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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-27-21, 08:00 PM
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That’s exactly what happened. He was originally a telecommunications (NPTX?) guy in a large corporation that morphed into IT. His whole division got out-sourced a year or so ago and this is his new profession. Got to pay the bills.
That was my driving force. I had just the previous year moved into my first home, there was no way they were going to take that from me. I was like the bad penny they couldn't get rid of.
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I did a sunset quasi-jog activity. Treated to a fireflies show.
why are you jogging? Isn't that hell on your Joints?
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Old 06-27-21, 08:14 PM
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I did a sunset quasi-jog activity. Treated to a fireflies show.
reminds me of this:
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
why are you jogging? Isn't that hell on your Joints?
Not much, currently. I actually felt my back more than my knees tonight.
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John Howard mighta ridden it!
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Awesome Job!


I want this in my life.
Thank you.

It's hard and it's gratifying. I work hard to be a mediocre bike racer, but I like the process, and look forward to the race. Frustration and satisfaction can co-exist, thank heavens.

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Thanks All!

Yesterday was 7th in the 60+ and 15th in the 40+3. Today was 10th and 17th respectively. Since the 60+ race with the 50+, it is much harder than a plain old age group race. Today, there was some pesky dude in a stars and stripes jersey that kept attacking. If it wasn't him, it was the guy that held the hour record for like 20 years, attacking. Jerks. I was hoping my age guys were worn out, so I went on a flyer with half a lap to go. My group rode the 50+ wheels right on by with about 200 feet to go. Jerks.

Back to back crits are hard. The first 10 minutes of the second one are OK, then the next 20 or so have you questioning your sanity, then you settle in to what it is. I'm honestly pretty dang happy finishing square in the middle of the results of the youngsters I was racing with. It was either two crits, or some kind of interval hell after the 60+ race, so I chose the second crit.

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Car inspection day. First come. First served. Else I’d still be ‘sleep.
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Old 06-28-21, 04:07 AM
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After this weekend, you would think they'd give me a break..... Nope....4:45 this morning. Called in again. I've never seen this system this dysfunctional.
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Old 06-28-21, 04:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
You know, they didn’t get that way overnight?
Guilty as charged.

#thrifty
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Thanks All!

Yesterday was 7th in the 60+ and 15th in the 40+3. Today was 10th and 17th respectively. Since the 60+ race with the 50+, it is much harder than a plain old age group race. Today, there was some pesky dude in a stars and stripes jersey that kept attacking. If it wasn't him, it was the guy that held the hour record for like 20 years, attacking. Jerks. I was hoping my age guys were worn out, so I went on a flyer with half a lap to go. My group rode the 50+ wheels right on by with about 200 feet to go. Jerks.

Back to back crits are hard. The first 10 minutes of the second one are OK, then the next 20 or so have you questioning your sanity, then you settle in to what it is. I'm honestly pretty dang happy finishing square in the middle of the results of the youngsters I was racing with. It was either two crits, or some kind of interval hell after the 60+ race, so I chose the second crit.
Awesome result!! Was this ToAD?
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Old 06-28-21, 05:45 AM
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It was 95F today. I don't know what that is in Celsius, but it was hot.
I was outside all day at a softball tournament for one of my daughters. It was incredibly hot, felt bad for the poor kids. They finished third.
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Old 06-28-21, 05:48 AM
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Turns out that 80F +/- 5 degrees is pretty good cycling weather, if the humidity is about 50%. Did a nice 65 miles - long, for me. I dithered about climbing Old La Honda, mostly because I'm nervous about the descent after the climb. It's actually a really fun, barely technical descent with only a few tight hairpins, wide road, and mostly sweeping turns. I'm just a chicken about descending. I was still going back and forth in my head when got to the turn off, but I just went ahead and turned.

I felt really good on the climb. I think my 'time trialling' has been beneficial for my climbing, somehow. I beat my best recent time by 47 seconds on the climb, which was nice. I could have done it faster, but I didn't really want to puke at the top. Tthe descent wasn't bad, but I'm definitely a chickens**t descender! I was telling myself - OUT LOUD - to let go of the brakes, over and over again. I ended up using a minivan to pace me. Not drafting it, just keeping maybe 40-60 yards back of it. One thing I noticed is that when a turn felt 'sketchy', it was always because I wasn't committing to it. Outside leg down, but not really weighted; not really bending the bike into the turn. When I did, it carved. I need to do this a lot more so I stop hesitating.
I have found that the descent is harder to control when you’re on the brakes the whole time. The only time I’ve ever almost dumped it on a descent is when I was riding the brake.
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Old 06-28-21, 05:56 AM
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Guilty as charged.

#thrifty
My wife threw away of old bibs yesterday because they got an inch long rip in a seam. I had sewed it up a month ago and my wife warned me that it would never hold. She was right. My massive guads ripped it out while doing 400 whats for at least a 100 feet.
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Old 06-28-21, 06:01 AM
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Car inspection day. First come. First served. Else I’d still be ‘sleep.
Were you first?
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Were you first?
Sort of. Google said they open at 7. Got there at 7:02 and there was no one in front of me. That's because the place does not open until 8. Made the short drive back home, showered and got back there around 8:05. Don't think I was first because there were several cars parked in the service area that were not there at 7. No biggie. Don't need to car until Wednesday.
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My wife threw away of old bibs yesterday because they got an inch long rip in a seam. I had sewed it up a month ago and my wife warned me that it would never hold. She was right. My massive guads ripped it out while doing 400 whats for at least a 100 feet.
I usually put old bibs or shorts in a drawer or pile for winter duty (under tights) or trainer duty.

The ones in question were indeed old, but I was blissfully unaware about how sheer the back had become. Another life lesson.
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Don't need to car until Wednesday.
This is the way life should be.
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This is the way life should be.
I know all about not needing a car on a regular basis. My car turns 5 next week. Recently went over the 12,600 mark. Had there been no pandemic, that number would be under 12,000, but we moved our local office across the street and could not get the necessary construction work done so I had to drive to occasionally our NJ office until sometime last summer.
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First world Problems:

The laptop computer I use for work and home shat the bed last week. I have a temporary replacement.

For work I must have 30+ accounts for portals/websites that I do use and need, and since they all have their own stupid passwords and logon ID's I let the browser/computer save that info. I probably should write them down on an index card but that defeats the whole security idea.

My IT person said he will give me back my computer with an external mouse so I can try to use/recover my logon IDs but it's frustrating.

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Awesome result!! Was this ToAD?

Thanks Guys!

This was the local stuff. I would love to do ToAD, but I just don't think I'm good enough to hang with those guys. I will say, when I go down to normal altitude, I feel like Superman for a few days. Heck, never say never, I guess. I can talk myself into it at any time.
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I know all about not needing a car on a regular basis.
This is one of the reasons we have the internets--so we don't have to run all over like a chicken with its head cut off.
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I'm told it's good to use a password manager.
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Oh, funny mildly amusing story from yesterday.

At the hotel, the boy and I pack our bags and head downstairs to check out. A guy gets in to the elevator with us, and everything about him screams military - the posture, the haircut, the cool, confident demeanor. That, and it didn't hurt that he's wearing a Blue Angels jumpsuit that reads "Crew Chief, USMC" I chat with him a bit, tell him about how much fun we had on our trip the the airshow the day before, ask him about his day ahead, etc, before we exit the elevator. After checking out at the front desk, my son and I head over to another elevator that connects the hotel to the parking garage. The Crew Chief is waiting for that elevator, too. He asks me if we're going back to the show, and I tell him that we're heading back home to "the cities." This kicks off a short conversation about the region and colloquialisms, etc, as we all head to the garage before parting ways.

During both of these exchanges, my son was completely silent, so when we get to the car, I'm like, "wasn't that cool? Getting to talk to one of the Blue Angels Crew Chiefs?! I can't believe that you didn't talk his ear off!"

"Wait - that was a real uniform and he was really with the Blue Angels?!" he says, in shock.

Yeah, my son thought that he was just another spectator wearing some fan apparel, so he just ignored him. :facepalm:
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I tell him that we're heading back home to "the cities." This kicks off a short conversation about the region and colloquialisms, etc,
Did you discuss how saying you're going back to two different places makes no sense?
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Did you discuss how saying you're going back to two different places makes no sense?
It makes sense to people that know what they're talking about.
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