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5x15 second sprints, max effort

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

rest 5 mins in between

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pootling like a vicar to and from work, twice.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 13:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mine is going to be like this: Monday: grocery store; Tuesday: Dumbo bike shop; Thurs: Local bar; Weekend: Everywhere.

Repeat 4x per month.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well you should also post interesting tidbits of what happens during your ride, like a great out of saddle fart or almost killing a squirrel

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i very nearly killed a rat the other day, coming down the alley to my garage.

apparently my friend paul broadsided one a few weeks ago, but the fucker kept ticking and straggled off into the darkness

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i swear the fucking squirrels at prospect park have deathwishes

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I was overtaken by a hearse last week, I'm sure this was a sign.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(PS. It was going fast, cos it was EMPTY)

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

WELL THEN! Last Sun I went to Floyd Bennett Airfield out at the end of Flatbush. It was a pretty meh ride, passing malls and suburban stuff, but I did run across a half-decent (paved) bike trail way out there, that followed the highway. Dunno yet what trail it was or where it goes, but it's a thought.

Also while riding down Nostrand being in love w/ the world I passed someone who started whooping "white girl, white girl". Neighborhood watch?

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

there are some great stretches on nostrand if you hit all the greens

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did not.

The airfield is fantastic, though, if you're a transpo/military history/aviation/old stuff geek.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah there is a hidden beach there, really weird area

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I am so badly out of shape bikewise this year. I keep getting almost fit, then something else comes along that snags my interest so I go off and spend all my time doing that and I get all decrepitated all over again. I think I def. need to buy a proper road bike and get some focus back.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

what else is there to snag your interest? stay away from women

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 14:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Ah, you know how it is. Bike fitness takes huge buckets of time to cultivate. Sloth is so less demanding.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

^ 'much'

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

to work: 4.5 miles of urban commute dodging broken window glass, jaywalkers, insane taxi drivers, homeless zombies, methed-out busdrivers, light rail tracks, subway grates, idiotic tourist drivers, etc.

from work: same as above but uphill (big hills).

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

so who takes the squirrel out

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

bike shop charges extra for that

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

probably should leave it in like a spoke card

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

he was just on the way home from collecting acorns :(

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My initial reaction was WTF fork broken, but carbon fibre really is that brittle especially with loads out of the design axis like that. Riding a steel fork would have lead to squirrel guts spread around.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I wish I were riding my bike right now.

Laurel, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 15:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that squirrel is going to be causing a tension load in the spoke, which they are designed for and a shear load in the fork which they are only designed for to a certain extent.

I am going to ride my bike in a few minutes and buy some fresh tagliatelle.

Ed, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink


ddb, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 16:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh ya, 14 miles business casual and pannier, 14 to go yet. It is supposed to rain. BUt, also 20mph tailwind out of NNW!

Nothing says for better or for worse like a pair of fenders. (nicked from someone in the internets)

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire.

I have seen this, and it is THE HORRORS.

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

hunter where are you located?

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Somewhere there's one of a critter in a disc brake assembly it is dire. had it, it's pretty sad:

NickB, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

omg the comments are sadder

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i was gonna say.

lolz at flags: I AM FROM CANADA

gbx, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

commute today (a poem):

checked weather: no rain
went outside sunny and nice
rode first half happily
second half started with sprinkles
followed by drizzle
the fucking skies opened up (i was wearing thin sweater, t-shirt, jeans and sneakers)
lol soaked
now wearing samples
straight chillin

Steve Shasta, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this is what this thread is about folks!!

cutty, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

lol soaked

Not how I do. I'm #*(%#&@~~~!!!

Cutty I'm in Denver xpo

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 17 October 2007 19:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I see olympic gold medallist S4ra C4rrigan out most mornings on the gold coast.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And Mc3wen will be ponying up and down the gold coast all summer too.

W4LTER, Thursday, 18 October 2007 04:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No ride today. Puncture. Only got fat tubes. Can you fit fat tubes (1.5-2.2 i think) into slick tyres (1.25 i think)?

ledge, Thursday, 18 October 2007 08:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not really, you'll be much more at risk of pinch flats.

Invest in Slime.

Ed, Thursday, 18 October 2007 09:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

an hour on the rollers, sweatnet = essential

cutty, Thursday, 18 October 2007 14:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

quick zip in to work and back - left the house at exactly 9.30 and left work at exactly 9.30. front wheel need truing. both do probably. and brakes need some love. also some fucker in a big car tried to kill me twice this morning on tottenham court rd :/

did anyone watch the 'bike messengers are on crack' vid on youtube?

emsk, Thursday, 18 October 2007 22:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Quick zip up to the Wburg bridge, to the bar. Nice out, a little warm. The pulled pork and cigarettes slowed me down on the way home -- it might be uphill most of the way back to the Heights but it shouldn't be THAT annoying. Fuck stoplights, anyway.

Also fuck the white van that pulled over and stopped in front of my while I was cruising down Kent. They apologized as I blew by, but they weren't sorry enough not to cut me off, I noticed.

Laurel, Friday, 19 October 2007 03:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

more poetry:

A little wet again
Douchebag on a rice rocket gunning it at every light only to slam on the brakes every
200 feet
I blow a red (no cross-traffic)
Almost catches me around 2 lights later
I hear a bang, look behind
2Fast2Furious doored by a work truck while trying to split traffic
Motorcycle down and skidding
Him on his ass
He looked fine (truck driver was on him already)
I keep riding

Steve Shasta, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i call that poem shasta keeps riding

cutty, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

gbx, Friday, 19 October 2007 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink


cutty, Saturday, 20 October 2007 16:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Midnight Ridazz were founded by the biggest amateur doper in the USA. He has a lifetime USAC ban from competition, now he just tries to claim Strava KOMs all over LA. Terrible person.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 22:26 (five months ago) Permalink

and gaimon took most of them back

don't shame a dude for getting back on the bike because he did it in the presence of a jerk. keep it positive ya ding dong

gbx, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 23:39 (five months ago) Permalink

brilliant summer idea haitch, i may very well get into some of that (now that evil magpie season seems to be over)

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:16 (five months ago) Permalink

melbourne bike cru

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Thursday, 25 October 2018 23:10 (five months ago) Permalink

the spotless reputation of Midnight Ridazz ruined

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 25 October 2018 23:46 (five months ago) Permalink

Won't somebody think of the Ridazz... lol

In unrelated "tech giants are horrible" news, this was particularly disturbing coming from a consumer reports POV:

YouTube have terminated my GPLama account. Apparently for three violations of their community guidelines (no reason given). That's everything gone. 2 years work. 700 videos. 17 Million watch minutes. @TeamYouTube Explain this to everyone below. You've just ended me.

— Shane Miller (@gplama) October 29, 2018

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 29 October 2018 16:25 (five months ago) Permalink

whoa -- i've watched some of that dude's videos, seems like the most innocuous unboxing/review stuff around

gbx, Monday, 29 October 2018 16:39 (five months ago) Permalink

they've reinstated the channel but haven't communicated what the problems were - obviously there's probably not anyone to actually talk to about it

Steve Reich, 'Ass-Clapping Music' (haitch), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 04:38 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

My main recall of Melbourne roads is nearly having a tram impale my rental while I tried to turn across traffic. Be careful.

― Hunt3r, Saturday, 26 May 2018 13:55 (seven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just fell victim to tram tracks

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 31 December 2018 01:37 (three months ago) Permalink

oh no- hope yr well and no or few damages! status check?

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 14:52 (three months ago) Permalink

a load of skin came off left elbow, both knees, left calf and right hand. no damage at all to neck or helmet/head. bike front wheel is jamming against the brake and the chain mechanism is making a funny noise, but i think it’s fixable (will know next week).

next time i see a load of arse biscuits standing in the bike lane i will lose my shit at them.

thanks for your concern <3

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:49 (three months ago) Permalink

FWIW this has happened to me also (although not quite as dramatically!) and almost everyone who bikes in downtown San Francisco. Hope you heal quickly!

fajita seas, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:55 (three months ago) Permalink

thanks! a lovely bloke came out of his shop and got me bandaged up, and the hospital i went to (public health is free here) checked joint movements &c. and established nothing was broken.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

I think I might be on the verge of getting a Brompton y/n

gbx, Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:54 (three months ago) Permalink

what for specifically? depending on your situation you might be better off with another folder

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 1 January 2019 23:58 (three months ago) Permalink

commuting. one of the ways I can get to work that isn't driving is commuter rail + bike the rest of the way

I guess it'd also be nice for bringing along on trips, too, as a number of airlines will let you bring them on as carry-on luggage

gbx, Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:02 (three months ago) Permalink

ah brompton then. for portability there’s no competition.

you’d want to consider things like # gears v weight, expensive light titanium v weight, etc. i went for six gears in standard metals, so it’s heavy but not too expensive. if your ride doesn’t have too many hills, you could get away with a three or two speed.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 3 January 2019 02:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Call is going out:

May 18, 2019. I'm hoping to lasso a gbx, as much for wanting to meet a legend, as anything else. :^)

i've had a lot of... dreams and setbacks as i've ventured through the last couple years, but i'm confident i can make it through this one. i'm comfortable being a reliable 50+ ally, as opposed to "ima set a pr" guy, though if asked to pull or die, i'll ride til i die.

Anybody wanna walk through the process of doing this? i'll be on a minimally loaded drop-bar, tubeless, 26x2.1" mtn bike. This kinda monster-cross shit is considered "fashionable" by my understands.

hope all are well. i see most of yall through strava and the fatmantis group, but while few, we are strong.

Hunt3r, Monday, 7 January 2019 04:11 (three months ago) Permalink

"NEW for 2019 Class 1 Ebike for 85 K distance with later start time (no age or gender classes )."

Hunt3r, Monday, 7 January 2019 04:23 (three months ago) Permalink

that gravel ride looks terrific hunt3r, very jealous - you'll have a blast on that!

i've been upping the miles here in an effort to tire my son out. it's not working at all, it's absolutely killing me while he's just getting fitter and faster all the time. i had a virus over the last six weeks so i did manage to get some time just sitting on my arse, but i think i'm over that now and it's all beginning again. 100 miles last monday, and then 55 yesterday up four of the big climbs in the area - we were going to do another couple as well, but thank the lord we ran out of daylight :D

main riding goal this year is mountain mayhem which is the longest running uk 24hr mountain bike race. i'm not really into racing at all anymore (i'm soooo slow) but they've just dropped the lower age limit to 14 so we're doing it as a pair. with any luck i'll just be able to do one lap and then let him ride the rest - seriously i'd just be slowing him down, he's just ridiculous

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Monday, 7 January 2019 08:37 (three months ago) Permalink

viewing a kid's increasing capacity is always amazing, that is v cool.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:54 (three months ago) Permalink

hunter! I'd actually tentatively planned on targeting the pony express as my first gravel event / goal to keep me honest (standards have uh fallen very far). It'd be great to see some other mantii show up too

gbx, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 01:43 (three months ago) Permalink

encouraging news, i'm checking the forecast already. i'm not much of a mudder no matter what my enemies say.

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 04:30 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm not much of a cyclist these days, tbh, so having some incentive to get back in the saddle would be nice

gbx, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 18:44 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i did lol

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:10 (one month ago) Permalink

i so rarely image-ify here i've forgotten the commands...

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Rode a bike a couple days ago after being out of town for months. During those months I also lost weight and I could feel that on the climbs!

Only now I have to keep the weight off. When I complained about this to a couple girl friends of mine the lack of sympathy was palpable. Understandably.

lukas, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 19:02 (one month ago) Permalink

if i could lose the weight i've gained in the past 1.5 yrs, i'd be like, _faster_. which would be cool, but my body and mind are distracted by other battles, too. my power isn't terrible, i guess. not willing to deprive yet.

Hunt3r, Thursday, 7 March 2019 04:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm entered for a time trial on Sunday. What with my calf injury this time last year destroying the whole season and a general loss of enthusiasm for racing (and the necessary training), I'm not really in top shape for this. I've only been on one proper bike ride in the last five weeks or so (and I got dropped then). I haven't done a race for about 18 months. I haven't touched my racing bike since the start of November and have no idea if it's ready to roll and my aero bars are presumably buried somewhere in my shed. On top of that, I picked up a bizarre big toe injury a couple of days ago while sitting down and working at my laptop - somehow I must have bent it too far backwards. Having to hobble around everywhere at the moment, hopefully won't stop me cycling. The weather forecast says 6C with a 41mph crosswind. Oh joy.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 7 March 2019 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

i do not want to _ride_ in a 41mph crosswind.

i have an aaaancient rear disc that takes up to 10sp if you want it though, could be adventurous.

i just found the aPower metric on golden cheetah, i want it injected in my veins. (lol it claims to normalize your power readings to sea level where i'm totally a viking).

Hunt3r, Thursday, 7 March 2019 18:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Towed Barry Bonds today

lukas, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:37 (one month ago) Permalink


gbx, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that needs expanding on!

how did yr tt go nbs?

kolarov spring (NickB), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 17:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Group of four pulled up and sat on my wheel in the Presidio. Went our separate ways but ran into one of them later during a stop. He came up "hey, do you know who that was? That was Barry Bonds. Yeah, he saw you and said 'let's reel that guy in.'"

Bonds rides a lot around here, seen him a few times.

lukas, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

His significant other is a pretty big deal in the cycling world:

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Had no idea!

lukas, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:16 (one month ago) Permalink

me neither that's interesting

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 04:59 (one month ago) Permalink

how did yr tt go nbs?

Car blown around in torrential rain while driving up the M11, arrived at the HQ to sign on and was warned of significant standing water on the course, two of my clubmates had abandoned before I started and warned me not to attempt it - way too windy, broken branches in the road, etc., about half the field abandoned or didn't start overall, I rode it but could only use the aero bars about 30% of the time because it was just too risky at times, in one section of block headwind I could only manage 11mph on the flat, I was very close to giving up after about 7 miles and stopped trying for about 5-10 minutes, but in the end I rode all the way round and finished. My worst time ever, but everyone was much slower than usual. I would expect to be well off my usual pace anyway due to lack of fitness/racing, but combined with the weather it was off the scale. I reached the turn with an average speed of just 19.2mph and dragged it up to something like 20.1mph by the end - normally I'd be over 23mph.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 14 March 2019 07:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean this is in the best possible way, you're a madman.

lukas, Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:35 (one month ago) Permalink

that sounds insane. i wouldn't have gotten out of the car in that

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Velodrome racing season opening night was on Tuesday. I did a guided trainer class twice a week this winter with a handfull of friends (doing it all together in the driveway made it a lot easier to stick to the plan) so I'm a bit more fitter than I've been the last few years, but I was still not able to stick with the sustained attacks on the last couple of laps of the races. 27 - 28mph was fine, but when it was in the 30s, I just couldn't spin my legs fast enough to hang. Still, I felt like I wasn't 100% outclassed out there like I did in the last few years, even if it was nothing like how I felt in my good years when the first 80% of the race felt like I was just cruising and the last 20% was the only hard bit.

I think if I start doing some specific high speed work and throw on a bit bigger gear (I was running 90 gear inches) I might be able to be acutally racing, instead of just hanging on by the time the season is finished.

Lots of fun, anyway.

sous les paves, Friday, 5 April 2019 16:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so good, keep in there.

not on the track in my case, but racing generally, you spend so long every winter/spring just to get to the point where you can sorta maybe almost guess where you *might* be or *might* get to--

racing just becomes this ever-growing massive roi equation as you age. you gotta really luurrrve it. or not have other things in the way, i guess.

my last race period pre-tbi was a very isolated jump back into cx in 2014 (after many years off all racing). my biggest friend was def low expectations, generous forgetfulness of previous capacities, and focusing on fun in front of the low expectations.

Hunt3r, Friday, 5 April 2019 20:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'forgetfulness of previous capacities' really hits it squarely on the head. Intellectually, I know that at some point in my life I was sprinting for points during the bell laps and winning races (at this level of competition) but physically it feels so far away from my current capacities that it seems like some kind of implanted memory or something. Did that stuff actually really happen or am I just old-timering it? Anyway, the track scene is still so fun and friendly to me that my motivation is high.

Here is a nice photo from that night (I'm the absolute unit in 2nd place here)

sous les paves, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 16:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so many horses on the track, just looking at it skeers me away. nice!

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 04:20 (one week ago) Permalink

yes very cool photo!

last week i got my first new mountain bike for 15 years (specialized chisel xc hardtail), but already my son already seems to have commandeered it so i'm back in ye ancient rocky mountain which was once such an awesome speedy thing but looks like such an antiquated wreck now with its little wheels and narrow bars and triple chainset - such a perfect embodiment of my own way-past-my-bestness, i'm secretly glad that i don't have to try and pretend to be fast on it

kolarov spring (NickB), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 05:52 (one week ago) Permalink

i went out on my modern trailbike last week (27.5x3”, 1x11, 150mm/135mm, nice dropper) and it was great and efficient and all that, but when i’m really happy on trails right now, it’s the 20 yr old ti with dirtdrops, 3x9, 80mm fork, speedy 26x2.1 tubeless. i can take it anywhere, and it will not be the fastest on each segment, but _across_ the disciplines (which is where it lives), it is the fastest if i am the fastest.
one discipline that i try to keep it away from? riding on my car. which is one reason i made it.

it started as a whim on an old station bike frame, but i found it rules.

nickb if you’re within 10mi of trailhead, dirtdrop/ld stem it, put on fast center ridge-y 2.1s, rip it. if yr not that close, it’s still a comfy way to mtb, if yr new steed has been seized to support the struggles.

lol sorry,long- i’m feelin that religion. part of me thinks i’m just pose-y because style’s got a lot of gravel crossover, but from the other direction.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:38 (one week ago) Permalink

i'm only about 2 miles from the local trails. probably won't go for drops though, it's a full susser and i think i'd get myself arrested by the trail police for that! have got a pile of junk bikes in the loft though including a nice steel reynolds-tubed voodoo so maybe that could be a little project one day...

kolarov spring (NickB), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:40 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah full sus would not be natural fit there.

Seems like Er time i get ready for mtb we get another one of these which slows it down

When i say it was 80° yesterday, i mean it was actually 80° and i went up 3000’, to 8400’, no gilet or armwarmers. Want more dry trails wah

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:56 (one week ago) Permalink

trails are already pretty dry and fast round here - might do my first xc race in years next weekend and if the decent weather here stays put, i'm in serious danger of running out of excuses

kolarov spring (NickB), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

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