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Wow we got quite some athletes here eh. I wasn't very happy when I was in PE. Ran 4 laps took ~ 8 min. I don't think I was unfit at all. I was one of those asian ninjas when I first came here. Flexibility, dexterity, speed I have them, but not much strength nor endurance. I usually lead in 100m and 200m run but I just couldn't maintain the output. Could have done better if I wasn't 10,000ft above water. Used to live just 1000ft above water for 14 years.
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Yeah, well my PE class is pretty competitive. Three of the guys do XC, and two of them are the brothers who always are 1st and 2nd for the team.

I'm 16, and passing for the mile for Juniors and Seniors is 7'30"
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Yeah, well my PE class is pretty competitive. Three of the guys do XC, and two of them are the brothers who always are 1st and 2nd for the team.

I'm 16, and passing for the mile for Juniors and Seniors is 7'30"
Hey LBN,

I wasn't putting you down or making fun of you... You know that right?? I just figured you must have been in a lot of pain... The Montana part was funny though!

And reading your comments about "cramps" brought back old memories.... I didn't get too many cramps, but my feet were so blistered until they toughened up that I could hardly walk. Everyday after 10th grade practice, I'd go home and pop 6 or more blisters on each foot. Some were blood blisters... Why I kept on running beats me???

And sorry about your age. I thought when Folders Inc got going in Feb of 2006 you mentioned you were 13... You must have been close to 14 then. My bad...

Take care and Stay cool, :-)
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I was most definitely 14!

And I know you weren't putting me down. Heck, I couldn't keep up with the crew guys or even the guys who just paced themselves better than I did. I probably could've run it if I paced myself, but meh...

But yeah, the cramp sorta grew. People asked me, "How's it going man?", and the first reply was that I was cramping up, then the cramp became Vermont, then Michigan, and then Montana.

I'll probably beat everyone in the standing broad jump and pull-ups though (or at least be in the middle of the pack). Last year my jump was at least 6' and passing for Sophomores was 5'. I think Juniors are around 6.

But yeah, my PE class is my entire jazz band. It's always the reeds (including me) vs. the brass vs. the rhythm section vs. the strings. Don't even get near us when it comes to flag football and team handball.
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`Anybody ever done the Hotter `N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls, TX? It`s the largest 100 mile bicycle event in the nation, held at the end of August each year. Last August it got to 109 F. I`m still riding my bicycle and I`m 65.
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100 Miles! Damn.

Sounds like the thing for my cousin, who's a Iron Man tri-athlete. He usually averages about 3,000 miles a year on his bike.
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`Anybody ever done the Hotter `N Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls, TX? It`s the largest 100 mile bicycle event in the nation, held at the end of August each year. Last August it got to 109 F. I`m still riding my bicycle and I`m 65.
Hi HVAC,

You are a stud if you're doing that!! I wouldn't even try it! One time and one time only I rode 100 miles. It was at the end of track season and Friday night. Some of the guys (8 of us total) got the wild arse idea to ride to Santa Barbara the next day. That's 100 miles from LA. So with out thinking we got up the next morning and rode off at 6:00am... We all thought we'd be back home back 6:00pm. 12 hours we can do that! What a joke...

Luckily one of the Dads knew how dumb we were being and followed along with his camper truck and a 8x10 trailer. When we got to Santa Barbara at 6:00pm after riding all day, we were beat. AND then realized that we had to ride home. No lights on the bikes, no money to speak off and couple of bikes were broke down. The Dad pulled up in the MacDonald's drive in we were at and saved our collective butts!!! Man was I happy!!

We loaded up all of the bikes into the trailer packed into the camper and truck and he drove us back home. I got home at 9:00pm and couldn't even walk... and that's when I was in shape! Riding 100 miles now, you might as well shoot me on the spot. Because death would be coming anyway...

So my hats off to you hvac!!!
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Good lord hvac, I can't imagine how strong the mentality a person like you could have, not to mention the physical ability.
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First of all, it`s not that hard to do if you train for it. I`m overweight somewhat and have to work harder than most. The key is to train in hot weather, which I do when I get home from work when it`s still hot. Secondly, the bikes you rode worked you three to four times harder than a road bike with skinny tires and extremely light weight. You probably didn`t know how to properly hydrate yourselves and munch on the right stuff during your ride. I have a recumbent bike with a titanium frame, which weighs just 22 pounds without my seatback bag (tools, drink bladder). It also has a fairing which makes it even more aerodynamic at speeds above 20 mph. Its laidback position makes it more aerodynamic than a standard diamond frame bike. Some would say this is an unfair advantage, but they can buy one if they want to. So, yeah, I guess you could say that this ain`t bad for a 65 year old. But you guys could smoke me if you had the same bike and trained just a little. My cardio isn`t what it used to be, but there`s not a whole lot I can do about that anymore. BTW, try as I might, I still can`t break the 5 hour mark on that ride. My best time was 5:06 back in `05.
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HVAC, my dad's always said that while he was able to ride for 40 miles back in grad school with his old 3-speed, he was glad to get his mid 80s Peugeot, and even happier to get his '05 Specialized. The whole bike is maybe 15 lbs. at most, probably closer to 12. He's got a favorite route out here that's about 15 miles long. Going from the Peugeot to the Specialized cut his absolute best time from last year (about 29'), down to a pretty low number of about 24'. And that's with some of the biggest hills in central MA! His other favorite ride goes way north and then back, which is about 30 miles or so. He can do that in just over an hour.

I used to do a route up the steepest hill in my neighborhood (about a 400' rise), which totaled about 6 miles in length that I could do in about 25 minutes. But the road going up the hill was less than half a mile long. Probably about a quarter mile, so it was steep enough that I spent 10 minutes just on that. I could keep up reasonably well with my dad on his 15 mile route. It just ends up taking about 40 minutes instead of 25.

However, you gotta give me some credit, as the bike I ride is a 1988 Trek 950 mountain bike. It used to be really sluggish, but I did a bit of an overhaul to it a year ago, which probably shaved about a pound off the weight, so now it might weigh below 20 lbs. Mostly the weight was saved by using a light-weight racing saddle (only about 250 g) and switching to newer chainrings and cassettes that used lighter steel. However, I had to add a ton of weight back in, as I had to dump the old plastic pedals, as the bearings were worn out. The new Cro-Mo alloy ones weigh about half a pound apiece. Also, I did switch to a lower profile tire (still an all-terrain tread, but the thickness is down to 1.85" instead of 2.0").
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