20190811 cycling

bike lane

My last week of big miles. I start work on Monday and I have to be there at 7 am. I am planning on getting up at 4 am to ride before work.


78°-81° feels like 89° wind 4-6 S
Two quick loops before swimming. More traffic on the road and school starts next week.
ZBar Peanut Butter Cookie is OK.
15.64 miles
12.0 mph


79°-85° feels like 95° winds 9 SW
Three clockwise loops. Legs felt strong or maybe it was because I pumped up my tires.
ClifBar White Chocolate Macadamia Nut A+
24.40 miles
12.0 mph


Rain delay.
81° humidity 86% wind 5 NW
Some sprinkles. Enough to keep the temperature lower.
First loop and wind changed to 7 W
Another loop and wind was now 3 SW
I had planned to do 4 loops but it was getting late and I was getting hungry for real food.
ClifBar Protein Peanut Butter & Chocolate A++
29.26 miles
11.8 mph

77°-82° feels like 90° winds 2S-5NW
Two shorter loops before swimming. Pushed it a bit. No stops.
15.56 miles
12.4 mph


79°-89° feels like 101° winds 2S-8W
Too warm and too windy.
Open house at JLMS meant cars parking in all the wrong spots and in the bike lane. What a mess. Headwind along Mansfield and Beardsley and I had nothing left to push when the wind was helping. A slow ride. I was ready to quit after one loop and my goal was three. I kept going and even hoped for a light rain to cool me down. Instead I got a downpour with 1 1/2 miles left to go.
ClifBar Luna S'mores B+
24.52 miles


80°-88° feels like 102° winds 2S 2N 5NW 5W
The plan was for four loops or 30 miles. I went easy knowing it was going to be hot. Even the winds were hot. Big puffy clouds never hid the sun and no chance of a cooling rain. I called it quits at 3 loops. Still, a good ride.
Fueled by @skratchlabs
24.61 miles

80° humidity 92% wind 2S
Early ride. I miss the sun but not the heat it generates. SR56 has no streetlights and there were joggers who had no lights no wore anything reflective. I came upon them just as another bike was coming there other way with a very bright light that just about blinded me.
Two shorter loops.
15.55 miles

This week 149.6 miles
This year 3793 miles

20190804 cycling


Another good week for miles. Thirty miles is still not easy but it getting easier. Also, a little faster.


74°-77° humidity 95% wind 4-5 NE
Two quick loops before my job interview today. (I need a job!)
Luna Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter ✅
16.83 miles
12.2 mph


76° humidity 92% wind 4 SE
Quick ride before swimming with Andy.
One big loop and two minis.
ClifBar Nut Filled Peanut Butter 👎
13.33 miles
12.5 mph


79°-89° Feels like 101° winds 2-4 SE
Fours loops. Hot and sticky. I am lasting longer. My feet were cramping for a few miles near the end.
ClifBar Crunchy Peanut Butter A++
32.47 miles
11.6 mph


74°-80° humidity 92% wind 4 N
One loop and 2 minis before swimming.
ZBAR Chocolate Chip is OK.
12.65 miles
12.4 mph


74° humidity 94% wind 5 NE
Overcast and sticky. The wind slowed me down some but the clouds kept the heat away. I saw 4 catfish on the SR56 MUP! They must have been blown out of the pond 200 yards away during the storm last night. Luna Caramel Walnut Brownie is a bit too sweet.
24.75 miles
11.7 mph


76°-82° feels like 89 winds 4 SE
Overcast when I started which kept the heat down. The sun came out on my last lap when I was already feeling tired. Chain making noise. Needs lube from all the rain this week.
Luna Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter is messy in the heat.
32.21 miles

76° humidity 93% wind 2S
One loop then down to BBD and back. I saw Ryan was n my way back. He got upset that I was home before him or that I passed or something. I don't understand him. He laid on the ground for a minute. Then got up, rode him bike down the driveway, around in a circle then back into the garage.
12.83 miles according to my Apple Watch. Strava is having trouble uploading my ride.

This week 145
This year 3659

20190728 cycling


It was a good week for cycling. There was rain on Wednesday which messed up my plan to ride 30 miles that day. And I had to wait to ride on Thursday but I did get my miles in.
I am finding it easier to ride longer when I am properly fueled. Though I do find myself getting tired after 20 miles. I guess I will get stronger and faster if I keep with the longer distances.

72-77° humidity 95% wind 4 NE
Quick ride. One big loop and several minis to make up the hour.
12.64 miles
12.5 mph


74°-83° feel like 92° wind 2-6 S-SW
Three loops. Wind seemed stronger at times. Almost ran over a crawfish on SR56.
Mis-timed was he light at Mansfield and almost got hit by two cars. Oops.
24.60 miles
11.9 mph


78° humidity 89% wind 4-5 SW
The plan was to ride 30+ miles. I got two loops in, 21 miles, and I heard thunder. I was at the clubhouse so I stopped there to see if the rain would go by quickly.
81° humidity 85% wind 4-5 SW
Rain let up but didn't stop. I wouldn't have mind the light rain but the thunder makes me anxious. I rode home.
I feel like I don't deserve to eat the ClifBar because I didn't ride long enough.
22.76 miles


76° humidity 91% wind 6 S
It rained all morning. We got 2" as of noon. I hoped for a dry ride but didn't expect it. The roads were wet and one car managed to splash water on me with a lane in between us. I didn't know if I should go slower in case I managed to get 30 miles or faster to avoid the rain?
77° humidity 87% wind 5 SE
14 miles in and the rain was coming. It started about mile 15. It was light and no thunder so I went another loop. By mile 16, I had to take off my glasses.
I was soggy when I got home.
24.51 miles
11.5 mph


73° humidity 95% wind 1E
Two quick loops. Trying to make up for the rain. Dark skies in the west.
A few drops starting at mile 13.
15.65 miles
12.1 mph


74°-83° humidity 97% wind 2 E
Sticky ride. As the temperature got warmer, the wind got stronger or I got weaker.
The first two loops were good. I felt myself slowing down about mile 20. Also sick of eating sugar at that point.
The last loop wasn't bad. I even had some energy to push the last 2 miles.
ClifBar Builders Protein Cinnamon Nut Swirl for my treat was too sweet.
32.50 miles
11.5 mph


73° humidity 94% wind 3-4 N
Late start so sun came up 1/4 through the ride. Legs felt good and wanted to push. I guess they needed no recovery.
Two shorter loops.
15.62 miles
11.6 mph

This week 148.2
This year 3513
I made my goal for the year of 3500 miles

20190721 cycling


I feel pretty about my riding this week. I had to two but rides of 30 miles each. They aren’t difficult but uncomfortable at times. I think I have figured out the fueling I need for the rides. I hope to increase my mileage to get up to 40 or 50 miles in a single day.


80° humidity 82% = 85° wind 2 S
Short and quick. Hot and humid.
9.07 miles
12.4 mph


79°-87° humidity 87%-69% feels like 99°
Light SE wind
I tried the Honey Stinger Cherry Cola Energy Gels. They have the best taste. They are small like the Skratch gels so I ate one every 3 miles.
Three loops around MP. Very few clouds meant it was very hot.
Started getting hungry around mile 20. I stopped eating the Honey Stinger and thought about eating the Untapped Waffle but it is mostly carbs. I ate a nut Butter filled ClifBar when I got home. (I prefer the regular ClifBars.
24.55 miles
11.8 mph


76° humidity 91% wind 2 sw
Heat index when I finished 99°
Four loops. I pushed to hard on the first two. Slower on the third. Crawled on the fourth. I do not like the Clif Bloks Margarita. More salty than sour. Ankle started hurting about mile 20.
30.02 miles
11.8 mph

72° humidity 100% wind 2 NE
Fog and steamy ponds. Short recovery ride. Early because I have an interview this morning.
9.07 miles


75°-78° feels like 80° wind 1SW
One big loop and two minis and good speed today, too.
13.35 miles
12.7 mph


75°-87° feels like 99°
Wind 2E 5SE
Four loops. I held myself back and had more energy for the last loop. Bike shorts are too big and pad kept bunching up and ouch! I need to get fast with 30 miles before I can try 40 miles.
30.05 miles


75° humidity 95% wind 3 E/N
One recovery loop.
Sun was rising.
9.06 miles
11.8 mph

This week 125.1
This year 3356 miles

20190714 cycling

 special olympics summer games

I am feeling much better about cycling these days. I have figured out the fueling which makes me want to ride longer and stronger.


77° humidity 93% wind 5 SW
Delayed because my son was wearing my shoes on his own ride.
Wet. Light rain. At least it kept the heat down. Quick ride, just one loop.
9.07 miles


79° humidity 88% wind 5-9S
Heat index 92°
Two big loops. Wind from the south felt good except when I had to battle it on MPB.
I stopped at mile 5, I thought I had hit Resume but the screen was dim to save battery. I didn't realize until I stopped at mile 11. I lost 6 miles. Bother.
I put Skratch orange in my first bottle. I also took Skratch chews. On odd miles, I ate a chew. On even miles, I sipped some water. I still did my stops but they were shorter since I didn't need to chew a whole protein bar. The Skratch Labs Orange Energy Chews are good. I don't know if it was this new fuel method, or the clouds, but I did not feel exhausted at mile 20. I finished strong.
22.82 miles


77° humidity 91% wind 6-8 S
I was told that SR56 was going to open today so I went out that way. I brought 3 bottles, 2 with Skratch drink mix. I also started eating Skratch chews right away.
83° humidity 75% feels like 91°
I stopped at Hole in One and got an Apple Fritter. It was good, not great.
I also stopped at Living Food Bakery to check it out. More health foods and tea. I got some cookies to take home.
I rode back against the wind. It wasn't fun. At least I was more prepared than last week and had enough water and energy to get me home. At 11:30, they opened SR56 and traffic started to fill the new lanes.
29.29 miles


77° humidity 88% wind 6-8 SE
I planned on a recovery ride but my legs wanted to go. I watched my heart rate but it stayed low so I kept pedaling. Headwind along Mansfield cost me some speed.
9.06 miles
12 mph


77° humidity 93% wind 4-7 SE
Three loops today. Fueled with Skratch Labs Energy Chews and drink mix. Rode well the entire time with only stops at the light at Mansfield.
24.59 miles
11.8 mph


74° humidity 93% wind 4-5 E
Rode up to SR56 to Morris Bridge. There is no bike lane nor shoulder for about 3 miles. Drivers were polite and did not pass me too close. No one honked. When I did get a bike lane, it wasn't great. It was bumpy and at times covered by overgrown weeds.
I rode through Flatwoods. Clay Gully was over the trail. I rode through and got wet up the back. The water was colder than I expected. Only one cyclist announced himself. He was shirtless and was wearing white mesh liners that I could see through. No shorts. Barf. He was not thin.
The trail was also under at Trout Creek. I walked on he pedestrian bridge. When did they rebuild it in metal? The last time I walked it, it was wood. One cyclist riding the aero bars gave me finger guns. Hmm.
I had Skratch Matcha Green Tea and Lemons. It was fine. I also tried the Clif Bloks in Orange. They are OK. They are bigger than the Skratch Chews so I spaced them out every five miles.

82° humidity 80% = 88° wind 6 SE
I rode to Starbucks and got some iced tea and ate half of my Clif Bar.
The clouds are keeping the heat down and I have only gone through one bottle in 1:45. I have been drinking every three miles.
26.93 miles
12.0 mph

76° humidity 93% wind 2E
Short and slow recovery ride.
9.06 miles

This week 124.8 miles
This year 3231 miles

20190707 cycling

bike lane

A fairly good week for riding. I think the heat is really affecting me and I have to replace electrolytes. I had to go to a number of shops before I could find Skratch Labs mix which I prefer.


78° humidity 87% wind 2-4 N 3-4 NW
Felt good until mile 5. Not sure if it was my pushing or the jerk (driver) stopped in the crosswalk that started the flutter. Tachycardia through the rest of the ride. I rode directly home instead of riding for an hour like I planned.
9.09 miles
12.0 mph


80° humidity 86% wind 7 NW
Feels like 101°
Some clouds and some wind. I was doing well until mile 15. I stopped for a break and couldn't get myself to move any faster.
I stopped at MPIII. I was too early for tennis. I went to leave and got my chain stuck. I tried using a tire lever and broke the lever. (Better than breaking the chain.) I turned the bike over and slowly worked the chain loose. Lifting that heavy bike wiped me out and I crawled home. A few raindrops in the last mile but not enough to cool me down.
22.81 miles
11.5 mph


87° humidity 74% = 100°
Wind 2 NW 5 NE 6 N 6 NW
I went out to BBD based on the first wind reading. By the time I had got to SR56, it had changed direction. Not doing well. Is it the heat? Too much riding yesterday? Struggling through.
As I had 2 miles to go, I realized I should have had a shorter ride because tomorrow is July 4 and Andy doesn't like to go swimming on the holiday. I should have planned it better. Oh well.
22.05 miles


79° humidity 86% wind 0W 2NE 3E 2NE
Heat index 94°
Wind kept changing direction but since it was so slight, it wasn't an issue.
Decided to go easy today and not as far.
I saw an alligator enjoying the sun and heat.
16.84 miles


77° humidity 92% wind 3-4E
Legs weren't having it today. Too much sitting yesterday I guess. The alligator changed his position.
11.18 miles


76° humidity 91% wind 4-6 SE
My plan was to ride to Zephyrhills to indulge in a donut.
Hole in One Donuts is closed! Ugh. I did bring an RXBAR just in case but I really wanted a donut. Google Maps suggested Speedway, Wawa and Dunkin. I started to ride to Wawa then decided to go to Starbucks then decided on Panera. That little hill just about did me in. I looked at Bear Claw and Almond Croissant and decided on a bagel and cream cheese. I don't even use half the tub. I filled my empty water bottle with ice and water.
Should I save 2 miles by going the route that is torn up with construction.?
88° humidity 66% wind 8S
Heat Index 98°
The heat and headwind zapped any energy I might have had left. I drank all my water with a few miles to go and started sucking on the ice.
31.35 miles

74° humidity 97%
Slow recovery ride before the sun came up.
9.07 miles

This week 112.4
This year 3115

20190630 cycling

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I finished the month stronger than I started it. I am glad I figured out why I felt so weak in the beginning. I must eat more protein at night.


71° humidity 92% wind 2SW
One big loop. My legs were strong though my left knee has started to hurt when I push hard.
12.03 miles
12.4 mph


82° humidity 85% wind 9 NW
Heat index 106°
Hot. No clouds for any shade.
I felt good despite the heat until mile 20. I just don't want to go any farther.
22.80 miles
11.6 mph


78° humidity 83% wind 1-3 NW
Felt strong again despite the heat.
Pushed it a bit. Shorter ride because I have an appointment at 11.
15.68 miles
12.5 mph


76° humidity 82% wind 4-5 NE
Less protein lass night didn't affect my ride. Then again, my lunch made up for it.
Short ride, swimming later in too-warm water.
12.62 miles
12.4 mph


75° humidity 86% wind 4-7E 7 SE
Some wind. Cooled me down and slowed me done. Stopped at MPIII and watched some kids learn tennis. I miss playing but know my ankle would never hold up.
Three smaller loops.
22.97 miles


77° humidity 87% wind 3-7-E
I should have started earlier but I just couldn't get myself moving.
I got to SR56 and MPB and decided to try the SR56 extension. It is complete but not open yet. I figured the MUP would be fine.
There were crews working on signage, the reflective grit on the striping and some other stuff.
I saw 9 other cyclists. The majority were riding in the ride in the wrong direction!
It is 3 miles from MPB to Morris Bridge. Then 3 more miles to 301. I had a headwind the entire way.
I stopped at 301 and had an RXBar. Then I went back. There didn't to seem much tailwind.
20.80 miles

74° humidity 94% wind 2-3 E
I woke up "late" at 5:11 so I got up and rode right away. Just a short and slow loop.
9.09 miles

This week 115.9 miles
This month 454 miles
This year 2984 miles

20190623 cycling


I discovered that my lack of energy had to do with my dinners the night before. Since Andy got out of school, I have been eating only rice/quinoa and vegetables for dinner. When I add more protein, I have more energy the following day.


73° humidity 94% wind 5 NE
Sun was up and more traffic. It wasn't too hot yet. One loop and a bit. I felt better.
12.69 miles


75° humidity 93% wind 7-10 S
More wind today. My legs were fine until I had to stop for traffic. Then they didn't want to pedal anymore.
10.99 miles


76° humidity 93% wind 7-11S
Cloudy and windy and wet. The rain stayed away but I was sweating just as much. My legs were strong today! Is it because I had a burger and fries last night for dinner? LoseIt! has me eating too few calories. I had stopped noting my average speed because it had become so slow. I am good with 12.1 on my heavy mountain bike
17.05 miles
12.1 mph


78° humidity 91% wind 5-7 SW
One big loop. A little less energy today but I pushed it. My legs felt a little shaky when I stopped to rest so I ate half of RXBar. That seemed to help. I pushed it going up the little hill on Beardsley and triggered arrhythmia. I could feel it but the HR monitor stayed at 153. Not until I got the n Stetson did it change. I forget that I shouldn't push myself that hard.
11.63 miles
12.1 mph


80° humidity 87% wind 4-6 SW; 4-5 W; 7-8 NW
I had a good salad last night with salmon which I believe is giving me the energy this morning. It was windy but I kept my speed up until mile 20 and then I was just tired. I need to remember a second water bottle. I filled up at MPIII but the water is not cold enough for me. I saw an alligator on n the culvert across from Culver’s.
22.80 miles
11.9 mph


82° humidity 85% wind 3-6 W
Two big loops again today. When I stopped to photograph the alligator, I noticed my legs were already shaky. I ate half my RXBar. My legs were fine the next time I stopped. I brought two water bottles today and I needed them. The heat index was 102° by the time I stopped.
22.83 miles
11.9 mph


74° humidity 95% wind 1N
Short, easy ride.
10.60 miles

This week 108.6 miles
This year 2866 miles

20190616 cycling


I am disappointed in the lack of miles this week. But I have not been feeling great while riding. I don’t know if it is the heat and humidity, my age, or maybe I just need a break. I am determined to ride an hour each day and not worry about my speed.


73° humidity 95% wind 4-7 SW
So many dead frogs. Pasco starts summer school today. The buses are out.
11.25 miles


79° humidity 87% wind 7-9 S
Rain in the area but they said it should be light. I realized the wind had changed and I turned around at SR56. I stopped and said hello to the cows and checked the weather. Heavier rain was coming sooner. Great.
The first bit of rain was light and short. I was about 2 miles from home when the skies opened up. I was soaked within a block. The rain let up as I got near home but I was too wet and could hear thunder.
9.02 miles


79° humidity 87% wind 6-10 S
Sun was back but so was the wind. My plan was to go 25 miles to make up for yesterday but my body said no. I saw an eagle get harassed by a much smaller bird.
17.46 miles


81° humidity 86% wind 6-11 W
I did mini loops until I was getting nauseous. Where has my energy gone? Almost hit by a car coming out of the Looney Bin. I was wiping my face and didn't look.
14.42 miles


71° humidity 100% wind 2-4 S
Trying something different. I rode as soon as I got up. It was dark and quiet except for the gators and wild boars making noise.
I rode mini loops for an hour.
10.65 miles

72° humidity 100% wind 2-3 N
I heard no gators this morning. Mini loops.
12.30 miles


74° humidity 98% wind 2 NIt was getting lighter so I did the regular loop and one mini. Still no energy. At least I got to see the sunrise.
11.19 miles

This week 86.3 miles
This year 2757 miles

20190609 cycling


A good week for riding. I started feeling stronger towards the end of the week.


85° humidity 68% = 93° wind 7 NW
Late start because I met the new neighbors. Sprinkles started at mile 5. Light rain at mile 8. Soaked by the time I got home.
11.58 miles


75° humidity 89% wind light
Summer is coming.
20.70 miles


75° humidity 93% wind 2-5 SE
More cyclists today. Foul odor from the Looney Bin again.
17.07 miles


75° humidity 93% wind 2-4 SE
Rain last night means many dead frogs in the road.
13.27 miles


78° humidity 80% wind 5-8S
Overcast with rainin the forecast. A bit windy. A few sprinkles. Not enough to cool me down. A woman yelled at me out her car window "You look amazing!" I thanked her. I don't know who she was. She must have seen me riding over the years.
Still a foul odor from the Looney Bin.
16.93 miles


81° humidity 77% wind 2-11 NE
Overcast and humid.
New yield signs along SR56 MUP.
21.28 miles


74° humidity 95% wind 4-8 SE
Didn't get to far before I had to turn back. I had forgotten my light. Some of the areas I ride, have no streetlights. It gets very dark in the country.
One loop and one mini loop.
12.34 miles

This week 113.2 miles
This year 2669 miles