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Old 11-10-12, 05:34 PM   #651
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6.5 hours, 471 TSS, 254 NP, about 5K feet today on the commuter bike. Day off tomorrow. Yard work.
And here I thought I did a hard ride...
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Um - really fast. She does well on the national circuit, and wins every local road race she enters. She also has a MS in Exercise Physiology, coaches, and does the metabolic testing at Faster. We boxed her in on the climbs, and kept her talking, to avoid being left in the dust.
Ummm...I see....

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She has no trouble chatting, while we are gasping for air. She wants a baby, but thinks she might try to find "Mr. Right" first. ;-)
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She has no trouble chatting, while we are gasping for air. She wants a baby, but thinks she might try to find "Mr. Right" first. ;-)

I have a girlfriend like that. On the steepest part of the climb is when she asks me to tell her about my week...I mean, come on!!

Mr Right is always a good thing to look for when shopping for a dad for the kids. That's why I don't have kids. Never found him.
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She has no trouble chatting, while we are gasping for air.
Reminds me of a couple of the kids in Spain last week. They wanted to ride off the front on a biggish climb and I, stupidly, volunteered to chaperone them to make sure they stayed safe. Within a few minutes I'm grovelling to hold their wheels and my breathing sounds like a locomotive while they are chatting happily about what they watched on TV the night before. There are advantages to weighing nothing, it seems...
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48.6 miles today, most of it in the rain. And folks ask me why I have fenders. I've been trying out a new saddle - San Marco SKN - and it flunked the audition, miserably. My butt hasn't hurt this much since I started riding.

2:52, 191 NP, 216 TSS, ~1k ft of climbing (hey, it's Louisiana ).
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58 mile group fixie ride today. I'm riding around 70.4 inches in a 42/16. Hitting 36 mph on a slight down hill town line sprint meant 173 rpm's. Ouch!!!, slowing down from ludicrous speed is the worst part with no chance to coast.
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Ouch indeed, AJ. That's why I have brakes on my fixie. My aged knees can't take that stuff any more.
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Ouch indeed, AJ. That's why I have brakes on my fixie. My aged knees can't take that stuff any more.
I do have brakes, but try to reserve them for safety related events. Riding in a group is much the same as on the track where the ebb and flow is predictable. Brake checking is not encouraged while in the fold or pace lines. The fixie group is set up by my coach and is open to capable riders. One of the desired benefits of the rides is the routes rolling terrain that forces high torque uphill and high cadence decents.

This is the second year of the Sunday 2-4 hr rides. Riders who did last year's Nov-March rides all saw significant results.
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3:27 hours 49.5 miles 2924 feet of climbing. We left our house and did a warmup circuit around the neighborhood and then ascended Skyline. It was a beautiful day for riding with sunny skies and lighter winds. Although, we had the wind in our face the entire ride as it shifted during the day.
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Back in the day I rode a fixed gear with a front brake during February and March in preparation for the road season which started in late March. I would not ride in the big ring until I had 1,000 miles on the fixed gear. It did wonders for my form. Nowadays, if I couldn't use the brake, it would tear my knees to shreds.
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I have a riding friend who sold his road bike recently in order to commit totally to the track bike (with a brake added to the front) that he had been riding almost exlusively for I think amost a year. Unfortunately, he also rides a mountain bike, and just broke his hip. Hip is screwed back together, but there is still a chance he'll have to have hip-replacement surgery. So no fixie, or anyting else, for now.
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I broke my collarbone on my fixed gear. I was preparing for the New England Track Championships on an open road in a downtown area (dumbass). A light changed at the end of one of my sprints, I hit the brake, and kaboom. I walked about a mile home with my bike on my right shoulder and my left shoulder hanging.
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Sometimes I'm sorry I sold my track bike. Sometimes I'm not!

I did box jumps and lunges yesterday early AM (5:30) for twenty minutes, preceded by a 20 minute warmup on the trainer. I don't eat well or right at work, and it tells on me very quickly! My whole body was cranky yesterday. Then again, it might be a cold - sinuses are cranky today.

Tomorrow is the Tuesday group ride, and Coach wants data. Hammer time (maybe)!

Oh - speaking of data, Saris is going to replace my PT computer at no charge, even though I am not the original owner. That's very nice! It goes out to them tomorrow after the ride.
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Saris support is excellent.
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I got nostalgic for the Russians and stopped by to see Dmitry. He is doing well and his Sunday ride is switching to the Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz and back. He is training one of the Belarus pros who competed in the Giro d'Italia. He is flying in and will be there on Sunday with more of the Belarus boys plus locals. I think we will do the ride and see how it goes. It is supposed to be base miles and we all stay together for the first 30 miles. I will definitely be in the C, D or OTB part of the peloton since I do not do Edgar or anything else plus I am spotting them 30 years.
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Wut? No Edgar?
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I like to ride fixed on the track and it is a great workout. Fixed on the road sounds interesting but I will stick with my geared bike and freewheel on the road.
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Only 5 hours last week. That's pretty pitiful. What's the TSS for rebuilding your plumbing?
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The honey-do points trump the TSS, I think.
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I believe they do. I very recently put up the exterior holiday lights, three of four indoor Christmas trees, replaced the lights in the stair case fake pine roping, carried untold numbers of boxes down then back up to the attic, and put a new cartridge in the kitchen sink faucet. All done without the slightest complaint or hesitation. My wife does up Christmas with the same vigor as I do with cycling. She is a true believer of N+1 for themed trees and hand blown ornaments.
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I believe they do. I very recently put up the exterior holiday lights, three of four indoor Christmas trees, replaced the lights in the stair case fake pine roping, carried untold numbers of boxes down then back up to the attic, and put a new cartridge in the kitchen sink faucet. All done without the slightest complaint or hesitation. My wife does up Christmas with the same vigor as I do with cycling. She is a true believer of N+1 for themed trees and hand blown ornaments.
A picture, please?
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Here's the one in the family room. It's an iPhone image, I don't take good pictures.

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