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Cedar Hill Road Race Reviews –

Wow – has it been a while, or what? I can’t believe that 2012 has progressed so rapidly, and that so much has happened. I know I need to update everything, but I’ll try to do it in progressive order, so that the thoughts follow the line of time. Please bear with me. There’s a lot to tell.

February 11th and 12th were two days that I’ll never forget. Coming off the success of the event in late January, I looked forward to this circuit race, a 1.9 mile effort that had about 90′ of climbing on a 6-8% wall. The first day the race went counter-clockwise, while the second day’s effort went clockwise. Temps were pretty cold both days, in the 40’s, and the breeze coming off the lake didn’t help much with wind chill. It was my second race as a Master for the season, but I was surprised to see some top talent lining up for the event. By the top of the first hill, however, it was pretty much me, Bret Crosby, and a McKinney Velo rider. We got separation by the top of Lap 2, and with a pro rider from Elbowz (an Australian whose name I can’t remember) giving us our gaps, Bret and I took turns pulling (the MV rider did NOTHING, but it was understood that his presence was necessary, because his teammates were obviously doing a great job blocking for us), me pulling strongly the first hour, he finishing it off the last 30-45 minutes, that we ended up freaking LAPPING THE FIELD by the end of the race!!!

Now I need to give a sidebar note on this. There’s something really incredible about lapping the field in a race, something I’ve never done before. First – I witnessed Bret do this once before in a race up in Denton, and it was incredible. Then, to actually be a contributor to this – WOW, just…. WOW!!!!! The only problem with the lapping was that we ended up in the pack for their sprint, though by gentlemen’s agreement we did not challenge the results – we went Elbowz/Mirage/McKinney Velo, and I later rolled up to Bret, thanking him for the ride, the race, and the privilege of knowing what I’d just done, with one of my absolute heroes. He’s VERY humble, but he needs to know that he’s a model athlete and contributor to the sport.

The next day, with similar temps and a slightly smaller field, I ended up in the break with another friend and mentor, Mikey Brown, also of McKinney Velo, and an OKC Velo rider. We didn’t quite lap the field, but we did get about 4/5 of the lap in. The break took a bit longer to get started, and the course was slightly easier – the clockwise hill at least SEEMED easier – but in the end, Mikey pulled another signature move, backing off and losing contact in the last corner, about 800 meters from the finish, and then ROCKETING off the left hand side of the road, to get a sustainable gap. I was left battling with the OKC rider, who happened to be a National Duathlon Champ or something like that, and since his pulls at the front were negligible, he ended up attacking in the last 150 meters and getting a 3 second gap on me. I’m no fan of OKC Velo, and this didn’t raise my opinion of them much, but all’s fair in love and racing, and he did contribute somewhat. I’m kind of a hard-liner, taking solid pulls and doing a lot of work early to establish a break, hoping that my work will be recognized and rewarded. Saturday, it was, but Sunday, less so. Still, I’ve earned the respect of those around me, and this was an absolute blast of a weekend.

One other interesting note. This was the first time I rode with someone using Di2. Mikey Brown had it on his bike, and it was awesome hearing the motor shift him from 39 to 53 at the top of the hill. I was using my new SRAM red, and, well, my hands kept going numb. Sheesh.


2011 Inaugural Gainesville Disco Bike Rally Review

Richard Wharton Steven Emerson Pirates of the Peloton Gainesville 2011

Richard Wharton and Steven Emerson, First Finishers in the First Disco Bike Rally, Gainesville, TX 2011

I absolutely love Fall bike rallies. The insane heat has passed, the courses are usually a lot more scenic and challenging, and with Fall comes wind, and honestly, I have actually become one of the few riders who tends to embrace windy rides! The skill required to hold a line, pace properly, hold good cadence, and work incredibly hard, just so you DO NOT lose a group of riders, be it off the front or the back, is a chapter in the book of bike skills all unto itself.

About midweek in prep for the rally, I contacted the father of one of my juniors, and asked him if Steven could join me out at the Inaugural Gainesville rally. With his permission, I met the kid at his house around 5:15am, where we loaded up his bike and started the 90 minute drive toward the state line with Oklahoma. I hadn’t had much sleep (I don’t tend to sleep well when the winds blow in overnight), but as we drove north, we both noticed the flags, illuminated by the highway, sticking STRAIGHT OUT, dictating that the wind was coming from the EAST. Weather reports indicated steady winds at 12-20kts. Now, if you’ve ever been to North Texas, you know that it’s basically carved out of the prairie. I’m always reminded of the last lines in Steven Spielberg’s “Cast Away”, where Tom Hanks finally meets his Angel…

Bettina Peterson: You look lost.
Chuck Noland: I do?
Bettina Peterson: Where’re you headed?
Chuck Noland: Well, I was just about to figure that out.
Bettina Peterson: Well, that’s 83 South. And this road here will hook you up with I-40 East. If you turn right, that’ll take you to Amarillo, Flagstaff, California. And if you head back that direction, you’ll find a whole lot of nothing all the way to Canada.
Chuck Noland: I got it.
Bettina Peterson: All right, then. Good luck, cowboy.
Chuck Noland: Thank You.

And that’s just it – there is plenty of nothing, and there are small, perfectly black and tan ribbons of road laid out all over this country to connect the dots. They’re really nothing more than wagon trails paved with county-best chipseal, and for this weekend’s rally, that was just fine.

We rolled out on time with roughly 300 other riders. Immediately, a group of State Farm cyclists, all from Gainesville, went to the front – SPRINTED to the front – and rolled away. I really didn’t pay them much attention, but stayed within about 50′, when they abruptly left the course and went on the TEN MILE route. I think the whole thing was staged for a photo shoot, but it was distracting, and we never saw them again. By the fourth mile or so, there were roughly eleven riders in the lead pack, including Steven and another client of mine, Marc. We winnowed it down to about 7, but from the start there were signs that this group might not have the best skills for pack cycling. Two triathletes alternated between grinding the gears and bouncing their butts along their saddles. Two other riders were slow to pick up their role in the paceline, and gaps frequently rolled out all over the place. I tried for about 45 minutes to organize them, and we were sort of successful, but we ended up dropping Marc while we were still out on the outbound leg, and it’s always a big no-no to leave someone exposed and solo in those high-wind conditions. In fact, as I speak, a rally in Oregon is STILL looking for a missing cyclist, weeks after the fact, because he rode a portion of road solo, and just… disappeared.

Steven picked up the pacelining really quickly, and after the first hour, to hour and a half, we just rolled West, then North, and ended up going over the course from the Muensterfest. The area just prior to Forestburg is about 12 miles of rolling one-minute and two-minute hills at 2-4% max, and while this one rider from Oklahoma insisted on staying out front and pedaling at 110 rpm, the rest of us just made a five-man paceline and ignored him. We got in to some scattered spits of rain, so we cautioned each other on road conditions, but by roughly the 90 minute mark, I had had enough of the slinkies and the risk that members were creating in this groupette. So, prior to a hill I knew rather well, I told everyone that Steven and I were going to power up it, and that we’d try to regroup with them at the top. Well, the top plateaued on to a BEAUTIFUL false flat, and, looking over my shoulder, the only jersey I could see was Steven, roughly 15 seconds back, and I waited for him and him alone, and then told him to “Hang on.”

For the next 30+ miles it was just the two of us, as we rolled over fresh pavement (thank you, oil & gas tax revenues), flirted with two girls in a red Jeep Wrangler who were shooting photos, took solid pulls, and just enjoyed the moments of living and doing something we both enjoy. We left familiar terrain when we turned right to head back to Gainesville, leaving the Forestburg-St. Jo road, and it was at the top of the second or third hill, when we left the cover of some trees and ended up with the winds now coming off our right shoulders, with heightened velocity. This part of the course – the last 20-25 miles – had to be one of the most absolute challenging portions of road I’ve ever, ever experienced. The terrain dictated uncountably numerous 1-minute rollers at ~2-3% incline, but the headwinds prevented much of a recovery on the back sides. At one point, there was a short detour as the course did an out-and-back, just to make it as close to 100k as possible, and on the return portion, we both counted over SIX MINUTES before crossing paths with the next rider. And this was on an overlapping segment! With that in mind, and Steven’s legs starting to feel the shred of the previous rollers, we both agreed that I would do the majority of the work, but we would ride by HIS tempo wattage and comfort level.

We continued on, together, him on my left shoulder, protected, and talked about bikes, wheels, the terrain, different rallies, the weekend, school, family, other coaches, etc. It was spectacular. It’s part of my history now, but way back in the 1990’s, right after I had a moment of epiphany about cycling and decided I wanted to make a career out of it, I ran a Junior Development Team out of Bozeman, Montana. I was young, they were younger, and we had about five years of incredible adventures, driving all over the Western United States, attending mountain bike events and building more than just racing resumes. I still keep up with about half of them, and have attended weddings as they grew up. They’re almost all still involved in cycling and outdoor activities, which also makes me proud. I did it again in the early 00’s, at the Frisco Velodrome, but it wasn’t the same. I really missed that feeling of mentorship and comradery, the joy of being on the road or singletrack, just living that whole Gypsy lifestyle. Here, with Steven, out in the middle of nowhere, it all came flooding back, and it really spurred some fantastic feelings of respect, success, responsibility, and that mantra by which I try to live every day…

“To know that ONE LIFE has breathed easier, because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Steven never once complained, he kept the smile and concentration on his face the whole time, and we were both pretty ecstatic to see that final left-hand turn back on to the highway, signaling an end to the crosswind, and the gentle push down hill and back to the Start/Finish. We completed it in 3 hours even, and were rewarded with medals, muscle milk, and fresh pancakes & sausage! The trip back home was spent talking with his other coach and reliving the tale of the trip, talking wattage, power meters, acceleration, aerodynamics… just BIKE GEEK and BIKE GUY STUFF!!!!!! After dropping him off, I sent his dad a text telling him what a great kid he had, talent and otherwise, and he responded that Steven was absolutely shelled the rest of the day. That’s not a bad thing. You have to see just how hard these practice events are, and learn how to respond to challenges, and see where your strengths lie in relation to others around you, in order to best achieve your goals, both intrinsic and material.

Steven, it meant a lot to have you ride with me, and to finish with me. You’re on your way to bigger and better things, and I will be there to help as long as you want or need. There is NO doubt in my mind, that you won’t be needing my draft in the near future – it’ll be me turning my lungs inside out to hang with YOU!


ErgVideo Multirider Performance Training – How and Why it works!

CompuTraining Works

How many hours a week do you actually train? It’s a serious question. Think about it. We’re cyclists – recreational, competitive, triathletes, utility riders. But in today’s modern world, the difference between how many hours you PLAN on training versus the hours you actually GET to train, getting the most out of the time that you actually have available, is critical. Now for the next question… When you actually do get to train, how good is the training? The reality is that after we’ve headed out for our ride, there are SO MANY variables that can affect the quality of that ride, that it remains difficult to actually achieve that which you planned for, especially if you live in an urban area and have to deal with traffic or hazards.

The solution, of course, is indoor training, and nothing gives you a better indoor experience than using a CompuTrainer with the ErgVideo software.

The CompuTrainer is an indoor ergometer that uses a precisely controlled electromagnet to increase or decrease the load placed on a bicycle rider’s rear tire. When the load increases, the rider must match that load with power, known in our business as Watts. The ErgVideo software takes it another step, simulating an actual ride, and the nuances of wattage that are required to pedal around. The ErgVideo library has over 50 titles, so you can pick and choose workouts to suit your needs, be it intervals, race simulations, or adventure rides. More are added to the library every year.

The final piece to indoor training is found in comradery. ErgVideo and CompuTrainer allow for multiple users (up to 8) to perform the same workout, but to do it at their own respective wattage threshold. In other words, everyone will be doing the same 3-minute interval, let’s say, but one rider will be doing it at 350 watts, while another rider will be at 250 watts. Both riders will be at 115% of their respective thresholds.

The indoor training classes at the Cycling Center of Dallas are 12 week programs that go through three distinct “meso-cycles”, which basically means that riders will focus on one energy system per month, and will then switch to training another aspect of performance the next month. Testing for Threshold is done every 4 to 6 weeks, and as riders adapt to more intense loads, threshold values are adjusted so that they can continue to improve. Riders get a consistent location and environment, get a safe place to work out, and get a workout that is incredibly effective, giving riders the most “Bang per Buck per Minute” of any type of workout, indoors or out. Programs are 8 to 12 weeks long, and participants get a booklet describing each workout, it’s goal, and how it fits in to a bigger plan of progression and periodization.

While triathletes have known about the benefits of CompuTrainers and indoor training for years, It’s been rumored and confirmed that several professional cyclists, including Taylor Phinney and Michael Rogers, have switched the bulk of their intensity training to indoor training. The time they do NOT spend outdoors, is then spent recovering, and research is proving that in many cases, “Less is More”, especially among Endurance Athletes.

If you are a recreational or competitive cyclist, but have to juggle your schedule for training with work, family, church and travel, you might think about indoor training and the ErgVideo experience. Your power will improve, your strength will rise, and you’ll be able to ride at a higher speed, longer, because of the work done indoors. Two days a week, 60-90 minutes at a time, can yield improvements in power-to-weight ratios of 10 to 15%. It truly is ‘revolutionary’!


An interesting experiment in Time Trial ‘what ifs?’

A Cluttered look at Frontal Surface Area.

A Cluttered look at Frontal Surface Area.

Another cluttered look at aerodynamic profiling

Another cluttered look at aerodynamic profiling

Well, I need to start by summarizing what the last two weeks have been like. I returned to Dallas on a Monday, and when I got off the plane in Dallas, the heat and humidity hit me like a moist brick. Welcome to summer! I was supposed to race down in Fredericksburg, TX the last weekend of June, but honestly, I was pretty exhausted, and I ended up basically just using my commuter bike to ride around town, and even then, not much. Sleep came and went, a checkup with my doctor came and went, it continued to get hotter, and the ozone levels started to peak in the orange and red areas.

But this weekend, the Tour de France began, and my fast-bike juices started roiling again. The Stage 1 TT was held in Monaco, and we sat in front of the TV for about 3+ hours as we watched Lance set the early fastest time, eclipsed by Levi and a Columbia rider, and then finally by some of the other GC favorites, including two other Astana riders. I’d been asked about participating in the Texas State Time Trial Championships in August, and I still hadn’t quite gotten my TT saddle adequately broken in or adjusted right, so I decided right then and there that I would drive over to the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday morning and go do a 40K TT on my P3.

Now, all of this was supposed to happen at around 5am, but when the buzzer went off, my hesitancy was rewarded with the sound of RAIN falling outside! YES! So I rolled over and went back to sleep until well after 8am, when the Tour stage came on. That provided another excuse to delay, and I didn’t get out until after 1 o’clock.

The good news is that the rain had kept the temperatures around 82 degrees fahrenheit. The bad news was that there were scattered showers all over the place, and I got rained on lightly as I drove out there.

Now, laugh all you want, but when I do these workouts, I do them with all my kit on. That means aero helmet, skinsuit, booties, the works. I do this because A) I don’t get to mess around with my expensive stuff much, and B) I like to truly simulate what it’s going to take in terms of heat and suffering in a lid with tiny vents, and a zipper pulled up to the neck, to finish the damned 40K in the most aero position possible. Every second counts, right?

So I programmed the Garmin to advance laps every 8K, then put labels on my aero wings to try and come up with a good time-based pacing strategy. I was going to let wattage take care of itself. The Quarq was zeroed and calibrated perfectly, the Garmin was accurate to within 2 meters, and I started from a track stand.

Lap 1 was supposed to be a 12:20 – a slow way to work yourself up from negative splits/positive watts, but I ended up blowing through the damned thing at an 11:38. That proved to be the fastest lap of the ride, with the others coming in, albeit consistently, at 11:55, 11:51, 12:02, and 11:54. Negative splits? Hah! I was lucky to have broken the hour! My power was low, averaging 232 PNorm, as was my cadence (80 rpm), and my freakin’ HR was at 180-190 bpm the whole time! NUTS! What happened?

Tail between my legs, and about to pass out in the humidity (the rain fell just enough to make humidity soar beyond 80%, not enough to actually accomplish anything in terms of cooling me down), I sat in the car with the A/C on, and finally drove home, only to hear that Andy Roddick, still playing the best game in the history of Tennis, had made one small mistake and lost the Wimbledon Finals to Roger Federer-er. Fortunately, I hadn’t been racing. Otherwise, I would’ve been last place in the 3’s probably. Ugh. I finally made it back home to look at the numbers and start figuring out what happened, and then also try to figure out ‘what if’?

The good news is the consistency. The average lap was an 11:52, with a +- of -13, +10, and the wattage numbers were really interesting, going in this order:

1) 246 – 11:39

2) 232 – 11:56

3) 230 – 11:51

4) 224 – 12:02

5) 228 – 11:54

So, depending on how you look at it, and how consistent I was in terms of standing or staying in the aero bars, 4 watts between laps 4 and 5 bought me 8 seconds. Yet I must’ve stood longer on the 5th kilometer of lap 2, because while I was 2 watts stronger on Lap 2, I was 5 seconds slower than on lap 3. Lap 4, I know exactly what happened – I mentally quit for about 10 seconds, in an effort to try and force my heart rate down. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to use HR, but it IS effective, especially in situations just like this, when the heat and humidity combine to provide stressors that you’re not accustomed to. Want to adapt to heat and humidity? Ride in it!

I also played around with some values in, in an effort to figure out how aero I was with that kit on, and in those conditions. After tooling around with it quite a bit, I came up with this:

CdA estimate for July 5 2009 232w

If you take the 232w I averaged, the distance traveled, and the time required to travel that distance, then add in air density (taken from Alliance Airport’s weather station), and temperature, you get a pretty good idea of just what your Frontal Surface Area is. In this case, for me, it was 0.47m^2. When you multiply it by 0.5 (don’t ask me why), you come up with CdA, which in this case reads .235. From experience trolling the bike geek forums, I think this is a pretty low number. It may actually be TOO low, in that it may be affecting my overall ability to generate such power, though I’m hoping that this is not the case, and let me explain that next.

Let’s play ‘what if’. What if I had been able to generate 250w. I’ve done it out there before, and finished with a faster time, though never with a value as accurate as it was with the GPS. 232w yielded 11.22m/sec. 250w would have yielded 11.54m/sec, a gain of 2.77%.

18 watts yields a 2.77% increase in speed...

Then, as we edge up to 260w, you get an average speed of 11.7m/sec, a gain of 1.3675%…

260w yields a smaller gain over 250w...

Finally, if we move up to 267w, which is supposedly close to the FTP I would have had in mid-June at sea level, given the fact that I was at a theoretical FTP of 297/60 in a road racing position, and you’re theoretically supposed to drop your FTP by about 10% when you move in to the aero position (changes in hip angles, compressed lungs, etc.), you come up with 267. So, it’s a theoretical number based on two separate guesses, but they’re sort of standardized, so yeah, let’s see what 267 yields…

267w over 40k would yield...

11.82m/s, or 1.0152% in delta over 260w.

SO —-

An almost linear increase in wattage, would yield a diminishing curve of speed improvements. Granted – the improvements would still have led to a 40k time of 56:24.1 (a new PR by well over a minute), but this exercise is meant to show just how incredibly hard it is to get time gains just by pedaling harder.

Now, let’s throw one or two more wrenches in the gearing.

Once again, don’t laugh, but this morning I actually rode with my Dinotte lighting 200’s on, front and rear. One mounted on the left wing, one under the saddle. This was for safety at 5:30am. However, I didn’t remove them when I rode at 1pm. That, plus the fact that I moved back to an aluminum seatpost on the aluminum P3, made the thing weigh in at about 22lbs. Let’s say I rode the thing ‘clean’, sans lights, and batteries. Let’s remove 1 kilo from the 232w equation, and 1cm^2 from the surface area…

What happens when you drop 1 kilo and 1cm^2 from your bike and FSA.

11.31m/s… a gain of 0.8%, which would’ve yielded a 40K of 58:52.9 seconds.


30 seconds cut just by removing ‘that much’ drag. WOW.

Let’s cut the weight a bit more – I’ll switch back to a carbon seatpost… .5 kilos.

Uh oh. The benefit? ZERO. Nothing. Still 11.31m/s.

Let’s now get radical. Say I hit the lottery and can afford to buy a P3 Carbon… We’ll lose another 2 kilos…

What happens when you drop another 2 kilos

A measly .02 meters/second gain. BUT WAIT – there’s supposed to be some aerodynamic advantage to the P3!! Maybe we drop the Frontal Surface Area by another 2cm^2?

What happens when you switch to an even more aero frame.

KABOOM! A MONDO gain in speed! 11.45m/s! COOL! And all of this, at 232w!!!!

So what’s the moral here? I think the moral is that while I love wattage, love studying it, applying it, and finding ways to get more of it, aerodynamics is a VERY, CLOSE, COUSIN.

So don’t be afraid to invest in aerodynamic improvements. To achieve a sub-60 40k for me, at just 232w, is actually pretty freakin’ cool. Discs help, Aero front wheels help, narrow tires help, aero helmets help (a ton), and ALL of this combines to yield better speed for less energy. I’m still going to crush my nether regions in August and a lot next year in an effort to gain more power in the aero position, but as of right now, I’m saving up for a TT vunderbike to replace my P3. Who knows, it may even be ANOTHER P3, but as of Saturday, and maybe even when I first saw one at the Baker City race in Oregon, I’ve got total silly pants bike lust for a Ridley.

If my wife reads this, she’s absolutely going to KILL me.

Thanks for re


Wow! We did it! Big, Big, BIG Thanks to all who came and participated and helped out!

Wow, we did it.

The Grand Opening of the J Performance Cycling Center in Dallas was a great success, with over 150 people attending. We gave demonstrations of the Performance Center and Program, we talked about the greater mission for the Center, including outdoor programs, education, seminars, and the like. We got information on requests for classes and their times, and we promoted cycling and health out in the more open area. All this on a day when the Cowboys were opening!

So now the real work begins. I need to add classes, get a database of names together, write TONS of thank you cards, and basically get the program running so that we can get more people in, and in to the J, and do it quickly.

All this on the same day that it was announced that one LANCE ARMSTRONG will be riding for Astana again next year, and will be racing to win the Tour de France. Go BIG TEX!


J Performance Cycling Center and

Oh man, wow, what an intense two weeks. We’ve been pushing hard to make the deadline for the renovations to the J Performance Cycling Center, but there were some screwups with electrical and tile ordering, so I lost a week and had to delay the start of classes by 7 days. Still, we hustled pretty hard, and got the room presentable by about 3:30 today. Here’s what I’ve changed:

  • Hid the DIN cables and Stereo Cables from the PC to the Handlebar Controllers.
  • Organized all the cables and wires so that they all came out in the same location under the mirrored hutch.
  • Got Ali to do a ton of electrical work so that I could minimize the AC adapter cables that were on top of the boards as well. He wouldn’t let me hide the adapters themselves, so I kept them up top and hid the rest of it.
  • Got 8 new mats for the bikes.
  • Got a couple of new electrical cables to hide the VGA projector extensions a bit better.
  • Got an 8-unit VGA splitter and a 4-unit VGA splitter so that now we have 4 LCD screens between the 8 cyclists, about 2′ off the ground, and then the ErgVideo screen up front, at eye level or above. I can also go with a DVD player for those that want an extra distraction.
  • The debate over the color of the tile may be lost, but I went ahead and pulled all the carpet off and painted the floor bright blue. It was a bit of a screw up, because I used an oil-based paint, and it wasn’t completely dry when I was walking on it later, but I may try again and get it right. It all depends on what color they use for the tile when and if that ever comes in.
  • And, we generally cleaned the place up and made space for about two or three more bikes in the closet area.

So, now that that’s done, the goal is to market the heck out of the thing and try to get more people interested by hosting a great big Open House on September 7th. I hired a marketing gal to help, and while she’s pretty unique, she’s getting the job done and using modern connection culture to get the word out to more and more people. I’m also trying to get some folks in through my connections, and cross-talk won’t hurt in this case. The only problem with all this is that it may break me. The ‘other’ company I was working for has made one half-hearted attempt to reach me, and I’m not going to make the effort to reach them until two things happen. First, I have to get the classes started. Second, I need to have this Open House be successful. But I am missing the income from them, and will continue to work hard to get the Center to take up the slack.

Indoor training is Consistent in location and environment and time, it’s Effective in that it is actually HARDER on a per-stroke basis than outdoor riding, and you have no stops due to geography or traffic, and most of all, it is SAFE. I’m doing everything I can to make it not boring, and those who take the classes usually come out with screaming speed, strength, and stamina when the sessions are over. I hope to take it to 16 riders at a time in the next year. So, it’s keeping me busy. Amy’s been the best. Her organizational skills are appreciated, and I think she feels better having a small guiding hand in things and keeping me focused.

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