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Old 08-19-16, 03:17 PM
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It's cheaper to fly to Thailand and get custom clothes than it is to get a nice suit in America.

My custom suit was like $100.
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speaking of faculty positions, how did things pan out in the end? I would infer from the above that your job is secure for the foreseeable future? If so, congrats.
Well, I'm still on a year to year contract, but my state's budget cuts didn't result in the loss of my position. My chair wanted to convert me over to tenure track (in part so my position - whether or not I'm in it - can't be lost to future budget cuts), but the department faculty didn't agree. I was a spousal hire that got the job so that my wife would agree to work here. My contract says I'll be non-tenure track but eligible for transition to tenure track if the department agrees.

Unfortunately, the dean doesn't think term faculty need to be doing research (and it's hard without being able to take grad students as I'm only year to year), so she wants me to be 80% or more teaching (4 large classes a semester) which would mean I won't have time to do any research (the other 20% is meeting with students, advising, committees, other service) and I'll never have the body of work to convince the department to switch me to tenure track. My chair is trying to negotiate with her that I only have 70% teaching so I have at least some time to do research. Right now that means 3 classes a semester. This semester I have one of 20, one of 80, and one of 340.
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so, theoretically, if i ride way up on the nose of the saddle for anything above z4, should I just go ahead and move the saddle forward? or is this is a sign my saddle is too high? or is this totally normal?
My philosophy has always been to optimize my bike for racing. This meant sliding the seat forward because I spend most of my racing life either on the nose of the saddle or out of it.

Therefore I slid my saddle forward, more forward, more forward.

I found that when I slid my saddle forward beyond a certain point it was just too far forward. I found myself pushing myself back on the saddle. So I moved it back a bit. I still sit way up front when under pressure but I sit further back a bit when it's not quite hard.
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It's cheaper to fly to Thailand and get custom clothes than it is to get a nice suit in America.
Same for a facelift!
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Same for a facelift!
So that's why you don't look your RA?
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I used to have to wear suits when I worked at a hotel, considering what I was paid, it was pretty big burden. I personally enjoy looking sharp.

We are khakis and polos here, with casual Fridays, though I do work at home 2 days a week. My issue with casual days is some see it as an invitation not to shower or show up disheveled. That's probably the military background talking though.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
and yes, i know this is where "on the rivet" comes from.

i wasn't being coy when i posed that question earlier.

what i've observed is that some riders really struggle to make power in certain (productive) phases of the pedal stroke.

i'm not talking about that pedaling circles BS or scraping off your shoe.

if you are one of these riders, or a rider who has an imbalance between glute and quad (which helps in starting the pedal stroke at the earliest possible spot where putting power down is effective), then you'll tend to scoot forward. you can mitigate this by moving the saddle forward (and up!), but some rider/saddle combinations will have a person *always* scooting further forward.

without knowing much of anything real about you, my guess is that you might be a bit quad-heavy in your pedal stroke and are trying to reduce any hip impingement when you are pushing hard. you are doing what you can to have as straight a leg as possible higher up in the pedal stroke.

how do you fare with 20' @ 88-95% deep in the drops? aside from normal discomfort in a long interval, is this impossible for you, physically?

these are the things i'd think about. i'd have to see you and/or look at data from specific intervals to say anything more with some degree of certainty.
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I have (had) and anterior pelvic tilt which has attributed towards a myriad of issues, one of them being my glutes don't fire correctly. After tearing an adductor, I'm finally taking real issues to resolve it (yoga, strengthening).

Anyway, to my real point, isn't the 'best' pedal stroke putting most of your effort in the downstroke (2-5 o'clock) and preventing the upstroke from providing negative force (i.e. moving the legs up fast enough so they don't provide negative force?)

I'm just curious if that's what your referring to in regards to pedal stroke (I read the above from a study after hours of researching).
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I've been thinking about pedal stroke a bit more after a discussion in a different forum. Someone pointed out that I actually have a pretty poor pedal stroke relatively speaking, that there were some corrective things I could do to improve it. I always thought I had a decent pedal stroke so the comment was pretty illuminating. I confused "smooth" with "good". For me this is stuff to think about for next year.
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I continue to be amazed by how many of my coworkers do not wash their hands after using the restroom.
Same here. 1 is a big shot.
I think it might be fun at the next company meeting, to publicly compliment him on his environmentalism for not wasting water by flushing the urinal or washing his hands.

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Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
I have (had) and anterior pelvic tilt which has attributed towards a myriad of issues, one of them being my glutes don't fire correctly. After tearing an adductor, I'm finally taking real issues to resolve it (yoga, strengthening).

Anyway, to my real point, isn't the 'best' pedal stroke putting most of your effort in the downstroke (2-5 o'clock) and preventing the upstroke from providing negative force (i.e. moving the legs up fast enough so they don't provide negative force?)

I'm just curious if that's what your referring to in regards to pedal stroke (I read the above from a study after hours of researching).
pretty brief, but, yes, "pulling up" (except in rare circumstances) is not a good thing, nor is "spinning circles", "scraping mud off the shoe".

i would say it as getting the non-power-leg out of the way as fast as possible is the key goal for it.

most people are putting max power into the pedals at ~2-5 o'clock; part of that is because they think they are starting their pedal stroke at 12 or 1. try starting your stroke at 11. you won't be able to do it, but the natural lag might get you closer to putting true power in ~1.

folks with a power meter will see an increase in power.

sustainable? well, you need to train yourself for it.
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Yea, well you answered the training with power pose. Circles remains the popular thought to be best pedaling method - it seems.
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i would say it as getting the non-power-leg out of the way as fast as possible is the key goal for it.
So that's basically 'lifting'/'unweighting' the 'other leg' if not pulling. I wonder if one could slap on a Pioneer PM (can any other PMs do this? Garmin Vectors and Powertap P1s should be also able to do this right?) and see how well one unweights. Has anyone tried this?

I have a pretty poor L-R balance (43-57 as shown by my p2m - I know, it's estimated but I believe it shouldn't be too far off since I have some weird issue with my left hip). I have considered getting a Pioneer just to geek out on the pedal stroke analysis to better understand this.
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Went for a ride in a teammate's car. 460hp, 0-60 in about 3.7s according to him. I haven't even Googled the specs on the car. Although I technically drove a car that was "faster" I never goosed it because it wasn't mine. He goosed it hard a few times, the longest for maybe 7 seconds? Then he stopped and let me drive it. I couldn't bring myself to do more than about 50-55 in it.

Apparently my body is scared of cars that fast because I was shaking with adrenaline after the short drive.
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So speaking as someone who has played around with my fit a bunch and gone from "On the rivet" style saddle positions to a much more "normal" one. Many people put their saddles too high. I slowly messed around with saddle height and setback until I hit a point where it felt I could do the old 'scrape your shoe' pedal stroke. I think that a lot of people think their saddle should be higher than it actually should be.
@mike868y Try dropping your saddle and sliding it backwards a bit. My approach is to get to the point where the "scrape" part of the pedal stroke become easy to put power into. I still slide forward on my saddle when I go IAB but I am really just trying to rotate my entire body forward in that case. See if down and back achieves the same thing.
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
Went for a ride in a teammate's car. 460hp, 0-60 in about 3.7s according to him. I haven't even Googled the specs on the car. Although I technically drove a car that was "faster" I never goosed it because it wasn't mine. He goosed it hard a few times, the longest for maybe 7 seconds? Then he stopped and let me drive it. I couldn't bring myself to do more than about 50-55 in it.

Apparently my body is scared of cars that fast because I was shaking with adrenaline after the short drive.
And you call yourself a sprinter! Bah!
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
Went for a ride in a teammate's car. 460hp, 0-60 in about 3.7s according to him. I haven't even Googled the specs on the car. Although I technically drove a car that was "faster" I never goosed it because it wasn't mine. He goosed it hard a few times, the longest for maybe 7 seconds? Then he stopped and let me drive it. I couldn't bring myself to do more than about 50-55 in it.

Apparently my body is scared of cars that fast because I was shaking with adrenaline after the short drive.
Cars are getting silly fast. It's just unusable on the road.

I've only got about 300 at the wheels (maybe 350 bhp) and I rarely ever put my foot down.

Slow car fast is more fun than fast car slow as they say.
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Originally Posted by tetonrider View Post

sustainable? well, you need to train yourself for it.
...and change your CV output
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Cars are getting silly fast. It's just unusable on the road.

I've only got about 300 at the wheels (maybe 350 bhp) and I rarely ever put my foot down.

Slow car fast is more fun than fast car slow as they say.
I agree.

This car was probably literally the fastest car I've been in. If not then it's the fastest I've been in since maybe 1995-2000, when I got rides in various exotic cars that were probably not as fast but some probably approached it. The scariest one was a 2002 with an M3 (E46?) drivetrain, that was absolutely nutty but I don't think as fast.

I was thinking on the way home, driving our 140 hp TDI, with mushy steering and wallowing all over the place, that the manual gives up a solid half second 0-60 (at least), the car gets close to the limit at 0.85G, etc, but I could push limits and survive a mistake.

That other car, couldn't survive a mistake.

My old car was a 350Z, which realistically didn't make the advertised 287hp (because 220-230 at the wheels means it made more like 270). I could pull 1 G on the wider tires, 0.9 Gs on exit ramps without really pushing it (based on a G-Tech RR). That, too, was a car that a mistake would have been disastrous, and it took me years to get comfortable pushing it a bit. I suppose a track day would have accelerated that to a week but whatever, driving it on the streets, pushing a bit more here, pushing a bit more there...

I also thought about what it takes to drive F1 or LMP1 (Lemans) or any nutty all out race cars. Even this relatively tame street car (no 1000 hp, no 2.3 second 0-60, yada yada) was just so visceral, so primal, it really got me in some place I didn't know I had, or maybe I forgot I had. I can't imagine driving F1 cars. And they're tame now, according to one driver (Alonso?). He said he used to be absolutely crushed after 75-80 laps in one of the older cars because you drove them flat out, no babying anything. Now according to him 160 laps on a test day is no big deal physically. I drove a Formula Ford (120 hp?) and I couldn't keep the helmet off the roll cage after a few laps. Karts, the fourth 8 minute heat I was like a fish in the seat, just flopping side to side, my core was destroyed (but I had my best time).

The whole rush is starting to wear off now, 2 hours later. Heh.
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It's funny, I have a BMW 128 and my buddy had the turbocharged 135. I kind of wished I had gotten the 135 to have the additions 70hp. He always said he'd wished he'd gotten the 128. His comment was that he felt most of the power of the 135 couldn't be used due to speed limits and road conditions. He thought the less powerful 128 would have been more fun.
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I actually dread driving those 648hp Corvettes, even don't want to drive the 500hp models.
I had a guy complain the thing was "sputtering" at high rpm wide open throttle. Great, I'll just go zero to 90mph on a residential street to see if I can duplicate that.
Most likely he was bumping into the rev limiter. The last guy who had a similar gripe was just burning rubber at 65mph.
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The fastest car I've ever driven is either a Nissan GT-R, a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari F430 or an Audi R8. I don't feel like looking up which is faster, but I suspect it's the GT-R. I drove them all on a track, I can't imagine driving any of those on the street. Even on the track the limits are laughably high. On the road they'd feel positively slow.

And none of those are as fast in a straight line as the new Z06 or a Hellcat or any number of the new high performance Mustangs or Camaros. Insane.
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lol, my current car is probably the fastest one I've ever driven and it's only got like 210HP. It's enough to chirp the tires and torque steer, I don't think I need anything crazier.
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So speaking as someone who has played around with my fit a bunch and gone from "On the rivet" style saddle positions to a much more "normal" one. Many people put their saddles too high. I slowly messed around with saddle height and setback until I hit a point where it felt I could do the old 'scrape your shoe' pedal stroke. I think that a lot of people think their saddle should be higher than it actually should be.
@mike868y Try dropping your saddle and sliding it backwards a bit. My approach is to get to the point where the "scrape" part of the pedal stroke become easy to put power into. I still slide forward on my saddle when I go IAB but I am really just trying to rotate my entire body forward in that case. See if down and back achieves the same thing.
While the "scrape your shoe" pedal stroke is, as @tetonrider points out, is kinda bogus, the point about saddle height is really important. It became conventional wisdom at some point that you need your saddle as high possible for maximum power. Something about less bend in the knee meaning more power. That's certainly true in terms of explosive power, you can't do your best vertical jump from a super-deep knee bend. But questionable for long-duration aerobic power. My right knee (actually the upper part of my gastrocnemius if you want to get technical) is very sensitive to saddle height - if I'm reaching 1-2 mm too far with that leg, I'm going to develop an issue in a couple of days. I probably end up with my saddle still a bit lower than the optimum, but I've found that you can put out plenty of power without having your saddle as high as possible.

I think @tetonrider's thoughts on quad/glute imbalance are worth thinking about, @mike868y. As are dz's thoughts on saddle height. Unlike teton, I've seen you pedal a lot, and as you know your style isn't very smooth. I would describe your style as very "stabby." You really make a violent, practically vertical downward motion. You're very much emphasizing the quad part of the pedal stroke, and you're visibly reaching on each leg every time - the rapid downward motion is consistent with trying to push through the max extension point at the bottom as rapidly as possible, probably because it's not a comfortable level of extension for your knee and/or hip. It's really clear that your leg extension is fairly extreme while pedaling. For that reason, I'm inclined to think you should consider saddle height and position before getting too worried about muscle imbalance - though maybe you should, which I'll get to in a sec. Anyway I've been able to observe you pedaling a lot in races this season and as I think about it, it's pretty plausible to me that your saddle isn't a little bit too high, but a LOT too high. As in, 5-10mm easily. So I think @dz_nuzz is right and you should really consider moving your saddle back and down, not up and forward. Once you've done that, you might well find that having your saddle in that position for so long has led to a quad/glute imbalance issue and you may find yourself needing to work on that. I doubt moving your saddle forward is going to do you any favors. I would put together a plumb bob and measure your saddle tip distance behind the BB and distance from KOPS while you're at it. Not because you should necessarily be at KOPS, but it would be helpful to have an idea of where you are.

Another thing you could think about, by the way, is crank length. Are you riding 165s or 170s?
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