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    to sum it up:

    1. higher spin
    2. practice shifting in sprint-mode
    3. vertical jumps along w/ weights (this worked wonders for me)
    4. motorpacing (ideal but difficult to arrange)

    Or skip all and just have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
    Hence the drills first going downhill or motopacing. My favorite drill is to have a friend lead me out to the low 30 mph range on his scooter and when it is safe he gives a quick "toot toot" and I have to accelerate past him. Doing a quick set of 5 of these feels great, but is more than enough for a day.
    I thought your favorite drill was to fire up (emacs|vi) and code some python, then post on the internet how you skipped biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kensuf View Post
    I thought your favorite drill was to fire up (emacs|vi) and code some python, then post on the internet how you skipped biking.
    Below the belt! (All in good fun, though.) Actually I use the built-in Python editor to edit Python code, but any editor like emacs or vi or (horrors!) notepad, would be fine.

    It is paying the Spawn1 college bills. I'm doing this and my wife is doing adjunct prof work at the UF Law school to make ends meet. I'd rather be riding my bike, but it doesn't pay that well even if I was getting Caddy's every weekend. And it pays a hell of a lot better per hour than being a prof at UF. Truth be told I would be making at least 3 times the money if I was doing this full time. And I have grateful clients instead of whining "clients"/students, if you get my drift.

    Yesterday I was in my L.L. Bean "kilt":



    until mid-afternoon writing code. I was up at 6:30 am.

    When I couldn't stand my own smell any more I took a break and a shower and put on "regular" clothes and then coded some more.

    After that I was writing a report about the code I had written.

    Somewhere in there I ate dinner. I don't think that I ate lunch. I did have some kippers late in the morning, though. My darling wife knows that I love them and found some at the grocery store in Alachua.

    All told I probably put about $2K into the family coffers yesterday and I am positive that my client is deliriously happy to pay that for what they are getting.

    I did ride today, though. And I didn't even code one line.

    To be honest I think that I did figure out how to do the chemical kinetic modeling for an unsteady plug flow reactor in the software package my client wants to use that isn't isobaric (constant pressure) when cruising back up US 441 at 21 mph. It is proto-pseudo-code right now, but no real code, so it doesn't count. (Hah!) I have the isobaric case down cold and that is the big one that the client wants Non-isobaric is frosting on the cake. Frosting is good: Nom Nom Nom.
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    Thanks guys. Lots of good info here and exactly what I was looking for!

    I think the main issue is I was not training my sprint. I was "training" per se....but not practicing this one important area.

    All of this will be worked into my training for next season!

    Thanks and looking forward to my first podium!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
    To be honest I think that I did figure out how to do the chemical kinetic modeling for an unsteady plug flow reactor in the software package my client wants to use that isn't isobaric (constant pressure) when cruising back up US 441 at 21 mph. It is proto-pseudo-code right now, but no real code, so it doesn't count. (Hah!) I have the isobaric case down cold and that is the big one that the client wants Non-isobaric is frosting on the cake. Frosting is good: Nom Nom Nom.
    It's scary how much proto-pseudo-code I've written on the bike. I've fixed some nasty bugs, found all kinds of memory and speed optimizations, and architected some complex systems. The bike is good for the brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Holy crap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    It's scary how much proto-pseudo-code I've written on the bike. I've fixed some nasty bugs, found all kinds of memory and speed optimizations, and architected some complex systems. The bike is good for the brain.
    I have had all of my best ideas when also undergoing rhythmic exertion or stimulation, like brushing my teeth, walking, riding a bike, {censored**, [censored], [very, very censored], etc.
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    same.

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    It's walking meditation.

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    Wow Mollusk, 33mph in 39x15. Assuming you're riding a standard bike, by my calcs that's high even by track sprint standards - around 161 rpm! Have I missed something here?
    Last edited by 70sDave; 11-26-13 at 10:44 PM. Reason: clarify who I'm replying to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sDave View Post
    Wow Mollusk, 33mph in 39x15. Assuming you're riding a standard bike, by my calcs that's high even by track sprint standards - around 161 rpm! Have I missed something here?
    Threads been dead for 2 years. But... 161 isn't that fast. I would have thought it was just last month, but a few weeks of some random spin ups got me from 140 to 178. So I can Imagine 161 at power isisn't all that hard to train.

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