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Old 02-05-18, 01:39 PM
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I did 100 miles on the trainer yesterday. It sucked and I cannot imagine ever wanting to do that again.
What kind of route did you pick for this?

I was contemplating a metric century myself, but then I went with my wife to her sister's house to watch you know what. So that never happened. I still don't feel like I have the seat dialed in quite right for anything quite that long..
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What kind of route did you pick for this?

I was contemplating a metric century myself, but then I went with my wife to her sister's house to watch you know what. So that never happened. I still don't feel like I have the seat dialed in quite right for anything quite that long..
London I initially picked Greatest London Flat which includes the “flat” new road between Box and the new Hill. Thought it would just let me do that loop until I wanted to stop. Turns out that after you finish the loop once it changes route and sends you over to climb the hills on repeat. So once I got back to my start point I just kept manually turning at appropriate spots to do a loop that was pretty flat. My legs were tired at start of ride and I had to will myself to keep going

If you haven’t done Metric you might want to consider doing it via 25 Laps of Volcano. That knocks out a few badges and earns serious points.
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Longest I successfully spent on the trainer was doing the Pretzel on Watopia, 45 miles which took about 2.5 hours. It was absolutely grueling. I don't know how people do it day after day. A century on the road is easier than 45 miles on the trainer.
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A century on the road is easier than 45 miles on the trainer.
Totally agree.
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If you haven’t done Metric you might want to consider doing it via 25 Laps of Volcano. That knocks out a few badges and earns serious points.
I already have the 5 and 10 lap and the 40km. The only thing to pick up in there is the 25 and the metric century. Had I been home, that's what I might have attempted, but even 10 laps around that thing wasn't that much fun.

I am about halfway through level 9 right now. A metric century would put me over, but my butt just can't stand that much time in the saddle. At the rate I am going I will be in the jungle in a couple of weeks.
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My problem with Zwift is that I treated it like real life-- I ride solo on the road, I rode solo in Zwift. On the few occasions where I stumbled into a group ride, it was a lot easier and more entertaining to get laps in. I did 5 laps of the Volcano in the middle of a 40+ member group ride, and of course shattered every segment PR I had set over the previous week. The Super-Mario-level drafting in Zwift is spectacular. Anyone who ever claims that the slipstream isn't that powerful has lied about their height and weight on their Zwift profile. For me it was like a turbocharger.
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Got the Emonda dealt with today. New long cage Ultegra rear derailleur, new chain, new 11spd 11-32 cassette. Found the rear hub was LOOSE and fixed that. Put my bars I had on Madone on the Emonda (42cm vs 40cm) and configuration of bars and drops way better. New Fizik Metallic Blue tape.



Not sure if you can see difference in bars with this photo
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shorter reach bars? plus compact drops
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I also prefer shorter reach bars. Found this out inadvertently last year riding a friend's vintage bike, I was in pain after just 20 miles. Came home and put it side by side with my bike and immediately notice the big difference in the bars.
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Had no idea what "reach" meant until now. Riding in drops on this bike was hard for me. The position of the hoods made it difficult to reach the brake levers when in drops and my wrists hit the tops on the curve. So much better now. I have these bars on my Domane too. They have flat tops too which I like. I can't wait for Palm Springs. The new cassette will help me spin up hills more than I have been able to with 11-28 cassette.
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it's a big change, i'm glad it's more main stream on new bikes these days. Before I'd have to swap to 3T ergosum bars to get the short reach and drop I like. I'm glad my new pinarello came like this. another hundred bucks saved

Its removes about 15-25mm of "reach" to the hoods and braking points whiles in the drop, all without having to change stem. over longer rides they are just more comfy and I can be a bit more upright in my aggressive bike fitting. I don't have to shift hand positions as often.
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I was wondering why the Emonda felt so stretched out to me in general. Thinking I will be way more comfortable now. It has the stem I had on Madone (if I had been thinking at time I would have had shop swap my bars too when they were setting it up). I had the Fizik metallic blue shop already. Bought it to put on the Bianchi but when I sold the Bianchi it just sat there. With the metallic blue on the Emonda...the bar wrap looks really nice IMHO.
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got out today for 14.6 in 46 degree weather with light wind. I am thankful for my bib tights my wife bought me. All in all it was easier than I had built up in my brain to just get out and go.

I did stop after 12 miles at my mother-in-law's for a 20 minute visit (she is on home hospice with cancer), and then head home.

All in all a good ride. Did turn the stem just a bit as it was a tad bit out of alignment with my front tire, and rotated the bars down just a tad (I replaced the stem and am dialing it in).
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look who I ran into on my ride today! @Beachgrad05 good times today but there was some somber news on the course. One person doesn't get to come home tonight....

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Glad you had a good ride, tragic news about the rider killed and another injured.
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Hey, thanks for the pic! Nice to help visualize my online buddies!

Beachgrad, I don't know if it's just that you're posing for the picture, but it looks to me like your arm position (elbows locked, shoulders rolled forward) would be uncomfortable over long periods. Just something to consider, I'm no bike fitter!

I am all the time on the bike having realizing that I'm clenching my shoulders, and force myself to relax them. Maybe that means I have bike fit issues too (on my longest rides, my shoulders end up the worst-feeling part of my body)
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@RubeRad I think it's just the camera angle I had it at. The others in the photo series shows her left arm bent, i'd assume the right arm is in same position. But I liked this photo the best in the series. Mind you we're riding along at 15mph or so. My on handed camera skills can be dicey riding next to the gutters edge Its was good to see a familiar face, I'd been riding alone for near the entire 68mile to this point. Ironic since there are thousands doing the century route
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I noted the arm position too. Fatigue may have played role but I was also trying to pay attention to going straight while looking at camera.
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I noted the arm position too. Fatigue may have played role but I was also trying to pay attention to going straight while looking at camera.
How were the new bars and shorter reach for you?
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Wow, it actually RAINED here at my house this evening. It absolutely poured - for all of 20 seconds. That's it, done! Love SoCal weather!

In other news got my new Niner gravel bike today. I'd post a pic, but I used to use Photobucket and haven't set up anything else.

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ya, switch to imgur... it's easy enough.

I had to pick my son up from swim tryouts at 7pm downtown and I got pounded by rain but it was very localized.

I discovered the flattish top short/shallow bars a few years ago - I actually wish they were a little longer on my roubaix but they're just fantastic on my new bike. I put some old ergo bars on my steel project bike and it feels like holding on to a skinny little wire. Blech.
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How were the new bars and shorter reach for you?

The bars felt much better. I could use the drops and feel good.


Fatique hit me hard after mile 65 tho and Jsiogone caught me about mile 70 I think. My legs were tired. I was having a bit of pain. My stomach was not happy from watered down Gatorade (I don't normally drink Gatorade). I had been riding with a trio of folks from just after lunch stop to almost the next pit stop and then I started out with them after pit but quickly lost contact. My legs just wouldn't pedal any faster. I had hoped Zwift had gotten me into better shape than I am in. I guess it could have been worse w/o Zwift. This was only my 4th ride outdoors since surgery. There is no WIND in Zwift and it felt like there was wind everywhere. It wasn't crazy wind but it was there and I felt it. I never really felt a good tailwind either.


My seat turned out to be off set with nose pointing stlightly to the right...resulting in me getting a minor saddle sore.
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4th outdoor ride since surgery, and it was a century, I'd call that well done. Wind is always a factor, even on a relatively calm day.

I remember having a bit of a low between 67-80 miles on the Palm Springs ride. I'm not a big Gatorade fan either. Prefer H2O and Nuun for electrolytes (no sugar) if needed on warmer riders. I'd rather take calories with less direct sugar. I used Hammer Perpetuem on Breathless Agony and the Cool Breeze Double Metric. Mostly because I was starting real early so did not eat a lot of calories before riding, wanted to be able fuel a bit during the first segments.
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My new gravel/road bike - Niner RLT RDO 4-Star:

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There is no WIND in Zwift and it felt like there was wind everywhere. It wasn't crazy wind but it was there and I felt it. I never really felt a good tailwind either.
the wind was steady and seemed to be head wind no matter which way the course turned, the few times the wind got soft in my ear buds and I can hear the music better, we turned off in a different direction quickly. I tried to maintain a decent endurance tempo, 200-220 watts or under 160bpm, and refused to chase down anyone. Figured I'd catch them eventually I rode solo most of the ride, some tried to latch my wheel but

jimmy nice NINER! I want steel version or RDO when ever I upgrade/change out my fuji disc CX rig
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