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    ^^ I did the same, also due to a knee twinge yesterday. I didn't have the GPS, but someone said that race was a 700' climb/4 mile lap, so I'd say your legs could use a rest after 2800' in those conditions.

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    I rode with the GPS and it recorded it as 2749' of climbing. My 4 commutes for the last 2 days started with glee and optimism over the great snow conditions and ended with me struggling to climb the hills I ride everyday.

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    - We're getting a foot of snow today
    - I have an appointment after work
    - My legs are begging for a rest
    - I've got some form of a cold

    Otherwise I'd be itching to take the bike.

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    ...I changed my mind after getting suited up and driving 4 miles downtown with the bike to my commute lot. A strangely greasy snow even though it was 16F - it sounded icy when I went out with the dogs at 5:30 am. Something to do with "conveyors belts" according to the weather guy. Drives home were 2-3x normal, and maybe 9" of snow now.

    Getting excited for the Olympics, supposedly 20% of US team are Vermonters.

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    Too much snow! About a foot most places, and drifted 2' everywhere I have to shovel. For some reason, the plow had not been by when I left at 9 (work was delayed due to snow), so the first 1.5 miles were dicey even with the AWD. Luckily it is downhill and there were some tracks from other drivers.

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    We had additional snow in the forecast which we are now getting, so...no bike.
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    Ditto, we got over a foot. The trails aren't packed and the roads weren't fit for bikes. Another 4"-8" on the way.

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    It was supposed to stop early morning but is still snowing and blowing. As much as 20 inches in VT and Schott may be digging out from 30" in NH, though I didn't hear where in NH that was.

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    Three inches accumulated and maybe two melted on the roads before it started to stay mid-afternoon. Too many here with half worn out or nearly bald 4 season tires on cars and too little experience driving in snow (we could avoid what we had last year). Most just get home and stay there or don't leave in the first place. Those narrow shoulder-less roads get narrower as the plows don't clear it all, and too many drivers drive like they are playing chicken. So we are more like Atlanta and less like Erie, PA.

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    I haven't ridden ridden my Kona for a while partly due to neck issues earlier this year, partly due to persistent 40 mph winds here, and partly due to it being on the stand with the rear wheel off and waiting for me to fix a protruding spoke (when that tube let go it was pretty awesome). I did however, get in some leg time on my Raleigh road bike today.

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    I wanted to ride but I have my first monster cold in years. I see a nap in my near future. Maybe I'll dream of cycling with a 60 mph Chinook square behind!

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    The confessional: I didn’t’ ride today because…

    A severe case of patellar tendinitis. Flared up less than 100 yards into a 2-mile run to start last Sunday's duathlon event in Lawrence, KS. Limped/ran the 2 miles just to get to the bike and take the stress of my knee. 10-mile ride to finish off the duathlon then a 10-mile time trial race a couple hours later. Borrowed some crutches on Monday to get around work for the week. Won't be running for awhile, but doc says getting back on the bike is a quicker likelihood before jogging/ Sucks being old and too stubborn to know when to quit.

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    ^^ Having birthdays still seems the better alternative. That may change, but for now, getting older is the better option.

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    Today was the first time I've driven to work since early 2010.

    But I've got a meeting after work, and my wife's out of town and I have a dog to attend to. Even with the car, and even leaving work early it's going to be tight.

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    That's a heck of a record Newf.

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    Darn my wife and her pesky job!

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    I was mentally past riding in messy slushy snow for this season, so I drove. Judging by the roads I made the right choice. My back road option wasn't available because the ice is gone.

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    because I was hung over and heading into a 16 hour shift. Damn cinco de mayo.

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    A crash in a race knocked me off the bike for all of last week. To get to work I variously tried driving my car, driving the company car, riding the subway, riding the bus, and getting a ride from a coworker.

    Collectively, these alternate transportation methods resulted in 10 hours of my life I'll never get back.
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    The confessional: I didn’t’ ride today because…

    Forgot to charge my lights last night. Went to turn on the headlight and got nothing. Had to call a buddy who works down the street from my office for a ride. Good times.
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    Found out the other day my wife's car is overdue for an inspection sticker. I had to drop it off at the mechanic across the street from work to get that done, so I didn't ride today. Last thing I want is for her to get a ticket and our insurance to go up. I need to stay on top of her maintaining her car, otherwise it would get one oil change every 20k miles. Hopefully that's the only day this month I have to drive in...

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    Second day in a row with no riding. Yesterday was due to a huge storm that rolled through. Today, same thing. Temperature dropped 13 degrees in the last 10 minutes due to this storm moving in. I would ride in the 80's and rain. 80's, rain, and thunder and lightning, no. It isn't done yet either, so here I sit, waiting until I need to leave for work in my car, listening to the rain and thunder. National bike to work week is turning into a fail for me. I might get one day in this week. Off tomorrow, possibly a ride Thursday, and more storms forecasted for Friday.
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    ^^^
    I'm sitting out any bike to work anything totally this year. Commute's just too damn long. I'd pretty much get to work and turn right around.

    So you're doing better than me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    ^^^
    I'm sitting out any bike to work anything totally this year. Commute's just too damn long. I'd pretty much get to work and turn right around.

    So you're doing better than me.
    How long?

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    Taking the day off of riding tomorrow. Injured my hand at work on Friday, with a decent sized gash across the palm of my left hand. Rode 1 mile to the bike shop to get some short finger gloves for the summer and I almost couldn't make it. The cut is right where I rest my hands on the bar. It was agonizing. Going to let that heal up a bit more before I ride to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    How long?
    Oops, missed this.

    65 miles. :-P
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    I live 30+ miles from work.

    I really miss the job I had a few years ago that was only 9 miles from home. I used to commute by bike 2-3 days a week.

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    I was a little over 2 miles from grad school. Very convenient! The summer job I had that was a few miles further out, with storage for a fancy bike during the day and the possibility of a couple nice detours on the way back was even better.
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    Back to back meetings after work so I needed a car to make it to them on time. Too bad because it is a beautiful day out there for a ride.

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    I had hip surgery in March and have been chomping at the bit to get back out there. If the weather cooperates, I hope Friday will be my return to part-time commuting. With a new bike too!

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    Hey TrailRunner, I wondered where you were. You posted quite a bit for a while and then disappeared off the commuting forum. Hip surgery does not sound fun, running injury? (Makes note to see chiropractor about nagging hip flexor pain in right hip) New bike does sound fun.

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    Hey bedwards! Thanks for noticing my absence! First I disappeared because Wisconsin went into a deep freeze this winter My commute is long and I am a wimp. It also doesn't help that my bike path becomes a snowmobile trail during that time of the year. Then I had surgery in early spring to fix my torn labrum and shave off some bone in there. I suppose it could be called a running injury - running definitely didn't help, but the extra bone on my femur that had been wearing away at my labrum causing it to tear is congenital. Either way, I am feeling much better these days and can't wait to start riding to work again.

    My new bike is a 2013 Salsa Colossal 2. I just took a road trip up to Minneapolis to pick her up yesterday. So needless to say, I am a little excited!

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    I have had no energy the last couple weeks. The bikes are VERY clean and well tuned though, ready for a good thrashing!

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    Riding to work and my saddle snapped was less then half way home, then a runner cut in front of me and I hit them. Everyone is fine, so I drove to work.
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    Damn Pink!! Glad that everyone is OK. Any pics of the saddle, and how the heck did it snap?
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    The confessional: I didn’t’ ride today because…

    I'm sick with a headache, cough, bowels...I also needed to conduct some bike maintenance & install some new parts.

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    Three things: wind, wind, and more wind.

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    Tornado touched down in my neighborhood last night. Lots of debris everywhere and little sleep. We're supposed to get more strong storms tonight. Ah, Midwest in the summer!

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    Whoa! Glad you are OK to post. That seems like a good reason not to ride. Although getting around on a bike could be easier than in a car. I'm glad tornadoes aren't on the list of things we need to worry about in Maine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Tornado touched down in my neighborhood last night. Lots of debris everywhere and little sleep. We're supposed to get more strong storms tonight. Ah, Midwest in the summer!
    Yeah, that's pretty high on the scale of good excuses. Glad you were not hurt WiTrail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Tornado touched down in my neighborhood last night. Lots of debris everywhere and little sleep. We're supposed to get more strong storms tonight. Ah, Midwest in the summer!
    Wow! Tornadoes must be so scary. We have nothing even remotely that scary. Even Sandy was only scary if you lived on the coast, and that was the most damaging storm the northeast has had in years. Hope everything is okay!

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    Everyone I know is okay; no fatalities, thankfully. No damage to my place as far as I am aware. I was woken up at midnight by the sirens and was up till at least 2am or so. It didn't seem so bad at my house (I'm one of those people who peers out the window instead of going downstairs...I know, bad idea.) The dog and I will go for a walk after work to access the damage around the neighborhood, but the photos out there on the news sites are pretty wild. An elementary school that I run/bike by all the time got hit. We're scheduled for more storms tonight and all week. Living in the Midwest you sort of get used to tornadoes, but it's pretty scary when they're so close. These are less than a mile from my house.

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    My knee is phucked

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    Woke up 3 hours after my phone's alarm was supposed to wake me up, to find a notification on my phone saying something to the effect of "hey you missed your alarm." Thanks, clock app. That wasn't your job or anything.

    Was already on the fence about riding since I have to be home at 3 to get the kid off the bus, then pack my car and drive ~7 hours to drop her off with her grandparents for a vacation. It makes me crazy that I rode through obnoxious, humid heat and scattered thunderstorms early week and now that the weather has been absolutely perfect the last 2 days I haven't ridden.

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    Thunderstorms with *lots* of lightning.

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    The roads are still partially covered with snow, not good for 10+miles.
    The trails are buried in snow, not good at all.
    The temperature was -10F, not good for my motivation to do anything about the above.

    More snow on the way tomorrow. This is going to be a very low riding week.

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    Warmed up today but the forecast is calling for rain all day with temperatures hovering at 32F. I don't have studs, so I'm not willing to risk the freezing rain/sleet that the weather service is warning about.

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    Similar to Kleebs here - we got the rain, and it froze already. Temps just hovering right under freezing for the day. We are forecasted for a bit more rain, mixed with sleet and possibly snow. Even on the fat bike, the ice can be treacherous so will pass.
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    Didn't ride yesterday

    Curling the night before drank a little too much...

    Slept in

    Got up dressed for the ride got all the way down the first hill and realized I had a flat...

    Rode back up the hill made it before the rim was touching.

    Got off changed into work clothes and drove in.

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