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Saturday, August 13, 2005

I smoked my Nieces boyfriend!

Yup, I sure did! We got into a bike race on the NW Greenbelt today and I am pleased to say I smoked the 17 year old athletic boyfriend of my nieces! I can guarantee he didn't throw the race either as at the end, he was huffing like a locomotive!!!!!!!! I'm pretty sure I shocked him too as he was pushing so hard, he was standing on the pedals and my butt never even came off of the saddle! MY ride computer said I was holding a 29 mph pace in the race too! Woohoo! Not bad for a fat ol' man on a mountain bike! I mean, I'm 28 years older than the kid!!! All in all, I had a Great day! Well, gotta run now, see y'all soon!


Anonymous said...

29mph on a MTB? Christ man, you were smoking! How far did you race him?

By the way, thanks for the inspiration. I was pushing 355 for a while and have lost @25lbs the past two months through MTB and weightlifting. It's great to see other Clydesdales out there!

Tom Stormcrowe said...

I raced him on a 10 mile loop! As I said, not bad for a fat ol' man! I know, you're only as old as you feel! That made me feel about 18 again! Terrain was a mix of paved and rooty, rocky muddy DIRT! Unpaved section I was down to about 15mph, the rest was 29 average. 9 miles paved, 1 offroad as far as mileage goes.

Anonymous said...

That's great. But in all honesty, you should check your bike computer against a GPS. 29mph average even on pavement on a mountain bike really doesn't sound realistic. Conditioned road cyclists don't average TOO much more than that. I'm not trying to tear you down or anything, because I think what you're doing is phenomenal and I read your page all the time. But for someone with your fitness level, averaging 29mph is probably impossible, unless it was all downhill.

See http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-46272

Tom Stormcrowe said...

Best thing I can say is I was motivated by a smartmouth teenager! As to the accuracy of the computer, I measures outside tire circumfrence and divided by Pi. I set the computer according to the no. of Cm on the set scale that way and should have no more than a 1% error that way. It should be pretty durn accurate! I wouldn't want to make a steady diet of this but I at least did it then! I must admit to a bit of tightness breathing after, but just breathed slowly and deep to recharge the O2 in my bloodstream. As I said though, I was MOTIVATED! I wanted to wipe that grin off his face!

Tom Stormcrowe said...

As I said, luck! Not skill. Haven't you ever pulled something off you should never have been able to do completely by accident? I agree with you completely, I should NOT have been able to do it at all! Possible the downslope absorbed enough of the impact that nothing folded is all I can think of. I did have to retrue the back wheel, but I don't really count that as damage as it wasn't unrepairable. I most likely was right on the edge of tacoing a wheel though at the least as well as severely stressing the welds on the frame.

Peg said...

Yahoooooooo! Speed demon on wheels!! And I'm sure the 17 year old can find something he's good at!! ;-0}

Anonymous said...

I don't believe it. Luck cannot overcome physics. I'm 185lbs and I frequently taco downhill (heavy duty) rims doing 5 foot drops. 300+ lbs on any rim from 14 feet. It simply is not possible.

Tom Stormcrowe said...

I understand, and no problem! We'll just agree to disagree. Even dissenting posts are welcome here as this is an open forum as far as I'm concerned. The only thing that would get deleted would be obscenity or porn links! Have a good one and keep riding!

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