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    I need speed AzTallRider's Avatar
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    Introduction: Jimmy-Fred

    Hi everyone - long time no talk.

    I've been busy pursuing a long winding descent, down from my racing highs, to Fredberry, RFD. My cycling had been an issue in a troubled marriage, and when that combined with injuries and extreme demands at work, I chose to back-burner training ad racing until I can once again give it what it deserves. My riding has been extremely sporadic: I've reached the point now where I look behind me to see if anyone will be passing me on my pseudo-training rides. Hasn't happened yet, but... This 'devolution' has been so hard, emotionally, that I haven't been able to bring myself here to write about it.

    But now, here I am.

    I'm not going to try to catch up on threads - just going to pick back up from here, and use you all like domestiques to get me back up the fitness climb. First step is to get enough fitness to where I can actually train!

    So hi. My names is James, and I'm a Fred.
    "If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."

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    Tilting at Windmills nacler22's Avatar
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    Hi James. Welcome............................back.

    1. You're not a Fred. In fact, I believe the word is somewhat verboten now.

    2. If you're not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

    3. That is all..............unless I forgot something.

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    Idiot Emeritus sarals's Avatar
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    A warm welcome back. You've been missed. I'm sorry to hear life has gotten in the way, but....it can.

    And, everything Nacler said, all the bullet points.

    Missed you, Jim...
    Racer Ex..."Don't know if the shop is under new ownership. If not feel free to shoplift stuff and break bottles in his parking lot."

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    Jimmy-Fred?

    Too many characters for Twitter.

    I christen thee...

    JED.

    Welcome back.

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    I need speed AzTallRider's Avatar
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    Jed works for me.

    Oh, and I've been wanting to ask: How about our local boy Marcotte? Holds both the road race and the crit jersey right now! Well deserved. His real strength is to be able to go hard for hours, and then crank out some truly ridiculous power. 1,275 watts to get his gap, and still over 1,000 holding it to the line.
    "If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."

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    Idiot Emeritus sarals's Avatar
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    AzT.
    Racer Ex..."Don't know if the shop is under new ownership. If not feel free to shoplift stuff and break bottles in his parking lot."

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    Senior Member IBOHUNT's Avatar
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    Welcome back @jed. Missed ya

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    Great to see you again!

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    I just saw this. I'm living in Fred land too. ShovelFred. Today I graduated to a couple of 65 year old Cat5's. My advice is the one I'm taking. Just enjoy riding your bike whenever you can.

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    Welcome back. I'm in a similar position, lost the drive, and hoping to at least get some basic fitness.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

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    Astaire, Flintstone, Gwynne, Rogers. Jones (Scooby Doo) is pretty good company to keep imho. Git out there and ride! Best wishes to getting the fire burning again.

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