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2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 20

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 17.61 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1:15:32
  • Top Speed: 26.0 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.9mph
  • iPod:
    1. Matchbox Twenty - Exile on Mainstream
    2. John Mellencamp - Cuttin' Heads
    3. Eric Clapton - Unplugged
  • Wind: 8 mph SW
  • Humidity  45%
  • Temperature: 82° F

After taking 9 days off to deal with a pinched nerve in the back, I finally resumed bicycling. Not bad. I did not push myself. Well, not as hard as I usually push myself. Anyway, still feel pretty good about this run. Oh, and I did this right after moving the front lawn.

And honestly, does not deserve to survive.

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I swear to God the Aztecs Mayans* knew exactly what they were doing naming 2012 as The End.

* One simple mistake. Sheesh. Oh, and edited for a bit of clarity.

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 19

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 10.30 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:42:39
  • Top Speed: 25.9 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.4mph
  • iPod: Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
  • Wind: 5 mph ENE
  • Humidity  72%
  • Temperature: 63° F
Tough morning. Which, by the way, this was Thursday morning's run. I have a chiropractor appointment this morning for a pinched nerve at my shoulder blades, on the right side. It is causing numbness into my right index finger. Do not worry, I have already had one appointment and it is improved. Even the numbness has gone down.

Anyway, it just seemed that the air was thick. When I started out on the leg Thursday morning I could not maintain my speed above 13 mph. It was not until I was about half way through that I could maintain a 15 mph speed. I talked to some of the guards at work who take the offenders for the morning run, and they reported it was tough for them as well. So, I am figuring the pollen was either high, or there was an excessive amount of ozone.

Catch Up: 2012 Tour De Rook

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Oh man! I have a mess of notes and am having difficulty in sorting them out. Anyway.........to the stats!

Wednesday Morning, 15A:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gif Total Distance: 7.09 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:28:09
  • Top Speed: 18.8 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.0 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • Humidity  82%
  • Temperature: 61° F

Wednesday Afternoon, 15B:

  • Total Distance: 7.07 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:30:41
  • Top Speed: 17.3 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.7 mph
  • iPod: None
  • No weather stats, but I can tell you there was a hell of a head wind.

Thursday Morning, 16A:

  • Total Distance: 7.08 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:28:39
  • Top Speed: 19.4 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.7 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • Humidity  94%
  • Temperature: 63° F

Thursday Afternoon, 16B:

  • Total Distance: 7.08 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:31.26
  • Top Speed: 17.2 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.4 mph
  • iPod: None
  • No Weather stats, but again one hell of a head wind.

Friday Morning, 17A:

  • Total Distance: 7.08 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:27:10
  • Top Speed: 19.2 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.5 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: 8 mph SSW
  • Humidity  64%
  • Temperature: 70° F

Friday Afternoon, 17B:

  • Total Distance: 7.09 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:28.38
  • Top Speed: 18.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.8 mph
  • iPod: None
  • No Weather stats, but one hell of a down pour. I was soaked by the time I arrived at home.

Monday Morning, 18:

  • Total Distance: 10.34 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:40:59
  • Top Speed: 26.2 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.0 mph
  • iPod: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
  • Wind: 8 mph SSW
  • Humidity  69%
  • Temperature: 72° F

There! Now I am all caught up on posting my legs. My next leg, 19, will be this afternoon when I get off of work - hopefully.

About The Tour De Rook

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Okay, real quick: Last week I actually hit the trail 5 days straight. I rode my bicycle to and from work. This morning I put on just over 10 miles. I will be posting actual stats soon. Right now I am getting ready for work. See you!

2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 14

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To the stats!

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance:14.17 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:57:34
  • Top Speed: 18.1 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.7 mph


These stats are combined for the morning run to work and the return home. I just did not bother to reset my odometer when I got to work this morning.

By the way, this is the first time I rode my bike two days in a row. I will see how it feels tomorrow morning whether I do three days in a row.

Okay, I took the plunge! I decided to bicycle to work today. Hence the A & B. Now.....to the stats!

Part A:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 7.15 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:28:13
  • Top Speed: 19.3 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.1 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • Humidity  59%
  • Temperature: 64° F


Part B:

  • Total Distance: 7.09 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0:26:33
  • Top Speed: 20.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 16.2 mph
  • iPod: None
  • Wind: 9 mph NNE
  • Humidity  24%
  • Temperature: 81° F


The reason the distance is less on the return trip is I missed the break in the trees to get off of the Willard Munger State Trail and catch the driveway to work. 
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2012 Tour De Rook - Leg 12

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To the stats!

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 20.10 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1:19:27
  • Top Speed: 19.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 15.1 mph
  • iPod: 
    1. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
    2. Melissa Etheridge - Brave & Crazy
    3. Moby - Play
  • Wind: 9 mph N
  • Humidity  39%
  • Temperature: 79° F
Okay, a pretty surprising leg. I did not expect to achieve a 15.1 average speed when I have been so inconsistent in bicycling. Oh, and the 19.5 mph top speed was on a flat, straight portion of the trail meaning I pushed myself to that, though with the aid of the wind to my back.

Can I Have An Amen!

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