Ray's Biking Blog

I ride my bike to work… I'm a bike commuter


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First 100 Days of 2015

So, my goal this year is to just be ON the bike more… as in DAYS… So far, so good. Day 100 of 2015 was yesterday. I have been on my bike for 83 of those. I’m happy. I’m enjoying the HELL out of my short rides. My mileage (about 100 -120 miles a month) is just where I want it to be.

The weather is warming up here in the mornings, which will bring about longer commuting rides into work. I think the main area where I have improved has been on the weekends. Just hopping on the bike to run to the store, instead of hopping in the car. The stores are less than 2 miles away. Biking with my saddlebags can achieve the same goal as using my car. At least with the bike I can get some exercise as well.

I’m still jogging every other day. I can already tell how much it’s helping my cycling. I have cyclist’s legs… but they are getting even stronger and more defined with the running I’m doing.

Cardio is good as is life! :)

Here’s to the NEXT 100 days of 2015.


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Ran My First 10K Last Weekend

Running always proves ONE THING to me each time I try…. God meant for me to be a CYCLIST! :)

With that being said, I actually did very well. I had a finishing time of 1 hour and 18 mins. I had initially planned on WALKING the event, with an occasional jog thrown in here and there. What really happened though was that I somehow ran about 95% of the race. Crazy.

I’m paying for it now though. Legs are stiff and my feet hurt.

Next year I’ll actually TRAIN for it. :)


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Cyclist and Photographer

Just wanted to share with everyone here my photography blog. Yes, I’m a cyclist, but I’m also a photographer (and a musician….).

Here’s my photography blog: https://rflanaganphotography.wordpress.com/

Hope you enjoy the pics…

One day I’ll share my Music blog site too. Been writing songs for close to 30 years… God, I’m getting old. :)


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Headache Be Gone

What a gorgeous Spring day here in the Carolinas. How can you NOT jump on your bike and go ride? I had a monstrous headache early this afternoon and the last thing I wanted to do was just that. I popped some ibuprofen (I buy the GINORMOUS 500-ct bottles) and downed some ice cold water. Crashed on the couch for 20 mins and….. BOOM! Headache gone.

Glad I rode. It was so nice out. Worked up a decent sweat. Nothing but shorts and a shirt and a helmet. What a relief from the winter wardrobe required to ride.

68 days of riding out of 80 days so far…. I’ll take it.


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Crazy Things You See When Cycling

As I approach 12,000 miles here on the bike since getting back into it a few years back, I can’t help but think about some of the stuff I have seen that can ONLY be seen while out on a bike.

Let me preface this post with the fact that I typically ride on small country roads here in NC. I pass A LOT of farms. A lot.

While 90% of the time this is all fine and dandy (and quiet)… you tend to run into more DOGS. Small dogs, big dogs, slow dogs, FAST dogs, friendly dogs, ATTACK dogs… I’ve had my share of aggressive dogs trying to take a chunk out of my legs/ankles… Not one has been successful… yet. :)

bullI think the craziest thing though I have ever seen was a FULL-SIZED BULL (as in STEER) in the middle of the road. This beast broke free from his fenced in “home” and was SMACK DAB in the middle of the road. He was the size of a cargo van… I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Unfortunately for me, that was the day I decided to wear my RED jersey.


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What I Ride

DSCN0253 (2)As I opened my Excel spreadsheet this morning to track my miles of my morning ride into work, I noticed I’m ahead of schedule for 100 miles this month. Must be all the warmer, longer days that are upon us here in the Carolinas.

IDSCN0255 (2) was tweaking the graphics of my cycling blog when I came across a few pics of my mountain bike that I have basically transformed into my commuter bike. Since 2009, I have ridden 3,940 miles into work… I have another 8,000 miles to my name in the way of my Cannondale and “weekend” rides. Nearing 12,000 miles since getting back on the bike a few years back. Wow. That’s a lot of miles!

Anyway, I thought I’d post a few pics of my GT “commuter” bike. I love LOVE love this bike.


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Slowly Warming Up Here

Slowly, but surely.   Yesterday it hit 80 degrees for us here.  I made sure I got out on my bike.   Had a kick ass ride.   Happy with my miles so far this year.  I’m actually beating my cycling friend Bill, who will surely pass me as the days here are getting longer and the temps warm up.

Contemplating a long ride into work tomorrow.   Morning temps should be ok (mid 40’s) for it to happen.

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