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05-17-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 28
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Posted By chicagogal

Well said. Thank you.

Well said. Thank you.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

Haha. no, I don't feel that you were being...

Haha. no, I don't feel that you were being disparaging!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

Yeah, you are absolutely right. My 3mi 6% climb...

Yeah, you are absolutely right. My 3mi 6% climb today came in at just under 1000' (according to GPS). Average pace for me is 9-10mph on a good day. Not bad, but I'm just an average cat3 lady :-)
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

I did a 3mile climb today at an average grade of...

I did a 3mile climb today at an average grade of 5.5%. It took 17min. That is pretty standard for me. I've climbed it faster and slower. Fastest time was 15min, slow times at around 20min.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

ok, thanks. This makes a lot more sense. I use 6...

ok, thanks. This makes a lot more sense. I use 6 training zones, with zone 5 as solidly Vo2...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

I think of zone 5 as 106-120% of FTP (that is how...

I think of zone 5 as 106-120% of FTP (that is how training peaks has it set), and while I can hold the low end of zone 5 for over 10min, I would struggle do even that for 20min. I can only hold the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,237
Posted By chicagogal

Wow, a climb of 3mi at 6% would take me almost...

Wow, a climb of 3mi at 6% would take me almost 20min. No way I can sustain zone 5 for more than 5-6min. How long does climb this take you? In other words, how long can you sustain power zone 5?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,531
Posted By chicagogal

Cleats all the way back shouldn't be a problem....

Cleats all the way back shouldn't be a problem. But perhaps your saddle is too far back. I had the problem that you described a couple years back. My bike fitter moved my saddle forward and my cleats...
04-07-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,178
Posted By chicagogal

OMG. Gorgeous. Love it. Are those carbon rims?...

OMG. Gorgeous. Love it. Are those carbon rims? Which ones?
04-05-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 842
Posted By chicagogal

Frayed cable? That is almost always the answer...

Frayed cable? That is almost always the answer for me when shifting suddenly gets wonky.
04-03-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

Did a hard gym workout yesterday and am sore, but...

Did a hard gym workout yesterday and am sore, but I have hard intervals in the calendar for today! How many of you have attempted intervals when still experiencing some DOMS. How did it go?
04-01-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,118
Posted By chicagogal

With respect to power output required to go the...

With respect to power output required to go the same pace uphill, the two will be the same. On the flats, aero profile comes more into play, so it is impossible to say which rider might need to put...
03-31-19, 03:30 PM
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Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

Nice work!

Nice work!
03-31-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,221
Posted By chicagogal

Well, laying out consequences is actually the...

Well, laying out consequences is actually the definition of a threat. You didn't threaten to physically harm her, but you did threaten to sue her for a specified amount of money.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,985
Posted By chicagogal

Yes, that is exactly right. The goal is X Watts...

Yes, that is exactly right. The goal is X Watts for Y minutes. Terrain and wind do not change the plan, so pace is irrelevant. Inclines and headwinds will result in a slower pace than downhills and...
03-29-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

My recommendation would be to do the hammerfest...

My recommendation would be to do the hammerfest rides, but pull out on days when the group is being overly sketchy. You can feel that pretty quick - a run red light light, not holding lines through...
03-29-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,662
Posted By chicagogal

Oh for sure! There are some "race rides" that I...

Oh for sure! There are some "race rides" that I absolutely will never do because they are notorious for breaking the rules of the road and ignoring basic group ride etiquette. Even the "good" race...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-29-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,985
Posted By chicagogal

I don't know. I use my PM the way firebird854...

I don't know. I use my PM the way firebird854 suggested. Basically, the most important (top, biggest) number on my computer is the power reading. Speed is a tiny number in the corner that I rarely...
03-27-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

Once I stop being able to hit my prescribed...

Once I stop being able to hit my prescribed zones, I abandon the workout, but don't rewrite the plan for the week. So, if I fail a workout on tues, had a rest planned for wed and hard intervals for...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,076
Posted By chicagogal

To the OP: At 140lbs (did I do the math...

To the OP: At 140lbs (did I do the math correctly) you are on the small side, which means that losing weight from the bike will have a bigger percentage gain on W/kg than if you were a bigger rider....
03-25-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 13,662
Posted By chicagogal

I got started with cycling in Chicago and was...

I got started with cycling in Chicago and was always impressed with the infrastructure and support that there was for racing in the Chicago area. A lot of that was thanks to your work. If you do walk...
03-25-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

That ride sounds tough!!!! I did 220TSS with...

That ride sounds tough!!!! I did 220TSS with 45min z4 or above in 4hrs of lots of climbing - similar to your effort, but not nearly as intense. My CTL is in the 50s, so not stratospheric, and that...
03-25-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,739
Posted By chicagogal

I haven't ridden an roubaix or a canyon, but I do...

I haven't ridden an roubaix or a canyon, but I do love the look of the Canyons right now. My riding buddies who have them also seem to have gotten killer deals. Furthermore, I am sucker for buying...
03-25-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 89,392
Posted By chicagogal

Nothing today. It's raining. 60 miles with...

Nothing today. It's raining.
60 miles with lots of climbing on Saturday
25 miles easy on Sunday.

Happy to have longer/warmer days!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By chicagogal

5000ft of climbing in 4hrs on sat. Easy ride with...

5000ft of climbing in 4hrs on sat. Easy ride with 1500ft of climbing on sunday. So glad that the temps are rising and the days are getting longer. I am anticipating more hours on the road and less...
03-18-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,950
Posted By chicagogal

Donít forget to dry your shoes. Take out insoles...

Donít forget to dry your shoes. Take out insoles and put newspaper in shoes overnight.
03-18-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By chicagogal

nice pics!

nice pics!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-18-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 531
Posted By chicagogal

looks cold!!!

looks cold!!!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 531
Posted By chicagogal

75 mi hard yesterday thanks to a work holiday....

75 mi hard yesterday thanks to a work holiday. Lots of climbing and lots of drilling it into headwinds. Beautiful quiet country roads, sunny, and reasonably warm. Pretty cooked at the end, and ready...
03-15-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

Tough 250TSS ride (4.5hrs) today. Taking...

Tough 250TSS ride (4.5hrs) today. Taking advantage of some great weather and a light work-week.
03-14-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,556
Posted By chicagogal

... not if you post on the road cycling forum.

... not if you post on the road cycling forum.
03-14-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,500
Posted By chicagogal

Not bad gearing. Almost definitely a fitness...

Not bad gearing. Almost definitely a fitness issue. That is to be expected after a layoff lasting many months. However, since it is a brand new bike, it is a worth a look to make sure wheels, pedals,...
03-14-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

I tend to get that now and again when standing...

I tend to get that now and again when standing for long periods of time. A site tour would be a time when I could see that happening, if there is a lot of standing in one place with no idea of when...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

Using a PM to count calories can be useful. Iíve...

Using a PM to count calories can be useful. Iíve lost weight that way successfully. But I would discourage most people from aiming for a calorie deficit while also riding lots or, especially, riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

yeah, I guess it might be duller. I donít know if...

yeah, I guess it might be duller. I donít know if it is really because of the PMs. I think most pros know who can make a break stick and are just careful to only follow the right accelerations that...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

you mean ďunfortunateĒ for me because I donít...

you mean ďunfortunateĒ for me because I donít have a PM? Or unfortunate for the rider getting dropped? Anyway, I have a pretty good race sense to know when a break is going to stick and when I need...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

I never said that every ride has to be a training...

I never said that every ride has to be a training ride. I said that a PM is a training tool. Thank you for explaining to me how to pace a group ride. I have only been riding/racing at a high level...
03-13-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13,956
Views: 741,871
Posted By chicagogal

Quick 70TSS VO2 ride this am on the trainer....

Quick 70TSS VO2 ride this am on the trainer. Whether was nice out, but no time to fuss around getting out on the road. Just jumped on the trainer, put in a solid hour of hard work, and called it a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

If the goal is not to improve the numbers, i.e....

If the goal is not to improve the numbers, i.e. train, then I don't recommend getting one. However, once you learn what you can do for 30min, 20min, 5min, 1min, etc. you can try to go a little...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

I have a coach, and love having handed over the...

I have a coach, and love having handed over the responsibility of analyzing the numbers. It is a major time saver for me, and takes away from some of the stress of training. Like if I plan a workout...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,370
Posted By chicagogal

Just wondering... Now that you make a concerted...

Just wondering... Now that you make a concerted effort to stay out of z1 as much as possible, what percentage in z1 are you seeing? I did a hard 2.5hr effort the other day of mostly steady riding,...
03-11-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By chicagogal

Instead of stepping over the top tube, have you...

Instead of stepping over the top tube, have you tried swinging your leg over the saddle from the back. That is how it is typically done.
03-10-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By chicagogal

thats the one!

thats the one!
03-10-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By chicagogal

There are special skewers designed for trainers.

There are special skewers designed for trainers.
03-08-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,861
Posted By chicagogal

I love my gadgets, but totally know where you are...

I love my gadgets, but totally know where you are coming from. I nearly threw my bike in the trash midway through a ride a couple of weeks ago because I wasn't hitting my numbers and the whole thing...
03-07-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,859
Posted By chicagogal

Very cool. I have never raced in Europe... or...

Very cool. I have never raced in Europe... or even gotten to watch a race in Europe!!!!
Yeah, lots of support for juniors racing there... more support for women's racing in Europe than in USA too....
03-07-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,859
Posted By chicagogal

It is a UCI world tour event. Pretty cool for...

It is a UCI world tour event. Pretty cool for your kid to race it. What team is he on?
Too bad you never watched the women.
03-07-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,859
Posted By chicagogal

I'm not trying to speculate. Just correcting the...

I'm not trying to speculate. Just correcting the post above that said that she placed mid-teens in a small race.
03-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,859
Posted By chicagogal

She got 74th place out of 141 starters in a 123km...

She got 74th place out of 141 starters in a 123km professional bike race with many of the best female professional cyclists in the world.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By chicagogal

That 9spd stuff is pretty old. Definitely older...

That 9spd stuff is pretty old. Definitely older than 2011. I'd pass.
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