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    I earned all of my upgrade points, from CAT3 to...

    I earned all of my upgrade points, from CAT3 to CAT2, in breaks. The vast majority in crits. As those were the vast majority of races in/around Chicago.

    I'm 5'6", 141lbs in race trim.
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    New all time best for 10min last week. 363w. It's...

    New all time best for 10min last week. 363w. It's been a rough stretch of weather here in VA, and the drivers here are godawful regardless of what is or isn't on the roads, so I've been forced onto...
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    Watching the USA Pro Challenge last year, it was...

    Watching the USA Pro Challenge last year, it was very evident that Tommy Danielson should have raced more crits when he was coming up through the ranks. Absolute amateur racing tactics. There is more...
  4. As someone who knows a wee bit about all things...

    As someone who knows a wee bit about all things sleep deprivation, and having observed others under the same conditions, I concur with the general premise of this:

    Your judgement, reaction time,...
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    Well, I believe that all of Challenge's tires are...

    Well, I believe that all of Challenge's tires are hand made. Meaning, yes, the tread is made in a mold, but it has to be glued to the casing by hand. Same with the stitching, etc.

    For "normal"...
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    Rant: Challenge tires. Absolute hot...

    Rant:

    Challenge tires.

    Absolute hot garbage. I own 6 Challenge tires. 2x MTB tubs, 4x CX tubs.

    Just bought another one (for gravel road racing), hoping that somehow, I've just been on the...
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    It's been a hot minute since I was a crit rat....

    It's been a hot minute since I was a crit rat. Let's get that out of the way.

    But, back in the day, when I was racing 100km P/1/2 SuperWeek crits, there were far less crashes there than in the...
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    I am doing very well. Getting back into the whole...

    I am doing very well. Getting back into the whole training and racing thing. Did a couple of Cat1/Expert MTB races last year, placed first and second, respectively.

    Living with my fiancee, who is...
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    Snowed in here in western VA. Well,...

    Snowed in here in western VA.

    Well, technically, I can ride outside now that the roads are semi-cleared, but people here can't drive in snow to save their lives, and I don't feel like getting hit...
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    No, I'm just a moron. Had three bottles of...

    No, I'm just a moron. Had three bottles of water/Skratch, but no actual food.

    It wasn't supposed to rain, per Wunderground, etc. But, I live in a valley in western VA, near the WV border, and...
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    My coach is trying to kill me: Tues: 2.5hrs...

    My coach is trying to kill me:

    Tues: 2.5hrs incl. 2x40min Z3.
    Wed: 1.5hrs recovery.
    Thurs: 3hrs incl. 2x40min Z3. A granola bar is not enough food for a 2500kJ ride.
    Fri: 1hr recovery....
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    2x20 at just below FTP*. First one was...

    2x20 at just below FTP*.

    First one was rolling, the second took me up to nearly 7000'.

    For a person that lives at just below 2000', that sucked. A lot. Should have backed it off a bit;...
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    I've been in the middle of a 120 man field when a...

    I've been in the middle of a 120 man field when a team like the current UHC crit squad winds it up with 10 to go.

    FTP, or at least a nasty 15-20min output, and the ability to get super small, are...
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    Hired a coach for the first time ever. Did...

    Hired a coach for the first time ever.

    Did some testing, and have started structured training.

    Aiming to get my Pro license on the MTB, and some podiums in the local 1/2 road scene,...
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    Getting down to 140lbs this season. All of the...

    Getting down to 140lbs this season. All of the watts per kg. Well, a lot of them.
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    Took 2nd in a Pro/Expert XC race today, out of...

    Took 2nd in a Pro/Expert XC race today, out of 12.

    Should have been first. Lost the nut that holds my thru axle in my 12mm dropouts. While directly behind the guy that won. I have beaten him in...
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    Watertown. About a 70 miles north of Syracuse....

    Watertown. About a 70 miles north of Syracuse. Quite literally the armpit of NY.

    Not an hour goes by without a fire truck or police car blaring it's sirens, hauling ass up and down the main drag...
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    Ore to Shore. Iceman Cometh. Cross country...

    Ore to Shore.

    Iceman Cometh.

    Cross country can be technical, FYI.
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    Been a while since I posted here. Given where...

    Been a while since I posted here.

    Given where I live and ride, my "Power Curve", per Strava, is a bit...weird.

    As of last night, 5min max of 391w, 10min of 350 something, and 20min of...wait...
  20. I'm going to disagree with this. I "trained"...

    I'm going to disagree with this.

    I "trained" every day, went on day time mounted/dismounted combat patrols, and pulled night QRF (quick reaction force) duty for most of a year in AFG. Got 6hrs of...
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    Just ordered a disc brake CX frame and fork. Have...

    Just ordered a disc brake CX frame and fork. Have some cranks and assorted other parts laying around, too.

    A friend of mine (sponsor?) recently gave me a pair of 50mm carbon tubulars on disc brake...
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    Racing my mountain bike. Is this a trick...

    Racing my mountain bike. Is this a trick question? :)

    My fiancee lives in Blacksburg, VA. I'll be down there for a long weekend and one of her best friends lives in Greensboro. We'll be driving...
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    2x12min of 15s ON/OFF intervals. 400/225....

    2x12min of 15s ON/OFF intervals. 400/225. Averaged 311w and 312w. Good workout. Will move to 2x15min soon.

    First race 15FEB down in Greensboro, NC. Short track.
  24. If it's a mess, it's only because your local...

    If it's a mess, it's only because your local mechanics are hacks.

    You can remove a tire with literally no spillage. I do it all the time. Occasionally there will be a bit that drips off the rim...
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    Spent the last two weeks in SW Utah. Hiking,...

    Spent the last two weeks in SW Utah. Hiking, canyoneering, riding my bike, and taking pictures. KOM of every flat or uphill segment I rode on the XC bike, minus one 400m stretch of fireroad. Was...
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