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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Did you drope the hamer on them?
    Oh totally, I dialed it up to 400.
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    Photos ripped off from Barry Lee, Sanitas Sports' facebook page, he is the promoter.

    Pulling the boys, about lap 3

    The carnage I caused in the back (not really):
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    It could be said that some of us here take this amateur, hobby sport too seriously at times (guilty as charged). Sticking to a plan, with an end goal in mind, drives my training and racing. Once you have a plan, "A" races, performance goals, all the good stuff, patience and restraint will become important.

    But you don't. You just want to get better in your first year of racing. Go enjoy your ride with your friend. Try not to crush him/her too badly.
    Crush? Big George (that's his name, no relation to Hincappe)? That guy can climb! Okay, I'll crush him!

    Thanks, Shovel!
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    Valygrl, those photos remind me a bit of that (really cute) Specialized commercial of the young 'un outrunning Boonen! Oh, you've just dashed all those young hopes. (And probably some old ones, too).

    Great photos!!
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    I found some photos of me at the Watsonville Crit (you can see clearly how I inherited my Dad's chin - gee, thanks, Dad).

    There are others on the photo site. You can see the gals I was "racing" against there.







    Notice that there no photos of me in a group.
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    In the last photo I was 1) Trying to get over a drainage culvert without crashing 2) Trying not to hit the curb 3) Trying not to hit the photographer 4) Lap 30 of 34 - trying to finish!
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    Nice pics.

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    Your suffer faces are totally pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Your suffer faces are totally pro.
    They're totally honest!

    Thanks, you guys!
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    You look like you're having fun.

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    Nice pics Sara. Six pins in the number and none of the through the hole with all the pins lined up in the direction of the airflow.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Valygrl. I liked the pics of you pacing, ahem, crushing the young men. That is going to leave scars.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Valygrl. I liked the pics of you pacing, ahem, crushing the young men. That is going to leave scars.
    Forever!
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    I caught Shovel's drift, believe me - and there will be NO riding today. It's a rest day (if you call cleaning floors, vacuuming and doing laundry R E S T), so I'm off the bike. Until Friel's book arrives (it's shipped, according to Amazon), I'll continue with my routine of spin class tomorrow, then the A group ride on Saturday (once again, I'll mingle with the front and be a little aggressive this time). Sunday will be a recovery ride. I understand there is a crit in Berkley Sunday, but I have picked up a night shift on Saturday and won't be able to make it - but I'd love to.

    Is it "normal" for the bug to bite THIS hard???

    I'll see what Friel offers as soon as the book gets here, and I'll structure a training plan (with expert input from all of you) after that. Right now I'm reading "Anastasia" - not quite Friel!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Is it "normal" for the bug to bite THIS hard???
    I can miss a race and be okay with it if there is a big reason (you know, like a death in the family) and be okay with it. But other than that, well...
    "If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    I can miss a race and be okay with it if there is a big reason (you know, like a death in the family) and be okay with it. But other than that, well...
    Blast from the past - I grock your reply, AzT!
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    I figured I would do the team-required five races this year. I've done 20 so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
    I figured I would do the team-required five races this year. I've done 20 so far.
    Girl, you're such a slacker...
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    I race a lot. 32 so far this year, and I don't do TT's (not often), stage races, or the track. All road, mostly crits. So my racing jones has to ebb and flow throughout the season or I'll burn out. I left cycling due to burnout, and I won't let that happen again.

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    Let's see. I started in March (before that I ran 10K's and did tri's). I did back to back races at Sea Otter, then did a circuit race in June. My first (ever) crit was two weeks ago. My next is in two weeks. USAC says five races, so do I. I wish it was five times that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    I'll see what Friel offers as soon as the book gets here, and I'll structure a training plan (with expert input from all of you) after that. Right now I'm reading "Anastasia" - not quite Friel!
    As in the Romonovs, or E.L. James? If the latter, it even has a helicopter... "Charlie Tango" is almost a character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    As in the Romonovs, or E.L. James? If the latter, it even has a helicopter... "Charlie Tango" is almost a character.
    E.L. James! Agreed, Charlie Tango - well, all helicopters have souls, anyway, and the author gets it! The book is "Fifty Shades Darker" - umm, wow...
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    I like your team kit, sarals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
    I like your team kit, sarals.
    VanceMac, thank you! It's striking for sure. Next year I hope to be in a different kit, riding on a real team, not just by myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    You look like you're having fun.
    I was after a few laps, Eric. It took me that long to settle in and recover from the max Q efforts on the first two laps!
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