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VanceMac 07-20-12 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by sarals (Post 14507754)
Not supposed to be doing this stuff at 60+. Supposed to be getting matronly and making huge dinners for her boyfriend. You know. Grandma stuff.

Lots of great things about the generation prior to ours... but I am extremely grateful not to be locked into the rigid expectations and stereotypes that ruled their world (not to mention tobacco). My Grandmother... in her early 50's!


Here's hoping you have another couple decades of racing, sarals.

dadof7 07-20-12 03:56 PM

Love the dark side! Although i am thinking the Far Side might fit you better!! As far as the steak goes, you may be needing the extra iron in there also. Mild anemia certainly wont help your aerobic capacity, muscle recovery etc etc. Liquid chlorophyll is a nice iron supplement alternative. Keep up the good work , you have been an encouragement to me,... sorry not one of the girls....

sarals 07-20-12 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by VanceMac (Post 14508239)
Lots of great things about the generation prior to ours... but I am extremely grateful not to be locked into the rigid expectations and stereotypes that ruled their world (not to mention tobacco). My Grandmother... in her early 50's!


Here's hoping you have another couple decades of racing, sarals.

Vance, I thank you! I'd give you hug if I could reach you. Is that you your grandma is holding - cute as button, that little one!

Expectations. Yes, indeed. I've fought those battles - and some wars. I didn't win many of them, but I do what I do anyway.

sarals 07-20-12 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by dadof7 (Post 14508301)
Love the dark side! Although i am thinking the Far Side might fit you better!! As far as the steak goes, you may be needing the extra iron in there also. Mild anemia certainly wont help your aerobic capacity, muscle recovery etc etc. Liquid chlorophyll is a nice iron supplement alternative. Keep up the good work , you have been an encouragement to me,... sorry not one of the girls....

Far Side? Naaaah. Good comic strip, though!

Vitamins. Yes. We gals tend to lack iron and calcium as we get older. I eat Tums for calcium replacement (or supplement) before a hard ride or a race. Iron? I need to pay attention to that. Good catch, dadof7! And thank you... :)

valygrl 07-20-12 05:32 PM

Are you sure it wasn't the easy day followed by a rest day that made your Scott's Valley ride so good? IIRC, you don't like to rest....

(Can I post here? I'm only 46)

Hermes 07-20-12 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 14508697)
Are you sure it wasn't the easy day followed by a rest day that made your Scott's Valley ride so good? IIRC, you don't like to rest....

(Can I post here? I'm only 46)

Absolutely.

Dudelsack 07-20-12 07:34 PM

Beef with benefits. I want a jersey that says that. Maybe a team kit. Can you wear that stuff even if you don't race because you're really slow?

sarals 07-20-12 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by valygrl (Post 14508697)
Are you sure it wasn't the easy day followed by a rest day that made your Scott's Valley ride so good? IIRC, you don't like to rest....

(Can I post here? I'm only 46)

Valygrl, I almost always have a so-so day the day after rest day (like this morning). No, that day was UNUSUALLY good!

And, along with Hermes - welcome!!!

sarals 07-20-12 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Dudelsack (Post 14509040)
Beef with benefits. I want a jersey that says that. Maybe a team kit. Can you wear that stuff even if you don't race because you're really slow?

Who said I'm fast? I photograph "fast". All show, no go I think the term is...

So - yes!!

dadof7 07-21-12 05:40 AM

NOT TUMS FOR CALCIUM!!!Bad in many ways. Take a Calcium citrate. Don't want to screw up you stomach acid balance and the form of calcium in tums is not utilized well.

sarals 07-21-12 09:12 AM

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Originally Posted by dadof7 (Post 14509909)
NOT TUMS FOR CALCIUM!!!Bad in many ways. Take a Calcium citrate. Don't want to screw up you stomach acid balance and the form of calcium in tums is not utilized well.

Oh! Okay...thank you for that! I usually will eat one during a ride, not before....I'll switch!

shovelhd 07-21-12 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by sarals (Post 14507754)
Fear is the check you never cashed.

Love it. Sig worthy.

sarals 07-21-12 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 14511607)
Love it. Sig worthy.

And so true...:)

A friend said it to me when I was going through a very rough period some years back...I've never forgotten it.

sarals 07-22-12 07:40 PM

I just got an email telling me there will be a 35 minute "open" crit (juniors and all adult comers) at the Twilight Ride at Laguna Seca Raceway Wednesday night. YES!! Just what I've been hoping for! I'll be there, I'll be in it, and my eyes will be open! It's going to be a tough course - it's the same one Sea Otter used, Turn 11 to Turn 2, then back through pit lane. There's a nasty little "hump" in the center of that course that will keep the stronger ones halfway honest (and spit the weaker ones - me - off the back after a couple of laps). The corners are tight and technical, but there are no drainage culverts in them (yay!). Oh, I have a reason to ride harder tomorrow morning! I love having a goal...

shovelhd 07-23-12 05:23 AM

Sounds like fun.

Racer Ex 07-23-12 09:11 AM

That's actually a fun course if it's the same as Sea Otter. The turns require real cornering skills.

sarals 07-23-12 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Racer Ex (Post 14516689)
That's actually a fun course if it's the same as Sea Otter. The turns require real cornering skills.

It is the same one - I watched the crits there during the SOC, and the corners were tight and fast. I like cornering, so I'm going to enjoy it! I'm a little concerned about the field "mix", although I don't know how many riders will actually participate. Usually the turnout for the Wednesday evening events is fairly low (it's windy and cold there this time of year). But, this one is "special" and more folks may show up. What ever, it will be fun!

sarals 07-23-12 04:33 PM

Shovel. Took you up on it. Many thanks!

sarals 07-23-12 04:34 PM

The 33 is a fun read.

Just sayin'!

shovelhd 07-23-12 05:07 PM

There are a lot of good people in there. Before this place existed, it's basically the only place on BF I visited regularly.

sarals 07-23-12 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by shovelhd (Post 14518924)
There are a lot of good people in there. Before this place existed, it's basically the only place on BF I visited regularly.

I like the "feel" there! The humor level is quite dry and quite fun, as well - just the way I like it!

sarals 07-24-12 02:48 PM

Tuesday Group Ride Report

I treat the group rides I do as training rides, as tests to see how I fare against other (stronger) riders. I rarely do noodle rides, and I never do on a group ride. Because there are terrain features and different riders with different strengths, I break the rides down into segments and try to take from each segment. Today, the first 25 miles were an exercise in utter frustration. It took my legs that long to come around. I felt the callings of "dead legs" not long after I left the house this morning. Their response was sluggish and my HR went much higher than it usually does in the early portions of the ride. On the "8th Street Flat" segment, where I usually fly along with the fast GUYS at 25 to 27 MPH, I was dropped at the outset, struggled along in the wind at 22 MPH, and finally blew up a mile from the finish of the segment. I wasn't really in it mentally, either; knowing my legs weren't their best I sort of gave up and was even going to cut the ride short. However, I gave myself "one more chance", took a different route than the rest of the group to the big climb on Barloy Canyon Road so I could push my way up a short climb on that route. My legs started to feel good on that climb, and then they started to actually feel strong. When I got there, I went up the Barloy Canyon Road climb feeling quite relaxed, spending a lot time OTS and NOT in the lowest gear, and achieving a decent time (for me) going up that hill. After that climb came a series of descents that feature some short rollers prior to the beginning of each of the descents, and I hit those rollers OTS but in the drops and powered my way up them - feeling quite strong and relaxed on each one. On the field sprint, I stayed at the front, tried to take advantage of a lead out (that I missed), and actually had decent power and speed at the end of the sprint (my timing on when to launch is getting better).

Still, my body is so inconsistent. I don't have the answers as to why it will perform so well one day and then so poorly the next. Oh, I see gains, but as I've said time and again, they are incremental and spotty. If I look at achievements overall, I see little to nothing. And, it's still a helpless feeling when I think I'm going really well, feeling good, and then someone drives by me so hard I swear I can feel the ground shake - and I'm powerless to do anything about it! I don't like that feeling. But, I'm used to it.

AzTallRider 07-24-12 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by sarals (Post 14522873)
Tuesday Group Ride Report

I treat the group rides I do as training rides, as tests to see how I fare against other (stronger) riders. I rarely do noodle rides, and I never do on a group ride. Because there are terrain features and different riders with different strengths, I break the rides down into segments and try to take from each segment. Today, the first 25 miles were an exercise in utter frustration. It took my legs that long to come around. I felt the callings of "dead legs" not long after I left the house this morning. Their response was sluggish and my HR went much higher than it usually does in the early portions of the ride. On the "8th Street Flat" segment, where I usually fly along with the fast GUYS at 25 to 27 MPH, I was dropped at the outset, struggled along in the wind at 22 MPH, and finally blew up a mile from the finish of the segment. I wasn't really in it mentally, either; knowing my legs weren't their best I sort of gave up and was even going to cut the ride short. However, I gave myself "one more chance", took a different route than the rest of the group to the big climb on Barloy Canyon Road so I could push my way up a short climb on that route. My legs started to feel good on that climb, and then they started to actually feel strong. When I got there, I went up the Barloy Canyon Road climb feeling quite relaxed, spending a lot time OTS and NOT in the lowest gear, and achieving a decent time (for me) going up that hill. After that climb came a series of descents that feature some short rollers prior to the beginning of each of the descents, and I hit those rollers OTS but in the drops and powered my way up them - feeling quite strong and relaxed on each one. On the field sprint, I stayed at the front, tried to take advantage of a lead out (that I missed), and actually had decent power and speed at the end of the sprint (my timing on when to launch is getting better).

Still, my body is so inconsistent. I don't have the answers as to why it will perform so well one day and then so poorly the next. Oh, I see gains, but as I've said time and again, they are incremental and spotty. If I look at achievements overall, I see little to nothing. And, it's still a helpless feeling when I think I'm going really well, feeling good, and then someone drives by me so hard I swear I can feel the ground shake - and I'm powerless to do anything about it! I don't like that feeling. But, I'm used to it.

How are you tracking your training load, Sara?

sarals 07-24-12 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 14523029)
How are you tracking your training load, Sara?

No. I don't know how to!

chasm54 07-24-12 05:08 PM

Sara, forgive me for saying this, but you don't give the impression of being very systematic. Reading your posts makes me think you tend to do what seems a good idea at the time, rather than having a plan. If that's incorrect, I apologise.

But if it is close to the truth, have you read Friel's training bible? It might be worth your looking at his suggestions for annual plans, weekly plans, training diaries and so on. Quite apart from any other benefits, if you have your head around the fact that you are engaged in a systematic, long-term programme, you'll be less likely to be discouraged or thrown off course by short-term fluctuations or disappointments.


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