3rd day in a row on the short commute

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I’ve been leaving my car at the Ridges and riding in to work this week.  Today was the third day in a row.  It’s a quick 1-1.5 mile ride in, depending on which way I go.  And I have found that I can actually get back to the Ridges to pick up my kids at preschool faster on bike than by car.  Taking the bike path and roundabout tunnel gets me there a lot quicker than waiting in traffic in my car and it’s a lot more fun. It’s not a hardcore commute by any means, but I have a good time doing it and it gets me on the bike for a few minutes.

Here’s the route:



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Two successes before 7 a.m.

1. I avoided texting Mac to tell him I wasn’t going to meet him at 6 a.m. I would have loved to have gone back to bed.
2. I made it up Rock Riffle, despite very tired legs from three days of workouts/rides, and copious amounts of morning phlem blocking the airways. We both sounded like a freight train of asthmatic smokers pushing up that climb.

Like yesterday, we met at Athens Bicycle, climbed Rock Riffle, and turned right onto Longview Heights. This morning we stayed on Longview, and took Mulligan down to Richland, then back to the car via a trip through campus and a roll down Court Street. About 7.5 miles in 45 minutes, but our major success was making it out in the early cold two mornings in a row. Here is the route

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Morning climb up Rock Riffle

I met Mac at Athens Bicycle at 6:00 this morning for a quick ride up Rock Riffle Road, out Angel Ridge for a bit, and back. I rode the Yukon, as I’m trying to get it dialed in for the Gravel Rouser in a few weeks. The climb up Angel Ridge was awesome, though we both hocked up lots of snot at the top. I peeled off my coat at the top, only to put it back on 5 minutes later. I wore shorts, tights, wool socks, long sleeve base jersey, short jersey, long sleeve jersey, and the windbreaker. My 5 dollar Home Depot gloves kept the digits warm. The layers worked pretty well, and I appreciated the extra warmth on the 35 mph downhill back to the car. This was also my second time on the new WTB Speed V seat, and thus far I am really liking it. It’s much better than the stock seat on the Yukon. We were only out for only 45 minutes, but it was a good quick ride. I’m growing more comfortable with the fact that not every ride has to be 25 miles or more. It’s just great to get out when I can.

This was also my first ride with the Geoman Gear Magicshine light. The light really lit up the road very well and I we were both able to see very well. I’ll post some more info about the light later, but thus far I’m happy with it and feel safe riding with it on the Athens back roads in the dark.

I didn’t clock the ride with my odometer or phone, but eyeballing where we turned around on Map My Ride put us around 7 miles or so.

Lunchtime ride like the wind

With temperatures close to 60 and sunny, and with an actual hour for lunch, going for a ride was a no-brainer.  I rode from Grover down to Casa Lopez.  I was tempted to extend the round trip by two miles by going to Holzer and back, but I’m glad I didn’t.  The ride down to Casa Lopez was fast and I felt like I was flying.  After a quick swig of water, I turned around and headed back, only to find myself facing a massive headwind.  No wonder I was hauling earlier.  On the way back, it was all I could do to roll at 10-12 miles an hour, and I bet at times I dipped into the single digits.  The picture of the flag doesn’t really do the wind justice, as it was really whipping around today. While only a brief 34 minutes on the bike, it felt great. An yes, that makes two days in a row on the bike!

The details:

8.14 miles
34:32
500 calories burned
14.1 mph average speed

Inaugural kiddie ride of 2012

First a little math:
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With 50 (ish) weather, the boys and I took the opportunity to meet Mac and E for a Sunday ride out to Eclipse. The kids had a great time, though the got a bit chilly in the shady parts of the bike path. My boys each wore long sleeve shirts and sweat shirts, and could have used full-fingered gloves. While Scalia said it was 48 degrees, Mac and I estimated an 8-10 degree drop in the shade. So next time we should bring an extra layer. Carter seemed cozy in the trailer and even managed a nap on the way back.

Clay lost his chain about 3 miles from the car. I need to remember to pack a crescent wrench for his wheel, as the Crank Brothers multitool wasn’t made for servicing a fixed wheel. Fortunately I was able to massage the chain back on and we made it back to the car without any other problems.

I also found I’m a bit out of practice putting together the bike train, as it took me 20 minutes to assemble the rig. It will get easier with more practice, though by summer, Cole should be riding on his own. That should shorten the rig to just a trailer.

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When we got home, we refueled with this:
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