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Old 11-21-23, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Went outside today. I continue to have gobs of power when I keep expecting it to drop out, due to riding ~6-7 hrs a week (vs twice that much). Hit a few segments at the upper end of repeatable interval pace without undue RPE:

3:45 at 352w (5.4)
9:45 at 303w (4.7)
3:00 at 350w (5.4) <-- ok so this one was pretty mid

Weight is down a few lbs too so they are objectively better performances.

I can't explain it, maybe I'm just enjoying a temporary period of reduced fatigue? Or maybe it's the oft-anticipated arrival of #dadwatts? I'm sure the depth isn't there, but maybe I could still attack the hell out of a criterium on this low volume.

Keep to your crits on the west coast!!!!!!!


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Old 11-21-23, 05:01 PM
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SIL loves his Shun knives.
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Old 11-21-23, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
SIL loves his Shun knives.

I read this as Sister In Law loves his Shun knives.
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Old 11-21-23, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I realized today that I have never been to a tupperware party. Feels pretty good to get that off my chest.
Great place for widowers to meet the chickas.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I read this as Sister In Law loves his Shun knives.
Son in law.
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Background for this week's events.

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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Background for this week's events.

Ive been there before, of course I was 35,000 feet up…….
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
It's Bjork's bday today!

And she just released a new song/video:

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Old 11-21-23, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Background for this week's events.
A lot of singing John Denver around a campfire I presume.
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Originally Posted by Caliwild
And she just released a new song/video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jsi2Tgvx6A
Excellent! Gotta check it out when I get home to almost passable speakers!
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Felt like crap at the start of the ride. Not sick, just no legs and really tired. We start with some twisty roads and a bit of climbing and were headed to a steep climb. The hammer princess doesn't need much warm up and she wants to hammer all the climbs these days. After realizing I couldn't hang they talked her into backing off and skipping the steep stuff.

After a bit of easier riding I started feeling better and we went to the break for coffee and snacks. The burrito was larger than last time and when the staff forgot to bring an order of tater tots, they brought a huge basket of tots to make up for it. So two of us ate way too much and paid for it on the ride back. Beautiful day, no problem with the wind over there.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
A lot of singing John Denver around a campfire I presume.
Nope. Lots of college football, walks, eating and drinking.
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Woah, 5 flybys in 53 minutes!!! That's gotta be a record for me this year.

Are flybys making a comeback?

Prolly not, just a fluke.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Woah, 5 flybys in 53 minutes!!! That's gotta be a record for me this year.

Are flybys making a comeback?

Prolly not, just a fluke.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets

Are flybys making a comeback?
Maybe? Although we didn't actually flyby.


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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Speaking college basketball towns, I'll be at one of the blue blood programs tonight.
Well?
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Transition woes at KCB tonight. Problems going from 4/4 to cut time for "Dominick The Donkey"

I believe this is one of DougRNS s favourites.

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Old 11-21-23, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I realized today that I have never been to a tupperware party. Feels pretty good to get that off my chest.
Heh! I have a Tupperware story. Mrs. Badger and I were married in the early '90s, spent our honeymoon in Quebec City -- middle of winter. It was a magical time for us, but that's by the bye. We liked to spend some time sitting in the lobby of the Chateau Frontenac, having a drink and watching the goings on.

One evening, there was a Tupperware convention -- not kidding. Limos, party frocks, the whole thing as only the Quebeçois can do it. As we watched the spectacle, a lady of a certain age unsteadily descended the staircase into the lobby, clearly three sheets to the wind and then some. Floating above her was a bouquet of balloons, must have been a dozen of them. She proceeded to head for the main exit -- a huge revolving door -- at this point walking on her ankles, unable to maintain her balance on her stiletto heels. Mrs. Badger said "watch this!" and sure enough, Our Lady of Sore Ankles made it into the revolving door, but her balloons were then trapped, along with her, on the inside. She could not figure out how to make her escape. Finally, after much tugging and pulling and falling once or twice, hotel staff came to her aid, freed her balloons and the revolving door, and escorted her out and into her waiting car.

Certainly not the most 'special' moment of our stay, but a highlight nevertheless!
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Well?
I just got in. Lexington Kentucky. Coach Calipari is from the Pittsburgh area and went to Clarion University as did my wife. He played for the basketball team.

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Old 11-22-23, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by badger1
Heh! I have a Tupperware story. Mrs. Badger and I were married in the early '90s, spent our honeymoon in Quebec City -- middle of winter.
Sounds lovely.
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I just got in. Lexington Kentucky.
Did you travel through the quasi-blue blood City of Knoxville and not give a shout out to nearby Velo Vol ?
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The adaptor, to play 18v Dewalt NiCd tools with 20v Li Ion batteries, came in yesterday while I was in the city. I tried it out this morning, and now have two normal drills and a hammer drill. That is too many, imo, but what to do? The new one is much lighter weight than the older one, so there’s that.
I also now have my first iPhone, a 2022 SE. I love its diminutive size. I have finally been freed from the constant harassment from google assistant; even turned off and disabled, it appeared, asking to be turned back on. And my new Assos cycling gloves. From Bike Closet clearance. Said company was not set up, a month ago, to deal with out of country orders. Even those to be shipped domestically. It became a major pain, just to put the order through, with the owner (the horror!) having to work on a Saturday, in order to make it happen. These both came in with friends from Colorado, who have second and third homes in the area. They are trying to decide whether to keep both or unload one.
I had a cold for most of the week and weekend, but got a short ride in day before yesterday, and maybe another one today. Dry season is such a busy time. Getting those projects done in the cool weather, that become so much more difficult after the heat and humidity returns.
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Originally Posted by badger1
Heh! I have a Tupperware story. Mrs. Badger and I were married in the early '90s, spent our honeymoon in Quebec City -- middle of winter. It was a magical time for us, but that's by the bye. We liked to spend some time sitting in the lobby of the Chateau Frontenac, having a drink and watching the goings on.

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Certainly not the most 'special' moment of our stay, but a highlight nevertheless!
People watching is a wonderful pastime
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Wordle took me an embarrassing six.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Sounds lovely.
Yes, it was. Quebec City is a beautiful place in winter ... to visit.
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