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Old 05-07-20, 06:58 PM
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Just went KOM hunting, was feeling pretty loose and thought I could bag a couple. Not even close, one of them I got a top 5 finish. But the KOM has 20 seconds on my effort. In my defense I have slight brake rub and I feel a little bit bloated, but Strava shows this guy doing 35 mph across flat ground.
I don’t see how this is physically possible.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Just went KOM hunting, was feeling pretty loose and thought I could bag a couple. Not even close, one of them I got a top 5 finish. But the KOM has 20 seconds on my effort. In my defense I have slight brake rub and I feel a little bit bloated, but Strava shows this guy doing 35 mph across flat ground.
I don’t see how this is physically possible.
It's possible like the guys clobbering WRs on the KOMs around Town Lake here. I gave up on flagging them.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
It's possible like the guys clobbering WRs on the KOMs around Town Lake here. I gave up on flagging them.

One of the segments I can see it. Your on a quarter mile straightaway before the segment starts. But the other one you have to make a pretty sharp turn before it starts. And it’s a stop sign, where cars are almost always present. No way you could make that turn at that speed imo.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Just went KOM hunting, was feeling pretty loose and thought I could bag a couple. Not even close, one of them I got a top 5 finish. But the KOM has 20 seconds on my effort. In my defense I have slight brake rub and I feel a little bit bloated, but Strava shows this guy doing 35 mph across flat ground.
I don’t see how this is physically possible.
Could be meteorological doping.
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This afternoon I was again bundled up on the tractor, contemplating the mysteries of life.

A terrifying thought hit me: What if 2020 is another year without a summer?

I mean, why not--everything else bad is happening. Add this to all the other plagues.

You people must have really upset the gods.
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Zoom meetings.

We have to now list our temperature before coming to work.
I've been doing that for 3 weeks. At least now I only have to do it once a day. Well technically twice in the a.m. and then twice in the afternoon. We were doing it twice a day for the first 2 weeks. The co. Even bought me a thermometer. Now its just twice in the morning.
There's a whole online questionnaire I have to fill out every morning, and list both of my morning temp readings.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
This afternoon I was again bundled up on the tractor, contemplating the mysteries of life.

A terrifying thought hit me: What if 2020 is another year without a summer?

I mean, why not--everything else bad is happening. Add this to all the other plagues.

You people must have really upset the gods.
I'm practically done with summer already and it hasn't even started. Pool is already getting too warm. Perfect for night swimming, but too warm to refresh during the day.

Looks like Mexico, Maine is expecting a dusting of snow this weekend...

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MAY 9 AM Snow Showers 42°31° 30% NW 18 mph
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no ride today. Weather kinda turned on me. 20÷ mph winds and Temps dropping. I decided to wax another chain. And cook dinner instead.


Oh...and bought another Stratocaster body....

Hello, my names Joe and I am a guitaraholic...
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
This afternoon I was again bundled up on the tractor, contemplating the mysteries of life.

A terrifying thought hit me: What if 2020 is another year without a summer?

I mean, why not--everything else bad is happening. Add this to all the other plagues.

You people must have really upset the gods.
Don't know what you're talking about. Everything's fine here.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Just went KOM hunting, was feeling pretty loose and thought I could bag a couple. Not even close, one of them I got a top 5 finish. But the KOM has 20 seconds on my effort. In my defense I have slight brake rub and I feel a little bit bloated, but Strava shows this guy doing 35 mph across flat ground.
I don’t see how this is physically possible.
35mph over what distance? Over a short distance, it's doable, 'specially with help. Anyway, you can see their KOM runs - click on their time on the leaderboard and take a look at their ride. On the unrealistic ones, you'll often see someone noodling around and then turning in to a megabeast for the second half of the ride, a sure sign that they forgot to stop their ride on Strava. Flag 'em and be done with it.
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Old 05-07-20, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
One of the segments I can see it. Your on a quarter mile straightaway before the segment starts. But the other one you have to make a pretty sharp turn before it starts. And it’s a stop sign, where cars are almost always present. No way you could make that turn at that speed imo.
I looked - the KOM on Marina is legit. The guy's got power, HR, etc. He averaged 580w for the segment, with a peak of 1100w. Also, he wasn't taking the sharp right turn like you - he took a left though the 3-way intersection.
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Wake up and look at your calendars, people. The gods are angry.


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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
This afternoon I was again bundled up on the tractor, contemplating the mysteries of life.

A terrifying thought hit me: What if 2020 is another year without a summer?

I mean, why not--everything else bad is happening. Add this to all the other plagues.

You people must have really upset the gods.
It was 81A and sunny down here today. Perfect for the already weekly mowing of the yards and a cold beer. It's been the most beautiful spring in years (except for this pesky pandemic thingy).

I guess I shouldn't tempt fate and tease you too much more, though. Hurricane season is right around the corner.
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Everyone thinks they have had a long strange trip, until they look at other folks' journeys. Then they realize everyone has had a long strange trip, just using different modes of transportation.
"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
One of the segments I can see it. Your on a quarter mile straightaway before the segment starts. But the other one you have to make a pretty sharp turn before it starts. And it’s a stop sign, where cars are almost always present. No way you could make that turn at that speed imo.
Colony Sprint is legit, too. No power, but he had HR, cadence, etc. Guy was just riding a small loop and doing sprint intervals.

Time for you to work on that short term power if you're going to go after those.
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It's been the most beautiful spring in years (except for this pesky pandemic thingy).
It was OK through the first week of April. The last month has blown donkey balls. There was literally a whole week in January that was warmer than tomorrow will be.
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Noah just stole my KOM. 40 mph tailwind... Lordy. I didn't even know I had it, and I set it back in 2012. I must have been fast that day.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Don't know what you're talking about. Everything's fine here.
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I would be ecstatic if I woke up to freezing temps Saturday morning.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
The last month has blown donkey balls.
Yes, that does sound unpleasant.
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"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Wake up and look at your calendars, people. The gods are angry.


Maybe it's just you.
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We're still about three feet behind our normal snowfall total.
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Found this on today's ride.


Not sure Who left it here.
I'n on my phone. Is that a blue police box?
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I would be ecstatic if I woke up to freezing temps Saturday morning.
We often get frost in May. There was frost yesterday morning.
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Maybe it's just you.
I've been good. Except I still don't have a mask.

Reminds me. Today I saw a cyclist (not road, though he was riding on the road) with a mask. He had on a yellow jacket and a green helmet, like an Oregon Duck.
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