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Old 04-05-13, 12:47 PM   #2251
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2 hours of tempo on the TT bike last evening, with 30' of it at low cadence.

Cat3-4 Crit tonight.
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All - Thanks for the input re: my first TT. I am listening.
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Old 04-05-13, 03:55 PM   #2253
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Five really good workouts in last ten days (plus two easy spins). Omnium tonight, and then two more good rides this weekend to cap off a nice two-week build.
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Old 04-05-13, 05:40 PM   #2254
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1 hour recovery rider yesterday. Today was a 1:40 z3/z4 ride to Woodside and back via the TT course.
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Circuit race at 3:12 this afternoon....
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3:12. Cycling is so much more precise and on time than, for instance, volleyball. Show up on time for a volleyball game and nobody is there yet. Show up a minute late for a bike ride or race, and everyone is gone.
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Old 04-06-13, 11:38 AM   #2257
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you ok? I didn't know which race you were in, hope you weren't in the ambulance crash in the 4's

edit - i see your results - good job and glad you weren't in the crashrace.

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3:12. Cycling is so much more precise and on time than, for instance, volleyball. Show up on time for a volleyball game and nobody is there yet. Show up a minute late for a bike ride or race, and everyone is gone.
Yeup! I went over and picked up my number - "we're on time". Goood! I'm going to ride over for the race, it'll be a good warmup.
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1:45 endurance ride on TT bike with z6 efforts. Meanwhile, a few miles away, MEA was doing max power climbing efforts on Kings Mountain on her time trial bike (not many climb Kings on the TT bike). She created quite a stir as my club's ride was descended as she was climbing. She talked with them at the bottom. They had a lot of questions.

I wanted to know what gear she climbed in. She has a 53/39 on her TT bike and a 12/25 cassette on the back. She used the small ring and a middle cog. I was relieved it was not the big ring and a middle cog.
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Ouch Hermes! MEA is freaky strong. I'm at a cycling camp this weekend that has had several 1,200' climbs. I'm riding up some of the climbs @ 55- 60 rpm and I'm in the easiest gear.
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2:28 on the River Ride today. Didn't have super legs, but I've had worse. Day off tomorrow.
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I wanted to know what gear she climbed in. She has a 53/39 on her TT bike and a 12/25 cassette on the back. She used the small ring and a middle cog. I was relieved it was not the big ring and a middle cog.
That's just scary......
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4:37, 81 miles, 264 hrTSS, .70 IF, 2881 feet of climbing. This was the last day of a recovery week, but I'll be in Tampa for work for the next week and a half, and the only riding I'll get is intervals on the trainer. Besides, it was gorgeous out.

The local racing club (NOBC) didn't have any group rides Saturday, but my old "sportive" club had a training ride in preparation for Cheaha in Georgia, so I went out with them. They're a great bunch of folks, and I had a good time catching up with what had been going on. It was kinda strange though. The below is copied from the ride report I did for my coach:

I was surprised. I used to fit right in with the pace they were riding, but today it seemed so danged *slow*. I rode the first half of the ride with the main group, and then went with the faster group on the second half. That group broke in half, and I ended up with two other guys in front. One of those guys used to be able to drop me with little problem...and I dropped him a couple of times on climbs, and I wasn't trying to, I just figured he'd keep up with me when I was pulling. We took a short break at a stop sign, and he asked me, "When did *you* get fast?"

No worries about me getting the big head, since I have a lot of recent history to keep my ego in check. Still, it was cool...especially since he's about 30. <...> Also, today was an official "no power meter" day. The guys I was riding with had high zoot carbon aero wheels, and I was running Shimano R500s - I can get them new for about $120/set.

Maybe the needle really has moved off the peg on the "Fast" meter.
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It has, Chuck! It'll go further into the Fast Zone, too.

18.4 miles of TT, Pace and Adaption today. In spite of racing yesterday, the legs felt good. The Cannondale continues to impress me - oh, I wish I'd had that bike a year ago! The OpenPro wheels are on it right now, and they're more compliant than the Carbones. The bike was just sweet with them today. I have 25's for tires on those wheels, and I could feel the added rolling resistance (I never used to be able to do that). No matter, it just makes me work a little harder!

Looking at the USAC website, I've completed 12 races since last March. I'm just now starting to get the hang of it!
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I have 25's for tires on those wheels, and I could feel the added rolling resistance (I never used to be able to do that). No matter, it just makes me work a little harder!
If you inflate them to the same pressure as your 23s, the wider tyres should have less rolling resistance. A little more weight, but less rolling resistance.

Sub-threshold intervals today, after three days off the bike because of taking the kids racing. Felt pretty good.
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you ok? I didn't know which race you were in, hope you weren't in the ambulance crash in the 4's

edit - i see your results - good job and glad you weren't in the crashrace.
Thanks valygrl, and same to you. Sorry, I missed this. Teammate was right behind it all. Not at all a good sight, especially to him. He's coming off a collarbone break.
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Got to do some OG sprinting on a nice day for the first time this year. Same workout as last week, 30' WU, couple OTS openers, 4 x 300 meter rolling sprints on a flat road with the first 100m OTS. With around a 8 - 10 mph quartering tail wind I was able to sprint the last 200 meters of each around 120 - 126 rpm which was low to mid 34 mph. Max speed on one effort was 35.12 mph. It's coming back but there is still a point during the OG sprint where I'm putting too much pressure into the bar causing a slight wobble of the front wheel. The OTS also needs some work as I was only getting to 115 rpm before going seated.
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Over Gear. Tonight I ran a 50/14 on the track bike which equals 96.3". Just a little bigger than a 53/15 on the road bike.
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6x3' over-under intervals on the way home this afternoon. The 25mph made holding a consistent power a challenge. The averages came our all right, but at times I was all over the place.
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Caloso, How was the wind in Sacramento? It was breezy here.
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I had resigned myself to riding the trainer this week while in Tampa, but today was a transition day from working days to nights, so I had a chance to get outside. I did two hours on the Suncoast Trail, a MUP that parallels a toll highway north of Tampa. It's in excellent condition, and because I was riding mid-morning on a Wednesday, it was sparsely populated. Sunny, temps were 75-85, a bit windy but not bad. Two hours at endurance pace with 20 minutes of tempo thrown in there, plus 5x60" fast pedal drills. I got my first sunburn of the year, too.

130 TSS, .81 IF, 1257 kj.
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Two hours at endurance pace with 20 minutes of tempo thrown in there, plus 5x60" fast pedal drills.
130 TSS, .81 IF, 1257 kj.
Explain this to a non-user of powermeters, please. I thought there were about 4kj to the kcal. But that would mean you burned only around 300 kcal in a two-hour endurance ride, so I must be misunderstanding what is going on here?
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Caloso, How was the wind in Sacramento? It was breezy here.
It was pretty heavy. Steady at 25, with gusts to 35. If I'm doing power based intervals, I prefer to do them into the wind so my normal training route takes me through W.Sac down towards the Delta. Unfortunately, yesterday's wind was out of the NW so counter to the prevailing Delta breeze and that had me all screwed up. But it made for some personal bests on some of my Strava segments when I was applying the power with a tailwind. I suppose it also made for some non-motorized motorpacing.

Today is much calmer and the training schedule calls for a mellow z/2 spin. I am riding the fixed gear today so I just spin easy and keep an eye on the HR.
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Explain this to a non-user of powermeters, please. I thought there were about 4kj to the kcal. But that would mean you burned only around 300 kcal in a two-hour endurance ride, so I must be misunderstanding what is going on here?
Chas - On my way out the door for work, but 1 kj ~= 1 calorie, or so I've read. I'm just reporting what my Powertap told me.
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