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valygrl 07-26-12 06:06 AM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 14529447)
Did you drope the hamer on them?

Oh totally, I dialed it up to 400.

valygrl 07-26-12 06:10 AM

Photos ripped off from Barry Lee, Sanitas Sports' facebook page, he is the promoter.

Pulling the boys, about lap 3
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...35813645_n.jpg
The carnage I caused in the back (not really):
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...73075581_n.jpg

sarals 07-26-12 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 14529458)
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!

sarals 07-26-12 07:20 AM

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!!

sarals 07-26-12 07:39 AM

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.

http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/...illeCrit-L.jpg

http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/...illeCrit-L.jpg

http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/...illeCrit-L.jpg

Notice that there no photos of me in a group. :innocent:

sarals 07-26-12 08:16 AM

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!

Racer Ex 07-26-12 08:49 AM

Nice pics.

shovelhd 07-26-12 08:58 AM

Your suffer faces are totally pro.

sarals 07-26-12 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 14530011)
Your suffer faces are totally pro.

They're totally honest!

Thanks, you guys!

ericm979 07-26-12 11:13 AM

You look like you're having fun.

Hermes 07-26-12 12:57 PM

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.

Hermes 07-26-12 01:02 PM

Valygrl. I liked the pics of you pacing, ahem, crushing the young men. That is going to leave scars.:D

sarals 07-26-12 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Hermes (Post 14531205)
Valygrl. I liked the pics of you pacing, ahem, crushing the young men. That is going to leave scars.:D

Forever! :thumb:

sarals 07-26-12 04:36 PM

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!

AzTallRider 07-26-12 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by sarals (Post 14531980)
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...

sarals 07-26-12 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 14531994)
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!

valygrl 07-26-12 06:42 PM

I figured I would do the team-required five races this year. I've done 20 so far.

sarals 07-26-12 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 14532413)
I figured I would do the team-required five races this year. I've done 20 so far.

Girl, you're such a slacker...;)

shovelhd 07-26-12 07:33 PM

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.

sarals 07-26-12 09:34 PM

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!

AzTallRider 07-27-12 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by sarals (Post 14531980)
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.

sarals 07-27-12 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 14535055)
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...

VanceMac 07-27-12 12:30 PM

I like your team kit, sarals.

sarals 07-27-12 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by VanceMac (Post 14535497)
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.

sarals 07-27-12 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by ericm979 (Post 14530656)
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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