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Another season is underway, starting off with blowing snow off the driveway (8" of wet stuff at sunrise) then heading into Buffalo for our spring bike race series. About 20 interpid souls (e.g. idiots) showed up in to ride a few hours in 28 degree weather, wet, snowy roads and howling winds. After a neutral start of about 10 miles were were racing north across desolate plains into a slicing crosswind. With the roads open to traffic, we were kind of squeezed into a clump by the winds and riders quickly started to leave gaps and blow up. Two riders escaped early on while I was sightseeing. A second group of three went and the riders ahead of me just sort of sat there, so I rode across the gap and that was that for the day, two riders, then our group of five that became four. Snow was blowing across the road in spots and the winds was godawful. We were drenched and covered with roadsalt pretty much from the start. Our group was not working very well together and the two up the road maintained their gap. I was happy to see I had decent fitness relative to the other riders in the race today, despit a bout of the flu a couple weeks back, so that's a small victory.<br><br>
So, in the end we chugged along, me and another guy were doing most of the work and two others were mostly sitting on or taking a quick swing through, all of which added up to not catching the two leaders. There didn't seem any point in attacking our group to further split it, so we just swung through to the end and had a little sprint into the wind, I was out of the saddle in the 53 x 17 at about 21 mph just going nowhere. In any event, I ended up theird. The clothes are in the wash, the bike is washed up and tomorrow's another day of early season grime-a-thon action in the Queen City.
 

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Ho hum, another podium finish with a 21 mph sprint in strong winds. Nothing new to see here, folks. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Nice job out there, sounds pretty miserable.
 

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Where are the pictures? HELLO<br><br>
So exciting to have another season of JR RR to read! Great job, I think I liked being on my trainer today instead though..........ugh snow!
 

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I echo Julie - Where are the pictures that have become standard with your race reports? Not that I really need them to visualize because you do such a good, concise job of describing the race and the general atmosphere. (though I think "sightseeing" was a little harsh given the conditions).<br><br>
Which, by the way sounds incredibly brutal. Wow, what a way to punish yourself, and you took 3rd - awesome job. <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
(now I know what Sheldon refers to as "freakos"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> (edited because I misquoted!)
 

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JR... my hero. Dude, love your reports. Funny, ho-hum, humble, but you still kick ass. If you skimmed your reports you'd never know just how fit you are and how you kick ass on all the young lads. Because I bet you were the grarybeard of the group.<br><br>
Nice job. Fun.
 

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Hardcore as always. Great job on 3rd place in the first race of the season. Now stop slacking <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I was happy enough to see that doing some structured work on the trainer prepared me OK to ride, not setting the world on fire but it's a long season. I haven't been able to ride outside much at all the last month, maybe just a couple times but the trainer, some skiing and some running seemed to provide enough base to get things rolling until the weather warms up a little.
 

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Did you put snow tires on your bike?
 

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Only third? Slacker.<br><br><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Great job in positively miserable conditions.
 

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I love reading your race reports. You give hope to to me as I am about to enter the "Old Guy's Club" (40 y/os). Maybe one day I when I grow up I can bike half as good as you.
 

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Kyle. Don is 40. Please don't make me feel like I'm married to an<br><br><br>
OLD GUY!
 

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You still kick some serious rear end big time after some down time due to a cold/flu. Sounds brutal. But we love reading your RR riding FAST in that kind of condition.
 
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