20181209 cycling

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It was a windy week and I rode different routes to best take advantage of the tailwinds on my return. My rides keep getting postponed because I just do t have the drive nor motivation to do much but read. I didn’t want to ride at all on Sunday but saw I needed just 11 miles to make 100 miles for the week and did it. Even when I don’t want to ride, it only takes me getting on my bike before I feel better.

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Monday
79° humidity 81% wind 12-16 SW
Rode down Kinnan over too much broken glass. I went to Cross Creek then over BBD to West Meadows. I tried to ride on the path but it is so bad. Climbing up the overpass was slow but I downshifted quite a bit. Though I never had to resort to my granny gear. I turned onto Lizards Tail. There is a small park. There is no way to get over to LT east of the overpass.
Stopped at Starbucks.
Rode back BBD to CLR. Some rain drops. Tailwinds most of the way.
16.64 miles
12 mph
Tuesday

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67° humidity 97% wind 7 N
Mostly cloudy when I started but sun started peeking as I rode.
Diane saw me on MPB and stopped to talk.
Rode to Starbucks at SR54.
Iced soy chai.
Rode to BBD then east on Chancey to WRB to Mansfield. My stomach started growling.
18.86 miles
11.9 mph

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Wednesday
61° humidity 31% wind 12-17 N
Oh the wind! And then my stomach started to hurt. I kept pedaling. I rode up BBD barely keeping the bike upright. I thought the tailwind would be better. Or maybe it was the stomach pains.
15.23 miles
11.8 mph

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Thursday
69° humidity 43% wind 3E
A little cool but the wind was so much weaker, it felt good. I rode through Union Park and stopped at a few Christmas displays. I was surprised when I got back that Ryan was waiting for me in the garage.
13.68 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
75° humidity 46% wind 6 SE
Quick ride so I can meet some friends for happy hour.
Beautiful day. Wind wasn't too bad. Legs felt shaky at half way point. Kept pushing.
9.07 miles
12.6 mph

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Saturday
71° humidity 66% wind 7-9 SE
Stronger winds today.
I stopped extra to answer texts. (Stupid people who don't know their own jobs.)
The sky was beautiful.
Headwind along Mansfield nearly stopped me.
15.8 miles
12 mph

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Sunday
69° humidity 88% wind 7-14 SW
I went out CLR to BBD then rode through Colonial Grand. Back on BBD to Flatwoods. I turned back and turned on my lights.
Carrot Weather said the wind had shift to 4-17 NW but I didn't notice it. It was dark when I got home.
11.57 miles
12.2 mph

This week 100.8
This year 3402

20181202 cycling

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This week wasn’t very good for cycling. It was very cold in the mornings. Being unemployed has its benefits in that I could wait until it got warmer to ride. But as the day progresses, the less I feel like riding. Also, I was cleaning the house to get ready for the family to visit. At least I rode everyday.

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Monday
77° humidity 86% wind 10-11 SW
Very windy. I felt great along SR56 but it was headwind everywhere else.
11.62 miles
12.0 mph

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Tuesday
56° humidity 60% wind 9-14 NW
Cold and windy. Another shorter ride because of the wind.
11.57 miles
12 mph

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Wednesday
56° humidity 34% wind 10-12 NW
Sunny and windy and cold.
11.48 miles
12.2 mph

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Thursday
57° humidity 34% wind 5-7 NE
Still cold and windy. Wind now coming from NE so I rode up to Union Park.
Had to change battery in heart rate monitor before I could start.
15.45 miles
12.1 mph

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Friday
68° humidity 62% wind 7-9 SE
Sunny, warmer but still windy.
I goofed and missed some exercise on my Apple Watch. Oh well. Got it all with Strava.
Came back shorter way because Ashlee and Megs are coming.
13.69 miles
11.8 mph

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Saturday
72° humidity 73% wind 11-21 SE
The wind! And a few raindrops. I made it short once I got a text that family was coming.
10.40 miles
12.1 mph

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Sunday
80° humidity 75% wind 11-17 S
Not in the mood but I couldn't let my streak end. I went out for a casual ride through Meadow Pointe.
The wind was strong but I let it push me home.
5.84 miles
11.1 mph

This week 80.1 miles
This year 3307 miles

20181125 cycling

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I feel like I should have had more miles this week. But the depression made me put off riding until the afternoon. At least I rode everyday. Well, that was easy knowing it helps with my moods.

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Monday
68° humidity 85% wind 4 NE
Cloudy and windy. My legs didn't feel like pushing. I rode around some new roads but they were dead ends. I rode through Union Park. I hit a roofing nail along MPB and Sherringham. I didn't have my kit and had to call dad.
11.59 miles
11.9 mph

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Tuesday
72° humidity 88% wind 3-6 NW
There was a little bit of sun but it disappeared before I got to BBD. The tailwind was great and I was up to 12.9 mph before I turned around.
A few sprinkles when I was almost home.
17.63 miles
12.4 mph

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Wednesday
73° humidity 55% wind 8-9 NW
Too windy to be really enjoyable.
The gates were open at Gwynhurst so I rode through. It has been years since I went in. All the homes are complete. The path to SR56 stops short and there is a ditch. Will it be an open path? There is no fence now.
I changed to my regular glasses when I got back to MPB. It took a while to adjust.
17.15 miles
12.5 mph

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Thursday
72° humidity 46% wind 7 NE
Cloudy.
Just a casual ride.
15.04 miles
11.6 mph

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Friday
67° humidity 82% wind 8 E
Happy to see the sun out. Not happy for the wind. No energy to fight it.
14.92 miles
11.6 mph

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Saturday
69° humidity 83% wind 5S 14SW
Reported wind guided me to my usual route. Then it picked up and shifted.
15.18 miles
12.0 mph

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Sunday
66° humidity 88% wind 4 SW
Shorter ride out to BBD, SR56 to Hueland Pond. No pushing myself.
8.59 miles
12.2 mph
This week 100.1 miles
This year 3224 miles

20181118 cycling

bike lane

I had a better schedule for work which means less time for biking. But that all changed on Thursday when I was let go from my job. Now I have all day to ride but can’t seem to care.

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Monday
77° humidity 76% wind 7-10 SE
Not feeling it today and the wind didn't help. I decided for a fat burn ride today and just rode a relaxed pace. I rode through K-Bar ranch to the end. Then I rode through Live Oak to BBD. They demolished the rotting and scary boardwalk since it is no longer needed.
11.6 miles
10.7 mph

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Tuesday
72° humidity 93% wind 4-5 SE 7-11 S
Sunny and windy. Rode to Union Park.
15.15 miles
12.4 mph

Wednesday
73° humidity 88% wind 8 NE
Grey and windy.
Short ride. I had to push it just to get up to speed. Headwind along Mansfield
9.07 miles
12.1 mph

Thursday
62° humidity 94% wind 7-11 NW
Chilly and windy and cloudy.
I rode out to BBD to SR56.
8.6 miles
12.1 mph

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Friday
63° humidity 47% wind 7 NW
I waited until it got warmer to ride. Still chilly but the sun felt good. I could have done without the wind.
17.39 miles
11.9 mph

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Saturday
73° humidity 46% wind 5 E
Late ride. I wasted my morning going to a group job information session that went nowhere. It is hard to believe that such a large company has no idea what is going on. The ride started to relieve my anxiety about mile 10.
15 miles
12.2 mph

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Sunday
76° humidity 57% wind 4N
Late ride. Sun was setting. The biggest problem is keeping my mouth closed so I don't swallow any gnats.
Strava kept auto-pausing so I stopped and rebooted my iPhone. It was fine after that.
I rode through Union Park and it got dark no rode back through Meadow Pointe because there are no lights along SR56.
14.18 miles
12.3 mph

This week 90.7 miles
This year 3122 miles

20181111 cycling

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Another pretty good week of riding. I finished Coffeeneuring 2018 and got to 91 miles. I feel like my average speed has increased.

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Monday
Coffeeneuring #7
74° humidity 92% wind 5-6 SE
Beautiful day though breezy.
Coming down fast from The Ridge. Driver on crosswalk. I thought she turned and saw me so I began to ride in front of her. Then she started to move too! I had to swerve and brake not to hit her. I was pissed. She stopped and yelled through her window that she didn't see me and asked if I was alright. I was angry but OK. Sigh
I rode to Panera and got a bagel and a smoothie. I wanted a scone but the bagel was about half the calories.
Headwind all the way home.
18.77 miles
12.4 mph

Tuesday
71° humidity 93% wind 2-3 SE
Beautiful day.
Was riding hard and fast. Felt the glitch and then tachycardia started at mile 10 and didn't quit. Odd but bright HRM picked it up for 5-10 minutes. I might have averaged over 13 mph but I backed off a bit when my heart started racing.
15.0 miles
12.8 mph

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Wednesday
70° humidity 93% wind 1-2 E
Beautiful day.
14.89 miles
12.7 mph

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Thursday
71° humidity 95% wind 2E
Sunny and humid. Only time for a short ride so I tried to push it but didn't have a lot of energy. Saw two calves feeding by the fence. I went to stop but the white calf turned away and ran and the block calf followed.
9.04 miles
12.7 mph

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Friday
72° humidity 94% wind 3-5 SE
Felt windier today. I didn't feel like going into a headwind along Mansfield but wanted to get in 15 miles. I did a couple extra miles along Oldwoods then road back Beardsley. I played leapfrog with a school bus and won.
15.17 miles
12.8 mph

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Saturday
72° humidity 97% wind 2-3 N
Foggy. Tired.
Short ride because I work early today.
9.07 miles
12.6 mph

Sunday
68° humidity 79% wind 6-7 NE
Cooler but windy. My mind was thinking of other things and I was getting excited to be creative and rode hard.
9.07 miles
12.8 mph

This week 91 miles
This year 3041 miles

20181104 cycling

 coffeeneuring

A pretty good week for cycling. I got my 820 back and it runs smoother and quieter. I need to remember to take care of my chain better. I did two coffeeneuring rides on my days off. Now I only have one more to do and still have weeks left.

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Monday
Coffeeneuring #5
71° humidity 67% wind 6-7 W 5-8 NW
Beautiful day. It was chilly this morning so I waited until it got a little warmer and decided to make it a luncheoneuring.
I rode out to BBD then up to Seven Oaks. It was windy and I had a bit of the caffeine shakes but it didn't last long. I rode back down BBD to Chancey then rode east to Mansfield. I saw a man letting his dogs run free in the field. The hound kept barking at me so I stopped and let her get used to me. I rode to SR56 and found the sidewalk blocked due to construction.
I went to Wiregrass Mall to Fresh Healthy Cafe. Spicy chicken wrap and açaí berry smoothie. $14. So good.
I rode back home SR56 to Hueland Pond. The wind helped me some.
18.73 miles
12.3 mph

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Tuesday
65° humidity 93% wind 4-5
Sunny, cool and windy.
13.42 miles
12.8 mph

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Wednesday
Coffeeneuring #6
75° humidity 69% wind 5-8 E
Lunch ride!
Windy and heavy traffic. I rode up to SR54. Construction along SR54.
Stopped at Starbucks. Maple Pecan Crème Frappuccino and Chicken Caprese Sandwich.
Rode west to BBD and south to Meadow Pointe. I made most of the lights! Headwind all the way back.
17.58 miles
12.3 mph

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Thursday
62° humidity 94% wind 5-7 SE
Chilly with the sun coming up. Beautiful sunrise.
Slowed down by school traffic at JLMS.
9.07 miles
12.5 mph

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Friday
72° humidity 95% wind 9-16 S
Gloomy and windy. I rode up to Union Park and was chased by a dachshund.
Headwind along Mansfield was brutal.
14.91 miles
12.2 mph

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Saturday
55° humidity 87% wind 8-10 N
Cold and windy! I put on my tights and a hat. The hat didn't cover my ears so they were cold for the first 5-10 minutes.
Headwind along Mansfield and SR56.
It took a while to get up to 12 mph.
Something broke as I was coming home and I can no longer downshift. Bad luck with bikes lately.
9.02 miles
12.0 mph

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Sunday
70° humidity 85% wind 8-10
Cloudy, windy and sprinkles.
I did manage to get my bike to downshift which I needed with the wind. I pushed myself and didn't stop.
9.06 miles
12.5 mph

This week 91.8 miles
This year 2941 miles

20181028 cycling

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Another good week of riding. Though it was less miles than last week, I feel very good good with 89 miles during a regular week with work. Then again, it wasn’t a regular week of work as I had some odd hours but they allowed me to ride more before I went in.

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Monday
62° humidity 85% wind 6-7 E
Cool and windy. Love this weather.
13.2 miles
12.1 mph

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Tuesday
69° humidity 79% wind 2-4 W
Sunny and breezy. Wind kept changing directions.
15.72 miles
12.1 mph

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Wednesday
69° humidity 91% wind 6-7 NE
Dark and windy. The lights were not with me today.
Sunrise was pretty until I turned onto Mansfield and the sun was in my eyes.
9.06 miles
11.7 mph

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Thursday
66° humidity 91% wind 5-7 NE
Cool and sunny.
Still a general ache in my right arm while riding the road bike. Going to get the 820 back today.
14.21 miles
11.8 mph

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Friday
73° humidity 93% wind 4-6 S
Back on my 820. I love the upright feel of it. I just wish it was little lighter, a little faster. Odd, but I rode faster today.
9.07 miles
12.4 mph

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Saturday
67° humidity 85% wind 5-6 NW
Wind changed direction once I got to SR56. Headwind along most of my route. Still, I pushed myself to ride above 12 mph
16.57 miles
12.3 mph

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Sunday
59° humidity 69% wind 7-11 N
Cool, sunny and windy.
Jerk honked at me for being in front of him in the left turn lane. I have him the finger. He accelerated and honked again. I gave him the finger again. He accelerated and went around me in the opposite lane and turned the corner in the wrong lane. I went onto the sidewalk and he stopped. I stopped. He says I cut him off but I moved when the left lane began so he was driving in the middle lane. So he is wrong. He called me a moron an sped off. Ass.
Strava kept auto-pausing while I was riding. I ended up losing about 1.5 miles. Weird.
10.0 miles (11.5)
11.1 mph (12.4)

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This week 87.9 (89.4)
This year 2859 miles

20181021 cycling

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A really good week for riding. I was on vacation but had no money to go anywhere. I used those days to ride longer. I had some bike trouble but it didn’t stop me from riding. I finally broke 100 miles.

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Monday
72° humidity 100% wind 3-8 E
Low clouds made the sun look odd.
No school today so traffic was light.
Headwind along Mansfield
15.23 miles
11.7 mph

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Tuesday
Coffeeneuring #2
75° humidity 89% wind 5-7 SE
Sunny and windy.
Construction vehicles blocking my route.
Turned north at Mansfield and rode to Chancey.
Buttermilk Provisions
Dark and loud. $10.63 for ice chai and tart.
S'mores tart was really good. Basically shortbread and chocolate syrup with marshmallow web. It came first. After I was done with that, she brought out my chai. I said no sweetener and it is milk with spices. Meh. Disappointed
I fell getting back on my bike. 🤦‍♀️
Headwind the entire way home.
20.14 miles
11.4 mph

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Wednesday
72° humidity 100% wind 2-3 SW
I went out to BBD but the wind was so slight that it didn't help along SR56.
15.93 miles
11.9 mph

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Thursday
74° humidity 89% wind 3-5 SW
I went out to BBD knowing that the wind was going to change directions.
Riding along SR56 was slow but not too bad.
Chain kept slipping and sagging if I stopped pedaling?!
17.41 miles
11.2 mph

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Friday
Coffeeneuring #3
73° humidity 97% wind 5-5 SE
I round in the gloom to New Tampa through Flatwoods Park. Saw a dead alligator and dead raccoon in the bike lane along Morris Bridge.
Chain still slacking when I coast.
Easy pace.
Starbucks. Venti iced soy chai. Again too much in my tummy. Must remember to only get tall.
Rode back up BBD on sidewalk. Was a little bumpy until CLR then the sidewalk was gone. Ack!
Google thinks I need a new hub. Will take my bike in later.
21.39 miles
11.0 mph

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Saturday
Coffeeneuring #4
73° humidity 92% wind 3-5 NW
Got the 1220 down. The brake is shifted inward because of the crash. I tried to see if I could move it but I couldn't figure it out.
Pumped up the tires and took off. I was shaky. It was a different ride. I forgot how badly it needs a tune up.
My shoulder didn't hurt but it was uncomfortable. I do like how nimble it is.
I skipped riding far into Union Park. Too much construction debris for my skinny tires.
I rode up Mansfield to Chancey then back down BBD to Wiregrass. I got an Apple Pie Donut from Craving Donuts. I walked around the mall but didn't see anything else. I did get some honey. I went to Starbucks because I needed to go for my star challenge. Some asshole left his monster diesel truck running when he went inside.
Rode back up SR56 to get in extra miles. Also a little lazy and didn't want to cross BBD twice. 21.04 miles
11.7 mph

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Sunday
73° humidity 81% wind 9-10 ??
Reported wind direction was SW. felt more like NE. I rode out to BBD based on report. Headwind along SR56. Left hand beginning to hurt from bruise I got a week ago at work. Right shoulder aches from broken collarbone. I do not like leaning so far over the handlebars.
14.77 miles
11.4 mph

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This week 125.9 miles
This year 2756 miles

20181014 cycling

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I am happy with the mileages I rode this week. It was a crap week of work which left me with days off. I took advantage of them. I also started the 2018 Coffeeneuring challenge.

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Monday
75° humidity 89% wind 7-11 E
Cloudy and very windy.
15.16 miles
10.9 mph

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Tuesday
75° humidity 93% wind 10-24! E
Very windy. At least the sun was out a bit still some clouds.
15.16 miles
10.8 mph

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Wednesday
79° humidity 87% wind 14-25! SE
Very windy. I saw no other cyclists nor joggers nor walkers about. It was me and cars and trucks.
I was too tired to push much against the wind.
9.04 miles
9.7 mph

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Thursday
79° humidity 94% wind 4 SW
Less wind but more humidity.
11.71 miles
11.1 mph

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Friday
72° humidity 94% wind 1 NW
Got caught by the light at Mansfield both times. This is what happens when I go clockwise.
Low fog. Stopped a few times to take photos.
Tired.
9.04 miles
11 mph

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Saturday
67° humidity 75% wind 4-5 N
Coffeeneuring #1
Cooler morning. I love it.
First day of vacation so I have time for a longer ride and smoothie stop. (Also I ran out of ingredients at home and need to go shopping.)
I went on my normal route then continued west on SR56 to BBD. I went south to Smoothie King. I can never figure out what I want. Too many choices. I opted for a Vanilla Gladiator with Blueberries and Mangoes. It was OK but I make mine with tart cherry juice which gives it that added sweetness.
Windy on the way home.
17.38 miles
11.4 mph

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Sunday
75° humidity 80% wind 5-9 E
Sunny and windy. Little traffic.
15.02 miles
11.5 mph

This week 92.5 miles
This year 2645 miles

20181007 cycling

bike lane

I feel pretty good about my mileage this week. I look forward to when I can ride my road bike again and ride even farther.

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Monday
75° humidity 95% wind 5-7 NE
I saw Lianna riding along Mansfield. We rode up to KBar and back. I left her at Mansfield and went on my usual ride.
19.45 miles
10.9 mph

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Tuesday
77° humidity 89% wind 7-10 NE
Sunny and windy.
Late start so I skipped the far loop at Union Park. There is too much construction traffic as well. Headwind along Mansfield was brutal.
13.44 miles
11.2 mph

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Wednesday
71° humidity 94% wind 4-6 NE
Just before sunrise. It was in my eyes as I rode to Union Park. I did a detour into Meridian and I to Sheringham.
15.64 miles
10.9 mph

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Thursday
72° humidity 92% wind 4-5 NE
Sunny and windy.
15.07 miles
11.0 mph

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Friday
72° humidity 97% wind 3-4 NE
Short ride before the sun came up.
Two cyclist riding the wrong way in the bike lanes along Beardsley. WTF
9.04 miles
11.1 mph

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Saturday
72° humidity 94% wind 2-3 NE
Early ride, before the sunrise.
9.03 miles
11.0 mph

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Sunday
77° humidity 85% wind 6 NE
Sunny and windy. I had to keep telling my legs to move.
9.04 miles
10.9 mph
This week 90.7 miles
This year 2552 miles