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    Angrier? No, not exactly. Clearly there's...

    Angrier? No, not exactly. Clearly there's something I'm missing here, perhaps he did make the break before flatting. But if not, nothing you've cited makes it less of a crappy thing. The scene around...
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    Maybe he did; so? If anything it's that much...

    Maybe he did; so? If anything it's that much worse given the disrespect that attitude shows to one's fellow competitors. Maybe he would have made the break, but flatting is part of racing. Likewise,...
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    Bleh. Taking a free lap and joining the break is...

    Bleh. Taking a free lap and joining the break is flagrant cheating, and the appropriate action by the officials, if that is indeed what happened, would be complete disqualification. Relegation to any...
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    It's not just perception, DA uses more...

    It's not just perception, DA uses more specialized, higher-end motors and shifts faster. My understanding is that Ultegra Di2 uses parts that are closer to being "off-the-shelf" rather than totally...
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    Geez dude. Are you complaining about feeling old...

    Geez dude. Are you complaining about feeling old at 25??
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    Well don't fall off your bike again for a while...

    Well don't fall off your bike again for a while and you'll be fine.
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    Yep. The timeline for full bone healing means, in...

    Yep. The timeline for full bone healing means, in theory, I could race the second half of cyclocross season. But in practice, there are a couple of problems with that. One is that there is still an...
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    In 1985, yes. Today, with every competitor on...

    In 1985, yes. Today, with every competitor on clipless, it would be more about minimizing time lost.
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    "Foolish" is a strong word, though it may apply...

    "Foolish" is a strong word, though it may apply on some courses. Lack of foot retention off-road can be dangerous, as you could have a foot bounced off a pedal with unpleasant results. Toe clips keep...
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    Just had an appointment with my orthopedist this...

    Just had an appointment with my orthopedist this morning. Everyone was very sorry to see me again! She told me that she thinks this break has nothing to do with my previous one, that I just got...
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    Severe depression is a very difficult disease to...

    Severe depression is a very difficult disease to treat. Sometimes treatments work. Sometimes they do not. Moreover, it's a disease that convinces its victims that their loved ones would really, truly...
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    Current training is that I'm doing my commute on...

    Current training is that I'm doing my commute on foot. 2.2 miles each way amounts to about 1:20-1:30 of light cardio a day. It ain't much, but it beats sitting on my ass!
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    You put your finger on the reason a break didn't...

    You put your finger on the reason a break didn't work in your report - the race wasn't hard enough. If the race is really hard, then a climb 10 miles from the finish could be selective enough to...
  14. Of course you can get out of Cat 5 on that bike....

    Of course you can get out of Cat 5 on that bike. You simply need to finish ten races. You can also get out of Cat 4 on that bike, if you train and race well. And so on - it doesn't stop there. I...
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    Makes sense, and that's kind of what I was...

    Makes sense, and that's kind of what I was thinking - no real sense in trying to hold onto top end, but if I can maintain my base fitness, I'll be able to build more effectively when I start up again...
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    +1 again. You're a good man, ferret.

    +1 again. You're a good man, ferret.
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    Thanks. And me too! So far the difference between...

    Thanks. And me too! So far the difference between this experience and my last is incredible. If I'm just lying around, I don't even need painkillers to stay comfortable. And basic daily tasks like...
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    Mission accomplished. Nice!

    Mission accomplished. Nice!
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    So having just busted my collarbone AGAIN, but...

    So having just busted my collarbone AGAIN, but this time itching to get back on my bike (last year I was super burned-out anyway, so it made me not want to ride at all for weeks), I need to figure...
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    Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone. Yep, it's...

    Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone. Yep, it's broken. Not on the exact same site as last time, more like right next to it. Not sure what that's about. The good news is that it's a much easier...
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    CX trail ride this morning with the team. Fell...

    CX trail ride this morning with the team. Fell off, landed directly on the collarbone that I broke last fall. May have re-fractured it. Hard to say, stability and range of motion and pain are all...
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    No, go back and read the advice again. No one is...

    No, go back and read the advice again. No one is suggesting that Gramercy go out hard and try to drop people, because that would be foolish. Every race is a learning opportunity, but that doesn't...
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    No, seriously, no one* sets up their bike...

    No, seriously, no one* sets up their bike differently for crits and road races anymore. I do more crits than road races, but my bike is not set up "for crits." It is set up for racing. And to the...
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    Going hard from the start of a race will probably...

    Going hard from the start of a race will probably drop you before it drops anyone capable of making the race hard enough to drop you later. Why not take the opportunity instead to work on hiding in...
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    Hard to say. I haven't done it in years, but...

    Hard to say. I haven't done it in years, but possibly Grant's Tomb criterium in NYC. It's not a particularly big or important race, but the course is just so much fun. Or it was - it's been so long...
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