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Old 11-18-15, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by RPK79
Financing didn't go through on the Nitro so I ended up with a 2012 Ford Flex. Really liking it.
That is a very versatile car. Doh, I guess that is obvious from the name. But seriously, we have rented them on a few occasions and found them very competent and especially useful for luggage and hauling grandkids and wine around Napa. I would say you made a good choice.
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan
certainly cant eat a hipster.
Why not? They're free range, grass fed, organic, and non-gmo!
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
That is a very versatile car. Doh, I guess that is obvious from the name. But seriously, we have rented them on a few occasions and found them very competent and especially useful for luggage and hauling grandkids and wine around Napa. I would say you made a good choice.
Seems very capable. Towing package, third row seating, AWD, lots and lots of neat options my 300M didn't have. They've really come a long way since 2004. It even has an AC outlet in the back which I think will come in handy when we're camping. I was reading the manual and I guess one of the options they can come with (which mine didn't) is a rear seat center console with a refrigerator/freezer. That would have been great for storing beer!
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Okay, who is going to post the obvious stamp?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
I was extremely proud the first tri I finally got average cadence to 100. Seeing 98 and 99 was just frustrating.
95 is my sweet spot, I think. As this is progressing, so has my increase in comfortable spinning.
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I tend to average around 87 on my rides.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
@LAJ, maybe the cadence thing really is the cranks. I have no issues with high cadence, except on hills. My cranks are pretty short at 165 mm.

A bit of a frustrating ride today because I had some specifics I wanted to accomplish today to prep for Saturday's TT. Multiple delays in getting started and eventually I ran out of light & had to call for a ride home. But prior to that, I was riding the TT bike and thinking how much I just like the thing. Got in one really hard interval, a PR or two, just feeling great on that bike.

And funny thing is, now when I get on a road bike everything seems inconviently located. With the TT bike everything is literally at your fingertips. Except the brakes of course.
[MENTION=351576]Heathpack[/MENTION], good deal on the comfort level on the TT bike. No good on the frustration though!

Heck, I'm pretty happy with a 95 cadence out on the road. Considering it was all Z2-3, with 8% in Z1, I stayed pretty busy. Kickin' it at 112-120 in Zone 3, gets the heart and breathing up there, no matter how well prepared a person is. It's just not my favorite area to train.
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Originally Posted by RPK79
Why not? They're free range, grass fed, organic, and non-gmo!
bahahahahahahaha that is fantastic
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I meant the one that rhymes. I am just too lazy to look up a picture.
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I have always pedaled at 90-100. Always been comfortable for me. Sometime as little faster cadence if there is a tailwind.
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Back when I first started riding, I was a masher. I rode everywhere in top gear all the time. I was also an idiot. At any rate, I eventually learned about cadence, got a computer that showed it and got myself spinning about 85-90 average. With all the time and health setbacks over the previous couple of years, I've been at a solid 75 rpm average for months now. I can barely get in enough base miles to even think about working on cadence. It's kind of depressing, actually.

Overall, though my fitness has been relatively stable despite the lack of saddle time. I finally got in a weekend ride and after 30 miles, the legs and lungs felt awesome. It was the back and my rear end that were sore.
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Today's indoor training was a perfect 100 rpm average for 57 minutes.
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Good club ride today. I have no idea about my cadence but would guess 90. Some new guy showed up and is clearly a strong rider but generally was nice and only showed off on one climb. He took the KOM on that one, deservedly so.
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BTW, I had a bone density scan last week, first one in about six years. Also the first one since I started testosterone therapy (injections) about 18 months ago or a little more. It has taken me almost all that time to get the dosage right. I don't need very much to raise my T level from the bottom of normal to near the top, only about 0.4 ml every two weeks.

In any case the bone densities for various locations (spine, hip, etc.) were 2-5% above the previous levels. Clearly that small a difference from 2009 could have been experimental error. I have no idea what the standard deviation on such a test is. But I am very encouraged. I mean it is better than the down trend I had been seeing. Current results are definitely in the "age-appropriate" range.
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Why not? They're free range, grass fed, organic, and non-gmo!
But all those rings through their nose and belly-button and God knows where else . . . they gotta be full of infection.
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Hey it is afternoon cycling season in Houston. Bright blue sky, 72 degrees at 2:00PM, low dew point and 4 MPH wind. I can live with that.

See ya later, alligator. I'm outta here.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
95 is my sweet spot, I think. As this is progressing, so has my increase in comfortable spinning.
95 will take you a long way, I'll tell you that.




Originally Posted by RPK79
I tend to average around 87 on my rides.
Then in the Bronx you can hop off of 95 onto 87 all the way up to the north country.

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But all those rings through their nose and belly-button and God knows where else . . . they gotta be full of infection.
You have to skin them anyway. That ink has horrible taste.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
BTW, I had a bone density scan last week, first one in about six years. Also the first one since I started testosterone therapy (injections) about 18 months ago or a little more. It has taken me almost all that time to get the dosage right. I don't need very much to raise my T level from the bottom of normal to near the top, only about 0.4 ml every two weeks.

In any case the bone densities for various locations (spine, hip, etc.) were 2-5% above the previous levels. Clearly that small a difference from 2009 could have been experimental error. I have no idea what the standard deviation on such a test is. But I am very encouraged. I mean it is better than the down trend I had been seeing. Current results are definitely in the "age-appropriate" range.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
95 will take you a long way, I'll tell you that.





Then in the Bronx you can hop off of 95 onto 87 all the way up to the north country.

That cruise must be really exciting...
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Proud of it.
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Gorgeous, gorgeous day. May not mean so much to some folks, but we only get a handful of these every year. As they say in Philly, "Beeeeeyouteeful!!

Oh yeah, nice ride too.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
BTW, I had a bone density scan last week, first one in about six years. Also the first one since I started testosterone therapy (injections) about 18 months ago or a little more. It has taken me almost all that time to get the dosage right. I don't need very much to raise my T level from the bottom of normal to near the top, only about 0.4 ml every two weeks.
Do they keep an eye on your PSA if you're on testosterone?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Do they keep an eye on your PSA if you're on testosterone?
Yes, every six months. Used to be a constant 0.4. Since starting on the T, it has risen to 0.5. Urologist is underwhelmed. As he says, the increase is of no importance, per se, but it is important to know the baseline change in the event something comes along to have a real effect.

As I said, I am on 1/5 of the usual starting dose and am turning in pretty constant numbers of 950-975 ng/dl.
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