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11-25-09, 08:45 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By ericgu

Well, it's pretty simple for me. I know that I'm...

Well, it's pretty simple for me. I know that I'm hyponatremic because I get I feel sick and can't put out any power. I also know because I can drink a lot of water and not excrete any and gain...
11-05-09, 09:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,403
Posted By ericgu

You might want to try reading "eat this not...

You might want to try reading "eat this not that". That gives you some great substitutions.
11-01-09, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,338
Posted By ericgu

We all start somewhere. There are lots of people...

We all start somewhere. There are lots of people who started where you did.

A few bits of advice.

First, plan your workouts based on time rather than distance.

Second, slow down. Almost...
11-01-09, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 14,018
Posted By ericgu

The general advice these days is to stay off of...

The general advice these days is to stay off of an injury until the initial inflamation is gone, and at that point you can start with rehab. The "stay off of it" approach is considered outdated.
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11-01-09, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 912
Posted By ericgu

Working really hard right when you start isn't a...

Working really hard right when you start isn't a good idea - your muscles aren't warmed up and your body isn't ready.

Try to ride slower. You might look at different gearing, as well.
10-21-09, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By ericgu

As you get better trained, you can hold a higher...

As you get better trained, you can hold a higher percentage of your max HR. When I was trained, I was able to average 171 on my field test when my max is perhaps 185.
Replies: 15
Views: 1,084
Posted By ericgu

I disagree. For a couple of years, I rode a...

I disagree. For a couple of years, I rode a LeMond Tourmalet quite a bit. It fit me well, but was heavy and unresponsive.

I spent the money for a 2005 Madone 5.2, and it was a great decision. It's...
10-14-09, 10:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,400
Posted By ericgu

Loosing weight is about controlling hunger, which...

Loosing weight is about controlling hunger, which is dependent on your blood sugar level.

When you exercise, your blood sugar drops. You tend not to get hungry because exercise depresses hunger,...
10-10-09, 11:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 831
Posted By ericgu

I talked (well, exchanged email) with the cascade...

I talked (well, exchanged email) with the cascade bike advocate at the time, and according to him, the project team "forgot to do" the *required* public portion of the project. I also got the same...
10-10-09, 11:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,972
Posted By ericgu

I wrote this a while back: ...

I wrote this a while back:

http://riderx.info/blogs/riderx/archive/2007/07/13/what-makes-a-good-hydration-drink.aspx

The weird thing about this area is the vast differences between individuals....
10-05-09, 08:03 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,981
Posted By ericgu

You need to find the best local bikefitter around...

You need to find the best local bikefitter around and get some advice. Ideally this person will also be a physical therapist.

Don't mess with this - I know a few guys who ignored this sort of...
09-27-09, 04:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,838
Posted By ericgu

A few thoughts: * You didn't mention what...

A few thoughts:

* You didn't mention what you ate for breakfast, but a big breakfast before a century can cause stomach issues laster.

* You have a given amount of blood supply available, and...
09-25-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,969
Posted By ericgu

Try http://www.bicycleclimbs.com, mountains of WA...

Try http://www.bicycleclimbs.com, mountains of WA region.
09-16-09, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 814
Posted By ericgu

Most current coaching approaches deal with power...

Most current coaching approaches deal with power (as the gold standard), or heart rate as a standard for training. That's for some of it - some of the interval-based training is doing differently.
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09-06-09, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By ericgu

First, don't freak out about it. You should be...

First, don't freak out about it. You should be able to be back where you are in a couple of weeks unless you were out sick.

Don't try doing hard rides until you start feeling like yourself.
09-06-09, 05:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By ericgu

Two thoughts: First, it could be that you...

Two thoughts:

First, it could be that you went too hard. 18 vs 15 is a significant difference in the amount of energy you took in, and if you feel like you were working really hard, it could be...
09-06-09, 05:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,411
Posted By ericgu

If you are still taking in glycogen during the...

If you are still taking in glycogen during the easy ride, so you should be okay. Your body can break down muscle to replace glycogen stores if it needs to, but if you have calories coming in and get...
08-23-09, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By ericgu

No - the GPS can measure how fast you ride and...

No - the GPS can measure how fast you ride and how much you climb, but it can't tell how aerodynamic you are on the bike.

Powertap and SRM power meters work be measuring how much force you put...
08-19-09, 10:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,755
Posted By ericgu

Gatorade is a pretty crappy hydration drink -...

Gatorade is a pretty crappy hydration drink - it's too sweet and doesn't really encourage you to eat much. What works depends on your own body - I suggest trying a few different ones, if only to find...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,371
Posted By ericgu

The 12-27 gives you a gear that is about 8% lower...

The 12-27 gives you a gear that is about 8% lower than the 25 tooth version. It's about 1 gear easier subjectively - a noticeable gain, but not a big one. I have that cassette on my Madone triple,...
08-17-09, 10:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,308
Posted By ericgu

I've had the same experience with Perpetuem

I've had the same experience with Perpetuem
08-17-09, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,323
Posted By ericgu

Chocolate milk is fine if you tolerate lactose...

Chocolate milk is fine if you tolerate lactose well and it's sweetened with sugar - the mix is fairly close to what you'd get in a commercial energy drink.

HFCS is metabolized a bit different, and...
Replies: 27
Views: 5,099
Posted By ericgu

If you don't have to pee, it could be that you...

If you don't have to pee, it could be that you are dehydrated, or it could be that you are hyponatremic (lacking salt). Or, it could be both.
08-13-09, 09:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By ericgu

Rice is good in addition to beans - together you...

Rice is good in addition to beans - together you get all the proteins you want.

If you want something quick (though not quite as cheap) take a can of black beans, put it in a bowl, nuke for 50...
08-13-09, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,113
Posted By ericgu

You could be sick - there are some bugs out that...

You could be sick - there are some bugs out that there have the sore throat symptoms.

There's no magic bullet for recovering from overtraining. You can spend some time working out, but you really...
08-13-09, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By ericgu

Eat enough calories while you are on the bike to...

Eat enough calories while you are on the bike to maintain your blood sugar - something like 200-250 cal/hour. If you do that, you don't need to eat to replace the fat that you burn
08-04-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By ericgu

The answer is simpler, but you won't like it. ...

The answer is simpler, but you won't like it.

Don't ride that hard for that long.

Digesting food requires blood supply. If you are going all-out, you don't have any extra blood supply to...
08-04-09, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By ericgu

If you are having problems with hunger after...

If you are having problems with hunger after riding, you aren't doing your recovery nutrition right. Get a recovery beverage (I use endurox chocolate, others use another drink or chocolate milk) to...
08-04-09, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By ericgu

Get yourself a copy of Cyclo-zen. There are some...

Get yourself a copy of Cyclo-zen. There are some great exercises and stretching that is targetted towards the demands that cycling puts on your back.
08-04-09, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By ericgu

Generally, 250 cal/hour is a good target during...

Generally, 250 cal/hour is a good target during the ride.

But more importantly, what you need is to get recovery calories into you as quickly as possible. I used to have the same issue that you...
07-28-09, 10:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,489
Posted By ericgu

It's pretty simple. When you exercise, you...

It's pretty simple.

When you exercise, you lose sodium through sweat, and you take in sodium when you eat/drink.

How much you lose when you sweat depends on your personal genetics, how hot it...
Replies: 28
Views: 1,560
Posted By ericgu

I think there are a couple of things going on. ...

I think there are a couple of things going on.

First, water isn't as well absorbed as water with electrolytes, so if you have water by itself, it can just sit in your stomach, and if you get...
07-27-09, 09:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By ericgu

The best way to do HR training is based on a...

The best way to do HR training is based on a field test - you'll find a sticky post that explains how to do this. Zones based on MHR aren't very useful.

"Fast pace" riding doesn't really do a...
07-27-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,489
Posted By ericgu

It depends a lot on how long you are riding, and...

It depends a lot on how long you are riding, and your own personal physiology. Very generally speaking, if you are doing rides of 3 hours or less and you eat a good diet, you are probably fine...
07-27-09, 08:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,203
Posted By ericgu

Crystal isn't really 9% grade. It's 1600' up over...

Crystal isn't really 9% grade. It's 1600' up over 6.2 miles, which puts it close to 5% average, though there are parts that are steeper - say 7% or so.

The downside is that the road is pretty...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-09, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,518
Posted By ericgu

If you fit equally well on both of them, go with...

If you fit equally well on both of them, go with the 5.2. The OCLV frames are better than the TCT ones - they are built up to give different characteristics in different areas of the frame, while the...
07-26-09, 05:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By ericgu

I'd suggest getting a copy of Friel's or...

I'd suggest getting a copy of Friel's or Carmichael's training book.

You don't mention where you are starting out. When you first start training, it really doesn't matter what you do - you're...
Replies: 26
Views: 5,913
Posted By ericgu

2000 would only mean 350 cal/hour, which wouldn't...

2000 would only mean 350 cal/hour, which wouldn't be very much. I'd guess that you were closer to perhaps 500 cal/hour at those speeds, which would put you up around 3000 cal.

I did a hilly...
07-22-09, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,060
Posted By ericgu

First of all, are you sure you bonked. Standard...

First of all, are you sure you bonked. Standard signs are going from feeling good to feeling pretty bad in the space of 5 minutes, getting a bit disoriented, having trouble riding at 13 mph, etc.
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07-22-09, 09:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,349
Posted By ericgu

Well, it's pretty simple. You don't have the...

Well, it's pretty simple. You don't have the condition that they do.

Group riding does take a fair bit of anaerobic condition, it also takes a lot of aerobic base. The riders in the group you are...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By ericgu

Whether you can ride 16-18 mph depends a lot on...

Whether you can ride 16-18 mph depends a lot on the century and whether you ride with anybody. If it's your first century, I recommend not to set any pace goals, since doing it is enough of a goal...
07-15-09, 09:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 518
Posted By ericgu

Bonking is when you run out of carbohydrate when...

Bonking is when you run out of carbohydrate when on a ride. You go from okay to very tired in the space of about 10 minutes, and you typically get mentally fogged as well. It's possible to do it in a...
07-15-09, 09:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,488
Posted By ericgu

It has a bunch of caffeine in it. There's a long...

It has a bunch of caffeine in it. There's a long tradition of caffeine use in cycling, but there may be more there than you want.

The rest is sugar, which is okay, but the drink itself is likely...
07-15-09, 09:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By ericgu

Doesn't matter where you get your calories. Like...

Doesn't matter where you get your calories. Like kidonabike, I like to have some solid food in my stomach, and I especially like to have something that's not as sweet as my accelerade.
07-15-09, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 843
Posted By ericgu

Crystal is 1600' of climbing, sunrise is about...

Crystal is 1600' of climbing, sunrise is about 2700'. I did both the year Ramrod was only on the east side. The pavement on crystal is the suck - it's not that bad going up, but it's pretty rough on...
Replies: 14
Views: 3,025
Posted By ericgu

+5.5 I also try to stand up for 30 seconds...

+5.5

I also try to stand up for 30 seconds or so every 15 minutes or so. That makes a big difference in how my butt feels over the long term.
07-07-09, 10:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 597
Posted By ericgu

A recovery ride will help. It needs to be easy...

A recovery ride will help. It needs to be easy enough so that you don't put any training stress on your system. For me that means about 45 minutes, just enough to get my legs warmed up and to work...
07-07-09, 09:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,187
Posted By ericgu

Zoo hill is going to be hard to top, though there...

Zoo hill is going to be hard to top, though there is the Idlywood climb that I think it is a bit harder:

http://www.bicycleclimbs.com/climbdetail.aspx?ClimbId=283
Replies: 16
Views: 1,512
Posted By ericgu

Good shorts and chamois butt'r helps a bunch on...

Good shorts and chamois butt'r helps a bunch on centuries, as does a saddle that works well for you and padded gloves.
07-04-09, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,906
Posted By ericgu

You don't mention anything about your diet. I...

You don't mention anything about your diet. I would look at addressing that.

From a weight-loss perspective, I don't think that much about adding racing. That will concentrate mostly around your...
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