid about clipping in; saturday was nice, low traffic and a good day to play with my feet.

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2/2/09 3:02 P

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I rode our greenway yesterday afternoon....gorgeous weather, sunny and 68. Unfortunately I'm going to have to spin or use my trainer, rain and much cooler the rest of this week.
Keep spinning!

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READY4THEBEST! Posts: 65
2/2/09 12:34 P

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When I look out my window and see all the snow on the ground and two life-size snowmen staring back at me, Florida sounds real good about now! Thanks for the warm thought!

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1/27/09 5:02 P

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My most recent 'Fun Ride' was an early morning, pleasant 40 mile January ride along Florida's Emerald Coast. Herons and egrets were out, the coast was beautiful, the ride was flat, and I finished well before an afternoon rainstorm rolled in. I wished I packed an extra water bottle when our family headed south for the weekend! emoticon

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Year to 10/2: 3,255 miles
Previous Goals/Miles:
2008 2,500 mi/2,419.1 logged (80.9 miles short)
2007 (1/2 Year): 1,000 mi/ 1,002 logged!!


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READY4THEBEST! Posts: 65
1/27/09 1:30 P

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Sounds like a great ride!

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1/25/09 4:20 P

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I have to say, I can think of lots of great rides, but one fall I was doing a bit of downhill at Beaver Creek, CO. We had been out most of the day and the sun was starting to get low- we hit the bottom of the mountain and found ourselves gliding through a glade of trees. There were tons of golden leaves on the path so our tires were silent and everything was glowing.. the yellow of the leaves and the orange of the sunset made everything surreal.
I'll never forget it!!

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1/24/09 10:56 A

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I have only done Pike's Peak in Colorado and loved it! Some of my favorite rides (when snow is not on the ground) are on the Cape Cod rail to trails. At the moment, my best friend has turned me on to spinning for the winter months, which is a great workout.

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1/21/09 3:41 P

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My favorite rides have all been in Colorado. My favorite bike trail is the trail that goes from Vail to Copper mountain. The 10 mile descent(going east) from Vail Pass to Copper mountain is an absolute blast!

The mostly downhill 60 miles going into Canon City on 50 along the Arkansas River was fun too. It was hard to keep your eyes on the road with the river on your left and looking out for bighorn sheep, or watching the mountain climbers in the canyons. Great fun!
If you ever ride it, make sure to take the loop out to the Royal Gorge and ride across the bridge. 1178' above the Arkansas river!

"Like a ten-speed bike, most of us have gears we do not use."
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1/13/09 8:07 P

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One of my fond cycling memories is a ride with friends along the coast of Lake Huron. My son rode a trail-a-bike attached to my husband's bike. My daughter road in a bike trailer that I pulled, along with lunch, etc. - it weighed about 90 lbs. She must have been about 4 years old. After 20 km (13 mi) we had a long hill to climb near the end. I reminber her encouraging words from the trailer as the others faded on the horizon, "Go, mommy, go! Go, mommy, go." We got to the top of the hill with everyone else appaulding loudly. I think of this when I have a hard hill to climb.

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1/13/09 4:35 P

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I feel very fortunate to live in the low country of coastal Georgia, where there are lots of fun rides-- because the coastal scenery is beautiful and the roads are very flat. My island has 40 miles of scenic meandering bike/walking trails alone! My favorite rides are with my bike club--the fun part is our comraderie and friendly competition, as well as the creative ride routes people come up with. Plus we all eat lunch together after our rides are over--biking and eating are inseperable activities--that's part of the fun.

The downside is that when we go to group rides in other places that actually have hills -- like Bike Virginia or BRAG -- the hills are real killers for us.

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
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1/1/09 9:58 P

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That is one of my favorite cycling memories. Good luck with your ride.

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1/1/09 8:00 P

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What a great account SpartyJr, I enjoyed reading your post and yes, thank you for the mantra. (Nice how little clues like this come to mean much more when you need them.)
I have a bike date tomorrow and with predicted 17 mph winds on that west bound ride again I am certain I will use that mantra again.

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1/1/09 6:09 P

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I'm glad my mantra worked for you. I have used it for years. Your experience actually reminded me of my last organized ride. I was in the Tour de Palm Springs, which I normally do annually but I missed the past two years. There is one particular area that comes after a steady up hill ride for about 14 miles or so. The down hill portion is probably about eight miles. Either way it is fun going down there even when the road twists. Well this past year I bumped into someone at some point near the very beginning. He was a good bit bigger than me and I asked him if he would mind me riding in his slipstream for a minute. He said he didn't mind so I took my time and recovered. When I was ready to pedal hard on the downhill I said thank you as I passed. After a bit I felt someone behind me and glimsed back. He shouted, "Yeah I'm still here." I grinned and kept going. When I would get tired he would switch and take the lead until I recovered enough to take the lead. I kept the lead for most of the ride down and let him ride trail. It was a pretty good amount of teamwork and I think we broke 45mph on the way down. I would have to go back and look at the numbers but it was fast. I think that was a pretty decent time trial for me. I made the same time that year as I did my first time around. It was 15.5mph ave. for the 55 miles. I hadn't rode all year and so I was happily surprised that I was able to ride that hard even after recovering from a chest injury. Well that's enough of a walk down memory lane. Good luck to all in the new year.

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The bike trail which is mostly an upgrade west meant riding into strong winds, but I wanted to make the 'over 2100 miles for 2008'. I thought of your words 'pedal, pedal, pedal' SpartyJr, as I climbed the windy hill to overlook. The FUN part was the ride home with the wind at my back flying down the trail at 24+ and well beyond mph with hardly a pedal pushed. Does this count as a time trial? emoticon

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1/1/09 10:57 A

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Hey Will, How's it going? I haven't been on in a while so I haven't seen you around. I bet you are feeling pretty good right now after dropping all that weight last year. Keep on looking good!

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My ride to work is anywhere from 5 to 8 mi, depending on what route I take. I live on top of the Niagara Escarpment and work below it so I have to cycle down 300 ft. of elevation. Sometimes I take a set of stairs that has a bike gutter for rolling your bike up/down. There are 300 steps. It's tough work going up! When the weather is bad or I work late, I take the bus home with my bike on a rack on the front. Still I get off befoer the bus gets to my neighbourhood so I can have a 20 mins. workout.

Today was a sugar coating of snow for my ride. Crisp!

Rail trails are great, although they can sometimes be flat and straight. There is one near my house that traverses the escarpment at an easy grade. One would never know one was in a city!

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READY4THEBEST! Posts: 65
11/17/08 2:44 P

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Your virtual travel sounds like fun! I just completed a virtual double marathon. The virtual thing has been very motivating for me. I'll check out your site.

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11/17/08 2:42 P

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Where was the Peach Metric Century? Georgia? Sounds like a great accomplishment. How long did it take you to prepare?
I will have to add "doing a century" to my list of goals. I'll put metric century first and work from there.

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11/17/08 2:36 P

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With the fuel prices the way they were commuting by bike to work seems to make more sense than driving. Although today I fueled up for $1.99 a gal. How long is your commute? Flat or hilly?

Nova Soctia is a beautiful area. Sounds like you had an awesome, challenging ride. Great accomplishment!

We have recently enjoyed a bike ride on a new (2007) upper charles river rail-to-trail here in MA.

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11/15/08 9:14 P

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I had a great ride home from work on Friday. It was 54 deg F, light rain and dark, but quite pleasant for this time of year. This will be my first year commuting to work by bike in the late fall. I hope to make it through the winter, at least a couple of days a week. Good thing I have a shower at work to thaw out my bones after the colder rides.
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The most wicked ride I took this year was a trip to the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia - 3 days, 310 km and five major climbs up to 450 m elevation change. The scenery is spectacular.

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11/13/08 2:24 P

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We just completed a Transamerica ride across the US in 2 months. OK, so it was virtual; yet it has been fun and motivating. There are eight of us from this team that logged our miles together to cross America.

Now, we're headed to Australia. If you'd like to join us, come over to Virtual Cycling Team: Touring the Globe. Stories are encouraged, humor is enjoyed while your cycling and running miles are logged for the team.

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11/13/08 2:23 P

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My last fun ride was the Peach Metric Century. A metric century is 62miles. I liked the support and all the good food. The scenery wasn't too bad. I got to ride my bike through a covered bridge.

We only have one life....Enjoy with no regrets.


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READY4THEBEST! Posts: 65
11/13/08 2:03 P

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If 24 is pedestrian then I am a crossing guard and barely moving. Really. Will have to work on it!
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11/11/08 2:18 P

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I'm just getting started at the Superdrome... Still waiting on my bike to arrive (but not ashamed to use the loaner bikes!).

The fastest mile I've done was probably actually out on the road last weekend at about 30.1 mph during a group ride. Looking at my data log, it looks like i did 500 meters (2 laps) at around 33, but the fastest mile I've done at the 'drome is a more pedestrian 24 during a training ride.

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READY4THEBEST! Posts: 65
11/10/08 4:33 P

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I haven't done any night rides since I was in high school and had no choice because a car for a teenager was out of the question. However, your experience of a light show and a ride does sound inspiring.

On the note of the Frisco Superdrome, I had to google it to see what it was. At my level, I'd have to aspire to it. How fast can you ride a mile?

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11/7/08 5:47 P

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Thanks Ready4theBest, It is fun to share. I really should have updated those with views with the awesome fall colors.

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11/7/08 1:51 P

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My favorite ride lately has been our weekly Wednesday night club ride. There's something really special about riding in the dark through the countryside with a group of friends. Last Wednesday was particularly inspiring as we watched thunderstorms to our northwest probably 80-100 miles away. Quite the light show!

Last night at the Frisco Superdrome was a lot of fun, too, though... I never expected to have so much fun riding in circles!

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11/7/08 1:22 P

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Wow! That is a really beautiful ride in Colorado. I love your photos! Back in 1990 I did Pike's Peak with an AYH leadership training course. Started at 6 a.m. and arrived at the top at 4 p.m. Going down was awesome. Your ride photos remind me how beautiful your state is and make me want to go back.

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Here is the ride I have taken many times:
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11/6/08 7:11 P

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There's a nice ride along the Sacramento River through Sacramento, CA that I like.

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11/6/08 2:46 P

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I'm working my way up to serious cycler. Not there yet but do enjoy bike riding a lot. What ride have you done for fun?
Last weekend we rode down Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I. which then turned into Ocean Drive. Basically parallels the Cliff Walk. Bellevue Ave has traffic but the street is very wide and well maintained with sea breezes and the famous mansions. Ocean Drive opens up to coves and come small hills and is where the wind picks up if it is a windy day. The day we went very windy, almost brought bike to standstill. Aside from that, lots of fun.

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