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Old 08-31-11, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
Due to lack of coin, i am skipping GMSR. Sucks, as it was THE goal of my year, especially given my early season knee injury. Bah.

That said, went for a group ride last night. One of the riders has been kicking my ass for years, and last night I rode him off my wheel at will while doing tempo. Between that, my experiences in the few races I've done while fit this year, and timing myself up climbs, it's safe to say that I am miles ahead of where I've ever been before.

I've only ridden 5.5 of the last 12 months...The goal at this point is to actually ride through the fall for once, and keep my fitness (and snap) through base, so I can go forth and murder in the spring. I basically start every year back at square one; my first ride of 2011 was 1.5hrs @ 17mph on flat ground, and I felt like I was going to die. Having never ridden a year without taking at least a few months off (seriously, never), it'll be interesting to see how much the consistency in training benefits the next year's fitness.

Care to pin it on what you believe has pushed you over that edge? I'm sure it's buried somewhere in the last 300-400 pages of this thread but I only just started following this one a bit. Something like 'The Next Level' training - where did I see that? Here or the wattage group I'll bet. I'm looking for stuff to try since I'm now forced off the coach due to - you guessed it - lack of coin.
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Old 08-31-11, 12:57 PM
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1:30 lunch ride with two teammates. Nothing exciting but a nice ride. Winding down tomorrow and Friday for Saturday's races.
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Old 08-31-11, 02:01 PM
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Yesterday - off + got some kind of digestive tract issues and didn't really eat much of anything for dinner.
Today - innards feeling a bit better and did an easy lower end endurance ride. Legs felt good.
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Old 08-31-11, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Doggus View Post
Care to pin it on what you believe has pushed you over that edge? I'm sure it's buried somewhere in the last 300-400 pages of this thread but I only just started following this one a bit. Something like 'The Next Level' training - where did I see that? Here or the wattage group I'll bet. I'm looking for stuff to try since I'm now forced off the coach due to - you guessed it - lack of coin.
Large base + lots of kill yourself intervals is basically what I did. Would find hills and climb them as fast as possible. Pyramid intervals. Attack every steep pitch on a hill rides. 2x20's. etc, etc, etc.

less drinking, more consistent riding. less partying, more focus.
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Old 08-31-11, 04:02 PM
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I should also mention that while it was definitely the base + kill yourself rides that got me as fit as I am, I wasn't riding as well as I currently am until I incorporated more rest into my training regime. Whereas I put in a 1000mi build month in July, I've pulled back to 10hrs/wk in August and am absolutely flying.

So, as all the books will say:

base
build
ease up and stay fresh for races

Should also say that despite all the time I've taken off this year (forced and drinking), it was the work I did last year that helped me return to my best, and then surpass it. **** builds up.
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Old 08-31-11, 06:19 PM
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2nd to last semester of grad school. I work from 8am to 9pm every day between my 3 classes and research. I haven't gone on what I would call a training ride since Saturday, and I don't think my 4 mile round trip commute is enough.

Luckily I'm going on a group ride tomorrow, and I'm starting an experiment that has a 100 hour run time on Friday, so I'll have the weekend to do homework and ride.

Edit: I can only imagine how people like Psimet can handle a job and do the wheelbuilding on the side. Props to you guys.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by echappist View Post
B, are the foundations mostly spared?
yep. structural engineer checks it out tomorrow.
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Old 09-01-11, 05:36 AM
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yep. structural engineer checks it out tomorrow.
best thing I've seen here in a few days. TKP's stuff is good too.

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Old 09-01-11, 06:16 AM
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yep. structural engineer checks it out tomorrow.
Great to hear.
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Old 09-01-11, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
Great to hear.
Ditto.

Took the day off the bike. Traded the time to get out of work early and go with my daughter to watch one of her friends who made the middle school soccer team play tonight. Good trade off...

Though, since the last race my TSB is rising nicely ...

May or may not go out and do an easy short ride tomorrow and then I'll be doing a flat century charity ride on Saturday.

Need to be careful not to let myself veg out too much now that the season is over. I have to admit I have had very little desire to go hard this last week.
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Old 09-01-11, 08:56 AM
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2x20 PR...not sure where that came from but I'll take it.
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Old 09-01-11, 09:54 AM
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Tuesday - 3 minute intervals w/ the first one being a PR by about 10 watts
yesterday- 3 hours w/ 3x15's, first two were back up near what I was doing before natz...if I can get a bit more improvement in the next month before the State TT, I should be in good shape (pun intended)
Today - counting my commute as 20 min, so 40 minutes z1 this evening
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Old 09-01-11, 01:49 PM
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training status -

retired my 53t till march.
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Old 09-01-11, 03:55 PM
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51mi, 2:30, 3800ft of climbing. 2 sustained 4-5mi climbs along the ride. Endurance pace.

Didn't drink enough and so started to feel it a bit near the end, but it really wasn't too bad.
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Old 09-01-11, 04:02 PM
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First training ride in 8 days: short warm-up, 1 hour low end of SST, cool down.

I thought that I had gotten past the sciatica symptoms with a lot of unplanned for rest the last month or so (too much work got in the way). As soon as I got home I was feeling that tingling sensation running down my legs. Crap. Maybe I need to ditch the bike for a month.
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Old 09-01-11, 05:55 PM
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Some Threshold for bursts between lights during the commute to and from work today. Just over an hour at 90 TSS. Ouch.
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Old 09-01-11, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
First training ride in 8 days: short warm-up, 1 hour low end of SST, cool down.

I thought that I had gotten past the sciatica symptoms with a lot of unplanned for rest the last month or so (too much work got in the way). As soon as I got home I was feeling that tingling sensation running down my legs. Crap. Maybe I need to ditch the bike for a month.
Saw you riding north on 441 while I was waiting at 441 and Williston. If I hadn't been on a recovery ride I'd have chased you down and said hey!
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Old 09-02-11, 04:36 AM
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you need to update your cat-1-ometer.
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Old 09-02-11, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by kensuf View Post
you need to update your cat-1-ometer.
I do need to, except I think I may lose a few cause I think one of the early season races which I did wasn't USCF sanctioned
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Old 09-02-11, 07:19 AM
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58 road miles yesterday on the cross bike with a lot of climbing. This bike fits differently than the road bike and I end up using different muscle groups. I'm beat.
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Old 09-02-11, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by veloboy971 View Post
Saw you riding north on 441 while I was waiting at 441 and Williston. If I hadn't been on a recovery ride I'd have chased you down and said hey!
By that point in the ride your recovery rate would have chased me down.

I should have waited and done the Hipp Ride. Jimmy Sanders and Monosmith pulled an awesome prank on the group. It would have been fun to see it. Look in the "twitter" thread for a recap.
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Old 09-02-11, 09:16 AM
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2 x 20' before work this morning.
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An hour 20' with 4x10' in the middle.

Last intervals of the season, and good riddance. I've done nothing but interval workouts since coming off an injury four weeks ago and I am mentally fried. Never did get my superthreshold sufferability back, so I'm not sure I'd go this route again. One more race this season and then it's nothing but blissful Z2 and tempo until the snow flies.
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Old 09-02-11, 01:36 PM
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An hour 20' with 4x10' in the middle.

Last intervals of the season, and good riddance. I've done nothing but interval workouts since coming off an injury four weeks ago and I am mentally fried. Never did get my superthreshold sufferability back, so I'm not sure I'd go this route again. One more race this season and then it's nothing but blissful Z2 and tempo until the snow flies.
man i was amazed at how much one well placed crash that took me off the bike for about a week just derailled all my momentum and rhythm this year.

need to have a better plan in place for recovering and training after a crash i guess.

i was basically worthless for the second half of my season, and i got really mentally psyched out by not really knowing what the best recovery was.

in retrospect i lost too much base and should have gone back and done a couple of weeks of long z2 and z3 efforts but instead i went back into intervals and never found my endurance again.
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Old 09-02-11, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by badhat View Post
training status -

retired my 53t till march.
I retired my 53t also. Problem was the only new chainring I had laying around was a 55t for the tandem. So now I'm rocking a 55/44 combo.

My goal is to hit high top speeds on descents. Everything else is gravy, i.e. making it to the top of hills.

I rode for the first time in a week two nights ago, horrible ride. Yesterday I was starving like I rode a zillion miles. Rode again last night, got dizzy/weak 20 min in (like a bonk), then recovered and did an abbreviated effort - 1x5min (I jest - it's just what I did, I know it's not a functional thing). First time I felt like working in a while. I'm really bad on the bike right now.
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