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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Caluso, I put a feeler out to my Team, and they said what you said about Modesto. However, I want to remind you fellas that I'm a 60+ woman, and I'm not as strong (I may be as fit, but strength is another matter) as you all are. The relativity theory as it applies to me is that what is easy for you can be darn near max for me! I can sit in at 23 to 25 MPH all day, but faster than that, even sheltered, and I start eating into reserves. Then there is recovery. A strong acceleration coming off of a corner I can cope with, and maybe even match, but the recovery time from that effort I CANNOT match. That's where I start to get into trouble. I loose some ground, have to chase back on, then loose again - and pretty soon I'm shelled. Now, I am NOT talking myself out of this, I'm just giving you all my realities. I may very well do the race, just for the experience, which I need probably more than anything.
    I can see that if it was windy, it could be a long day because it would break everything up and you can't escape it on that course. I do think it would be great practice for riding, conserving, surfing the pocket and working on your recovery. If you don't decide to do it, no great shakes. If you do and go off the back halfway through, at least you learned something, and you won't have a very long ride back to the start.

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    Bev is the captain of my team's women's squad. She's great. Just an awesome resource for racing in general, women's racing in particular. I can send you her email address if you're interested.
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    The trainer ride went well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Bev is the captain of my team's women's squad. She's great. Just an awesome resource for racing in general, women's racing in particular. I can send you her email address if you're interested.
    Please do!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    I can see that if it was windy, it could be a long day because it would break everything up and you can't escape it on that course. I do think it would be great practice for riding, conserving, surfing the pocket and working on your recovery. If you don't decide to do it, no great shakes. If you do and go off the back halfway through, at least you learned something, and you won't have a very long ride back to the start.....



    I'm thinking the experience value outweighs the OTB factor. I've learned something/many things every race so far. I'm inclined to do this one!

    The trainer ride went well.
    Your ride looked really good - you are steady as a rock, I don't know how you do it. I'm glad you're feeling good!
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    The talking is over - I've entered the Modesto Road Race, Men's Cat 5. I'll go out there and have fun!
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    You're gonna crush those punks.

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    Shoulder them out of the way - they love that.

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    Well, the good part is if I'm the only W4 in the field, I'll podium for sure.
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    It's hard to get my heart rate up at 0530 in the morning! Still, I did 2X adaption efforts this morning (intervals, alternating positions on the bike) plus 30 minutes of pace and I did and felt just fine. I can only hammer out of the saddle, still, for a little over 40 seconds before I blow, at least in a training scenario that's all there is. Racing is probably a little more. Feeling good!
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    Yesterday was supposed to be 3x12' at LT within a 2:30 endurance pace ride, but I went a hair longer on the intervals (40 minutes total) and ended up doing them ~5-10% above. I felt pretty good during the ride, and the expected rain didn't show. TSS 178, IF .85, 1529 kj. The NP for the 60 minutes that included the intervals (so there were 20 minutes at endurance pace in there) was four watts below my FTP.
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    Strong work, Chuck!!

    Today was a recovery ride. 0530, foggy again (that time of year), but the temperature was comfortable. 50 minutes at EASY pace, a couple of efforts just to do them, but all the rest of the ride was really relaxed.
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    1:32 at recovery pace. It was a beautiful morning for a ride, and I didn't want to go at a recovery pace, and I didn't want to stop at an hour and a half, but on Mother's Day, I didn't have much choice about the latter. My wife and I had a pretty nice day together, and I got major points for getting my daughter pearls for her Mother's Day present. TSS 52, IF .58, 694 kj.
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    5 hours saturday, up Mt. Diablo, through the cloud of gnats at 3600 ft., then down and a further 35 miles,
    hrTSS 360 - I think more because of the heat (highs of 104) than anything else. I was thoroughly drained.
    Climb itself wasn't that bad, just slow. Mt. Tam next weekend.
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    Dang, Steve, my legs got sore just reading that. Bet you slept well!
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    Saturday I rode some trails near Tahoe on my SSCX. Who says you need suspension? Or gears for that matter? 2hrs, 113 tss.
    Sunday: rented kayaks and tootled around the shore with the kids. Boy, are my shoulders sore.
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    Just wanted to drop in and say hi to my racing friends. I'm 3 weeks post first race and as excited as ever. I'm pretty sure my Triathlon days are over, all I can think about is that bike race I was in.

    I couldn't help but notice how much fatter I was than any of the other racers. At 5'7" and 205 geeez it's bad. So I started a serious weight loss effort to ditch that last 40 or so lbs (I had lost 52 prior to my first race). My plan is to maintain my current biking fitness and when I hit 180 start training for bike racing while I continue working on those last 20 lbs. I've read "the bible" and Time Crunched Cyclist so I think I've got a good idea of what's coming.

    First things first, the weight has got to go. See you soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Saturday I rode some trails near Tahoe on my SSCX. Who says you need suspension? Or gears for that matter? 2hrs, 113 tss.
    Sunday: rented kayaks and tootled around the shore with the kids. Boy, are my shoulders sore.
    You should have gone for a paddle boat
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    Saturday, 1.5 miles on the TT bike where I continue to work on adaptation to the new position as a result of the aero testing. Sunday, 2 hour endurance ride.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeasley View Post
    Just wanted to drop in and say hi to my racing friends. I'm 3 weeks post first race and as excited as ever. I'm pretty sure my Triathlon days are over, all I can think about is that bike race I was in.

    I couldn't help but notice how much fatter I was than any of the other racers. At 5'7" and 205 geeez it's bad. So I started a serious weight loss effort to ditch that last 40 or so lbs (I had lost 52 prior to my first race). My plan is to maintain my current biking fitness and when I hit 180 start training for bike racing while I continue working on those last 20 lbs. I've read "the bible" and Time Crunched Cyclist so I think I've got a good idea of what's coming.

    First things first, the weight has got to go. See you soon!
    Welcome! Good on you for the fitness pursuit! yes, we'll see you soon - come partake with the"Old People"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esteban58 View Post
    You should have gone for a paddle boat
    I asked. They wouldn't swap in my Quarq so I said screw it, I'll paddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I asked. They wouldn't swap in my Quarq so I said screw it, I'll paddle.
    Nice!

    On a completely unrelated note, I watched the ToC recap tonight, 111 degrees, hill ending in 22% slope - that
    sure shattered the field.
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    Hi, on a related note, I was with a group of 55+/60+ racers who rode up the KOM climb to watch the peloton come by. A bunch of the guys (including the host) were teammates of Racer Ex.

    It was HOT!!! Fortunately, the host's wife met us near where we stopped to watch. She had water and some fuirt and snacks in the car.

    We watched the 4-man break and the main field go by. You could tell they were suffering but if you watched the television coverage, the worst was yet to come. After that we rode further up the mountain to Idyllwild to have lunch. Lunch was very entertaining.

    We rode back down the mountain and I was getting into a descending groove, when I managed to hit something with my front wheel. I immediately got a pinch flat and the fun transitioned to fear. Managed to gather up the bike and get it stopped without eating pavement. BTW, did I mention it was HOT? The wind blowing up the mountain from the valley floor felt like a blast furnace.

    Despite the heat and flat, I had a great time with these guys as I did last year when Ex hosted a similar party.
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    Cleave - Glad all you got out of that flat was a scare! Sounds like it was a good time.
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    I slept in. Rode in the afternoon and yep, it was toasty. State TT is going to be cooler. I was hoping for nasty hot.

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