It's not good if you're racing tomorrow, or if you're specifically working on speed, if your big miles sabotages something else. It all depends on your what you want to do with the bike.
Last week (well last Thu to this past Tue) I had this dream thought of doing six 50 mile days in a row. I got 4 days (50/0/40/50/0/50) and that was probably enough. My fastest ride was the last one and it was a 50 mile day. If I'd done the 6 days in a row I think my first day would have been the fastest (also a 50 mile day), and as it was it was the second fastest of my little training block. I was slow on the 40 and the second 50 mile day due to fatigue.
I haven't ridden the bike since, and that's not as good, but I haven't ridden because I've been totally fatigued. I decided that I need to rest rather than force myself to ride. My next goal is to be in good racing shape in March 2014 so riding earlier this week isn't critical to that.
The training block happened because it could happen - we were visiting the Missus's parents so there there three adults that could look after Junior. It was just a timing thing.
Your big week this week will mean that when you recover a bit you should be stronger. This is that whole idea of training/recovering - you're just doing a 300 mile block.
End the week with the long ride.
so any tips on what might be causing/ways to reduce tire rub on chain stays? the wheel is true, should be plenty stiff for me (ksyrium elite), and there is plenty of clearance when it's just sitting there, but I'm still seeing rubber marks on my chain stays. never saw this with my fulcrum rear wheel (RIP). probably going to start training on my super heavy duty 36 spoke wheels to reduce this, don't want my bike to end up like fudgy's ( ). Also going to put some frame protector sticker things inside there. the wheel is a number of years old and has a number of miles on it, but nothing which should put it out of commission.
hopefully next year I can finally pick up a nice set of "racing wheels" and some 32 spoke open pro/ultegra wheels for training.
you know me though, shouldn't be having trouble flexing stuff. i'm so damn tiny and lucky to hit 1000w.
so I actually checked and there is about 5mm of clearance on either side. but, with my hand i can flex the wheel to within probably 2mm of the chain stay. is this just a flexy ass wheel? was hoping that wasn't the case.
So, my wife is best friends with my bosses wife...getting the vibe that my boss is concerned with me wrecking again next season. I am not on short term disability, just crutches(so basically coworkers are my slaves ) but I do shudder at the idea of breaking a leg/collarbone etc. next season and having it affect work. I know it's a risk/reward kinda thing but curious if any of you have had this issue in the past?
I crashed two weeks ago. My hip has a wound. On yesterday's 7 hour ride my bibs became fused to that wound. I think everyone in the resort heard me scream when I unsuspectingly pulled them off.
Try pushing down on the cranks with the front brake on, bike in a big gear (big ring, small cog). Push down hard, like you're sprinting, like step on the pedal and bounce up and down. Have someone else watch the tire/frame area. I'm guessing it's just flexy.
I could be way off here, but I imagine frame flex is causing the rub, not wheel flex.
shouldnt flex that much even if a flexy wheel. i'd check hub adjustment. some hubs that are not properly adjusted will have lateral movement in them. also, what size tires? are your brakes hitting the rim also? I have my brakes set way tighter than the distance between stays and tires. if your rim isnt also hitting your brakes, maybe you just need 23s.
i am running 23s. i'll check the hub adjustment but moving it with my hand I don't notice any obvious hub play. i don't notice the wheel rubbing the brakes but it could be I guess? I think I would feel that though. I do tend to run my brakes pretty open compared to other people. In all honesty though, considering I've never touched the hub adjustment on this wheel that's probably it. friggin mavic and their stupid proprietary tool that I didn't keep.
i'm like 135lbs, I'm kind of surprised that I'm flexing anything that much.
and I'm still buying nicer wheels for next season #wheellust
so i guess horner has 2nd on lock..
do racers reach plateaus? or do they just keep getting better, advancing all the way up to the pro 1/2?
Looking back to when I raced "seriously", I see a few things I could have done better, and I would have been a better racer. But I think it would only have put me towards the front of my catergory. I could never have been a pro, no matter what ... unless I get reincarnated as a pro, but I'm not holding out hope.
Last edited by Homebrew01; 09-08-13 at 10:02 PM.
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