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    The 50 mph gusts and blowing dust in the Las Vegas Valley would have been rather challenging and not much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    My dog would so much not be into that.

    So when is all of your snow normally gone? This has been a wacky winter on both sides of the continent, and we're maybe a week ahead of schedule here. Are you months behind, or is all that snow pretty normal?
    I'd say we are somewhat behind schedule on the thaw. It is not uncommon to still have snow, but to still have over a foot is new. Killington ski area is planning to run the lifts into June.

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    ...of more dog tales. While I was watching my feet in the postholed snowy mess we call a trail, Keeper must have took off after a deer. I looked up and he was gone, then I looked at his GPS and he was already 350 yards away. I cursed my way through the next 1/2 mile+ of woods, a mix of snow to posthole through, wetlands to get sucked into and short 20' stretches of decent walking, in order to retrieve him. It turned out he was "stuck" on the far side of a small brook and was scared to jump back over. It was only 2 steps through icewater for me, an easy jump for him, so I assume he had a bad experience while crossing over the first time. I dragged him back over the brook and by the time I got home I had run out of time and energy to ride.

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    Woke up at 3 am with food poisoning. Barely made it to work. Took my car cause there are no bathrooms available on my bike route!

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    I needed the car after work for an appointment. Given the steady rain lately I didn't try to hard to figure out a way not to take the car in.

    Please forgive me, it has been 3 weeks since my last non-bike commute.

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    You are forgiven.
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    Think I've got a sinus infection!!

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    On some antibiotics, hopefully get a ride (or two) in this weekend

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    b/c i sprained my ankle on a uneven sidewalk a week and a half ago, a 3 week old bacterial infection on my knee and im taking anti biotics that are kicking my ass. This sucks

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    Haven't been on a bike in a week, despite being in Midland Michigan with some really bike friendly streets and infrastructure. I spent the week on the other side of the state building this barn with several staff and volunteers including my favorites (pictured) who I had to import from Delaware.
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    I had to drop the dog off at the vet. This is only the second time I've taken a car to work since June. Good run!

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    Way too much rain. Same yesterday, had to drop my Mom off at the airport before work. So, since I didn't ride yesterday I decided to run stairs at work for 45 minutes. Kinda glad I didn't ride in today. My legs hurt in places I didn't know they could, lol.

    Will try to get in a spin after I get home.

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    Took 3 hours off this afternoon to leafblow the trails. Could barely find some of them.

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    I had to drive today so I could take soup to my Nana after work and still get home in time to take my husband out for a rib dinner for his birthday.

    It's rough but sometimes sacrifices have to be made.
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    I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday. Got better on Thursday but decided to hop on the bus, since my torso was still sore from vomiting and hurting from everything except normal breathing. Was back on the bike today.

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    Ugh, I took a break in riding because I was training for a marathon and mechanical issues provided a convenient excuse to indulge the other excuse. It's been so hard to get back into it, I've only ridden a hand full of times since the marathon. Hopefully I can get back into the routine.

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    After 3000 miles last year - this year I will be lucky to hit 500.
    Been working away, commute to the project office is 2km but much of that time has been offshore. Do several hundred per week on the exercise bike in the boats gym but I guess it doesn't really count as commuting when it doesn't go anywhere.
    Had a couple of good long weekenders in the mountains of Malaysian Borneo to make up for it - but no getting away from it; my Edge 810 has been woefully underused this year

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    I rode my cargo bike for 5 hours without sun screen a week ago, so when going to school the other day I looked down and realized the skin was peeling off my arms. I had to turn around and lotion up, and by that time I didn't have time to make it to class and drove.
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    I have a report to write up....

    I was up at 4am watching my team make it to the final...

    My better half is sick, so I'm minding the sprogz...

    It's raining...

    Think I'm covered ^^

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    I over sleep for 45 minutes, causing to run behind schedule and I would have been late for work

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    High Wind Warning in effect here until tomorrow morning. SSW currently at 25mph. West winds forecasted to increase to 25-35 mph and gusting up to 60mph. I don't feel that it is safe to ride my bike to work so I will be taking my car.
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    Had a endurance team event on Saturday ^^ takes my legs 3 days (at least) to recover fully... On top of that, I've been prepping for Kung Fu grading (this Saturday). Definitely hitting the trails Sunday arvo, unless my legs are noodley >.<

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    High Wind Warning in effect here until tomorrow morning. SSW currently at 25mph. West winds forecasted to increase to 25-35 mph and gusting up to 60mph. I don't feel that it is safe to ride my bike to work so I will be taking my car.
    Same here. Had two things I could have ridden to if I was not afraid of hang gliding into the next county!

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    Had a bunch of wind here too last night and this morning. Last night on the way home it nearly blew me and the bike into traffic going over an overpass over the freeway . So I parked the bike and took the Jeep to work today, I needed to buy some stuff on the way home anyway so it all worked out.
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    Fever & Chills overnight for no apparent reason. I woke up feeling pretty normal but just didn't trust it. I've only missed a few days this year so that says a lot.

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    The bike was ready, the gear was laid out, but the dog extended our 30-40 minute morning trail walk by 20-30 minutes. He is all leg, and got 3/4 mile away in no time. He came back by the same route according to his tracker collar (Garmin Astro).
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    ^^Friggin' dogs! I didn't ride yesterday either because I went to a class and not the office. Too far, too wet, too cold, too unfamiliar. Or I might have considered it. Probably not.

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    ...because I bonked yesterday.

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    Because my car has just been sitting there and in this cold weather I don't want it to sit unused for too long. Nice break from the bike since tomorrow is a delivery and commute day.
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    Was planning to ride today...

    But, it's been hosing down all evening!

    Good Samaritan wouldn't ride, I guess.

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    Because I got enough exercise shoveling snow. (My adrenals complained and my temperature dropped.) Don't have the snows mounted. Don't trust local drivers in the first real snow storm. Have no job to go to. Did not feel like fighting that wind chill. Other than that, I was all about the ride!

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    I didn't get enough exercise shoveling (mostly plowing) snow but that's what I was doing instead of riding. Too much snow on the roads, too much snow on the trails. I even took the time to mount the studs on the trail bike so I could take whatever bike was better today. Slogging through 6" of snow for 6 miles didn't sound like a lot of fun.

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    Roads are garbage right now. Temps are on the rise, just warm enough for freezing rain tonight. No thanks.
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    I prepared for the ride in last night but woke up to a 14-15 mph headwind and 14* temps. that headwind place my moving pace would have put the windchill right at about -13* and that is just a bit too cold for me right now.
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    Still not quite back to normal yet, so one more day of driving.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.
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    Missus is unwell so I had to do the school run. Nice seeing that bit more of the kids but the drive after that was a big ol' suckfest.

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    I' home sick with a nasty chest cold and fever, ugh!

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    Blizzard.

    Was expecting more posts in this thread thanks to this mess. All the snow gets plowed into shoulder and bike paths so I'm not really sure if I'll be able to ride anytime soon. Most of the roads I travel are 50mph highways so taking the lane isn't a great option.

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    I feel your pain. That's what it is like around here after most any snow before I have the lake option.

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    Is a tummy ache good enough? How about acute appendicitis with side orders of gangrene and rupture? Down for the foreseeable future and it will be in the 50's this weekend. ;(

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    Ouch! That's a good enough excuse. Get Well Soon

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    Hope you feel better soon BrianMc! That sounds terrible.

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    get well soon BrianMC!!

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    I'd say acute appendicitis is probably a valid excuse, Brian. That sounds painful.
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    I was just being a sissy today. My ride is 13.5 miles and a mix of pavement (5 miles), trails through the woods (4 miles), and greenbelts along bayous (4.5 miles). It takes me about 1 hr 30 minutes to pedal. I just didn't want to do that in the cold. I'll maybe ride home today and ride back this weekend to get my truck.

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    ^^Houston "Cold" Looks like it's only going to make it to 73F there today. I don't think we've seen that temperature even once in 3 months.

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    Cold is relative. It was about 40 degrees this morning. When you are used to baking in the sun, anything below 60 seems cold.

    You are right, I was being a sissy. It also has to do with me needing to leave my house before 05:00 to get to work on time. I was also being lazy.

    My goal is to make two round trips per week. I'll ride home today.

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    Just giving you crap. 2 round trips at 1:30 each way is plenty of effort. Looks like you have a nice afternoon for a ride home.

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    Bedwards,

    I know you were playing around.

    I think I can get it down to 1 hour each way after a couple of months of riding it. I rode this route for the first time right before Christmas.

    I am looking forward to the ride home.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Ouch! That's a good enough excuse. Get Well Soon
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    Hope you feel better soon BrianMc! That sounds terrible.
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    get well soon BrianMC!!
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    I'd say acute appendicitis is probably a valid excuse, Brian. That sounds painful.
    Thanks guys. Walked about 7 miles in the halls today. Would have walked farther but the asked me to slow down to what turns out to be 3.5 mph from about 5 or maybe a bit more. Cycling does give some cross-training!

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