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Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 952
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The simplest and quickest thing to do is to find...

The simplest and quickest thing to do is to find your ventilation thresholds, VT1 and VT2. Figure your lactate threshold heart rate (LTHR) is just below VT2 and the top of Zone 2 is just above VT1. ...
04-22-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that your saddle is too low. The...

My guess is that your saddle is too low. The "rule" is: knee pain in front, raise saddle. Knee pain in back, lower saddle. Besides that, try going back and forth from sitting to standing every few...
04-22-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 237
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My first instinct is that this isn't an issue...

My first instinct is that this isn't an issue about calories, it's an issue about fitness. I do have a caveat though: if the OP is just starting this diet and has suddenly dropped from say 3000...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 179
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I find RWGPS elevation gain on a route is very...

I find RWGPS elevation gain on a route is very close to what one of my Garmin 800 devices shows. My other 800 shows a much higher gain. After a group ride we sometimes have an elevation question...
04-22-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My rule is "it is what it is." :lol: Pretty hard...

My rule is "it is what it is." :lol: Pretty hard to argue with that. I also get acidosis after long hard efforts, though the heavy breathing is only for an hour or so in my case. No idea why. IMO,...
04-21-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Here's an interesting article: ...

Here's an interesting article:
https://www.outsideonline.com/2422300/sleep-injury-risk-research-2021

It's about runners, but certainly applies to cyclists. When one starts strength training, the...
04-21-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Ah! Hypermobile EDS. That explains everything,...

Ah! Hypermobile EDS. That explains everything, except that I don't think any of us here know enough to be of much help. Basically autonomic dysfunction, so your HR is going to be weird. Once you get...
04-20-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,765
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If one can do it, weight loss obviously requires...

If one can do it, weight loss obviously requires some sort of calorie restriction. That's not really the issue for many people. The issue is food addiction, which is a totally ordinary addiction....
04-20-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good plan. I know some serious LD racers did 50...

Good plan. I know some serious LD racers did 50 reps. My max half-squat at 70 was 10 reps at 245. I weighed ~145. In my early 60s my 1RM on the leg sled was ~700+sled weight, whatever that was. Heavy...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 919
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, simple as that. Sometimes when I'm hill...

Yes, simple as that. Sometimes when I'm hill sprinting, I'll lift the back wheel off. Simple, move weight back. Lifting the front wheel is not good as one loses steerage.
BTW, you're doing it right.
04-19-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I had a compression fracture decades ago. After...

I had a compression fracture decades ago. After it healed, it has given me no further trouble. I agree that the trad road position is better for your back. The more upright one is, the greater the...
04-19-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 352
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

What's your cycling history? What do you want to...

What's your cycling history? What do you want to accomplish or improve?

I you want to know what I for example did, my first two years of strength training when I was ~55, I did 3 sets of 30 in a...
04-19-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 11,837
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I assume you're using supercompensation theory to...

I assume you're using supercompensation theory to space your hard workouts. How do you structure that? I'm using HRV and find that I get a high HRV 2-3 days (varies) after a hard or long workout, so...
04-18-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

VT1 and VT2 are actually pretty easy to define in...

VT1 and VT2 are actually pretty easy to define in the field:...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 983
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When I'm curious about a result, I look at my...

When I'm curious about a result, I look at my data. I have both power and HR on one bike, but only HR on the other. In either case, I look at time in zone to assess my fitness. Last Sunday, I was in...
04-17-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 11,837
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I dunno. Seems like 3 X 6 X 3 Z5 within a 60' Z2...

I dunno. Seems like 3 X 6 X 3 Z5 within a 60' Z2 ride twice a week would do a lot of good. Give your current training twenty or thirty years and see how it goes. I know that's a complaint about the...
04-17-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Trying to be analytical . . . Let us suppose that...

Trying to be analytical . . . Let us suppose that you have an injury of some sort, say a tear. You've rested it, and it's begun to heal. You took some golf swings, and it was healed enough to...
04-16-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Good! Let us know how it turns out, please. Not...

Good! Let us know how it turns out, please. Not that we care about you, just more information. ;)
04-15-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

The exact issue is important. You said "jumper's...

The exact issue is important. You said "jumper's knee," which involves only the patellar tendon, with pain noticed particularly below the patella. If the pain is not below, but is to the inside or...
04-15-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

See a specialist - orthopedist. Sounds serious to...

See a specialist - orthopedist. Sounds serious to me.
04-15-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 11,837
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Progress report on the OP topic, "Polarized...

Progress report on the OP topic, "Polarized training (PT)...Good for low volume rider?"

I'm a 75 y.o low volume rider. No time constraints, only recovery constraints due to age. I'm getting in 6-8...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 800
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Referring to your second point and some of the...

Referring to your second point and some of the posts above, the OP didn't ask us for our opinion on how to build a nimble bike from the ground up, but rather to advise how a bike he owns now could be...
04-14-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 562
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That all depends on age and recovery talent. Not...

That all depends on age and recovery talent. Not everyone can ride what would be an optimal amount for a talented 25 y.o., even though a lot of training science and advice is based on that standard....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-14-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 800
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

A shorter stem will make the bike feel more...

A shorter stem will make the bike feel more nimble, especially at relatively slow speeds. The shorter stem reduces the side-to-side motion of the bars. Also, a shorter reach makes turns more of a...
04-14-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Since the PT made it worse, my guess is that...

Since the PT made it worse, my guess is that there a tear at an attachment point and the diagnosis is incorrect. One thing you can try while waiting is taking 600mg ibuprofen every 6 hours for a few...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 874
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

That's what worked for me as a teen-ager, when...

That's what worked for me as a teen-ager, when leather was all there was in terms of road bike saddles. That saddle was an Italia. Centuries no problem once my butt got used to it. The saddle did not...
04-14-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,514
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

After riding my new carbon bike for 20 years, I...

After riding my new carbon bike for 20 years, I got a fit. The fitter changed a couple things, but having my angles changed to what the fitter thought were more usual angles made no positive...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 874
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You don't break in a leather saddle. You break in...

You don't break in a leather saddle. You break in your butt. Yes, hurts like the devil. The trick is to ride almost every day but not too long to start with. That works best. If riding every day...
04-14-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 562
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Last question first: Z2 rides can be any length,...

Last question first: Z2 rides can be any length, what matters is hours/week. Last September through December, I rode mostly indoors on my resistance rollers with a power meter. I rode mostly 5...
04-13-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks for getting back to us, good news. Too...

Thanks for getting back to us, good news. Too many people don't! What does the PT have you doing?

I got a nasty case of sciatica last summer. One of the things I did was to get a new 12" foam...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I had some but threw them away after blowing two...

I had some but threw them away after blowing two of them off the rim on our tandem. Never had a problem with the same model with the usual rubber sidewalls I think that's the reason they quit making...
04-13-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,677
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Exactly where is the tenderness? Both knees? If...

Exactly where is the tenderness? Both knees? If so, same place?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Topeak Road Morph G. It's smaller than a frame...

Topeak Road Morph G. It's smaller than a frame pump but works like a floor pump. When going to help another flatted rider, the first thing I do is grab my Road Morph (unless I see they have one). As...
04-11-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 562
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not only not harmful, but darn near perfect. Way...

Not only not harmful, but darn near perfect. Way to go. Sounds like a sensible regimen. You'll gradually get stronger and be able to do more on the group ride, not harder, just more. Just got back...
04-11-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 13,624
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think the claim that high deuterium levels in...

I think the claim that high deuterium levels in your body's water are constantly damaging your mitochondria is supposed to be scary, and would be if one didn't know anything about it other than that...
04-10-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 13,624
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that this latest food fad/scare was...

My guess is that this latest food fad/scare was injected into our social media by the FSB for its chaos value. :)

What never ceases to amaze me is how long 4 billion years is, and how much can...
04-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 13,624
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Not. Multicellular organisms on earth has evolved...

Not. Multicellular organisms on earth has evolved to thrive on the specific amount of deuterium in natural water. Variations both up and down from the historic normal proportion of deuterium in water...
04-10-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For weight on hands, stem length, etc., my bike...

For weight on hands, stem length, etc., my bike fitting primer is here: https://www.bikeforums.net/21296948-post3.html

What you probably need to do most is pushups every morning. You do a set of...
04-10-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

A blood draw at the doctor's and a request to...

A blood draw at the doctor's and a request to check B and D levels is not a bad idea. Might was well get the lipid panel, too, and whatever else the doc recommends. I always ask for a PSA, being an...
04-10-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

A knee brace won't be helpful. You...

A knee brace won't be helpful. You irritated/injured a tendon or tendon sheath. What you want to do now is take ibuprofen, 600mg every 6 hours, and keep it up for 3 days or so. If the pain goes away,...
04-10-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,427
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

How about some encouragement? My performance...

How about some encouragement? My performance didn't really start dropping off until I was 63. At your age, I was doing 400k rides in the mountains, and I'm not any kind of a talented athlete. In the...
04-09-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,427
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I got one for my single bike at 73, had it for 2...

I got one for my single bike at 73, had it for 2 years now, and really like it. Wish I'd gotten it sooner. I've been using HR for 25 years. I thought that was fine and still do. The PM however...
04-09-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 29,433
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is "it depends," particularly it depends...

My guess is "it depends," particularly it depends on what the injury is. I just had the dangdest thing happen to me a couple weeks ago. I got all this crazy pain throughout the rear half of my chest,...
04-09-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,679
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I think the no-meter accuracy depends on the...

I think the no-meter accuracy depends on the terrain, wind, and the user's inputs. There's an event ride I do every year, same equipment, ~9000', ~154 miles. Looking at two rides with identical...
04-09-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't have any problem sitting my rollers for 2...

I don't have any problem sitting my rollers for 2 hours. I can stand by putting it into a big gear before coming up, not like climbing where one holds the power and changes positions, just a...
04-06-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,679
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IMO once you've tried Fig Newmans, Fig Newtons...

IMO once you've tried Fig Newmans, Fig Newtons don't seem that great anymore. We always a a stack of Fig Newmans somewhere on the tandem.
03-31-21, 09:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 964
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Ah, generalizations. I ride with a guy who's 6'7"...

Ah, generalizations. I ride with a guy who's 6'7" and rides with bars just like you say. He has a large section of wall for his long distance achievement medals, has ridden PBP twice, etc., though of...
03-31-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,679
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Maybe the issue is that you don't ride with a...

Maybe the issue is that you don't ride with a power meter, upload your rides to a training diary and then examine your power output. Even if you don't have a power meter, if you use an uploadable GPS...
03-31-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 12,062
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My point is that I and everyone I know who has...

My point is that I and everyone I know who has crashed, and everyone on this thread who's crashed, got the help they needed with loved ones notified appropriately and etc. These are well-marketed...
03-31-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

160/170 = .94 You lost 6% of your crank torque at...

160/170 = .94 You lost 6% of your crank torque at the same pedal pressure. To keep pedal pressure the same as it was with the 170 cranks, you'd reduce your gearing by 6% and pedal a 6% higher cadence...
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