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suitcaseofcourage
Husband. Historian. Attorney. Bike Racer.
Interests: photography, cycling, american history, railroading
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Thanks Jim - that's great advice and I appreciate your sharing it. I'm definitely going to go for an evaluation soon
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on Pez is my problem at The Suitcase of Courage
That sounds really cool Jim! Ill have to check it out. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Chris
Thanks for the comment Aaron! I guess I will (though not much to report lately) Chris www.thevalleylocal.net
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2014 on Happy New Year! at The Suitcase of Courage
Yup, we now have a new domain - www.thevalleylocal.net So be sure to go there from now on. The website there is still under construction, but the blog is updated regularly. You can visit the blog directly at http://blog.thevalleylocal.net/ Hope to see you over there! Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at The Valley Line
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While my primary modeling focus is the New Haven Railroad's "Valley Branch" between Old Saybrook & Hartford, CT, my secondary interest is the old "AirLine" between New Haven & Willimantic/Boston. This line crossed the Valley branch in Middletown and, in 1947 local freight service ended in Amston/Colchester. For the purposes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at The Valley Line
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Ok, not really a "trackplan" in the detailed, full-color sense, but at least these schematics will give you an idea of what I've built so far: For those not familiar with the line, the towns go north to south in the following order: Hartford (hidden staging) Wethersfield Rocky Hill Dividend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at The Valley Line
Prototype: Connecticut Valley Branch of the New York New Haven & Hartford Locale: Hartford, CT to Old Saybrook CT Period: October, 1947 Scale: HO (1:87.1) Layout Size (roughly): 13x19 (1st room), 14x18 (2nd room) Style: Walk-in Benchwork: Traditional L-girder Roadbed: Cork Track: MicoEngineering Code 70 w/#6 turnouts Mainline Run (approx.):... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The Valley Line
Hi Ken and thanks for posting a comment! Im glad you like theblog and hope youll visit regularly. Yeah, we have a prettygood Cat3 squad in EXPO. Not necessarily good results-wise (though were all admittedly pretty decent racers), but certainly good guys - and we all put a pretty high priority on having fun in this sport. None of us take it TOO seriously, which keeps the pressure to a minimum. Its supposed to be a hobby after all! Will you be racing at the Hartford crit? If so, hopefully our paths will cross.
This is a quick test post. Standby - hopefully I'll be able to get some content up here soon! Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Valley Line
Hi Juan and thanks for visiting the blog! I think Jamestown is a really great race, as you could probably tell by how I described it. I think the avg speed for our group (Masters 35+) was about 26. IIRC, when I was a Cat 5, it was just under 25mph avg. But with such a large group and lots of drafting, it wasnta huge deal. Breakaways are tough, but not unheard of. The VERY long straightaways on the roads make it difficult to hide. For a long break, Id say attack just beforethe north end of the race on the final lap (how many laps is your race?) Unless they fixed the roads since last year, the roads up there have always been really bad and the pack slows way down. A shorter distance break should attack right before or right after the lighthouse loop. Again, its really tight there and you may be able to get a gap as the rest of the pack negotiates this technical section. But those are just my off-cuff suggestions - Im not a break specialist. Like you, I do crits and Jamestown is my only road race of the year. Bummer Ill miss it this year - and will miss seeing you guys. But good luck - youll have a blast! And be sure to report back - would love to hear how it goes. -SOC
Hi Dominique and thanks for stopping by the blog - thanks especially for your comment. Thats very cool that you had dinner with HH - what a story! Hope youll stop by often - have a great weekend! -SOC
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on The Accidental 9th at The Suitcase of Courage
Thanks Don! And I still cant believe your racing season starts so early - though being The South, I guess I shouldnt be surprised. And this year you got your license renewed before I did even - heres to a great season!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2012 on Rest Day Writing at The Suitcase of Courage
Thanks very much for stopping by Eric! Good luck with your 2012 season too! -SOC
Heh - it doesnt at all surprise me, since we have so much in common and think about things similarly. But I have to confesssome blog-laziness, since this is a re-run of a post that I first did way back in October, 2007 (http://suitcaseofcourage.typepad.com/the_suitcase_of_courage/2007/10/why-cycle-wed-1.html) I like how it came out, but clearly dont have the same talent for writing that you do - sincerely
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2011 on I Ain't Afraida No Ghosts at The Suitcase of Courage
Im afraid I dont - but if theyre anywhere as good as the 58s, you certainly wont gowrong! -SOC
Believe it or not, I actually pulled it together from a variety of sources (all sources credited through the hyperlinks). So noone-stop-shopping with a Today in history - BUT the internet certainly makes such research a lot easier. And of course, as you can probably tell, I had a blast doing it!
Thanks so much for your comment - it is a comfort to have the empathy and understandingof friends. And your kinds words are a great salve during what continues to be a tough time. But we are looking forward to doing the Pedal for Paws ride again in Rainys honor. Itsall for her shelter after all - and Im glad youre planning on joining us again. Looking forward to seeing you! Chris
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2011 on RIP Coach Rainy at The Suitcase of Courage
In a word, yes. As a 5 wanting to be a 4, and as a 4 wanting to be a 3, it really was much more about doing well/getting pointsso I could upgrade. It was then that I was doing serious training, had a coach (briefly), etc. It was fairly intense, and fun in its way. But it often felt like a job rather than a hobby and each race was marred by pre-race anxiety and the self-pressure to perform. Im having a lot more fun these days - as you can probably tell. :^) If I had only realized earlier that, no matter WHAT level youre at, you dont have to impress anybody or prove yourself to anyone, I think I would have had even more fun much sooner.
Thanks so much for your kind words Asher - theyre a real help. I read your comment shortly before I raced Tuesday night. It broughtsometears, butalso some renewed motivation. Thanks for that. I guess I couldve expected as much from somebody from my old hometown of Luvull!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on RIP Coach Rainy at The Suitcase of Courage
Thanks so much - I wouldnt have traded that time for anything, but must admitwe coulduse an emotional break.Having so many great friends like you is a greatconsolation.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2011 on RIP Coach Rainy at The Suitcase of Courage
Thanksfor the feedback Joe! I made a correction whichI think reads much better
I think you're on the right track. Per SDC, we changed my position in *centimeters* at a time - seat went up 1.7cm and forward 1cm; bars got lowered 2.5cm (SLAMMED - no more spacers) and the stem went out another 2cm. Pretty radical. Much more aero and powerful (though, admittedly, probably most appropriate for crit racing/sprinting rather than climbing), but still comfortable (I've ridden a couple centuries since the change w/no probs). Thanks for the link to Slam That Stem. Lots of cool pics there! I submitted mine & hope they find it interesting enough to post. Hope to see you at a Tuesday night race again soon!
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2011 on Pee-wee Travolta at Trainer Confessions
Didnt look to me like you were weakening at all! Hope were able to get out to ride again really soon!
Thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog! Hope you enjoy the contenthere and will weigh in often! -SOC
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2011 on Horrific Bike Crash at The Suitcase of Courage