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Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-09, 11:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,499
Posted By grebletie

First month back on the bike after a year long...

First month back on the bike after a year long break, so things are relatively modest. Just base miles at this point.

979 miles, 64 hours 30 minutes, 73953 feet climbed.
09-11-08, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,262
Posted By grebletie

The 8 glasses of water dictum is at best...

The 8 glasses of water dictum is at best thoroughly misleading. Indeed, even caffeinated beverages provide some measure of hydration, as does the food we eat.

Drink until you are peeing clear,...
08-11-08, 02:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,835
Posted By grebletie

Certainly, I note the KJs burned for a workout....

Certainly, I note the KJs burned for a workout. But, my take is that it really is secondary to the goal of the workout, whatever that may be. Spending too much time looking at KJs, and less time...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-08, 09:56 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,972
Posted By grebletie

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: ...

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Ever wonder where cheese comes from?
08-06-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 798
Posted By grebletie

Under rear car wheel. Probably not the smartest...

Under rear car wheel. Probably not the smartest or the safest option, but my car is a POS, so if someone wants to go through the trouble of stealing it, be my guest.
08-04-08, 11:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,219
Posted By grebletie

+1 At night I can coax my heart rate down to...

+1

At night I can coax my heart rate down to 38 bpm. Upon waking before my first cup of coffee, it's even lower.
07-27-08, 08:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,912
Posted By grebletie

Sounds like a good plan. Don't forget to log...

Sounds like a good plan. Don't forget to log sleep as an activity, as it'll subtract some from your daily caloric requirements.
07-21-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 933
Posted By grebletie

Love Quinoa. Very versatile grain, and of course...

Love Quinoa. Very versatile grain, and of course very nutritious.

One of my favorite preparations (a bit involved but ever-so-tasty):...
07-14-08, 03:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,598
Posted By grebletie

I'm not sure where in my response I asserted that...

I'm not sure where in my response I asserted that individuals in wealthy countries suffer from protein deficiencies to any degree. You might want to highlight for me the section where I said that, or...
07-14-08, 01:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,598
Posted By grebletie

Of course that ignores the uncomfortable quantity...

Of course that ignores the uncomfortable quantity of romaine lettuce that one would need to consume in order to reach 100 calories. And that also ignores any question of protein quality, both in...
07-12-08, 11:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,139
Posted By grebletie

I had sort of the opposite experience. I despised...

I had sort of the opposite experience. I despised milk as a kid, unless it was chocolate or strawberry milk :).

Now I like it, though I will switch off between milk and soy milk, as I like the...
07-12-08, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By grebletie

It's bad all around. I live about 20 miles from...

It's bad all around. I live about 20 miles from Big Sur, so for a couple days last week, the smoke was so thick I could have sworn there was a fire only a mile away. Really makes working out a...
07-05-08, 09:56 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,012
Posted By grebletie

Half the fat and none of the taste. Make...

Half the fat and none of the taste.

Make room for real treats rather than chemically manufactured "food."
07-01-08, 01:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,111
Posted By grebletie

420 hours through yesterday. Not sure about...

420 hours through yesterday. Not sure about mileage, since there is a mixture of trainer miles and road miles.
06-29-08, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 761
Posted By grebletie

Depends how big it is. 300 calories would be a...

Depends how big it is. 300 calories would be a pretty monster-sized potato.
06-27-08, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,207
Posted By grebletie

Concentrate on the intensity and competing the...

Concentrate on the intensity and competing the interval at the goal wattage. After that, depending on how you feel, try to tack on 30-40 minutes of tempo to make it a solid long ride. At least that...
05-30-08, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Training ... on hold. Perhaps for the entire...

Training ... on hold. Perhaps for the entire year.

I seem to be in a permanent state of fatigue at this point. Last week I started a scheduled rest week, and out of necessity I extended my rest...
05-13-08, 09:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,077
Posted By grebletie

Well, it's not low-fat, but I throw in a tbsp of...

Well, it's not low-fat, but I throw in a tbsp of Trader Joe's Wasabi Mayo into my tuna or pink salmon mixture. Absolutely delicious. Olive oil is good too.

Of course, if you're really looking to...
04-16-08, 12:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 741
Posted By grebletie

Too true. At the moment, my intake is 4000-5000...

Too true. At the moment, my intake is 4000-5000 per day, but my daily rides are ~4 hours. Funny thing is I'm hardly "hungry" per se. But, on a rest day, I'm ravenous.
03-25-08, 11:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,902
Posted By grebletie

I'll let you know in a couple of months. Last...

I'll let you know in a couple of months. Last week, I put in 20 hours on the bike. This week will be 22.5, and then 25 hours.

The first week seems to have brought some measure of added endurance....
03-24-08, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Training? Haven't 'trained' in a while. Time to...

Training? Haven't 'trained' in a while. Time to race this time of year doesn't really exist, given other responsibilities. Sometimes it's just fun to head out the door and ride. I should start to do...
03-18-08, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By grebletie

There are also going pretty cheap from Gita:...

There are also going pretty cheap from Gita: http://www.gitabike.com/cgi-bin/shop/ergomo_loadhome.cgi?user_id=88237&file=ergomo.html

Getting rid of excess stock as they no longer distribute the...
03-11-08, 11:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By grebletie

Very sad indeed. My thoughts are with the...

Very sad indeed.

My thoughts are with the families involved.
03-06-08, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 565
Posted By grebletie

I'll probably go to Sea Otter this year. ...

I'll probably go to Sea Otter this year.

Luckily, I can literally wake up and ride 5 miles from my house to course, so no need to worry about parking, hotels, or finding a place for pancakes for...
03-05-08, 10:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,211
Posted By grebletie

I wake up to coffee, and have done so since...

I wake up to coffee, and have done so since freshman year in college. But, I don't really go out of my way to have it before rides. Don't like the diuretic effects. If anything, I'll have a double or...
02-29-08, 09:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,580
Posted By grebletie

Sorry, it is. You really have to race it to...

Sorry, it is.

You really have to race it to understand how challenging this course is.
02-24-08, 09:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,720
Posted By grebletie

Usually high GI real foods for me. Only turn to...

Usually high GI real foods for me. Only turn to recovery drinks when the thought of solid food is too much, and then it's usually something of my own making, with whey protein, or milk mixed with...
01-22-08, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Amazing how things can go FUBAR in little over a...

Amazing how things can go FUBAR in little over a month. But, it did, so I just need to move on from it.

Basically, around the middle of December, training was going great, especially for that time...
01-15-08, 03:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,097
Posted By grebletie

If you can swing getting a cook book, I'd...

If you can swing getting a cook book, I'd recommend:

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

I've recently gone mostly veggie, and have done a fair bit of cooking from the book....
12-10-07, 10:50 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Nomad, do you normally see max-hr in the context...

Nomad, do you normally see max-hr in the context of a 5 min max effort?

My heart rate for the entire effort peaked at 180, 10 beats below 190. In fact, I hardly ever see my hr max in training.
12-10-07, 09:40 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Just finished a rest week, which happened to...

Just finished a rest week, which happened to fortuitously fall on the same week I came down with the flu.

Today was testing, indoors for repeatability. Ended up with a five minute best of 345,...
12-04-07, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,129
Posted By grebletie

Weird, but true: If you type "training stress...

Weird, but true: If you type "training stress balance" into Google, the first return is a link to an explanation of the concept. Amazing what you can do with five seconds and a bit of gumption.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-07, 12:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,287
Posted By grebletie

No way. At what most fitters charge per hour,...

No way. At what most fitters charge per hour, you've already paid more than enough for his or her services.
12-02-07, 01:51 AM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Today was actually .... cold. 45 degrees....

Today was actually .... cold. 45 degrees. Although according to weather reports, my old home of Chicago is currently experiencing a wintry mix. So it could be worse.

4.5 hours of tempo. IF of a...
11-30-07, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Not too sure, yet. Have a friend who is also...

Not too sure, yet. Have a friend who is also looking to double up on the rent, so we're looking for something cheap that two people can work with. Basically, things are wide open until we nail...
11-29-07, 01:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,428
Posted By grebletie

Indeed. I've found that proper portions, and the...

Indeed. I've found that proper portions, and the proper mix of macro-nutrients helps to make meals more satisfying and last longer.

From a calorie standpoint, I suppose a smaller sandwich can be...
11-29-07, 02:29 AM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Seems like the gains of eight weeks of threshold...

Seems like the gains of eight weeks of threshold work have finally appeared over the course of the last 2 weeks. Little bit of improvement here and there, then bam, big changes.

Today was 4X10 at...
11-29-07, 12:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,428
Posted By grebletie

It doesn't matter, largely. The formula is right....

It doesn't matter, largely. The formula is right. Try counting your calories for a period of time. If you burn more than you eat, you will lose weight. That is to say, I've lost body fat eating...
11-27-07, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

When it rains, it pours. Just upped FTP to...

When it rains, it pours.

Just upped FTP to 290 this weekend. Today was 2X20. First one was completed at 296, second at 298. Then another 15 minute interval at 299. Although I won't be doing...
11-26-07, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By grebletie

It takes a bit of practice to get used to using...

It takes a bit of practice to get used to using the trainer, especially for intervals. But having spent a year living in Chicago, it was an absolute necessity.

Although I've heard of people...
11-25-07, 11:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,428
Posted By grebletie

Calories in < Calories out. Whether you have...

Calories in < Calories out.

Whether you have whole wheat bread or not makes little difference. Keep energy intake down, and output up, and you'll keep getting lighter.

Ezekiel is fine as...
11-24-07, 11:21 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Running sucks. That said, I like to do 5 miles...

Running sucks. That said, I like to do 5 miles every now and again. My legs always hate me the next day. :(

Good training session today. Really a breakthrough session.

Right now, I'm in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-07, 07:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,784
Posted By grebletie

Uh, some milk and a couple tablespoons of...

Uh, some milk and a couple tablespoons of chocolate syrup. Midnight Moo from TJ's is good, some stuff I have from Whole Foods is good too. To be honest, Hershey's syrup is good too.

Mix it...
11-23-07, 12:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 746
Posted By grebletie

Started the day with no strategy. But, a planned...

Started the day with no strategy. But, a planned workout on the schedule. 3 hours with VO2 intervals. Fun!

Quick breakfast of chocolate-banana and almond croissants, with some fresh fruit. Hop on...
11-19-07, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Bit cold out these days. 60 degrees, almost time...

Bit cold out these days. 60 degrees, almost time to bring out the knee-warmers. :D

Training seems to be going well. Sprint has improved by about 100 watts, and intervals at FTP seem to be easier....
11-12-07, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Bah. First workout after a rest week. On the one...

Bah. First workout after a rest week. On the one hand, on the way to my workout spot, I set a new 5 minute best, and it felt like nothing. On the other hand, I absolutely couldn't do my 2 minute...
11-09-07, 12:08 AM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

How do most people like the MAP test? I'm...

How do most people like the MAP test?

I'm coming up to the end of a rest week, and feeling great. Considering that I'm fresh, I thought some testing might be in order. Having looked at Stern's MAP...
11-04-07, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11,620
Views: 398,291
Posted By grebletie

Base training continues apace. Though my...

Base training continues apace. Though my definition of base involves working on NM power and threshold, in addition to long rides.

Yesterday was 82 miles in 4 hours, for some good L2/L3 work. One...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-07, 12:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,817
Posted By grebletie

Is this a joke? People actually log trainer...

Is this a joke? People actually log trainer 'miles'?

A mile is a measure of distance. On a trainer, no distance is covered. Logging the 'miles' recorded by your spinning rear-wheel does not...
11-03-07, 01:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,414
Posted By grebletie

Indeed. However, although the internet makes it...

Indeed. However, although the internet makes it possible to find articles supporting just about any viewpoint, that doesn't make the viewpoint necessarily right. To come to a conclusion about...
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