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02-17-18, 12:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,986
Posted By Alaska Mike

I did a couple crits on a quarter mile track. No...

I did a couple crits on a quarter mile track. No real banking. We were lined out 2X (at best) near the inside, so the minimal banking wasn't a player. Turns came so fast you could never grab a drink,...
02-17-18, 12:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,900
Posted By Alaska Mike

Take this for what it's worth, because you are...

Take this for what it's worth, because you are more familiar with your local race scene than I am.

In general, lower-level racers corner less-effectively than more advanced racers. In Cat 5, you...
06-30-17, 12:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,925
Posted By Alaska Mike

Believe me, I wish the athletic bubble of my life...

Believe me, I wish the athletic bubble of my life (ski racing and cycling friends) was representative of the general population. Healthy, successful, engaged... However, the other compartments of my...
06-27-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,925
Posted By Alaska Mike

I doubt you'll find them, because I don't think...

I doubt you'll find them, because I don't think the studies were done on fitness across a wide spectrum of the population.

My family came from farm and hillbilly stock, and 10 pushups for my...
06-27-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,925
Posted By Alaska Mike

You're arguing the American public is a whole is...

You're arguing the American public is a whole is as physically active as they once were?
Or that there are fewer outlets now for adults to compete physically than there once were?
Or that USAC's...
06-27-17, 06:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,925
Posted By Alaska Mike

Obviously my percentages were non-scientific, but...

Obviously my percentages were non-scientific, but if there are fewer and fewer racers at the base of the pyramid, how long is the business model sustainable?
06-26-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,925
Posted By Alaska Mike

How are they doing? In terms of growing the sport...

How are they doing? In terms of growing the sport of road racing in the US? Pretty crappy, based on participation numbers I've seen.

It's not all their fault, though. There has never been so...
06-19-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3,032
Views: 261,694
Posted By Alaska Mike

Sorry if it's been posted elsewhere in the 33,...

Sorry if it's been posted elsewhere in the 33, but what are your thoughts on this:
Ladera 45+ crash 6/11/17 (https://vimeo.com/221195646)

I've seen debate on both sides of this incident, and...
06-05-17, 11:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 783
Posted By Alaska Mike

Watched the video of the presentation, which was...

Watched the video of the presentation, which was less than informative. It was mainly the guy addressing why people couldn't connect and like 2 slides with any actual content. I don't think you can...
06-04-17, 01:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 783
Posted By Alaska Mike

Rider Development Resources

My local road racing sanctioning body, the Arctic Bike Club Road Division, is not affiliated with USAC and hasn't been for well over a decade. Some people in the club travel to the Lower 48 to race,...
02-05-17, 01:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,050
Posted By Alaska Mike

-Elapsed time- only care about that in the last...

-Elapsed time- only care about that in the last ten minutes of a race, when I think of it.
-3sec power- only care about that during a break/bridging (very rare).
-Heart rate- have no idea why I...
02-05-17, 01:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,780
Posted By Alaska Mike

I lost a whole 'cross season one year to...

I lost a whole 'cross season one year to bronchitis. If it's in the chest, don't play around and risk screwing up the first part of the season.

Head cold? Neti pots are beautiful things.
10-15-16, 07:38 PM
Replies: 18,065
Views: 1,219,992
Posted By Alaska Mike

Yeah, the helmet bit is certainly relevant, but...

Yeah, the helmet bit is certainly relevant, but it doesn't change the positive vibes I'm sending his way. I was wondering if there was anyone close to him that may have had more up-to-date...
10-15-16, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18,065
Views: 1,219,992
Posted By Alaska Mike

Any new updates on Tilford?

Any new updates on Tilford?
03-24-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I did the Pretzel last week, and I think that's...

I did the Pretzel last week, and I think that's about as much as I ever want to do on the trainer- just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. The climbs were nice in that they had new scenery to keep me...
03-18-16, 08:45 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

The new mountain route is suitably long- long...

The new mountain route is suitably long- long enough that I only got a third of the way up it. To be fair, I had already done a forward and reverse lap of the island before I started, but it ain't no...
03-11-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

After over 5 months exclusively on the trainer, I...

After over 5 months exclusively on the trainer, I am more than ready to be back on pavement. As soon as the ice clears (don't want to risk injury before the season starts), I'll be back out there and...
03-07-16, 10:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 10,021
Posted By Alaska Mike

Our participation seems to fall off on nice...

Our participation seems to fall off on nice summers, mainly because the MTB trails dry out quicker and the potential racer pool spreads out. When people have a lot of options for recreation, they...
03-07-16, 09:59 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 10,021
Posted By Alaska Mike

I remember when the Venge and DI2 were first...

I remember when the Venge and DI2 were first released I did a group ride in Mississippi and there were two of them present. I drooled all over them, because I'm a shameless gear-*****. The owners...
02-11-16, 12:44 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I never seem to be able to link up with the Zwift...

I never seem to be able to link up with the Zwift race starts because of my schedule and the time difference, but I've been on there more than a few times when they're going on. Always interesting to...
01-20-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Alaska Mike

It gets more ridiculous when they do a series of...

It gets more ridiculous when they do a series of 5-10 balls, jumping from one to the next. Ankles aren't what you have to worry about when jumping up.

To be honest, I did my jumping on boxes and...
01-16-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Alaska Mike

This. Jumping on the ball from the floor...

This.

Jumping on the ball from the floor requires a bit of control and explosive energy, but the main benefit is for stabilizing muscles. A lot of winter sports athletes do this kind of work....
01-15-16, 11:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Alaska Mike

Yes.

Yes.
01-07-16, 07:56 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 18,836
Posted By Alaska Mike

For me the issue is standardization. Once all of...

For me the issue is standardization. Once all of the manufacturers settle on a standard for axles, spacing, and all of that other crap, then I'll think about it. Just because the UCI says they want...
12-31-15, 12:12 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I had the circle thing happen a few weeks ago, so...

I had the circle thing happen a few weeks ago, so it isn't the latest update. Most of my errors have been immediately after updates, so I'm in the habit of restarting the application after each one....
12-30-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Don't overstate it. It's still a bunch of people...

Don't overstate it. It's still a bunch of people riding trainers after all.

It does make the time pass a lot faster, and the intensity I get beats any other trainer inspiration I've tried.
12-24-15, 01:14 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I got mixed up with one of the ZTR groups last...

I got mixed up with one of the ZTR groups last week (happened to be going the same direction). Wasn't trying to stay with them , but they were riding the same pace I was. Tried to ride ahead and they...
12-15-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

If you do one of the workouts, there is less...

If you do one of the workouts, there is less interaction with the other riders. They're still there, but they don't intrude as much and you don't see the sprint or KOM times.
12-12-15, 11:38 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I think when Zwift messed with the drafting...

I think when Zwift messed with the drafting algorithm they also adjusted the solo effort algorithm. It's getting harder to get a time up on my sprint PR board, even with a equal or better effort...
12-12-15, 08:53 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Patriot Act.

Patriot Act.
12-11-15, 08:04 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I'm not either. Strava would be a deal-breaker...

I'm not either. Strava would be a deal-breaker for me.
12-11-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

As always, I missed the ZTR races, but I was on...

As always, I missed the ZTR races, but I was on around the same time. I was amazed by how hard the C/D guys were going, not to mention the A/B. Even some of the guys off the back were averaging over...
12-11-15, 12:27 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

First time doing a Field Test on Zwift (not my...

First time doing a Field Test on Zwift (not my first Field Test, though). Destroyed my PR on the forward island course, probably because I usually ride it as a set of intervals instead of at a steady...
11-28-15, 02:14 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Zwift is a bad place to be when you're supposed...

Zwift is a bad place to be when you're supposed to be riding Recovery. Just sayin'.
11-26-15, 01:22 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Laurens Ten Dam was just on, and Evie Stevens was...

Laurens Ten Dam was just on, and Evie Stevens was on earlier, so it may just be a thing now.

I didn't get to play with the cool kids, 'cause I had to grind it out at Tempo.
11-21-15, 11:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,370
Posted By Alaska Mike

Coached. She keeps me more or less on-track and...

Coached. She keeps me more or less on-track and focused, despite my best efforts. This is especially valuable during the long trainer season up here.
11-18-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Seems like there were a lot of shelled riders on...

Seems like there were a lot of shelled riders on the Richmond course last night. I kept picking up B and C riders who were pedaling virtual squares. They'd link up for a while, and then fade away....
11-17-15, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,082
Posted By Alaska Mike

Yeah, and the mats I've seen are either like...

Yeah, and the mats I've seen are either like speed bumps or tarps- my favorite sprint surfaces.

I'll probably have to suck it up and learn how to count.
11-17-15, 07:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,082
Posted By Alaska Mike

Most big running races use RFID, because of the...

Most big running races use RFID, because of the cheap, disposable chips and the relatively slow speeds through the detection zone. Even smaller running events can get away with mats and/or side...
11-17-15, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,082
Posted By Alaska Mike

Yeah, the timing system would be used for lap...

Yeah, the timing system would be used for lap counts so that we wouldn't have to rely on multiple people to do lap tabulations. We don't have a crit culture (more of a hill climb and TT culture), so...
11-17-15, 09:34 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I had a first generation Rock and Roll and hated...

I had a first generation Rock and Roll and hated it. The movement was jerky as the rubber flexed and despite numerous attempts to fix it, it never got much better. The resistance unit made it feel...
11-16-15, 10:58 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

If you want noisy, might I suggest a LeMond...

If you want noisy, might I suggest a LeMond Revolution? Mine is jet engine loud during sprints, but has great "road feel" and will never leak. That's a trade-off I'm more than willing to make. After...
11-16-15, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 652,411
Posted By Alaska Mike

Thanks for the info. That was pretty much along...

Thanks for the info. That was pretty much along the lines I was thinking. Better to have a good baseline to work with, especially given I don't know the history of the unit.

Edit- Called them...
11-16-15, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 652,411
Posted By Alaska Mike

I'm using a Garmin Edge 800. I don't have a SRM...

I'm using a Garmin Edge 800. I don't have a SRM head unit.

I still haven't called on the service history. I'm not exactly sure how to get the serial number off of it, other than the ANT+ ID.
...
11-15-15, 09:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,082
Posted By Alaska Mike

Race Directors/Promoters/Timing Guys- RFID timing questions

Figured there might be a couple of you guys here.

My local race-sanctioning organization (non-USAC) is having a big turnover this season, particularly in our race directors. The people that timed...
11-15-15, 08:56 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

I was figuring that there would be a shift from...

I was figuring that there would be a shift from southern hemisphere flags to northern hemisphere flags as the seasons changed. I'm probably going to suspend my subscription in March or April once I...
11-15-15, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8,471
Views: 652,411
Posted By Alaska Mike

Quick question- How does a SRM with a failing...

Quick question-
How does a SRM with a failing battery indicate the issue? I was riding on an indoor track today, and my power started dropping off as I was accelerating (significantly, but not a...
11-14-15, 08:48 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Are you having an issue with the SRM reading...

Are you having an issue with the SRM reading waaaaayyyy too high initially (https://support.zwift.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/202323475-Watts-abnormally-high-when-first-starting-ride-)? A buddy of...
11-14-15, 01:32 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Finally slipped under 12 seconds (11.89) on the...

Finally slipped under 12 seconds (11.89) on the reverse sprint during a solo effort. Then my calves exploded all over my trainer. That hurt.
11-14-15, 11:30 AM
Replies: 353
Views: 28,434
Posted By Alaska Mike

Happens every day. Somebody will have their...

Happens every day. Somebody will have their trainer resistance off, their weight set way low, or have some other "unintentional" issue, and they'll be riding around at 7-8w/kg for an hour.

There...
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