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Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 2,642
Posted By TMonk

I certainly wouldn't shy away from it if the...

I certainly wouldn't shy away from it if the price disparity was low for a similarly spec'd bike. My bikes are ancient by todays standards - 11sp, mechanical, rim brake, tubed tires. Something more...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 06:19 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 2,642
Posted By TMonk

It makes a lot of sense for TT bikes in my...

It makes a lot of sense for TT bikes in my opinion. I'm about to upgrade my TT bike to etap aero. I have two road bikes that I don't plan on switching from mechanical, not worth the cost to me.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 687
Posted By TMonk

I'd say freezing. There might be one or two days...

I'd say freezing. There might be one or two days per year that actually touch down that low in San Diego.

But that was last year. I have a smart trainer now (Saris H3) so it might be a lot...
10-21-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Couldn't snuff the 5 hrs of zwifting this...

Couldn't snuff the 5 hrs of zwifting this morning. It was a combo of some solo riding while doing work email, a B-pace 3R group ride and some more climbing to get me closer to the Tron bike. Did...
10-19-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

I'm on my pre-base blast week. CTL at like 65,...

I'm on my pre-base blast week. CTL at like 65, usually tops at at 100 in Jan/Feb. I like to hit the legs with 17+ hours 'out of the woodwork' in late October before being lazy another week, then...
10-19-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

MTB rules. I would agree with your assessment...

MTB rules. I would agree with your assessment about cost though. Make sure you get tubeless, hydraulic disc and 1x shifting. Your looking at like 1k (new) to get into the bottom of that market.
10-10-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

~1 hr of random zwifting, mostly with "Pace...

~1 hr of random zwifting, mostly with "Pace Partners". The Pace Partners are translucent bots that ride a certain route over and over at a set w/kg range. They have 4-5 at any given time at all...
10-10-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

Oh snap. Two Brits and favorites out already.

Oh snap. Two Brits and favorites out already.
10-09-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

It is hard to avoid, I'll give you that. While...

It is hard to avoid, I'll give you that. While many have written off 2021 and I'm not super optimistic about it, I am looking forward to training hard again and improving my fitness. Force of habit...
10-09-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

It would be great if we could play nice in here...

It would be great if we could play nice in here and avoid overtly politicized statements and personal insults/attacks. Let's try to stick to discussions regarding the pandemic as it applies to...
10-09-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Doc thinks its just a sprain which is what I'd...

Doc thinks its just a sprain which is what I'd hoped for. They'll give me a call if the x-ray reveals anything unexpected but I'm thinking I should be able to get back outside after another week or...
10-08-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

...annnnd, we're back!

...annnnd, we're back!
10-08-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Getting my wrist checked out tomorrow at the...

Getting my wrist checked out tomorrow at the doc's office. It's getting better a little, but at a quite slow rate. Crash was last Sunday. Putting any weight on it or doing like a pushup/pullup def...
10-08-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Sweet man! What was the course?

Sweet man! What was the course?
10-08-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

gonna go ahead and close this for now...

gonna go ahead and close this for now...
Forum: Introductions
10-08-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By TMonk

Welcome Genp929! Hope you enjoy your riding!

Welcome Genp929! Hope you enjoy your riding!
10-07-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Hey I'm only 33 and finding myself needing to...

Hey I'm only 33 and finding myself needing to back off sometimes haha. I hope you don't end up regretting your flat ride.
10-07-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Tipped the scales at ~152 lbs this morning which...

Tipped the scales at ~152 lbs this morning which hasn't happened in a while. Race weight 145. I'm a few weeks out from starting to pile on the volume, but I may try to watch my portions and snacking...
10-06-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 40,803
Posted By TMonk

I've certainly become more ambivalent on the road...

I've certainly become more ambivalent on the road over the years. Even in races - I can't handle the nerves of the last few laps like I used to so I prefer to attack, lead out etc. Not that I'm...
10-06-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Skipped Coach's hours at the track this morning...

Skipped Coach's hours at the track this morning due to my wrist. Meant to do a Zwift TT at 7AM but got a late start and ended up just spinning Z1 for an hour with Z running in the bkg while I did...
10-06-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Crashed my MTB last weekend and hurt my left...

Crashed my MTB last weekend and hurt my left wrist and elbow. Was feeling good/fast until I wasn't. Always tough to remember to keep yourself in check.

Fairly certain I didn't break it, but it's...
10-02-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Heading down to the track soon, coaches hours on...

Heading down to the track soon, coaches hours on T/F mornings for endurance (pursuit) and sprint efforts on the motor. Last week we did 2x 3 km on the motor, and 1x 4 km alternating 2/1 laps...
10-02-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Zwift is great as a visual aid. I like to do my...

Zwift is great as a visual aid. I like to do my 2x20's up Epic KOM, it's entertaining to have the resistance change with the gradient in sim mode and motivating to have other riders to pass/race...
09-27-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5,222
Views: 305,869
Posted By TMonk

yeah probably, but I'm too lazy to adjust things...

yeah probably, but I'm too lazy to adjust things back on forth. I think that over the winter I might start to do some TT work on it, where I can expect a further reduction in power. Maybe I can do...
09-25-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5,222
Views: 305,869
Posted By TMonk

yep, I'm def. not hitting the same numbers...

yep, I'm def. not hitting the same numbers indoors vs road. The interaction nature of the apps helps but not a ton. My best 20 min so far on Zwift is like 4.4 w/kg or something, compared to a 5.0...
09-25-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Congrats, and nice ride!

Congrats, and nice ride!
09-23-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Nope! Instead I had an extra glass of wine...

Nope! Instead I had an extra glass of wine whilst playing music last night and went on a 45 min MTB ride this morning. I'm really doing a good job at this whole off season thing.
09-22-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2,063
Views: 224,676
Posted By TMonk

Non-existent. I'd like to be able to at least do...

Non-existent. I'd like to be able to at least do a couple pages with my mom by Christmas and there is still time. Separately I've been working on Debussy's Arabesque 1 and enjoying it.

Last week...
09-22-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Nice. I do appreciate that they split out the...

Nice. I do appreciate that they split out the A+'s for this one. I didn't know that Tuesday was for the special 3R races, I'll have to tune into that more. I have noticed some regulars with...
09-22-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

Dropped on lap 1 of the "A" 3R Sundown Race...

Dropped on lap 1 of the "A" 3R Sundown Race series, Watopia Seaside Sprint 30km. Wasn't mentally ready for the big surge up into the volcano. 3 others got dropped and I should have just slotted in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 6,003
Posted By TMonk

I don't like gloves. I've had road rash on my...

I don't like gloves. I've had road rash on my hands and it's awful... but eventually I agree lazy and stopped wearing that.

I wear gloves for crit racing, track racing, MTB or when it's cold.
Forum: Introductions
09-21-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By TMonk

Welcome alphaphoenix , good luck on finding the...

Welcome alphaphoenix , good luck on finding the classy Lemond!
Forum: Introductions
09-21-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By TMonk

Welcome piefall. Cool bikes you got there! I...

Welcome piefall. Cool bikes you got there! I started with a KHS Flite 100 SS/FG and a Centurion Dave Scott Ironman with Shimano 600 myself. Cheers!
09-21-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

In my experience I need to be really fresh for...

In my experience I need to be really fresh for the limiter to be my aerobic system. If I have any sort of (even mild) fatigue, pain in my legs is the limiter.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,119
Posted By TMonk

I can relate to the OP b/c I got my start riding...

I can relate to the OP b/c I got my start riding fixie bikes in college about 15 years ago.

Ryan, your sentiments are absolutely correct given your perspective. There's no other way around it. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

hmm, gonna go ahead and close this for a bit. at...

hmm, gonna go ahead and close this for a bit. at least we got some good discussion along the way!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,450
Posted By TMonk

How much do I care about bike weight? Not that...

How much do I care about bike weight? Not that much. Most modern carbon (or aluminum) race bikes are not going to hold me back in any real world competitive situation. I'm 66 kg and about 310-315...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 8,640
Posted By TMonk

I do flat repair stuff and other tools in the...

I do flat repair stuff and other tools in the saddle bag. Pockets, wallet, keys and phone. For long rides, I'll squeeze my CC and Driver's license and single house key in the saddle bag so I can...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

I'm also a fan of the GP4 season, perhaps an...

I'm also a fan of the GP4 season, perhaps an intermediate between the 4k/5k and Gatorskin in regards to flat protection and suppleness. They're a bit spendy though.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

I've gotten many sidewall slashes on the old...

I've gotten many sidewall slashes on the old GP4k's, which seems to be their only consistent demerit IME and based on internet boards. I think there is a certain amount of "luck" (or lack therof)...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By TMonk

I would say you don't know until you try! IME...

I would say you don't know until you try! IME most guys can remain fit and competitive into their mid 40's. After that, some guys can, if they're really good/talented. But there's also Masters...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

I'm also fully aware of this possibility that...

I'm also fully aware of this possibility that this may have run it's course - leaving it open to see if we can generate some meaningful dialogue.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

Let's stay on topic please

Let's stay on topic please
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

Hey no worries and thanks for being cool about it

Hey no worries and thanks for being cool about it
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

As for me, I don't like the Gatorskins. I'm an...

As for me, I don't like the Gatorskins. I'm an elite level racer like rubiksoval and train a lot on the open road. In East County SD (popular destination for longer training rides) there are a lot of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 14,028
Posted By TMonk

oleg232000 , WhyFi , rubiksoval cool it. I just...

oleg232000 , WhyFi , rubiksoval cool it. I just checked this thread for interest reasons and I have found little to nothing of value in this last page or so. Please stop diluting the content on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,126
Posted By TMonk

smooth pavement on the TT bike.

smooth pavement on the TT bike.
09-16-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

3R Zwift "San and Sequoias" race, about 30 min. ...

3R Zwift "San and Sequoias" race, about 30 min. About 4.2 w/kg for the duration, huge negative split due to the harder (undulating) nature of the second half of the course (Sequoias) with it's...
09-15-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

hehe yeah that's a fun one. I have a theory that...

hehe yeah that's a fun one. I have a theory that he actually does know how to play piano better than he lets on!
09-15-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15,512
Views: 889,056
Posted By TMonk

I got home early enough to do a second 0.5 hr MTB...

I got home early enough to do a second 0.5 hr MTB ride, ha!

Digging these off season vibes. Going with the flow and not "stressing it" are things that take some practice for me :). Gonna play...
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