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Old 06-28-2009, 12:09 PM   #11266
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Pparently I was 16 minutes ahead of the rest

Nothing like winning with authority.

I sandbagged (did the 16 instead of 24 mile XC MTB race) this weekend and got myself a medal. Only managed 4th overall though. It was a nice break from getting my ass handed to me in the longer races I typically do.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:36 PM   #11267
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Now look what I've gone and done



I'd been thinking about padding up for a while. My girlfriend started to strongly encourage it after the second or third time last year that I returned to the trailhead looking like this:



Instead I started just going around or walking or carefully rolling over the sort of trail features that had gotten me hurt, instead of bombing through them or trying to huck or jump them. So I bought myself some strap-on courage and some platforms so that I can bail a little more easily when things go bad. I'm not planning to use the gear on every ride, maybe not even most.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:41 PM   #11268
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I want some of that for crit racing. Things were pretty tame for us Cat 5 guys, but I think the cat 4 guys were trying to kill each other. Some seriously horrendous wrecks in that race.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:56 PM   #11269
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I want some of that for crit racing. Things were pretty tame for us Cat 5 guys, but I think the cat 4 guys were trying to kill each other. Some seriously horrendous wrecks in that race.
One side benefit that you might appreciate is the ability to annoy your teammates by using lines like "These aren't the droids we're looking for" far beyond the point at which they still carry any humor.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:05 PM   #11270
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One side benefit that you might appreciate is the ability to annoy your teammates by using lines like "These aren't the droids we're looking for" far beyond the point at which they still carry any humor.

Perfect!

We camped for the weekend, and Winsconsin sent some of their finest citizens to be our neighbors for the weekend. Around 3am on Friday night, two of these fine and considerate fellow campers decided to express their deep and profound love for eachother by getting totally smashed and yelling various colorful metaphors at one another for several hours.

"YOU FUCKING WHORE!" was our team slogan for the weekend.

Of course, the possibility exists that there may have been nothing metaphorical about that.
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:07 PM   #11271
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I want some of that for crit racing. Things were pretty tame for us Cat 5 guys, but I think the cat 4 guys were trying to kill each other. Some seriously horrendous wrecks in that race.
Seriously? Cat 5 and the Collegiate C/D's were by FAR the most dangerous in my experience (since no one has a clue how to ride a bike in a pack). Dangerous, but comical at the same time.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:19 PM   #11272
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Seriously? Cat 5 and the Collegiate C/D's were by FAR the most dangerous in my experience (since no one has a clue how to ride a bike in a pack). Dangerous, but comical at the same time.

Oh, we were pretty comical at times. We just got lucky and no one went down. I think it helped that a lot of us local boys had a lot of cyclocross experience.

Since this is the only USAC race all year for us, we have a lot of very, very good riders who have to race cat 5. Then there's me.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:33 PM   #11273
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I'd been thinking about padding up for a while. My girlfriend started to strongly encourage it after the second or third time last year that I returned to the trailhead looking like this:



Instead I started just going around or walking or carefully rolling over the sort of trail features that had gotten me hurt, instead of bombing through them or trying to huck or jump them. So I bought myself some strap-on courage and some platforms so that I can bail a little more easily when things go bad. I'm not planning to use the gear on every ride, maybe not even most.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:36 PM   #11274
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That's pretty cool Askel. I've looked at crits before and they look like a total fur-ball. I think I'll stick with tri.






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Old 06-28-2009, 08:09 PM   #11275
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My new ride, have a few rides on it... need to do many many more.



Marin Muirwoods 29er.

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Old 06-29-2009, 07:30 AM   #11276
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Wow first place! That's good considering the age group deal usually means knots of used-to-race hard guys.

Meanwhile my crash a week ago has left me hobbling around barely breathing.

Thinking of some protection for the next time,


Or similar.

I'm off to see the doc again today to check on why it feels like a couple of ribs are crunching around and poking me.

Spent the weekend in Big Bear, wishing I had not crashed.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:00 AM   #11277
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Marin Muirwoods 29er.
Saw one of those cruising around town at the race this weekend. Damn cool looking bike.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #11278
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"The Crit"

A play in four acts.

By Askel.


Act I- The first few laps.
Askel: "Golly gee, this is kinda swell!"



Act II- The next couple laps.
Askel: "Goddam, this is starting to hurt."



Act III- The last couple laps.
Askel: "HOLY FUCK MY WORLD IS PAIN!!!1!"



Act IV- The End
Askel: "Dear sweet merciful god in heaven, it's over!"
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:35 PM   #11279
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Act IV, why are you still smiling?

Or is that a grimace?

I always thought a crit was just a prelude to spewing...

OK, maybe it was just me.

Cool.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:14 PM   #11280
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Bluhduh Well dammit.

Performance bike had a sale this last weekend on all their bikes. Like always, the prices were about the same as always, just a higher listed "regular" price, with a bigger listed discount to the sale price. I checked the site during lunch today to see what they put them at now that the sale was over and was happy to see they lowered the regular price back to where it normally is and had a 25% off deal on them. Quite a bit cheaper than they can normally be had for. I counted on coming home and ordering me a new carbon road bike, but between lunch time and after work today, the deal disappeared and they are back to just having a 15% off everything coupon listed.
I'm about ready to just say screw it and order something from bikes direct.
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