20190407 cycling

bike lane

This was my best week for miles. I rode twice more than 20 miles. But I may have been overdoing it because I basically bonked on Saturday’s ride.

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Monday
66° humidity 81% wind 8NE 6-7E
Light rain
The road were wet and it did stop raining. It was never enough to take off my glasses.
16.86 miles
11.7 mph

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Tuesday
68° humidity 82% wind 8-11 NW 7-8 N
Cloudy, humid and breezy. The wind was only a problem going N on BBD.
Young driver almost didn't stop on Mansfield as I was crossing with the light.
22.67 miles
11.8 mph

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Wednesday
63° humidity 68% wind 9-11 NE
Sunny, cool and windy. Too windy for my legs. They didn't want to go any faster.
16.83 miles
11.3 mph

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Thursday
64° humidity 76% wind 7-11 E
Cool in the beginning but it warmed up quickly or I did fighting the wind. My legs weren't so tired but I didn't want to use them up too quickly.
Three loops!
There were dozens of vultures west of the mental health facility. They must have been waiting for something to die.
24.82 miles
11.4 mph

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Friday
80° humidity 68% wind 8-11 S
Rain this morning so I rode in the afternoon which means hotter and windier and I can't see the iPhone in the glare.
Rode one big loop and one small loop. The spot where the vultures were yesterday reeks and there was one lone vulture looking towards the area.
18.79 miles
11.9 mph

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Saturday
71° humidity 88% wind 4SE
Beautiful day and I was doing fine until about mile 18. But I kept going. I bonked.
24.84 miles
11.6 mph

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Sunday
87° humidity 49% wind 7-14 SE
Warm and sunny and windy.
I took it easy today and was happy when I actually had some tailwinds.
16.95 miles
11.8 mph

This week 141.7 miles
This year 1559 miles

20190331 cycling

 iPhone

This was a good week for riding. The weather was pretty good but windy at times. I did three long rides. I would like to go farther but need a longer break like a meal. But that takes money that I don’t have. I could probably take a snack...

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Monday
83° humidity 46% wind 8-14 NW
Two large loops reversed. My bum was done at 20 miles.
22.70 miles
12.0 mph

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Tuesday
78° humidity 56% wind 9-11 N
Two big loops. Ran over a roofing nail but it only went into the chiropractor she of the tire. I was able to finish the ride. I came home and ordered more tubes.
22.93 miles
12.3 mph

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Wednesday
73° humidity 50% wind 15-24 NE
Too damn windy!
Two regular loops.
16.76 miles
11.5 mph

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Thursday
62° humidity 75% wind 8-13 NE
Wind was only going to get worse so I went out as soon as it got over 60°.
Two loops but I missed a couple of miles on my Apple Watch.
16.80 miles
11.4 mph

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Friday
63° humidity 76% wind 5-8 NE
Less wind, yay! Narrowly avoided running into an MPIII truck parked in the bike lane on Beardsley. WTF
I heard someone honking at me. I turned to look. It was Fred, the crossing guard.
Why are they trimming the crape myrtles so late? Just let them go this year.
16.90 miles
11.8 mph

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Saturday
68° humidity 69% wind 6-9 SE
Warmer today.
Two loops. I saw Ryan and told him I had another loop so he would get home first and not be in another bad mood like yesterday.
16.86 miles
11.7 mph

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Sunday
83° humidity 40% wind 6-10SW 5-11W 11-12NW
Wind coming from the west so clockwise loops. And I made them big ones. Not too much traffic.
22.64 miles
11.9 mph

This week 135.6 miles
This month 535 miles
This year 1434 miles

20190324 cycling

 iPhone

It was a good week of cycling. The wind wasn’t too bad this week. I went on a photo walk on Saturday so had a short ride in the evening. I did have a flat on Friday and Saturday but with my 820, it was a quick fix at home.

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Monday
65° humidity 60% wind 7-12 NE
Cloudy and cool and windy.
16.76 miles
12.0 mph

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Tuesday
63° humidity 73% wind 6-9 NE
Cloudy and some sprinkles. Wind wasn't a problem.
Two loops.
16.83 miles
12.3 mph

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Wednesday
69° humidity 52% wind 7-15 NE
Clouds and wind. Blah.
Two loops.
16.87 miles
12.0 mph

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Thursday
71° humidity 33% wind 8-11 NW 10-16 W
Ryan and I left at the same time. He went east and I went west. The wind was strong and annoying. The sun was warm the sky was clear.
Two big loops.
22.62 miles
11.9 mph

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Friday
73° humidity 36% wind 11-15 NW
Too windy and I did see someone flying a kite.
Rear tire was soft when I went out. I pumped it up and it seemed to hold OK. I checked it both times I stopped. When I got back, it seemed a little soft.
16.77 miles
11.5 mph

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Saturday
75° humidity 25% wind 3-5 SE
Late ride because of the photo walk this afternoon. Wasted some daylight changing a flat before I got started.
Did two loops around Hueland Pond and Mansfield because not enough time to do two full loops.
13.26 miles
12.1 mph

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Sunday
83° humidity 36% wind 6-7 SE
Wind felt stronger.
Two big loops.
16.75 miles
11.8 mph

This week 119.8 miles
This year 1298 miles

20190317 cycling

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I had a pretty good week of riding. I started riding two loops like I used to do years ago. I like it because each 2 miles, I change direction and therefore the wind does as well.

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Monday
81° humidity 62% wind 4-6 SW 6-7 W
It was after lunch so I didn't want to ride on BBD. I rode my usual loops CCW twice.
17.02 miles
12.1 mph

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Tuesday
70° humidity 87% wind 7 N 8 NE
Grey day and windy. Two loops.
16.88 miles
11.6 mph

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Wednesday
69° humidity 69% wind 9-12 E
Too windy! Sometimes it stopped me mid-pedal! But the tailwind was nice.
16.85 miles
11.5 mph

 special olympics east area cycling

Thursday
61° humidity 95% wind 3 E
Short ride because Andy has Special Olympics. A little chilly.
10.6 miles
12.1 mph

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Friday
71° humidity 83% wind 5-7 SE
Two loops.
16.88 miles
11.8 mph

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Saturday
71° humidity 86% wind 3-7 NE
Very cloudy. Two loops. Several cyclists.
16.82 miles
12.3 mph

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Sunday
70° humidity 67% wind 5-8 N
Grey and windy and wet. It sprinkled on and off. Never got too wet.
Two loops.
16.76 miles
12.5 mph

This week 111.8 miles
This year 1162 miles

20190310 cycling

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I am really liking not having to sweat like a pig just to burn calories. I do sweat especially as the weather is getting warmer, but it is not nearly so bad.

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Monday
74° humidity 85% wind 9 SW, 10-18 W, 15 NW
Poorly planned ride. I started out going to SW thinking that the tailwind would help me back. But the wind kept shifting and I only had a tailwind on part of Tampa Palms and on CLR. Oh well. It was a good, long ride. My bum has had enough at about 15 miles. I need to plan longer rides with a rest break longer than it takes the like to change.
20.11 miles
11.8 mph

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Tuesday
57° humidity 79% wind 5-9 NW
Grey, cold and windy.
I rode up through Seven Oaks.
15.75 miles
11.6 mph

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Wednesday
60° humidity 25% wind 8-9 N
Cool, sunny and windy. The sun felt so good that I didn't care about the wind. I didn't find it either.
Fred made me wait a long time for about 100 buses!
16.01 miles
11.2 mph

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Thursday
70° humidity 43% wind 4-6 SE
The wind felt stronger but the sun felt good that I was happy.
16.58 miles
11.6 mph

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Friday
75° humidity 46% wind 5-6 SE 6-7 S
Two kinds of clouds, whisky and puffy.
16.65 miles
11.5 mph

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Saturday
75° humidity 70% wind 8SE 9-16SE
Too windy.
Deputy sitting on sidewalk in order to hide and catch speeding drivers. WTF
Had to keep spitting. Foamy and thick saliva. Weird.
16.85 miles
11.4 mph

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Sunday
81° humidity 60% wind 7S
Cloudy and windy.
I don't know why my iPhone dims down even when the brightness is 100%. Is it the True Tone?
Today the deputy was sitting in the bike lane along Beardsley with his flashers on but no other vehicle.
17.07 mph
11.5 mph

This week 119 miles
This year 1067 miles

20190303 cycling

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I discovered that I can ride a bit easier and still burn the same amount of calories. I am still going the same amount of miles but taking a few minutes longer. I get less sweaty and enjoy the ride more. Hopefully I will burn more fat which I have an over abundance of.

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Monday
64° humidity 36% wind 10-15 NE
Chilly and windy.
16.03 miles
12.0 mph

 a day in the life

Tuesday
69° humidity 72% wind 7-12 E
Not feeling the energy to fight the wind. I decided to make it a "rest" day or maybe a "fat burn" day by riding at a slower pace. I rode the same 16 miles as yesterday but took 3 minutes longer. And the calorie count was about the same. Have I been doing it wrong this hole time trying to get faster?
15.95 miles
11.5 mph

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Wednesday
68° humidity 85% wind 4-6 E
Another easy day. If the calories burned is about the same, why push the effort?
15.95 miles
11.8 mph

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Thursday
66° humidity 93% wind variable
Wind felt all over the place because it was light. I was making my own headwind even though I wasn't riding hard. My new motto is easy does it. I am riding which is what counts.
15.98 miles
11.9 mph

This month 432 miles

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Friday
69° humidity 83% wind 2-3 SW
Wind direction wrong. It is a good thing I didn't alter my route. Then again, the wi d was so light it wouldn't have mattered.
16.00 miles
11.8 mph

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Saturday
73° humidity 77% wind 3-7 S-SW
My thoughts ramble as I ride. I got to one thought and couldn't remember how I got there. I worked it back and decided to stop and jot it down before I forgot. I lost a good blog idea last week thinking I would remember. I still haven't. I have decided that my ride is not as precious as I thought it should be. Riding at lower speeds does not burn less calories. So I am trying to pay more attention to what I see around me.
Lots of cyclists also riding.
16.01 miles
11.6 mph

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Sunday
83° humidity 43% wind 10-13 SW
I rode out to BBD. Headwind wasn't fun but I wasn't pushing it. The MUP along New Tampa Blvd doesn't seem so rough when you don't care about your speed. The tailwind back was nice.
16.92 miles
11.8 mph

This week 112.8 miles
This year 931 miles

20190224 cycling

 iPhone

A good week for riding. The weather was nice though windy. It was better if I rode earlier before the wind got stronger.

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Monday
75° humidity 92% wind 5-7 SW
I went the wrong way for the wind. But first report said 5S. I checked the hourly forecasts and it wasn't supposed to switch to SW until the afternoon.
Grey and muggy.
15.65 miles
12.5 mph

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Tuesday
73° humidity 76% wind 7 E-SE
Beautiful sunny day. They were burning brush at Union Park.
Dirt hauler stopped right on crosswalk at Hueland Pond. Driver didn't stop coming out of the mental health facility. Do people read signs?
Headwind along Mansfield slowed me down some.
15.71 miles
12.4 mph

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Wednesday
76° humidity 82% wind 7-15 SE
Cloudy and muggy and windy. No energy to push it.
15.68 miles
11.8 mph

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Thursday
68° humidity 89% wind 4 SE
Grey and muggy. Headwind along Mansfield.
15.71 miles
12.8 mph

 special olympics summer games

Friday
70° humidity 88% wind 3-4 SE
Short ride because of Special Olympics.
Headwind along Mansfield
11.93 miles
13.1 mph

 special olympics summer games

Saturday
76° humidity 81% wind 7-8 SE
Warm and windy. Wind change when I got to Mansfield. 9-17 S
15.72 mph
12.0 mph

 special olympics summer games

Sunday
74° humidity 92% wind 9-16 SW
Windy! I rode out to BBD. The path along New Tampa Blvd is so bad. I lose speed on it because I cannot go any faster and stay on my bike. Tailwind coming back BBD helped me regain my speed.
Saw a golf cart on the MUP stopped by the sheriff. An older Asian man with a walker was standing in front of the sheriff's SUV. A younger guy was standing by the golf cart.
15.30 miles
12.3 mph

This week 105.7 miles
This year 819 miles








20190217 cycling

bike lane

Another good week of riding. Saturday miles were low because I went on a photowalk and only had a short window before it got dark.

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Monday
81° humidity 54% wind 8-9 S
Warm, sunny and windy.
One driver rode very close to me on MPB. I could probably have touched the vehicle if ai put my arm straight. What happened to 3' clearance?
16.01 miles
12.1 mph

Tuesday
73° humidity 88% wind 8-12 S
Cloudy and windy.
15.71 miles
11.6 mph (I was up to 12 mph then the tachycardia hit.)

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Wednesday
59° humidity 85% wind 7NE-N
Grey and cold and windy. I had no energy to push.
16.0 miles
11.6 mph

Ryan finally got back on his bike.

Ryan finally got back on his bike.

Thursday
70° humidity 54% wind 10-13 E
Sunny and windy! I was able to push through it today.
15.93 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
73° humidity 56% wind 5-8 SW
Rode to New Tampa and across the overpass.
16.87 miles
12.6 mph

Saturday
75° humidity 69% wind 9-17 SW
Thankfully the wind never got that bad. It was just a short ride because it was late and the sun was going down.
8.47 miles
12.4 mph

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Sunday
73° humidity 81% wind 7-10 S
Warm and windy.
16.31 miles
12.0 mph

This week 105.3
This year 729

20190210 cycling

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A good week of riding. The weather turned warmer and the wind stayed away until the end of the week.

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Monday
71° humidity 67% wind kept changing directions.
1-3 NW 1-3 W 3 SW
It was light enough that it didn't affect me.
Driver coming out of Behavior Health didn't stop. Driving on Hueland Pond didn't stop. I expect them to do the wrong g thing so I am ready to stop.
16.09 miles
12.5 mph

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Tuesday
77° humidity 50% wind 1-4 NE
Sunny and warm. Saw too many golf carts waiting for their kids at UPCA.
15.13 miles
12.5 mph

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Wednesday
81° humidity 40% wind 5 SE
I just didn't feel like pushing so I didn't. Had to stop twice for school buses.
15.64 miles
12.0 mph

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Thursday
65° humidity 85% wind 3-6+ SE
Wind felt stronger. It also felt warmer.
Headwind along Mansfield cost me some speed.
15.75 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
69° humidity 80% wind??
Wind reported to be 0 N but it felt more like 3 W. Headwind along SR56.
15.93 miles
12.6 mph

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Saturday
65° humidity 60% wind 10-17 NE
Cool, sunny and way too windy. A couple of cyclists passed me without saying anything. Then I passed them but did say on your left.
Took the sidewalk to its end along Wyndfields in Union Park East.
16.84 miles
12.1 mph

Sunday
70° humidity 85% wind 7-10 E
Wind was awful.
15.90 miles
12 mph

This week 111.3
This year 608

20190203 cycling

 iPhone

I made it a good week of cycling because I can spend the time to ride 15 miles day. I can wait until temperatures rise enough that I won’t freeze. I just wish I could do something about this damn wind!

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Monday
60° humidity 50% wind 9 NE
It felt colder. The wind didn't help.
15.38 miles
12.4 mph

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Tuesday
64° humidity 43% wind 7-9 SW
I rode out to BBD then across New Tampa road and the I75 overpass. The path along NTR is awful. It is worse than unpaved because it paved and still that rough.
I crossed over BBD at I75 to take advantage of the traffic tailwinds.
16.74 miles
12.5 mph

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Wednesday
59° humidity 57% 8-11 NE
Felt much colder.
15.44 miles
11.9 mph

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Thursday
63° humidity 57% wind 11-20 NE
Warmer but windy as hell!
I couldn't push any harder.
14.07 miles
11.8 mph

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Friday
75° humidity 63% wind 7-8 E
It was windy but warm! I could wear my shorts again. And I need to shave my legs.
15.28 miles
12.5 mph

Saturday
74° humidity 73% wind 3-5 SE
Wind report wrong. Felt stronger and flags and banners showed it was coming from the NE.
Some sprinkles but didn't last long.
15.28 miles
12.4 mph

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Sunday
71° humidity 82% wind 5-6 SW
Wind reported at 11 SW so I went out to BBD. It wasn't that strong. Later reading showed 5-6.

15.02 miles
12.7 mph

This week 107.2 miles
This year 512 miles