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Old 04-28-2013, 01:32 PM
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Hi all, new to the thread. Last road bike ride was 38 miles on Friday. Climbed about 570ft. Just starting to climb a bit. Working up to bigger stuff. First flat tire also, sliced through the tire and tube so need a new one by tomorrow for the next ride.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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Hey everyone, I am back! I did find a run in Vegas...4miles on the strip at 0700. There were still frunk people out on the street walking around....so glad it wasnt me! Thays the only workout I got in the whole week. Thank goodness it was a taper week before the Olympic distance tri which was TODAY!!!

I survived with no anxiety attacks in the swim. They shortened it from a mile to about 900 meters. I was happy about that. Plus it was wetsuit legal and that helped too. The bike was fine..25 milesand then a 6 mile run in the hot Florida sun. My time was 3:11 for the whole thing. Not too bad for my first olympic at age 47. There were over 4,000 athletes participating. I feel really good about it.

Rest day for me tomorrow!
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:54 PM
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Siesta welcome.

Tres - Fantastic! Congratulations.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:08 PM
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So THIS is the bike thread? I thought it was the running thread! ;-)

Anyhoo...had a fantastic 20 mile road ride on a gorgeous spring day today.

Sure beats being drunk and hungover!
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Welcome Troae. Good work on your ride.

This thread is basically the get off your ass thread. We've got it all here, just about kickin some booty and sweating a little.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:23 PM
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Went for a 6 k run this morning. Was hilly and good. Did free weights with stability ball after. Crunches, shoulders, arms. Good start to the day.

Oh yeah, way to go Tres! That and a promotion too, you are on fire!
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Awesome Monday commute!

Just had a GREAT 10 mile ride into work, and I couldn't feel better! This is my first commute of the year where I did not have to wear cold weather gear. Had a nice breeze out of the south, which made spinning at 20 mph pretty effortless.

I'm grateful for this, and grateful for my SR family for the opportunity to share this part of the healing process.

Peace, courage and strength all.
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...and a great ride home!

A great ride to work generally means another great ride 9 hours later!

20 miles total today.
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Originally Posted by Troae View Post
A great ride to work generally means another great ride 9 hours later!

20 miles total today.
Nice job. I'm jealous!!! Wish I could bike commute!
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:29 PM
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Back in states and first ride since last Monday. Too long but is what it is. Beautiful weather in mid 70's rode 52 miles with 3425 feet of elevation gain. Lots of rollers around here , nothing is flat. Legs pretty cooked after a week off. Tomorrow,strength training day.

Siesta and troae welcome and nice rides. Troae spent many many years riding and living is Wisconsin.

Tres- congratulations! You should be so proud - excellent job!
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:37 PM
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Ran 4.2 today. Tough course but enjoying the early season drop in times.

One of my goals this year is to ride to work, and back. That's pretty cool those of you that.
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Not drinking. I tried to type... Those of you that do that!
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About Bike Commuting...

Greetings, fellow SR Asphalt Kickers! (are we called SRAK's? SRAKers?)

I've read a few of your comments regarding bike commuting, and in general, it's much easier than most people believe. I've used to work in the bicycle industry, and have a lot of experience teaching groups and communities about bike commuting.

I won't use this forum to evangelize, but if anyone is interested or has questions, please feel free to post them here, and I'll be happy to answer. You never know, you might just discover a new, healthy passion!
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When I lived in the UK I biked to work everyday! Rain or shine. Mostly rain of course. Right now though my days start far too early and they are looooooong!!! 50 mile round trip and I have to be at work by 5:45am so goodness knows what time I'd be up at! Lol. I'd like to try at least once to ride home! Maybe later in the summer. There's not really many bike lanes either but on the way home there is. I find that strange!


I signed up for an 8K and a 10K today. Something to look forward to.
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I would love to bike commute...however Tampa is one of the worst cities to do it in. I feel a little safer in a car...

My commute is 13 miles.. That would be doable twice a day..except for being extremely sweaty when arriving.
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Originally Posted by Tres View Post
I would love to bike commute...however Tampa is one of the worst cities to do it in. I feel a little safer in a car...

My commute is 13 miles.. That would be doable twice a day..except for being extremely sweaty when arriving.
I have a friend that lives in Orlando and he said the same thing about traffic etc! Scary.
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The best piece of advice I give to those whose commute is longer than a practical pre-work bike ride is to map out a location somewhere between home and work, toss your bike in your car and do a combination drive/bike commute. Parks make a great place to park your car, or even better, a bike shop parking lot, as the know you'll be buying a lot of stuff from them on your ride home.

I remember once being on a live TV news broadcast and the somewhat snide reporter basically brushed me off by saying, "Huh, I live 50 miles away. There's no way I could ever do that". So I mentioned the car/bike combo option, and she was like, "Oh, um...yeah, that'd work. Gee, I guess I never thought of that...".
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The best piece of advice I give to those whose commute is longer than a practical pre-work bike ride is to map out a location somewhere between home and work, toss your bike in your car and do a combination drive/bike commute. Parks make a great place to park your car, or even better, a bike shop parking lot, as the know you'll be buying a lot of stuff from them on your ride home.

I remember once being on a live TV news broadcast and the somewhat snide reporter basically brushed me off by saying, "Huh, I live 50 miles away. There's no way I could ever do that". So I mentioned the car/bike combo option, and she was like, "Oh, um...yeah, that'd work. Gee, I guess I never thought of that...".
If I didn't start so early I'd honestly consider that. .
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Been considering biking to work. I work out of three different places. The first two are only about 10 and 15 miles away so would probably just use my beach cruiser on the bike path. The third is about 45 miles away down pacific coast hwy. I really want to do it but would have to take the bus home because it would be dark. The mileage is no biggie on a road bike but there are some pretty big hills I'd have to tackle. Maybe in a couple months...
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Great job on the Tri Tres!

Cycling to work/school/family in the Netherlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-ej1eihoU

I rest my case

30 minutes of stretching work-out yesterday, I hope to go on a ride today as it is Queensday here, so the bike paths should be clear. Unfortunately I have hay fever/allergy, so sneezing like crazy.
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