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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 08-13-17, 08:42 AM   #4976
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Kudos to her, that's pretty impressive.

As of two weeks ago, @rapwithtom was still trying to get me to join your team. Lol, I was thinking the distance involved made it impractical. But sounds like y'all have some pretty bad ass women, maybe I should reconsider.
We have some very accomplished ladies. TT and MTB is strong, which does include Road. Cuore Kit is another huge plus.
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Feels like a Monday
Monday Monday, can't trust that day.
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Popped the HED/fatties on for a ride this morning, since I didn't get a chance to pop a new tire on the Assaults yesterday. Saw the most awesomest stoker ever - little dude, <4' tall, maybe 50 lbs was perched up on the saddle and there was a mini-crankset affixed somewhere around the seatpost collar for him. He was totally in to it, too. He and he dad went one way around the lake, I went the other so I got to see the happiest look on his face on the opposite side of the lake when they came bombing down a hill. So cool.

Oh, the reason that I didn't get to pop on a new tire: yesterday was a family daytrip up to the Lindbergh House & Museum in Little Falls. It looked like a cute little town, and I wanted to poke around and see what @LesterOfPuppets and @Ramona_W were missing, but the mosquitoes chewed my ass up outside the Lindbergh House and I just had to get away.
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Sunday morning I'm feeling bad
But it's worth it because of the time that I had
But I've got to get my rest
Cause Monday is a mess.
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One of our Cat 3 gals decided to enter the Women's P123 National Hill Climb Championships up Pikes Peak today. She finished fourth, which does hit the podium in the Nats. Pretty amazing.
That's super kick-ass. Muchos kudos to her.
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Sunday Funday ride done. Now I have to drive to NJ to pick up my MiL. That's the price for an extra ride, apparently.
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Same here. Gotta work 9 hours today.

It should start to feel like Friday at some point, cuz I got the next 3 days off!
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It's a little too slow to get stuck in my head on a ride, but you're welcome!
Not for hill climbing.
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Same here. Gotta work 9 hours today.

It should start to feel like Friday at some point, cuz I got the next 3 days off!
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Strava! Over the same distance, my bike computer gives me a 22.5 average. Strava, 21.1. It autopauses when it chooses to.

Wait for it......
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Same here. Gotta work 9 hours today.

It should start to feel like Friday at some point, cuz I got the next 3 days off!
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Strava! Over the same distance, my bike computer gives me a 22.5 average. Strava, 21.1. It autopauses when it chooses to.
Strava seems to have a somewhat high threshold for pausing when stationary - on a ride last week, I remember being surprised at how close the Moving and Elapsed time figures were - I would have thought that there would have been a 3+ min disparity, but it was something along the lines of a 30 seconds.
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I don't pay much attention to Strava, but the app clearly has an auto pause issue. The (ugh) average speed it gives me is typically 0.3 to 0.7 MPH slower than what friends I ride with get on their Garmins. We typically stop for 10-30 seconds at hilltops, plus the occasional stop sign or red light. I figure those brief stops are the culprits. Luckily I don't really give a @&$%# about my average speed.
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Same here. Gotta work 9 hours today.

It should start to feel like Friday at some point, cuz I got the next 3 days off!
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I don't pay much attention to Strava, but the app clearly has an auto pause issue. The (ugh) average speed it gives me is typically 0.3 to 0.7 MPH slower than what friends I ride with get on their Garmins. We typically stop for 10-30 seconds at hilltops, plus the occasional stop sign or red light. I figure those brief stops are the culprits. Luckily I don't really give a @&$%# about my average speed.
Unfortunately, that's the only gage I use for fitness, being always a solo rider, over mostly the same course. But I've stopped keeping track of total distance ridden, on an annual/monthly basis, so I could likely drop that too. Thanks for the Pro Tip.
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Unfortunately, that's the only gage I use for fitness, being always a solo rider, over mostly the same course. But I've stopped kerping track of total distance ridden, on an annual/monthly basis, so I could likely drop that too. Thanks for the Pro Tip.
Not wrong to use as a gauge but realize that if you make an occasional short stop your numbers will be less. If that's a problem, you could always make a couple favorite "segments" with no stops on them and focus on them.

Or buy a power meter...
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Not wrong to use as a gauge but realize that if you make an occasional short stop your numbers will be less. If that's a problem, you could always make a couple favorite "segments" with no stops on them and focus on them.

Or buy a power meter...
Power meter. Yeah, right. Right after I buy that new crabon bike wiith di2. I'll just stick with my wired bike computer.
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Power meter. Yeah, right. Right after I buy that new crabon bike wiith di2. I'll just stick with my wired bike computer.
Understood and agree. I don't even use a computer, just the Strava iPhone app.
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Hey I have a question. I have tried to upload pics directly from my iPhone to here, but I get an failed message. My guess is the picture is too large, any easy way to compress and upload while on iPhone?
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Hey I have a question. I have tried to upload pics directly from my iPhone to here, but I get an failed message. My guess is the picture is too large, any easy way to compress and upload while on iPhone?
I do it with photobucket. upload to PB, share it back to the phone, and post it. I use Android, though.
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Hey I have a question. I have tried to upload pics directly from my iPhone to here, but I get an failed message. My guess is the picture is too large, any easy way to compress and upload while on iPhone?
Sometimes texting the pic to yourself reduces the size.
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So I ended up doing an unplanned threshold climb instead of the easy spin up the hill.

It was one of those weird rides that begin with strong legs but overall fatigue / low hr.

When I turned onto the main road, I was 100 yards in front of the Sunday group and decided to play rabbit.

It's a good, uninterrupted 20 min climb, starting at 3%, finishing at 6%. Perfect for a threshold test.

I'll have to thank the Bengals for helping me hit last season's 20 min power. Lol
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