July 2016 Bike Cycling Bicycling Challenge

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  • Machka9
    Machka9 Posts: 20,263 Member
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    Happy Canada Day from a Canadian-Australian. :)

    Saturday 2 July -- 1186 metres (3891.076) of climbing, in 81.8 km of cycling, completed within 5.5 hours (elapsed time) and 4:35 moving time for an average speed of 17.8 km/h (moving time).

    The ride included a couple Category 4 climbs with various climbs in the 13-16% grade range.

    Starting temperature 12°C with a high of 14.7°C halfway through the ride. We had a headwind on the way out and tailwind on the way back, for the most part, with some odd, very chilly gusts now and then. It was mostly cloudy and looked like it was going to rain several times, but fortunately, that didn't happen. On the way back we were sure we were going to get caught in a rain squall, but it passed behind us and we just got a small blast of it.

    We started the ride about 12:30 pm so, since the sun sets at about 4:45, it was pitch black by the time we finished. A little night riding practice. For some reason climbing is so much more difficult in the dark.

    And we stopped for lunch at the halfway point. I had been looking forward to that, but unfortunately they were out of many choices (busy day what with the federal election), and what we ate (paninis with lots of spinach) didn't sit well at all. I was about 1 km out of the town on the way back when I started feeling very unsettled. And then about 8 or 9 km later we started a long, long climb (one of the cat 4 climbs) and by the time I got to the top, I was not feeling at all well. Fighting to keep things down. However, I took an electrolyte tablet and a Zantac, and that eased things a bit.

    The route mainly followed the coast so we had lots of beautiful views of water and green hills.

    There were lots of birds around ... a large flock of black cockatoos filled a tree next to where we parked at the start of the ride and we had to dodge and weave between the pine cones they were dropping from the tree ... we were being bombed! And during the ride, I spotted herons, oyster catchers, small gulls, large Pacific gulls, a cormorant airing its wings ... and most spectacular was a massive wedge-tail eagle which took flight from a tree next to the road, and flew across, right in front of Rowan. I don't think I've ever seen them that close, but Rowan has because they come onto the property where he works. In fact, just yesterday, he rescued a young one which had flown through the net over the orchard, and then had become stuck inside.

    Overall, it was a good, strenuous, training ride on a beautiful but quite hilly route. :)

    Oh, and I wore my new winter cycling boots for the first time. They're very comfortable but I will have to do something about drafts coming in around my ankles. And ... I need to install a cleat!! I forgot all about that and so had to ride with my platform pedals the whole way!! :lol:
    Machka9 wrote: »
    Elevation profile:
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    Machka9 wrote:
    Review ...
    Distances include cycling + walking
    March: 489.8 km (304.3 miles) = 38 hours 4 min
    April: 491.94 km (305.6 miles) = 43 hours 6 min
    May: 361.81 km (224.8 miles) = 35 hours 50 min
    June: 569.53 km (353.9 miles) = 41 hours 53 min
    July: 230.7 km (143.35 miles) = 32 hours 45 min
    Aug: 211.3 km (131.3 miles) = 28 hours 8 min
    Sep: 306.7 km (190.6 miles) = 35 hour 2 min
    Oct: 441.82 km (274.5 miles) = 47 hours 43 min
    Nov: 660.21 km (410.23 miles) = 60 hours 41 min
    Dec: 499.91 km (282.8 miles) = 54 hours 56 min
    Jan: 864.79 km (537.35 miles) = 65 hours 36 min
    Feb: 470.53 km (292.4 miles) = 40 hours 39 min
    March: 917.73 km (570.2 miles) = 66 hours 13 min
    April: 417.83 km (259.6 miles) = 40 hours 23 min
    May: 267.09 km (165.9 miles) = 36 hours 10 min
    June 552.1 km (343 miles) = 54 hours 48 min

    Well, let's see ... last July my distance and time took a nose-dive. Hopefully this year will be better than that!
    July 2 - 81.8 km cycling (250 min)
    July 3 - 32.1 km cycling (100 min)
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    Totals:
    July Cycling Outside: 113.9 km (350 min)
    July Cycling Inside: 0 min
    July Walking: 2.5 km (30 min)
    July Stairs: 30 flights (24 min)
    July Time Total: 404 min = 6 hours 44 min
    July Distance Total: 116.4 km = 72.3 miles
    July 9 - 100 km cycling (315 minutes)
    July 12 - 4 km walking (50 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min)+ 45 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 5 min of core work/weightlifting

    Last week, I was battling food poisoning acquired at lunch on the 81.8 km mentioned above ... and then an unrelated allergic reaction to an antibiotic. I had all sorts of plans for great workouts last week ... and barely managed to get some walking in.

    Then we went up north for a 3-day weekend and were intending to do 3 days of cycling, but the weather had different plans. It's winter here and very wet, cold, and unpredictable. But we did get one good ride in! :) And it was a good ride ... the fastest 100 km I've done in years!

    Back on the trainer this week.
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    Totals:
    July Cycling Outside: 213.9 km (665 min)
    July Cycling Inside: 45 min
    July Walking: 34.4 km (425 min)
    July Stairs: 140 flights (112 min)
    July Weightlifting: 20 min
    July Time Total: 1267 min = 21 hours 7 min
    July Distance Total: 248.3 km = 154.3 miles
    July 13 - 3 km walking (35 min) + 15 flights of stairs (12 min) + 50 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting
    July 14 - 1 km walking (12 min) + 30 flights of stairs (24 min) + 54 min on my bicycle on the trainer + about 10 min of core work/weightlifting

    Me on my trainer and my husband on rollers ... at least we're getting some sort of cycling in.
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    Totals:
    July Cycling Outside: 213.9 km (665 min)
    July Cycling Inside: 194 min
    July Walking: 38.4 km (472 min)
    July Stairs: 185 flights (148 min)
    July Weightlifting: 40 min
    July Time Total: 1519 min = 25 hours 19 min
    July Distance Total: 252.3 km = 156.8 miles
    Saturday 16 July -- 164.9 km training ride.

    We did a 200K mid-June, and wanted to do a long ride mid-July too, so we decided to ride a century today. :)

    Plan A took us to a location that got snow earlier this week and then flooded. We decided to do a different route.

    Plan B had us doing a Y-shaped route, starting at the bottom of the Y and going out the left side first, then the right, and back to the bottom of the Y. But mid-ride we changed our minds, and decided to do a section in the middle of the Y twice rather than the right segment. That worked out all right.

    Our route started with a long climb up and over the hill into the city. Then the middle section of the route was relatively flat, by comparison. And the route ended with a long climb up and over the hill to our suburb.

    It was about 12.5°C when we started, got to a high of 16.4°C, and then cooled down to 8.3°C by the end of the day ... with some particularly cold spots on the last climb and during that descent, after dark. But, for a change, it was sunny all day! In fact, it had something of a spring-like feel. It's still the middle of winter, but after all the cold and miserable weather we've had, it's nice to have a spring-like day. But it was windy ... 22-30 km/h with gusts as high as 48 km/h.

    We started the ride about 8:30 am, after the 7:00-8:10 am recap of last night's live coverage of the TDF Time Trial. Priorities! :grin:

    Moments after we started, I had trouble with my cassette shifters. Sometimes I couldn't shift ... the shifter would move freely but nothing would happen. Sometimes when I would try to shift into a smaller ring, both shifters (brake and shifter) would move, and nothing would happen. More frequently, I could do the shift, but the shifter wouldn't return. I decided I would just deal with it until we got into the city.

    We climbed up and over into the city and stopped for a quick break before riding out the Cycleway. Shortly after we got going on the Cycleway, we stopped at a hardware store to get oil to see if that would help my shifters. It might have made some difference, but then Rowan turned one little screw, and it was all good!

    For some reason, people like smashing bottles on the Cycleway Friday nights, so we had to dodge patches of broken glass here and there. :rage: But on the bright side, there were a lot of cyclist on and near the Cycleway today. I don't know if I've ever seen so many cyclists out and about. I guess everyone decided to get out and enjoy our brief glimpse of spring! In fact, one cycled and chatted with Rowan for some distance.

    We continued on to New Norfolk, across the bridge and along the rather flooded Derwent river for about 12 km before pulling a U-turn and returning to New Norfolk. I like that stretch of road along the Derwent ... it's scenic, and we could see snow covered mountains in the distance. We had lunch in New Norfolk - both of us had cauliflower and cheese pies (one of my favourites) and Rowan had a sort of custard pie with fruit for dessert while I had mud cake. :)

    There had been a headwind all the way out to where we turned around, so going back was great! We flew along (and set several personal bests on Strava). Next thing we knew, we were back on the Cycleway and flying back to the start of the Cycleway.

    We stopped there, again, and made up bottles of Ensure. Part of the training ride was to try out possible nutrition solutions for long stretches of longer rides with no services. The Ensure worked well ... tasted good and provided energy and electrolytes.

    Back to the end of Cycleway, against the wind, and back to the start again, with a tailwind .... but a dying tailwind, so we weren't flying anymore.

    And then it was homeward bound. Through the city, and then up and up and up. The sun set while we were making our way through the city, and so partway up, we stopped so I could take a ginger tablet. I have found that climbing in the dark makes me feel a bit sea sick with the swaying light. Ginger tablets work for other "sea sick" situations, so we thought I might try one for this ... and it seemed to work. I climbed the hill in the dark, and no sea sick feeling.

    Then a quick descent into our suburb, another climb as we cycled through the suburb, and another descent to home.

    Distance: 164.9km
    Moving Time: 8:54:36
    Total time: 10:17:33
    Elevation Gain: 1,767m


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    July 15 - 3.1 km walking (35 min) + 30 flights of stairs (24 min)
    July 16 - 164.9 km cycling (520 min) (see above)
    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Machka9/view/164-9-km-training-ride-883674
    July 17 - 3.5 km walking (40 min)
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    Totals:
    July Cycling Outside: 378.8 km (1185 min)
    July Cycling Inside: 194 min
    July Walking: 45 km (547 min)
    July Stairs: 215 flights (172 min)
    July Weightlifting: 40 min
    July Time Total: 2138 min = 35 hours 38 min
    July Distance Total: 423.8 km = 263.3 miles

    Sunday -- 100.1 km ride in the afternoon and evening (after dark) | 725 metres (2378.6 feet) of climbing | Total time: 6 hours 19 minutes | Moving speed: 18.9 km/h

    The wind wasn't too bad and the sun came out now and then. The high for the day reached 9.5C ... and then dropped to 2.1 by the end of the ride. That was a little chilly!

    This was a training ride as we're adjusting things and testing things for longer rides.
    • Our new reflective vests worked well.
    • My new boots worked well ... until the temp dropped below 4C.
    • My gloves aren't quite warm enough under 4C either.
    • Our clothing layers were good.
    • The chocolate Ensure provided most of our energy quite adequately.

    July 23 - 10 min walking + 55 min running = 8 km in 65 min + 2.6 km rowing (16 min)

    July 24 - 100.1 km cycling (315 min)


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    Totals:
    July Cycling Outside: 478.9 km (1500 min)
    July Cycling Inside: 194 min
    July Walking: 75.2 km (877 min)
    July Stairs: 235 flights (188 min)
    July Weightlifting: 80 min
    July Rowing: 2.6 km (16 min)
    July Time Total: 2855 min = 47 hours 35 min
    July Distance Total: 556.7 km = 345.9 miles



  • tristramtrent
    tristramtrent Posts: 257 Member
    @tcaley4 Happy birthday and I love the picture of your new steed! Wishing you many, many happy journeys on that.

    @Aesop101 , I am in the same team as you having picked up a bike in March for the first time in, ahem, years. The new motivation and difference for me was to focus on where I go and what I get to see and not on measuring everything or competing with myself. I have to take a gentler approach. But things have built up from a hesitant 3 or 4 miles to a regular 12 + , and I have found I like to take a satchel with everything but the kitchen sink with me (books, lunch, camera, sketchbook...) and feel like a self-sufficient travelling type. One day I will end up with a pedalling RV.
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    I have found I like to take a satchel with everything but the kitchen sink with me (books, lunch, camera, sketchbook...) and feel like a self-sufficient travelling type. One day I will end up with a pedalling RV.

    2 words - "pannier rack" - far, far more comfortable than carting around 100 pounds of crap useful equipment on your shoulder or back, and a lot less sweaty too.
  • tristramtrent
    tristramtrent Posts: 257 Member
    edited July 2016
    4/7 13.4 AWE Burghfield
    5/7 13.7 Aldermaston
    7/7 11 outdoor Burghfield village
    8/7 7.8 Amphitheatre , red lion hill
    9/7 15.1 Newbury via canal
    12/7 7.8 indoor
    13/7 13.8 Burghfield church
    16/7 8.7 St Mary Sulhamstead
    17/7 10.2 Indoor
    101.5 so far
    19/7 12.1 Tadley
    20/7 11.7 indoor

    Last few days was working away from home without the bike
    Month's target 180

  • tristramtrent
    tristramtrent Posts: 257 Member
    35dollars wrote: »

    2 words - "pannier rack" - far, far more comfortable than carting around 100 pounds of crap useful equipment on your shoulder or back, and a lot less sweaty too.
    Ha I am about to sort this! I got a cheap one off ebay which was cheap because the straps were useless so I am just stitching some velcro fixings , then it will be good to go with all of my priceless, useful nay essential equipment.

  • tcaley4
    tcaley4 Posts: 416 Member
    When I picked up my new bike a week ago, they didn't have the cycling shoes in my size in stock that I wanted, so they had to order them. They came in this past Saturday, so took a trip to the bike shop to pick up the shoes and have the clipless pedals installed. They gave me about an hour's worth of lessons on a trainer with my bike at the LBS with the clips installed. So Sunday was my first ride with them. The first hour of my ride was lots of stop, unclip, clip, pedal, stop, unclip, repeat, till I got use to them. I'm happy to report I still have all of my skin intact. :-) Now it is just getting used to all the new gear ratios. Still not very strong on the last three gears yet. Something to work on. Already seeing my speeds hitting 22 - 23 miles per hour. Now just need to work on being able to sustain those speeds for longer periods of time, and working on my strength to be able to use those last gears. Also, this bike has a cadence sensor which hooks up with Map My Ride, so something else to work on there, getting my cadence to more consistent levels. Lots to look forward to.

    07/09 - 15.27
    07/10 - 15.10
    07/11 - 11.04
    07/12 - 18.24
    07/14 - 07.26
    07/15 - 18.13
    07/17 - 14.81
    07/18 - 14.99
    07/19 - 14.69
    07/21 - 14.68
    07/24 - 21.85


    July total: 166.06
    Goal for month: 300
    Year to date: 2,109.55

    Jan - 175.9
    Feb - 343.3
    Mar - 353.8
    Apr - 363.4
    May - 319.1
    June - 316.2
  • CricketKate
    CricketKate Posts: 3,608 Member
    I've done some rides with my children and without, but I keep forgetting to track them.
  • tcaley4
    tcaley4 Posts: 416 Member
    @CricketKate, they still count. What could be better than spending quality time with your kids?
  • SingingSingleTracker
    SingingSingleTracker Posts: 1,866 Member
    July 1st 50 Miles -- Duration 5:45:00 (Sovicille Loop to Radicondoli)
    July 7th 28 Miles -- Duration 4:00:00 (Greve Loop to Radda)
    July 9th 6.66 Miles -- Duration 00:57:39
    July 11th 26.7 Miles -- Duration 1:50:55
    July 15th 11.5 Miles -- Duration 1:00:22
    July 16th 7.5 Miles -- Duration 00:51:41
    July 17th 36.3 Miles -- Duration 2:47:31
    July 18th 12.0 Miles -- Duration 1:08:20
    July 20th 38.7 Miles -- Duration 2:37:04
    July 21st 12.5 Miles -- Duration 1:08:52
    July 22nd 18.8 Miles -- Duration 1:24:21
    July 23rd 8.09 Miles -- Duration 00:46:45
    July 24th 23.44 Miles -- Duration 2:06:02 (MTB Race)

    July Total Miles: 280.19
    July Total Duration: 26:24:32
  • cpanus
    cpanus Posts: 16,690 Member
    I'm in for 250 miles again!

    07/02 - 13.00 miles
    07/03 - 15.00 miles
    07/04 - 13.00 miles
    07/07 - 12.25 miles
    07/09 - 15.75 miles
    07/10 - 12.00 miles...81.00 miles so far
    07/12 - 15.00 miles
    07/13 - 12.50 miles
    07/14 - 13.75 miles
    07/16 - 13.75 miles...136.00 miles so far
    07/19 - 14.00 miles
    07/20 - 15.00 miles
    07/21 - 15.00 miles
    07/25 - 16.75 miles...196.75 miles so far

    Chris
  • Ohhim
    Ohhim Posts: 1,142 Member
    Just my usual commutes the past 2 evenings to a ballgame and concert (bloc party). Pretty much recovered from my crash so finally got in a long run today. I'll probably get in a long ride or two next weekend, but I'm planning to just stick with commuting until then.

    7/1 - 28 miles
    7/3 - 51 miles
    7/5 - 52 miles
    7/6 - 35 miles
    7/7 - 32 miles
    7/8 - 46 miles
    7/9 - 50 miles
    7/10 - 13 miles
    7/11 - 44 miles
    7/13 - 33 miles
    7/14 - 17 miles
    7/15 - 30 miles
    7/17 - 50 miles
    7/18 - 7 miles
    7/19 - 39 miles
    7/20 - 24 miles
    7/21 - 19 miles
    7/22 - 11 miles
    7/23 - 51 miles
    7/24 - 11 miles
    7/25 - 12 miles

    Total: 655 miles
    Goal: 621 miles
    Done!

    @tcaley4 - Glad your new ride is working out and that you've been transitioning well to clipless pedals! I'll still have an occasional clip out incident when I stop on a banked surface (and end up leaning to the still clipped in side), but glad your LBS provided some lessons and practice. Usually those types of slow motion falls bruise the ego more than your hands and legs when they happen.
  • Ohhim
    Ohhim Posts: 1,142 Member
    Aesop101 wrote: »
    I think you guys are the pros. I'm at 45 miles for the month of July, 35 biking and 10 walking. I just started riding a bike after about 30 years or more. I did take a ride about 4 years ago but that was that. I was more into walking. However, things change and I hurt my knee. Turns out biking is great for knees and especially knees of fat accountants. I'm on a fixie currently but hope to pick up a Cannondale or Giant in the future. We'll see. I may use the fixie this year and grab a better bike this winter.

    Welcome to the forum! Good luck with your target. I still do about 150 miles/month on my fixie when I'm down in Florida (retired snowbird here), and really enjoy riding it. Still, once you start encountering inclines, gears can definitely help. Just make sure your bike fits you properly for now (check out youtube or your local bike shop for a primer), and you'll enjoy your miles much more!
  • SteveCro
    SteveCro Posts: 806 Member
    I'm in... oh boy what should I go for? I have my week long bike trip this month and should be over 300 miles.
    Setting my goal at 550 miles.

    7/1 - 8.61 miles
    7/2 - 31.72 miles
    7/6 - 19.39 miles
    7/7 - 14.27 miles
    7/8- 16.71 miles
    7/9 - 24.49 miles
    7/10 - 16.33 miles
    7/18 - 63.31 miles
    7/19 - 56.51 miles
    7/20 - 50.28 miles
    7/21 - 58.70 miles
    7/22 - 68.00 miles
    7/23 - 52.94 miles
    7/24 - 2.60 miles
    7/25 - 20.96 miles

    A great bike trip, Michigan has so many grate bike trails.


    MTD - 505.53 miles

    Jan - 170.47
    Feb - 245.31
    Mar - 409.88
    Apr - 227.22
    May - 332.92
    June - 302.69

    YTD - 2194.01
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Fri 01 - 4.77 miles
    Mon 04 - 28.88 miles
    Tue 05 - 35.34 miles
    Wed 06 - 20.00 miles
    Thu 07 - none
    Fri 08 - 33.44 miles
    Mon 11 - 33.68 miles
    Tue 12 - 19.99 miles
    Wed 13 - 41.56 miles.
    Thu 14 - none
    Fri 15 - 29.04 miles
    Sat 16 - 17.99 miles
    Mon 18 - no bike
    Tue 19 - no bike
    Wed 20 - unwell
    Thu 21 - 31.05 miles
    Fri 22 - 25.18 miles
    Mon 25 - 33.03 miles

    Target for July: was 500 miles, then dropped to 425 after my little disagreement with the car - now I think I might just about scrape 450

    MTD 353.95, YTD 1065.44
  • UmmSqueaky
    UmmSqueaky Posts: 715 Member
    @tcaley4 - can you get some clip in pedals for your old bike too? Maybe ride that around for the first month or 2 so most falls are done on the old bike and not the new?

    @Ohhim - oi be careful! Hope you're fully recovered before your upcoming tris :)
  • UmmSqueaky
    UmmSqueaky Posts: 715 Member
    7/5 - 21 miles.
    7/6 - 23 miles
    7/11 - 28 miles
    7/12 - 27 miles
    7/13 - 23 miles
    7/14 - 10 miles
    7/15 - 23 miles
    7/18 - 28 miles
    7/19 - 27 miles
    7/20 - 17 miles
    7/21 - 17 miles
    7/22 - 28 miles
    7/24 - 5 miles
    7/25 - 23 miles - really low mileage this month, but I have to keep telling myself my goal is cross training and not miles so stop worry about it. Cross training is going pretty good. I had a really good run this weekend and an excellent open swim session. Did two laps across the lake for 2400 yards, which is probably the most I've ever swum, aside perhaps from some workouts from the one year I was on swim team in 7th grade ha. Certainly the most I've swum in the last 20 years.

    Month to date: 300 miles
    Year to date: 2342 miles
  • tristramtrent
    tristramtrent Posts: 257 Member
    4/7 13.4 AWE Burghfield
    5/7 13.7 Aldermaston
    7/7 11 outdoor Burghfield village
    8/7 7.8 Amphitheatre , red lion hill
    9/7 15.1 Newbury via canal
    12/7 7.8 indoor
    13/7 13.8 Burghfield church
    16/7 8.7 St Mary Sulhamstead
    17/7 10.2 Indoor
    101.5 so farrr
    19/7 12.1 Tadley
    20/7 11.7 indoor
    26/7 12.9 Duke of Wellington Estate

    Dramatic improvements in speed and hill climbs are at last being noticed. What used to be exhausting journeys now feel naughtily easy and untaxing so I will be increasing my distances next.

    Adventures today: I found a local church repurposed as a cafe shop community centre complete with gifts for sale on the Bier! Next found a farm with rare breeds of pigs and sheep. Then, not so nice: I got a bit lost and ended up on a disused railway line between remote fields, with high hedges and trees lining it, a lonely spot. I came upon a man on foot in a hat and sunglasses carrying some weird electronic gear and a walkie talkie and got a realy strange feeling. I said hello and asked him if he knew where the trail emerged and got a death stare and a NO spoken like an angry robot so I hurried away. He was so very odd and scary. It was more eerie than I can explain and I felt incredibly vulnerable. I spent the rest of the ride looking over my shoulder till I finally found the road again. What on earth. ulbjs2tzaghv.jpg
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  • tcaley4
    tcaley4 Posts: 416 Member
    UmmSqueaky wrote: »
    @tcaley4 - can you get some clip in pedals for your old bike too? Maybe ride that around for the first month or 2 so most falls are done on the old bike and not the new?

    That would make the pedals cost almost as much as the bike!

    Not really, but probably won't happen. The old bike will become the go to bike when the weather is bad. I don't care if it gets dirty. :-)

  • SteveCro
    SteveCro Posts: 806 Member
    Ok maybe going to look dumb here I'm the only one that has not figured this out?? How do you see who liked or tagged awesome on your post. I've tried to click on the thumbs up or the heart and it just says you can't comment on your own post.
  • 35dollars
    35dollars Posts: 828 Member
    Don't think you can. As far as I can see, you can't even see all your posts that were tagged Awesome or Liked, only about a page full of each, and there doesn't seem to be any way to see which ones were tagged Insightful