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Addiction - August 2012 addition

Old 08-21-12, 06:59 PM
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Can you say erection?
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So it seems. They keep saying it on TV, seems a bit surprising.
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Old 08-21-12, 07:10 PM
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This is entirely too long.

Originally Posted by RecceDG
I had the first set of bronze TE37s in North America, back in the day.

Anyhoo, listen up kiddies, 'cause I've got some seriously cool ****e to lay on you today:

A buddy's sister is doing a PhD on rehabilitation of paraplegics/quadriplegics/amputees and is trying to work out test protocols for a bunch of physical markers. I got volentold to be one of her control neutrals so I go through the same massive battery of tests - and I get the data.

So today we did the body scanner and a VO2Max test on a bike.

The body scanner uses a pair of very low power X-Rays at different frequencies. The difference in rate of absorption gives you density, and because it is 3D, you get volume too. It then cross-references densities against the known windows of density for different tissues, and you get proportions of each tissue type. Long story short, this thing can tell you exactly how much of you is bone, lean tissue, and fat - and it breaks it down by area of the body. It can tell you the bone density of individual bones - or even cross sections of individual bones.

And it can give you body fat percentage.

Well it turns out I have the hip bones of an 18 year old. That is offset somewhat by having the body fat percentage of a side of bacon - 22.1% Yurk! And it is spread pretty evenly through all my body parts, less my touque. 45 lbs of fat all told.

But this tells me my absolute minimum weight - at 0% body fat percentage, I'd be 165 lbs. That's not healthy, nor attainable. But 8% is reasonable, and that's 178lbs. So now I have a realistic and scientifically derived target weight. I've got a long way to go to get there.... but now I know for sure what that weight actually is.

Yes, yes, too fat for this sport - got it.

Then over to the bike for VO2Max. Their bike friggin' sucks; it's a piece of junk. Like an exercise bike you'd get at WalMart. Apparently it is the industry standard model and costs like $30k... but it's junk. Uncomfortable as all hell and crappy pedals.

Anyway, the test protocol is to make you breathe through that tube thingy that's the gas analyzer while they ramp op the load on the bike. 2 min at 50W then it goes up 2W every second.

I had my LT tested last year and it came out 270. I've been busting my ass and I think it's higher now - and the data shows it. I didn't really start working until it hit 350W

But then I started getting the leg burn and leg fatigue. I was also breathing pretty hard because you have to breath through that tiny little tube instead of the ram scoop that is my yapper, but it wasn't that deep-down, taste blood heaving rasp you get with a big finish at the end of a run. I wanted nothing more than to drop a gear, stop for a split second and clear out the lactate and keep going, but that's not the test protocol. So I got to 430W and popped.

I still had room aerobically... but it's their test...

By way of proof, max HR was only 163, and I'll see 173-174 on a Strava attack easy

Well, that VO2Max number turned out to be a 60.1, which is good - better than most NHL hockey players - but entry level for a pro cyclist. Thor apparently tested out in the low 80s.

The thing is, I don't think I actually reached VO2Max. I think there's more in me. So we're going to try again next week, but let me take little breaks to clear lactate and see if I can push more watts and drive the VO2 number higher. I think I can break 70 - but we'll see.

The other cool thing is there is a curve in the VO2 Max data... I forget what it is called, but it is a measure of the switchover between sympathetic and parasympathetic systems... I'm not a biologist, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night... Anyway, by looking at this curve they can estimate LT. It's not as accurate as a direct LT measurement, but apparently it is pretty good. Anyway, this test said LT is ~350W, which if anywhere near true, means I raised my LT like 80W this season. I don't trust that at all - I think it's too big a jump. So I have to have that tested soon.

Not bad for a 42 year old ******.

This **** is really cool.

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Old 08-21-12, 07:51 PM
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That works perfectly.

Good bike, good wheels, good car. From a possession standpoint, there's not much else you need.

Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Like sbxx would say, excellent.

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Ordered.



$1300 shipped, mounted, balanced, with tires, from a VW dealer in NJ.

Should hope to get around $600 for my stock rims. Not a bad deal.
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You could always save your stock rims, and put snow tires on them for winter.
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Blizzaks.
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Originally Posted by Soloist Assassin
You could always save your stock rims, and put snow tires on them for winter.
What winter?
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Either that or put R-Comp rubber on for track days.
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My photoshop skills are dismal.

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Originally Posted by Soloist Assassin
You could always save your stock rims, and put snow tires on them for winter.
Bahahahaha
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
So it seems. They keep saying it on TV, seems a bit surprising.
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Well done, ijen. Good eye and smart shopping on the rims. Even better regarding the stress level of your Dad.
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That is some cool **** Recce but you didn't get to bring yer own pedals and shoes? Harsh.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Well done, ijen. Good eye and smart shopping on the rims. Even better regarding the stress level of your Dad.
The rims will be the sweetness.

I'll be eating ramen for a month.
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you didn't get to bring yer own pedals and shoes?
None of my pedals have wrench flats and the lab's bike's design prevents an allen key from reaching in behind the cranks. So my pedals won't fit.

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Nice looking SportWagon Jen; glad to see that you did not get the sunroof, the leaking sunroof and the poor response from my dealer in fixing it is why I dumped mine.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Can you say erection?
I actually can't say this word. I would have a hard time getting my mouth around it.
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Cars are stupid.
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That being said, I haven't gotten less than 41 mpg out of my car in a couple of months. 42 mpg yesterday.

Ha. Ha. Ha.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
Ordered.

Nice. Refreshing to see a chic really into her car.
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Originally Posted by Ti Guy
Nice looking SportWagon Jen; glad to see that you did not get the sunroof, the leaking sunroof and the poor response from my dealer in fixing it is why I dumped mine.
Eek. I was feeling bad about missing out on it, but the TDI JSWs are so tough to get, can't really be picky. You make me feel better.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY
I would have a hard time getting my mouth around it.
Luckily, what you do with your mouth is your decision.
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
You make me feel better.
Sunroof on the A4 broke this week. Motor stopped working with it half way open. Sunroofs are dumb.

Manual crank behind the sunglasses holder closed it so my wife could take it to work. New motor today.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985
Sunroof on the A4 broke this week. Motor stopped working with it half way open. Sunroofs are dumb.

Manual crank behind the sunglasses holder closed it so my wife could take it to work. New motor today.
My A4 convertible roof broke halfway up one time. $1200.

She was a beaut though.

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