20180429 cycling

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A better week of riding. I had a couple days of shorter rides but made it up on Thursday & Friday.

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Monday
70° humidity 96% wind 6-8 SE
Overcast so no need for sunglasses. Wind was a bit annoying.
9.08 miles
12.7 mph

Tuesday
Special Olympics Torch Run in Dade City. We walked 4 miles.
76° humidity 56% wind 10-16 W
It was too windy so I only went out it to complete my exercise ring. 
I rode CLR to BBD to Aronwood back to CLR. 
5.60 miles
12.1 mph

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Wednesday
63° humidity 82% wind 3-5 NW
I rode out CLR to BBD. Skipping Aronwood gave me an extra half mile. 
Chilly. Wind wasn't an issue. 
I had to stop at JLMS for crossing guard. The guard at Wrencrest blew his whistle but I didn't stop. 
8.55 miles
12.8 mph

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Thursday
68° humidity 76% wind 4-7 SW
Beautiful day to ride. Banana peel in the bike lane. Who does that? 
I rode to BBD to SR56 to MPB to Union Park. Headwind all the way home. 
I recorded the ride with my Apple Watch but it did show up in the Activity App. 
15.4 miles
13 mph

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Friday
70° humidity 81% wind 6-11 SW
Sunny and windy. I took the same path again. The headwind on the way back was worse. 
15.24 miles
13 mph

Saturday
61° humidity 89% wind 3-6 NNW
I did a reverse loop. I rode hard and didn't stop. The wind wasn't too annoying. 
9.10 miles
12.8 mph

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Sunday
67° humidity 76% wind 1-4 NE
I didn't feel like pushing it. I let my body ride at its own pace. 
9.02 miles
12.5 mph
This week 72
This year 1121 miles

 

20180422 cycling

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A decent week of riding. Some days were too windy for comfort. Oh and that flat.

Monday
59° humidity 69% wind 12-17 NE
Way too windy. It really made the temperature feel like 50° 
Headwind along Mansfield was killer. 
Tailwind on the way back was very nice. 
6.03 miles
11.3 mph

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Tuesday
59° humidity 61% wind 6-7 N
A little chilly and windy. So much better than yesterday. However, my legs didn’t feel like going any faster. 
I saw Lars in Union Park. He was pulling out of his drive. I now am sure it was him I saw before as his license plate says Lars1. Oy. 
12.43 miles
12.2 mph

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Wednesday
Cool in the morning then Andy & I ran errands all day. I rode after dinner. 

83° humidity 31% wind 7-10 NW
Windy. One loop, clockwise. My feet were aching. 
Heavy traffic. 
13.58 miles
12.7 mph

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Thursday
57° humidity 91% wind 1 W
Once I changed my flat, I only had time for a short ride. 
Almost had to stop 4 times for lights and school crossings. 
6.5 miles
12.7 mph

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Friday
59° humidity 99% wind ?? It seemed like it was mostly against but light. Reports said NE and N
Took awhile to warm up my legs to move faster than 10mph
Had to stop for crossing guard at JLMS. 
9.16 miles
12.8 mph

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Saturday
70° humidity 85% wind 7-10 E
Windy. 
Wind must have been strong because I was going 15 mph with tailwinds and felt no wind on my face. 
13.64 miles
12.4 mph

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Sunday
74° humidity 81% wind 8-9 E
Windy. 
Run in with a driver. Riding on Mansfield to Beardsley. There is no bike lane and I stay to the right to allow cars to pass. I hear the cars coming. First one is passing me and I hear a horn behind. WTF. It startled me but I do not lose control. I give he finger because it pisses me off. Drivers don’t understand this is startling and a cyclist can lose control of the bike and either fall or even go into the car!  The driver slows down and lowers the passenger window. I yell that honking the horn is starting. She (a young woman driving a silver Ford Focus with partial plate AEN) says there is no bike lane. I say I have the right, look it up. She says no I say there are no signs prohibiting bikes. She says it is my life as if she is threatening me. I say Wow, you are an asshole. She speeds away and does not use her indicator as she turns onto Beardsley. I did better but it still took about a mile for my heart rate to drop. 
The wind was not fun. Headwind along Mansfield was awful. 
8.43 miles
12.3 mph
This week 69.8 miles
This year 1049 miles

20180415 cycling

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A good week for riding. Weather wasn’t great but it didn’t stop me any day. Apple Watch  activity app is being wonky.

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Monday
70° humidity 97% wind 5-7 S
Dark and foggy. Heavy traffic. 
Wahoo sensors stopped recording at mile 6. 
9.07 miles
13 mph

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Tuesday
76° humidity 84% wind 6-12 S
I forgot to check the wind direction when I was looking at the rain forecast. I went my normal route and the wind wasn’t an issue. 
There was a little rain on and off until I turned onto Mansfield. There was an accident at the school entrance. 
Lightning then thunder when I was at WRES then the downpour. I went as fast as I could and each drop felt like a needle. 
12.9 miles
12.8 mph

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Wednesday
61° humidity 85% wind 7-8 NE
Chilly and windy. 
Headwind along MPB & Mansfield
13 miles
12.7 mph

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Thursday
59° humidity 70% wind 5-6 NE
Chilly and windy but the roads were dry and the sun was out. 
9.06 miles
12.7 mph

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Friday the 13th
69° humidity 76% wind 6-10 SE
Windy. I had to alter my route because of traffic and not wanting to stop. I went down a road in Union Park where only a few of the houses are finished and occupied. 
13.1 miles
12.5 mph

Saturday
65° humidity 94% 4 SE
Sunny and cool. Steamy ponds. 
Tired from working late. 
8.47 miles
12.5 mph

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Sunday
75° humidity 85% wind 14-24! S
Very windy. Too windy. So windy. 
13.29 miles
12.0 mph

This week 79 miles
This year 975 miles

20180408 cycling

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Monday
67° humidity 92% wind 3-5 SE
Some lingering haze. 
School bus 18-358 driving very slow and in the bike lane on Beardsley. Finally turned into Sedgwick. 
Accidentally hit stop on my Apple Watch. I hit done but it didn’t save to activity app. WTF
9 miles
12.8 mph

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Tuesday
68° humidity 91% wind 5-7+ SE
Sunny and windy. 
Headwind along Mansfield
11.7 miles
12.5 mph

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Wednesday
75° humidity 74% wind 3-5 SW
Warm and windy. 
The tap on the Apple Watch didn’t take and I “lost” 5.5 miles.
I think I saw an eagle in Union Park. It was big like a vulture but brown and the head wasn’t ugly. 
13.6 miles
12.6 mph

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Thursday
61° humidity 82% wind 7-10 NE
Chilly and windy. 
Injured duck on MPB. A woman stopped to help. 
Woman turning left onto Mansfield almost ran into me. She didn’t even slow down. 
9 miles
12.2 mph

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Friday
61° humidity 81% wind 5-7 NE
Felt warmer because the sun was higher. 
Pumped up my tires even though they felt firm. Felt faster. One of my fastest rides this year. 
Headwind along Mansfield
13.5 miles
13.2 mph

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Saturday
65° humidity 88% wind 6-16! S
Thankfully I never felt those reported wind gusts. 
Sunny. 
9.1 miles
12.7 mph

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Sunday
69° humidity 90% wind 2-4W 3-5 NW
Cloudy and muggy. I did my loop clockwise today. The wind wasn’t strong and I found my stride quickly. 
I stopped at the dead end at MPB. A few drops of rain as I started back. 
9.28 miles
13.3 mph

This week 75.5 miles
This year 900 miles 

I used the Apple Watch to record but it didn’t transfer. Another ride was missing so I didn’t get my perfect workout award. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

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20180401 cycling

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A decent week or riding. It was windy which made me not want to ride longer.

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Monday
64° humidity 95% wind 5-8 NE
Dark, cool and windy. 
School started again so traffic was heavier. 
9.03 miles
12.2 mph

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Tuesday
63° humidity 82% wind 8-14 E
Sunny and very windy. Too wi day too even blow my nose without getting slimed. 
12.7 miles
11.9 mph

Wednesday
57° humidity 87% wind 4-7 E
Chilly and dark. The sun wasn’t up yet. 
Car turning from SR56 to Hueland Pond didn’t yield to me. Good thing I wanna expected him to be an ass. 
8.4 miles
12.4 mph

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Thursday
65° humidity 80% wind 8-12 SE
Very windy. Had to stop for a bus in Union Park. 
Jerk coming out of the The Ridge never even slowed down let alone yield to me like the sign says. 
Headwind along Hueland wand Mansfield was brutal. 
Family was texting so much I had to silence my phone. 
12 miles
12.1 mph

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Friday
70° humidity 79% wind 10-11S
Windy and warm. 
Broken glass on Beardsley. 
They finished paving Oldwoods extension. 
Headwind along Mansfield was awful. 
12.8 miles
12.1 mph

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Saturday
65° humidity 78% wind 11-14 NE
Wet. It rained earlier. 
Not as windy as expected. The tailwind on SR56 was nice. Headwind along Mansfield. 
8.48 miles
12.8 mph
This month 320 miles

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Sunday
64° humidity 95% wind 5-6 NE
I wanted to go back to bed but went out instead. 
Sunny but no energy in me. 
Stomach cramps, too. 
8.4 miles
11.9 mph
This week 72 miles
This year 825 miles

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20180325 cycling

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The weather was unseasonably cold this week. On the days I could, I waited until it got warmer to ride. The spring winds were very annoying.

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Monday
67° humidity 91% wind 4-8 SW
It rained some on and off. Not enough to take off my glasses. 
Wahoo Tckr showed an elevated HR but my Apple Watch did not agree. Weird
Didn’t push it. 
9.0 miles
12.7 mph

Tuesday
73°  humidity 90% wind 16-27 SW
Muggy and windy! I just wanted to be able to close my rings. I went west on CLR and rode through some of the villages. It rained some on the way home
6.6 miles
11.8 mph

Wednesday
59° humidity 74% wind 10-13 NW
Cool and very windy. Headwind along CLR and BBD. The tailwind helped along SR56 and Mansfield. 
Brief tachycardia at 10 minutes. I felt it come on but didn’t feel it stop. 
7.13 miles
12.5 mph

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Thursday
55° humidity 44% wind 9-10 NW
Cold and windy. Windy was against me until I turned onto Hueland Pond. 
8.1 miles
12.3 mph

 union park charter academy. pre-fab concrete buildings seems to go together quickly.

union park charter academy. pre-fab concrete buildings seems to go together quickly.

Friday
73° humidity 24% wind 5-7 NW
Wind was annoying and felt against me until I turned onto MPB. 
14 miles
12.3 mph

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Saturday
Too cold to ride before work. 
78° humidity 29% wind 7-8 SW
Wind was annoying and mostly against me. 
9.0 miles
12.1 mph

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Sunday
56° humidity 95% wind 3-5 S
Cool, sunny and windy. It felt stronger than 5 mph. 
Broken glass along Beardsley. 
9 miles
12.2 mph
This week 63.2
This year 752 miles

20180318 cycling

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Climate change has made some unusually cold mornings. I had some extra days off so I could delay my rides until the temperatures rose.

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Monday
68° humidity 91% wind 14 NW
It was wet but not raining when I started. But it was dark. It started raining after 10 minutes. The wind was bad. The visor on my helmet is low and kept the rain off of my glasses. 
The dead deer is still there, intact. 
6.5 miles
12.4 mph

Tuesday
49° humidity 58% wind 8 NW
It was cold but I was running out of time before I had to get ready for work. 
The deer was gone. 
7.1 miles
12.3 mph

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Wednesday
Too cold in the morning. I had to take Ryan to the dentist and haircut. I rode after I ate lunch. 
64° humidity 32% wind 10-15 NW
Very windy. The wind was against me for the first five miles and the last 2 1/2. 
LMP blocking bike lane on CLR. 
11.1 miles
12.6 mph

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Thursday
Too cold in the morning. Andy had special Olympics so I rode after I finished reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

68° humidity 21% wind 6-8 W
Windy and sunny. 
15.1 miles
12.8 mph

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Friday
Very cold in the morning. I rode after lunch and groceries. 
70° humidity 31% wind 5 w-sw
Good tailwind along SR56. Though my legs and arms felt weak. 
The wind shifted and I had to fight it along CLR. 
15 miles
13 mph

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Saturday
Another cold morning so I rode after work. 
76° humidity 30% wind 6-8 SW
I started out slow but felt stronger as I started to ride. Tailwind along SR56.
11.3 miles
12.7 mph

Sunday
58° humidity 100% wind 2-3 SW
Cool and foggy. I started out slow but found my rhythm about 10 minutes in. 
6.5 miles
123 mph
This week 72.7
This year 692

20180311 cycling

It was a windy week and cold on a few days. But I am happy with the miles I rode.

Monday
69° humidity 41% wind 11-12 NW
Short loop in the opposite direction. Lots of traffic and dusk. 
8.4 miles
12.8 mph

 union park

union park

Tuesday
60° humidity 60% wind 3-8 S
I went my usual route thinking I would be OK with the wind. But it was more SSW and slowed me down. That and I didn’t feel like pushing it. 
12 miles
12.4 mph

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Wednesday
62° humidity 56% wind 10-14 NW
Sunny and very windy. I chose not to fight it. 
14.5 miles
12 mph

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Thursday
49° humidity 58% wind 5-6 NW
Cold but not too windy. Short ride with new helmet. 
6.4 miles
12 mph

Friday
51° humidity 52% wind 6 NE
It was too cold to ride before 9am. I chose to ride my bike to work to get in my riles.
My pants were too tight and cutting off the oxygen. They are not meant for riding. I had to stop and undo the button. 
Ride was OK. Good once I got on SR56 and had tailwinds. 
I forgot to stop the workout app on my watch. 
3.9 miles
11.7 mph

64° humidity 29% wind 2-5 NE
Dark but my lights worked well. 
3.8 miles
11.7 mph

 union park

union park

Saturday
64° humidity 63% wind 8-9 SE
Sunny and windy. Union Park was having Battle of the Blocks. A truck was blocking my view. 
A truck and a monster bus were blocking Tonka at Oldwoods. 
Headwind along Hueland Pond and Mansfield. 
12 miles
12.6 mph

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Sunday
63° humidity 93% wind 5-8 SE
Sunny and windy. Windy didn’t help much. 
Dead deer still by the side of the road on Mansfield at WRES. 
15.1 miles
12.1 mph

This week 76.5
This year 610

20180304 cycling

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A pretty good week for riding except for the crash on Wednesday.

Monday
68° humidity 88% wind 2-3 S
Cool, calm, patchy fog. 
Sun rising. 
9 miles
13.3 mph

 i had to stop for school traffic. the regular crossing guard has been out sick.

i had to stop for school traffic. the regular crossing guard has been out sick.

Tuesday
67° humidity 92% wind 8-16 NE
Sunny with some low clouds and very windy. 
13 miles
12.7 mph 

 i ended up sliding along my face and head. my glass tried to slide off and left a red mark on my nose

i ended up sliding along my face and head. my glass tried to slide off and left a red mark on my nose

Wednesday
63° humidity 89% wind 3-4 E
Sunny and less wind. 
Wiped out on MPB at SR56. Truck was too close and his mirror stuck out too far. Face plant. Sore ribs. Nice bruise. 
12.2 miles
12.8 mph
This month 289 miles

 clear day along sr56

clear day along sr56

Thursday
66° humidity 95% wind 5-6 S
Achy. Felt new aches as I rode. 
I had to stop at MPB and SR56 to allow traffic to clear. 
Woman driver didn’t stop at Hueland Pond and SR56. Ass. 
Sunny and the azaleas are blooming. 
9.0 miles
12.8 mph

 wrong the opposite direction because the weather app said the wind was nw

wrong the opposite direction because the weather app said the wind was nw

Friday
68° humidity 62% wind 8-13 NW
Wind felt more like NE. It was against me the whole time on SR56. 
11.1 miles
12.6 mph

Saturday
50° humidity 51% wind 8-13 NW
Cold! Wind felt more northerly. 
Shorter ride. 
8.4 miles
12.4 mph

 the cattle are back in this pasture

the cattle are back in this pasture

Sunday
62° humidity 45% wind 9-14 NE
Sunny and windy. 
I rode as far as I could on Oldwoods Blvd.  They are building a charter school for Union Park. I saw horses when riding as far as I could in Union Park. 
14.8 miles
12.1 mph
This week 77.8
This year 534

20180225 cycling

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A good week for riding. Only Thursday was a bummer.
Sunrise is earlier which is nice.

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union park

Monday
69° humidity 83% wind 8-14 SE 6-8 E
The sun was back and so was the wind. It was great when I was on SR56. Headwind along Mansfield was brutal. 
12.2 miles
13.0 mph

Tuesday
69° humidity 94% wind 6-7 E
Clear and windy. Sunrise in my eyes
8.4 miles
12.9 mph 

Wednesday
95° humidity 71% wind 6-7 SE
Short and quick. I had to be to work early. 
8.4 miles
13.5 mph

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Thursday
72° humidity 80% wind 7-9 E
Sunny and windy. Had to turn back at Alchester because my heart started racing. Damn. 
4.5 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
67° humidity 93% wind 5-8 E
Sunny and windy. I felt much better. I didn’t push but I rode well. Tailwind helped. 
12.3 miles
13 mph

 wiregrass

wiregrass

Saturday
65° humidity 91% wind 4E
Sunny and cool. One short loop. 
8,4 miles
12.9 mph

 union park

union park

Sunday
72° humidity 83% wind 5-8 S-SE
Sunny, warm and windy. 
Rode out Union Park and even went in the back. New roads are in but no houses yet. 
Headwind along Hueland Pond & Mansfield was awful. 
13.9 miles
13.1 mph 

This week 68.6
This year 457