Ray's Biking Blog

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

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73 Miles Down… 923 To Go

Slowly working my way to 1,000 miles here.   Only 923 to go!   🙂

I got out for an 11-mile ride today at lunch.   Heat index was 106.  I believe it too.

I’m looking forward to cooler weather.

Until tomorrow…


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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things regarding cycling.    It’s been a good 2 years since I stopped cycling.   Pretty much cold turkey.   I was burned out.   I had a new motorcycle that was WAY MORE FUN to ride.   I still enjoy a day out on the motorcycle.

I’ve been on a recent resurgence of a health kick.    Went somewhat vegan (no meat, no dairy)…. still eating egg whites.    I’ve dropped 17lbs in 6 weeks.   I’m happy.  I feel good.    So now it’s time to up the exercise again.    Hence the new bike.

Combined with the new diet/lifestyle, I know I can drop even more weight.   I haven’t been this light in a long time.   I have 20 lbs more I’d like to lose.    Time will tell.

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Lunch Time Rides, Here I Come

Dog days of August here in the Carolinas.   Hot, humid, and Hazy…. the 3 H’s.   What better time than now to start getting into shape to tackle my 1,000 mile 50th bday challenge?

Lunch time rides are going to be my saving grace here.  I can easily get out and do a 10-12 mile route here to help those miles add up.

Today will be a 10-miler.    All on the roads.   I’m looking forward to it.    I need the exercise.

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New job is going great.   Learning so much.   Working a lot and it feels good to be productive again.

It’s a very healthy office too.   So many of my coworkers either go jogging at lunch or go for long walks. It has really inspired me to get back on my bike and utilize my lunch hour.

So, I have been going out on 10-mile lunch time bike rides. The course I take is a hilly challenge. I really like it.

Sure, I’d love to ride a flat 10 miles, but what good does that do? The route I take definitely pushes me.

I even have a coworker joining me now on the rides.

Life is good.

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Not a Ride in Sight

So 2016 is here and I have yet to saddle up and ride.   Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.   Not a single mile.

Not sure what this year will hold in regards to my cycling.

Mother nature is walloping us here with an ice storm right now.   Maybe I’ll re-live my teen years and go out “ice riding” on my GT?   Would be fun, but at my age, if I break something I’ll be done for a few months.   With age comes wisdom, right?


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Freezing Temps & a New Job

Not riding much yet this year.   And by “much” I mean “any.”   Zero miles so far.

Still haven’t decided what my goals for this year will be.   New job is going to keep me plenty busy.  Not a bad thing at all.   I came from a job where I had WAY TOO MUCH down time.  I don’t do well with idle time.

It’s also 22 degrees out this morning.  Windchill is down in the lower-teens.

Those of you that know me know I don’t do WIND, let alone “winter” wind.   Nope!   I’ll pass.

So that is where I stand.   New job is going really well.   Knee deep in work and loving it.