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  1. #1
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    September rides, bringing in the fall.

    Guess it's my turn to start the monthly ride thing, so here goes.

    Took time from my packing to do a little riding, today. Did 14 miles of pavement on the Log Lady - again, between showers in very sticky, warm air - then followed it up with 3 miles of trail work with the Krampus. Yeah, single speed riding, as usual. As much as I ride single speed, now, you can pretty much assume my riding is single speed unless I indicate, otherwise.

    Not crazy about leaving home for a week and putting up with the hassles of all the crowds in Florida, but these conferences are very important to my husband, so I support him and do so without any complaint. For sure, he supports me in all my interests without any hesitation, so we've got a good thing going.

  2. #2
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    You'd never know it was September here; today it's 91 with a dew point of 74. We had 2 typical, beautiful late summer days on Friday and Saturday and I did not ride on either. My granddaughter was here on Friday, and since DH had to work from home for about half the day, we ended up just taking a 2 mile walk with her, and then later going to the playground. Both DH and I have been fighting allergy related stuff, mine is just not going away, very frustrating. Anyway, on Saturday we had to leave at about 3:45 to go to our friends' who bought a music store and moved to Worcester, about 30 miles west of here. So, after lying around watching the McCain funeral all morning, we decided to do a quick 4 mile walk/hike, partially on the road, dirt roads, and an out and back on a trail. Yesterday, I felt terrible, but headed out alone at around 1. It was hot and I ended up doing one of my short rides I usually do at 5 AM. That was a mistake! Around 4, our friends from western MA arrived and we had a lovely evening. Got up today, knowing we would be riding, despite both of us feeling meh. The forecast looked frightful, too. We didn't leave until 10, but were ok with shady roads until right at the end. We did a slightly shorter version of our club rally ride, from our house. Despite my sinuses not feeling well, I felt pretty strong. There's a significant climb in this ride, and it seems it is always hotter than hell when we do it! We ended up doing 27 miles and I was very glad to be done, as I was definitely feeling heat exhaustion setting in in the last 3 miles. Eating Shot Blocks and drinking Scratch helped a lot, but I do not think I could have ridden more.
    Feeling revived after showering and going out for a sandwich. Debating if I will ride to work tomorrow.
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  3. #3
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    We debated going out today as it was predicted to be quite stormy, but from the radar, we thought we'd be okay and could cut our usual loop short if it started looking bad. Ended up turning around a little early and getting in 27.5 vs the usual 35 miles. No biggie. It actually didn't rain until we'd been home long enough that we could have done our full ride, but better safe than sorry, especially since DH had just lubed his chain and didn't want to get it wet. Very hot and humid still, and with a stiff east breeze, which gave us an excellent tailwind on the way back. Tropical Storm Gordon is well south of us but is bringing in some very unsettled weather even up here in the Orlando area.
    Emily

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  4. #4
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    Well, here I am in the Clearwater Beach area in Florida, which is actually a narrow key island. The tropical storm missed us, but the weather is the usual rain after 2pm every day. I rented the usual comfort/hybrid, this morning and managed only 6 miles before I could fell the heat and humidity and the heavy, dense tropical air getting the best of me. Will try to do more, tommorow and ride, earlier, but this isn't my first Florida visit, so no surprise about needing to go slow and acclimate to this very different climate.

    All paved riding and pretty featureless and bland. Everything is in a nice straight line and the only hills are the big steep bridges over the waterways. Nice to have the ocean on both sides, though. That's pretty cool.

  5. #5
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    NWG, enjoy your time in Florida. As you know, where I am, we have more lovely large trees and actual hills to boot, so the cycling is a little more interesting, though I wouldn't mind an ocean view! We have lakes, but no oceans. Same heat and humidity, though. I'm acclimated to it, but it takes awhile to get your body used to it, so take it easy and don't overdo.

    Really glad TS Gordon didn't prove to be a problem on the west coast of Florida and hope all other storms will stay away from our state. This is my least favorite time of year here, as you have to be on your toes, always watching for that next approaching storm.
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

  6. #6
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    Thanks, Emily. I managed 12 miles, today, in the 87 degree heat and crazy humidity, but was extra careful to drink as much water as I could stand. I think that helped. I was goings nuts, though to climb a hill, so I rode over the nearest tall bridge and back. We have no hills so long or steep in our area, so a really nice workout. The old clunker 21 speed hybrid I'm renting was bottomed out, but we made it. Had to be extra careful going downhill, though. That old bike started to shimmy at about 28 mph and those old rim brakes didn't inspire confidence, so backed off the speed and worked the brakes, carefully. Beautiful view from the top of the bridge, though.

    All kinds of bikes and bikers, here. Not happy to see so many without helmets, though. The good news is that all the main roads have nice and wide marked bike lanes.

 

 

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