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Old 02-10-08, 07:20 PM   #1
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How satisfied am I?

Pretty darned satisfied

It's funny how perceptions can change so much.

The hard parts just weren't as hard as I remembered from 3 weeks ago.
In fact I ended up hitting the first climb of the day (1.5 miles of about 4%) at a much faster pace than I had intended. Once you establish a pace it's hard to change the "mo" so I just pushed on up. Last time I caught a red light halfway up and so had a little break. No such luck this time. And once at the top, I had another 2 miles of 1.5% to go before I could turnaround and run downhill for a while. But that was after a quick banana break and peeling off a layer. It started out chilly but got warm in a hurryThis led to the climb I've been dreading but that just wasn't as long or as steep as I had remembered, either. Still, I was no where near the "peak riding form" I was in before vacation and it just took forever to warm up and get loose. I finally did... just in time for that first hill and after that, my quads were barking at me all morning.
The flip side is that some of the parts I recalled as easy took more effort than I thought they did before but that might've just been those barking quads again.

In the end, it's 25 miles under my belt and I just couldn't have asked for a better day to ride.
66 degrees and sunny blue skies with a hint of whispy cirrus

Oh, and here we are before the start.
I asked George what advise he had for a 55 year old getting back into it.
His answer? "Just keep pedaling"
The man's a sage

And dig that nice commerative jersey.
I am one happy (and tired. and sore) guy today.



I have more photos but they'll have to wait if I put 'em up at all.
I'm tired and I have to go start dinner.
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Old 02-10-08, 07:32 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great ride and a great day. Very good advice from George, too.
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Old 02-10-08, 07:43 PM   #3
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Congratulations on a great ride and the best part was riding with George. My ride today was a great ride as well, but I don't think I would like that traffic light in the middle of a climb. Once I get going I like to keep going.

I would imagine George will be staying there for the Tour of California. When you guys rode, what kind of pace did you keep? You didn't you make it to hard on him did you?
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Old 02-10-08, 07:46 PM   #4
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Which guy in the pic is George?

Sounds like a fabulous time & well worth your money and effort.
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Old 02-10-08, 08:09 PM   #5
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I feel cheated. Can't see the photo. Still, congratulations bro, I just knew you would do us all proud.
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Nice report on a great day, SKT! Good shot of you and George in your new jersey. Follow the man's advice and keep pedaling!

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Old 02-10-08, 08:23 PM   #7
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Hey, that's pretty slick, SKT. Congrats on a good ride with one of the pros!
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Old 02-10-08, 08:23 PM   #8
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To paraphrase an old joke, "whose that guy with the ears, with SaiKaiTai?"

Great ride and a lifetime memory for sure.
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Glad you had a great ride and got the commemorative pic, jersey and story to tell. Congrats!
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Old 02-10-08, 11:47 PM   #10
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Now, truth to tell -in the interest of full disclosure- I didn't actually ride with George.
They sent us out in 4 groups 3 minutes apart and, really, the higher rollers were in the first wave.
I knew I could start with George but I wasn't going to finish with him... I figured if I hung in the back I'd have a better chance of keeping a pace I could maintain.
It worked.
I can tell you I wasn't the first one back... but I wasn't the last one, either

And, yeah, I'm hurting alittle right now but it's a good hurt.
I am so looking forward to heading out again on Tuesday. Tomorrow night, I'm taking off.
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Saw a quote that fits us over 50s. "The older I get, the better I was."
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Old 02-11-08, 11:17 AM   #12
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Yikes, sorry about that.
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Old 02-11-08, 06:10 PM   #13
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Three comments. First, thanks for doing the ride because it supports an important cause. Second, I hate you! Nice weather and a pic with GH. Third, sounds like you had a good ride
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Old 02-12-08, 07:19 AM   #14
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I looked at your picture and looked again. Can't remember those ears sticking out that much on your previous postings and George was a bit shorter and older than I remember him being.

Mind you- it is his offseason.
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