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Old 07-05-07, 07:04 AM   #1
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Had a pretty good TT last Sat.

Hello all,

Haley and I, once again, raced in the COLAVITA OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES. This was our 2nd time on this course as we had raced it 1 month prior. We were looking forward to this race to see if we would improve on our time from the last race. The course is 20k and is pretty rolly with a chip-n-seal surface. The road surface really gets on your nerves.

Changes we've made to the bike were replacing the 28mm tires with 25's and we added a set of clip-on bars. Also, I've rode 625 miles and Haley’s had 350 since the last race.

We were the only ones signed up for our class so that was kind of a bummer. Since we had no competition our main motivation was to beat last month’s time of 38:50 at a 19.5 mph avg. I told her that if we beat that time we would got out for ice-cream, but if we could beat 38 flat then we could get Graters ice-cream. Haley really likes Graters. Would you believe that we kicked out a 35.58 for an average of 21.05! We were very pleased with our effort, an improvement of almost 3 min. Can't wait until we can do a flat TT.

The shop were we purchased our tandem has a very active race team. They've seen us at these TT's several times and were impressed with how well we're doing and with Haley’s effort and attitude. Later that day we were in the shop to pick up a few things and the Team captain invited us to be part of Team I-Pro. My wife and I talked it over and we thought that this could be a pretty good learning experience for Haley, so we went for it. We talked with Haley about what a privilege this is and that it comes with quite a bit of responsibility to the team and the spouncers. There is no set number of races that you have to do or anything, he said just race at whatever level is fun for you. I don't even have to shave my legs. Haley doesn’t know this yet, but her mothers going to make her write thank you letters to all the team spouncers this summer. Leave it to mom's to keep them doing school work in the summer.

So here's a shot of us right after we completed a July 4th metric. Trunk bag and all.



thanks for reading.
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Wow! You two continue to impress me! Well done, and a big congrats on your joining the race team!

The thank you letter campaign sounds like something I'd do, and have our kids do as well. Haley's lucky to have such responsible, intelligent parents.
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Great picture, great experience. I particularly enjoy the two different pedal setups and the reversed bullhorn bar -- makes sense, and oddly enough opens the door for two different stoker sizes. A little nervous about that stoker computer cable -- wish I could email you a zip tie!
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Old 07-05-07, 07:40 AM   #4
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A little nervous about that stoker computer cable -- wish I could email you a zip tie!
That's just her tandem-com wire drapped over her bar. When it's plugged in it stays pretty high and away from anything.
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Congrats! Looks like you two are having a great time with this. I'm going to set up a child-stoker on my tandem and get my 5-year-old out there with me too. There's a chip-timed TT every two weeks, one mile from our house
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I love the addition of racing stripes on her leg for that little extra bling!

This is exactly the sort of thing I like to imagine getting into when my 18 month old is big enough to 'turn a pedal in anger'.

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Congrats to both of you. Keep it up.
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Hello all,

Haley and I, once again, raced in the COLAVITA OHIO TIME TRIAL SERIES. This was our 2nd time on this course as we had raced it 1 month prior. We were looking forward to this race to see if we would improve on our time from the last race. The course is 20k and is pretty rolly with a chip-n-seal surface. The road surface really gets on your nerves.

Changes we've made to the bike were replacing the 28mm tires with 25's and we added a set of clip-on bars. Also, I've rode 625 miles and Haley’s had 350 since the last race.

We were the only ones signed up for our class so that was kind of a bummer. Since we had no competition our main motivation was to beat last month’s time of 38:50 at a 19.5 mph avg. I told her that if we beat that time we would got out for ice-cream, but if we could beat 38 flat then we could get Graters ice-cream. Haley really likes Graters. Would you believe that we kicked out a 35.58 for an average of 21.05! We were very pleased with our effort, an improvement of almost 3 min. Can't wait until we can do a flat TT.

The shop were we purchased our tandem has a very active race team. They've seen us at these TT's several times and were impressed with how well we're doing and with Haley’s effort and attitude. Later that day we were in the shop to pick up a few things and the Team captain invited us to be part of Team I-Pro. My wife and I talked it over and we thought that this could be a pretty good learning experience for Haley, so we went for it. We talked with Haley about what a privilege this is and that it comes with quite a bit of responsibility to the team and the spouncers. There is no set number of races that you have to do or anything, he said just race at whatever level is fun for you.
I don't even have to shave my legs. Haley doesn’t know this yet, but her mothers going to make her write thank you letters to all the team spouncers this summer. Leave it to mom's to keep them doing school work in the summer.

So here's a shot of us right after we completed a July 4th metric. Trunk bag and all.



thanks for reading.
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Looking at the pic... hair on the legs would be the least of my worries...
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GREAT pic!

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This is not an option Here you go http://www.gillettevenus.com/us/ This is very tribal and the easiest part of racing.
hmm....I just turned 40. Maybe I should start shaving as part of a mid-life criesis, along with getting an Orbea Orca.....with Zipp wheels.....and a power meter. hmm...I need to have a talk with the wife.
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hmm....I just turned 40. Maybe I should start shaving as part of a mid-life criesis, along with getting an Orbea Orca.....with Zipp wheels.....and a power meter. hmm...I need to have a talk with the wife.
I was thinking about the podium pics.

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hmm....I just turned 40. Maybe I should start shaving as part of a mid-life criesis, along with getting an Orbea Orca.....with Zipp wheels.....and a power meter. hmm...I need to have a talk with the wife.
Hermes' wife has one of those...can't speak for the Zipp wheels, though, since I've not seen it.

I'd rather have a midlife crisis bike than a midlife crisis care. And since you're only 40, you're still too young for a midlife anything.

Oh, and wouldja shave those legs? I'd bet your wife would love it. >naughty grin<
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Oh, and wouldja shave those legs? I'd bet your wife would love it. >naughty grin<
Ha, I'm afraid that if I start shaving mine, she'll stop shaving hers.
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Great looking tandem duo and Co-Mo! Quite the improvement of almost 3 minutes on the TT!
'Bout 30-some years ago our then youngest 11 year old son rode an 85 mile event in Canada with dad on our Follis tandem. The return trip was 40 miles into a ferocious headwind. Things got a bit quiet from the stoker's seat, then I felt his helmet bop me in the backside . . . "Dad!" he said, "I must've fell asleep!" "That's OK" I said, "you kept om pedaling!" Yup, kidz make great stokers! Way to go Haley!!!
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Great looking tandem duo and Co-Mo! Quite the improvement of almost 3 minutes on the TT!
'Bout 30-some years ago our then youngest 11 year old son rode an 85 mile event in Canada with dad on our Follis tandem. The return trip was 40 miles into a ferocious headwind. Things got a bit quiet from the stoker's seat, then I felt his helmet bop me in the backside . . . "Dad!" he said, "I must've fell asleep!" "That's OK" I said, "you kept om pedaling!" Yup, kidz make great stokers! Way to go Haley!!!
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Ha! Great story!

Haley and I have been pedaling TWOgether for almost 5 years now, ever since she was four. We've loged just over 2500 miles, 1500 on a trail-a-bike and we just hit 1000 on the tandem. Boy does the falling asleep comment hit home. Not so much since we got the tandem, but when we had the trail-a-bike I had to be very watchful. As a matter of fact, the only time she's aloud to have any type of soda is when we ride.

Back in 2004 when she was 5, we were on a week long tour call GOBA. At the end of a very hot 60 mile day, within sight of camp, she feel asleep and went off the back while we were cresting a hill. Luckly we were going slow at the time and she was able to catch herself. But not before her butt hit the rear tire, pulling down her shorts and leaving a 3"x1" black scrap on her cheek. I tell ya, I felt awfull, of course it was totally my fault as I'm responceable for her saftey. Took her to the local clinic and got her all cleaned up. To this day, she hates it when I tell that story.

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