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An update.

I’m still here.

For the most part, I’ve been laying low from racing and riding the bikes.  I’m finally sorting out my right leg issues, since it’s still not as strong as my left and never was.  I think I’ve pinpointed the muscle area that’s the cause, which is good.  I’ve stopped riding because the tension on the muscle group pulls my right leg outwards as I pedal, and was wearing down the cartilage around my knee.  I’ve been running during the week, and spending a lot of time with the muscle rollers at night.  It’s a slow process, but things are starting to finally come together.  Less muscle tension, less strain…hopefully with enough time and self massaging on the hip, things will be better than ever.  I still have my 4 Cannondales.  I’ve been out of touch with pro cycling for a couple months now, and have been loving it.

Not like it’s anything to brag about or even mention, but I’m on Instagram now if anyone wants to keep tabs on me.  Back in the day, I used to have a Facebook and Twitter too, but that proved to be much more annoying and a lot less creative than square photos.  Follow me, username: dominicsalbatera.

Dailies.

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Sights.

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From Telegraph Hill.

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Britex pop-up store.

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Wandering around Lake Del Valle.

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Hills.

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Smells.

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Sights.

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Crowd at 1015.

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Sets.

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How did you die?

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Heat.

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Fecal Face gallery for Skull and Sword.

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FF.

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New Wheels.

Better photos of the new wheels:

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See full specs on Velospace.

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Dailies

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Lil Debbie at F8.

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3.5 hours of dj sets.  Lame.

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Opener…1am.

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New Walgreens on Powell, expansive.

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Fred Falke at the Mezzanine.

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Chrome Sparks opening at the Mezzanine.

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Justin Herman Plaza.

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Looking down Mason.

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Looking up Stockton.

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What’s been happening?

Not much of anything.  Been slowly recovering from a minor leg muscle injury, but it’s been getting better everyday.  I’m still planning on racing on Wednesday, but I’m not sure when I’ll be back running.  Possibly as soon as tomorrow afternoon.  Either way, I’ve been enjoying my time outside of work, trying not to spend too much time on the computer, since I look into one all week long.  You guys know what’s up.  I’ll probably be posting more dailies than anything else over the next couple weeks.  I think it’s good to have some kind of progression or change in how the blog posts present themselves.  I also think it’s more interesting to post what I’ve been up to, and where I’ve been, rather than loads of cycling, sometimes.  We’ll see where it goes, but change is good.  Stick around, yea?

Imported:

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Storm clouds up ahead:

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Polk, overlooking the Presidio:

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Million Thai:

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14 hours of energy, danger:

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Daly City:

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Snagged a pair at Ruby Skye:

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Chilling at Ruby:

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First Fridays out in Oakland:

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Jack London Square:

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Nob Hill:

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Nob Hill view:

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Smaller fields at the track tonight.  The 4/5 field was only 11 deep, I think.  I left work 15 minutes earlier since all my projects were in a good spot and was on the road by 4pm.  Took me an hour 45 to drive all the way down to track in 89*F weather in a black on black car with no a/c.  Needless to say, it felt awesome to step out of the car by the end of the drive.  There were 3 events tonight.  Our favorite keirin nemesis was also out and about.  The overarching goal between a couple of us was to ensure his failure.  Let’s race.

Scratch: 10 laps (or 12, I forgot).  Josh spent a lot of time on the front putting down the pace for the rest of us.  I was a couple wheels back watching and waiting for keirin king to come over the top and put the pain down on us.  He seemed dissatisfied with the pace a couple laps in, and went off the front with 8 left to go.  Do it, man.  After 2 laps, he rolled up the side of the velodrome, basically giving up his effort.  So after a couple more laps, we started ramping up for the sprint.  I was a couple wheels back, and I think the wheels in front of me started peeling off.  On the bell, the young kid came over the top – Al was close behind but was unable to make up the gap before the line popped.

Snowball: 10 laps.  I kind of forgot what happen in the beginning of this race.  I vaguely remember that Josh was on the front pacing us.  A small break of 3 guys went off the front after a couple laps.  I was at the front of the second group and began reeling them in from 2 turns down.  Eventually we caught back up to them and I maintained pace for a lap more.  I pulled off and saw Al putting down the hammer with Mr. Keirin in tow.  Al took all the remaining points in the race.  On the second to last lap, I think nemesis had given up fully – he was slowly floating back to us.

Points: 25 laps (!), points ever 5.  Damn.  I don’t think I’ve ever put that much time in a single race.  That was a lot of laps.  My recollection of the race is a bit hazy, but I remember the beginning of the race starting off kind of chill.  With the first sprint coming, a small group started attacking off the front, I was watching it all from the second group.  A small gap formed, and I started getting a bit worried that we’d never bridge back up to them.  A couple laps later with some shared pulls from the boys, we caught back up to the front.  I think it was 13 laps left to go when I put an effort in.  Nemesis was in the group behind, and I was hoping everyone would just let him sit out in the wind while I stayed off the front.  I kept looking back thinking he was going to be coming over the top to steal my measly 5 points, but he never did.  I pulled off after lap 10 to see a small group of guys coming through.  I loosely raced around for the remaining laps, and didn’t see a whole lot of the finish.  I don’t think nemesis was up there with them.  Haha, excellent.

We did good, boys.  We did good.

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Marc out there.

Originally from Daniel.

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Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) won the individual time trial on the opening stage at the Tour de Romandie, completing the 7.4km course in 13:15.  Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) took 2nd place, 6 seconds down.  Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack Leopard) finished in 3rd, 13 seconds down.

Photo from Cycling Weekly, profile from SteepHill.

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