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Old 07-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #24301
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On this day last year I was lying in a hospital bed, awaiting the operation to repair my femur which I'd broken in a bicycle accident hours earlier. In memory of that occasion, I decided this morning to take another shot at a challenging technical trail which I'd yet to do a perfect run through. Fortunately I recorded the whole thing on video, because today I made it all the way without incident in 9 minutes flat. A video made in 2010 shows racers doing it in 7 minutes, so matching that time will be my long term goal. I can see right away that my biggest impediment is weak legs. Pedaling uphill through the toughest rock gardens had to be done while standing on the pedals, which wore me out in no time at all. Prior to my accident last year, I was doing three sets of ten reps on the leg press, using the entire 620 lb weight stack, so my year long absence from the gym has obviously had disastrous results. Luckily the solution is just a matter of resuming my weight training.
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:08 AM   #24302
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On this day last year I was lying in a hospital bed, awaiting the operation to repair my femur which I'd broken in a bicycle accident hours earlier. In memory of that occasion, I decided this morning to take another shot at a challenging technical trail which I'd yet to do a perfect run through. Fortunately I recorded the whole thing on video, because today I made it all the way without incident in 9 minutes flat. A video made in 2010 shows racers doing it in 7 minutes, so matching that time will be my long term goal. I can see right away that my biggest impediment is weak legs. Pedaling uphill through the toughest rock gardens had to be done while standing on the pedals, which wore me out in no time at all. Prior to my accident last year, I was doing three sets of ten reps on the leg press, using the entire 620 lb weight stack, so my year long absence from the gym has obviously had disastrous results. Luckily the solution is just a matter of resuming my weight training.
Good deal and congratulations. Keep up the riding and you'll be hitting that 7 minutes in no time.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:09 AM   #24303
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Broken spoke on the fancy Roubiax rear wheel has that part at the shop. The LBS had to order a spoke, (Specialized shop)... So much for that.


So, instead I'm at work, riding my ergo-chair and waiting on software... Server disconnects... And so it goes.

The hope remains the wheel being ready Friday, then I can ride Saturday and Sunday.
Last night my lower back flared up into spasms. It wasn't a fun night.

I should get out of here before dark so I can beat the crowds away from the beach and get home to the hot tub and a nap.
Hope it works out.

I popped an impossible-to-find Ultegra spoke (my own fault, something fell out of my bento box and into the rear wheel) about two months ago. Really difficult to find a shop with one in stock, but after about 45min of calling around, I found one. Big shout out to Velo Pasadena for the amazing 15minute turn-around in a busy shop on a big sale day to get me sorted. Good crew over there. Even if the owner's son was selling a $$$$ TT bike to a fat dude being egged on by a buddy.

"So I can just wear normal shoes on these pedals, right?"

"Umm. We have flat pedals, but on a bike like this, you'll probably want to wear cleats."

I hope it doesn't become a shirt rack. It was a nice bike.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #24304
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..... Even if the owner's son was selling a $$$$ TT bike to a fat dude being egged on by a buddy.

"So I can just wear normal shoes on these pedals, right?"

"Umm. We have flat pedals, but on a bike like this, you'll probably want to wear cleats."

I hope it doesn't become a shirt rack. It was a nice bike.
Coming soon to a Craigslist listing near you....
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #24305
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Coming soon to a Craigslist listing near you....


Or the other extreme...

"If I get that Cat Eye, it's 40g lighter than my Giro helmet and I'll be more aero! I need the new carbon fiber Sidis. These shoes are too heavy. Do you have any lighter energy bars?"
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:37 AM   #24306
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Or the other extreme...

"If I get that Cat Eye, it's 40g lighter than my Giro helmet and I'll be more aero! I need the new carbon fiber Sidis. These shoes are too heavy. Do you have any lighter energy bars?"
I am just about to get into MTBing, hopefully getting a bike tonight actually. If I ever start asking these questions, unless I am on a sponsored race team, one of y'all had better come to Tyler and slap me once right across the face. I'll buy you a brew for the trouble
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:44 AM   #24307
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Hmm. So if we smack you we get beer...

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Old 07-05-2012, 11:47 AM   #24308
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Hmm. So if we smack you we get beer...

Only for the right reasons
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #24309
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Had to get up early to get this one in.







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Old 07-05-2012, 12:45 PM   #24310
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Had to get up early to get this one in.
Define "early". My ride this morning started in moonlight.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:56 PM   #24311
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Good deal and congratulations. Keep up the riding and you'll be hitting that 7 minutes in no time.
Well given that all those guys are half my age or less, it's probably unrealistic, but it's something to shoot for.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:00 AM   #24312
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Set the alarm for 3:30 so we could make an Independence Day run over Jones Pass.








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Old 07-06-2012, 07:02 AM   #24313
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Set the alarm for 3:30 so we could make an Independence Day run over Jones Pass.
Color me jealous! That looks like a stunning place to ride.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:32 AM   #24314
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Nice pictures- thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:37 AM   #24315
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Has anybody got any experience with the wahoo units for the iphone? It's getting *wildly* divergent reviews on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Wahoo-Fitness-...=wahoo+fitness
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