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Still got tears in my eyes,HELP me,57, have you ever had a thunk,that you could not unthink. Well l just got mine and its bad, how do we unsee what we have not truly seen. It was a flash,then stuck,tears let me type. I saw,WF riding a bike,in tights,with the top pulled down,l shall never be the same. Capthis,try to see it,if you dare,no, dont,one mind burnt is to many. I back up,a few post,saw what WF had posted,then the flash,need dr,need fast handle cranking,oh plug will never be the same. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :sniff: :sniff: :help: :scared: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 

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Nice job Doug, great write up.

I was able to get back in the saddle this year. Joined Strava in May, since then rode 4074 miles, with 202,000 feet of elevation gain. Longest ride was 100.8 miles with 7905 elevation gain.

So thankful to be riding again, my back can finally tollerate it again. Tore a meniscus in a work injury in Sept, it has slowly healed enough that im skipping surgery.

Keep up the good riding, it is one of the few things covid had no effect on for me.

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Dam,dont do that,tell me thats not you WF. I have never had balls big enough,or maybe just to uptight to were something like that,just when i thought i kinda had you figured out,well one day we shall meet,l hope. Tears in my eyes again. If that pic was only on a bike.
 

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West Coast Bro said:
Nice job Doug, great write up.

I was able to get back in the saddle this year. Joined Strava in May, since then rode 4074 miles, with 202,000 feet of elevation gain. Longest ride was 100.8 miles with 7905 elevation gain.

So thankful to be riding again, my back can finally tollerate it again. Tore a meniscus in a work injury in Sept, it has slowly healed enough that im skipping surgery.

Keep up the good riding, it is one of the few things covid had no effect on for me.

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Wow. 4000 miles is impressive. Glad to see your back has healed. Stay away from the operating table if you can.

I'm not on Strava. Or, I might be, but I don't keep up with it. I like to see the data, but I'm not that hard-core about the data. All of my outdoor miles are logged onto the Wahoo computer, and then uploaded to RidewithGPS.com
 

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Doug B said:
West Coast Bro said:
Nice job Doug, great write up.

I was able to get back in the saddle this year. Joined Strava in May, since then rode 4074 miles, with 202,000 feet of elevation gain. Longest ride was 100.8 miles with 7905 elevation gain.

So thankful to be riding again, my back can finally tollerate it again. Tore a meniscus in a work injury in Sept, it has slowly healed enough that im skipping surgery.

Keep up the good riding, it is one of the few things covid had no effect on for me.

:drink:
Wow. 4000 miles is impressive. Glad to see your back has healed. Stay away from the operating table if you can.

I'm not on Strava. Or, I might be, but I don't keep up with it. I like to see the data, but I'm not that hard-core about the data. All of my outdoor miles are logged onto the Wahoo computer, and then uploaded to RidewithGPS.com
I get myself in trouble with the data stuff, ride further and higher than I should. For the same reason I have no on board computer that I can see on the bike when riding, causes me to ride to hard.

There are a couple cats in town here with 10k and 15k miles, with over a million feet of climbing. Beasts!! :shock:
 

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West Coast Bro said:
Doug B said:
West Coast Bro said:
Nice job Doug, great write up.

I was able to get back in the saddle this year. Joined Strava in May, since then rode 4074 miles, with 202,000 feet of elevation gain. Longest ride was 100.8 miles with 7905 elevation gain.

So thankful to be riding again, my back can finally tollerate it again. Tore a meniscus in a work injury in Sept, it has slowly healed enough that im skipping surgery.

Keep up the good riding, it is one of the few things covid had no effect on for me.

:drink:
Wow. 4000 miles is impressive. Glad to see your back has healed. Stay away from the operating table if you can.

I'm not on Strava. Or, I might be, but I don't keep up with it. I like to see the data, but I'm not that hard-core about the data. All of my outdoor miles are logged onto the Wahoo computer, and then uploaded to RidewithGPS.com
I get myself in trouble with the data stuff, ride further and higher than I should. For the same reason I have no on board computer that I can see on the bike when riding, causes me to ride to hard.

There are a couple cats in town here with 10k and 15k miles, with over a million feet of climbing. Beasts!! :shock:
I biked a lot at the end of highschool and into college. Got married and didn't ride for about thirteen years. Then got back on the bike to lose weight, and I was pushing very hard - trying to be as fast as I was at 20 years old. Nope. Two years of that, and I found myself zoning in too much on my computer data and was burning myself out. So, I made the decision to NOT look at the computer during the ride and just enjoy the ride. At first, I put tape over the computer screen so I couldnt see it during the ride. I quickly learned to not pay too much attention and now I ride for fun.... not for speed data.

That said, I've got a nice computer in the cockpit and a power meter on the crank now. I keep a causal eye on my wattage, but not my speed. I know that I can ride for hours and hours at 165 watts. Above 225 watts, and I'm toast in about an hour. So, I do use watts to manage my power output during rides. But it's not something I focus on. The watt meter has helped me get a bit stronger. But I really only focus on how many miles I'm logging throughout the year.

All that said, I do take a look at my ride stats at the end of each ride. It's nice to see a total average (including slowing down for stop signs, etc) over 16.5mph for a 50 mile ride with 1500 to 2000 feet of elevation. It's pretty flat here in central Indiana. The glaciers from the ice age, 20 thousand years ago, essentially leveled the land here in Indiana when you are north of I-70 interstate. I live about ten or twelve miles south of downtown Indianapolis and I-70 - and starting in my area and especially in Southern Indiana there are a lot of rolling hills. In northern Indiana, the terrain is nearly pancake flat for as far as the eye can see in every direction.

There is a guy I know who lives on the west side of Indianapolis. He does more than 12K miles per year, and rides his bike about 360 days per year, outdoors, in all weather. His entire life revolves around going to work and being on the bike. No wife or kids. Just work and bike. But he loves it.
 

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Wild Fred said:
poor guy! needs to take up fishing. or hookers.
Or just bike watching.....


1) If you focus and look very very close... You can actually see a bike

2) When the apocalypse comes, and bikes are the only advanced mode of transportation, this woman will rule over an entire continent.

3) Girlfriend: "She was just amazing on that bike!" Boyfriend: "What bike?"
 

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Well, I've been doing this for many years. Here is the 2021 Edition:

OUTDOOR RIDING:

1. Outdoor miles ridden in 2021: 2359
2. Total number of outdoor rides in 2021: 129
3. Average ride length: 18.3 miles
4. Total Feet of climbing: 93190 FEET
5. Total time on the bike: 6 days, 10 hours
6. Number of "organized" rides completed: Three, maybe four
a. "Flat 50" ride in Greenfield Indiana
b. "Five Covered Bridges in 50 miles" in Greenfield Indiana
c. The famous "Hilly Hundred" in southern Indiana
d. I think there was another ride, but I can't remember....
7. I did do some mountain biking in Moab, Utah in the summer of 2021. For those that don't know, I would say that Moab is the 'mecca' for mountain biking. The entire town of Moab is dedicated to 4x4 off-roading, hiking, and mountain biking in the rock and desert around Arches National Park. This was my second time to Moab.
8. I also did a lot of riding with a local club on the west side of Indianapolis. Thankfully. With my work schedule, it was difficult to find time to ride, a lot. The long days at work took a toll. But, I made time for the weekly rides on the west side of town. Those were typically 28 mile rides, with a group of six or eight people, with an average speed in excess of 19mph.


INDOOR RIDING:
1. Indoor miles ridden in 2021: 1094
2. Total number of indoor rides: 73
3. Average ride length: 15 miles
This indoor riding is via an online cycling 'game' called Zwift. Jump on Youtube and check it out if you are interested. It is an online 'game' where you can ride - in real time - with other people from all over the globe in several virtual 'worlds'. There are organized rides, races, and training. It makes indoor riding actually very fun.

Total Miles for 2021: 2359+1094 = 3453
 

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Here is the 2022 Edition

OUTDOOR RIDING

  • 2706 = Total miles ridden outdoors in 2022
  • 110571 = Total feet of elevation outdoors in 2022
  • 136 = Number of outdoor rides in 2022
  • 181 = Number of hours ridden outdoors in 2022

INDOOR RIDING

  • 1215 = Total Miles ridden indoors on a trainer in 2022 (in the winter months)
  • Indoor riding, on a software App called Zwift. Believe me, it's just as difficult as outdoor riding. Watts are Watts.

TOTALS FOR 2022
  • Total Miles for the year: 3921
  • This is the most number of miles I've had in a year, ever, I believe.
  • Average of about 75 miles per week
  • Miles recorded for 49 of the 52 week. There were three weeks when I did zero miles due to vacations and work travel.

Other items of interest
  • 1. No Flat Tires in 2022. yay!
  • 2. Only one crash - and it's been many years since I've had a crash. And the crash was at slow speed (thankfully) when my daughter was riding with me and didn't hear me say we were slowing down. She t-boned me in a turn. I think it took two months for the scab/wound to heal on my knee. Luckily not much damage. Just some road rash to both of us. She ended up losing a fingernail though.
  • 3. Several Organized Rides in 2022: Flat 50, Five Bridges in 50 Miles, Hilly Hundred, Greensburg Metric (67 miles), Cemetery Tour 50, and a few others
  • 4. I was very proud of my Flat 50 ride. This ride is 50 miles, with about 1000 feet of climbing. It was a perfect day, perfect temperature, light winds. I ended up with an average speed of 19.1mph for the entire 50 miles.... and I did 45 miles of the ride solo, without the benefit of drafting. That was a fantastic ride.
  • 5. Group Rides: Most summer weeks I could be found riding with a group on the west side of Indy on Wednesday nights... .right around the corner from the flying field where ProBro Basement Dweller normally flies. Did several rides with this group over the summer.
  • 6. One Ice-cream ride (it was only about eleven miles each way).

No major upgrades to the bike in 2022. Just normal maintenance.
Although, I did have to replace the rear wheel bearings twice this year. I think the first replacement set of bearings were junk. They only lasted two weeks.


I've already logged about 17 miles today, 01 January 2023.
 
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