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Old 07-11-14, 06:31 PM   #10651
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^my ftp rarely changes much even in the off season, but all of my short term/and super long term numbers change, and how i can use them (and when) changes. But to not see any real improvement since the start of your racing career is weird. I have had a 70 watt improvement (with like 65 of those watts in the span of a year).
I crashed at the end of last March, and was off the bike for six weeks. I tested soon after I started back on the bike and found my FTP was down six watts...but my short and long term power was totally hosed. My FTP has since gone up a total of ~25 watts and my power from 1-20 minutes is back where it was, a bit higher in spots, and my long term is just about back to where it was. My short term power (< one minute) is still lagging.
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Old 07-12-14, 12:47 PM   #10652
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3hr today. Watts are about 10w less than where I want them for endurance rides, which is surprisingly good. Struggling with the length a bit still. Think both of those should come in the next couple weeks. So all is looking good at the moment. Surprised how fast the bottom end is coming back. I am doing a lot of push training though so makes sense.
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Old 07-12-14, 12:47 PM   #10653
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Team training ride this morning, which we do every week. These rides are fun but very tough, typically higher NP than races. This morning was a notch harder, in fact I stopped to check my brake wasn't rubbing or anything. But it was just because one of our guys (a former rower with the British national team) is in peak form. 12-15 minute PRs for me.

Then I came home to a wifely frenzy of summer house cleaning, and had to move a bunch of aquarium stuff and furniture. Pretty wiped out now!
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Old 07-12-14, 01:24 PM   #10655
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
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Old 07-12-14, 01:29 PM   #10656
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awesome. and not fred at all.
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Old 07-12-14, 06:07 PM   #10657
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
What, have you been looking at my training schedule? Tomorrow calls for 4.5 hours at endurance pace. I'll probably get about the same miles but half the climbing.
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Old 07-12-14, 06:30 PM   #10658
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I am a revchuck wannabe.
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Old 07-12-14, 06:35 PM   #10659
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
Hand ok?
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Broken finger. I can't wrap my left hand around the bars.
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Old 07-12-14, 07:54 PM   #10662
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Broken finger. I can't wrap my left hand around the bars.
Yeah, 6 weeks of finding something else to enjoy. Sucks, but you've got the right attitude to enjoy it anyway.
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Long 4+ hr hilly ride today, Holyoke to Greenfield loop, 3 major climbs, steepest will be Sugarloaf in South Deerfield off of rt.116, but enough flats or rolling to recover in between. Hope to be recovered fully from yesterday's 6+ hours in the sun working Special Olympics Bocce tournament.
Will update later today..
Discolated right hand middle finger yesterday ( gardening, really ???) so I can empathize with Shoveldh. Plus I have a tennis match tomorrow. Should be interesting.

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Old 07-13-14, 07:55 AM   #10665
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Shoulda shouted me down, man. I could have met up with you in Noho.
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Old 07-13-14, 08:09 AM   #10666
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
Strava link? KOMs?
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Old 07-13-14, 11:57 AM   #10667
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The only thing worse than an indoor trainer is a treadmill. 60' of sweat and boredom.
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Old 07-13-14, 12:12 PM   #10668
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
Mine turned out 4:21, 79.4 miles, 968 feet, 2547 kj. This proves, as if it were necessary, that I'm both fatter and slower than shovel. (I'm beat, too.)

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Old 07-13-14, 12:56 PM   #10669
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Ah, I misunderstood, thinking you couldn't ride. Good thing to enjoy. So just no racing because of crash risk with the bad paw?
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The index and middle fingers on my left hand were amputated due to complications from a lawn mower accident when I was 14. So I'm down two fingers already. With the injury to the ring finger, I cannot bend it enough to wrap around the bars. That leaves me the remaining half of my index finger and thumb, and my pinky, as the only body parts holding onto the bars on the left side. I could race on the hoods but I don't race on the hoods, I race exclusively in the drops unless I'm climbing. I also can't sprint because I can't pull up hard on the bars. I should just take a picture
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Shoulda shouted me down, man. I could have met up with you in Noho.
OK, Let's plan it next time..
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Now that I have punted on the rest of my season, I have morphed into shovelfred. 4.5 hours, 81 miles, 3300 feet, 2465 Kj. Beat.
dude we are becoming one! With the lack of local races i have resorted to training a lot. I had a great 5 hour/100 miles ride with my teammate today.
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The weather is great up here in New England. Come on out.
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