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Friday Group Ride #282

Friday Group Ride #282

My wife sent me a TED Talk to watch. I watched the first 5 or 6 minutes and then shut it off. I hate TED Talks. They are, in my mind, the pseudo-intellectual equivalent of fringe-web click bait. ...

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Friday Group Ride #281

Friday Group Ride #281

Forget jetpacks. Humans do a crappy enough job navigating in 2D space. Add another dimension and it would just be carnage raining from sky. When the future arrives, I sincerely hope crappy ...

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Friday Group Ride #280

Friday Group Ride #280

My junior year in college I did a seminar on Nietzsche with a visiting professor from the Czech Republic. Each week we’d be assigned some tranche of the German philosopher’s aphorisms ...

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Friday Group Ride #279

Friday Group Ride #279

I didn’t want to climb off, but I did. It was clearly not a hero kind of day, the sort where you can push out into the red, back off a little, find your rhythm and rise to the challenge in ...

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Friday Group Ride #277

Friday Group Ride #277

I’m stuck, and my stuckness is part financial, part indecision, part inexperience and part simple laziness. What I did was strip my mountain bike. That it’s a mountain bike is only ...

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Friday Group Ride #276

Friday Group Ride #276

I think it’s a common mistake of perception to assume the changes going on in your head are actually changes happening in the world. Here’s an example. I don’t perceive a ...

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Friday Group Ride #275

Friday Group Ride #275

I was riding side-by-side with Mike (his real name) and I asked, “Do you follow women’s racing at all?” The Giro Donne was on at the time, and I had been following along ...

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Friday Group Ride #274

Friday Group Ride #274

We rolled out in a drizzle that soon became a downpour, except that downpours tend to be short-lived. Three hours later with the road flooded in spots, the deluge continued. We were wet through ...

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Friday Group Ride #272

Friday Group Ride #272

You get used to the first week of the Tour being full of crashes and chaos, but I don’t recall a week that saw two yellow jerseys crash out and many, many more of the top names abandon. At ...

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