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Old 03-09-08, 10:33 AM   #1
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Central Park March 9 Spring Series Vets Race Report

So last night the wind is literally pounding my house @ 50mph, and I'm wondering if this whole bike racing thing @ 6:30AM Sunday morning is such a good idea. I go to bed early, and the wind rattling wakes me up every couple of hours. By 3:45AM when I get up, it has calmed down a bit, so I decide what the hell. But it's still windy as hell, < 30F. I'm driving to Manhattan thinking 'I must be insane, why the F am I doing this?' and almost turn the car around once or twice. But once I'm in Paramus, I figure I came this far. I park on E. 82nd St. a Frisbee throw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I go register. It's cold, but not nearly as windy in Central Park. But the bathrooms are locked. D'oh. I'm sure the employee just didn't set his clocks ahead this AM. I peed behind the construction trailer.

The race starts, today they cut off the downhill/uphill @ 110th Street because of ice on the course. That makes for two high speed turns where you can get accordian-ed off the back pretty good. Anthony Van Dunk, the race organizer, says 'you might want to take it easy on the first lap, it's been a long time since we've done this route'. Right Anthony. The first lap is ballistic, like they lit the friggin rockets under Wiley Coyote's ass, we go through those slightly downhill turns @ 30+mph.

Long story short: 3 man break up the road with a lap to go with 10-15 secs. on the field, they got bridged to by about 10 guys, my team mates got 1-2. No thanks to me. At one point my team captain was exhorting me to go to the front to help them chase, I tried, a combination of not being able to move up (boxed out) and not having the snot prevented me. But this time I did finish more mid-pack, felt stronger on the last two laps, only had one 'if they accelerate like that again I may be toast' moments in the whole race.

No crashes, very positive experience. Started out with total pre-dawn dread (the wind was atrocious) ended up being a better race than last week. Amazingly, despite the 30mph winds, you could have passed around a joint on the starting line. Considering the fact that this was Central Park it was rather disappointing nobody was. Oh well. I even got yelled at for not being at the front on the last lap by my team mate and pal Gary (who won the race). It just doesn't get better than that.

+ another 25 miles afterwards/portion of the Nyack Ride. Good workout for early March. Lots of fast miles. I think I'm getting faster and leaner. I'm not getting any friggin younger, that's for sure. I do suck at this sport (never forget the Self Loathing).
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Old 03-09-08, 11:25 AM   #2
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Well done, Pcad. You are an inspiration to self-loathing bike weenies everywhere.
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Nice report. A few more 3:45 am weekends and your going to become even more delusional.
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Nice report. A few more 3:45 am weekends and your going to become even more delusional.
Correct.
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The race starts, today they cut off the downhill/uphill @ 110th Street because of ice on the course. That makes for two high speed turns where you can get accordian-ed off the back pretty good.
so they took the short cut at around 100th street, where the Central Park Jogger was raped?
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so they took the short cut at around 100th street, where the Central Park Jogger was raped?
That's the general area. Left turn a few hundred meters after the start of the downhill towards the turnaround before the 110th St. hill. Then it's a few hundred meters through there to the other side, cuts off the hill. The laps were more like 5 miles than 6 miles due to this change. But no rapes today. The only thing that got violated was the jogger's lane.
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That's the general area. Left turn a few hundred meters after the start of the downhill towards the turnaround before the 110th St. hill. Then it's a few hundred meters through there to the other side, cuts off the hill. The laps were more like 5 miles than 6 miles due to this change. But no rapes today. The only thing that got violated was the jogger's lane.
weird that they raced on that road.

i used to take it when i was doing recovery rides, to skip out on the hill.

oh yeah... well done pcaddy. next week get your ass up the the front, and work.
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That's the general area. Left turn a few hundred meters after the start of the downhill towards the turnaround before the 110th St. hill. Then it's a few hundred meters through there to the other side, cuts off the hill. The laps were more like 5 miles than 6 miles due to this change. But no rapes today. The only thing that got violated was the jogger's lane.
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oh yeah... well done pcaddy. next week get your ass up the the front, and work.
That of course is always the plan. It would be much more achievable if you could contact some of your old NY pals (who are no doubt in my race) and tell them to kindly slow the F down.

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so they took the short cut at around 100th street, where the Central Park Jogger was raped?
LOL You have a way with words.
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That of course is always the plan. It would be much more achievable if you could contact some of your old NY pals (who are no doubt in my race) and tell them to kindly slow the F down.
then they wouldn't be able to shake off the freds.
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then they wouldn't be able to shake off the freds.
They didn't. Pcad finished mid-pack.
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That of course is always the plan. It would be much more achievable if you could contact some of your old NY pals (who are no doubt in my race) and tell them to kindly slow the F down.
In fact, you're in CT now, come down next Sunday and tell them in person b.
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In fact, you're in CT now, come down next Sunday and tell them in person b.
I thought he was back in Europe ?
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I thought he was back in Europe ?
It says 'temporarily repatriated' under his avatar, that implies Stateside.
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By the way, considering recent events in NY City, perhaps botto's 'terrorist bicycle' thread wasn't such a great idea. Or perhaps that's what inspired the topic.
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By the way, considering recent events in NY City, perhaps botto's 'terrorist bicycle' thread wasn't such a great idea. Or perhaps that's what inspired the topic.
interesting, botto being repatriated and all......
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It says 'temporarily repatriated' under his avatar, that implies Stateside.
stateside, but far, far from NYC.

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stateside, but far, far from NYC.

The sad thing is where you are repatriated to those bumper stickers are cool! God Bless the Southern United States of America!
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Thank God there are no idiots in the northeast.
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The sad thing is where you are repatriated to those bumper stickers are cool! God Bless the Southern United States of America!
Not cool.

Not at all...in fact I'd say they'd garner a less favorable response here than in many other areas of the country.
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Not at all...in fact I'd say they'd garner a less favorable response here than in many other areas of the country.
I would agree. Of course Parochialism knows no bounds. New York is often no different, just more populous with higher income pinheads.
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Thank God there are no idiots in the northeast.
Yes thank "God" and our socially engineered intelligence that recognizes our superiority.

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Nice race. If you keep on moving up in the placing every week as much as last to this, you'll be winning in no time.
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