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What did you learn this summer?

Old 09-04-09, 03:46 PM
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What did you learn this summer?

I learned that $30 is the upper limit of what I'll pay to race a 30-minute crit.

There's more here. But I'd be interested to hear others'.

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$30 for a 30 minute crit? please.
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Old 09-04-09, 03:54 PM
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2 hours is as far as I'll drive for a 30 minute crit.




** which really sucks when you crash out 14 minutes into aforementioned 30 minute crit.
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I'm not as good as I think I am.
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That riding 45 miles to a 120 mile ride is utterly idiotic.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
That riding 45 miles to a 120 mile ride is utterly idiotic.
i've driven 12 hours for a 170km ride, and had no regrets.
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That I climb like a homesick brick.
And, you may fly past me in the beginning. But being slow and steady, I will catch you after 60KM or so.
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I'll drive 3 hours to do maybe 30 minutes of racing (track), but I won't drive 3 hours for a crit.

Training helps.

Racing 2-3x a week helps but is not enough.

I need to do longer rides other than races.

The basics are a requirement (pedal stroke, in my case). If I skip the basics, I pay for it.

I want leadout men.

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I learned that if you wear ChampSys bibs while riding in an easterly direction in the late afternoon, the riders behind you can see the crack of your ass.
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Old 09-04-09, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
i've driven 12 hours for a 170km ride, and had no regrets.
I do not regret the ride.
The start time of 2:30 am on the other hand..
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- How to properly fuel and hydrate for longer efforts.
- The value of higher cadence.
- There's always someone faster.
- It ain't the bike.
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Old 09-04-09, 05:19 PM
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I look good in lycra.

Damn good.
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Too much.
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Though I up'd my mileage considerably this season... I need to double that next season... and that riding through the winter this year in non-negotiable. Oh yeah... and that I covet a lugged steel bike.
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That the bike my neighbor gave me is to big for me and I need to find a proper road bike. That commuting to work is fun. I need to increase my training mileage. Also that it's important to have a post ride recovery nutrition.
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That the 2 months that I have been "in this sport" are finally paying off and I am finally able to constantly keep up with the group rides when this one guy that has been doing triathlons for 30+ yrs leads...

That having your feet parallel to the ground while pedaling is not as efficient as having your feet angled such that your ankle is perpendicular to the pedal at any given time...

That I am DEFINITELY buying a Garmin Edge 500...
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That I can't go hard core every day. I need to limit my hard coreness to every other day.
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100km at 19avg is way more fun than 100mi at 15avg

that i have 143 sit bones not 130 = yay Regal booo Fly
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-That I'm better suited for long, hilly races
-That I'm not so well suited for flat crits
-That there may be sanbaggers in Cat3/4 races (ie...he should have upgraded to Cat2 three years ago)
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At age 56, crashing hurts and heal time is slow, but after hearing about pharding & randochap as well as others, I came away relatively unscathed.

A bit of road rash in the summer makes for some interesting stares from those who don't ride.

A split second of inattention and a metal drain is all it takes to go flying.

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don't take a corner at 35 when it's recommended that cars do it at 10
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That heat rash can last for weeks if its in a dark damp spot of your body.
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A 4k bike doesn't make me 4K faster or 4K better.
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Here's what I learned:

During the record rainfall in the Northeast this Spring and Summer I'm not as fond of endless soggy rides as I thought I was.

Riding a new saddle day after day (in the rain) can result in a very unhappy nether region.

I'll be happy when someone accuses me of 'sandbagging' in Cat 4/5.
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I learned that cat 3's ain't ****.
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