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Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-12-23, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Last night, I registered for the Belgian Waffle Ride (70+ mi "wafer" version) in San Marcos, CA on April 16th. This will be a MUCH bigger effort than I've made since I returned to riding 3 years ago, and I expect to be going into it not nearly as prepared as I should be. While it is technically a race, my only goal is to finish.

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In AZ, the 130 is the same price as the 70. That's nearly 86% extra suffering FOR FREE!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
In AZ, the 130 is the same price as the 70. That's nearly 86% extra suffering FOR FREE!
The full waffle is more than I can eat in one day. Currently, if I get 70 miles in a week, I feel like I had a reasonable week.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
The full waffle is more than I can eat in one day. Currently, if I get 70 miles in a week, I feel like I had a reasonable week.
Same here. Well, maybe 130 in a 24-hour day, but probably not sunup-sundown.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Same here. Well, maybe 130 in a 24-hour day, but probably not sunup-sundown.
Oooh, I guess AZ is not quite a double metric. Still sounds rough without a couple hour nap in there somewhere: 123-miles with 8,500 feet of climbing.

And the Wafer here is kinda long, so not as much free suffering as I'd previously calculated. Wafer, which will be about 79-miles in length.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Oooh, I guess AZ is not quite a double metric. Still sounds rough without a couple hour nap in there somewhere: 123-miles with 8,500 feet of climbing.

And the Wafer here is kinda long, so not as much free suffering as I'd previously calculated. Wafer, which will be about 79-miles in length.
I have unfounded suspicions that the BWR organizers measure rides in some sort of suffering metric, rather than distance alone.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I have unfounded suspicions that the BWR organizers measure rides in some sort of suffering metric, rather than distance alone.
Pretty sure the Eroica rides do that overtly.
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Originally Posted by datlas
My retired pilot friend wants to do a 5 day ride along the gravel trail from Pittsburgh to DC later this year. He suggested the CX bike would be perfect for the trip.

I told him I would consider it.

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My wife is doing a supported ride from Newark, NJ to Albany this summer. I volunteered to pick her up at the finish.
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Hey. It's 40F and raining again.

#yearwithoutwinter
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Did you eat the apple?
I did, minus the bruised part.

Kind of meh, but it was free.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Hey. It's 40F and raining again.
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It occurred to me earlier today that I was watching live for:

Tua's concussion
Tua's other concussion
Tua's concussion 3D
Mike White's jackknifed ribs
Kyler's ACL
Damar Hamlin's heart attack
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It occurred to me earlier today that I was watching live for:

Tua's concussion
Tua's other concussion
Tua's concussion 3D
Mike White's jackknifed ribs
Kyler's ACL
Damar Hamlin's heart attack
So it's YOU!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
So it's YOU!
It really feels like it. Different season, but I was also watching live for Dak's ankle.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
It really feels like it. Different season, but I was also watching live for Dak's ankle.
Ah, but were you watching for Joe Theisman's leg?
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Hey. It's 40F and raining again.

#yearwithoutwinter
We might get some 40į rain at some point next week. Fox10 only shows angrier clouds, but my phone has clouds with rain falling from them for 3 days straight

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
We might get some 40į rain at some point next week. Fox10 only shows angrier clouds, but my phone has clouds with rain falling from them for 3 days straight
A neighbour's tree fell over in today's storm.

Are your cacti safe?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
A neighbour's tree fell over in today's storm.

Are your cacti safe?
Dead calm here and most soils have moderate moisture content, so the cacti will likely remain standing for the rest of today at the very least.
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Dang, I did something nasty to my Achilles during my morning skateboarding activity. No more of that, or hiking, or trail running for the next couple weeks I think.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Dang, I did something nasty to my Achilles during my morning skateboarding activity. No more of that, or hiking, or trail running for the next couple weeks I think.
Aren't you a bit old to be skateboarding?
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Looks like I'm missing out on some nearby swimming competition.

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Ah, but were you watching for Joe Theisman's leg?
Not only no, I probably wouldn't be able to remember if I were.
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Phone stopped charging last night, and this morning the only way I could get it to charge was to bend the cable a certain way and hold the phone upside down while chanting and throwing salt in the air. The wife said no to a new phone.

Went grocery shopping this afternoon and noticed that an iphone 11 was on sale for 250.00, Told the wife I would buy 2 and she agreed.

As datlas brought up a couple weeks ago, not having a home button is horrifying. Iím not sure how I feel about this phone. Itís also smaller than my Iphone 8. Yet to be determined if thats a good thing.


Rode with my coach today and re stressed he didnít want me riding at night. Me being the young know it all said I would be fine. Well, he proceeds to tell me about 2 cyclist that got hit by cars very recently. Within the time I have started cycling. These were both local. and on the very same streets I ride on. The male died, hit and run. Later that year a female cyclist was hit at night and suffered brain damage. Fractured skull, I still donít think she can walk.


That was sobering. I donít think iíll be riding at night anymore, if I do I will be strictly staying in my neighborhood.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Looks like I'm missing out on some nearby swimming competition.

https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics/stat...03402117967872
I'll be sticking to winter sports viewing this weekend

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Originally Posted by datlas
Just saw a patient for ongoing chronic abdominal pain and related issues.

The GI docs diagnosed him with celiac disease and told him to go gluten free.

He could not comply with that diet, so the GI docs sent him to a nutritionist.

He now comes back to me, admits he has a "hard time" following gluten free diet and complaining about his ongoing symptoms to me. I did my best to explain to him that there is no treatment other than gluten free diet, but he just does not get it.

Next patient has ongoing back pain. He works as a gravedigger. I tried to explain that he is doing this to himself and he needs to find a better job. He told me that's all he knows.

I can't fix everything. Sigh.
Especially stupid.
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