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by Spyglass
Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The most dangerous place you've been?
Replies: 245
Views: 11679

Re: The most dangerous place you've been?

Baghdad in 86 & 87 during the Iran/Iraq war
by Spyglass
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Engineering pron
Replies: 45
Views: 3078

Re: Engineering pron

Oldies, reach for the tissues and the hand cream.. I give you true engineering.. http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/William_Doxford_and_Sons#The_Manufacturing_Process Mind boggling. http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/images/d/da/Shrink1.jpg Many of the photos from the Doxford plant remind me of...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread
Replies: 3702
Views: 233104

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Ben Swift has his ride from Sunday up on Strava, including power data: http://www.strava.com/activities/360352420 737W for 4 minutes to get the KOM on Ranmore Common Road :shock: Edit: Doesn't say "estimated" for power data but the values for Box Hill are dodgy - 50W average?! - so take the above w...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread
Replies: 3702
Views: 233104

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

Great ride Seez, was looking at your Strava file yesterday, your NP is impressive. Thanks for the pointer, just done a little digging after you posted this and found that Tejvan (one of the top amateur TTers over here) knocked out a 100 mile TT in 3:34 (28 mph) at 262W: http://cyclinguphill.com/100...
by Spyglass
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread
Replies: 3702
Views: 233104

Re: The Official UCI Pro Cycling Thread

How did you get on yesterday Duke? Tim, did you watch the pros go up Box? Good day out thanks, finished in about 5 hours 45 with an unscheduled stop at Coombe Lane having jumped my riding partners in Kingston and them not noticing. How did you get on? Turning it into a rugby related post - rode up ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Seez wrote:Spyglass, what's your club? A club mate of mine has just moved to Houston (pretty sure it's Houston). Pretty handy road racer, almost got to cat 2 in his first full season
SWCC - South West Cycling Club. We have an FB page, tell him to leave a message on there.
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

the NP calculation doesn't let the freewheeling parts cancel out the hard bits. This depends on how you setup your Garmin, if you select "Include Zeros" under power meter settings, then you get a lower but more accurate Normalized Power. This is how you should have it setup, unfortunately the Garmi...
by Spyglass
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

[quote="Xupi What's Normalized Power? those kind of of rides are excellent to acquire rythms, I was chatting with the racers on Sunday and they argue that it is an excellent training for them. Cut/Paste from Training Peaks: Normalized Power (NP) To account for this variability, TrainingPeaks uses a ...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Rode yesterday with a bunch around the Pays Basque , we were around 20, ages from early 30's to early 60's. I did not know them all but I would say after talking to almost all, 5 or 6 were involved in road-racing , one was a thriathlete doing competition and the others, mostly the olders chaps, are...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Well, I did the SDW ride yesterday. Hardest thing I've ever done. Just seemed to go on forever - the miles on the Garmin just ticked by so slowly, and very few of them seemed to come easily. Constant hard work with draggy surfaces, gates, stones, bumps, sketchy descents etc etc. Nothing unusual her...
by Spyglass
Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread
Replies: 2438
Views: 112866

Re: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread

I was watching France TV when they had the "Sky debate". It's interesting because France TV have always been very cautious on the doping allegations even during the worst years of the EPO and Armstrong eras. They used to solely focus on the race and not comment on the surprising performances of som...
by Spyglass
Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

This morning I rode my first TT this year where I haven't day-dreamed and lost my focus and thus intensity. 22:28 for 10 miles, 20s away from my PB which was on this course last year, so getting back to form finally. I had some caffeine gum to chew during the warm up to improve my focus but forgot ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

That is excellent mate, well done. Are you going to wear the jersey for a year or frame it straight away? Are you going to get a TT bike? Can't believe I haven't made such a pilgrimage before, it was so cheap and easy. Even without a big race being there, the roads in the Ardennes are worth the tri...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Good effort Spyglass, sorry I missed that on Strava - will have a look later and do the necessary kudos-wise! Last big SDW training ride for me on Sunday just gone, this was a 130-odd mile group road ride down to Dymchurch on the Kent coast and back. Perfect conditions, hardly any wind, mostly flat...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

great time for a 25 well done Well done Spyglass, how did that compare to the winning team? Or did you win?! We won Cat 4 - USA Cycling splits you into Cat 1 to 5, you start as a 5 and upgrade from there. So I'm now the Texas State Team Time Trial Champion for 2015! Got my medal and State Champion ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread
Replies: 2438
Views: 112866

Re: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread

guy smiley wrote:
Hats off, man. Hats off.
:thumbup: :thumbup: Very jealous, one day I'll make the pilgrimage to do some of the legendary rides in France
by Spyglass
Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread
Replies: 2438
Views: 112866

Re: 2015 Tour de France Official Thread

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Yates brothers get on, OGE will give them a free reign in the mountains and it wouldn't surprise me if they were in contention for some of the mountain top finishes.
by Spyglass
Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

ukjim wrote:great time for a 25 well done
Thanks, the ride data is on Strava if you're a member of the illustrious Planet Rugby Cycling Club :D
by Spyglass
Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

We did 54.28 at yesterday's TTT which was good enough for first place in our category. Course was L shaped, 10 miles South then turned East for 2 1/2, turnaround and go back. It was 85 deg F, high humidity and 8 mph wind from South. We went too hard on the first leg into the wind, screwed up the tur...
by Spyglass
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

That mate of mine posted the name of the tour he's just completed... http://centcolschallenge.com/routes/southern_alps NEW for 2015 : riding from 6 to 16 june. This event is harder than the CCC Corsica, but less tough than the Pyrenees or the Cantabrico. CCC Southern Alps : A totally NEW route for ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How much do you spend on your mobile phone plan?
Replies: 120
Views: 3020

Re: How much do you spend on your mobile phone plan?

Mine is covered by work but for wife and 3 kids it runs to about $380 a month, and none of them have been able to explain to me why they never seem to have their phones on when I call or text. This is my kids to a T, the only way I can get their attention is to go on the Verizon app on my phone and...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Last 4up I rode was in September. I was badly off form by then and had to do the kids football coaching beforehand, then rush over to the HQ while eating. When I got there, my teammates (one of whom has three sub-20 10s and a sub-50 25 this year) were just finishing off their hour on the turbo and ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

Last 4up I rode was in September. I was badly off form by then and had to do the kids football coaching beforehand, then rush over to the HQ while eating. When I got there, my teammates (one of whom has three sub-20 10s and a sub-50 25 this year) were just finishing off their hour on the turbo and ...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm doing a 40k four man team time trial this weekend, I've borrowed a TT bike, which however I adjust it, is an instrument of torture. I'm replacing a guy on a settled team that did just over 54 minutes on the same course last year, they are targeting under 54 mins this year, so no pressure..... I...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm doing a 40k four man team time trial this weekend, I've borrowed a TT bike, which however I adjust it, is an instrument of torture. I'm replacing a guy on a settled team that did just over 54 minutes on the same course last year, they are targeting under 54 mins this year, so no pressure..... I...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm doing a 40k four man team time trial this weekend, I've borrowed a TT bike, which however I adjust it, is an instrument of torture. I'm replacing a guy on a settled team that did just over 54 minutes on the same course last year, they are targeting under 54 mins this year, so no pressure..... I...
by Spyglass
Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The official cycling thread
Replies: 3577
Views: 271088

Re: The official cycling thread

I'm doing a 40k four man team time trial this weekend, I've borrowed a TT bike, which however I adjust it, is an instrument of torture. I'm replacing a guy on a settled team that did just over 54 minutes on the same course last year, they are targeting under 54 mins this year, so no pressure..... In...
by Spyglass
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Katy Freeway Houston
Replies: 15
Views: 1034

Re: Katy Freeway Houston

Upto 20 lanes in places, with each direction made up of: Feeder/access road - 3 lanes Main freeway - 5 lanes HOV (2+) people in car - 2 lanes Houston has no City zoning and very limited city planning. Infrastructure such as roads, etc. tends to follow private development, which causes plenty of prob...
by Spyglass
Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 30 most liveable cities in the world
Replies: 137
Views: 5136

Re: The 30 most liveable cities in the world

What most of these lists fail to take in to account is your income, generally speaking you will enjoy living more in most (civilized) places if you have a good income. Clearly that's a life choice as some people's priorities are different, but most folks I've met place a higher priority on that. So...
by Spyglass
Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 30 most liveable cities in the world
Replies: 137
Views: 5136

Re: The 30 most liveable cities in the world

What most of these lists fail to take in to account is your income, generally speaking you will enjoy living more in most (civilized) places if you have a good income. Clearly that's a life choice as some people's priorities are different, but most folks I've met place a higher priority on that. So...
by Spyglass
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: LIQUIDS ON AEROPLANES
Replies: 61
Views: 2340

Re: LIQUIDS ON AEROPLANES

In the US we have both Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check, which is basically a detailed screening/background check for frequent flyers. Once you've been accepted/approved, your boarding pass automatically carries the logo and you go through a separate security line, don't have to remove your; laptop/sh...
by Spyglass
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The 30 most liveable cities in the world
Replies: 137
Views: 5136

Re: The 30 most liveable cities in the world

What most of these lists fail to take in to account is your income, generally speaking you will enjoy living more in most (civilized) places if you have a good income. Clearly that's a life choice as some people's priorities are different, but most folks I've met place a higher priority on that. So ...
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm
Replies: 1209
Views: 22429

Re: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm

If you're going to use Vipbox or other streaming sites, install a pop up blocker otherwise you will have loads of ads to close, some of them very frustrating. Alternatively, install the Hola add-on for Chrome or Firefox and watch BBC One live on iPlayer. Have the stream up now in Georgia, TV qualit...
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm
Replies: 1209
Views: 22429

Re: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm

[Argus - how are you getting a stream in Florida, a UK VPN?[/quote]

on http://www.vipbox.sx/rugby[/quote]

Thanks Argus. When I go to the website I get lots of popup, ads, etc. Do I have to register and download their software/app or can I just stream when the broadcast starts?
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm
Replies: 1209
Views: 22429

Re: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm

argus wrote:Friday afternnon in the office

32 inche monitor

work done

what can go wrong?

how about a webinar from 1pm - 4pm EST
in the conference room

with 5 other people

:evil:
Argus - how are you getting a stream in Florida, a UK VPN?
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm
Replies: 1209
Views: 22429

Re: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm

fisgard792 wrote:[

nice, favorite city and area, used to work in bellevue
Microsoft?

I'll be working in Issaquah, so we're looking to live in the Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond/Issaquah area. Great place to live apart from the weather....
by Spyglass
Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm
Replies: 1209
Views: 22429

Re: 6N 2015: Wales v England - Friday, KO @ 8:05pm

You easing your way in with a few beers/wines atm globby? Had a walk through town at lunch and it's building up alright. Envious. There is literally no hype about rugby anywhere near me. :(( Where are you Hawk? Pop up to Oundle! I hope to survive the alcohol onslaught. Oundle, very nice! Alas, I'm ...
by Spyglass
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Official Skiing and Snowboarding Thread
Replies: 2722
Views: 231640

Re: Official Skiing and Snowboarding Thread

Currently in Steamboat Springs on business, not much snow which makes me feel better as I can't break away for a quick ski session
by Spyglass
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What makes your favourite city great?
Replies: 138
Views: 6703

Re: What makes your favourite city great?

Houston, great diversity, Boots, world class Barbecue, a voice of over 60 rental handguns at Athena, the Rodeo, $16 steak night at the Front Porch and an entire city who find my accent "so cute". Houston deservedly get a bad rap for being an ugly sprawling city with congested freeways and no/limite...
by Spyglass
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What makes your favourite city great?
Replies: 138
Views: 6703

Re: What makes your favourite city great?

If anyone has experience with both, which one should I visit out of New Orelans and Miami? I don't like Miami. Just don't. Enjoyed N.O. for the visit but wouldn't live there. During one of the festivals (madi gras or the like) it's f**k awesome. For me, no question it has to be N.O. If I was to go ...