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Old 10-22-23, 12:14 PM
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I had a lovely two hour ride, to the edge of Merida, and back. Scoping out the route for next Sunday, when I will ride right into the city. Thirty miles without a tope. Bliss.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
It's supposed to rain, somewhere between 0.1 and 0.25" today. And the temps are supposed to be in the high 60s/low 70s. My First World Problem is what to wear? Dress for the temps or dress for the possibility of getting wet? My "showerproof" gear is also cool weather gear (not cold weather, because we don't really get that much here). Decisions, decisions.

buy a regular rain coat?
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I had a lovely two hour ride, to the edge of Merida, and back. Scoping out the route for next Sunday, when I will ride right into the city. Thirty miles without a tope. Bliss.

Do cartels leave cyclist alone?
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Do cartels leave cyclist alone?
no, they are cars after all
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
no, they are cars after all
Do tell
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Originally Posted by big john
Sorry to hear. Best of luck going forward and I hope you have the best outcome whatever the docs decide.
Likewise.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
buy a regular rain coat?
I have one. I was dithering about whether to bring it, since it was merely cloudy. Turns out it was needed! It was nice and dry at the house when I left, just a few wet patches of pavement, not even puddles. Then, about mile 3, steady light rain. I stopped and put on the rain cape. I soldiered on another 2 miles, but the next part of the route is narrow twisty ups and downs, and discretion is the better part of valor. I and my hooting brakes turned around and rode home, Soaked.
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rain? Sounds like Zwift weather.
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TdW Stage 3, 6th / 153 starters, climber's gambit course, ends with a ~20 minute climb.

Through the esses it was reduced to a group of 28, which is where the race would be from. On the Zwift KOM reverse we dropped a few, than a few more through Titan's reverse, until it was 20. Some dude attacked through Titan's and solo'd at 5.0+ FTW... wild.

At the tunnel coming out of Ocean Blvd I wanted to rid some of the riff raff so I attacked and got about 15 seconds. One bridged. Onto the climb, about 3 more made it up to me.

I didn't have a ton of energy for the climb and was only able to muster about 4.4 w/kg going up it. With some dedication and mental fortitude I think I could have produced maybe 20 more watts, but I didn't have it today. Not that I would have caught the first few, but maybe I could have bagged 4th. Still happy with it!


final climb in no man's land, hurting...


there you have it
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Relatively nice day (for early winter). I embarked on a cycling activity, but determined my knee is too puffy for it to be sufficiently enjoyable, so only went around the neighbourhood.

Thinking of getting another injection. The nurse gave me one in June which only worked for a few weeks. At my consultation last month the witch doctor said he had previously given me nearly 2x her dosage when he did it (those lasted well over a year).

Sigh.

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Originally Posted by TMonk
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rain? Sounds like Zwift weather.
Sounds like rain bike weather.
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Might need to use CC because he speaks in quasi-English.

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I used to be tougher regarding weather when I was in college (PNW), wouldn't fret rain and cold temps and all that. Moving back home to San Diego made me soft. Then Zwift took that a step further... now I won't go outside if it's wet or under 60 F, unless I have some sort of team ride or a race or something. But I enjoy the trainer. So different strokes and all that.

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Sounds like rain bike weather.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Never been on one. Or seen one on a map.
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as long as we're still in this infancy period, I don't think I'll be leaving the garage to ride very often. every once in a while when someone is visiting and helping, maybe. I will thoroughly enjoy getting outside for a few hours, seldom as it will be for me (for a while).
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Originally Posted by TMonk
TdW Stage 3, 6th / 153 starters, climber's gambit course, ends with a ~20 minute climb.
final climb in no man's land, hurting...


there you have it
And then there are the Also Rans.



This was what I did Friday night. Usually on these things there'll be a group running somewhere in the 2 w/kg range. Not this time! I ended up in No Man's Land practically the whole ride. But I did have fun reeling in a handful of people who'd dropped me earlier. I just kept the power between 235 and 245 as much as I could.
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More Benson on the road...

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Originally Posted by TMonk
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rain? Sounds like Zwift weather.
That's what I ended up doing - 10.6 miles IRL, 32.9 miles ITG. I did the Eastern Eight route, since I went for the Standard Route on TdW Stage 2, and I was curious.



Sounds like rain bike weather.
The Canyon IS my rain bike, but I should have attached the fender, and avoided getting a cold, wet butt. Here's the Canyon in Rain Bike mode...

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genejockey I've done that several times, usually when I have an agenda to the duration of my long weekend ride (e.g. 4-6 hours). Head out feeling optimistic despite the weather report, get dumped on, head home, put on some new bibs and onto the trainer
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I didn't have a ton of energy for the climb and was only able to muster about 4.4 w/kg going up it.
Pfft. Such a cazh.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Do cartels leave cyclist alone?
Are you confusing Merida with Medellin?
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Are you confusing Merida with Medellin?
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No. Seedz is in Mexico.
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Not my best work.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
More Benson on the road...

La Quinta is our accommodation of choice when we travel with Roscoe. Benson looks chill. Did she find some gummies?
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Not my best work.
Good enough.

That’s how I feel about this week’s leaderboard. Not my best, but good enough.

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