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09-15-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,093
Posted By aaronmcd

If your fast enough they'll stop laughing.

If your fast enough they'll stop laughing.
07-10-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

On the bright side, I bet your TSB is super...

On the bright side, I bet your TSB is super positive right now
06-29-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh I just noticed this also made my first 200+...

Oh I just noticed this also made my first 200+ mile week in just over 2 years! Yearly mileage from Strava:...
06-29-20, 12:31 AM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

First real big ride in a year at least. Rode 8...

First real big ride in a year at least. Rode 8 hours today. "Only" 90 miles in that time cuz I was on my gravel bike exploring some cool trails. Rocks, roots, ruts, mud, fun. Got a sausage and beer...
06-26-20, 02:27 PM
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Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Did a few jumps at the track, followed by 10...

Did a few jumps at the track, followed by 10 minutes at 106,102, and 98% with 5' rbi. Suprathreshold gives a really lousy TSS/difficulty ratio.
06-14-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Didn't get to ride yesterday but went for a 12...

Didn't get to ride yesterday but went for a 12 mile hike up at Tomales Point with my wife. The mile or so at the end of the point is unmaintained and was pretty overgrown, and I got terrible...
06-11-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh I just got an email that my gym is opening...

Oh I just got an email that my gym is opening equipment use on sidewalks starting Tuesday! Only 55 minute sessions and no racks or large machines, but supposedly we can use barbells, dumbbells, and...
06-08-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,052
Posted By aaronmcd

So far walking trails, fire roads, single track....

So far walking trails, fire roads, single track. Any unpaved routes are built for bikes, hikers, or fire roads. It's quite mountainous up north in Marin, and SF has some fun bike trails. I debated...
06-08-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,052
Posted By aaronmcd

No upgrades yet, unless you count a speaker...

No upgrades yet, unless you count a speaker strapped to my top tube (not in photo). I've already crashed it several times (riding stairs, jumping, etc), tore and replaced derailleur housing, and...
06-08-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,052
Posted By aaronmcd

Bought my first gravel bike last month. No frame...

Bought my first gravel bike last month. No frame of reference to other brands but I'm absolutely loving this bike.
...
05-29-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,413
Posted By aaronmcd

Every year in my neighborhood there's this race: ...

Every year in my neighborhood there's this race:
https://youtu.be/NIzn799icMo
05-28-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,413
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh no, my crashes seem to happen when I know...

Oh no, my crashes seem to happen when I know what's coming and I try it anyway :lol:
I'm starting to get into the "not young" territory. At 35 crashing all the time seems a bit harder on me than it...
05-27-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh my first ever measured FTP was way higher than...

Oh my first ever measured FTP was way higher than it is now lol.
For a month or so I was squatting squatting while wearing a backpack with a dumbbell and a bunch of water in it, while holding my...
05-26-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Unlike TMonk, 80 miles is still more than I'm fit...

Unlike TMonk, 80 miles is still more than I'm fit for.
Was aiming for more, but dirt is hella slow, and I'm slower than dirt. Rode to Fairfax, did some hard gravel climbs and some fun double track...
05-24-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,988
Posted By aaronmcd

I don't ride my gravel bike when speed is a...

I don't ride my gravel bike when speed is a priority. Like in a road race.
20% is 16mph vs 20 mph. It's not THAT slow. Maybe 18 vs 20? Idk, and idc really. I ride my gravel bike when I'm just...
05-23-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Went out or 2:50 today at 0.9 IF. I feel better...

Went out or 2:50 today at 0.9 IF. I feel better at higher watts subthreshold. But I did a 12 minute climb and only up 9 watts from 3 weeks ago. Was hoping for a bit more, we'll see how it goes this...
05-22-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

I guess I have to try again after some youtube...

I guess I have to try again after some youtube tutorials lol. It seems I may have pulled up too hard to compensate for a tiny jump last week in which a friend said I landed a bit too much on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,083
Posted By aaronmcd

I've never cared for any of the paid features...

I've never cared for any of the paid features they advertise. I can analyze my rides on my own without Strava. I use it to track where I've been, get approximate TSS and calorie info if I'm on my...
05-18-20, 12:15 AM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Went out to chill on bikes with friends, tried to...

Went out to chill on bikes with friends, tried to keep it at 100ish watts (rpe). Went on a bunch of trails and hit much more that 100 sometimes but overall a pretty chill 28 miles.
05-14-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

10 watts over your 8% worse indoor power?

10 watts over your 8% worse indoor power?
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,192
Posted By aaronmcd

I think it just comes down to what the plan is...

I think it just comes down to what the plan is for the ride. I think for most roadies, the plan is to go explore and get a workout, maybe stop for a quick coffee, but mostly it's on the go. So most...
05-12-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

1:54 with 3x~16ish at threshold on the cycle...

1:54 with 3x~16ish at threshold on the cycle track (embarrassingly slow), finishing with a sprint. Got 166 TSS out of it. Still felt pretty good despite the -54 TSB.
Thinking maybe finish out the...
05-11-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

I hit -58 yesterday, but my CTL is still only 40...

I hit -58 yesterday, but my CTL is still only 40 so it's not so bad. When my CTL was in the ~100 range, -40 TSB felt like hell.
05-10-20, 11:43 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 221,633
Posted By aaronmcd

Been listening to Galactic for hours on end...

Been listening to Galactic for hours on end lately. Good stuff. Nice to discover new music.
05-10-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,050
Posted By aaronmcd

Wife and I are selling our Arizona rental,...

Wife and I are selling our Arizona rental, closing early June if all goes well. Will get maybe 100k after taxes and realtor fees and looking into making a change. We want to buy a duplex somewhere....
05-10-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Finally fit enough to get half decent mileage in....

Finally fit enough to get half decent mileage in. Did 54 miles today. Fairly flat in the 2k+ range but still. I almost feel ready for some REAL weekend rides.

Also yesterday I got my wife out on...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,732
Posted By aaronmcd

I just use the basic bike water bottle. I don't...

I just use the basic bike water bottle. I don't know if there's a name for it, just the super common simple ones. The cheap kind most bike shops sell for a few bucks and every roadie or racer uses. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 14,189
Posted By aaronmcd

Most crit racers purposely start by...

Most crit racers purposely start by cross-chaining big-big so they don't have to shift chainrings getting up to speed.


And if you're bombing a descent you don't know and come to a fork, don't...
05-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

I kept putting it off cuz I couldn't find online...

I kept putting it off cuz I couldn't find online any solid evidence that short would be better for me, but I had suspected for a while. So I finally went with 160s when I got my new power meter (like...
05-03-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Trying to get some fitness back and have fun....

Trying to get some fitness back and have fun. Finally got a new head unit and put a battery in the power2max. I hate changing those batteries. It's like a 30 minute ordeal. Plus another 30 minutes to...
05-01-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,050
Posted By aaronmcd

I've always been too mentally lazy to make...

I've always been too mentally lazy to make changes, but my wife half jokingly said I should grow one (after the dude in Almost Famous, a pointless movie that she really loves for unknown reasons), so...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,639
Posted By aaronmcd

Not if gearing adjusted to compensate, or if...

Not if gearing adjusted to compensate, or if gearing is already low enough for anticipated climbing. But yeah each 5mm crank difference requires ~1 extra tooth in the big cog to compensate.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-01-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,639
Posted By aaronmcd

I disagree. I raced for a few years on whatever...

I disagree. I raced for a few years on whatever my bike had, I think 172.5. I'm almost 5'-10" or 177-178 cm, but I always felt like my legs were too short and I couldn't get low due to lowering my...
04-28-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,050
Posted By aaronmcd

That's a legit KOM. I even remember you posting...

That's a legit KOM. I even remember you posting about it back when you got it.
04-28-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,505
Posted By aaronmcd

One really fun non-win one was Turlock Lake Road...

One really fun non-win one was Turlock Lake Road Race in cat 3. Was raining buckets as it tends to do for that early season race. Break of 4 escaped mid-race and I knew the guys were strong and I...
04-27-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,050
Posted By aaronmcd

So with the lockdown and gyms closed I tried to...

So with the lockdown and gyms closed I tried to keep up my strength training for a while. I used to do gymnastics so bodyweight stuff is fine for me, but I tend to be motivated by goals, and my goals...
04-27-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5,159
Views: 299,050
Posted By aaronmcd

All KOMs are real men's KOMs IMO. I've never been...

All KOMs are real men's KOMs IMO. I've never been super fast, and the bay area has a ridiculous number of super fast cyclists. I've probably had around 8 KOMs total. Mainly downhill routes I...
04-27-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By aaronmcd

Seems like it'll be the right bike. Took it on a...

Seems like it'll be the right bike. Took it on a short ~20 mile ride with friends on various bikes including one friend on a fixie, so I didn't really push it on dirt, but the dirt we did felt really...
04-27-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By aaronmcd

https://i.imgur.com/HtenGiR.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/HtenGiR.jpg
04-27-20, 01:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By aaronmcd

I bought the Marin Gestalt X11 today. Feel good...

I bought the Marin Gestalt X11 today. Feel good about it except for the bike shop suckering me into buying pedals there for 160 bucks. This is why I hate bike shops. Still it was good deal on the...
04-01-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

A few of you are mentioning home gymming. Here's...

A few of you are mentioning home gymming. Here's some things I've been doing. I have no equipment, but my wife has a pair of 24 lb powerblocks.
Legs:
Squats: I wear a weighted backpack, my wife...
02-12-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,727
Posted By aaronmcd

Just checked, I would have had 20 points toward...

Just checked, I would have had 20 points toward cat 1 instead of 3 (from 2017, the last year I wasn't burned out and racing like crap). It's a HUGE change.
12-30-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Aint that right, it's a drug. Like those stupid...

Aint that right, it's a drug. Like those stupid little phone games that give you a shiny reward if you play just a little longer. I got slow. Very, very, slow. But I can lift big rocks when I'm...
05-13-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

Biggest ride in...(checking Strava) a year and 6...

Biggest ride in...(checking Strava) a year and 6 days. 92 miles with 8000 feet yesterday. Still don't have FTP up so a tad slow, but felt good so I threw in a few hills before the big hill, and then...
05-09-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15,369
Views: 878,454
Posted By aaronmcd

4x6 w 2' RBI again after squats and Romanian...

4x6 w 2' RBI again after squats and Romanian deadlifts and barbell hack squats and Nordic curls. Power was almost the same as Tuesday but it wasn't quite as horrible.
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