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09-23-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,175
Posted By aaronmcd

I still cant figure out why, but I never feel RDL...

I still cant figure out why, but I never feel RDL in my hamstrings or glutes. Worked up to sets of 10 with 300 lbs and just got a tired lower back and grip. I tried the single leg version with half...
09-11-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By aaronmcd

Good question. I'm not gonna renew next year, but...

Good question. I'm not gonna renew next year, but keeping 2021 in mind.
09-11-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

Spoiler alert, I didn't race. I trained for a few...

Spoiler alert, I didn't race. I trained for a few months, but I had lost a lot of fitness and progress was really really slow, and I started hating it again. I discovered it really is NOT possible to...
06-28-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Been a while. I was starting to train for a while...

Been a while. I was starting to train for a while there, but really wasn't enjoying it. Been having fun working on body composition lately, added 15 lbs January through april, lost 15 lbs of fat over...
05-31-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4,113
Views: 201,150
Posted By aaronmcd

Its been several years since I took it, but I...

Its been several years since I took it, but I don't think there was any difficult math? Like nothing harder than algebra 2 IIRC? But then again, I took it right out of college and still solve systems...
05-31-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

No! You are lucky cuz you can get way more aero...

No! You are lucky cuz you can get way more aero than those of us with short legs. Longer legs means raising the saddle and opening up the hips, thus getting lower in the front. Long femurs vs calves...
05-31-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4,113
Views: 201,150
Posted By aaronmcd

Ha I remember doing that, got full score on the...

Ha I remember doing that, got full score on the reasoning section and lowish score on the memory section. Luckily my engineering school cares more about reasoning than vocabulary I guess.
The...
05-31-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

I'm pretty much the worst ever at TTs, but why...

I'm pretty much the worst ever at TTs, but why not:
1) go ahead and slide forward, move the arms forward to match, or
2) Raise the hands so there is a slight backwards force of your forearms...
05-21-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 34,523
Posted By aaronmcd

Race for your nuts!

Race for your nuts!
05-21-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Ha I remember a couple times like that. One road...

Ha I remember a couple times like that. One road race I was pissed I missed the break and no one was chasing. I attacked like 35 times or something until finally I got away when no one wanted to...
05-20-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Weights and riding all weekend. Friday was...

Weights and riding all weekend.

Friday was leg day, did sthe usual - squats, romanian deadlifts, barbell hack squats, nordic curls.

Saturday was chest and shoulders at the gym (couldn't hit...
05-20-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 444
Views: 34,523
Posted By aaronmcd

I'm pretty sure 10 minutes straight climbing at 4...

I'm pretty sure 10 minutes straight climbing at 4 w/kg would drop at least a few cat 4s. Was it just a straight up 10 minute climb 7%? Cuz if there are any easier parts, or a headwind, or if it's...
05-13-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
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: 13,955
Views: 741,373
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.
05-07-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Leg day on Sunday, had a minor cold and squats...

Leg day on Sunday, had a minor cold and squats were weak. Did some partial nordic curls with band assist, and now my hamstrings are sore.
Chest and shoulders on Monday, feeling better. Still adding...
05-02-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

I don't get it, may as well just do a timed hill...

I don't get it, may as well just do a timed hill climb. Hills suck!

Speaking of hills, I added 15 lbs this year, seeing as I burned out and can't climb for ***** anyway. The scan says 9 lbs lean &...
04-28-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Slept 10 hours last night so I didn't have as...

Slept 10 hours last night so I didn't have as much time as hoped today, but it was worth it.
At the gym today, squat 1 rep max test. Hit 285, failed 300. Only 10 lbs more than march 6th but I've...
04-27-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Didn't have the best sprintervals today, but did...

Didn't have the best sprintervals today, but did get over 1300 a few times. Arms were actually hurting a bit. Good thing I'm on deload week. Also only rode an hour cuz my wife wanted to do a big hike...
04-25-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Deload squats (135x10/165x8/205x5/135x10), some...

Deload squats (135x10/165x8/205x5/135x10), some other easy leg work, and 5x5:45 w 2' rbi. Was only able to hit ~106% but it's something at least.
Gonna try and get 350-400 TSS this weekend (try and...
04-23-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Attempted vo2. Haven't done it in many moons. It...

Attempted vo2. Haven't done it in many moons. It went bad. Got 13 minutes in at 120-125%. Didn't help that the grade is like 13%+ and I'm mashing <60 rpm for half of it or more. Gonna leave it for a...
04-22-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

It's weird how I can trash my legs in the gym but...

It's weird how I can trash my legs in the gym but then they are fine on the bike. If I do a big ride first I probably need a few hours to rest and refuel before hitting the gym.


How do you...
04-21-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Deadlifts and front squats for 90 minutes, then...

Deadlifts and front squats for 90 minutes, then 3:45 riding with 5x8 over threshold and 20 minutes under.

Then watched hundreds of costumed ppl ride big wheels down the windiest road in SF...
04-20-19, 11:41 PM
Replies: 13,955
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Posted By aaronmcd

Oh yes... "Off to the gym"... to work on your...

Oh yes... "Off to the gym"... to work on your "biceps".
04-20-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 13,955
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Posted By aaronmcd

8 hours is my minimum sleep requirement. 10ish on...

8 hours is my minimum sleep requirement. 10ish on rest days.

I got off schedule and today was to be sprints or resting, depending. Hmm. Went to the gym and did a bunch of 10" low resistance...
04-19-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13,955
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Posted By aaronmcd

Re. wheel movement in sprints. I've got my sprint...

Re. wheel movement in sprints. I've got my sprint back up over 1300, and I guess due to me not being used to it lately I had some wheels moving around. It happened years ago when I first started...
04-17-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13,955
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Posted By aaronmcd

Sunday back workout, 4x9 at ~104ish with 2' RBI...

Sunday back workout, 4x9 at ~104ish with 2' RBI and 44' sweet spot, except with all the traffic it was more over under.

Took 2 days rest cuz we saw K.Flay Monday night in the tiny bar/venue next...
04-12-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4,113
Views: 201,150
Posted By aaronmcd

When caloso says "some" climbing, he means it's a...

When caloso says "some" climbing, he means it's a climbers race especially for multiple laps. Threshold length climb near the start of the lap, but after a couple times of that the climbers just have...
04-10-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Wtf. Know how I said my leg muscles always get...

Wtf.
Know how I said my leg muscles always get tired first? Well today I went to the gym and felt a bit sluggish, got home, as I got ready to ride I was breathing really hard. Then I went to do 4x8...
04-10-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

Ha yeah maybe, but idk if I could trust a coach....

Ha yeah maybe, but idk if I could trust a coach. Unless maybe I interview them with questions like, "what do you think of short cranks?" Lol. Or "can you get more aero on a TT bike vs a road bike...
04-10-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

^ if you are hitting PRs that's one thing. I hit...

^ if you are hitting PRs that's one thing. I hit all my PRs within a year of starting.

Also riding a hundred on saturday isn't a big deal. It takes very little training to do that compared to race...
04-09-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

You shut up

You shut up
04-09-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

Oh I've debated the downgrade. But then I'd...

Oh I've debated the downgrade. But then I'd probably just make it my mission to upgrade again lol. Too competitive if given the opportunity.

The training plan thing is complicated. I've done...
04-06-19, 11:02 PM
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Posted By aaronmcd

Turns out I probably won't do any legit training...

Turns out I probably won't do any legit training this weekend. Today I did gym and a city walk with my wife. Tomorrow I'll be riding with an acquaintance who I quite like but doesn't ride much so...
04-05-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

Like to train meaning the feeling of...

Like to train meaning the feeling of accomplishment afterwards? Or the feeling that each pedal stroke squeezes out another tear while you watch the seconds tick by and tell yourself it's only 167...
04-05-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

There's also just doing it cuz it's fun. Thing is...

There's also just doing it cuz it's fun. Thing is it takes just as much training to do that as it does to, well, if you are pack fill already, and wanna just do it for fun, then you gotta stay just...
04-05-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13,955
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Posted By aaronmcd

12 days ago hit -47 TSB, haven't had any good...

12 days ago hit -47 TSB, haven't had any good riding in the legs since then. Been hitting the gym fine. Complete rest Tuesday, leg day Wednesday, Yesterday complete rest again, anything over 50 watts...
04-05-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,911
Posted By aaronmcd

Yeah... just to hang. To be competitive you need...

Yeah... just to hang. To be competitive you need genes. I think that's one of the things... like if I thought there was a good chance that I could do everything absolutely perfect for a season and be...
04-01-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Tried to get threshold in today. Was even lower...

Tried to get threshold in today. Was even lower than Saturday, but close to ~90% (ish). Felt better after the effort but didn't have time for another, nor would it have gone well (most likely). It's...
03-31-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Just got home from the gym and I think I'm gonna...

Just got home from the gym and I think I'm gonna skip riding today. It's way too nice out to spend the next few hours alone and suffering through threshold. I might try and squeeze some threshold in...
03-30-19, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

That big ass ride last weekend, and just riding a...

That big ass ride last weekend, and just riding a lot in general is catching up to me I guess. Stopped getting faster and getting slower. Need the rest week. It's planned starting Tuesday.

Today...
03-27-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,292
Posted By aaronmcd

I've been wondering about this lately. I've...

I've been wondering about this lately.

I've done many athletic activities in my 34 years, including running, swimming, gymnastics for several years, weights (back in college for a semester),...
03-27-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,095
Posted By aaronmcd

I'm racing age 35 now so I can post in this ghost...

I'm racing age 35 now so I can post in this ghost town!

But also I might not race this year, so maybe I'll stay in the 33 where you don't need to actually race.
03-27-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

I feel like the gym is less fatiguing than...

I feel like the gym is less fatiguing than riding, but maybe my aerobic conditioning is low. I hit more watts right after deadlift than I did yesterday. I tried again this morning and chicagogal was...
03-26-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Went out this morning hoping I didn't screw...

Went out this morning hoping I didn't screw myself by riding too much on Sunday. I definitely screwed myself. Was planning 6x8 w/ 2' rbi. 6 minutes into the first effort I couldn't keep the power....
03-26-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

I meant cuz you said you got worried on bench...

I meant cuz you said you got worried on bench press, do you not use the safeties when you bench press? I'd be scared of death also if I benched without safeties! Squatting also. I mean, squatting was...
03-24-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Do you not have a power rack with safeties? ...

Do you not have a power rack with safeties?

I'd like to learn cleans/jerk/snatch, but I really have no clue what I'd be doing. I'd probably need a coach, never even watched weightlifting in the...
03-24-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

I planned on 4 hours with 60 minutes z4. ...

I planned on 4 hours with 60 minutes z4.

Instead I did 5.5 hours with 60 minutes z4.
285 TSS hurts on 30 CTL lol. Went 85 TSS over target. Hopefully a rest day and hella sleep is enough.

Oh...
03-22-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Got the rest. Slept 11 hours, rode to work at ~6...

Got the rest. Slept 11 hours, rode to work at ~6 mph yesterday.

Today was leg day & more threshold work. Squats are finally feeling semi-normal. Going deep helps.
5 sets of 175x10 back squats,...
03-22-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Imo who gives a f*** what (USAC) category you...

Imo who gives a f*** what (USAC) category you are. I never knew what USAC race categories everyone is at the race rides. If you have the skills to not be dangerous, you should absolutely try and...
03-20-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13,955
Views: 741,373
Posted By aaronmcd

Did a back workout at the gym first. 5x10...

Did a back workout at the gym first. 5x10 un-weighted pull ups, 4 sets of dumbbell rows, a bunch of reverse flys and bicep curls, and some wrist curls. My wife has finally been coming regularly and...
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