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Old 12-07-13, 02:22 AM   #6401
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Hung out with Jonnie Walker tonight at the Christmas party. Open bar meant I got to try Blue Label. I feel so fancy haha. Hope this rain subsides for power test tomorrow.
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email quarq.

one of my quarqs tells me low battery every ride. no matter what. is a firmware problem. they will probably recommend a hard reset (tap battery in certain way) or a firmware update of some sort.
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Old 12-07-13, 02:20 PM   #6403
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About 2 hours with a friend with every zone represented from 1 to 5. Fartlek. Nice change of pace. Not as good as 1.5 hours of SST, but not too far removed from that for where I am in base training (just starting the last and biggest block before a steady diet of 1 hour plus SST with once a week 2x20's or ZCI's over threshold for a few weeks before starting the sprinting drills).

Tomorrow is team ride. The rumor mill has it that it will be posted as four hours of endurance (and by endurance I mean Cat 1 endurance or Cat 2 wanna-be Cat 1 endurance. For me it is wheel suck endurance with occasional suffering even when sucking wheel so hard I can taste where the wheel just in front of me has ridden recently), but such posts are like pre-race strategy: When it comes off as planned it is a thing of beauty, but that doesn't happen often enough. It is still fun. Only rarely does the team ride get so out of whack that it runs completely counter to my particular training needs. And if that happens I just turn left when they turn right at some point and ride solo.
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Old 12-07-13, 02:40 PM   #6404
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50 min warm up, 20 min test, 50 min cool down. 319 watts for estimated 300 watts ftp. Felt really good despite the cold.
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50 min warm up, 20 min test, 50 min cool down. 319 watts for estimated 300 watts ftp. Felt really good despite the cold.
Nice! w/kg?
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One of those days where everything seemed to go wrong at once. It was pretty nasty this morning when I got out to ride. The weather coupled with not being able to shift to the bottom of my cassette due to a frayed shifter cable, and my powermeter which decided to stop functioning made for a less than ideal ride. Still glad I got out, though: http://www.strava.com/activities/99064191
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...(just starting the last and biggest block before a steady diet of 1 hour plus SST with once a week 2x20's or ZCI's over threshold for a few weeks before starting the sprinting drills).
Nice to see you not only riding but back in the training head-space again.

Over here im starting to recover from some minor issues in my left knee. I've been mostly out of the game for a month or so. This happens to me 2-3x a year (in either knee); I know the drill. It just sucks cause I wanna be ridin' big like a lot of my friends and competitors, but c'est la vie.

yesterday was an hour of ~z3, no issues. I plan on doing 2hrs of z2/3 tmrrw and don't anticipate any issues either; i've been patient for the past ~4weeks or so.

ill be riding as much as I want to by Jan regardless
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Hung out with Jonnie Walker tonight at the Christmas party. Open bar meant I got to try Blue Label. I feel so fancy haha. Hope this rain subsides for power test tomorrow.
on the rocks?

I get to try some of my Uncle's Blue Label every year around xmas. It's fantastic.
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In the interest of providing content once in a while

Three hours of zone 3 on the e-motions and then an hour of plyo.
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Base, base, base. 3hrs, no computer, no big ring.
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An easy ride 2 1/2 hours in the cold. Not enough sleep last night; no energy. It was between 38-43 degrees and when the rain started to annoy me it stopped. Unfortunately, 'stopping' meant it was replaced with hail, which kinda hurt. Got to some points where there was a stream of water running across the road and had to decide 'if I felt lucky' and go through them.

Pretty much crisis mode here in SoCal:

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Coldest ever ride today. I usually don't ride when the thermometer dips below 40 but this is my first official year of cycling and I am trying to be a bit tougher when it comes to the cold (give me 100+ degrees any day). I layered up and it wasn't actually too bad, except for my fingers. I did get really cold when we hung out a bit at the start of the group ride but warmed up again. Ended up being a really nice ride but the group was very small. Got in about 85 miles but my Garmin died before half way. I was wearing a Garmin running watch so I recorded the rest of the ride on that. I think there is a way to merge the files but I'm too lazy.
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Nice to see you not only riding but back in the training head-space again.
Good to be back both riding and riding with a purpose. I didn't race at all this year due to no time to train. Now I doing a couple of rides per week with a former pro that is now in his early 50's and trying to get back into shape, but with no interest in racing again. Partly my increase in riding is to motivate him, but mostly it is to get me back into shape.

I plan on racing a lot next year.

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ill be riding as much as I want to by Jan regardless
I hope this is by design and not making lemonade out of lemons for you.
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naw i wouldn't compromise my knee healing (and total training load, subsequently) like that - I already feel like I could be riding more but don't want to rush or risk anything.

totally by design.
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Old 12-07-13, 04:51 PM   #6415
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One of those days where everything seemed to go wrong at once. It was pretty nasty this morning when I got out to ride. The weather coupled with not being able to shift to the bottom of my cassette due to a frayed shifter cable, and my powermeter which decided to stop functioning made for a less than ideal ride. Still glad I got out, though: http://www.strava.com/activities/99064191
I know those feels. Got out in the 18* weather only to have my rear cassette/freewheel break 5 minutes into my ride. It just spins and won't engage, maybe it's due to the cold?
Anyway, trainer session instead. much pain, much sore legs. Will try again to make it outside tomorrow
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Old 12-07-13, 06:23 PM   #6416
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Old 12-07-13, 06:32 PM   #6417
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4 hours in the cold, for this part of the pond, at least.

BTW: chemical hand warmer between my two layers of gloves definitely helped.

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Old 12-07-13, 07:53 PM   #6418
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Nice! w/kg?
300 watts would be 4.0 w/kg for me.

Btw, when I said "cool" down, I meant "freeze my toes off". I should have had 2 pairs of socks for that descent.
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Old 12-07-13, 09:21 PM   #6419
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3hrs of endurance...Froze my ass off...Might just do it again tomorrow with some tempo thrown in to keep me warm
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Old 12-07-13, 11:14 PM   #6420
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need to change my quarq battery again, wtf this thing does not last 200hrs or w/e the claim is. It keeps telling me low battery every other month!
i have owned, tested, installed and/or serviced dozens of quarqs. in my experience, some just tend to eat batteries far quicker than others. in fact, it was rare for me to ever get the stated life out of a battery. i've had some units average 125h per battery.

a couple things come to mind:
- are you using good batteries? you can purchase 20 or 50 cr2032s on ebay for a song, but IME most of them start out reading just barely passable voltage. name-brand batteries where you can actually see (verify) the expiration data can make a difference.

- is the quarq sending false low-battery signals to your head unit? my suggestion is to ignore the warnings and see how many extra hours you get. is it one ride? 25 more hours? 200 more hours? just toss a fresh cr2032 in your pocket so you are prepared if the battery dies mid-ride. might be worth checking and could also give you a clue as to how much longer you can go.

- this one is actually pretty big and not all that well known: do you install your batteries with your bare hands? a bit of oil from your fingers can easily be transferred to the battery, and if this happens it can prevent the unit from powering down as it should, seriously shortening life. next time you install one (not just in a quarq but in any other device), use gloves, a napkin, or just be super careful (wash your hands and handle the battery only by the edges).

i hope it is something simple like stale batteries or improper handling rather than an issue with the unit. good luck!
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Old 12-08-13, 01:23 AM   #6421
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as a datapoint I get well over 200 hours on my quarq/battery and use the $10 for 10 battery 2320 packs off amazon which are surely not top quality.

I would email quarq. I would also try a hard reset on the unit. And be sure your battery is clean, as TR mentions.
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2 hours on the rollers to round out a rest week. if everything goes according to plan the next 4 weeks should be super hard, in all the right ways. classes are over, i only have two exams (and i'm an employed senior so...Cs for degrees) so my only obligation is my 25hr/week job. in other words - i should have a ton of time to ride. and i want to dig myself a big hole before i spend january traveling. should be fun!
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3.5 hours with a 2x20 up the mtn on legs that were anything but fresh. Still hit my numbers.
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Ice hitting the windows. Did the Sufferfest Blender / Traineroad video on the rollers... too much intensity for early December really, but way more "fun" than a 2 hour tempo ride on the rollers.
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Holy crap it was cold out there. How is it in the 40's with the sun out? First, that shouldn't happen anywhere. Second, it most certainly shouldn't happen in the desert.

90 minutes of hills / descents. Did a quasi ftp test at the beginning and its up another 15
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