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Old 07-06-13, 05:03 PM   #3076
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Forgot to calibrate the Quarq before starting today. Came home to find that I did 504w for 20'. Sounds legit, right?
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Old 07-06-13, 06:08 PM   #3077
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How often should I calibrate my power meter? Before every ride?
Yep. Unless/until you see that it never changes the zero-offset.
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Old 07-06-13, 06:09 PM   #3078
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My first day back on the bike after the prostate exam-required layoff. It was also the first ride on my new (to me) race bike. It was supposed to be a three hour endurance ride with the freedom to shorten or lengthen it; I decided to do a relatively laid-back group ride that lasted 2:09. I got there a bit late, so I had to chase for the first ten minutes or so, but after that it was pretty nice - big group/cluster, average speed ~20-21 mph. I took a couple of lengthy pulls, and got into a pseudo break for a few minutes. It just felt so good to be back on the bike! hrTSS 140, IF .76. (PT batteries died, hub wrench arrived in the mail today.)

The new bike worked out well. It was my first time on non-175mm cranks; the ones on the crankset I used are 172.5. I can't say I noticed a difference.
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Old 07-06-13, 06:15 PM   #3079
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Yep. Unless/until you see that it never changes the zero-offset.
I store my bike in the basement, which is cool. I calibrate at the start of the ride, and then again 20 minutes in if it is a training ride. JRA, I don't care.
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Old 07-07-13, 10:54 AM   #3080
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3:19 at endurance pace on the new bike. My legs were in the "Go away, we're sleeping!" mode. Still, it was a decent ride, punctuated by a chocolate-covered doughnut and a pint of OJ in the middle. hrTSS 188, IF .70.
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Old 07-07-13, 11:07 AM   #3081
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3:19 at endurance pace on the new bike. My legs were in the "Go away, we're sleeping!" mode. Still, it was a decent ride, punctuated by a chocolate-covered doughnut and a pint of OJ in the middle. hrTSS 188, IF .70.
How many watts did it take to lift that donut?

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Old 07-07-13, 11:21 AM   #3082
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Climbed Mount Hamilton yesterday 4400 feet. It was a perfect day to climb the mountain with low temps, sun and a little wind at our back.



Me at the finish.

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Nice, Hermes! I was thinking about the ride I did up Hamilton just yesterday. You certainly had a gorgeous day!
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Me at the finish.
So, apparently MEA was waiting for you there with the camera?
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So, apparently MEA was waiting for you there with the camera?
[video=youtube;dEbE3fGfF-o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dEbE3fGfF-o[/video]
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How many watts did it take to lift that donut?

How's the new bike?
Still haven't replaced the batteries in my Powertap, can't answer that.

Bike's fine - seems stiffer than my other ones. I've got the bars slightly lower than my other ones (8.5cm drop vs. 8cm or less drop) due to the way things worked out with the stem, but I've ridden 100 miles between yesterday and today with no issues. I may go to a longer stem just to see how it feels...the only reason I'm contemplating this is because I've got a longer stem. The fit seems pretty good as it is now.
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So, apparently MEA was waiting for you there with the camera?
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As much as I keep trying to transition back to road, the track keeps pulling me back in (yes, the Godfather was about cycling). Three races in four days this week: Wed night Encino, Friday night Carson, Saturday night San Diego. Two of them sanctioned even. While racing is never ideal training, omniums usually do offer plenty of opportunity to get your work in.
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Climbed Mount Hamilton yesterday 4400 feet. It was a perfect day to climb the mountain with low temps, sun and a little wind at our back.
Nice, [MENTION=71001]Hermes[/MENTION]. At your current low weight, you must have been flying.
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As much as I keep trying to transition back to road, the track keeps pulling me back in (yes, the Godfather was about cycling). Three races in four days this week: Wed night Encino, Friday night Carson, Saturday night San Diego. Two of them sanctioned even. While racing is never ideal training, omniums usually do offer plenty of opportunity to get your work in.
So that's why I didn't see you on GMR on the 4th as one of the hundreds of cyclists who invaded the mountain that day. I saw [MENTION=40026]big john[/MENTION] and a few other BF folks from the valley. I was shepherding some clubmates who were Baldy Village virgins across the ridge (they had only ever ridden to the block house) so overall it wasn't too hard.
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So that's why I didn't see you on GMR on the 4th as one of the hundreds of cyclists who invaded the mountain that day. I saw @big john and a few other BF folks from the valley.
Yes indeed, perfect example. I had planned to go on that ride... quite a few people I haven't seen forever, from different niches, I could have run into. Alas, opted for track. Have to say, the much shorter workouts (even factoring in drive time) can be a real advantage at times.
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I need a recovery drink. But I'm out of tonic water. Looks like I need to go to the store.
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Climbed Mount Hamilton yesterday 4400 feet. It was a perfect day to climb the mountain with low temps, sun and a little wind at our back.
Nice Hermes, looks much nicer conditions than what I rode in last Saturday... I only made it 12.5 km up the 15.3km Mt Buller climb before deciding descending would be too risky from any higher. The following 3 repeats were to ~11km which still involved snow and slush; just a little less than the first lap. Total 100km 45km climbing...



I hope riding the mountains here in Winter will pay off. In ~7 1/2 weeks I'll be in the States for a three week climbing extravaganza, with Mount Hamilton on the itinerary day two.
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Goodness...right now it's a half hour before sunrise, and the temperature is ~22*C. I get shivers just looking at that picture.

I think I'd be more concerned about coming down that road than going up it in that weather.
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That's why I decided to turn around before the ski village. If I was getting a lift down I would have continued, but given I am so close to my holiday I didn't want to any more risks!
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[QUOTE=Dalai;15829816]Nice Hermes, looks much nicer conditions than what I rode in last Saturday... I only made it 12.5 km up the 15.3km Mt Buller climb before deciding descending would be too risky from any higher. The following 3 repeats were to ~11km which still involved snow and slush; just a little less than the first lap. Total 100km 45km climbing...



I hope riding the mountains here in Winter will pay off. In ~7 1/2 weeks I'll be in the States for a three week climbing extravaganza, with Mount Hamilton on the itinerary day two. [/QUOTE

Your road looks like our early spring cycling camps where we ride cross bikes. I did not know that Australia had mountains and snow. Nearly every TV show that I have seen shows Australia being hot desert with 8 of the top 10 worlds deadliest snakes hiding everywhere.
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Most expensive ski resorts in the world supposedly...

The Great dividing range is a mountain range running alone the eastern coast of Australia. From just north of Melbourne, Victoria where I live up past Sydney NSW into Queensland. The highest point in Australia is in this range (Mt Kosciuszko 2228m) is an unimpressive rounded hill but well above the 1,200m snowline. We have ski resorts in both Victoria and NSW, but are all very small skiable terrain and short seasons compared to ski areas like you have in the States! But this green hillier band is the comparatively thin area on the Eastern seaboard.

Much of the interior is extremely arid as usually shown. And definitely true about being full of animals and insects that are deadly. Snakes are only the start; then there are the spiders, crocodiles in the north and great white sharks in the ocean to name a few! Other than being careful where you step when out in the bush it is relatively safe. It is the big animals like Bears in the US that has me more worried than anything we have here!
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Don't forget about the rain forests!

I love the parts of Australia I've visited (Queensland)
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