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Old 09-19-12, 08:30 AM   #51
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Nope. As an inhaler I just need to stay below the threshold of "Ale-Jet"
and the limit is about 8x the typical theraputic dose, giving you plenty of leeway. I'm not taking Albuterol but I looked it up for a friend who was complaining of having to "dope". We've been telling him for years to get his EIA taken care of.

Unfortuantely nothing I've tried has completely fixed my EIA. I'll be ok for Everest Challenge as it's an endurance event so I won't be going that hard, and the air is dry out there. But if I want to be able to consistently do hard efforts in races when it is cool and damp I need to find a solution.
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and the limit is about 8x the typical theraputic dose, giving you plenty of leeway. I'm not taking Albuterol but I looked it up for a friend who was complaining of having to "dope". We've been telling him for years to get his EIA taken care of.

Unfortuantely nothing I've tried has completely fixed my EIA. I'll be ok for Everest Challenge as it's an endurance event so I won't be going that hard, and the air is dry out there. But if I want to be able to consistently do hard efforts in races when it is cool and damp I need to find a solution.
After I saw how the inhaler helped I get how hard it is for folks to deal with EIA. I wish I had a better understanding of the various meds and some magic bullet for you.
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EX, do you get the HR spike after inhaling?
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EX, do you get the HR spike after inhaling?
Not that I've noticed. It seems a touch elevated but nothing too bad.
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Racer Ex, I don't know if I related this to you anywhere else but my wife was a bit hesitant about going to dinner with a bunch of bike racers. In the end she had a great time and enjoyed the meal. Thanks for the invite and the opportunity to mingle with a bunch of national and world champions.
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Racer Ex, I don't know if I related this to you anywhere else but my wife was a bit hesitant about going to dinner with a bunch of bike racers. In the end she had a great time and enjoyed the meal. Thanks for the invite and the opportunity to mingle with a bunch of national and world champions.
Glad she had a good time. It's an entertaining bunch.
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Ex, thanks for the report. And I'm glad to hear the inhaler seems to be a breakthrough. Maybe it's EIA aggravated by cat.

And look at it this way. You won a national title while unable to breath properly. Not many people can say that.
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I managed to snap a few shots of the 50-54 crit at road natz. In between sneezing bouts I got a couple of decent, but not good, shots. This was the best that I had on you:

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I managed to snap a few shots of the 50-54 crit at road natz. In between sneezing bouts I got a couple of decent, but not good, shots. This was the best that I had on you:

There was a lot of the 3-4 abreast in the corner stuff going on in that race.
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Ontario Crits. Cold...33 degrees pulling out of my driveway this morning. Bundle up, lukewarm up, and start with the

50+. Lead out Big M (my tandem partner at States and Nats) for series points prime. Cover break that eventually comes back with two laps to go. Lead out Big M, drop him off with our teammate for the final run in. We get second and the series points lead. I roll in behind the field.

45+ Warming up a tad, drop off some polar clothes. Go to drag the field up to a dangerous break 10 minutes into the race. Field breaks off, so we have a ten man break, me and Big M doing the team representation. Not really what I wanted...35 minutes of warfare. Set Big M up for the points prime. We're down to 6 with two to go and the field is closing. One to go there's a lot of messing around and I can see the field coming so I take the bull by the horns figuring Big M is our best option and go to the front for most of the last lap. 2 corners from the finish the attack comes around me. Big M is gassed and can only take 4th. Needs to pull his horns in a bit and not do so much work. I manage to suck it up and finish a couple of seconds behind them for 6th, our other really fast man comes in 1-2 seconds behind me out of the field. Close one. Points, money and another series lead.

40+ No teammates. Miss a T-shirt prime by one spot. Didn't see the guy on the other side of the road till too late. 3 more primes and a guy shoots off. Big gap that the other teams are trying to pull back. Getting sketchy so I go around the field and have nearly bridged when my leg starts to cramp. We're 20 minutes in and I have had enough for the day.

Good training. Good teamwork.

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Sounds like a great start, Ex. You set a high standard in the teammate support department.
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Good start for the season.
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Good stuff. And even though it's early season, I noticed the fields were just as stacked as usual.
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Ex, saw some photos of you on FB and it looked like you were crushing souls or whatever it is you call it. It also looked like the fields were reasonably large.

Vance, were you there too?

Brief rant (in Ex's thread). Jan 13th is way too early to start the season. As Ex noted, these races counted for the SoCal Cup. Since the last weekend of racing in SoCal was essentially the 2nd week of September, everyone is anxious to race after a 4 month break. And since a lot of people keep going to these early races, the promoters keep doing them and starting them earlier in the year. If you look at this year's schedule, it's packed from now through June, in July it starts tapering off, and we're done on September 7th. IMHO, the weather in SoCal is a lot better in September and October than it is in January and February. Why not align SoCal a bit better with the rest of the country? Heck, our official season start is earlier than the WorldTour (or whatever it's called this year) which starts next week in Australia during their summer. OK, I feel better now.

See you at the races next week?
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IMO, competition for racers is the problem. As the season progresses, racers have a lot of choice. If a promoter goes early, and the earlier the better, the competition with other races is less and there is no track racing. If one looks at the NorCal Calendar, it has a lot of races that compete with each other. One of my favorite races was the Berkeley Team Time Trial. Two years ago that race was canceled due to low pre-registration and has not returned. It could not compete with the crits and road races that were put on the same weekend.
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It's understandable that our AZ season would start this early, because there is no racing during the summer when it's 110+. But summer in SoCal is gorgeous racing weather.
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Ex, saw some photos of you on FB and it looked like you were crushing souls or whatever it is you call it. It also looked like the fields were reasonably large.
Links? I need to get locked into the picture thing down here. In Texas there was one sitre where most of the race photos would get posted and a couple of people that shot commercially.

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See you at the races next week?

Got invited down to some races in Mexicali.

By the way that's a great clip. I have a higher quality MP3 version of it. Norton Buffalo on harp. Nice way to start the morning.
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Cherry Pie 45+ 1/2/3:

Tough filed with a bunch of WC's and Nat's champs, field of around 60-70. We wanted to control the field and set up our sprinter for the win. I love it when a plan comes together. Big turn on the front on the last lap after good work during the race, drop off our sprinter and another teammate and we get the "W". Silly NP number.

35+ 1/2/3: A bit tired from the prior race (no break between). Around 70-80 riders. Pulled back a few flyers including one bike Mike Sayers. Kids. We couldn't get it together at the finish (consensus was it was getting pretty sketchy). I sort of sprinted and got around 20th, our sprinter ended up 7th. Silly NP number.

Leave for Valley of the Sun SR Thursday. Sort of team leader if the TT goes well.
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Nice results and "sort of" nice report. Good luck to you and Cleave in Phx.
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The saying being quoted by folks on our team is that, if you want to win VOS, your eyes have to be bleeding on the return leg of the TT. Looking forward to seeing you, and you deserve to be the "sort of" main guy.
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More ex-pros racing in amateur Masters races? I'm telling you, when I retire I'm going to run for some kind of office in USAC. My platform, no ex-pros in Masters races until they turn 65. Until then, they can race in the Pro/1/2 races.

Ex, glad to hear your legs are responding well. Hope those sensations translate to some great results at VoS. I'll be "the guy" for my team since everyone else bailed on me. Heading out on Thursday morning too. Looks like the weather will be good.

One thing I'm definitely not good at is making my eyeballs bleed on a slight downhill. I can do that easily going uphill. Will have to work on that.
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Ex rated race reports

I'm hoping Ex posts one of the photos I forwarded to him of The Team at work at the Cherry Pie. That picture is definitely worth a thousand words!

It was great seeing you and hearing you encourage me in Napa, Ex. Even greater watching you race. Good luck to you and Cleave at VoS!
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I'm hoping Ex posts one of the photos I forwarded to him of The Team at work at the Cherry Pie. That picture is definitely worth a thousand words!

It was great seeing you and hearing you encourage me in Napa, Ex. Even greater watching you race. Good luck to you and Cleave at VoS!
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Last lap. "Larry" is Larry Nolan...on my wheel a bunch during the race. The other Specialized guy to the outside of him is Kevin Metcalf, Nats 50-54 TT record holder (50:17 for the 40k). I came around the guys to take over for The Dawg not long after. 2 minutes on the front, strung it out, dropped the Godfather and the Sprinter (aka The Heater) off just before the hill. Result:

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