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Probably not the last hoorah, but it’s getting close…

November 2013

I went out for a fantastic ride Wednesday evening.  It was an exceptionally good time and the weather was fantastic for the end of October.  Sunny, low 60’s and a nice little breeze out of the south.  This meant the ride out was nice and easy – spinning at 24 mph.  The ride back?  Yeah, not so much… 17-18 mph was pushing just a little bit harder than I’d wanted to the day after the Tuesday night ride.  Sadly, that was the cap to my November as we had a rain all day yesterday.  Now, I could have taken the Trek out just to get a few more miles in but, nah.  With only 47 miles remaining to hit my yearly goal, I called it a rain day.

Holy SmokesWhile I may very well be a glutton for punishment there is a line, and 80-100% chances of showers is crossing it.  In fact, I’ll got enough of the rain when I took the kids out trick-or-treating (darn right I sucked it up and took the kids trick-or-treating!  Fortunately the rain slowed considerably for the couple of hours we were out).

With that out of the way, even though I had to battle through dead legs for a couple of weeks, I still took 2nd place in Michigan for the month in the National Bike Challenge.  I would have liked to have kept first, but I’d be in bad shape, two weeks later, and probably trying to heal an overuse injury (I really was that bad off).

Some other Endo challenges ended as well…  Here’s most of what I participated in (I’ve loved using the challenges for motivation in the past):

National Bike Challenge:  Nationwide (USA): 162 of 34,627  Statewide (Michigan):  2 of 515
Distance in One Hour:  22 miles 16th of 300*
Mobilize your life:  566 of 136,447
All Wheels:  446 of 147,553
Just Pedal and Win:  (Most Miles July 1-Sept 30):  549 of 370,798

*Technically I was 15th of 300 – the “winner” used a spinning workout, clocking more than 34 miles in one hour.  She “won” by ten mph.


  1. elisariva says:

    Great distances! If you really want to go fast, come to Ojio and put a sail on you bike! We had 50 mph winds yesterday. I road on the trainer…

    • bgddyjim says:

      We were there earlier today – the wind just died down about a half-hour ago. I’ve got a mountain of branches to clean up out of the back yard. No ride for me yesterday and we’ll have to see if the rain holds off today – might not get out until tomorrow. And thanks for the compliment. 😉

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