If we were vegans we'd all be living in Africa.
The word vegetarian is an old Indian word meaning "bad hunter".
Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.
'85 Trek 460 road racer
'89 Raleigh Technium PRE
'79 Motobecane Super Mirage
Lol, I said the exact thing recently when a friend wondered if I should consider getting a cycling coach. But I didn't really mean "I just wanna ride my bike," I meant "I want to figure it out myself"
PS I would like to clearly establish that I'm not over fifty. I only wandered in here to check out @Dudelsack's interval training blog. Just an interloper. For some reason, I felt it important that I confess this now.
I don't use poles for day hikes because I don't need the extra stability, but my wife does. When backpacking a heavy load, I find poles to be very helpful. When I snowshoe, I do use poles because 1) snowshoes (other than racers) are a bit awkward, and 2) much of the ground I traverse is unstable.
The point we're both making is that the rides, or hikes or whatever a lot of us do are made more enjoyable by paying attention to detail. This allows us to go farther, go safer and with less discomfort than if we didn't pay attention to the many small details (such as cadence and pedaling technique) that comprise fundamental elements of the repetitive movements we're making.
Anyone can get up off the couch and enjoy a short walk or ride in the local park. Getting up off the couch and enjoying a week long backpacking trip, or a 100 mi. bike ride with 10K feet climbing takes a bit more preparation and attention to detail.
"It could be anything. Scrap booking, high-stakes poker, or the Santa Fe lifestyle. Just pick a dead-end and chill out 'till you die."
Wow. Great thread. I really like the 50+. I wore my "50Plus" jersey on yesterday evening's ride, which was fixed gear. My cadence varied between 40 and 140, depending on the incline and the direction of the light winds. I smiled some, and I grimaced some. I think that I smiled more, though...
My natural cadence falls into the higher range. It has been this way a long time.
A few things I enjoyed about this thread.
- discussion of fast twitch and slow twitch
- monkey meat, although I somehow can't suppress a laugh when I hear "monkey butt"
- the "Weasles Ripped My Flesh" avatar - too cool
I have encountered several people in the mountains hiking bare footed. One young fellow I spoke to who was bare footed and descending a steep and rocky trail said that it was a different experience than wearing boots. I would guess he meant you need pay close attention to what you were doing.
The ultimate bare foot experience would be "The Barefoot Sisters", two sisters from Maine who having seldom worn shoes in summer, hiked the Appalachian Trail both ways, about 4500 miles, barefooted. https://www.google.com/search?q=the+...a&channel=fflb They have book out about the northbound and southbound segments. These books were both a great read as the young ladies are smart and artistic, composing stories and songs for their own entertainment as well as for other hikers at trail shelters and hostels.
Terex, best wishes to son-in-law in training on his though hike. Remind him that while fueling with pizza is fine, to remember to add plenty of protein to the diet. I've seen plenty of those young guys who have not fueled properly and suffer loss of muscle and bone loss resulting in small fractures.
The thread has moved on in good humour. How did we jump back three days?
First off, Monkey Bread is GREAT!
Pretty windy 65 miles today so there was lots of drafting. I matched the cadence of different riders in front of me as per suggestion here and sometimes it was OK and sometimes it wasn't. As also has been said, I did my own thing, because it just felt better.
I have a new question about cadence:
Most of the times I can keep a cadence of 100 rpm but I have noticed that when I am at low speeds (mainly with the small chainring) it is difficult for me to spin faster than 85 rpm but for high speeds (mainly with the big chainring) I surprise myself spinning at 115 rpm or even more.
If I try to spin at 100 rpm with a very low gear in a flat road I feel like there is nothing to push and I loose round pedaling but with the same gear in an uphill I can maintain such 100 rpm. I think something similar happens to the situation I describe above. What do you think?