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Old 04-17-17, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Ok but what happened between the broken TT bike and the gob of jello?

I can tell you're trying to build dramatic tension. Excellent rhetorical device.
Deal.

65 of us, and it was the 35+ open class. There were a couple older than myself, but not many. Ah well. It followed the same course as the TT to start, so that was good. I was at least familiar with what was coming up, but I was honestly surprised how steep these were, and that I was able to negotiate this stuff on my aero bars. Makes me a little more pleased with my TT deal, anyway.

It starts with a slight downhill, then a little one minute climb, basically rollers, with a final little nasty 30 second kicker before long descent. On this last kicker, there was a touching of wheels, and one fellow I knew went down. Sad, but at least it wasn't the downhill section. That muddied it up a bit, and I had to chase on the downhill to catch on. Of course, every little hill, there was a surge, so it was hard work.

Caught on, the corner at the bottom is about a 120 degree turn, with yet another kicker. About another minute of hell. another descent, and here comes the corner I had the flat on the previous day. Negotiated that OK, and recovered a bit, as this was the headwind part. Turned towards the sustained climb, and of course, they ramped it up again. I hung with as folks went off the back, and just as we neared the top, they gunned it even harder. I was redlined by then, off the back, and had to make a deal with myself to keep racing. I could see my truck from there, and it was so tempting....

I knew the next two laps were going to be hard, as now I had the wind all to myself. Just as I hit the hard little kicker before the descent to the 120 degree turn, I was caught by 5 riders, so that was nice. We took turns pulling until the sustained climb, then it was everyone for themselves. Myself and a Cat 2 guy dropped them on the hill, then he was able to recover a little quicker, and dropped me. One more lap to go.

Sort of a rinse and repeat, though I was by myself until the turn up the final hill, then another group caught me that started 5 minutes behind, and some of my bunch had tagged a ride in there. Either way, the hill was long, a couple got by me as they had a little recovery time in that other bunch, I dropped a few, and I pretty much left every ounce of everything I had out on the course.

I set pr best power numbers in multiple 5' 10' 15' times. I was close in 20's, but when I train in 20's, I don't have another hour and a half to go.

It was a good day, even though I was 45 of 65.
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Originally Posted by Scarbo
Why don't you just eat beets? They're good.
No. No they're not.

The beet juice from beets infect everything else on the plate.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
I wear one every time I ride, in part to keep the sun off my baldness, but also to keep the sweat off my glasses. I've found that if I roll it up in front it acts like a rain gutter.
As do I. It seems to make my helmet innards last longer.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
No. No they're not.

The beet juice from beets infect everything else on the plate.
What about raw beets?
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Well done, @LAJ. Kudos on the multiple power PRs. That's gotta bode well for your upcoming race season.

And congrats on not being spit out the back of a 35+ open field. That's pretty swell, that you were able to actually stay in the mix and race.

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Originally Posted by LAJ
Deal.

65 of us, and it was the 35+ open class.
Kudos. With that many entries why didn't they split the masters classes into smaller age groups? It seems unfair for you to be racing a 36 year old Cat 1 who wants some extra training, for example.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
No. No they're not.

The beet juice from beets infect everything else on the plate.

I take it that you don't like borscht either?

So sad!
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Deal.

65 of us, and it was the 35+ open class. There were a couple older than myself, but not many. Ah well. It followed the same course as the TT to start, so that was good. I was at least familiar with what was coming up, but I was honestly surprised how steep these were, and that I was able to negotiate this stuff on my aero bars. Makes me a little more pleased with my TT deal, anyway.
They let you mass race on aero bars?
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My cholesterol is not ideal, but it's not bad enough to do anything about. It's getting better with this whole cycling thing. This probably means it will be uncontrollable without medication if I live long enough. I'm not particularly worried about it.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
They let you mass race on aero bars?
Think he was referring to taking the same corners previously on the TT bike.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Deal.

65 of us, and it was the 35+ open class. There were a couple older than myself, but not many. Ah well. It followed the same course as the TT to start, so that was good. I was at least familiar with what was coming up, but I was honestly surprised how steep these were, and that I was able to negotiate this stuff on my aero bars. Makes me a little more pleased with my TT deal, anyway.

It starts with a slight downhill, then a little one minute climb, basically rollers, with a final little nasty 30 second kicker before long descent. On this last kicker, there was a touching of wheels, and one fellow I knew went down. Sad, but at least it wasn't the downhill section. That muddied it up a bit, and I had to chase on the downhill to catch on. Of course, every little hill, there was a surge, so it was hard work.

Caught on, the corner at the bottom is about a 120 degree turn, with yet another kicker. About another minute of hell. another descent, and here comes the corner I had the flat on the previous day. Negotiated that OK, and recovered a bit, as this was the headwind part. Turned towards the sustained climb, and of course, they ramped it up again. I hung with as folks went off the back, and just as we neared the top, they gunned it even harder. I was redlined by then, off the back, and had to make a deal with myself to keep racing. I could see my truck from there, and it was so tempting....

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I set pr best power numbers in multiple 5' 10' 15' times. I was close in 20's, but when I train in 20's, I don't have another hour and a half to go.

It was a good day, even though I was 45 of 65.
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I'm on FB trying to figure out what happened to a MTB rider on Saturday. He had to be medically extracted on a stretcher, and his bike was not ok. It was in pieces.

People getting injured on this trail system is not uncommon, but it's mostly on the west technical side of things. This was on the east side where I spend most of my hours, and it is really anyone needs to be extracted in the area where it happened.

There are some optional features, like jumps, etc in the area. And it may have happened in a creek crossing known as "the pit" which is pretty easy, unless you take the 30' cliff optional line... I could see wiping out badly on the way down on that.
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Wife apparently just woke up. She also went to bed at 9 PM. She's getting some high volume base training in for the upcoming sleep championships, I guess.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
Eat.
Fixed.

Originally Posted by rjones28
Four small incisions on my belly, so the robot could sink it's tentacles into me.
I have a scar from my surgery as an infant that goes all the way across my abdomen.

Apparently medical technology has changed since then.

Originally Posted by LAJ
Zesty Italian infused torn lettuce, with purple cabbage, a rainbow array of bell peppers, a delicious assortment of cherry tomatoes, topped with a few ounces of cubed turkey breast.

This was followed by a baked sweet potato with some butter and brown sugar generously mixed in. That is my guilty pleasure, but of course, it's also Indy and Georgia-Mae's, as well. They see me mixing it up, and can barely contain themselves.

Desert was a glob-o-jello.
Kudos!

Originally Posted by LAJ
The beet juice from beets infect everything else on the plate.
You can quarantine them on a separate plate.
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I finally ended my stint of Russian tyre roulette and have retired my rear (it started showing threads in February). It rendered thousands of miles of faithful service. No flats (as I recall) RIP.

I rotate my tyres so I had to take off and replace both the front and rear ones.

I should do something with my chain but that's enough dumb bike stuff for now; I'm exhausted.
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RIP in peace, tire.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I finally ended my stint of Russian tyre roulette and have retired my rear (it started showing threads in February). It rendered thousands of miles of faithful service. No flats (as I recall) RIP.

I rotate my tyres so I had to take off and replace both the front and rear ones.

I should do something with my chain but that's enough dumb bike stuff for now; I'm exhausted.

I recommend some beet tablets. Remember this: if you're feeling beat, take some beet.

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^ ^ Nice sig, @Scarbo.
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^^^^

Thank you. But I have you to thank for bringing Herr Von Cartman's words of wisdom to light.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Well done, @LAJ. Kudos on the multiple power PRs. That's gotta bode well for your upcoming race season.

And congrats on not being spit out the back of a 35+ open field. That's pretty swell, that you were able to actually stay in the mix and race.

Thank you @Heathpack. Honestly, it took them a while to kick me to the curb, and I am pleased. Next weekend is the real season start, so coach John and I are optimistic. He was worried that this would turn into an easy little ride in the hills once the 1's started getting down to business. After I asked him when have you ever seen me do that, he recanted. I don't usually catch him in an untruth, so it was good to get a little validation there, too.
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Thank you all!

This was a college race, so they had to make room for us, around the ABC college races. It is what it is, and when I looked down the line, I hung OK with many of the Cat 3's, and especially the recently upgraded Cat 3 fellows I raced with last year.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
Think he was referring to taking the same corners previously on the TT bike.
Ok, now I understand.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I'm on four Rxs for inflammation and one for side effects. That's got to put me on the podium, right?
Prffft. Also ran.
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Originally Posted by jtaylor996
I'm on FB trying to figure out what happened to a MTB rider on Saturday. He had to be medically extracted on a stretcher, and his bike was not ok. It was in pieces.

People getting injured on this trail system is not uncommon, but it's mostly on the west technical side of things. This was on the east side where I spend most of my hours, and it is really anyone needs to be extracted in the area where it happened.

There are some optional features, like jumps, etc in the area. And it may have happened in a creek crossing known as "the pit" which is pretty easy, unless you take the 30' cliff optional line... I could see wiping out badly on the way down on that.
Making a great case to get on a mountain bike
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