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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Also, when did we join this challenge?
    I think it was 2/10 or 2/11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
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    What are the green and purple lines?

    Also, when did we join this challenge?

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    The green and purple lines read as: e.g. 80% of all mtbr.com riders have climbed a total of 30,000 ft or less. The 'lower' or more to the right this curve lies, the better (implies that a higher percentage of riders have climbed higher totals)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre
    I second the beer thing. But here's why we won:

    <p align="center"><img border="2" src=" http://californication.mtbguru.com/pics/Various/StravaKOMFeb11graph.jpg"></img>
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    Besides a solid base of ~20,000 ft riders, we had a significant contingent of +50,000 ft freaks that Mission didn't have...
    Seems like the dataset is shifted 1 to the right, horizontally. There shouldn't be any riders at 80kft, nor should there any Mission riders above 50kft for Feb.

    When I look at the YTD data for our team, I'm dumbfounded by the number of folks over 50kft. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban turban
    I think it was 2/10 or 2/11.
    Nice. This thread is actually the launch of our effort and the timestamp is:
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    Message originally posted by francois on 02-12-2011 at 07:33 PM:
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    It makes the effort even more impressive considering we only had 16 days. We should make a movie about the battle within the battle. What are some of the scenes? What's a good title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Seems like the dataset is shifted 1 to the right, horizontally. There shouldn't be any riders at 80kft, nor should there any Mission riders above 50kft for Feb.

    When I look at the YTD data for our team, I'm dumbfounded by the number of folks over 50kft. Wow.
    <s>An Excel idiosyncracy... it didn't let me put the labels right under the tickmarks.</s>
    Found the fix and replaced the graph...
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    Very nice, when is the party?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Late Evening: 778

    Congratulations to you, MrCrash, for finishing at the top of the chart. Over 71,500 feet of ascent in one month.

    Haha! Yup, I was watching. I saw your morning ride and hoped that you would be done for the day. I wasn't about to spend my evening riding uphill forever and hoping that I was gathering more footies that you (probably) were. I was cold and tired so it was tough enough passing your last known ride.
    When I got home to learn I'd been knocked from the top spot, I was pretty happy that I already had 2,600 or so footies I hadn't yet uploaded! You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter

    The was an IMPRESSIVE final day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter
    Do your footies even count for MTBR, roadie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    Do your footies even count for MTBR, roadie?
    For the most part, East Bay dirt might as well be road

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    When I got home to learn I'd been knocked from the top spot, I was pretty happy that I already had 2,600 or so footies I hadn't yet uploaded! You had me worried enough to hold off on my last upload until around 11:45 - didn't want to give you a chance to counter
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukbloke
    It is official - mtbr.com won the February KOM! There's a shout-out on the Strava blog to Patrick and "In Search of Footies" too!
    Ha.. that's funny.. see, to impress the Strava team you don't need to climb 5K+ in a day, just go up and down small hills a lot and think of a funny title for the ride :-)

    Huge fun being a part of this for Feb.. let's bring it in Mar too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Nice. This thread is actually the launch of our effort and the timestamp is:
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    Message originally posted by francois on 02-12-2011 at 07:33 PM:
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    It makes the effort even more impressive considering we only had 16 days. We should make a movie about the battle within the battle. What are some of the scenes? What's a good title?
    Even though we had only 16 days of competition, we still managed to upload a lot of old rides, even for January. We're within a few thousand feet of taking first place overall.
    Unbelievable how many of you rode on March 1 already. I took the day off.
    Rain is forecast for this weekend. Santa Teresa will be too wet to ride. CCCX race #3 is on Sunday.
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    Freakin’ GPS went all kooky shortly after making the route back Woods Trail to Alma Bridge/Priest Rock/whatever from Kennedy today. I even went back up and around St. Joe’s, and it didn’t log about 800 feet of ascent. Perhaps it was letting me know it was pretty disappointed that I would go and ride in such sh¡tty weather. Had some screaming side winds that almost blew me off my bike, such that I had to ride downhill in p&#117;ssy mode, super-slow. At the end of the ride, back near 60 feet altitude, it was still registering over 1,500 feet. Oh well, will have to try again tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Santa Teresa will be too wet to ride.
    Santa Teresa was technically too wet yesterday (Tuesday), but I rode up and down her muddy backside, and then went back around again for sloppy seconds anyway. Had a serious cleanup job afterward.
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    Idea - a group discount on MTBR gear for those in the KOM contest. I love my new RBR gear and I'd really love an MTBR set!

    It might incent increased participation too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick
    Idea - a group discount on MTBR gear for those in the KOM contest. I love my new RBR gear and I'd really love an MTBR set!

    It might incent increased participation too!
    Definitely interested Proud to be a part of the team - you all are a bunch of climbing savages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Definitely interested Proud to be a part of the team - you all are a bunch of climbing savages!
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    What kind of beer?

    The bigger question is what kind of beer we should get as the prize. For Jan, they kicked in $100 for a keg. That eliminates Pliny, and a few other of our favorites. I recommend Drakes IPA. Very good drinkable beer, and no distributor involved, so reasonably priced. We may need to kick in a bit more, but it should fit the bill. A keg is 120 pints, so two beers each.

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    Ok, here is an email interview. Please answer any of these questions asap. I'll compile and summarize them.

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    MTBR.com are the Studio Velo KOM Challenge Club winners for February. We’re talking with Francis Cebedo, founder of mtbr.com, about the club and how the KOM Challenge has helped make the riders a tighter group.

    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    6. KOM Challenge: Francis, what’s the mtbr.com website’s main focus? How does it contribute to the sport? What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    About half the members went absolutely insane: they abandoned their families, stopped looking for work or, if they had a job, rode deep into the night, and climbed 5k, 6k, 7k feet everyday for the team. The other half continued their regular bike commutes or recreational rides, but they still contributed to our success.

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?
    I think it's about 50 - 50 road and mountain. When the trails are muddy we don't ride them (as much) and take the road bike to climb the local hills instead.

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc).

    Broad spectrum of ages: 20 - 55? Except for a few (from Colorado and elsewhere?) they were all from Nor-Cal (down to SLO). Most of us know each other only by our mtbr handle: SparkyJay, MrCrash, DutchBiker, but that is sure to change after the victory party.

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    There's some great single track riding in the a few parks (El Corte de Madera, Soquel Demonstration Forest, Santa Teresa Park), but others have only (what we consider boring) fire roads (Almaden Quicksilver, Sierra Azul and all of the East Bay). We'd like to see some more single track opened up to legal bike riding in places like Mission Peak, Sanborn Park, La Honda, etc. Some of these parks have 30 year plans to allow cycling but progress is at a snail's pace. Also, we understand the need for the 15 mph speed limit in busy parks, such as Fremont Older, but would like to see that lifted in the more remote places. Quite a few of us have received $300+ speeding tickets from radar gun wielding park rangers.

    6. KOM Challenge: Francis, what’s the mtbr.com website’s main focus? How does it contribute to the sport? What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    mtbr.com connects mountain bikers who have a shared interest in the sport locally. It is a great resource to organize group rides to explore new terrain, such as the vast Henry Coe State Park, or to ask questions about anything from where to buy Pliny to advise on best trails to ride when visiting the area. Occasionally, some will boast about their performance in races or, worse, about their KOM status on a particular Strava segment or, the worst, about their son's biking achievements.

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    NorCal is by far the largest user group/community on mtbr.com. A competition between regions would only work if Strava limited the teams to, say, 20 people. Right now anyone could join the mtbr.com team and help us win the competition. Maybe Strava can rethink this for next year, limiting the team size, and considering having teams with only women, or where everyone is 50+.

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    I'll let others decide on that one, but I like Blue Moon or Widmer Hefeweizen.

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    How caught up the riders were in this competition. Some of us even send their wives out to ride more climbing feet, others went for night rides in the cold and rain or went for 8000 feet epic rides up and down fire roads. I think we climbed close to half a million feet in the last three days of February.

    But it was a blast. Never felt this good and we're all going to do it again in March.
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    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    For me it was how much it made me want to ride again. Having ridden a lot in my 20s I lost that passion to my career and family. Today I am facing 40 yrs old and this has re-awaken my desire to turn the cranks and makes me realize that I can fit riding in with my daily life and that keeping myself in good health; while it may take time away from both family and work it extends the likelihood that I will have both longer in my life. (having an amazingly supportive wife helps)

    Being a data geek I love that Strava is able to show me the numbers as they pile up. I love seeing complete strangers times on the trails I ride, I love being able to mark myself against others and also against myself. Even if I never have a top time on a KOM climb I can track my personal progression and feel that I have accomplished something worthy of the time and effort I am putting into turning these cranks.

    P.S I think we should donate the winnings to MTB charity, anything that supports trail access or gets kids out riding. We can self fund a keg right? Between 60 of us that is less than $2 a piece to get a keg and considering our members are scatter it makes some sense.

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    This KOM challenge certainly made/encouraged me (and I think others) to ride when normally I would have ridden my trainer or not at all. The weather has been less then spectacular of late...and to see people riding at night in the cold...in snow during the day was inspiring. It pushed me to ride one day in rain-snow-hail. And I loved it.

    And like to point out that Noelle (2wheelinchipmunk)..who started mtn biking only last year...was the top woman and is kicking butt this month too. She is simply a maniac and I predict she will be with the top of mtbr for March.
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    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    I can tell you that all that climbing was difficult. Family obligations and work were really getting in the way so it was quite a few night rides for me. On the last day to help push our team and to meet my monthly goal, Mboldt and I braved the cold and did Sierra Rd repeats until 1030pm. Going up the third time and my legs being fatigued from all the weeks riding, there was one thought that was going through my head. I know that there are other MTBR KOM guys and gals riding right now doing the same thing we are. We were the only two guys on that road but we weren't alone in the effort to take the win. I knew there were some other crazies going up soda springs rd several times and it gave me some motivation to keep going. A bennefit of all the riding was the increased stamina and weight loss. I dropped more unneeded weight and my climbing has gotten much faster. The only regret I have is not getting a GPS earlier.
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    Everyone was very determined to win. Many of us were putting in huge rides day after day. Toward the very end there were some who would ride in the morning before work and then again after work to nab some extra elevation.

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    A majority was done on mountain bikes. Many people resorted to riding on the road when the trail conditions got bad, but most of the club members primarily ride dirt.

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    The KOM Challenge motivated me to ride much more than usual. I'm not very fast, so gaining KOM titles on segments is not very motivating at this point in time. With the KOM challenge, endurance plays a much more important role than speed. That alone pushed me to climb four times more than I averaged per month in the past year. The challenge also brought together some of us who have conversed over the forum but never ridden together.

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    Besides the lack of singletrack as mentioned by JL, it's hard to complain. We have access to a lot of trails that provide a variety of terrain and scenery. Sure there are some areas where mountain bikers may not see eye to eye with land management, but overall we have a lot to be happy for.

    6. KOM Challenge: What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    The mtbr.com forums are a community. Many of the members are close friends who ride together. It's a great place to get advice, connect with other riders, and get off topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?
    Only a few rides were done on my road bike. When I did ride road I almost always went for my hardtail mountain bike. I'm far more comfortable with disk brakes and large tires on the descents.

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    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?
    I joined the team partly to see just how far I could push myself before I break. A person can not really know their own limits until they have tested them, they can only guess. This competition doesn't test physical strength as much as sheer determination. I am not a strong rider as most will pass me on the climbs, but I can climb all day so it worked out perfectly for me.

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    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?
    1) That if you do a ride when your legs already hurt they will stop hurting and you will have fun.
    2) When you are near the top of the chart motivation is much easier because you are trying to catch the guy in front of you and avoid being caught by someone behind you. This is especially true when you read about how everyone is riding in rain, snow and wind.
    3) Biggest surprise: I didn't know I was this competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Ok, here is an email interview. Please answer any of these questions asap. I'll compile and summarize them.
    1. Yes, pretty intense.

    2. I hope so.

    3. There is this one real loser who rides a 47.8 pound bike with a 9 pound rear wheel, who insists riding heavy bikes up hills are the way to go.

    4. It helped me realise that I am capable of cranking out many 4,000+ foot rides pretty much back to back.

    5. The only real access restrictions are weather-related (except for Kennedy/St. Joe’s), and the only real conflicts are the 6 - 8" deep horse hoof gouges that mess the trails up.

    6. We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.

    7. One team to rule them all.

    8. Something strong and Belgian would be nice, however, a hearty double IPA, or an imperial stout would fit the bill nicely.

    9. The last-minute teamwork of many members going out on the last day and cranking up some insane altitude numbers.

    That’s my take on the situation.
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    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    There were some huge numbers being logged in the last three days of the contest - that sort of says it all!

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    I'm normally 50/50, but last month I was about 20/80 (mtb/road). The rain kept me out of the dirt, and it's more convenient for me to get footies on the road bike. As soon as it dries up, I'm back in the dirt!

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    The biggest thing for me is the absence of a wife / kids / full-time gf. I have the time that others don't!

    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    A lot of us race at some level, so we're pretty competitive. I think Marco (who ironically isn't on the MTBR team), said it best - "If there's a guy next to me pedaling, it's on. Can't help it."

    It was a lot of fun working with everyone to help put the team on top. I'm looking forward to riding with the guys I haven't ridden with yet!

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    As an East Bay resident, I wish I had better access (lived closer) to that South Bay singletrack. In these parts, it's pretty much either fire roads or pavement.

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    I don't think Southern California even knew what Strava was. And check JL's last comment in this thread - if someone did that to us in the NorCal forum, it would be WAR:

    MTBR.COM on KOM on Strava

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    Not a beer drinker, but you'd never know it by my physique...

    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    I'm surprised it took JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)
    total *****in' rock stars from Mars

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    Just a couple little things...

    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    It was pretty inspiring checking the Mtbr.com KOM at Strava thread, seeing what freezing cold ride in the dark, pelting sideways rain people were doing next. Like someone recently said - We are only on one drug, and that is MTBR!

    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    70/30, mountain bike on the dirt and cyclocross bike well, everywhere. I don't own a road bike.

    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    Yeah, us women kinda stand out in this crowd. All 3 of us! Or, maybe there are 4? Oh yeah, and I'm employed.

    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    We have some wonderful trails open to biking in the south bay. There are a few congested spots on fair weather weekends, but they are easily avoided. I'd say 99% of the other users I encounter on the trails are really friendly or don't care that I'm there. I make an effort to be nice.

    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    I think the people who put in the most footies should get to answer this one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    I am not a strong rider as most will pass me on the climbs, but I can climb all day so it worked out perfectly for me.
    Sounds a lot like me! I saw ratpick's 30 minute time up Sierra, at the start of an 8,000 foot day. If I pin it, I summit in about 37 minutes.

    I figure a few things proved to be critical in letting me get my numbers:

    1) No family / full-time gf to look after
    2) A reasonably light road bike, with a compact crankset and an 11/28 cassette
    3) Living at the bottom of a 1000 foot hill with gentle grades
    4) Powerful lights

    Also, route selection. It looked like lots of guys were going for big numbers on long, sustained climbs. I looked for elevation on shorter, gentler grades. It's sort of like doing sets of 2 sets of 10 versus 1 set of 20 lifting weights - in the end, I'll feel less burned and get bigger numbers with those sets of 10.

    Just got back on the bike this morning after taking a few days off. I think I'm going to a 3 days bike / 3 days run schedule, so my numbers won't be as big. But I should still have plenty to contribute

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    Dios mio, it's beautiful outside. At my desk working faster than a crack fiend so I can get out and ride this afternoon. Looks like another road ride, my LBS is still rebuilding my baby's bottom bracket after the beating it took at the race last weekend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFChristo
    Dios mio, it's beautiful outside. At my desk working faster than a crack fiend so I can get out and ride this afternoon. Looks like another road ride, my LBS is still rebuilding my baby's bottom bracket after the beating it took at the race last weekend...
    I got in a short ride this morning... I saw at least 20 other bikes out on the trails in LG before 7:15 AM. it is just about perfect out there. Go ride if you can.

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    I'm surprised it took JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava
    Yes, funny! I'm surprised myself. I didn't think GPS tracking and in particular Strava would be so interesting. My stopwatch was doing just fine on Seven Springs loop, but now I realize there's a whole world of competition out there. However, to keep with jms request for humility I promise not to post my KOM titles on mtbr (too often) anymore. I know there are lots of much faster riders out there anyway, so it's just a matter of time before I'm middle of the pack again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    Sounds a lot like me! I saw ratpick's 30 minute time up Sierra, at the start of an 8,000 foot day. If I pin it, I summit in about 37 minutes.
    That's nice to hear. I get a lot of motivation looking at what y'all are doing on the climbs so nice to see I can provide some too Being able to isolate and compare times on climbs is a great feature of Strava.

    My times are just the result of long-term unemployment (today is the last day of that - new job on Monday) and a commitment to use the time to get stronger. Oh, and no kids

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    Overall leader now!

    Pop open the champagne: we just took first place for 2011 overall climbing feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratpick

    My times are just the result of long-term unemployment (today is the last day of that - new job on Monday) and a commitment to use the time to get stronger. Oh, and no kids
    Congrats Patrick. Hope that works out well for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Pop open the champagne: we just took first place for 2011 overall climbing feet.
    Freakin’ sweet!!!

    Keep up the good work, everyone!
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    I can't wait to be back on the bike adding footies, Sorry that I have been absent from the challenge for a couple of weeks. Unexpected sad things happened and I ended up in MD for a little bit. However, my little contribution was not even necessary! This is going to be a big, amazing year... go team!
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    Porkstacker holding down the #2 spot in Men's Overall!

    That Strava userpic is killin me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
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    That Strava userpic is killin me
    Just doin’ my thing. Until I find a job, I cannot think of anything else to do.
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    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic
    I can't wait to be back on the bike adding footies, Sorry that I have been absent from the challenge for a couple of weeks. Unexpected sad things happened and I ended up in MD for a little bit. However, my little contribution was not even necessary! This is going to be a big, amazing year... go team!
    The best thing about coming back from injury is.... even crappy rides feel AWESOME!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
    Holy carp, that's fast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Porkstacker- I saw you today while I was driving to ST Joes. I saw the fat tired bike and knew it was you right away. I yelled "PORKSTACKER" but you were busy balancing on those big wheels at a red light. I then went on to absolutely kill myself on St Joes. I pegged myself as hard as I could go. Gave it the full beans. I had to drop the bike and walk around so mt heart didn't explode! I was spent. I did one short lap again but just had nothing left. I have never ridden so hard ever in my life. I accomplished my goal and got 3rd in one segment and 2nd in another. One other thing I am planning on. I am going to take a day and devote it to Sierra Rd repeats. I am going to do as many as I can. I know the one guy did it 16 times. Not sure when this will happen but I am super motivated to give it a go. I will do it sometime before the 10k demo ride. What a great day it was outside today.
    Wow, guess it was a pretty intense trackstand, I didn’t hear you. I always trackstand instead of unclipping, since I get a better reaction time off the line when the tree goes green.
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    Anyone up for some Kennedy-Woods-St. Joe’s action tomorrow morning? I am thinking 4,000+ feet. Any takers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Anyone up for some Kennedy-Woods-St. Joe’s action tomorrow morning? I am thinking 4,000+ feet. Any takers?
    Latest weather report for Los Gatos tamale is only 100 % chance of rain in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal
    Latest weather report for Los Gatos tamale is only 100 % chance of rain in the morning.
    Smart money is on LP to ride anyway! That man is driven.
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    I'm racing CCCX tomorrow.
    Mission Cycling put in some good rides today and are back in the lead by 10,000 feet.
    Go team mtbr.com!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Smart money is on LP to ride anyway! That man is driven.
    Soar's wants out tamale and my bike is locked up in the car ready to go. Usually just leave her locked and loaded after a Saturday ride. Kennedy tamale if not tooo rainy and wet. Got some sprinklin going on now though in Santa Clara
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    I’m thinking about being at the Top O The Hill intersection trailhead starting point no later than 9:00AM tomorrow morning. Anyone fancy meeting up there? Yes, the rumours are true, rain will not deter me, I am used to having to hose down the bike (me as well) afterward. I will be riding to/from the starting point, so I will be warmed up… but on a heavy-ass bike once again. Bonus for me though, I scored two (2) 24"x3" Nokian Gazzaloddis off of eBay for only $81 (including shipping!!! ), mounted a new one on the back wheel today (running a 26" front/24" rear setup), so I should have better traction on the slippery gooey stuff.

    Looking forward to tomorrow. PM or post here if you are interested in meeting up. I plan on starting up the Kennedy trail no later than 9:10AM, so look sharp—BE sharp.

    Oh yeah, I’ll be the guy on the monkeybutt (zero suspension) bike with fat tires/wheels, will be in appropriate Fred attire.
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