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What a mess in the women's road race! No spoilers.
I took a break from unpacking camping gear to watch. I’ll admit though that I was more psyched to see water polo on TV this morning.
 

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Same experience here. Did a long ride on my Domane yesterday and there were several detours for construction on the trail. Hit a sandy path and had to slow way down as the bike was hard to control.
Morning rides here through neighborhoods has lots of leftover wet from sprinklers, plus it's not uncommon in FL to have fine sand collecting in corners. Both of which I'd gotten good (lucky?) at navigating at speed on the DS but I'm am skittish with the Domane. I'm at least getting faster in the clear corners so still building those skills to apply to the marginal ones.

When everything's going right, I'm starting to feel great on it; but I'm still not smooth in most things and my brake/shift muscle memory from the MTB is still fighting me too.

Also getting decent speed increases on road bike vs DS! Training for a Century ride in early fall.
Awesome! Looking forward to hearing about it!
 

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@patrick_b good job getting back on track; those are some good looking stats! Like you, I can get ~3 hours a week but in spurts - 1 hour always on my Sunday sprint and the rest on short early Tues + Thurs runs. Am trying to shift my schedule to add a Wed morning run and, also, since I'm now doing my old runs faster, adding like +20-30% distance.

I never thought about it like having to hit a distance quota (duh!) so you've given me something to chew on and shoot for as I'm already changing my schedule+patterns anyway. Will report back in a few weeks!

Nicely done @razl and @smittycl. Impressive miles. I can easily find 3-4 hours to ride every week but 3 consecutive hours is the problem. Therefore I set a goal in July for 3 hours/week and 50mi. Fairly pedestrian numbers but good for me. I haven't ridden seriously in several years. I wish I'd gotten off my ass during Covid but can't change the past. Last year I probably road 2x/month.

My last month looks like this w/an avg speed about 16mph.

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Also first year I've used Strava and have to say I'm enjoying it tremendously. I'm only comparing my performance against myself but seeing the numbers keeps me accountable.
 

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cool story

Wondering if this will be an Olympics full of upsets as covid has messed with competition schedules and training.

Just today saw #1 world ranking women's tennis player lose. In tae Kwon do a nobody Uzbek took down #1 seed in his weight class and a 16 seed woman from the refugee team took out the #1 seed in her weight class.

I want to say the was 1 or 2 more that I'm forgetting... Maybe in a team sport.
 

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My 13-something year old dérailleurs might be going. They now require an extra shove or two normal ones to change from big front gear to small and vice versa. Same issue with downshifting on the rear cassette, although upshifts are as crisp and immediate as ever.

I cleaned and oiled the whole drivetrain, which was sorely needed, but hasn’t fixed the problem. So it’s off to Trek this week - I have a feeling I’ll be faced with a choice of upgrading/repairing the road bike and significantly eating into the XC bike fund or…I dunno
 

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Hope so…the front one looks a little bent, that’s why I suspect it
 

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Cheap because nobody in their right mind would ride that at high speed.

Those glued lugs are liable to fail if not in good condition... And they look sketchy AF
 
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I mean, I had a lugged CF specialized until last year...but I knew the history on it and the finish was intact, not whatever the hell that frame has been through.
 

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I mean, I had a lugged CF specialized until last year...but I knew the history on it and the finish was intact, not whatever the hell that frame has been through.
Did @flipstah say where he got the frame from?
 

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