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06-30-20, 07:08 PM
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Posted By aaronmcd

Gym this morning, working my way back up on...

Gym this morning, working my way back up on deadlifts but trying to not overdo it. 385x2 top set today.
1 hour ride this afternoon on the loop I've been doing lately. It's nice cuz I can get maybe...
06-30-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

I don't really understand how racing on Zwift is...

I don't really understand how racing on Zwift is supposed to work. First off, why does w/kg even matter unless it's all climbing? Even if they estimate your frontal area based on weight it shouldn't...
06-30-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By aaronmcd

Following. I've been thinking of getting the...

Following. I've been thinking of getting the resolutes. My Gestalt sees more pavement than dirt, but the dirt is sees can be pretty intense. And the whole point of the bike is to get off road, even...
06-29-20, 11:46 AM
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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
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Views: 845,065
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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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.
06-19-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4,970
Views: 273,781
Posted By aaronmcd

Meant to go visit AZ and play some nerd-cards...

Meant to go visit AZ and play some nerd-cards (Magic the Gathering) with me brothers and friends, but with the spike in COVID and the nice weather here I changed plans (camp/river weekend trip with...
06-19-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

Another week of not much. I did the Tuesday ride...

Another week of not much. I did the Tuesday ride I posted, plus a bit of RPE zone 2.5 on my way to the social Wednesday night ride. Hovering in the mid 60s, figure I can pick up and build more base...
06-16-20, 06:57 PM
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Posted By aaronmcd

Got a nice 1 hour loop with 1500 feet of climbing...

Got a nice 1 hour loop with 1500 feet of climbing various hills. I get a lot of zone 1 and a lot of zone 4-6, not much in between. Did that this morning to leave time to go to the gym this afternoon....
06-14-20, 09:32 PM
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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
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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...
06-11-20, 01:03 PM
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Posted By aaronmcd

Didn't get solid training in this week. After...

Didn't get solid training in this week. After camping Sunday night and terrible allergies I was sleeping too much to train on Monday or Tuesday. Yesterday I spent too much time researching a portable...
06-09-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4,970
Views: 273,781
Posted By aaronmcd

A friend of mine noted that with the nearby...

A friend of mine noted that with the nearby campgrounds all closed for the virus, it would be a good time to stealth camp. There's one with 5 sites in a cove just across the golden gate with views of...
06-08-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 988
Posted By aaronmcd

My new gravel bike is 1x11-42. That range is...

My new gravel bike is 1x11-42. That range is wider than my road race bike with 50-34x11-28. I prefer the larger gaps between shifts. The difference is only a few RPM, and I'm not racing. I can slow...
06-08-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 558
Posted By aaronmcd

I've never maintained or "cared for" my carbon...

I've never maintained or "cared for" my carbon frames. They aren't fragile.
06-08-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 779
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: 779
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: 779
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.
...
05-31-20, 09:43 PM
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Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

Decided not to go too overboard this weekend. 60...

Decided not to go too overboard this weekend. 60 CTL seems to be that spot where it's tempting to do a big ride and ruin the rest of the week.

Was itching for a party Friday night so I joined a...
05-31-20, 09:32 PM
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Posted By aaronmcd

Awesome photo. Hiking is amazing. I really like...

Awesome photo. Hiking is amazing. I really like how NON competitive it is lol. How relaxing it is. Especially overnighters. I'm ridiculously competitive so it's nice to do an activity purely for...
05-29-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
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
05-29-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

I was a bit torn whether I wanted flat bars or...

I was a bit torn whether I wanted flat bars or drop bars. I chose drop bars because of the extra comfort on roads and familiarity. I definitely agree drops are where I want to be for descents for the...
05-29-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

Well I don't particularly like crashing, and I am...

Well I don't particularly like crashing, and I am afraid of it if I think about it, but I don't usually think about it. Back when I started road riding, I took a corner too fast (or wrong line too...
05-28-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
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...
05-28-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

Not like a full suspension, but it should be able...

Not like a full suspension, but it should be able to do it to some extent once I learn how.


I was practicing wheelies. I got a few good ones, got one for 4 pedal strokes. Then I was feeling...
05-28-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

Like I mentioned I'm guessing a skilled rider...

Like I mentioned I'm guessing a skilled rider would be fine on these little jumps and stairs without suspension, but I have 50,000 miles on a road bike and 200 on a gravel bike lol. Probably a few...
05-28-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

So far I'm ok with low traction like deep loose...

So far I'm ok with low traction like deep loose cohesionless aggregate (sand and gravel) if I see it first. The time I slid in the sand was night and I was looking at the log I was trying to get...
05-28-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

Yeah I didn't think of that til the first person...

Yeah I didn't think of that til the first person responded. I live in an area with lots of trails and lots of paved roads and also lots of fire roads, but not many unpaved normal roads. I got the...
05-28-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

Could be. I just don't know. Was wondering if...

Could be. I just don't know. Was wondering if others had a similar experience. Obviously those who only ride nice flat level gravel won't be crashing, nor those who are very cautious while learning...
05-28-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

I can ride any bike on gravel. Sure a gravel bike...

I can ride any bike on gravel. Sure a gravel bike is better on gravel than the road bike, but my Marin's primary purpose for me is an all around adventure bike. None of my crashes have been from...
05-28-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,271
Posted By aaronmcd

I've been crashing a lot since getting a gravel bike

I seem to crash it approximately once per ride so far.
Tried to ride around stairs (uphill) and hit a bump hidden by vegetation, went over the bars.
Sharp corner in sand, slid out.
Tried to hop a...
05-27-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
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...
05-27-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15,055
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Posted By aaronmcd

That's pretty much what I set out to do by...

That's pretty much what I set out to do by joining the gym. I made sure to get month to month and told them I was gonna cancel in 3 months. Turned out I got addicted and focused solely on lifting for...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,304
Posted By aaronmcd

I'm surprised water fountains are off, I haven't...

I'm surprised water fountains are off, I haven't seen that yet.
Water bottle in middle pocket.
Or water bottle in each of side pockets (if the rest of your stuff fits in the center).
Or mask +...
05-26-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,247
Posted By aaronmcd

Just took the gravel bike out yesterday, 25 miles...

Just took the gravel bike out yesterday, 25 miles of pavement to get to Fairfax before dirt. Being not slow is nice so this doesn't take all day. Felt about the same as my aero race bike on pavement....
05-26-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 968
Posted By aaronmcd

If you have to ask than it doesn't matter. ...

If you have to ask than it doesn't matter.
​​​​If you know what's annoying you and what you need to buy to fix the issue, then maybe it's worth it.
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05-24-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,247
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, 11:53 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

It isn't set all that low, I had it at 89% of my...

It isn't set all that low, I had it at 89% of my 12 minute effort from 3 weeks ago. May be a few watts low now. But this ride, riding at 85% felt almost like zone 2, even though I'd get tired riding...
05-23-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 626
Posted By aaronmcd

It's too late now but I would have asked for an...

It's too late now but I would have asked for an exchange anyway. I think a lot of companies would be willing if they have the correct size and you pay shipping. I bought some pants last year on sale,...
05-22-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
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...
05-22-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15,055
Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

Gravel bike

Gravel bike
05-22-20, 04:11 PM
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Views: 845,065
Posted By aaronmcd

Did no riding all week except the social beer...

Did no riding all week except the social beer ride on Wednesday, which included me attempting a dirt jump. I guess one shouldn't just approach a jump with too much gusto and zero skill no matter how...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,236
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,938
Posted By aaronmcd

Wow I just googled this... do they have padding?...

Wow I just googled this... do they have padding? And normal amount of bagginess? I may try these out. Also maybe just add a small frame bag so I can skip the jersey. I mean a little extra drag never...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By aaronmcd

Larger tires/wider rims are becoming more popular...

Larger tires/wider rims are becoming more popular to the point where finding good wheels to fit 23s is getting tough. But I think pressure per tire size is always the same... Can't be too low that...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,254
Posted By aaronmcd

Now you get to start exploring the hills. It gets...

Now you get to start exploring the hills. It gets even more fun when you're able to go longer distances and explore more remote areas!

Dunno if it was mentioned, but ideally you bring ~300...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,938
Posted By aaronmcd

Any ideas other than full kit? I've raced for...

Any ideas other than full kit?
I've raced for years and wear the kit cuz it's fast, it's got pockets, it wicks...
But dammit the roadie "look" is ugly to me and I still feel kinda like a dweeb in...
05-18-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4,970
Views: 273,781
Posted By aaronmcd

Speaking of TSS per workout, I'm wondering what...

Speaking of TSS per workout, I'm wondering what the difference is between head unit pausing the ride while stopped vs recoding zeros while stopped. My Joule from a few years ago kept recording. My...
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