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Old 05-16-13, 02:53 PM   #2701
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Felt off my game for a while after the road race 3 weeks ago, but the past week was really effective. Hopefully a springboard. Two fast group rides, and two track-specific interval sessions. With a coffee ride thrown in for good measure.
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Old 05-16-13, 05:12 PM   #2702
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Hour recovery ride yesterday. Openers today - 20" VO2 max, 60" RBI, three minutes LT, 60" RBI, done three times with a final 20" VO2 max, all within a 1:20 endurance pace ride. TSS 108, IF .90, 867 kj. It's finally feeling like Louisiana again, I was dripping sweat during much of the ride. I feel good, hope that translates into good performance this weekend.
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Old 05-16-13, 07:10 PM   #2703
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I'm starting to feel really good on the bike again. The past three training weeks have been draining. I was supposed to do 1 hr of easy Z2 tonight but rode at high Z2 for 1 hr ending up with a 20.8 mph average (NP 244) door to door. It was so easy and fun I didn't want to go home. Hermes would call that a "no chain ride".
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Old 05-16-13, 10:58 PM   #2704
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Great to read you're pushing it and determined, but no surprise there.
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Old 05-17-13, 09:09 AM   #2705
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Send your mechanic and have him remove my chain as well.
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Old 05-17-13, 11:14 AM   #2706
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Missed the group ride last night due to two flats. Much better luck this morning. Solid set of 3' intervals as part of the long way in to the office.
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Old 05-17-13, 02:32 PM   #2707
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Mt. Tamalpais this weekend, with a new feeding plan in place so I don't bonk (plus it should be cooler)... All this climbing is beginning to have some impact on my fitness.
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Old 05-17-13, 02:39 PM   #2708
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I am rethinking the Modesto Crit tomorrow. Will probably make the go/no go decision at 7am.
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Old 05-17-13, 07:21 PM   #2709
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Track last night and an easy ride along the back bay in Orange County. The weather is nice but there was a strong headwind on the way to the ocean. When we got back to the car, we practiced cone turnarounds.
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Old 05-18-13, 10:11 AM   #2710
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Anyone use 'The Masters Athlete'?
Recommendations?
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Old 05-18-13, 10:33 AM   #2711
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No, but I suspect all of us here could give the authors a masters class on the subject.
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Old 05-18-13, 10:57 AM   #2712
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I'm starting to feel really good on the bike again. The past three training weeks have been draining. I was supposed to do 1 hr of easy Z2 tonight but rode at high Z2 for 1 hr ending up with a 20.8 mph average (NP 244) door to door. It was so easy and fun I didn't want to go home. Hermes would call that a "no chain ride".
Sounds wonderful, AJ - impressive.
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Old 05-18-13, 11:00 AM   #2713
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Opener with teammates today after an off day yesterday. Put in new BB bearings and re-tuned the bike yesterday now that things are broken in a bit. Started gluing the tubies. Always something to do.
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Old 05-18-13, 05:23 PM   #2714
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Opener this morning on the "warmup" portion of the Saturday group ride. We hit the base of the first "chaff from the wheat" climb at 26MPH, which is where I said adios - I need those matches tomorrow! I looked at the Bike Reg entry list and there are two team mates in that Cat 5 group. I don't know what the deal is with me working with them; if I'm racing in the men's race, or if I'm just starting with the men and doing my own thing. I'd love to work with them, and probably will. I'll have a chat with the race officials tomorrow.
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Old 05-18-13, 05:28 PM   #2715
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New bike is great. Could use a bigger engine though.

Easy ride, then met the Saturday group ride. 3 hrs, 167 tss.
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Old 05-19-13, 06:07 AM   #2716
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Tough block of short trainer workouts. Solid numbers, but I feel really out on the edge fatigue-wise. Not cracking, but playing with the edge. Seems like eons since I've raced.
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Old 05-20-13, 08:00 AM   #2717
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Taking today off work for job search stuff, did an hour recovery ride. hrTSS 37, IF .60. Humid, but comfortable. Wish I could've gone longer.
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Easy recovery yesterday on the newly refurbished Look (new BB, new crank, new chain, new/old wheels tires). It's quiet and smooth again! Today is a day off, rest day. Funny, I DON'T feel tired, but I know I should. I'm anxious to get on the TT bike and get used to it. It too has a new crank, BB, chain and tires. Tomorrow I'll try it out (depending upon what the new TRS says).
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Oh - I don't know how well the TT bike will fit, and I don't know how to ride a TT, either. I've done exactly ONE. I bought that bike for triathlon, and only rode it in two. Well, the SG TT's are short, so I think it would be safe and advisable to get in a good warmup prior to them and then just go out and hammer it.
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Easy recovery yesterday on the newly refurbished Look (new BB, new crank, new chain, new/old wheels tires). It's quiet and smooth again! Today is a day off, rest day. Funny, I DON'T feel tired, but I know I should. I'm anxious to get on the TT bike and get used to it. It too has a new crank, BB, chain and tires. Tomorrow I'll try it out (depending upon what the new TRS says).
Sara - Ever get the Look to fit right?
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Sara - Ever get the Look to fit right?
It's as close as it's going to get, Chuck. It's actually not bad, at all. It's been relegated to short rides and to looking nice (which it does really well). It's never going to fit as well as the CAAD or the L'una, but that's okay.
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Old 05-21-13, 08:05 PM   #2722
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My track workout tonight included some really cruel intervals. My coach focused them for pursuit with race pace of 30+mph. First up was 3 x standing start up to speed then 500 meters at pace. Those went well and I was even going too fast on the first two when I saw 33/32 mph on the computer. The killer sets were 6' of 30" at pace and 30" recovery. I didn't feel any recovery after the first two race efforts on the 30/30's but could gut it out. Boy do those hurt! I am still waiting delivery of Pro Missile Drop aero bars so I used a clip-on aerobar. Amazingly I was very comfortable holding the black line at speed in the aero position. That must mean I'm doing something wrong.
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Old 05-21-13, 09:45 PM   #2723
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If a workout is cruel for you, Jet, I hate to think what it would be for the rest of us. Did you have Bosu balls on the pedals?

I did the training crit tonight. Still not as comfortable as I should be in crowded situations, but I'm learning the new bike and cornering better and better. Took it to the point of leaving pieces of lung laying around the course, then fell off the lead pack just before the end. Still coughing.
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Didn't have time for my interval set today so I did some crosstraining: ran 3.5 miles.
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Old 05-22-13, 04:17 AM   #2725
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Last night's ride was 1:20 at endurance pace, with two ten minute tempo intervals and ten minutes at LT+ in there. I have the option of taking tonight off or doing an easy ride; my wife came back to NOLA with me, so we're going to hang out tonight. Who knows what might happen with no distractions...
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