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  1. markwill

    Viewing a map during a ride

    So do I - but I didn't when I asked the question five years ago :-) Mark
  2. markwill

    Appreciate help for vacation in England...

    I'm a displaced (misplaced?) Brit who's lived in the US for 13 years, the last 9 being in Seattle. We've come home to England a whole bunch of times, mainly for Christmas' but also for a couple of funerals. But I have never been back in the summer. Until this year... I've been planning this...
  3. markwill

    Dreaming of a Tour De France trip (well, one stage)

    I'll be right upfront and say this might be a stretch but what's wrong in dreaming a little :-) I live in Seattle but have a nice long vacation planned to my family in the UK (I'm a Brit). The early part of that will be nicely wrapped up watching the World Cup :-) but I don't return to Seattle...
  4. markwill

    What's wrong Jan?

    I don't doubt that this was a pretty diappointing start for Jan but we should keep this in context. Tom Boonen commented on Zabriskie's time as follows: "I think I've done a decent time yeh; but that Zabriskie seems to be from another world!" So, Lance comes in a couple of seconds behind and...
  5. markwill

    Entry level racing for an old guy!!!

    So, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting into cycling (road only) over the past year or so. I am just frustrated that it took until my early 40's!!!! What a waste of the last 2-3 decades :-) I read an article in last months Bicycling magazine that one should try at least one race in one's lifetime...
  6. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    Had an absolute BLAST, thanks!!! Yes, the weather was just peachy and I really enjoyed myself. I am somewhat bummed that the so-called "50 miler" wasn't even close (43.4, according to my Polar). But, whatever - still my longest ride by 3 miles so I am happy. I really enjoyed the hills. The...
  7. markwill

    Frustrating foot pain

    I recently moved to Speedplay X2 pedals and new road shoes. They are immensely comfortable, with one exception... I have noticed that after 10 miles or so I start getting a dull ache on the outside of my left foot. Starts just behind the small toe and extends to level with the start of my...
  8. markwill

    Heart rate - too low?

    Well, therein lies my question - I don't really know whether I have such a fitness level. On the one hand, I have read many times that heart rate (or min or max) is NOT an indicator of fitness. Your message suggests otherwise. To put some context on this, I am certainly not in the "extremely...
  9. markwill

    Heart rate - too low?

    No - not stressing me out (perhaps my heart rate would be higher if it was :-))). Just curious - being below 40 just surprised me, especially since I guess it's a 20% drop in a year or so. Mark
  10. markwill

    Heart rate - too low?

    I understand that heart rate - in itself - is not a measure of fitness. However, I'm interested to know if there are any dangers or concerns with a heart rate that is too low. I am FAR from being near the excellent fitness of the regular passionate cyclist (42 years old, 5' 7" and 178lbs). My...
  11. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    OK - so the cold thing is beginning to pass, thankfully. So, a more general question (and this will probably seem pretty comical to those of you who regularly do centuries!!!). What type of food should I eat a) the evening before and b) on the morning of the ride (and, for the latter, how much...
  12. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    While I agree with your comments :-) it is SO disappointing to learn you are a bloke (presumably!!!). I did enjoy the comment "I love women..." :-) Mark
  13. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    The idea of relaxing a bit is certainly attractive but this would put me about a week or so without my last ride, which would be shame. But I take your point - I guess I should be grateful that I got the cold now, rather than, say. Friday :-) BTW, is that picture you? :-) Mark
  14. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    Thanks Eden. Yep - Flying Wheels. Small world indeed... I'm feeling a tad better this afternoon. So, hopefully still time :-) Mark
  15. markwill

    Bad cold before first "official" ride

    I m embarking on my first official ride on Saturday, a 50 miler starting in Redmond, WA. I have been really looking forward to this. However... Yesterday I came down with a really bad cold - completely wiped me out with nasal pressure, high temperature, heavy cough, etc. I didn't get a lot of...
  16. markwill

    Basic Road Race Questions

    Thanks Eden. It's an interesting sport, isn't it. Participans put themselves through physical and mental hell for three weeks - and then potentially let it go because of unwritten rules and "poor form" :-) All that said, the Dauphine seemed a little different on the last stage. I watched this...
  17. markwill

    Basic Road Race Questions

    Thanks for the response - much appreciated. So, the obvious question is why would a race director factor in a flat stage most of the time. The logic you describe makes sense (with one additional question - see below) - so in the interest of fan interest, TV worthiness, etc, etc why not build in...
  18. markwill

    Basic road racing questions

    Um, thanks - anyone have any answers to my questions? Mark
  19. markwill

    Basic road racing questions

    Well, I didn't want to polute this forum with my terrible newbie-like questions so I posted in the "Bike Cafe" forum - to no avail (161 readers of the posting but no reponses yet). So, let me try here... Since last year (when I bought my first road bike) I can't get enough of both participating...
  20. markwill

    Basic Road Race Questions

    Yikes - 97 people have looked at this but no replies :-) Are these questions not as simple as I anticipated? Thanks. Mark