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Old 05-08-14, 09:19 AM   #26
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Today, on my 25km/15mi ride in to work, I did about 15min of a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routine, 30sec seated sprint, 90sec light spin. The intent was to do 10 intervals but on the section of 2-lane highway that I was doing it on, I ran out of highway before the complete routine was done (the next section of the commute has too many lights to be able to continue it) so I'm going to shorten the rest period for next time. It was tough but I'm feeling quite fine now (about 3hrs later); I do expect to be quite hungry by lunch in another 90min.
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I rode home from the shop with my friend who was on his geared touring bike and I was riding my fixed gear that is running a 53:18 until I swap in a 20 tooth cog... he said he could not believe how fast the bike was and I told him I was idling.
Idling on a fixie!!! LMAO!!
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Old 05-08-14, 09:23 AM   #28
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Idling on a fixie!!! LMAO!!
Idling as in... not really putting that much into it and just cruising at a leisurely pace.

Apparently, my leisurely pace is still in the high 20's.
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Old 05-08-14, 09:56 AM   #29
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I made it clear up MLK in Chapel Hill yesterday, as far as the final kink upward at Columbia, and realized I had never shifted into the little ring at the bottom of the hill. One needs a granny ring for the last part.
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Old 05-08-14, 11:18 AM   #30
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... And I just realized that my jeans are not shrinking; my legs are getting more voluminous. Wallet in pockets hurts now!
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Old 05-08-14, 11:46 AM   #31
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When you can't ride at what you feel is a leisurely pace anymore and you always feel the need to be pedaling
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When you can't ride at what you feel is a leisurely pace anymore and you always feel the need to be pedaling
I'm with ya on that one. Seems only thing keeping me from going fast nowdays are stop signs and red lights. it's a good feeling..

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Old 05-08-14, 03:07 PM   #33
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When you can keep up with a single on your tandem towing a tag along Burley Picolo and you are the only one pedaling.
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I made it clear up MLK in Chapel Hill yesterday, as far as the final kink upward at Columbia, and realized I had never shifted into the little ring at the bottom of the hill. One needs a granny ring for the last part.
I know that hill!

it's bear going into town...
And a soul sucker going out!

Little ring? Hell, I'd take a tow!

Congrats!
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Old 05-08-14, 11:58 PM   #35
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When the hill that laughed at you a year ago goes by at 25kmh with a 'what hill?' thought coming. Kind of disappointing. Need me a bigger longer higher hill.
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When the hill that laughed at you a year ago goes by at 25kmh with a 'what hill?' thought coming. Kind of disappointing. Need me a bigger longer higher hill.
Part of my around town route had me going on roads with long hills, not steep just like you know half a mile of up. Now it's like "wow i used to walk up part of this thing & it was a big deal riding all the way...". The only hill that still kicks my butt is the guy to the left here:

I rode up it all the way for the first time, first try the other day on new bike. It was nearly impossible with my cruiser, but the N360 dropped me down low enough that i could finally keep moving. The hill in question is on my park to snack break route from the canoe rental area in tyler park to mccaffreys via the bypass. 10/10 would recommend for hill climb training.

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I was unfortunate enough to be one of those riders when starting out that thought the small ring was for lady boys. I got strong fast but suffered in the process. Wouldn't have done it differently if I went back, but still, sufferfest haha.
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I know that hill!

it's bear going into town...
And a soul sucker going out!

Little ring? Hell, I'd take a tow!

Congrats!
I often take it on my SS at 39x16.
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I often take it on my SS at 39x16.
We usually bypass going through CARrboro...
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Lucky you guys.
I grew up with a bike. Seems like a good childhood, but the problem now is that my butt and hips are not proportional to the waist. That is, a 32 waist relaxed levi's look like lycra pants on me. A 36 waist fit hips perfect, but the jeans fall off my waist and butt
Have them altered. A pair of darts in the back, centered over the pockets, is easy, and pretty unnoticeable. If you have money, or someone who will sew for you, you can have them made. Transferring the shapping into the yoke (the piece just below the waistband on a pair of jeans) is an easy pattern manipulation. (I did it for the jeans I make for myself, though not that much shaping.)
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