20170416 cycling

wiregrass ranch high school mascot

wiregrass ranch high school mascot

Monday
I had to take the boys to school so no ride before work. 
79° humidity 42% wind 6-8 NE
Andy & I rode out to SR56. I was hoping that some of the ride would count towards exercise but my HR doesn't get high enough. 
6.57 miles
7.63 mph
I left Andy at home went out again. I went through The Ridge since the road is now paved. 
5.70 miles
11.15 mph

Tuesday
65° humidity 91% wind 4 NE
I went out to Beardsley. I have to stop until the construction is finished. The sidewalks are too narrow and have puddles. They are tearing up the base layer of asphalt now. They wet the roads to keep down the dust but that creates mud. 
The school buses that used to wait at the end of MPB have to moved north to the empty field. There were five of them today. 
A new crossing guard at WRES made me stop for cars. I like the other guy better. 
9.05 miles
11.67 mph

Wednesday
I drove the boys to school then went to Starbucks. 
84° humidity 37% wind 2 ENE
Andy and I rode through The Ridge. They put in a temporary gate so we had to ride on the sidewalk to get around it. When we got out to SR56, the sky looked dark and Andy wanted to go back. We rode to Hueland Pond then through WRHS. 
5.78 miles
7.96 mph
I left Andy and went out again. 
81° humidity 42% wind 6+ ENE
The wind was annoying and I only had time for a short ride. 
I rode to SR56 via Hueland Pond and back Mansfield. Headwind along Mansfield was really strong. 
I stopped to take a photo of the flag at JLMS and Robbie and Elyssa stopped. He asked me about dad's car because someone is offering them something smaller and older. 
6.08 miles
11.12 mph

the ridge

the ridge

Thursday
60° humidity 86% wind 6 NE
Short ride. Avoiding Beardsley. 
I rode through The Ridge. The gate was open. 
Wind didn't seem that strong. 
6.30 miles
11.8 mph

looking west along sr56

looking west along sr56

Friday
60° humidity 87% wind 4-6 NE
Rode through The Ridge rather than Beardsley. It adds about a half mile to my usually route through Union Park. 
I saw an otter under one of the water ducts along SR56! We were both surprised. School bus 08-392 came very close to me as I rode north on MPB. 
12.88 miles
12.04 mph

looking west along hueland pond blvd

looking west along hueland pond blvd

Saturday
61° humidity 88% wind 5 NE
Quick ride. 
Gate closed at The Ridge. Rode to Hueland Pond.  The path was busy with walkers and joggers. 
6.05 miles
11.51 mph

path along sr56. a car smashed through the barrier.

path along sr56. a car smashed through the barrier.

Sunday
69° humidity 91% wind 5 NE
Short ride. A bit windy. 
6.06 miles
10.81 mph
This week 64.4 miles
This year 847 miles 

20170409 cycling

I am still riding my 820. #30days30rides is a good incentive to get me out every day.

you know it is windy when the big flag flies

you know it is windy when the big flag flies

Monday
72° humidity 91% wind 9 SE
Too windy. 
They are setting up on Beardsley for construction. My guess is resurfacing. 
Big black pickup stopped in crosswalk at Mansfield and SR56.  The windows were tinted so I couldn't see the driver.  I drove around him slowly. Sigh. 
9.03 miles
10.83 mph

a grey and windy ride. the view along brice b downs is not inspiring.

a grey and windy ride. the view along brice b downs is not inspiring.

Tuesday
71° humidity 89% wind 7 SSE
Grey and windy. Road construction started on Beardsley, I rode to Kinnan down to Cross Creek. I made the mistake of riding to BBD. The shoulder was blocked with construction. 
10.39 miles
11.05 mph

the birdhouses at union park are starting to show their age

the birdhouses at union park are starting to show their age

Wednesday
78° humidity 92% wind 4-10 SSE
Too warm. 
Construction has started on Beardsley. They are tearing up the road and left one lane open. The flagger said I could go through as the bike lane was still open. But the cones are placed in such a way that cars need to use the bike lane as well. Thankfully everyone was going slow. 
Windy. 
I got confused which way to ride through Union Park to take advantage of the wind. It seemed to keep changing directions. 
12.93 miles
10.68 mph

Thursday
74° humidity 88% wind 4 SW
Break in the rain, I decided to go for a quick ride. Still dark but streetlights lit up enough to see the road.
A few raindrops near the college and on SR56 but not enough to even take off my glasses.
I got home just in time before the rain started again in earnest.
6.02 miles
10.67 mph

pasco hernando state college porter campus

pasco hernando state college porter campus

Friday
53° humidity 62% wind 6 NW
Late start. 
Chilly but wind didn't seem that strong. 
Rode out to BBD. 
7.12 miles
10.74 mph

dusty and bumpy beardsley

dusty and bumpy beardsley

Saturday
62° humidity 64% wind 2-7 N
Sunny and warmer and windier. 
I made the mistake of turning down Mansfield. It didn't look that bad but it was. The bike lane was gone and filled with sand. I tried riding in the gutter and jumped to the sidewalk when I could. Dusty and cars made it worse. 
The wind picked up and made riding SR56 quicker. 
12.42 miles
11.42 mph

wiregrass elementary

wiregrass elementary

Sunday
58° humidity 84% wind 4 NE
Warming up from low of 46° this morning! Sunny. 
I thought about riding the regular loop and decided it wasn't worth the bumps and dust. I rode out Mansfield to Hueland Pond to SR56. Headwind along Mansfield. 
6.05 miles
11.07 mph
This week 63.9 miles
This year 783 miles 

20170402 cycling

I go back on track with my riding. I only missed one day due to an appointment. April started with #30days30rides. I am still riding my 820 rather than change the tire on my road bike.

Monday
59° humidity 91% wind 2 ENE
Rode the 820. 
Steamy ponds. 
9.01 miles
11.71 mph

Tuesday
58° humidity 93% wind 2 ENE
Steamy ponds. Foggy fields. 
Drivers were jerks. One guy made a U-turn right in front of me. One guy honked as he passed. One guy blocked the bike lane at school. 
9.03 miles
11.87 mph

Wednesday
IEP for Ryan. No bike ride. 

Hot air balloons seen at SR56 and Mansfield.

Hot air balloons seen at SR56 and Mansfield.

Thursday
61° humidity 93% wind 3 SE
Steamy ponds. Foggy fields. Sunrise. 
Hot air balloons. 
Rode one loop. Passed school at 8:01 so traffic wasn't bad yet. 
9.02 miles
11.55 mph

they just back all the grasses at union park

they just back all the grasses at union park

Friday
70° humidity 92% wind 4 SSE - 10 SSW
I went out to Union Park. The wind shifted. Riding on SR56 and Mansfield was a struggle.
12.42 miles
10.99 mph
335 km in March 208 miles

good start to #30days30rides

good start to #30days30rides

Saturday
68° humidity 90% wind 1 NNE - 2 NNW
Hazy and bright. Lingering fog. 
Wind shifted and felt stronger than reported strength. Legs didn't feel like pushing. 
12.47 miles
11.03 mph

mansfield blvd

mansfield blvd

Sunday
69° humidity 92% wind 2 NE
Short ride up Mansfield to Hueland Pond SR56 back to Mansfield. 
6.07 miles
11.11 mph
This week 58 miles
This year 719 miles

20170326 cycling

Another sad week of riding. It was cold in the beginning of the week. I should have been riding for Errandonnee but I just didn't have the time. Most of my rides this week were short, without stops.

Monday
Too cold to ride before work. 

Tuesday
Too cold to ride before work. 

Wednesday
57° humidity 93% wind 2 SW
Trek 820 Foggy. 
Rode to BBD. Had to take off my glasses on SR56. 
11.13 miles
11.62 mph

Thursday
63° humidity 93% wind 4 NNW
Only time for a short ride. I finally remembered to put on the tail light on my 820. 
6.04 miles
11.48 mph

Friday
58° humidity 89% wind 6 NE
Another short ride. 
Windy. 
6.05 miles
11.12 mph

Saturday
58° humidity 92% wind 2 ENE
Short ride to Mansfield Hueland Pond and SR56. 
6.07 miles
11.47 mph

Sunday
No ride.

20170319 cycling

Not many miles this week. The weather turned unseasonably cold. And the rides I did get done, were short, without stops, so I took no photos.

Monday
62° humidity 91% wind 7 NE
Dark!
Quick ride before work. 
6.03 miles
11.92 mph

Tuesday
58° humidity 89% wind 7 NW
Dark.
Chilly and windy.
Saw the sand hill crane family on Hueland Pond again. They have two offspring and they are so cute.
8.11 miles 11.99 mph

Wednesday
It was too cold to ride before Andy's appointment. 
We went in the afternoon. 
62° humidity 46% wind 4 NW
I asked Andy is he wanted to go and he got ready. It was windy. 
We rode out to SR56 then to Hueland Pond and through the high school. My heart rate was not high enough so Apple Watch didn't count it as exercise. Sigh
6.98 miles
7.44 mph

Thursday
It was too cold to ride before Special Olympics.

Friday
Too cold to ride before I met Nancy.

Saturday
Another cold morning but it warmed up.
I rode to the bank and then to Wiregrass Fresh Market and rode home.
I went to ride my road bike but found the rear tire completely flat?! I pumped up the tire but put it back in the rack and road my 820.
AM Ride
3.68 miles
10.94 mph
PM Ride
4.94 miles
11.28 mph

Sunday
I slept in so couldn't ride before breakfast. I thought I would go out in the afternoon but I ended up working in the yard instead. (My tire was completely flat again.)

This week 29.7 miles
This year 632 miles

20170312 cycling

Monday
60° humidity 86% wind 7 NE
Short ride. Grey and windy.
I had to stop at Mansfield for the light and found I hadn't started my Apple Watch activity. It shows a few minutes less than the actual ride.
I had to ride to Forest Glen to turn because of traffic.
6.54 miles
12.14 mph

Tuesday
56° humidity 91% wind 5 NE
Chilly. Sunny. Steamy ponds. 
One loop. 
9.07 miles
12.95 mph

grey and breezy

grey and breezy

Wednesday
Cadence sensor not showing up. I changed the battery. 
65° humidity 93% wind 2 SE
Grey. Wind was not a problem. 
12.47 miles
12.57 mph

Thursday
59° humidity 95% wind 1 NNE
Foggy but bright. 
I saw deer crossing Mansfield just south of CVS. 
I had to take off my glasses when I got to MPB. 
I saw flashing lights ahead. Four sheriff and FHP cars in the path. It looks like a car broke through the fence and went into the pond. I didn't see car nor tire tracks. 
I saw something that looked like a rainbow but with no color because the fog blocked the sun. 
8.48 miles
12.79 mph

sun!

sun!

Friday
63° humidity 94% wind 3-4 NW
My sensors stopped reading before I even got to CLR. Rode to BBD. 
Saw the path the vehicle took to crash through the fence and into the pond along MPB. Looked like it just went straight and jumped the 8" curb! 
14.58 miles
12.79 mph

Saturday
61° humidity 94% wind 8 NE
Chilly, breezy and sunny. I rode without a stop. 
8.4 miles
13.09 mph

Sunday
65° humidity 91% wind 3-4 NE
I didn't feel like riding hard and the wind didn't help. 
Saw that there are flowers by the crash scene so I am assuming the person died. Sad. (I checked the news and discovered that a 23 year old man drowned.)
12.45 miles
11.95 mph
This week 71.9 miles
This year 602 miles 

20170305 cycling

Monday
58° humidity 89% 4 ENE
Chilly and sunny. 
I rode without a stop. 
9.05 miles
13.06 mph

grey and dull

grey and dull

Tuesday
63° humidity 93% wind 4 SE
Grey and wet. 
The wind didn't seem to bother me or maybe my mind was just elsewhere. 
12.46 miles
12.41 mph
378 km this month

yay for blue skies

yay for blue skies

Wednesday
67° humidity 94% wind 5 SE
Wind was annoying. Wahoo stopped tracking sensors a mile into my ride. 
Headwind along Mansfield
Got stopped at school crossing. 
12.44 miles
12.4 mph

mostly cloudy

mostly cloudy

Thursday
68° humidity 96% wind 4SW - 1 NW
I rode west to BBD. My left eye kept clouding up. I could get the gunk out. 
Again, the Wahoo App stopped seeing the sensors. 
11.10 miles
12.82 mph

Friday
59° humidity 51% wind 9-14 N
I rode out to BBD hoping I would have a better ride. The wind direction was more like NNE and it was against me on SR56. My average speed was only about 9mph! I rode along Hueland Pond which was calm and speedy with the wind behind me. Headwind along Mansfield slowed me down again until I made the turn south. I was clipping along at about 16mph and the crossing guard at Wrencrest started to blow her whistle. WTF. I didn't even see any kids at the corner! The car slightly ahead me didn't stop, the car behind didn't stop. So I felt little guilty in not stopping. Good grief. She got me twice this week, she doesn't need to stop me a third time. 
8.13 miles
11.84 mph

Saturday
too cold to ride before work

Sunday
64° humidity 82% wind 10 NE
Too windy. 
6.07 miles
11.48 mph

This week 59.2
This year 530

20170226 cycling

Monday
60° humidity 95% 2 ENE
Sunny and almost too warm for a sweatshirt. 
I am feeling more confident that my tires will not fail again so soon. 
I rode out to Union Park. Kids were waiting for the bus at two locations. I saw two different buses coming out. Do they have that many kids or are they going to two different schools? 
I squeezed by one bus turning from Oldwoods to MPB. It was too tight and I was very closing to hitting the bus. Oops. 
12.65 miles
13.39 mph

Tuesday
64° humidity 63% wind 5-7 ENE-ESE
Overcast. I rode out to Union Park. 
12.59 miles
12.74 mph

Wednesday
Rain. No ride. 

Thursday
Drove the boys to school so only time for a short ride. 
64° humidity 95% wind 3 NE
Wet and breezy. I went out to BBD. Wahoo sensors stopped showing at SPES. Apple Watch stopped showing anything around WRHS. Weird. 
7.12 miles 12.54 mph

Friday
67° humidity 92% wind N
Cloudy and windy. Rode out to Union Park. 
12.49 miles
12.68 mph

Saturday
65° humidity 95% wind 3 SW
I took off my sweatshirt before I even began. The sky was grey but the humidity made it feel warmer. 
I rode to BBD. Wind against me. It felt stronger than 3mph. 
Headwind on Hueland Pond and CLR. 
8.18 miles
12.9 mph

Sunday
76° humidity 24% wind 4 NE
If felt good but breezy. I rode my 820 with street clothes. I went out to Hueland Pond and back. My legs were shaking when I got done. 
6.03 miles
10.85 mph

This week 59 miles
This year 471 miles 

20170219 cycling

Monday

62° humidity 92% wind 4 NE
I went out to BBD. Driver clipped me as she was exited Shoppes at New Tampa. She didn't stop and didn't see me. I moved some but the mirror clipped my handlebars. I stayed upright but was angry. I turned around and saw she was waving "sorry." Ugh. As she passed, I noted her license plate, 907 4JE. Silver hatchback, maybe a Hyundai?
Stopped at Mansfield. 
Headwind on Hueland Pond. 
Headwind on CLR. 
8.12 miles
12.23 mph

Tuesday
62° humidity 93% wind 1 SE
Grey day with little wind. I rode to Union Park. 
12.47 miles
11.63 mph

Wednesday
66° humidity 94% wind 4-6 S
Grey and windy. I probably should have done the other way. The wind seemed against me at every turn. 
12.5 miles
10.95 mph

how long before these are filty?

how long before these are filty?

Thursday
58° humidity 73% wind 5 NW
Reverse loop. Felt so good to be on my road bike. It is so quiet and smooth. Bike computer no longer working I adjusted the sensor but I think the wires may have snapped. 
8.47 miles
13.02 mph

Friday
48° humidity 93% wind 1 ENE
I took the old bike computer off and moved my bell up to the handlebars. 
It was cold but the sun felt good. Riding this bike seems effortless since the gears are new and the shifting is indexed. 
I turned onto MPB and noticed the tire felt soft. I stopped and checked and it was soft. I don't remember riding over anything that would have given me a flat. I tried to pump it up but it only got worse. I noticed the valve stem was crooked even before I tried to pump it up. One guy on a bike stopped but I said I was OK. 
I finally took the wheel off and changed the tube. Getting the tire off is always a struggle. I didn't see any nicks of holes. I pulled out a new tube and put it on. Putting it on was easier than in the past. Pumping it up was not easy. I do not like my pump as I am never sure if I have it seated properly. I had to stop once to inflate some more.
My tire was still a little soft so I rode carefully home. I pumped it up when I got him with my floor pump. 
5.34 miles
11.76 mph

Saturday
54° humidity 85% wind 3 E
Tire still felt firm, yay. 
Late start so short ride. 
6.45 miles
12.56 mph

Sunday
64° humidity 97% w 1 NW
Foggy. I went out to BBD. 
8.10 miles
12.49 mph

This week 61.4
This year 412 miles 

20170212 cycling

did this wear just happy or did i miss it overtime i pumped up the tire?

did this wear just happy or did i miss it overtime i pumped up the tire?

Monday
53° humidity 93% wind 2 NE
Foggy. Steamy ponds.
I was just past Oldwoods and the rear tire felt soft. I turned onto path and it was low. I couldn't see anything sticking out but saw that the tread was worn through. I pumped in some air but not enough to ride. I got off and called dad. And called dad. I called him 15 times hanging up after the voice mail message started. I called the house phone thinking he might have had his iPhone on silent for church. I saw that recents linked the house phone to Ryan and remembered his iPhone is on the kitchen table. I called that iPhone and dad answered. He came to pick me up. By then I had walked about a mile.
3.7 miles 11.79 mph

Tuesday
62° humidity 93% wind 4 SE
I put my road bike in the van so it was out of my way and hopefully one step closer to taking it into the shop. 
I rode my 820. Such a different ride. Easier and harder at the same time. I like sitting a bit upright but I go slower. However, I was surprised when my Apple Watch said I had average 12.1 mph for the first five miles. I have been averaging that on my road bike. I assumed it was because I was more fatigued and heavier. But maybe it was tire wearing out? I wonder. 
Headwind along Hueland Pond and Mansfield. 
8.43 miles 12.32 mph

Wednesday
62° humidity 95% wind 5SSE
Wet from overnight rain. I rode the 820 again. Short loop. 
8.43 miles 11.83 mph

i miss the warm sun

i miss the warm sun

Thursday
71° humidity 92% wind 8 WNW-WSW
Very windy. I went out to BBD. The wind didn't help much when I rode along BBD. Headwind along Beardsley. 
I don't know what happened but my Apple Watch didn't record from where I stopped on SR56 to someplace on Beardsley. Weird
11.07 miles
11.34 mph

my trusty red

my trusty red

Friday
52° humidity 63% wind 9 ENE
Sunny but cold and windy. I noticed my rear tire felt soft as I turned onto CLR but didn't feel like turning around. I struggled to pedal through the wind. 
Some reprieve on SR56 but the wind hit me on Mansfield. 
8.42 miles
10.62 mph

Saturday
50° humidity 93% wind 2 ENE
Cold! I pumped up the rear tire. It was almost flat. 
Very sunny. I miss my rear mirror. 
Short ride. 
6.03 miles
11.34 mph

Sunday
I went to ride my bike and found my rear tire flat. I went to change the tube and realized I had no tools, they are in my bike bag I left on my road bike. Oops. I managed to get the tire off then realized I didn't have the right size tube. Double oops. I asked Ryan if I could ride his bike. He asked which one? What? He thinks he has two bikes but the red one is still mine. Silly boy. He reluctantly said yes and I inflated his tires. How does he ride with them so low? 

Bike
63° humidity 91% wind 1 ENE
I do no like riding Ryan's bike. It is too upright and my hands still tingle. His seat has tilted back (which he says is OK) and I felt like it was digging into my crotch. The ride is so different. I could feel it in my hamstrings. With one gear, I felt very inefficient. 
6.16 miles
9.68 mph

This week 52.2 miles
This year 350 miles