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Mine too. I went through a bunch of cardiac...

Mine too. I went through a bunch of cardiac testing, some invasive, when I had what appeared to be a run of ventricular tachycardia during a VO2max test in our lab back in 2013. I had developed a...
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I find that in the hot weather that I need to try...

I find that in the hot weather that I need to try to take a drink about every mile (my Garmin watch buzzes every mile so that is helpful). When I used to run, I couldn't figure out why I would feel...
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Cardiac output = HR x Stroke Volume. If your...

Cardiac output = HR x Stroke Volume.

If your left ventricle outputs less blood per beat than another person, then your heart rate will be higher (this assumes you have the same demand for oxygen...
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Million Meters 2: The Dark Chocolate Cow (1000) July 12-15, 2019

Considering a 1000K this summer? The Great Lakes Randonneurs is offering the Million Meters 2: The Dark Chocolate Cow out of Green Bay Wisconsin, July 12-15.

Registration closes July 1st, so sign...
06-16-19, 01:17 PM
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Million Meters 2: The Dark Chocolate Cow (1000) July 12-15, 2019

Considering a 1000K this summer? The Great Lakes Randonneurs is offering the Million Meters 2: The Dark Chocolate Cow out of Green Bay Wisconsin, July 12-15.

Registration closes July 1st, so sign...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Ed Boltz RIP

Not sure if any of you people on the east coast knew him, but Ed Boltz died from a massive heart attack during the pre-ride of a 1000K. Follows is the message Hamid posted on the Perms List. I met...
06-07-19, 08:20 AM
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On more than one occasion when I didn't feel...

On more than one occasion when I didn't feel comfortable leaving my bike outside a grocery store, I simply walked it along with me as I did my shopping. I probably got stranger looks from walking in...
06-07-19, 05:37 AM
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I use the snack bags that are tall and skinny....

I use the snack bags that are tall and skinny. The top opening fits easily into my water bottle so that I don't make a mess when transferring the powder:
...
06-04-19, 03:29 PM
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If I recall correctly, you can only reduce the...

If I recall correctly, you can only reduce the brightness on the steady mode. But I do 95% of my riding alone and feel that the flashing mode attracts more attention both day and night. When I was...
06-04-19, 02:53 PM
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6 exclusive night and day modes provide enhanced...

6 exclusive night and day modes provide enhanced safety : Steady, Zoom, Steady Pulse, Daylighting, Triple Flash, Random Flash

The only mode that lasts me longer than a 100K is the Triple Flash. I...
06-04-19, 04:47 AM
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I have the Cygolite Hotshot Pro 150. Of the 6...

I have the Cygolite Hotshot Pro 150. Of the 6 modes, there is only one that will last longer than 6 hours. In that one mode, I got through a 300K without any issues.

The other light that I like...
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I finally accomplished a 1000k month in May by...

I finally accomplished a 1000k month in May by riding 3 @ 200k brevets, a 300k, and a 112k permanent. I don’t see that being repeated again in 2019 as it involved 2 out of state trips.

Kudos to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-19, 05:49 AM
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Phone is with me for safety purposes. It is...

Phone is with me for safety purposes. It is tucked in my waist pack so I rarely know if someone tries to call as it is usually in silent mode. I will text my husband at controls on bike rides so he...
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Hah! I DNF'd the pre-ride of an upcoming 200K...

Hah! I DNF'd the pre-ride of an upcoming 200K because of a snowstorm. The weather models were all over the place the night before and even the morning of. So I started the ride with the intention of...
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@83cannodale - Todd!!! Good to see you posting...

@83cannodale - Todd!!! Good to see you posting here! See you out in Oregon on Saturday. Regina
04-26-19, 09:53 AM
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A friend gave me the GadgetGirl portion of my...

A friend gave me the GadgetGirl portion of my username over 20 years ago. At time it referred more to my collection of computers and related gizmos. Now it refers more to my various gizmos (GPS...
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Got a CostCo near you? They sell enormous...

Got a CostCo near you? They sell enormous quantities of nuts!
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Thanks! All-City changed the fork to carbon in...

Thanks! All-City changed the fork to carbon in 2017 from what you found but visually the dimensions look the same. I never use a front handlebar bag, but my rear bag is probably on the heavier side...
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Can someone explain in layman's terms what rake &...

Can someone explain in layman's terms what rake & trail mean? I've heard low trail but have no idea where the bike I ride falls.

Here is my most recent bike. It handles similar to my 2003...
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The longest I've ridden my flat-bar Trek 700 is...

The longest I've ridden my flat-bar Trek 700 is about 72 miles. My wrists don't appreciate the lack of ability to change positions that my road bikes give me. My wrists hurt for a couple days...
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Thanks for sharing this article. While I have no...

Thanks for sharing this article. While I have no desire to ride those distances, I could relate to the finding that the slower riders suffered more in inclement weather. In addition, I can see where...
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For the record I would have been 1 hour less slow...

For the record I would have been 1 hour less slow but stayed to render assistance at mile 40 along with 2 of my riding companions due to an unfortunate accident that sent one of our riders to the...
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I'm will judge people about their safety...

I'm will judge people about their safety equipment! And I'm sure there are those who look at me and think that I resemble a Christmas tree on wheels :lol: But I'm all about minimizing risk in the...
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^This! A fellow rider asked me on Saturday's 200K...

^This! A fellow rider asked me on Saturday's 200K how wide my tires were on my Litespeed Vortex. I told him he should have said narrow as they are 23mm. I needed to conserve some energy because the...
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How much climbing on the route? Any really steep...

How much climbing on the route? Any really steep grades?

Those are the questions that I ask myself when considering whether to ride my Litespeed or my steel All-City bike. My steel bike has...
04-12-19, 10:33 AM
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I used to run fairly regularly then arthritis in...

I used to run fairly regularly then arthritis in my left knee flared up last spring and just sitting, driving, sleeping were painful. Finally got physical therapy which got rid of the pain, yay! With...
04-11-19, 09:09 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I was a fat kid in the 60s and 70s. I rode my...

I was a fat kid in the 60s and 70s. I rode my bike all over the place. Your explanation greatly oversimplifies the problem.

I've finally been a normal weight adult consistently since 2012.
04-05-19, 01:04 PM
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I saw a cashew cheese (slices) in my local health...

I saw a cashew cheese (slices) in my local health food store recently. Daiya also makes a pretty good vegan cheese although I don't care for it cold, only heated.
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I'm not sure if attendance rates are higher in...

I'm not sure if attendance rates are higher in other parts of the country. Thus far I have only ridden brevets in the Midwest area and now Virginia. I can't even fathom 100 people showing up for a...
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https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1198/20190330_startriders2_a1ad9a4ed9bbf7823d45cc38d2ab6713315aa62c.jpg

I'm the one on the right.


Saturday, March 30th - Northern...
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unterhausen & iTrod - nice work especially...

unterhausen & iTrod - nice work especially considering how the winter weather has been.

I'm trying not to get too excited about the highs in the 70s that I'm seeing for my 200K this Saturday in...
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Given my frontal surface area and my preference...

Given my frontal surface area and my preference for sitting more upright due to lack of flexibility in my lower back, the width of fenders is certainly not making me go any slower than I already do.
03-20-19, 09:48 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I rode less outdoors in January (1 ride) and...

I rode less outdoors in January (1 ride) and February (2 rides + 2 out of town trips) than the previous winter. The brutal cold plus all the ice on the roads was more than I wanted to deal with. I...
Forum: Foo
03-19-19, 03:22 PM
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Views: 1,232
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

1. Weather - Wind first, then precipitation, then...

1. Weather - Wind first, then precipitation, then temperature (I hate riding in heat & humidity, but will go down to about 18 degrees if there isn't too much wind).
2. Lights - I want to be visible,...
03-14-19, 10:12 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I had 6 hours of memory loss from wiping out on...

I had 6 hours of memory loss from wiping out on my bike when I must have hit some lingering ice in 2005 during a February warm spell. I cracked my helmet. I don't want to think what the outcome would...
03-11-19, 01:09 PM
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35 degrees and windy here yesterday for a short...

35 degrees and windy here yesterday for a short ride. Felt AMAZING even riding into the wind. 35 degrees in March, especially after all the cold we had, feels so much warmer than 35 degrees in...
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abshipp - Mike has some nice populaires out in...

abshipp - Mike has some nice populaires out in your area. One starts in Oregon, the other in Rochelle, although you can start the Rochelle loop at the control on Baxter Rd. I'm available the weekend...
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Can you supplement your preparation with any...

Can you supplement your preparation with any indoor cycling? I didn't ride outdoors from February 3rd (a flat 100K) until a very hilly 200K in Kentucky on 2/23. My previous 200K was January 5th then...
03-03-19, 04:25 PM
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Thanks! This year I'm opting to do a...

Thanks!

This year I'm opting to do a different permanent that starts in Staunton. It goes up Goshen Pass. Sure is a beautiful part of the country. I have dear friends who live in Harrisonburg.
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I did get a 100+ mile ride in during February....

I did get a 100+ mile ride in during February. Here's the link: Louisville Bicycling Club 200K Brevet (https://www.bikeforums.net/20810124-post83.html)

Didn't take any pictures on Saturday due to...
03-03-19, 06:51 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

April, 2018 - the 6 mile climb up Reddish Knob in...

April, 2018 - the 6 mile climb up Reddish Knob in Virginia. It was part of an 80-mile permanent that also went over into West Virginia. I'm from Illinois so having to climb continuously (~8-10%) for...
02-28-19, 06:00 AM
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I miss my Flight Deck. It came with my 2003...

I miss my Flight Deck. It came with my 2003 Litespeed. I loved being able to change the display without taking my hands off the handlebars. I also liked knowing what gear I was in. But my unit...
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

The Louisville Bicycle Club had the first of its...

The Louisville Bicycle Club had the first of its PBP series yesterday, a 200K. I decided to make the trip since I'm so frustrated with our endless snow, ice, and cold in the western suburbs of...
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We haven't been that lucky. We had some crazy...

We haven't been that lucky. We had some crazy long streak of measurable precipitation at O'Hare that finally got broken not to mention our Polar Vortex. I think we had 15 inches of snow in January....
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

I'm guessing there is a lot of cabin fever in...

I'm guessing there is a lot of cabin fever in your area (as well as ours!).
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Posted By GadgetGirlIL

rhm - good job at toughing it out! How many...

rhm - good job at toughing it out! How many others braved those conditions?
02-04-19, 10:32 AM
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Views: 1,440
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

How do you keep your face warm? Even when I did...

How do you keep your face warm? Even when I did downhill skiing in very cold temperatures, I found those face masks (I think it was neoprene - I got it back in the 90's) very annoying because the...
Forum: Foo
02-01-19, 05:42 AM
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Views: 828
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

Nearly naked man spotted rollerblading along...

Nearly naked man spotted rollerblading along Chicago's lakefront in subzero temps (https://abc7chicago.com/nearly-naked-man-spotted-rollerblading-along-chicagos-lakefront-in-subzero-temps/5114519/)
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Views: 1,797
Posted By GadgetGirlIL

samkl - looking forward to meeting you and...

samkl - looking forward to meeting you and everyone else!
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big_cat - so glad you will be tackling the...

big_cat - so glad you will be tackling the 600K!!! Not sure if I will get a chance to meet you. At the moment, I'm scheduled to get the 400K going that same day out of Woodstock.
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