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Addiction LXV

Old 04-17-17, 06:03 PM
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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....

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 LAJ
No. No they're not.

The beet juice from beets infect everything else on the plate.
Exactly
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How many of you beet haters have never tasted them. Fess up.
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Beets are just alright with me.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest
Sounds tough but satisfying. Good job!
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
How many of you beet haters have never tasted them. Fess up.
Many of us actually test, try, use, and learn about, before condemning.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
How many of you beet haters have never tasted them. Fess up.
I didn't like them growing up but they're OK now.

There are a few foods like that.

The swing for olives has been even more dramatic.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Yes, but what's the point?
I have a friend who makes money working with old tech.

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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Since this is really a bike board, I'd like to report that Mrs.T and I did a 26 mile tandem bike ride.

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Nice easy tandem ride.
26.0 mi. at 16.2 mph
Sunny, 72°, SSE at 5-12 mph
Pollen - 11.1
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Many of us actually test, try, use, and learn about, before condemning.
Does that mean you and beets?
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Originally Posted by datlas
Beets are just alright with me.
I think I see what you did there.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
How many of you beet haters have never tasted them. Fess up.
Borscht is fine occasionally in winter. Mrs. rjones28 roasts them with a bit of seasoning; I'll eat those. That's it though.
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Lol poor Doglet. Before our standard Doxie died, Mr H used to tell her that we only got her to be an organ donor for Prime Pet.

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(We do not plan of feeding the dogs beets. Nor us.)
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Another great ride. I got back in time to witness a big cloud-lightning show. No thunder.
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Beets are one of my favorite foods. I grew a small crop of them this winter.
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Beet it.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Borscht is fine occasionally in winter.
Got a good recipe?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Got a good recipe?
Mrs. rjones28 has a good recipe. Well, as good as beet soup can be.
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So far no one has said they have tried beets and don't like them enough to eat them again. Where are you guys?
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
So far no one has said they have tried beets and don't like them enough to eat them again. Where are you guys?
I tried beets and don't like them enough to eat them again. I occasionally eat them anyway.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
So far no one has said they have tried beets and don't like them enough to eat them again. Where are you guys?
I don't know if I've eaten them or not but I'm going to give them a try and let you know.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I tried beets and don't like them enough to eat them again. I occasionally eat them anyway.
That's just plain wrong.
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First try of beets should be the sliced, pickled kind in the glass jar. Very tasty on an entree salad like a salad with chicken, tuna, shrimp, lobster or crab salad on it.
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