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    This is the last day of my wife's six week sabbatical from work. My riding has been Freddly with a few efforts thrown in for good measure. Yesterday, we rode along Highway 1 to Santa Cruz. We parked at a state beach and headed south with the wind at our back. According to my iPhone weatherman, the wind was supposed to be 6 to 8 mph. We were going along at 25 mph on a slight uphill grade doing a couple hundred watts. The tailwind was amazing and must have been 100 watts. I told my wife, we have to slow down or it will take forever to get back. Nah, let's just enjoy the ride.

    That part of the coast is actually tough to ride on due to the hilly terrain and wind. Santa Cruz was nice and we turned around and headed back. The ocean was in full whitecap mode and the headwind strong but the views were amazing. We took turns pulling but it was z3/z4 the entire way back with some of the climbs feeling like Mount Ventoux.

    Today, we had the goal of an easy ride and left our house. The road we planned to use was blocked due to an accident so I got the bright idea to go another way via a road called Parrot. It goes through neighborhoods up to Skyline but we had not done this route before. Well, it was one of these 12 to 22% curvy roads. So I did get some good standing start practice and worked on OTC form up the steep grades. Once we got back on course, the ride was easy and the weather wonderful with sunny skies, light winds and temps in the low 90s.
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    Sounds nice riding Hermes.

    Been very windy and cold over the last week. Ended up riding my last Mt Donna Buang threepeat (16.8km 6.4% per lap) before leaving for the States next week. Wind was not as bad as the day prior or after, but road was covered with the remains of recently cleared fallen trees, plus bark and branches. Manageable on the way up, but made the descent very nervous so close to leaving!

    With the icy wind across the top of the mountain, it took alot of will power to turn around at the base and relative warmth to head back up. Final lap wanted to be anywhere except on the hill and struggled to keep my power even close to Z4! Was a major grovel...

    PCV measured 3 degrees celcius but didn't account for the wind chill!



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    Rode from my campground to Cadillac mountain and did over unders. Pace around the park loop, then an attempt to hold FTP back up Cadillac. Probably came up a bit short. Family met me at top. Breakfast then some sort of hike.

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    The knee ITCHED all night last night. A good sign!

    I rode for an hour at pace on the TT bike this morning. It didn't start well. I almost puked riding up the first short grade (9%) about a mile into the ride. Crud, this is going to suck, I thought. It was foggy as hell, so I shed my glasses, and plodded along. My legs were achy, cramping, felt heavy, slow, all the bad stuff (but the right knee was NOT hurting, at all). I was sinking into a mental morass along the lines of "dammit, it's gone, I've lost it, I can't do the race this Saturday" - you all know me. At around 35 minutes into the ride - snap. All of a sudden, the meng cleared from my legs and vooom!! It was like throwing a switch. I went right up to 22 MPH and held it, and then on another stretch I was doing 27. Heart rate settled in at around 144. I was going on PE only, because I don't have power on the TT bike (yet). But, the PE went down as the speed went up!

    This was the best I've felt in two weeks!
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    Great to hear, Sara!
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    On form. Right on schedule.

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    Really torn, most signs telling me it's perfect time to wind it down and go into off-season mode. Averaged more than 1 race day per week the last 6 months. Training specificity has been derailed for the past 6 weeks or so. But there is a flurry of omniums coming up, culminating in the National Track Calendar finale at the end of November. I guess it can't hurt too much to suck it up, re-build another mini-peak before taking a more formal off-season in Dec-Jan, yes?

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    Most racers can race for 6 months without a break and hit a couple of peaks. After 6 months, I start going downhill fast. It does not seem like it at the time but it sneaks up on me. Each succeeding event yields worse results. However VM, you are a monster from Krypton so that may not apply to you. I thought you had a coach. Yes / no? What does he / she say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Most racers can race for 6 months without a break and hit a couple of peaks. After 6 months, I start going downhill fast. It does not seem like it at the time but it sneaks up on me. Each succeeding event yields worse results. However VM, you are a monster from Krypton so that may not apply to you. I thought you had a coach. Yes / no? What does he / she say?
    I am no monster. In fact, certain teammates gently ridicule me for my soft training schedule with emphasis on recovery days (only 3-4 days in saddle per week). Of course, they are all younger than me. I agree with your 6-month anecdote, which is one of the data points I'm worried about. No coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    On form. Right on schedule.
    I hope so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    On form. Right on schedule.
    Chris Thater?

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    6 months? I don't have a benchmark for me, yet. I know I experienced two peaks, which Ex brought me to. I had a "mid season mental burnout" and that in the end seemed to really do a lot of good, because I slowed the intensity and rested. When I came back from that I was stronger than ever, and mentally more in the game. This is an individual sport, though isn't it. We all react differently to stress loads. Then there is the "natural talent" equation, which VM has in buckets (don't deny it, I've seen you ride ). I've decided this next road race is ending the season for me, and that will make the season seven months long for me. Work has me (finally) scheduled for a 12 day school which will keep me off of the bike for that period at the end of September. I told Ex I'd like to get back on the wagon November 1st. I'm really curious to see how quickly I come back up to speed (and then go beyond it - that's my goal). I'm curious, too, to find out if I need breaks during the season to prevent fatigue. I bet I do (no natural talent, here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    Chris Thater?
    I hope so, but I was referring to Sara's workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    I hope so, but I was referring to Sara's workout.
    Ahh - missed because it slipped off the first page.

    Sara - good to here your workout turned around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
    I am no monster. In fact, certain teammates gently ridicule me for my soft training schedule with emphasis on recovery days (only 3-4 days in saddle per week). Of course, they are all younger than me. I agree with your 6-month anecdote, which is one of the data points I'm worried about. No coach.
    I have attended planning sessions put on my USAC level I cycling coach discussing the 6 month window and that was for elite racers. When I did Masters Track Worlds in 2010, I talked with the British Coach about how he laid out the season for the British trackies with Worlds in October. He said that if they started racing early in the season, he programmed a 6 week mid season break. So from his perspective, the top masters racers are limited in what they can do in a year.

    Since you have had a break, maybe you do a couple of omniums but not have any great expectations for results and start winding down. This is supposed to be fun so if you want to do it and you feel good, do it.
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    TT hill repeats and spin this morning. Shovel, I'm not QUITE back on form, I'm 90%. Good enough, though.

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    It was my turn today to join the crash club. Last night I was working in the garage putting my cross bike in action as I begin some cross specific practices. I put a cross tire on my PT wheel and took the Egg Beater pedals from the MTB, that I rode on Sunday, and almost completed putting them on the Cannondale Cross Bike. My plan today was to ride to a local MTB trail as a WU then do a progressive Z3 into Z4 1 hr interval, then cool down on the way back home. I was in hurry as I had made arrangements to meet later tonight with a guy who wants to buy my older cross bike. (It did sale! That makes two bikes gone so far this year. It's OK I still have 8 others )

    I got home from work and had the usual pre-ride snack of peanut butter and crackers, changed into riding clothes and made up two bottles of Gatorade. Got the bike helmet, gloves and shoes on then hit the road. I really hit the road about 50 meters from my driveway. As soon as I got the PT turned on, I put the bike into the big ring and went OTS to get a little momentum and went right over the bars onto the concrete street. I did not have a clue what happened and thought I unclipped a pedal. Once I got my s*** together and got untangled from the bike I saw a pedal laying on the street. I found my bottles, iPhone and mini pump then carried the bike home as my death grip on the shifters had turned them both and the brake cables were pulled tight.

    The result is no really bad injuries although my left knee has two 1/2 dollar size scrapes and a few knuckles are scraped. I believe the worst off is the back of my upper arm just above the elbow. I think that I caught a shifter or the handle during the tumble as there is a deep bruise and swelling.

    Two hours later recreating what the hell happened I remembered that when I was making the pedal switch my wife called me into the house to take a phone call from my son. I recall that I was using the 15mm wrench to tighten the left side and then put the right side pedal only on enough to hold it in place before using the wrench. Later I went out into the garage and put the cross tire on the PT wheel but never finished the pedal work.

    From past experience I know I will have a lot of body soreness for the next few days. Time to email my coach for a new weekly workout and to tell my wife to put the "blood sheets" on the bed.
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    Ouch, ouch, ouch. That's a bummer AJ. Blood sheets... ha... on a related note, my wife goes to great lengths to keep me away from the bed after I've shaved my legs.

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    Heal up quick, AJet.

    The new job is demanding but I should be able to find time to train. This week I am up at 5am and on the road at the crack of dawn.

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    AJ, stop that!!!!!

    Blood sheets....ooooo....that just sounds SO wrong!

    I'm glad it's mostly superficial.
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    My wife came up with this for sleeping tonight. Brilliant!!!

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    [QUOTE=Allegheny Jet;15982724]My wife came up with this for sleeping tonight. Brilliant!!!

    That looks like something you put on a dog after surgery. Heal up fast!
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    I trained at the track today. Old guys, as bike handlers and decision makers, can be very sketchy. I had two situations where I had to scream stay as I was approaching them due to their erratic behavior. Both have reputations as bad bike handlers and I could add others to the list.
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    AJ - Bummer about the crash. Now that you've gotten that out of the way, you should be golden for the rest of the season. Heal up!
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    The deli cup taped over the scrapes worked! No sticking to the sheet and allowing it to air out. Clip and save the idea.
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