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Old 06-14-13, 05:45 AM   #2926
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Old 06-14-13, 01:42 PM   #2927
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Your back?
Yep, my low back. It doesn't generally hurt while I ride but it hurts and causes tingling in my feet when I sit at work most of the time. My primary care physician wasn't too helpful and he wasn't too keen on chiropractors. The chiropractor that I'm seeing sponsors our club and is a cyclist. His diagnosis was less dire than my doctor's -- my doctor said I was "pre-arthritic." Chriopractor says I'm significantly misaligned but that he should be able to straighten me out.
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Old 06-14-13, 01:44 PM   #2928
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The local city pool opened for the summer this week so I'm doing laps at lunch today. It'll be drown-a-riffic.
Riding laps around the local pool? I don't understand??? After all you can't be swimming in the middle of the racing season.
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Yep, my low back. It doesn't generally hurt while I ride but it hurts and causes tingling in my feet when I sit at work most of the time. My primary care physician wasn't too helpful and he wasn't too keen on chiropractors. The chiropractor that I'm seeing sponsors our club and is a cyclist. His diagnosis was less dire than my doctor's -- my doctor said I was "pre-arthritic." Chriopractor says I'm significantly misaligned but that he should be able to straighten me out.
Translation: "You are sitting on your wallet at work, you need to reduce the size of your wallet. I can help you with that."
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Old 06-14-13, 04:56 PM   #2931
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3 hour round trip to the ski lifts and back. Hit 105 degrees on the way up. I am a bit toasted.
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Old 06-14-13, 06:29 PM   #2932
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Double shot of X4's with a pace chaser. I'm wasted. And now I know where my biggest weaknesses are.
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Old 06-14-13, 06:49 PM   #2933
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I decided to lower the saddle a touch on the back up bike, and, in doing so, I noticed that the nose of the saddle was pointed a bit to the left. I'm hoping that's the source of my leg issues, since it has an "alignment off" feel to it. Going to do a group ride with a slowish group tomorrow and see how it feels.
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Old 06-14-13, 06:57 PM   #2934
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Good luck. I hope that fixes it.
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Old 06-14-13, 09:23 PM   #2935
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Old 06-14-13, 09:53 PM   #2936
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So how does the TT position look? I had to change the stem to a 115mm in order to be at 79cm. It was not a good idea to do a Kilo with those wheels in the windy conditions we had last night.
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Old 06-15-13, 07:03 AM   #2937
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heavy hitters at harlem tomorrow. in addition to the normal cast of characters a current national champion, and two guys from an NRC elite team (with one being a former pro). Should be an interesting day.
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Old 06-15-13, 08:24 AM   #2938
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Your back looks flatter with better pelvis rotation but could use more. It is hard to see how much separation you are getting between your chest and thighs with that pic. I think the saddle could go higher but it is hard to tell. You could grip the aerobars at the very ends such that your hands go past the bar ends and slide a little more forward on the saddle.

The 5 spoke is bad in the wind. I have found the disc is okay but if it is windy go with the FF front wheel in the other pic.
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Old 06-15-13, 08:28 AM   #2939
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Looking great, AJ.

I have disc envy.
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Old 06-15-13, 09:50 AM   #2940
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You can ride a rear disc in just about any conditions.

I would go with a shorter stem and longer extensions. You will have a lot more support and control bringing the armrests back nearer the elbows. The pad as it sits now is acting as a bit of a fulcrum...your upper body weight is pushing down into your elbows which means you have to hang on to the aero bars tighter, which wastes energy and makes your steering jerky. I can pretty much take my hands off the extensions and steer with my elbows...locked in and well supported.

You'll also do better on your standing starts bringing the bullhorns back.





If you're going to do masters nats my guess is the bike is banging on the UCI compliance limits. We either get the seat past the 5cm rule or the 80cm extension rule (vs. 75cm) but not both. It's worth checking and making any mods now so you can get used to riding the bike (and not have to saw stuff the day of). If your seat is a 5cm you should be fine though.
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Old 06-15-13, 01:31 PM   #2941
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Good luck. I hope that fixes it.
It just may have. The more I had stretched the bad areas, and pondered things, the more I felt it had it roots in my hip. Pulled a group around for 3 hours this morning, and no issues in the hip area. Some residual in other places I think will fade. Keeping the fingers crossed.
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Old 06-15-13, 05:35 PM   #2942
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Today's ride was supposed to be a "no computer" ride, but I'm too much of a numbers junkie to do that. No power, though. The original plan was an easy social ride - 20 miles to breakfast, eat and talk, and 20 miles back. Once we got going, I found that some of the guys were going to do about 60 miles and skip the breakfast, so I elected to go with them. I had loaded up based on the original plan - two bottles of water, period. We stopped at a convenience store for Gatorade and Powerbars and hit the road. We had planned on running about 20 mph, but a couple of the younger guys were feeling froggy and pushed it up a bit. We still stayed together, everybody pulled according to his ability, and nobody did anything stupid. In short, it was a pretty nice ride. The heat index was about 90 when we finished, so we beat most of the heat too.

I rode the '87 Ironman, which mounts a San Marco Regal saddle. That bike is so comfortable.

2:56 at endurance pace, hrTSS 166, IF .71.

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Nap intervals followed by hanging out with the wife.
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Old 06-16-13, 09:11 AM   #2944
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Translation: "You are sitting on your wallet at work, you need to reduce the size of your wallet. I can help you with that."
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I was up all night Thursday at work, and I totally bonked out Friday. The day was a TOTAL loss! Yesterday wasn't a heck of a lot better at first, but I improved. For training, I was scheduled for two different sets of intervals and then Pace. I did them. It didn't start well. My powermeter LYC wouldn't turn on, and then the heart rate strap kept sending garbage to the Garmin. I guess I need new batteries all around. Anyway. My legs WOULD NOT come around until I got well into the second X2 interval (second set 5 min on/off X 3, first set 1 min on/off X 5). Then it was like a switch had been thrown! I was unstoppable. Even so, the whole ride was done on PE. I hope I "perceived" correctly!

After that ride, I went to a birthday party for a very dear friend - his 80th. I drank too much wine and ate way too much crap, and today I feel like ***t. I was going to do my scheduled training ride this morning, but not right now. I have a recording to do for a client at 3PM today. After that is done with, I plan to go out and do the training ride I'm scheduled for today.
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I forgot to mention that the recording gig I'm doing this afternoon is why I am not doing the CCCX circuit race today (dammit). Hey, Shovel - want to be my A2?
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A'Jet, I concur with Racer Ex's observations. Now that you have the feeling of being rotated, move your seat to the required 5cm setback (unless it is already there). If your saddle is a widow maker variety, then you may want to purchase an Adamo or something with a wider nose. Also, when you sit on the nose of the saddle, the seat has to go up a little and the saddle must be within 3 degrees of level. You cannot tilt the nose down to make it more comfortable.
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Old 06-16-13, 09:50 AM   #2948
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I forgot to mention that the recording gig I'm doing this afternoon is why I am not doing the CCCX circuit race today (dammit). Hey, Shovel - want to be my A2?
Do you do voiceovers, or are you on the production side?

I love me some A2's but rest day today. I'm going out for a 25TSS spin shortly. I had a good week of training. Obliterated every categorized racer yesterday on the group ride, the day after a killer workout. It's coming.

Everybody think good thoughts for gsteinb this afternoon. Harlem is a tough race with large, strong fields. He is capable of winning it.
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Speaking of tough races, a local guy won the Nature Valley Road Race yesterday. His Elbowz team has two AZ guys on it, and the affiliated women's team also has an AZ racer.

Here's to G mixing it up with the big dogs. Cheers!
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I did a really sweet recovery ride with TallWife this morning. Took her on a new-to-her route, with a stop for coffee and quiche near the end. Really nice.
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