xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Ride to Sanger with the Sharon group. I was 22 mins late leaving the house, so I told them not to delay the start time. They waited 5-6 mins for me at Hwy 377 and Bonnie Brae. It was a hard push to catch up, and Sharon pushed hard once I got in sight.


Unfortunately, this sort of punished/burned out some of the others as well, especially Jim F. Jim tried to hang on, but at the end he finally admitted he needed to work his way up to this length of ride. He completed it, but with our waiting, it was 2-3 hours extra. That being said, for being about 3 months post-op for hip replacement, he's doing awesome.

Becky took the SAG wagon back from lunch because of other committments.  Karl took it because he broke a drive-side spoke in the middle where it'd been notched by the chain about 2000 miles ago.

http://www.strava.com/activities/190791492
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/584287752


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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/09/06/sanger-chase-ride/

Lunch Ride

Sep. 3rd, 2014 09:42 pm
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Lunch at Modmarket, a new restaurant. Apple maps had a massively wrong location for 3651 Justin Road. Also, notice the teleport from Wal-Mart to Silverthorn. I forgot to turn on my GPS.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/582161533
http://www.strava.com/activities/189474779

http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/09/03/lunch-ride/

Men's Ride

Sep. 1st, 2014 03:28 pm
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Karl, Jim and I went for a quick spin. Pretty muggy out there, but the temps were nice. We started early, and rolled about 7:05am from the AMC pond, and about 6:50 from my back gate. Ended up a little further than we planned, but was good. Wind was brutal. This was a pretty hard push to only get 16.2mph. Average watts shows the truth.

I stayed near the front for much of the second half of the ride, but I was never far ahead. It's more of the initial power-up rather than a massive difference in power. Looking over the last few months of Garmin history for rides over 20 mins and 5 miles, this is my highest average wattage (214 vs 207) by 7 watts, but only my second highest max-average-watts (244 vs 258 highest 20-min average during the ride).

I also had actual breakfast - 2 mini sausage-biscuits (300kcal) and 3 six-inch pancakes (about the same). No syrup or butter. Powerade full-strength in one bottle, and half plus sugar-free green tea in the other... plus 20oz of gatorade mid-ride, plus a fried pie mid ride. It was 20 miles in before I opened the first bottle, but I've been pretty well hydrated lately. I definitely felt the slowdown before beginning the rehydration.

I was short on sleep, and had Advocare MNS Max E (though I didn't have the CorePlex, the probiotic, nor the Omega. I added a single OptiMen multi tablet, and one TwinLab TriBoron Plus calcium). The MNS E is caffeine laiden, and I felt very alert. Perceived exertion seemed lower than expected, but it was still very obviously a hard push. The ingredients all look to be okay were I in a UCI race, but I can't help but wonder about metabolites, etc. I couldn't find anything on the USADA or WADA websites on labs for testing. They specifically don't test supplements. More research is warranted.

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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/09/01/mens-ride/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Steve was working, so A-Group was self-lead. Norm was a little under the weather, so he lead the B-Group, which I rode. We didn't do duck-slime. Sharon was a little under the weather, so she lead the C-Group. I'm a little under the weather. I think maybe we caught something at HHH, or the sleep disturbances Friday night + the long ride Saturday + the dust from cleaning the cabin might have just hit all of us a bit.

Anyway, this was a good ride. Really happy. I'd have liked to not ride the brakes on the downhills, and maybe not sprint at 21mph on the uphills (eyes Abdul and Xavier suspiciously). Even so, the pacing was good overall, and most of us rotated through the front slot, with only a couple of the stronger riders (A-Groupers) pulling more than a few miles.

It was just a teensy bit overcast, and the sun is dropping lower on the horizon, so it didn't FEEL super hot.

Norm is a good ride lead, setting an example pace, then stepping out of the way except when there's something to address (too fast, mechanical, whatever). A++ would ride again, though I missed some of my regular ride partners who stayed loyal to Sharon and rode with C-Group.
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/27/ibc-b-group-norm/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Just a jaunt over to lunch with Mark, Rob and Scott.
Lots of discussions about rights, racketeering, police brutality, religion, etc.

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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/27/solow-lunch-ride/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
At HH100, there were 15,000 registrants,
and 3198 completed the 100 mile course.
Here's my timing chip results for bib 2942:

Division: M 35-39 Division Place: 59 Total Division: 214
Gender: M Gender Place: 802 Overall Place: 864
Chip Time: 06:29:38.0 Pace: 15.4mph

http://www.cadencesports.com/eResults.php?id=540064&raceid=874&event=100+Mile+Results
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/25/hh100-timing-chip/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Rocky held a great pace.  It was a really comfy ride.  Carbon-Snappy was good as well.  Sharon took us on a final, hard push on the tail end to round up over 24mi.
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/14/ccc-ibc-ride-2/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Today's ride was planned to be 70 miles.  Riders included Mike, Steve & Theresa, Jim and Kathy, Becky, Karl, Glenn, Amanda and me.  From Highland Village, we took Old Justin instead of Crawford Ranch, and ended up 15 mins and 5 miles behind schedule.  From Robson Ranch, we shimmied over to FM165 and took it down behind Alliance Airport, across to old-town Roanoke, with Lunch at Twisted Root.

Group Picture:


Bikes Leaning on Bikes:


Glenn was cramping up, so he sagged back with 50 miles logged.  The rest of us For the ride back, we took 377 instead of Dove/Grapevine for a faster return. Maladies for riders included a couple dropped chains, 1 slow tire leak, some leg cramps, and two people with lower GI issues.  BUT, no one needed new shorts, and everyone survived.

ps, The weather was very nice. It did warm up, but we had lots of cool breeze throughout the morning.

It was a pretty good ride, even if Sharon wasn't with us. (See photoshopped evidence below!)


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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/02/twisted-alliance-ride/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Strava is broken as of sometime after lunchtime, so only uploading from Garmin. Our route map looks kind of like a slug, with eyestalks. Went to see the Kildares, but Lewisville moved it inside.  There was not enough seating, so after snacks, we went to DQ, then ended the ride.  Temps were cool, and partly cloudy.
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/29/2014-07-29-lewisville-music/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
I had a brief warm-up, and then we started on the B-route. All of us were suffering with the high density altitude, and we bailed at Leland instead of trekking out to 161.

Work is crazy already this week, and very frustrating, so I ate ALL OF THE THINGS at RaceTrack prior to coming home.

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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/21/ccc-route-cut-short/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
The humidity was tough. Density altitude for Denton was around 3000' today. Just enough to make everything burn. That, and Sharon was pushing full steam ahead.

On the flip side, 2 of our riders needed to SAG back early, so we didn't go to Krum. Sharon, Karl and Becky probably got 65 miles, and I got around 48 miles.

I tried to push at max sustainable pace from Orchid Hill to home. That was around 272 watts, which matches my estimated FTP (functional threshold power), an a little higher than my NP (normalized power).
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/19/shorter-ride/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Just a short jaunt around town to stretch my legs.  I was feeling stiff and tight.  I tried not to push too hard, but on the last couple of miles I pushed a little bit. 

Also, I decided to stop updating MapMyRide, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and Training Peaks. None of those buy me anything, and it's just extra effort to update them. TP will update itself from Garmin, but Garmin now also uses Peaksware stats. MMR is only useful if I'm tracking diet too, since Strava Mapping is getting better. Runkeeper doesn't let me name workouts, is missing the analysis I like, and overall has almost no social aspect. Endomondo has a couple of neat stats, but uploading is very flaky.

My stats will just be Garmin (automatic), Strava (posting), and TrainingPeaks (as pulled from Garmin). I might even pay for Strava, but I'm not sure. We'll see how the Garmin stats progress.

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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/13/2014-07-13-recovery-ride/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Group ride in Weatherford, 61 miles from weatherford HS.

The first 20 miles went by REALLY fast. Lots of downhill. Several patches of sketchy gravel and silt by a bridge. Immediately following were tens of riders on race-weight tires, side of the road, replacing tubes. I'm thinking the 40 second saved by a fit, lean, low-weight rider using lighter tires is negated by spending 3-5 minutes replacing a tire.

Rest stops at 20,30,40 and 48 miles. Gatorade, water, pickle juice, pickles, cookies, rice crispy treats, brownies, bananas, oranges, and peaches were available, as well as shade, and a water hose. 400 volunteers in all and it was very much appreciated. So amazing. Really well supported.

Becky and I were off the front for a while. We paused at 20mi, but the crowd came, so we bolted. At 30, we loaded up on food and drinks. At 40, we stopped because I forgot to pee at 30. Snacks and more fluids, and off we go. We saw Sharon zoom by. She was hanging off the wheel of some of the Dallas Cowboys, and wasn't looking back. We tried to catch up, but no joy. Becky got a 10 second lead on me, and it took me a couple miles to catch up. No way we were catching Sharon.

Through a few sections, a lady passed. Very good looking from all angles. Strong rider, neon jersey. Tried to keep up with her, but she was more of an 18+ rider than me. The only reason we were around eachother as much was because I had a shorter rest stop than her. I hung off her wheel for a few miles, but she laid into a climb and disappeared.

Near the end, the shorter routes merged into ours for a unified final run. Some really tired, or sketchy riders mixed in there, and a couple of collisions here or there. A few SAG trucks hauled off people who had non-fixable mechanical issues, and we did see one ambulance backtracking. Didn't see any injuries, but I did see one stout and tall fellow standing over his bike, telling himself he would be fine. I didn't see any injuries, red face, etc. so I kept rolling. Lots of support vehicles, police, etc around, so if he decided he wasn't going to be okay, help was nearby.

Becky's new phrase is "Suck it up, buttercup!" and she called that out at the end as she sprinted past me for the last 2 miles.

The Skratch HyperHydration mix REALLY helped a bunch, as did having so much ice in my pack. For 61 miles, it took 3.75 hours. Really good performance, and I attribute it to having so many better riders around me that I would forgetfully try to follow.

After the ride, the ladies really liked the Cryo booth, but I was just happy to have a shower after. No towel, but I made due. So nice to rinse and cool off.

I had a few little donkeys (burritos!) from Rosa's Cafe, and some peaches, and lots of additional fluids. Tried some "homemade peach ice cream." Well, it was home-made (ice crystals), and had some peach flavor, but I was hoping for something a little stronger, and/or a little smoother. Actually, a touch of vanilla would have rounded out the flavor nicely. Not bad, I just had too high expectations for the price (about $1 per ounce).

After heading out, Sharon's crew checked out from their hotel, and went directly to the Parker County Peach Festival. Karl and I went to The Pizza Place and tried the Hamburger pizza first. The hamburger meat is actual, earl, not from a bag, so the flavor is much better. Small crumbles, quite tasty. 2 kinds of cheese. Crust is actually crusty. I wish I'd gotten bacon and double toppings on it, and had put the parm/oregano on it. Even so, it was very good, and Roger(?), the owner, was nice. I'd definitely eat there again.

The Peach Festival was okay, but by the time we got there, it was SO HOT. A few grouchies, and a few silly people, and a Matrix style lady in red passed by a couple of times. Aside from that, the peach cobbler was always sold out, but the peach julep was tasty. Most everything was busy, but we just all melted into death puddles, so it was time to go.

Travel there took me just over an hour (5:17 to 6:23am), and travel back was right at 1.5 hours (had to take 377 due to I35W traffic). All unpacked and glad to be home. Am a little caffeinated from mile 48 "6-hour energy" and the soft drinks I had with lunch, so I cleaned the kitchen after explaining every little detail to Erica, who was very patient with my rambles. We also need to have a date, just because, so that is to be planned. Probably Monday night or Tuesday day, since that's payday.

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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/12/peach-pedal-2014/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
30-45 miles. Oww oww oww my legs hurt. Hip flexors and low back were unhappy to start with. Kind of crampy now.

There's a BBQ/pool party too, but I'm not able to make that.
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/04/independence-ride/

SALTY!

Jun. 22nd, 2014 05:37 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Summary: I need way more salt while biking. Food and electrolyte drinks are not enough. I probably need 2 grams per hour. Must remember to add salt at food stops.

Narrative: I've always liked salt, and my BP has been on par with my activity levels. It's amazing I did not realize I sweat out more salt than average.

Research showed about a gram of salt per litre of sweat on average. I just stuck with that, but it was not enough.

I tend to cramp up pretty badly after long rides, and even though I have electrolyte drinks, or food, even salty things. Mostly I focus on calories though, since mid-ride dropout is more of an issue than cramps duringbthe ride.

Well, yesterday, first cramp sucked, so I added a big pinch of salt to ride with butter. Three servings, and I finally got to the point if it tasting a little too salty.

Muscles sore, but no cramps in 20 hours.

I had ham today, and still want movie popcorn.
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/22/salty/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
http://omnitech.net/health/cycling/2014/06/21/2014-06-21-krum-71/
Nice ride to Argyle, Ponder, Krum, lunch at Cartwright's on Denton Square, then back through Katy Trail, Corinth, a stop at Phil's Kia dealership, then on to Flower Mound, and home.

Attendees include Sharon, Becky, Nadia, Desiree, me, Steve & Theresa, and Karl, in order of appearance. Nadia and Desiree called in the SAG wagon at 40 miles, and Karl joined up after he did Tour de Cure. It was mostly overcast, so we only really had some sun on the last hour. A light breeze from the south, sometimes a little cool. Really nice riding weather.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/525500518
Distance: 71.34 mi
Calories: 6,884 C
Time: 4:41:09
Moving Time: 4:39:55
Elapsed Time: 6:47:23
Avg Speed: 15.2 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 15.3 mph
Max Speed: 34.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,828 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,841 ft
Min Elevation: 539 ft
Max Elevation: 780 ft
Avg HR: 142 bpm
Max HR: 179 bpm
Zones% of Maxbpm
Avg Power: 405 W
Max Power: 1,300 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 540 W
Avg Bike Cadence: 79 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 110 rpm
Avg Temperature: 81.6 °F
Min Temperature: 72.4 °F
Max Temperature: 99.4 °F

http://ns1.omnitech.net/cycle/
77.5 Rider's Height (inches)
38.7 Rider's Age (years)
28.1 Cyclist's Body Fat (Percent)
264 Cyclist's Weight (lbs), dressed
32 Bike's Weight (lbs), with water and tools
15.2 Average Speed (mph)
9 Wind Speed (mph). Excludes gusts.
71.3 Miles Traveled
2828 Total Ascent
4.691 Hours (calculated)
6884 Food Energy in kCalories ( Net work 1635 kCal or 1.901 KWH or 6483 BTU )
405.4 Average Watts

http://app.strava.com/activities/156418060
http://tpks.ws/yeGE
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/616623271
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/378379187
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/360997485/15893321

http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/21/2014-06-21-krum-71/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
The wind started 16G25, which was tough enough, but we hung off of the A-group most of the way. We made the first loop, but as we came up to Belt Line, the clouds had filled in, lightning in the distance, and painful rain spatters began. We ended the ride with the winds reported 24G32.

I wasn't really feeling like riding, so yay, maybe? I made it home in time to join the family in watching "The Starving Games". It is to the "Hunger Games" what "Spaceballs" was to "Star wars".

Later in the evening, I tried to swap cranks for Mark. What a huge pain in the rump. His front derailleur wouldn't work with a 50/39/30. The FDs I had available are all top pull and his frame ONLY supports bottom pull due to bottle holder mounts. So, to at least try *something* to fix his chain skipping issue, I dismantled his cranks and deburred both sides of every tooth on the middle ring.

Lo! And Behold! No more chain skipping. Spent about 15 mins perfecting the trim on the FD, because his chainrings are very slightly warped (probably the whole cranks). Then, adjusting the read derailleur to prevent skipping. Really, we need to zero out his cable, but I was tired. It *seems* like it may be back in business for him with no new parts.

http://omnitech.net/health/2014/06/18/2014-06-18-ccc-ibc-ride/

http://ns1.omnitech.net/cycle/
77.5 Rider's Height (inches)
38.7 Rider's Age (years)
28.1 Cyclist's Body Fat (Percent)
264 Cyclist's Weight (lbs), dressed
32 Bike's Weight (lbs), with water and tools
16.5 Average Speed (mph) (add 43% of wind speed here for a SWAG)
19 Wind Speed (mph). Excludes gusts.
10.2 Miles Traveled
469 Total Ascent
0.6182 Hours (calculated)
1097 Food Energy in kCalories ( Net work 260.6 kCal or 0.3031 KWH or 1033 BTU )
490.3 Average Watts

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/523663598
Summary
Distance: 10.20 mi
Calories: 1,097 C

Time: 37:08
Moving Time: 36:57
Elapsed Time: 44:26

Avg Speed: 16.5 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 16.6 mph
Max Speed: 26.9 mph

Elevation Gain: 469 ft
Elevation Loss: 499 ft
Min Elevation: 461 ft
Max Elevation: 579 ft

Avg HR: 137 bpm
Max HR: 160 bpm

Avg Power: 490 W
Max Power: 1,300 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 498 W

Avg Bike Cadence: 83 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 105 rpm

Avg Temperature: 83.0 °F
Min Temperature: 72.0 °F
Max Temperature: 94.0 °F

http://www.strava.com/activities/155292978/overview
http://tpks.ws/M6dy
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/359593604/15893321
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/376691092
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/613169351/
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/19/2014-06-18-ccc-ibc-ride/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/17/2014-06-17-ladies-ride/

Sharon invited Karl, Mark and I to join the Ladies' ride tonight. I wasn't sure why at first. Then, the starting group was only 4 ladies and 3 guys, vs 10 last week. I thought maybe it was to fill the ranks. However, it was a pretty hard push. 15mph is not my peak effort, but more than I hoped for a recovery ride. Mark and Amanda bailed at the stop (Lewisville Theatre / art museum). I think maybe she invited us as much for personal competition/drive as anything else.

Anyway, the music was mediocre, but entertaining anyway. I had a couple snow cones, a footlong, water, diet coke, and 1.5 bottles of Cytomax Orange. Some gabbing about bike-tech, phone tech, and SharonMPH (in retrospect, it's 15% higher than statute MPH). Amanda's tickled by a lot of my normal, dorky comments, so that makes me happy. (One less groan!) It was funny seeing Kathy, Carol, Sharon and Amanda all doing the WOOT WOOT raver girl sound during one of the songs.

I enjoyed it, but I think the inherent competition (ie have to keep up!) of us guys on the ride defeats the purpose of a ladies' recovery ride. If we ride faster and keep up, then Sharon rides even faster. We have more testosterone, so we build muscle faster, etc. Having one lady bail and 2 falling off the back when there's Sharon and 2 guys up front probably isn't friendly/fun for the non-competitive riders.

Inviting us along implies to me that maybe she's getting restless with the ladies' ride. She's always competing against herself, and pushing to ride faster. She's got a lot of miles already in her legs, so her ramp-up is equal to someone 20 years younger. I worry that she'll either drive off the beginner ladies, or bail on the concept of a ladies-only ride within a couple months. HH100 is coming up, you know.

This is just my speculation. I read a lot into things, and despite my portrayal, I really do NOT know everything.

http://ns1.omnitech.net/cycle/
77.5 Rider's Height (inches)
38.7 Rider's Age (years)
28.1 Cyclist's Body Fat (Percent)
264 Cyclist's Weight (lbs), dressed
32 Bike's Weight (lbs), with water and tools
15 Average Speed (mph) (add 43% of wind speed here for a SWAG)
16 Wind Speed (mph). Excludes gusts.
20 Miles Traveled
899 Total Ascent
1.333 Hours (calculated)
1925 Food Energy in kCalories ( Net work 457.1 kCal or 0.5316 KWH or 1813 BTU )
398.8 Average Watts

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/523038416
Distance: 19.95 mi
Calories: 1,925 C

Time: 1:18:52
Moving Time: 1:18:28
Elapsed Time: 2:22:20

Avg Speed: 15.2 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 15.3 mph
Max Speed: 30.7 mph

Elevation Gain: 899 ft
Elevation Loss: 899 ft
Min Elevation: 562 ft
Max Elevation: 716 ft

Avg HR: 142 bpm
Max HR: 171 bpm

Avg Power: 399 W
Max Power: 1,300 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 472 W

Avg Bike Cadence: 77 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 113 rpm

Avg Temperature: 95.1 °F
Min Temperature: 84.2 °F
Max Temperature: 100.4 °F

http://tpks.ws/GBzU
http://www.strava.com/activities/154898968
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/611933873/
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/376074320
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/359077825/15893321
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/17/2014-06-17-ladies-ride/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Another test ride with 180mm cranks with the Kinesis frame.  My leg muscles really do not know what to do with the different crank length, but my speed is good.  Everything is adjusted decently, though dropping to the inner ring takes a harder lever push.  (It's a 105 triple shifter, limited to 2x mode.)  Lubed all over the spokes and re-set the magnet and cadence sensors.  Still getting a squeak on the rear wheel.  Hrmmmmm

Distance: 2.66 mi
Calories: 195 C

Time: 12:43
Moving Time: 12:25
Elapsed Time: 1:55:10

Avg Speed: 12.6 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 12.9 mph
Max Speed: 24.7 mph

Elevation Gain: 148 ft
Elevation Loss: 184 ft
Min Elevation: 542 ft
Max Elevation: 597 ft

Avg HR: 141 bpm 78 % of Max
Max HR: 156 bpm 86 % of Max

Avg Temperature: 100.4 °F
Min Temperature: 84.2 °F
Max Temperature: 109.4 °F

http://app.strava.com/activities/149499176
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/513894096
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/04/06042014-lunch-ride-180mm/

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