I wondered about your absents RedRider /strawberries are about to finnish here I enjoy them very much.[at least four quarts in the last to weeks ive snacked on very nice berries for such a gloomy season./Kenneth
I forgot to mention my 10 mile ride on the Lady's Brittish Triumph //There is an issue with the Three speed drum [minor] I think it may be lack of oil in the three speed canister and lack of use. Kenneth
I rode 34.6 miles on the BRP this morning with a former USA National Team member and his wife, a multi-time mtb National Medalist herself (ages 61 and 58 respectively). All but the first and last 1.5 miles are above 5000' on the route and we had around 3600' of climbing. Those dang skinny guys kicked my butt. My rubberband broke on the last climb back up to just over 6000' and I had to back off and ride an easy tempo to the top. We all got chilled on the descents with the temp in the 50s. Gotta love it. 2:15 ride time for me. I need to ride with them more. I learn something every time I do.
No, Hermes, when I say skinny I mean really skinny. I don't think she weighs 95# and he is barely over 120. His race weight used to be 111! By contrast, my 6'3" 183# frame is challenged on the hills to put it mildly. To top it off, I can't drop the guy on the flats, he just tucks into the draft. I was pulling at 700w up a false flat and he blew by me when I had to let up. Then his wife who had been dropped came by me and I was left to smell the flowers on the side of the road. Is that fun or what!
Sunday. I raced at the track and competed in the flying 200 meter, the 500 meter TT and the 2K pursuit. I did a 2:51.6 in the 2K pursuit and I am really happy.
Monday. I rode the rollers for 1/2 hour at the cycling gym at high cadence.
Today. I went to the track for the advanced workout session. I did the 40 lap warmup, 2 - 100 meter jumps at 80% and two - 2K pursuits at 90 cadence and 100 cadence in a 47/15 with 5 minutes rest between. Then spun out my legs.
Bike racers cannot help themselves and turn everything into a competition even when it is not in their best interest. At the start of the warmup, the supervisor and I discussed the plan for the day. This is somewhat important since we want to coordinate what riders are doing on the track for safety purposes. This weekend is the District Championships and most of the riders were going to participate. So today's session was about peaking for the weekend.
We decided on an easy 40 lap warmup and then do some efforts at reduced intensity. We start out at 15 mph and plan on keeping it there for at least 10 to 15 laps and slowly bring up the speed to 20ish. We soon have a line of 10 guys and after 4 laps one of the guys decides he wants to pick up the pace to 18 mph and does 4 laps at the front. We are soon at 22 mph. Both the supervisor and I pull out of the warmup and ride at the stayers line as the warmup turns into a scratch race with 8 to go.
There is nothing wrong or unsafe per se but it was not according to plan and defeats the effective warmup. A critical mass of testosterone always goes nuclear, trumps training plans and is impossible to control.
Last edited by Hermes; 07-07-09 at 03:07 PM.
You were smart to back off today. I know what you're saying about racers though. I'm not one of them and can usually stick to a plan but every now and then it is good to be made to ride outside of one's comfort zone. I'll call today my interval ride for the week. I certainly got in several good climbing efforts of 10 min or more and a few good hard pulls too. I do have to remind myself that I'm still in a base phase though. I've really been working on upping the cadence lately and it is starting to show.
I did a 44 mile training race tonight. Orders from my coach was to sit in and not do any hard work. Well, the 60 rider pack kept going round and round and after 25 miles the studs still had not got away from the field. I told myself that at 30 miles I was going to pull out of the race if it didn't slow down. I rode very well tonight and was able to accelerate out of the turns and pass riders with relative ease. The 30 mile mark came and still no break and the pace was still high. On a long straight I raised my hand and pulled over to the curb and slowed to let the field pass. Once clear of the pack I looked at my computer and saw that we had averaged 27.2 mph for the 30 miles. I'm entered in a 3 day 4 stage stage race beginning this Friday and will be doing a 5.8 mile TT on Friday AM. I figured it would be a good time to get in a little TT work and went aero while riding the course and held my HR in upper Z4 for the last 7 laps. It took the field all 7 laps to lap me and I almost didn't get lapped on the 2.1 mile course. I hated getting out of a fast and fun race, but I know that I did what is best for the next real race.
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30.3 miles, 27 w/the group, got gapped a couple of times and closed them handily. Very rewarding not to get dropped, and to have taken pulls and bridged as well.
The more I ride, the more I feel like I'm getting a lost piece of myself back.
Over the weekend I had a new experience. I got to ride the bike in a Fourth of July parade! It was only a three mile course, but so slow we spent a lot of time circling and waving, ringing bells...
I rode the 12 mile route to the parade location and back, so I suppose , what 30 miles?
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
52 miles in N'west Ohio on Saturday.
Back has been killing me ever since, although the rest of me never felt better.
19 miles of gentle rollers today. Back still hurts, but not as bad. Appointment with the physical therapist tomorrow. Bummer.
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Wednesday 7/08/09... Temp 90 feels like 97 and humidity 55%.
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Todays distance 34.02 (s)miles
Total distance this mo. 206.74 (s)miles
Total distance this yr. 3456.40 (s)miles
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it's raining now,but day isn't over yet!!
Yeah, I wanted to get out for a short ride but it's been showering on and off today with temps in the upper 60s in the valley.
I did a 39 mile ride after work yesterday, starting from home. It was hot, but not as hot as today.
On a 200k permanent on Sunday, I slowed down to stay with a friend who was struggling. This rider is usually much stronger than me, but hadn't ridden a 200k in several months.
It was a role reversal, as on a 300k two weeks earlier, and a 200k the week before that, it was me who was wiped out by the heat, and someone else dropped back to stay with me. Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug...
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IM a wounded bird ready to try flying again/ KenKayak
Hello The Weak Link/Any one who rode in Maine today and didnt have to is a better man than me Gungerdin/ But my training has gone well and my Passport card came[the only trouble is thay got my birthdate in march wrong///Im not for another 6 weeks for them to correct it.Im actually at a point where if I dont ride at all in the day in rumpy and cross with myself./Kenneth
We went out yesterday evening on the tandem. It was 100 F when we passed by the downtown square. After about 6 miles Mrs. M was really showing the heat, so we turned around and stopped at a park to cool down. When we got back to town the temp showed to be 104 F.
We went back home and opened a bottle of wine. We thought about frying eggs on the sidewalk.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."......C.S. Lewis
HELLO Monoborracho Well we made 50f in the rain in Maine//Im feeling mouldy/Kenneth
THats moveing down the road Allegheny Jet I wouldnt want to go down in a crowd at that speed.Bad enough down the slope alone/Kenneth
Rode today - thunder boomers in the afternoon so my planned big climb turned into hill repeats and intervals on a lesser hill 5 min from my house. Charged the hill over and over again sprinting up in the big chain ring at max effort and then coasting and rolling for about 5 min and then up again. A good workout and one I think I will do again. If the weather is OK in the AM an 18 mile speed run before work and then rest Friday, a 70 mile fast paced club ride on Sat. Next week it's 5 hrs in the Aluminum tube for a week of meetings in San Francisco. No biking - maybe some time on the hotel stationary bike.
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