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Old 03-09-14, 01:11 AM   #176
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Thanks for the response man!

So, turns out there are three bikes. A Specialized Mountain, Trek LS(With bolt on aerobars, my friend says otherwise it's a fine road bike and not actually tri-specific), and a Specialized city bike, 10 speed.
I've taken the 10 speed down to our gym and started running it around the 1.25 Mile course we have laid out in the neighborhood. I forgot how much fun riding a bike is.
The bike I grew up with was fixed gear so shifting was new today. That makes life quite a bit easier.

Right now I'm just going to start peddling around the gym when I have downtime and get some mileage under me before I develop any real training plan. I've sent out some emails to local listed coaches. There's one who specializes in track. Hopefully I'll hear back.

When I get the Trek sorted out I'm going to take it over to the mellowdrome and get some baseline metrics in. It's only 2 Miles +/- from out gym so I'll be able to get over there quite a bit.

Appreciate the warm welcome!

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Hi and welcome to the sport and to the forum!

First off, riding any bike is good, but a tri bike in aerobars can be dangerous to ride in the city in traffic. Don't be the guy heads-down in aerobars trying to negotiate traffic. That's dumb. Also, as a new racer, you won't use aerobars much if at all your first season.

You will need to get some basic bike fitness and handling skills. There are a few options:

- Buy a used road bike to start riding on the road till you start on the track.
- Buy a track bike and ride on the velodrome several days a week. That's what I did my first season because I didn't own a road bike. I only owned a track bike and I rode on the velodrome 3-5 days/week after work. You'll eventually need a track bike, so why not get it now?
- See if the guy will give you the bike. If so you can maybe put a riser stem on it and inexpensive shifters and convert it to a road bike.


Many lift 2-3x/week during the off-season combined with bike workouts (using a home trainer or on the road) and then when the season starts, trade one of the gym days for a race day at the track.

You don't have to ride super long distances. Just ride
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I went to kessina velodrome last year and had a great time. I decided I wanted to do some racing during the '04 season and started ramping up my training. I got an older computrainer and did the basic tests and began an program to prepare for the season. It's been a few years since I last raced and my expectations are modest. Fun.

I think I am on schedule.
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I am guessing you meant '14 not '04, if not you need to speed things up...lol. Hope to see at Kissena.

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I went to kessina velodrome last year and had a great time. I decided I wanted to do some racing during the '04 season and started ramping up my training. I got an older computrainer and did the basic tests and began an program to prepare for the season. It's been a few years since I last raced and my expectations are modest. Fun.

I think I am on schedule.
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Old 03-13-14, 10:26 AM   #179
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I had a stomach bug that drained me for several days. Even low-intensity rollers and spin bike felt awful. I spent that time working on my bike fit (thanks to the suggestions from you guys) and reading training methodology info. Even though I was low on energy and electrolytes, the days off allowed my muscles to recover more than usual. When I went to the gym again last night, I felt remarkably fresh. I didn't push it and just kept the weights moderate.

By the way, I knew that I was over the bug when I had an unyeilding craving for bacon and eggs at 2AM one morning. Before that, I ate like a bird for 4 days.
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I went to kessina velodrome last year and had a great time. I decided I wanted to do some racing during the '04 season and started ramping up my training. I got an older computrainer and did the basic tests and began an program to prepare for the season. It's been a few years since I last raced and my expectations are modest. Fun.

I think I am on schedule.
Frank, are you racing this year? It would be great to see you and even greater to compete against you.
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I am guessing you meant '14 not '04, if not you need to speed things up...lol. Hope to see at Kissena.
old guys need a long warm-up! LOL

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Yes, I will be racing this season (2014) and expecting tons of fun! I may head up to Bromont also if the budget holds out.
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Our regional champs are taking place over the weekend. Its going to be great, looking forward to some hard racing. seem to be peaking nicely
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Our regional champs are taking place over the weekend. Its going to be great, looking forward to some hard racing. seem to be peaking nicely
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Our regional champs are taking place over the weekend. Its going to be great, looking forward to some hard racing. seem to be peaking nicely
Good luck and have fun!
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I always thought that when pros drop out of a tour due to illness it was just some excuse for something else. Until I tried to race while sick once, and realized how useless you can be on a bike when even kind of sick. Nothing is worse than trying to put an effort out in that state.


Im finishing week 5 of 7 in Arizona. Fatigue is starting to really accumulate, especially as I start pushing the intensity up. FTP is definitely up, average power on rides is a lot higher than usual. Going to focus on vo2 the next 2 weeks, full rest week and then my two 'A' road races are mid April.
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file transfer protocol?
frontotemporal dementia?
full term pregnancy?
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Functional Threshold Power = the steady state power you could do for an hour. Or roughly what is your aerobic capacity. Quickly degenerates into power/weight and confusing the Schleck brothers as ideal body forms.
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Training Status: Learning to Pedal all over again.

Like, from scratch.
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Training Status: Learning to Pedal all over again.

Like, from scratch.
Ok, sooo.... expound? intrigued.
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Ok, sooo.... expound? intrigued.
Over the past year, I've changed:
- Crank length
- Saddle setback
- Saddle height
- Foot angle

Which dramatically affected my muscle recruitment and even more dramatically, my high RPM timing.

I'm still making adjustment just this week.
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Oh, and I changed my cleat position a lot, too...
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Cleat position too? How so? More aft? I'm pretty in the dark as far as the cleat wisdom goes.
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I used the Big Boy cog today at the track for some Flying Laps...I damn-near passed out, literally. I got that woozy feeling you get when you do a PB squat.



12t is not for the faint of heart

...and apparently, it's time to clean my equipment.
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Oof, dat 12t.

Today I participated in my second ever sprint tournament. Did better than I thought I would. It looks like watching match sprint videos helped me out tactically! Having a rad coach helped a bunch too.
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12t is not for the faint of heart
yeh- ive never even shifted to mine on my road bike... and i ride a compact
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Oof, dat 12t.

Today I participated in my second ever sprint tournament. Did better than I thought I would. It looks like watching match sprint videos helped me out tactically! Having a rad coach helped a bunch too.
Not only are you naturally quick, young Skywalker, you also seem to have a knack for the tactical side. The Force is strong in this one.
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I used the Big Boy cog today at the track for some Flying Laps...I damn-near passed out, literally. I got that woozy feeling you get when you do a PB squat.

12t is not for the faint of heart

...and apparently, it's time to clean my equipment.
80 rpm?
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80 rpm?
Hahaha close. I was happy to get it over 100

I call these efforts: "Rolling Single-Leg Squats".
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I WENT FOR A RIDE OUTSIDE TODAY
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Quite the opposite of 12t, I did some kilo intervals and I never got out of 88"... too much fatigue from Saturday's road ride. Was a good weekend combo, though.
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