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Old 03-19-19, 02:57 PM
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Taking it easy on the bike this week. Racing Sunday so I'll be back at it a day early.

Jogged for 20 min last night (sore AF currently), mellow MTB ride into work. Looking forward to some "urban assault" on the way home early this evening in some glorious San Diego spring weather! Some hoodlums built a pump track into a dirt/grass lot in front of a Fry's electronics, and there are a few pretty sweet big embankments on the way back that are just a bunny-hop and wall ride away from the bike lane. Stoked.
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Today I'm in my office enjoying the smell of brand new Panaracer Gravelking SK tires.

They are made of natural rubber and smell so good.


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^ I've loved the smell of new tires since I was a kid. Bike, car, truck, wheelbarrow, anything.
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Today I rode my bike in circles.



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Yeah. I'm missing north county though, pretty hard. Three years in Leucadia and now it's gonna be a while before I see the Pacific again.
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Oh no ****, didn't know that you spent time in SD. I grew up in Vista/San Marcos area of N County. Great riding! I'm going to be doing the San Diego Mountain Biking Assoc. "Archipelago" luau-themed bike ride in a few weekends with some buddies. They manage to cram 50 miles of trail between San Elijo Hills (San Marcos) and Green Flash Brewing in Mira Mesa, hitting most major open spaces in N and Central County. Plastic lei's, tiki socks and all.

If the weather holds I'll be heading to the track for more madison practice/training. The guys on TV make it looks so smooth, but it's pretty unnerving getting all the mechanics of the exchanges right, especially when you're bleeding out of your eyeballs from the sustained speed.
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Can imagine what kind of wipeouts the madison must produce.

Yeah I was born in L.A., the west coast just feels like home. Nothing beats a sunset on the beach. Have lived in NOLA more than anyplace else though.
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You need to be pre-approved to race the madison by the Elders of the SDVA, and for good reason. You do that by showing up to these practices and then getting yelled at repeatedly, and eventually their blessing. As with anything else, respectfulness, courtesy and a safety-first attitude go a long way.

NOLA is a great town, visited a few years back when the lady was out for a work conference. Really dug Frenchman street and all the live jazz going on and whatnot.
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Today I came back to bike forums after not being here for a couple weeks. Did a 20 mi ride with a 14.5% climb this week. Fun times!

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Today I came back to bike forums after not being here for a couple weeks. Did a 20 mi ride with a 14.5% climb this week. Fun times!

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I saw on Strava that you did Double Branches "The Wall." That's a damn hill right there. Well done!

Today I rode fixed gear - 110 miles @ 17.7 MPH.


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Went out for a ~30 mile ride, got a flat in the first 15 minutes, but good times otherwise. Might be time to replace that tire...
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beastly ride @TimothyH!
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I rode today. Last day of vacation. Saw more deer than cyclists, that's a first. I felt a lot better at the end than I did a few weeks ago riding the same route.
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