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

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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

20190127 cycling

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We had another windy and cold week. Sure it is winter, but this is Florida! It rained all day on Sunday without a break so I finished the week on my rollers.

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Monday
64° humidity 33% wind 9-11 NE
Cool and windy but at least I didn't have to worry about the wind taking my bike out from underneath me. No school today so traffic was light.
14.80 miles
11.9 mph

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Tuesday
73° humidity 50% wind 13-20 E
The sun might have felt good if the wind wasn't so dang strong. It took a lot of effort to ride into. The tailwind was great but it went by too quickly.
15.12 miles
11.9 mph

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Wednesday
80° humidity 49% wind 11-18 SE
Very windy. My legs did not want to push through it. Tailwind was nice.
15.14 miles
12.1 mph

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Thursday
64° humidity 94% wind 8-9 SW
The storms were over but they left a lot of fallen palm frond and puddles. And humidity. The wind is supposed to pick up so I went early. Goofy me got a date wrong and my phone interview was today and not Monday. I did the interview along a busy road.
16.70 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
61° humidity 30% wind 6-9 N
I wasn't sure which way to go and picked the wrong way. I went west and it turned out the wind was more NE and it was a struggle along SR56.
They turned on the fountain at Union Park East so the birds have lost their perch.
14.72 miles
12.2 mph

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Saturday
62° humidity 46% wind 8-9 NE
It almost felt too warm in my tights. Then what little sun disappeared and it got cold.
15.33 miles
12.2 mph

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Sunday
50° humidity 93% wind 14-23 N Rain
The rain never stopped. I can do cold. I can do rain. I cannot do rain AND cold. I set up my rollers. I thought I would just ride until I got my exercise ring closed. But I kept riding. Then I said 30 minutes. Then I said 300 calories. I ended with 45 minutes and 350 calories. The equivalent of about 9 miles.

This week 100.8 miles
This year 396 miles

20190120 cycling

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Not a bad week. The wind was OK until Saturday and Sunday. I almost stayed home on Sunday but then I didn’t want to give up my streak since September 1.

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Monday
66° humidity 57% wind 6-7 NW
I went out to Seven Oaks. I was going at an easy pace until Mystic Oak then I thought I might try to break my record for that segment. (I missed it by 6 seconds) The rest of the ride was fast because of the tailwinds. 15.50 miles
12.4 mph

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Tuesday
59° humidity 52% wind 6-7 NW
I went out to Seven Oaks. I didn't push it.
I noticed the wind changed when I was on Chancey. There was no tailwind.
I rode to Panera to get my free bakery item for my #birthdaymonth I got a cinnamon scone. They have changed the recipe and it isn't quite as good. Still tasty. Wind 8-9 N
I rode home.
16.93 miles
12 mph

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Wednesday
57° humidity 55% wind 7 N
I didn't want to ride at all. It was too cold and blah. The sun was out but didn't seem to help.
Windsor gates were open so I rode through there.
Every time the sun was behind the trees or a building, my eyes were happy but the rest of me got colder.
15.15 miles
12.1 mph

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Thursday
72° humidity 44% wind 3-4 W
Warmer and sunnier today with less wind. Yay! Rode out to Seven Oaks and back.
15.51 miles
12.6 mph

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Friday
74° humidity 28% wind 2-4 SW
Beautiful day to ride. The wind was light and the sun felt good.
15.10 miles
12.6 mph

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Saturday
68° humidity 62% wind 8-14 S
Warmer and windy.
I saw a flock of migrating birds in Meridian and Union Park.
15.15 miles
12.1 mph

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Sunday
57° humidity 68% wind 17-28 NW
I didn't even change out of my street clothes. I just wanted to get my exercise minutes in. The wind was awful and at times I was lucky to keep my bike upright. |
Tailwinds along SR56 were nice.
8.47 miles
12.0 mph

This week 101.9 miles
This year 296 miles

20190113 cycling

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Another good week of riding. I made sure I rode at least 14 miles each day.

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Monday
77° humidity 51% wind 6-7 SE
A little warmer and windier today. But I was up for a little faster ride as I slept well last night.
15.57 miles
12.3 mph

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Tuesday
66° humidity 81% wind 1-2SE 3-4SW
Sunny and cool. The wind changed direction. It wasn't a big problem but I got no tailwinds.
15.62 miles
12.3 mph

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Wednesday
66° humidity 81% wind 10NW
The wind is back but at least I got some good tailwind out of it.
15.71 miles
12.5 mph

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Thursday
60° humidity 31% wind 6-7N
I waited for it to get warmer to ride. I don't like waiting because afternoons are for naps. =
15.15 miles
12.3 mph

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Friday
61° humidity 58% wind 7-8 NE
I rode to the bank and the PDQ for lunch with a friend. She was treating me for my birthday.
3.82 miles 11.2 mph
71° humidity 51% wind 7-8 E
Instead of just going home, I rode up through Seven Oaks and back through Wiregrass. It was a lot warmer than I expected it to be.
12.40 miles 12.2 mph

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Saturday
77° humidity 47% wind 9-11 SE
Warm and windy. Late start because my SIL called.
The wind was annoying.
I saw a flock of martins and stopped to record them. I had never seen so many before.
15.74 miles
12.2 mph

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Sunday
77° humidity 63% wind 10-12 SW
I went out towards BBD. Saw at the stop that I didn't properly start my ride on my Apple Watch. I "lost" 2.3 miles.
I rode through Richmond Place. It has gotten a bit ghetto.
14.64 miles
12.4 mph

This week 108.7 miles
This year 188 miles








20190106 cycling

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This was a good week for riding. The wind was annoying but I pushed through. I ended the year above my goal of 3000 miles even with missing most of August. I increased my weekly minimum mileage to 60 miles.

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Monday
75° humidity 72% wind 11-16 SE
The damn wind was back. I pushed through some of it. I wanted a decent ride for the last one of the year. I heard and saw more martins along Oldwoods but didn't stop.
15.36 miles
12.1 mph

This month 410 miles
This year 3706 miles

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Tuesday
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80° humidity 63% wind 7-8 SW
Too warm, too breezy. I rode to BBD then to New Tampa Blvd and over I75. Coming back was nice. Not too much traffic and ai made most of the lights.
15.85 miles
12.5 mph

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Wednesday
81° humidity 50% wind 3-5 S
Late start. I forgot my water and wore my sunglasses which were only needed for the first 5 miles. I had to take them off for the last five miles as it was too dark with them on. And the gnats!
15.59 miles
12.3 mph

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Thursday
75° humidity 82% wind 6-7 S
I went out to BBD and across the overpass. I found the way to Lizards Tail.
The way back was easy and I made the lights. My legs were ready to quit after 15 miles.
16.72 miles
12.4 mph

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Friday
71° humidity 94% wind 10-14 S
Already too windy and only going to worse as the day goes on. I am glad I didn't wait any longer.
Saw a Maserati parked at the dead end on MPB. Stolen?
15.20 miles
12.0 mph

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Saturday
64° humidity 67% wind 12-18 NW
Too damn windy and cloudy. I pushed my way up through Seven Oaks and back down through Wiregrass. I only stopped a few seconds at the lights and once to rest.
It was not a fun ride.
15.13 miles
11.9 mph

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Sunday
71° humidity 37% wind 5 N/NE
Beautiful day and I wanted to stay in bed. My body was tired from drinking last night so I did a slow, recovery ride.
15.63 miles
11.4 mph

This week 109.5
This year 78

20181230 cycling

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A good week for riding despite the wind. I rode about 15 miles each day.

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Monday
78° humidity 58% wind 5-6 NE
Warmer and windier.
I tried to take some photos of cypress that were rusty but the sun was in front and low.
15.10 miles
12.2 mph

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Tuesday
74° humidity 56% wind 3-4NE
Warmer and breezy. I rode to Union Park.
15.11 miles
12.3 mph

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Wednesday
76° humidity 50% wind 12-20 E
Warm and to windy. I rode east to Union Park and it took everything just to push through. The tailwind was nice but I still had to push to get my average just up to 12.0.
15.09 miles
12.0 mph

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Thursday
72° humidity 74% wind 12-19 SE
It was already too windy and predicted to get worse. My legs didn't have the strength to push.
I saw a migration of purple martins and stopped to watch.
14.98 miles
11.7 mph

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Friday
75° humidity 83% wind 10-12 S/SE
The wind seemed stronger or maybe I am just weaker. The wind blew all the construction sand over the road.
15.14 miles
12.1 mph

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Saturday
73° humidity 91% wind 6-7 S
Thank goodness the wind was almost back to normal. Overcast and grey.
15.75 miles
12.5 mph

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Sunday
82° humidity 63% wind 2-3 S
Warm and breezy.
15.20 miles
12.6 mph

This week 106.4
This year 3676

20181223 cycling

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Another cold and lazy week. It was cold in the mornings so I waited to ride. But the longer I waited, the less I wanted to ride and the more the wind picked up. I was happy to see the wind go away by the end of the week.

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Monday
64° humidity 66% wind 2-3 NE
Except when I started riding, I realized the wind was coming for the west so I changed direction. Our weather station wind is not very accurate. When I stopped on Chancey, the wind was 6 NW my hands were cold and I just didn't feel like fighting the wind so I did a shorter ride. =
10.24 miles
12.7 mph

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Tuesday
72° humidity 37% wind 1-2 E 1-3 N 1-3 W
Wind kept changing direction so it was always a headwind. But it wasn't strong so it wasn't a problem.
14.02 miles
12.6 mph

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Wednesday
73° humidity 51% wind 8-11 SE
It started raining and I began. It drizzled and sprinkled the entire ride. After a few miles, the roads were wet enough and sprayed up my back. I cut my ride short.
12.68 miles
12.8 mph

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Thursday
63° humidity 100% wind 3-8 S
I saw that the rain had stopped so I quickly changed my clothes and got on the bike. The rain started a block away from home and never stopped. But it was light so I kept going. The wind got stronger as I turned to go home.
8.63 miles
11.5 mph

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Friday
57° humidity 80% wind 18-28 SW
Rained stopped for a bit but the wind started. I even saw some blue sky but not in the direction I was heading.
Riding back along BBD at Oak Preserve, the light was red for me so I slowed down. The cars turning left had gone and their light turned red. I started to pedal again and a car came flying out and I couldn't stop. I braked but bumped into the side of his car and went down. I bumped my head and twisted my handlebars. Apple Watch knew I fell down and asked if I needed help. I apologized to the driver forgetting that the light was red for him. I fixed my handlebars and rode home. I have a bump on the back of my head. That's a good sign right?
10.14 miles
11.6 mph

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Saturday
60° humidity 62% wind 9-10 NW
Sunny but still chilly especially with the wind. I rode through Seven Oaks to SR54. =
Not much tailwind.
14.43 miles
12.1 mph

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Sunday
66° humidity 41% wind 2-4 N
Beautiful day but I still didn't feel like riding. But that always changes once I have been pedaling for 5-10 minutes. I should have gone out earlier because the sun was in my eyes a lot.
15.16 miles
12.2 mph

This week 84.3 miles
This year 3569 miles

20181216 cycling

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This week started out pretty good. Then we got rain on Friday and Saturday and my motivation was gone. I still rode every day but not much on the weekend.

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Monday
59° humidity 64% wind 11-16 NW
I went out Mansfield to WRB to Chancey then up to Village Market and back down through Seven Oaks.
The lights were long and I got stuck at BBD because someone tampered with the crosswalk signs and I hit the wrong one.
Stopped at the bank to deposit a check. Stopped at Starbucks for some pumpkin loaf. Disappointed because the loaf is not quite as moist and was packaged. And the date on the package was October!
16.27 miles
11.4 mph

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Tuesday
58° humidity 54% wind 8-13 N
I wore my tights and the wind was a little weaker. I rode the same path as yesterday but reversed. It went better. Some stomach pains.
14.57 miles
12.4 mph

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Wednesday
65° humidity 52% wind 2-6 SE
Happy to see the wind back to normal strength and direction. I did my usual route to Union Park and back. The sky was beautiful.
15.85 miles
12.2 mph

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Thursday
74° humidity 61% wind 8-13 SE
Late ride. Emotional day.
Wind wasn't as strong as reported.
I rode out to Union Park. Dark on my way home.
15.31 miles
12.1 mph

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Friday
69° humidity 100% wind 9-16 W
Short ride in between showers.
I went west based on the reported wind. It didn't feel strong. I could feel it more when riding home and my legs wanted to quit.
9.16 miles
12.7 mph

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Saturday
66° humidity 88% wind 2SE
It was late and I didn't even change my clothes. I ended up at Starbucks and had a sandwich for dinner. Then I rode back in the dark. I hate the gnats.
7.61 miles
11.7 mph

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Sunday
62° humidity 73% wind 1-3 W
Another late ride. This is what happens if I get dressed and go out. I put off my exercise. I changed because I though it was still warm. It wasn't and the cool breeze was chilly on my bare arms. I never got warm.
7.87 miles
12.3 mph

This week 86.6 miles
This year 3492 miles

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