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Old 07-11-16, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
Virginia is full of long angry hills.

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I did that on my first day ever riding in the mountains. It was very painful.
Are you being ironic? How angry really is a 5% grade? Things don't really get angry until we're into double digit grades. Right?
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Speaking of which, very fun and productive fit session today...

What he *really* needs is someone to be that test subject who gets aerotested, then put into the narrowest possible position in the front, then rides like that for a month, then once adapted to the new position, comes back to be aerotested again. Then they could write up a little case study and see if this is something worth looking into for more people. What's my race schedule like, do I have a little gap coming up? Well, just so happens that I do... We'll see though, there is a lot of schedules to mesh to make this work- his schedule, my schedule and the track's schedule. But it will be cool if we can do it...
And in regards to this agenda item, I sent the detailed description of the fit session to my coach, along with all my data from last week.

He suggests that if I do the aero testing that maybe he should come down when I do it- there's always something he can learn from it, plus he could put together a syllabus for the session and also help with the logistics of swapping out parts. You want to move quickly & purposefully through these sessions, because you're renting out the track for your session. So the more people who know what they're doing, the better.

Not sure if we could get everyone's schedule to mesh but man it would be totally awesome if we could. That would be one concentrated day, so much to learn. And tons of fun, two of my absolute favorite people in the world of cycling.

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I almost went across this bridge today. I was thinking surely one of those beams is strong enough hold me. I'll just tiptoe across on one beam, and roll my bike across on another beam, in order to distribute the weight better.

Now thinking back on it I bet the best approach would be to get up to at least 20mph so you'd be across the bridge before the bridge even knew it.

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How deep was the hole?
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How deep was the hole?
About 12' to the bottom of the gully.

How bad could it be?
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Old 07-11-16, 09:23 PM
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Imagine how many if they knew you.
The guy in that NRS car knows me. He did slow down and say something, as he went by.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
About 12' to the bottom of the gully.

How bad could it be?
Haha, I probably would have turned around as well. I'm not a fan of heights and I have bad luck when it comes to this stuff.
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Growing up is overrated.
Correct
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In other news...

During my travel through St. Louis last week, there was no Pepe sighting.
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I kept looking.
Missed connections...
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Is R900DuraAce really PatentCad?
Is @patentcad really @patentcad anymore?
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I have Windows 10
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Speaking of office shenanigans, myself and another guy both retired on the same day and people in the office kept saying it just wouldn't be the same without the two of us. After everybody left that night, I made the following cutouts so they wouldn't forget us.

Note, the one on the left with coffee is me and the one on the right twiddling his thumbs is the other guy.

New Employees 001 by trsnrtr, on Flickr
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Old 07-12-16, 02:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
Are you being ironic? How angry really is a 5% grade? Things don't really get angry until we're into double digit grades. Right?
It was hard for me

This one is our state hill climb championship route, it averages 8% over almost 7 miles but there are steeper sections. I'm sure CO has a lot worse but it's still pretty brutal by my standards-

https://www.strava.com/segments/683356

Edited to add a random question for dog owners (and Heath, because vet!): Are there any specific brands of food you prefer? Our pup is about 2 1/2 and is 72 lbs, we've had her eating Purina One since she was a year old but I wonder sometimes if we're shortchanging her nutrition somehow by buying that stuff.

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Is @patentcad really @patentcad anymore?
I'm right here fatso.

Don't piss me off.
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I'm riding a lot these days, I'll have to come back here and bust some fredly balls.
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Here's my new duo, Two of Us. Wait for it.. the harmonies start at 00:43:

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And there's this little ditty. We liked the vocals so we cover this song but it's a bit of a bluegrass death march.

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Well, it's Amazon Prime Day. Has anyone found any cycling related deals? Or other deals?
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I'm riding a lot these days, I'll have to come back here and bust some fredly balls.
Bring it.

Two of Us sounds good.
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...and then mold it into jello.
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I preferred the gift wrapped desk and chair, tbh.
The worst part about that particular office mate is that he's actually a genuinely nice guy. He's a retired Air Force pilot who did a lost of testing and instruction, so he's full of interesting stories. Unfortunately, they are never short (another fun trait). And he's genuinely interested in how you're doing, your life, etc. Except he's forgetful, so you have to tell him the same thing 3 times in a month when he asks you 3 times. But all in all, he's a good guy, so you can't hate him. I guess it could be worse.

EDIT: Actually, he's forgetful about small personal details but when it comes to technical recall, whether it be former aircraft he's flown or stuff he's seen on site for the job, he's got a perfect memory.
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So crappy morning. Well, it was fine actually. I just couldn't get to sleep last night and consequently could not get my tired self out of bed to ride a bike this morning. And then on the way to work, I separately see two older riders out in high-vis cat urine yellow jerseys taking questionable routes near peak morning traffic. That can only meet the Hotter'n Hell Hundred is upon us. But hey, at least they got up and rode their friggin' bikes. Better than I managed. I guess I'm just jealous.

But this throws a wrench in my previous schedule. I'm thinking I might try to slip out for a night ride tonight. If I can get the kiddo in bed by 8, I could get a quick spin in and replicate the sunset conditions I'll have to ride in on Saturday. Then I can rest up and do my normal Thursday morning ride. We'll see.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
It was hard for me

This one is our state hill climb championship route, it averages 8% over almost 7 miles but there are steeper sections. I'm sure CO has a lot worse but it's still pretty brutal by my standards-

https://www.strava.com/segments/683356

Edited to add a random question for dog owners (and Heath, because vet!): Are there any specific brands of food you prefer? Our pup is about 2 1/2 and is 72 lbs, we've had her eating Purina One since she was a year old but I wonder sometimes if we're shortchanging her nutrition somehow by buying that stuff.
Some dogs (like our lab) get yeasty gut, ears, and paws from all the rice, corn, and wheat in that type of food.
Also can develop sensitivities to certain proteins: our can't have food with chicken / eggs.

Zignature Turkey works for us, as do a handful of other brands in the $50-$80 / bag range. Get food shipped from chewy or amazon.
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