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Old 03-03-17, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Got hit by a distracted Uber driver playing on his phone, and have a pretty serious lower back injury. Season might be over
Jeepers.

Did my first Uber ride (as a rider, not driver). The driver was looking out his side window and didn't realize he was approaching 2 stopped cars at a light at about 40 mph. We ended up on the shoulder next to the rearward car, after I said, "Uh, cars ahead" and he looked and both slammed on his brakes and swerved to the side. Somehow I feel like I should have been more scared. Zero adrenaline reaction. I sort of watched in detached fascination.

This has made me hesitate to rate the driver. He was otherwise very good.
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Old 03-03-17, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
Jeepers.

Did my first Uber ride (as a rider, not driver). The driver was looking out his side window and didn't realize he was approaching 2 stopped cars at a light at about 40 mph. We ended up on the shoulder next to the rearward car, after I said, "Uh, cars ahead" and he looked and both slammed on his brakes and swerved to the side. Somehow I feel like I should have been more scared. Zero adrenaline reaction. I sort of watched in detached fascination.

This has made me hesitate to rate the driver. He was otherwise very good.
It's like that Jerry Seinfeld joke about New York cabbies driving crazy and not being worried because they're licensed.
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Fortunately some good samaritans kept the Uber driver there till the cops showed up. I was pretty much incapacitated on the ground, and in a total state of shock.

Haven't really been able to get out of bed the past few days, and am seriously feeling depressed. ~5 months of hard base and interval work to prep for the season (Snelling this weekend was the first race) likely taken away.

But, lucky to be alive to thankful for that.
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Old 03-04-17, 10:17 AM
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Major bummer @Blackdays. Glad you're alive and well enough to post on bikeforums. Heal fast!
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Old 03-04-17, 12:40 PM
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Holy crap. That's awful, but I'm glad that it wasn't worse.
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Old 03-04-17, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Fortunately some good samaritans kept the Uber driver there till the cops showed up. I was pretty much incapacitated on the ground, and in a total state of shock.

Haven't really been able to get out of bed the past few days, and am seriously feeling depressed. ~5 months of hard base and interval work to prep for the season (Snelling this weekend was the first race) likely taken away.

But, lucky to be alive to thankful for that.
There will be more seasons. This is probably the last thing you want to hear right now, but it's true.

You have one back. Take it from someone that's had back issues for years and had an off that cost him some fun times with a surgeon for his face.

Heal fast.
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Old 03-04-17, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Got hit by a distracted Uber driver playing on his phone, and have a pretty serious lower back injury. Season might be over
Heal quickly!
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Old 03-04-17, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackdays View Post
Fortunately some good samaritans kept the Uber driver there till the cops showed up. I was pretty much incapacitated on the ground, and in a total state of shock.

Haven't really been able to get out of bed the past few days, and am seriously feeling depressed. ~5 months of hard base and interval work to prep for the season (Snelling this weekend was the first race) likely taken away.

But, lucky to be alive to thankful for that.
That sucks - but don't despair, you'll be back!

I know from experience, unfortunately.
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Old 03-04-17, 08:29 PM
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Who's in for Vasaloppet tomorrow? @tetonrider?
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Old 03-05-17, 06:51 AM
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I'm getting a new fit done tomorrow. Things just don't feel right on the bike, and I've been messing with my position a lot, and now things are all messed up. I've tried doing some of my own measurements while riding and looking in a mirror, but it's hard to tell.

Anyway, in anticipation of that, I put together a spreadsheet with all the fit information I could find in my files - some from actual fits, some just measurements I had written down. It's really amazing how much things have changed since 2012.
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Old 03-05-17, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by globecanvas View Post
Who's in for Vasaloppet tomorrow? @tetonrider?
Darn it, I slept in and didn't race. Also I'm in NY and the race is in Sweden.

The winner skied 90km in 3:57.
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Old 03-05-17, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by globecanvas View Post
Darn it, I slept in and didn't race. Also I'm in NY and the race is in Sweden.

The winner skied 90km in 3:57.
Big deal. That's like 6 freedom miles.
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Old 03-05-17, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by globecanvas View Post
Who's in for Vasaloppet tomorrow? @tetonrider?


funny you mention the Vasa. double poling for 90k has to be about the absolute least interesting thing athletic thing i could imagine doing or watching. the WC organizers have been largely successful in eliminating double poling, but the Vasa is pancake flat, so....

i did race this weekend, though, but blew it. turns out i've raced every weekend since christmas eve -- except last weekend when an "A" race in the mid-west was canceled due to a week of temps in the 50s.

(i got my @ss handed to me -- i hoped to be in contention for the win but got absolutely smoked. it's not uncommon for kids from scandinavian countries to come to the US on scholarships when they didn't quite make the national team cut in their home country. i blew up like i've never blown up before trying to follow that pace!)

one more race in my nordic season then onto bikes.

if you want some pretty amazing, watch just about any of the world championship races from Lahti.

i'd recommend
(these are ~3' races -- lots of crashes as people are fighting for position; plus, the US women crushed it), the
(top 2 skiers in the world going head to head...and a surprising finish), and the
(another surprise crash!).

i think this video has gotten the most attention from Lahti, though -- they're calling him "the world's worst skier". (he's from venezuela, never trained on snow, and did not finish the qualifier to race in the actual WC events.) Here ya go:

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Old 03-05-17, 05:32 PM
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double bee stings at snelling. please kill me.
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Old 03-05-17, 08:38 PM
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double bee stings at snelling. please kill me.
stupid race.
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Old 03-05-17, 10:18 PM
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[QUOTE=globecanvas;19419644]Darn it, I slept in and didn't race. Also I'm in NY and the race is in Sweden.


Originally Posted by globecanvas
The winner skied 90km in 3:57.
No skiing -- the winner didn't even take a single stride. It's a double-pole race now. Super boring!

The last couple years there has been a ton of standing water on the course. No snow is the new normal in Sweden, too. "It's natural..."
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Old 03-05-17, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
double bee stings at snelling. please kill me.
i made sure to carry my epi-pen ... did get one bee in the helmet, but no sting
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Old 03-06-17, 12:14 PM
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Some drunk moron keyed my hood down to the metal last night (I found broken beer bottle glass in between the hood and front quarter panel). What is wrong with people?

I move July 1 and will have a garage instead of having to use public parking, so my car guy put some touch up paint over it for now and it'll get done proper then. Lots of paint chips on the hood from rocks and general age so I guess this is taking lemons and turning them into lemonade!
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Thank sucks TKP.

Last Thanksgiving, I came back to my car from mountain biking and saw someone had keyed my car. I was pretty ticked. Insurance covered it, but it was still a few grand to have it repaired, plus I had my deductible.

A couple days later, I saw a very similar car - same Make and color, but different model - on the back of a tow truck. It has been completely vandalized - broken windows, scratches, and red spray paint all over it - the filters on this site would not let me post what was written on the car.

Part of me wonders if the person who damaged that car saw my car, mistook it for the other one, started keying it when he/she realized my car only has two doors and the other one has four, and stopped keying. That other car also had the same insurance company as me, as the adjuster I worked with commented on it, adding how odd it was to have two cars of the same make and color vandalized like that within a day or so of each other.
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Last year a hit and run broke my driver's side mirror, and a few weeks later someone flung a lit cigarette onto my driver's seat while I was grabbing a coffee and it burned a hole in the leather. People are dumb. I am ready to live in the middle of nowhere.
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Old 03-06-17, 02:59 PM
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...don't you already live in the middle of nowhere???
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TKP lives in hipster heaven. He's moving to where I am, the middle of nowhere!
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Indeed. I lived in hipster heaven before it was cool though. I'm ready to gentrify the woods!
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I had my fit done last night. It's a MASSIVE change. We slid my saddle way forward and way up. I'm not sure how I'm going to respond to/like this change, but we will see how things go as I start riding the new position this week.

To add some context, I was running a 10cm saddle set back, on a Fizik Arione, which is a pretty long saddle, so I was way behind the BB. And that was reduced from about 12cm a year or so ago.
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I usually have a spare pair of cleats at home but I ran out of them. I only had the Shimano blue cleats (which have very little float). Being very equipment-curious, I put them on. First ride with them today. My knee complained a tiny bit towards the end but nothing alarming. I'll give it a few more days and maybe some tiny adjustment (positioning-wise) to see if feels better. Does anyone here ride with lesser-than-regular float? Just curious.
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