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Old 07-06-14, 06:16 PM   #2426
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That's really cool, chuck!

Aside - i always stop my garmin and reset before a race so the race is in it's own file, and you don't have to do math during the race.
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Old 07-07-14, 12:47 AM   #2427
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Great job Chuck, making the jump from hanging on to hanging in is huge.
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Old 07-07-14, 07:45 AM   #2428
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Well done Chuck.

As for resetin' the Garmin... Yeah, we're CAT5 but I am getting better at it
If you want, you can look at the TT analysis data in Strava as someone created a segment for it.

Where was the finish line? I see a dirt road that leads to a small pond on the left, a 'fence' row that divides two fields on the right a bit further up, then a drive a little further up on the left (to a barn maybe) then a drive to what might be a house on the left.

If I back the data up from where the cadence falls off it's some pretty strong stuff for the last .2 miles/35 seconds. 122% of the average for the entire TT.

Next year when you do this TT you'll know what your 10 min power is and just hold right at that until 1 K to go
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Old 07-07-14, 09:09 AM   #2429
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Congrats Chuck. Being competitive is a huge step up and not easy to do. Your hard work and training are paying off.
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Old 07-07-14, 09:43 AM   #2430
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Chuck, I've been waiting to read a report like that from you! It was just a matter of time. Welcome to being a Bike Racer! Isn't it fun? Congratulations, my man! WELL DONE!!
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Old 07-11-14, 05:30 PM   #2431
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revchuck, very nice!

I had my best Tuesday evening race of the year. Won a points prime solo OTF. Dropped OTB on the last lap. Didn't really matter.
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Old 07-12-14, 04:58 AM   #2433
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I've decided to shut it down for the season. My finger is broken at the knuckle. A 5mm chunk of it has gone missing. With the splint I can't grab the bars well enough to race. Riding is fine. With 3-4 weeks to heal and only a couple of races after that, it's not worth it. Time to get my eye fixed, do some base miles, and figure out what's next. This is the second year in a row that an M40+ race dictated my season. Lots to think about.
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You've had a pretty good season. Take care of yourself, and do the base miles somewhere scenic! I always think better on the bike.
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I've decided to shut it down for the season. My finger is broken at the knuckle. A 5mm chunk of it has gone missing. With the splint I can't grab the bars well enough to race. Riding is fine. With 3-4 weeks to heal and only a couple of races after that, it's not worth it. Time to get my eye fixed, do some base miles, and figure out what's next. This is the second year in a row that an M40+ race dictated my season. Lots to think about.
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I suck at both.
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Sounds like a good call, shovel. Take a break from it and come back chomping at the bit, or not. Best wishes with your recovery and your eye situation, that sounds really frightening.
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Very nice, revchuck. Now you see what this damn sport is about. Tricks and treats abound, but when you do well, there's nothing better.
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Sad to hear, shovelhd. I hope things work out.

I seem to be at a bit of a crossroads myself. Wife never said stop, but I can't seem to crash without major damage. Not sure I can justify taking every June off.
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I bailed on my crit today, after course marshaling for the morning races and seeing a crash. I was already waffling, that tipped me over the edge.
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I bailed on my crit today, after course marshaling for the morning races and seeing a crash. I was already waffling, that tipped me over the edge.
Nothing at all wrong with going with your gut, valygrl.

That course is wide open, yet I dodged two wrecks last time I was there, and a team mate was taken out directly behind me in a third. I wish I knew the secret.
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Shovel, I admire your fortitude. Get well, man!
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Foothill College Circuit Race, W4 (Combined with Juniors)


This pretty much says all I need to say about this race. This was a last minute addition I decided to do instead of an open field crit yesterday. I should have done the crit. I was 14th of 16. Oh, well. It was a training race.

The field was mostly juniors, and the rest were young women, except for two other gals who were a masters. If I could do it wrong, I did. I didn't fuel properly, I overheated in the warmup, and I got behind in hydration. I knew I was overmatched because of the youth of the field and the nasty climb that was half of the course. So, at the whistle, I took off, deciding that I'd take my chances with the climb ahead of the peloton rather than trying to chase back on. I did get to the top first, but I was totally gassed, and by the time I recovered, the pack had swarmed me and then were gone (those young legs). I picked up a couple of stragglers, but we were pulled as we crossed the line on the first lap because we were "involved in a crash". Excuse me? Oops, sorry, we'll give you a free lap. Grumble, grumble (me). I worked with another woman until she dropped her chain, and then I was in the wind on my own. Got lapped once. Got passed on the climb on the last lap by the woman who'd dropped her chain. But, I almost caught her at the line. Almost.

I felt like crap after the race, I almost puked (I should have, I'd have felt better). I just don't do heat, I'm not used to it.
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Sorry to hear that Shovel. Do take the time to heal and reflect.
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Juniors with Women's Cat4 is just crazy. Nice job hanging in there.
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shovelhd, bad luck with injuries. Get well and stay upright next season. (I know that bad moves by others can make that difficult.)

sarals, sometimes we learn things the hard way and that's OK as long as every lesson isn't difficult. Some food for thought. Most of the Masters women that I know only do races that fit their strengths. It would be cool to see some of them in local criteriums, but they know it's not their thing, for a variety of reasons, so they don't do them, except for one talented, former pro. (She still wins Pro/1/2/3 women's races.)

I did a roughly 10 mile TT last night at world-famous El Dorado Park. Still no power on my TT bike so my goal was staying in my target HR, negative or even splits (6 laps), 24 MPH or better average speed, and beating the two women in the 8-racer field. One of the women is the current Masters Women TT national record holder and former national champion. I started slipping below my target HR during the second half of the race, my splits were all over the place withing a 10 second window, my average speed was 24.0 MPH, and I beat both of the women.

Ended up third overall, 1 second behind second place based on the official time. I was the only person hand-timed as I forgot to move my timing chip from my road bike to my TT bike. My computer, which I stopped after I crossed the line was 2 seconds faster than my official time. Doesn't really matter though, as the second place guy was on a TT bike with a considerably higher drag coefficient than mine. The winner was a couple of minutes ahead of us and the winner was a couple of decades younger than I.
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Nice job Cleave. If I can be of help with the Shiv position let me know. I'm tweaking my own TT position a bit to get me higher and changing the bend on the extensions. I've found really small changes have dramatic effects for me sometimes.
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sarals, sometimes we learn things the hard way and that's OK as long as every lesson isn't difficult. Some food for thought. Most of the Masters women that I know only do races that fit their strengths. It would be cool to see some of them in local criteriums, but they know it's not their thing, for a variety of reasons, so they don't do them, except for one talented, former pro. (She still wins Pro/1/2/3 women's races.)
I'm leaning more and more in that direction for next year. It will slim down the amount of races I do, but honestly, many of the races I did this year left me in a less than satisfied mood. I don't want to go through that next year. Especially if I want to remain in this sport.
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Stunk up the Salida TT today, 8th/10. So much pain packed into 20 minutes.
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