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View Poll Results: What kind of ride should I do tomorrow?
Hill repeats. Ride Wibble Hill until you puke.
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Country roller ride.
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Hammer hard for an hour somewhere.
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0%
Go downtown to the MUP, put in two hours.
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Change of pace. Go mountain biking
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Sleep in.
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Am I being indecisive?

Old 05-05-09, 02:45 PM
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Am I being indecisive?

My cycling has progressed quicker than in years past. I've already done a 50 miler (this past weekend) and finished top ten in a local club ride. It was a 12 mile "recovery ride" and most people weren't racing about, but I was and I finished in the top ten. It's not my fault the others were slacking off.

Anyway, it's supposed to be nice in the morning and I'm scheduled to ride but can't make up my mind.

Tell me what to do.
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Do it!

Or not.
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Ride Wibble Hill for two hours with a MTB with deflated tires until you puke. That sounds like a lot of fun.
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Additional info on Wibble Hill so you can give me informed consent:

http://www.louisvillebicycleclub.org/climbs.htm

Some of you aren't voting. I'm lost without your input.
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I should have said Hill repeats- but I don't feel like doing them myself right now--And I wouldn't ask anyone to do anything I wouldn't do. But mountain biking--Is it wet where you live? Do you have any slippery 1 mile long 15% slopes to attempt?- and do you have enough time to do the ride after you have had a lie in?
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I voted for puking.
Do the right thing and carry a barf bag with you.
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I voted for puking.
I couldn't bring myself to vote for any other option ... at least as far as TWL is concerned.
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Ride your mountain bike until you are so tired you are unable to puke.
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The poll is flawed. I did not see anything I wanted to vote for.

However, I would suggest a 6%ish hill, 1/2 mile long and do 10 repeats. .3 miles at 8 to 9% is too steep and short. The objective of the longer easier climb is to maintain a 70 cadence preferably 75 up the hill. Whatever gear you start the first time up you must finish the 10th with. You may have to shift if the terrain is uneven but staying tough in the same gear through a steeper section is good. This will give you 5 miles of climbing at a cadence that will develop heart stroke volume. Pick a gear that will make this moderately hard but nowhere near puking. If you can only do 5, you are wussy but it is okay.
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O, what the heck. Country roller, that's what I'm doing.
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I voted go MTB'ing for a change of pace.
I do that and it is fun as well as a workout. In fact if I had more MTB trails I may do more than I do now. The thing with me is I have to drive to go MTB riding and I am not all that keen on that part of it. I really like single tracking in the woods.
And then in the evening you can do a 20 miler on the road bike to have a few miles on that as well!
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Better yet...ask the Endo nurses what they think. I am sure they will have a suggestion for a spry guy.
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You can't even decide whether you are indecisive?
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I'm not into racing. For me riding the MUP in downtown Louisville would much more entertaining particularly if there is a Skyline Chili nearby.
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Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
The poll is flawed. I did not see anything I wanted to vote for.

However, I would suggest a 6%ish hill, 1/2 mile long and do 10 repeats. .3 miles at 8 to 9% is too steep and short. The objective of the longer easier climb is to maintain a 70 cadence preferably 75 up the hill. Whatever gear you start the first time up you must finish the 10th with. You may have to shift if the terrain is uneven but staying tough in the same gear through a steeper section is good. This will give you 5 miles of climbing at a cadence that will develop heart stroke volume. Pick a gear that will make this moderately hard but nowhere near puking. If you can only do 5, you are wussy but it is okay.
Your recommendation is counter-intuitive (to me, at least), but you know what you're doing. There is a section of road before I get to Wibble Hill that would fit the bill. I was going to do it once or twice on the way, but I'll try getting in ten repeats.

How long should I take to rest between hill runs?
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Your recommendation is counter-intuitive (to me, at least), but you know what you're doing. There is a section of road before I get to Wibble Hill that would fit the bill. I was going to do it once or twice on the way, but I'll try getting in ten repeats.

How long should I take to rest between hill runs?
Well, I do not know you very well so this is just guesswork. By the time you coast back down 1/2 mile your HR should be below 120. If that is the case, do another repeat. What may happen is that as you do more climbs, the HR will stay up. You may rest at the bottom until it returns to 120. If you are not used to the higher cadence, this is going to be really hard so pick an easier gear. If it is too easy, pick the next one up. The last few will be tough. I am guessing it will take you 3 to 4 minutes to climb the hill. This exercise is great to build power and stamina and confidence to know that you can do these hills in a group ride situation.

The problem with the steep short hill is that the event is over too fast. I am betting you need more of this type of work for now. You can alway throw in shorter steeper climbs on another occasion.
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Thanks!

I really enjoy group rides and can wheelsuck with a vengeance until we hit hills at which time I get shelled.

I'll give it a try in the morning.
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Anyone who needs a poll to tell them if they are indecisive is...well, you know.
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Thanks!

I really enjoy group rides and can wheelsuck with a vengeance until we hit hills at which time I get shelled.

I'll give it a try in the morning.
One other thought...see how you are feeling after 5 repeats. If it seems okay then do a couple more. Watch your HR. If it is always falling rapidly and below 120 that is good. If it is staying up, after coasting down then you may want to consider cutting it short.

The reason I did not go short and steep is that it is hard to keep a high cadence. Riders tend to mash these hills so they are great for strength training but do not add as much to the cardiovascular system. What 50+ guys need is heart stroke volume and smooth spin. So once you can spin up these 5 to 6% grades, then you can move on to steeper hills and your heart and knees will be ready.
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It looks like the poll results are quite conclusive. They make it clear what your best option is.
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I saw no "pie" option, so I can't vote.
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