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    Your verbosity is extraordinary...

    I hear you on the 'salmoning' up the middle skills - I have a ways to go improving those. But a bigger factor at this point is fear of being dropped, and that influences my positioning to a great extent. It no longer should to that large a degree (well, pre-crash anyway) as I'm able to close gaps and bridge in my races: again, pre-crash. It feels good when you get to that point of no longer fearing the pack will just ride away from you.

    The worst part of the crash has been the mental impact of feeling old and slow, in a way I never did before. Before, I was new and building my strength. I then got strong enough to certainly never feel "old" on the bike. You don't feel old when you drop 20-somethings. But being up there, and then losing it, really and truly sucked. I felt old and decrepit because, well, I -hurt-, and I was slow compared to my peer group. But this week, I definitely feel friskier. There are still issues to deal with (especially some apparent nerve damage), but I can tell I'm getting the strength back fairly rapidly.

    Sunday's CR will tell me a lot. Last year in this race I attacked at the whistle and got my first (and only USAC) podium. This year I think I'll go conservative, and attack at the first turn. I'm doing the Cat 4 as well.

    Just did an hour of Pace, with 10' of 1' criss-cross in the middle, approximated using PE and HR. New PM arrives tomorrow... hope the damned thing works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Look at that. Four posts in a row.

    What a blowhard.
    Pcadesque.
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    1:20 minute threshold ride. Today was about climbing so I started by doing loops around a circuit in our neighborhood. My legs had some fatigue from yesterday so I continued to do loops until my power and HR gelled. I did a climb to the top of Skyline but kept the z4 power on well into the descent on the other side and I got in a 19 minute effort. I descended and did another shorter climb of z4 for 5 minutes. I had to get back so I called it a day and cruised back home.
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    Legs were still tired after Sunday's races so a cold (for SoCal) and dark 15 mile recovery ride yesterday. Discovered that my ANT+ cadence sensor and PowerTap don't play well when my DiNotte lights are on the bike. No nighttime intervals I guess.

    Commuted to work today. Roger's Session at the Velo Sports Center in the soon-to-be renamed Home Depot Center tomorrow night. Stub Hub just bought the naming rights so starting in June we'll be riding at the Stub Hub Center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Stub Hub just bought the naming rights so starting in June we'll be riding at the Stub Hub Center.
    A little bit of Boston in SoCal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Legs were still tired after Sunday's races so a cold (for SoCal) and dark 15 mile recovery ride yesterday. Discovered that my ANT+ cadence sensor and PowerTap don't play well when my DiNotte lights are on the bike. No nighttime intervals I guess.

    Commuted to work today. Roger's Session at the Velo Sports Center in the soon-to-be renamed Home Depot Center tomorrow night.
    Stub Hub just bought the naming rights so starting in June we'll be riding at the Stub Hub Center.


    The Stub Hub sounds like a hangout for porn stars.
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    It was started by a couple of kids from Southie who used to scalp Red Sox tickets in Kenmore Square. The Combat Zone was long gone at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
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    The Stub Hub sounds like a hangout for porn stars.
    Unsuccessful porn stars.

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    I'm thinking of doing this road race - Regalado. Looks a little Roubaix-like! Might be fun.

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    that's a nasty looking stretch of road.
    there is no signature.

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    Training for Racing All Disciplines

    It is! There in lies the challenge!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esteban58 View Post
    that's a nasty looking stretch of road.
    Steve - You haven't seen nasty.
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    Type 2 fun. I prefer Type 1. Can't wait to hear the race report!
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    Hill intervals this morning. Very hard, had to talk severely to myself to get through the last couple of sets. It's what I need, though, more work on the top end.

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    Pretty good Roger's Session at the track last night. The two interval sessions were a workout I hadn't seen him do before: 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3, 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3 Working some endurance. The motor game went well... 50 laps, large group that dwindled pretty quickly with about 20 to go. Cleave hung strong until the end though. Good tuneup for another omnium this Saturday.

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    An hour of pace yesterday, with some 5' criss-cross intervals. PM arrived, but I needed to move the magnet, and so didn't have it installed for the ride.

    Rest day today, which worked out great because you Californians sent your rain to visit us. Should clear for Sunday's Circuit Races.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
    Pretty good Roger's Session at the track last night. The two interval sessions were a workout I hadn't seen him do before: 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3, 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3 Working some endurance. The motor game went well... 50 laps, large group that dwindled pretty quickly with about 20 to go. Cleave hung strong until the end though. Good tuneup for another omnium this Saturday.
    6 minutes is the longest time I have seen from him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
    Pretty good Roger's Session at the track last night. The two interval sessions were a workout I hadn't seen him do before: 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3, 2' z2, 6' z3, 1' z2, 3' z3 Working some endurance. The motor game went well... 50 laps, large group that dwindled pretty quickly with about 20 to go. Cleave hung strong until the end though. Good tuneup for another omnium this Saturday.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    6 minutes is the longest time I have seen from him.
    Of course I was hanging on for dear life during the motor game and VanceMac nonchalantly motored by me as the sprint wound up without me.

    If I knew ahead of time that we were going to do 6 min Z3 intervals, I would have put my TT bars and saddle back on the bike. As I sit here during lunch my legs are throbbing (though I had to stand for most of two hours while I trained some people today). I should have worn my compression tights under my work pants.
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    47 minutes at recovery pace yesterday, no riding today. Switched out the pedals on the Allez and washed it; I'll lube the chain tomorrow and ride for about an hour with some openers thrown in there to prepare for Sunday. I'm hitting the road about lunch time for the two hour drive to the venue to pick up my packet, then to the motel to pin on my number and rest up. I find it odd that I'm not nervous right now, but I've got time for that to develop.
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    The calm before the storm.

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    Good luck, Chuck. Give it all you have...
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    Chuck, hammer dude!
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    Stay cool and relaxed and kick some ass.
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    Training for Racing All Disciplines

    Chuck, go get 'em, my friend! You'll have a blast! Good luck.
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    Training for Racing All Disciplines

    Openers this morning, I'm feeling pretty good. I'll be thinking of Chuck tomorrow while I'm suffering away on that circuit course. Go, Chuck!
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