20190421 cycling

 special olympics summer games

It was a pretty good week for riding. I was busy doing rides for errandonnee and racked up the miles.

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Monday
Errandonnee
65° humidity 77% wind 6-13NW
First I forgot my helmet, then I forgot my glasses. Sigh.
Rode against the wind to Lori's. I brought her cookies. (You carried what?) continued against the wind and up and down arrow sidewalks to the library. I needed a new card. (Personal business or wildcard). Finally with the wind to the bank. The walk up ATM was out of order so I went to the drive-thru ATM. (Personal business)
Rode to Panera and met Lori for lunch. (Social call) Rode back towards home but stopped at Target to get milk for Ryan. (Store)
20.37 miles
11.4 mph

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Tuesday
79° humidity 37% wind 4-5 E
Wind was stronger and in different directions. Bus Z528 stopped in the crosswalk at Hueland Pond and I had to swerve around it. Ass.
16.77 miles
11.5 mph

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Wednesday
66° humidity 77% wind 2-4SE
Rode south on BBD. At Amberly, I got out of the rode and onto the MUP. It got crowded and a bit crazy once I got to USF. Lots of t affix and pedestrians. I parked my bike and walked to the museum. It was different. I walked over to the gallery but it was closed. (Arts and Entertainment)
76° humidity 56% wind 6SE
I rode my bike through USF and was happy to get out of there and ride on busy Fowler Ave to Fuzzy’s Tacos. (Social call)
No bike rack but so found a sign to lock my bike to. I got the shrimp fajita plate. I am not a big fan of peppers but I like the rest of it.
79° humidity 51% wind 6-11 SE
Google maps said the best way home was through USF. No thanks. I went around and made it just fine. But the tailwind was a headwind until I got to Cross Creek. Then it came back along CLR. Oh well, the lunch break was what I needed to not feel tired.
27.06 miles I stopped at CVS for sunscreen but they didn't have Blue Lizard though their app said they did. (Personal care)
27.06 miles
11.7 mph

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Thursday
70° humidity 71% wind 7-10 SE
Sunny and windy. More broken glass on Beardsley this time east of Braughton Place. Crowd fighting over a dead squirrel. Rode two loops. Truck didn't stop coming out of The Ridge. I expect the worse from drivers and prepared to stop.
Stop at the school to see if they take used batteries for fundraising. They do and I will go back later.
17.60 miles
11.1 mph

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errandonnee
I took 20 pounds of used batteries up to the elementary school for fundraising. (Non-store errand) then I rode to the out community fitness center. (Personal care)
3.17 miles

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Friday
80° humidity 74% wind 17-27 S
Windy as heck! I tried a new route just up and down CLR. CLR runs and east and west thought it does curve. I only had to deal with string headwinds at certain parts for a short distance. It is almost 5 miles and I did it three times.
14.75 miles
11.4 mph

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Saturday
67° humidity 64% wind 7-18 SW
21-24 NW 20-27 W
Windy as heck! A bit cool, too
It was a slog on most of the roads. I would have stopped at one loop but I needed the extra calories burned off so I can eat at Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
16.75 miles
11.0 mph

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Sunday
Errandonnee
76° humidity 33% wind 8-10 NW
Want d a longer ride and to take advantage of the wind direction, I rode the long way to Lori's & Bob's. (Social call)
21.31 miles
11.6 mph

This week 137.8 miles
This year 1845 miles

20190414 cycling

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This was my best week for miles. Errandonnee started on Friday and I did two extra rides for it.

Monday
74° humidity 89% wind 7-10 SE
Cloudy and humid and windy.
I tried to stop too quickly after a sharp turn and almost flipped over. I caught myself but caught my calf on my gears and cut my leg. I thought it was it was just a scratch until I looked later and saw blood. (Since I stopped working, I no longer have to take naproxen everyday and my blood is no longer thin.) It mostly just stung from the sweat.
Two loops.
17.08 miles
11.7 mph

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Tuesday
73° humidity 95% wind 9-14 S
Still a few sprinkles but not a problem. Wind was more of a problem but I didn't mind and didn't push it.
On my second stop, I saw the wind changed direction so I did, too. 11-18 SW
20.17 miles
11.5 mph

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Wednesday
68° humidity 87% wind 2-3SW 3-5W 4NW
I went out to BBD. I hadn't planned on doing over 20 miles so I did one large loop and one small loop. I missed the school traffic but got stuck behind a family of sand hill cranes crossing the road.
18.58 miles
11.8 mph

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Thursday
70° humidity 81% wind 5-6 E
Went two large loops then 3 smaller ones until I felt fatigued.
23.44 miles
11.5 mph

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Friday
79° humidity 66% wind 8S
The wind got stronger after I started. I decided to flip the route and go the other way.
15.14 miles
12.0 mph

Errandonnee
Rode up to Bank of America and deposited check. Rode to Burger Monger. I skipped the fries! (Mostly because the fish was so expensive!) $15 Rode to Publix for groceries. I only got what would fit in my little bag. Rode home the long way so I would have to cross BBD twice. 7.48 miles

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Saturday
75° humidity 82% wind 7-9 SE
Warm and windy.
Accident on CLR. They were clearing it when I went out and just leaving on my way back. A car hit a light pole and you could see where the light pole crashed on the roof of the car.
Saw three animals dead in the road. The vultures were trying to clean up the beaver before they got to the possums.
19.22 miles
11.7 mph

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Errandonnee
Rode out to BBD. I saw the Car Show was going on so I stopped knowing it would count for Entertainment.
I rode to Batteries and Bulbs to recycle the CFL bulbs. (You carried what?)
Rode to Oliver's and got a new helmet. Not much selection unless I wanted to spend hundreds of dollars. I ended up with a black one. I got some gloves too. $68. (Personal Care.)
I walked over to Panera and had lunch. (Social Call.) Panera was slow.
The ride back was nice with the tailwinds. I saw another cyclist that should NOT have taken off his shirt. 11.12 miles

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Sunday
86° humidity 62% wind 14-23 S=
Windy! I got a half block before so remembered my helmet. I have gone too long without one. I went back and got it and was glad to keep the sun out of my eyes. I don't care that it is supposed to be a MTB helmet, I like the visor.
I struggled south to Brookton to Cross Creek. The wind was behind me as I went east to Morris Bridge. I was concerned that it would be against me as I went through Flatwoods. It was. =
I ate my RXBar before I left Flatwoods. I think it helped because I wasn't tired at when I finished. Though the tailwinds on the way home might have helped.
20.45 miles
11.4 mph

This week 152.7 miles
This year 1708 miles

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