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Old 06-30-19, 05:42 AM
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The end is near!!
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Tomorrow is my first race after a recent category upgrade.

I'm split between having no expectations for myself, other than to learn, and really wanting to be on the podium and will face inevitable disappointment when I don't.
Thumbs up! Lyons crit?

It will be a jump, but you're young, and the jump from 4 to 3 won't be too bad. Seriously, hit Cat 3 over 50? You get to race with Tour veterans and Olympians, with stripes of all versions on half the jerseys you see. Embrace the upgrade.
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Doctors are such poor patients.

SMH
Ikr . SMH
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Old 06-30-19, 06:46 AM
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The censor is ********. Sad.
The beatings will continue until performance improves.
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Old 06-30-19, 06:51 AM
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Old 06-30-19, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Does a bear **** in the woods?

we crushed the 5 hour mark, and nearly hit under 4:30 moving time.

Someday I'd like to do under 5 hours solo, but I'm happy with this ride.

Like I said in this thread https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...nd-pump-2.html

"The group I ride with doesn’t have newbs. We are all competitive cyclists or duathletes. Our group rides aren’t casual/social rides. After the ride we might meet for a beer or coffee, but the ride itself is a serious workout."
Impressive. In that heat I’d be done after 15 miles, possibly 10. Good thing we didn’t ride together, you would have been so bored.
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Impressive. In that heat I’d be done after 15 miles, possibly 10. Good thing we didn’t ride together, you would have been so bored.
Thanks. The heat wasn't too bad yesterday. We started pretty early, and finished before it hit 100.

Not every ride is a hammerfest. Sundays + Fridays I ride with a retiree, at a leisurely pace.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Does a bear **** in the woods?

we crushed the 5 hour mark, and nearly hit under 4:30 moving time.



Someday I'd like to do under 5 hours solo, but I'm happy with this ride.

Like I said in this thread https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...nd-pump-2.html



"The group I ride with doesn’t have newbs. We are all competitive cyclists or duathletes. Our group rides aren’t casual/social rides. After the ride we might meet for a beer or coffee, but the ride itself is a serious workout."
Nicely done!
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After two days of racing at ~8,000 feet, today will only be at 6,000, or so. Breathing is sort of important when you're working hard on the bike.
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Old 06-30-19, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
Thumbs up! Lyons crit?

It will be a jump, but you're young, and the jump from 4 to 3 won't be too bad. Seriously, hit Cat 3 over 50? You get to race with Tour veterans and Olympians, with stripes of all versions on half the jerseys you see. Embrace the upgrade.
Yup, Lyons. Would have liked to do the omnium but it's too dang expensive.

I upgraded to cat 4 in 2011, raced on and off, never had results, and then this year I've been on the podium in 10/14 races and won 4, including a state champ on the road and mountain.

It was fun being the guy that everyone chases because I can hold it and I'm sad that my short-lived leadership role is likely coming to an end.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Old 06-30-19, 07:42 AM
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Impressive. In that heat I’d be done after 15 miles, possibly 10. Good thing we didn’t ride together, you would have been so bored.
They would have yelled at you, likely.
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
After two days of racing at ~8,000 feet, today will only be at 6,000, or so. Breathing is sort of important when you're working hard on the bike.
You did the omnium? The TT looked interesting. I'm usually fairly good at those but I would have been on my road bike against TT bikes.
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The end is near!!
I managed to podium on this round, leaving the lanterne rouge as the next, and much more difficult, challenge.
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They would have yelled at you, likely.
Only if he used a pump to repair a flat.
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After a few days in MDT, I couldn't imagine facing EDT again.
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After two days of racing at ~8,000 feet, today will only be at 6,000, or so. Breathing is sort of important when you're working hard on the bike.
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...and then this year I've been on the podium in 10/14 races and won 4, including a state champ on the road and mountain.
Niiiiice. Muchos kudos.
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Niiiiice. Muchos kudos.
Thanks

Not trying to brag, but honestly I'm proud of what I've pulled off this year.
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Thanks

Not trying to brag, but honestly I'm proud of what I've pulled off this year.
As well you should be.

What do you think has been the biggest difference?
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After two days of racing at ~8,000 feet, today will only be at 6,000, or so. Breathing is sort of important when you're working hard on the bike.
Kinda sorta.
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They would have yelled at you, likely.
Probably, then they would have seen what WhyFi saw from that driver. Or worse.
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As well you should be.

What do you think has been the biggest difference?
Ramped up from ~2000 miles a year to ~8500 last year and over 5000 so far in 2019.

I've also figured out nutrition and seldom drink.

As a junior I was focused on not gaining any weight which meant basically eating zero carbs. A quick google search could have helped that. Funny how much faster I am if I eat a pizza the night before a race rather than chicken and salad.
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Ramped up from ~2000 miles a year to ~8500 last year and over 5000 so far in 2019.

I've also figured out nutrition and seldom drink.

As a junior I was focused on not gaining any weight which meant basically eating zero carbs. A quick google search could have helped that. Funny how much faster I am if I eat a pizza the night before a race rather than chicken and salad.
Pizza=Power
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Pizza=Power
Honestly that's my go to meal. The rest of the week I'm healthier, but it seems to be good fuel!
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