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03-18-17, 04:04 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

Definitely. Unfortunately I seem bent on proving...

Definitely. Unfortunately I seem bent on proving I can get out of shape, semi-back in again, out again, in again... :D
03-18-17, 12:14 PM
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Oh man, is it ever gonna be a long road back. :)...

Oh man, is it ever gonna be a long road back. :) I rode a grand total of less than 300 miles last year. All year. The weather, my schedules and other commitments conspired against me. Over and...
08-12-16, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By lphilpot

Doohickie, I won't disagree at all that hitch...

Doohickie, I won't disagree at all that hitch mounts are "better" in a general sense. A platform hitch rack is stronger, more stable, etc., but the total for two vehicles (including installing...
08-11-16, 08:21 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

Opinions / experience re: Allen trunk racks?

We've just traded in our 2006 Honda Odyssey minivan for a 2014 Honda CR-V. The Odyssey had a 2" receiver and I have a 3-bike steel Hollywood rack (strong, but HEAVY... now for sale!). Well, I don't...
03-05-16, 10:22 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

Conditions here today couldn't have been better...

Conditions here today couldn't have been better for an afternoon ride with a friend: 28 easy miles, 73 F, low humidity, blue skies and minimal to non-existent wind on mostly-empty rural roads with...
02-21-16, 08:53 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

Thanks. Last fall, despite far less annual...

Thanks. Last fall, despite far less annual mileage than I'd like, I was actually making relative progress on my riding in some ways and even achieved a minor milestone (for me). Then, between weather...
02-20-16, 05:31 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

Today and last Saturday were the first and second...

Today and last Saturday were the first and second time I've ridden since ... well, way too long to mention (life and other stuff has just gotten in the way :notamused:). 27 slow miles with a friend,...
11-25-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,470
Posted By lphilpot

Everyone's different and no one can truly answer...

Everyone's different and no one can truly answer for anyone else, but if it were me I'd fall over myself to retire. It can't come soon enough, as soon as I'm financially able (?). I'd love to be able...
11-01-15, 02:44 PM
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Views: 1,247
Posted By lphilpot

I guess Little Debbie has no place here at all......

I guess Little Debbie has no place here at all... :twitchy: :)

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10-30-15, 08:26 PM
Replies: 56
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Posted By lphilpot

Like I saw on a bumper sticker one: "Cats - The...

Like I saw on a bumper sticker one: "Cats - The other white meat"

...and just so I don't get in trouble, I share my home with two human females and four felines (male and female). And, I happen to...
10-18-15, 07:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By lphilpot

Based on the blog you're probably already...

Based on the blog you're probably already familiar with the Feliciana Retreat Center then. It's a nice place.
10-18-15, 06:54 PM
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Views: 1,268
Posted By lphilpot

Last year, I did a 38 mile loop basically from...

Last year, I did a 38 mile loop basically from Norwood up to Centreville and back around again. We actually started and ended at the Feliciana Retreat Center on 422, about 10 miles east of Norwood....
10-17-15, 10:44 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

Wow... that's really cool! Beautiful countryside...

Wow... that's really cool! Beautiful countryside and scenery, plus considerate folks. Hard to get better than that.
10-17-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 690
Posted By lphilpot

Louisiana is in the middle of our two typically 6...

Louisiana is in the middle of our two typically 6 to 8 week stretches of nice weather each year. Other than fall and spring, it's either too wet and nasty or hot and humid to be very pleasant...
10-08-15, 04:50 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

:thumb: :innocent:

:thumb: :innocent:
10-04-15, 08:14 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

I discovered I was getting interference from my...

I discovered I was getting interference from my phone (on a handlebar mount). That caused strangeness across the board. I moved the meter to the top tube and it's accurate now. Do you carry a phone?
10-03-15, 10:40 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

The Kisatchie Bike Club (central Louisiana) had...

The Kisatchie Bike Club (central Louisiana) had its annual Pie-athlon ride this morning: 10/03/15 - Woodworth, LA (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/6705678)
We stopped at Lea's Lunchroom in Lecompte...
09-29-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,267
Posted By lphilpot

What keeps you riding with a group? Helps keep...

What keeps you riding with a group?
Helps keep me progressing, plus it's fun. Being 6'2" on a 61cm frame, a group is also a much better draft than most anyone else I can get behind. :)

Are the...
09-27-15, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 612
Posted By lphilpot

+1000. We're forcast for overcast tonight...

+1000. We're forcast for overcast tonight through probably midweek.

We COMPLETELY missed Comet McNaught's (C/2006 P1) daylight apparition in early 2007 due to overcast that lasted for weeks. Oh,...
09-27-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Actually, I drink Gatorade every ride. As I...

Actually, I drink Gatorade every ride. As I intially stated, headaches are not rare but not in the majority, either. For example, I took a shorter 25 mile ride yesterday, no headache. Nothing else...
09-26-15, 10:57 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

25 miles (more or less) this morning with a...

25 miles (more or less) this morning with a friend. Not fast, 15 average, just a "visit and smell the roses" ride. Great temps: started in the upper 60s and finished in the mid/upper 70s.
09-22-15, 08:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Just noticed you're from BTR. I'm in the...

Just noticed you're from BTR. I'm in the Alexandria area (Pineville), so we're pretty close on climate. I'm accustomed to high humidity (living here as many years as I have, unfortunately), but I...
09-21-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Not in the slightest! :thumb: In fact, she's...

Not in the slightest! :thumb: In fact, she's always encouraging me to get out and ride. ...hang on a minute, maybe she's... :)

I'm leaning toward slight dehydration, in the absence of anything...
09-21-15, 06:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Low humidity isn't a problem we have often,...

Low humidity isn't a problem we have often, unfortunately. :) It was probably in the 90%+ range when we started, probably 45% at lowest when I finished.
09-21-15, 06:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Generally they're not debilitating, but usually...

Generally they're not debilitating, but usually above minor annoyance stage. Sounds kinda like what you describe.

I was there briefly Friday between about 4:15 and 4:30. I didn't hang around for...
09-20-15, 07:03 PM
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Posted By lphilpot

I have an XL from the last order ...or was it the...

I have an XL from the last order ...or was it the one before? In contrast to your description, mine's quite tight - Almost a painted-on second skin once zipped, much smaller and shorter than, for...
09-20-15, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,266
Posted By lphilpot

+1 I've found I have basically five...

+1

I've found I have basically five positions on drop bars: On top, at the bend, at the base of the hoods, on the hoods and in the drops. It's really nice to be able to switch around, even on...
09-20-15, 12:21 PM
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Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

I like my morning coffee, but on riding days most...

I like my morning coffee, but on riding days most of the reason for it is actually different. As a friend says, "it wakes up my gut", helps get the plumbing working and helps avoid a criticial...
09-20-15, 06:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

I've thought about this. Actually about the only...

I've thought about this. Actually about the only thing different on ride days is the consumption of Gatorade, which I don't normally drink (much). But I don't have headaches after every ride....
09-19-15, 08:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Nothing special. This time I ate properly the...

Nothing special. This time I ate properly the night before, but didn't concentrate on drinking, specifically. Usually, it's business as usual. :)

I have friends who always have a glass of water...
09-19-15, 08:21 PM
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Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Temperature started around 70F or so and warmed...

Temperature started around 70F or so and warmed up to the low 90s by the time I finished. When I returned to the start point, a nearby business's sign showed 93F. So, it was warm but not blazing hot....
09-19-15, 04:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Not BP, although fully-settled resting pressures...

Not BP, although fully-settled resting pressures at home (which I know is different than during a ride) are typically good for a 56 year-old, often below 120/80. During the ride? No idea.

HR? I...
09-19-15, 03:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,737
Posted By lphilpot

Headache after riding?

Does anyone else get late-onset headaches after riding? I don't mean during the ride, but well afterward (maybe hours)? It's by no means an "every time" thing with me, but it does happen more than...
09-19-15, 11:21 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

Rode the 50 mile route of the 2015 Le Tour de...

Rode the 50 mile route of the 2015 Le Tour de Bayou in Alexandria, LA this morning. I parked down the street from the starting point, so my bike meter says 50.3 miles and phone/GPS says 49.7. I think...
09-12-15, 05:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,746
Posted By lphilpot

Actually, that's what I've been trying recently,...

Actually, that's what I've been trying recently, although the urge to hang with the guy in front of me is strong (the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak). I only got an HR-capable bike computer...
09-12-15, 03:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,746
Posted By lphilpot

Same for me - I burn through nutrition quickly,...

Same for me - I burn through nutrition quickly, apparently faster than others in general. I can definitely benefit from a Hammer Gel every 10 miles if I wanted to carry that many packets (gonna get a...
09-09-15, 08:23 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,135
Posted By lphilpot

Well, for me (since I resurrected the thread),...

Well, for me (since I resurrected the thread), I'm still using my SPD road pedals the vast majority of the time. I just want something when I take my bike with me on trips where I use it for "local"...
09-09-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,296
Posted By lphilpot

A week ago Saturday, a friend and I were about 38...

A week ago Saturday, a friend and I were about 38 miles into a 42 miler when we passed a truck waiting to pull out onto the road we were riding, from the right. My friend was ahead and made eye...
09-07-15, 08:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,808
Posted By lphilpot

My bike (a 2012 model) is satin dark blue. While...

My bike (a 2012 model) is satin dark blue. While the color is functionally irrelevant, I also don't personally care for matte/flat/satin finishes. I don't like a garish paint job, but a glossy finish...
09-07-15, 10:17 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

28 mile group ride this morning: 09/07/15 -...

28 mile group ride this morning: 09/07/15 - Rapides Parish, LA (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/6413018)
Easy pace with a slight pick-up near the end.
Great ride.

...now, if office/work-related...
09-06-15, 09:00 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,135
Posted By lphilpot

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm...

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm considering something like this for occasional use when I don't want to use my SPD road pedals. Trouble is, I'm concerned about the depth of the clip. That...
09-05-15, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24,324
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Posted By lphilpot

40 miles by myself this morning. A little slower...

40 miles by myself this morning. A little slower pace than last week's group ride since, well, there was no group and no drafting! :) Plus, I intentionally tried to pace myself so I'd last. I've done...
09-04-15, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 552
Posted By lphilpot

Our last group (club) ride past Saturday broke...

Our last group (club) ride past Saturday broke into three groups: 42, 50 and almost 80 miles. The owner of our LBS might have been along for one of those rides (?) but none of them ended up there....
08-29-15, 10:31 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

08/29/15 - Rapides Parish, LA...

08/29/15 - Rapides Parish, LA (http://ridewithgps.com/trips/6287066)

42 miles this morning. Started with a good sized group from our bike club at 7 AM in gloriously cool temps (for us, here in...
08-22-15, 11:35 AM
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Posted By lphilpot

36 miles with a group of about 20 or so. Another...

36 miles with a group of about 20 or so. Another smaller group did 50 (or was it 66?) miles, and another did 10. Foggy and damp, but not too hot (fortunately).

This is the second prep ride...
08-20-15, 06:46 AM
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Views: 906
Posted By lphilpot

...or unless you use Firefox with Adblock :) ...

...or unless you use Firefox with Adblock :) even on Android... or some other ad blocker. I didn't add Adblock because of BikeForums, but it has worked silently here as well. To be honest, I've...
08-16-15, 06:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,952
Posted By lphilpot

Bill, If by "LA" you mean Louisiana (and not...

Bill,

If by "LA" you mean Louisiana (and not Los Angeles) then that sounds about right. The behavior you describe fits perfectly with what we experience here in central Louisiana.

On a related...
08-15-15, 04:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,685
Posted By lphilpot

I'm usually so focused (no pun intended) on...

I'm usually so focused (no pun intended) on surviving my ride :D that I don't stop to take pictures with my cellphone. I'll often think, "that would be a nice shot", but I'm usually more interested...
08-15-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 24,324
Views: 2,262,378
Posted By lphilpot

37 miles today with a friend. We started with a...

37 miles today with a friend. We started with a group from our local bike club, but they were doing 50 miles so we broke off onto another route about 11 miles into the ride. I'm trying to work up to...
08-15-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,880
Posted By lphilpot

For most of my 37 mile, moderate to slowish speed...

For most of my 37 mile, moderate to slowish speed (15.x average) ride today, my HR stayed in the 145-165 range more or less, but I spiked it twice over 175. One was on an Interstate highway overpass...
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