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We had a great ride today!  As we were catching our tailwind and pedalling 26 mph, we came upon a couple of bikers one of whom gave us several shout outs of encouragement as we passed.  It was fun, encouraging, and gave us that little extra something that carried on throughout our 20 mile ride.  So thanks, Carol, for your good spirit & willingness to share it!

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Shel and I rode 11.3 miles today with a 23 mph headwind on the way home.  Took us 50 mins, max spd: 23.3 mph, ave. spd: 13.6, 85 degrees.  The George Bush Park trail is still underwater on the stretch behind the shooting range.  In fact, right after the “bridge out 1 mile” sign.  We couldn’t even see the bridge if that tells you anything!  It was hot and sweaty, and I loved getting back in the saddle!!   Sooo, happy wednesday!

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Yesterday, 2 of us had the gumption, 1 of us was mentally drained, and i was caught up in a headfog…yet we all pulled on our biking attire, swallowed some Zipfizz, aired up the tires, loaded up the water bottles & Trio bars, and clipped on our new Shuffles!  It was too perfect a day not to make an attempt at a ride, and it turned out that it wasn’t too hot, too cold, too windy, or too crowded.  As baby bear would say, “it was just right.”  The 4 of us rode as a pack, switched out leaders, stayed together & on pace, and completed the near 20 miles with smiles on our faces!  Those of us who were “dragass” in the beginning found just what we needed to turn our day around.  Thanks everyone! I needed that.

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The following is a txt message I received today after the Space Race in Galveston:

Took me 7hrs to finish 80 mi, wind was so bad they shortened the ride from 100 to 80, did not prepare properly, legs severely cramped at 50 mi, almost jumped on the sag wagon, but decided to finish at all costs, even if my legs were not cooperating.  I am beat.

It’s only fair that I add the fact that my friend  rides a mountain bike with road tires, etc, etc…. Good on Ya, Phil for seeing it through!!

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What is your best/favorite biking memory to date?

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Ok, so today we ran across our first snake in the george bush park – it was right in the middle of the path, luckily we were clipping along @ about 18 mph! As I recall it was a 4 foot rattler – of course, shell and mikall said it really was a foot long grass snake or something, but i’m sure their memory is clouded by fear of the slithery one! Or maybe that’s me…

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I was thinking about my first adventure race that included a biking portion, and where I learned that “real” riders don’t have kickstands! 

The Women’s Adventure Race is comprised of 2 person teams (women-hence the name) and takes place somewhere around Conroe in the woods essentially.  Imagine a sea of bikes all layed over on their “cheap” sides then right in the big middle stands my neon yellow, dual suspension, wal-mart mountain bike which I had to borrow back from a friend I had just given it to because my brand new bike had been stolen, but that’s a whole “nother” story.  So, it turned out the first leg was a biking/running combo.  I say combo like we’d each be doing that, but what I really mean is 1 person rides a bike while the other person runs….tied to the bike on a mile long, single track through the forrest.  Crap.  Who rides?  Who runs?  I don’t actually recall how I was offered up as the runner, but there ya go.  So, now do you run in front and risk getting run up the backside by a pair of nobbly tires and a frantic partner, OR run behind and assume that you can keep up the cyclists pace but understand that you’ll most likely stumble, be dragged a bit, and then run over by the team coming up behind you?  Dilemna.  After weighing the worth, I decided to run in front.  I felt somewhat sure that my rider would keep a close eye on me and not get too cagey in the corners.  Wisely, I chose.  Yoda would be proud.  What I didn’t know was that we immediately had to run 3 more miles, hop on our bikes and ride 7+ miles of up & down single track, paddle a canoe for a mile, walk across some giant logs spread a bit too far apart while leaning across and holding on to my partner’s hands, then run a final bit more.  Let me just say that as I crossed the line, my legs were jello and cramped up like you wouldn’t believe for about 10 mins!!  Did I mention that the bike had 24″ wheels & wasn’t shifting so great; therefore, I didn’t change gears until half way through?  No? That might have made for better drama.  I’ll try to remember that next time.  By the way…..We had a blast and loved every minute of it!!

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