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National Bike Challenge

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Well looks like I have been locked out of the National Bike Challenge web site.  I hope that the website developers are fixing the bug that I uncovered when I switched from using the Endomondo App to log my miles to using Strava.  When I switched the website allowed Strava to add duplicate log entries for all months in the challenge.

I reported the error on the forums, so hopefully they are fixing it.  For now I am toast.

Burley Sound Trailer Part 02

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I finished version 1.0 of the Burley Sound Trailer Part.  Refer to Burley Sound Trailer Part 01 for details on how I started.

Below are pictures that show my build today.












Morning ride

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Stopped to wipe glasses. Lots of hoot owls near here.  Spring creek church road and 55

Burley Sound Trailer Part 01

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I got my parts from Burley via Amazon to convert the hitch so that it can connect to bikes with disc brakes.  I wanted to do this years ago so that I could haul the trailer with my MTB, but just kept putting it off.  I now have no excuse for hauling groceries or my clothes to work instead of driving my truck.

Pictures of the build thus far are below.






Thursday Morning 50 Mile Commute

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Well I said that I would not get fanatical and start getting up at 4 AM to ride my bike.  The enjoyment that I get riding my bike in the cool dark mornings has too much of a draw on me to resist, so I am once again riding my bike to Leary in the morning.

Today is the second time this week I have chosen to ride my bike out to the town of Leary and complete a 52 mile loop to work.  The early morning repetition of cycling always calms me and watching the sun rise is a daily treat.



This short video will give you an idea about what the road looks like right before sunrise.

My Ride Statistics

Cycle Thunder Storm Surfing

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Today on my way home I had so much fun surfing the wind.  First let me explain.  For those of you who surf or sail you will get what I am about to describe.  I use to surf and sail and this is what I have experienced doing both activities.

Most of the excitement that I have had surfing, sailing and now cycling has been at the edge of bad weather.  You know what I mean, not really nasty fowl weather, just slightly bad weather.  Today I had the experience that I use to have when I would paddle out on my belly board into surf that I knew had the possibility of hurting me, but I paddled out anyway.  I remember looking at sets of waves coming in and the butterflies in my stomach seemed to want to come out of my ears.  Catching a wave and just getting on it before it broke on me and threw me into a salt water washing machine was always a thrill.

If you look at the video that I took on this evening's commute home you will see a similar phoneme with the weather.  I like to ride when it …

Cycle Mee Spin Class

Today on my ride home was the second time I played my Spotify playlist "Cycle Mee".  I created this playlist especially for inspirational riding at a fast pace.  My tendency is to ride this flat land in a high gear at a slow cadence and just power my way to a decent speed.  When I ride with faster cyclist I have to spin to keep up and I generally get tired after about 25 miles.  So I decided to do something that I use to hate, ride to music like in a spin class.
The last time I tried a spin class was in Portland in a  gym in the Perl District.  I would go in on the invitation of a fellow cyclist.  I would change the pedals on the Schwinn stationary cycles and listen to the leader lead the class through simulated courses to music.  I got bored with this routine quickly and stopped going.  I enjoyed riding real hills.
So now I live where it is really flat and the only challenge is to ride into a headwind or to ride really fast.  Tonight I had a chance to do both.  Having musi…

Day off morning ride

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I decided to get up at my normal time on this Independence Day holiday and ride a new loop.  I planned a route that would go through three towns north of Albany.  I rode through Sasser, Bronwood and Leesburg.

I started the day with my long distance pre-ride cocktail of two scoops of Spiz in filtered water and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.
I finished the ride by stopping at Pearly's for breakfast before riding the final 6 miles home.

Pretty ride fuel

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Before long morning rides I mix my breakfast cocktail.  Two scoops of Spiz and one tablespoon of MCT oil.

National Bike Challenge 2015 June Stats

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Here are the standings thus far in the National Bike Challenge.


Play List for Slow Poke Ride for July

I am following these playlist on Spotify so they will be handy for the next Slow Poke Ride.  The theme for the ride is Happy Days Attire. 1960's
1950's