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Sierra_rider 01-21-24 07:11 PM

After a long week of just indoor mileage, I was able to get outside once the rain let off today. Pretty productive ride, I was shooting for a little higher intensity and got it...set a PR on my local "benchmark" climb, which I did in 12:48. That surprised me, as I did squats,deadlifts,box steps, lunges, and some other core stuff this morning. I'm kinda interested to see what I can do if I hit it fresh...it's just cool to be rolling with this positive momentum I've had in recent weeks. The time might be just a bit skewed, as I did it on my UCI-illegally light climbing bike. IIRC, according to bike calculator, this thing is worth 10ish seconds on this climb compared to my "daily-driver" road bike.

Anyway...30 miles, 3500' of elevation gain, 15.5 average mph.

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rsbob 01-22-24 12:51 AM

114 trainer miles this week including intervals, endurance and high intensity distance.

jaxgtr 01-22-24 10:29 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23135315)
114 trainer miles this week including intervals, endurance and high intensity distance.


Yea I hear you... I ended up with 168 inside last week and a few outside.

Sierra_rider 01-23-24 07:49 PM

Took a advantage of a break in the weather and got out for some miles today.

104 miles, 9k' of climbing, and an average of 16mph.

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rsbob 01-23-24 11:11 PM

30 fakers with 3000í climbing. Knees a bit sore which is not good. Changed setting in ZWIFT to Max resistance which equals real life percentage grades rather than default of 50%. Why did they do that?

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rsbob 01-26-24 06:15 PM

38 miles 1500í on a mtb. Atmospheric river due Sat and Sun. Back to ZWIFT
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jaxgtr 01-27-24 03:09 PM

So the weather got warm here this week, but I did 80ish miles in doors, but did 104 miles outside today. Of note, I realized my hand is not happy with the outside riding and is still tender where I had the surgery on it. So will be staying indoors for another couple of weeks to give it more time to heal.

Sierra_rider 01-27-24 10:04 PM

Just a couple of zone 2 Zwift session since my big ride on Tuesday. Finally got outside and back to racing today...it was billed as a "dirt crit," basically a short XC mtb race, but not quite short-track xc. While not normally a technical course, it turned into a mud bog today. Standing water all over the course and I was spinning and drifting everywhere.

It was only 10 miles of racing...1st place was 15 years younger than me and turning some very fast lap times. I've got another race tomorrow, that's more important to me, so I backed it off and made sure to consolidate 2nd.

rsbob 01-27-24 10:15 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23140618)
Just a couple of zone 2 Zwift session since my big ride on Tuesday. Finally got outside and back to racing today...it was billed as a "dirt crit," basically a short XC mtb race, but not quite short-track xc. While not normally a technical course, it turned into a mud bog today. Standing water all over the course and I was spinning and drifting everywhere.

It was only 10 miles of racing...1st place was 15 years younger than me and turning some very fast lap times. I've got another race tomorrow, that's more important to me, so I backed it off and made sure to consolidate 2nd.

Good on you competing with the youngsters. Hopefully the wisdom of age will prevail next time.

I did 1.5 hours of Zone 2 on the trainer, while watching Griselda on Netflix, after yesterdayís mountain bike slog.

Sierra_rider 01-27-24 10:35 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23140624)
Good on you competing with the youngsters. Hopefully the wisdom of age will prevail next time.

I did 1.5 hours of Zone 2 on the trainer, while watching Griselda on Netflix, after yesterdayís mountain bike slog.

Thanks. The wisdom of age is probably what kept me in 2nd. This was a really minor race in my overall calendar, so I made a conscious decision to not leave everything on the course and save myself for the next day. Although playing it safe only got me so far. There were lots of crashes out on course, but I kept it upright almost the entire course...I still slid out in some rocks with about 2 minutes left in the race, luckily only some minor scrapes and bruises.

I've been doing quite a bit of zone 2 trainer time myself. I used to just try to "ride lots" and wouldn't think about zone 2 that much. After incorporating quite a bit more zone 2 last year, I'm now a true believer about all the current zone 2 hype.

38 miles is a long ride on the MTB. Even on my XC bike, a mtb ride feels like twice the road miles.

rsbob 01-27-24 11:14 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23140629)
Thanks. The wisdom of age is probably what kept me in 2nd. This was a really minor race in my overall calendar, so I made a conscious decision to not leave everything on the course and save myself for the next day. Although playing it safe only got me so far. There were lots of crashes out on course, but I kept it upright almost the entire course...I still slid out in some rocks with about 2 minutes left in the race, luckily only some minor scrapes and bruises.

I've been doing quite a bit of zone 2 trainer time myself. I used to just try to "ride lots" and wouldn't think about zone 2 that much. After incorporating quite a bit more zone 2 last year, I'm now a true believer about all the current zone 2 hype.

38 miles is a long ride on the MTB. Even on my XC bike, a mtb ride feels like twice the road miles.

Run the minor races as practice - but second ainít bad. Better luck Sunday - and no crashes.

I always felt that running a dual suspension bike with knobbies was tantamount to riding twice the distance on a road bike. Appreciate the validation or we both are nuts.

diphthong 01-28-24 04:46 AM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23140629)
Thanks. The wisdom of age is probably what kept me in 2nd. This was a really minor race in my overall calendar, so I made a conscious decision to not leave everything on the course and save myself for the next day. Although playing it safe only got me so far. There were lots of crashes out on course, but I kept it upright almost the entire course...I still slid out in some rocks with about 2 minutes left in the race, luckily only some minor scrapes and bruises.

I've been doing quite a bit of zone 2 trainer time myself. I used to just try to "ride lots" and wouldn't think about zone 2 that much. After incorporating quite a bit more zone 2 last year, I'm now a true believer about all the current zone 2 hype.

38 miles is a long ride on the MTB. Even on my XC bike, a mtb ride feels like twice the road miles.

stuck in a zone 2 rut the last decade. works when you're doing 400-500 miles (or more) a month. when you're doing less...not so much.

808HIcycler 01-28-24 09:56 PM

17 yesterday and 41 today. Signed up for my first bike race (9.2 mile TT) so been riding to get used to the clip-ons.

Sierra_rider 01-28-24 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by diphthong (Post 23140720)
stuck in a zone 2 rut the last decade. works when you're doing 400-500 miles (or more) a month. when you're doing less...not so much.

I guess that's partly why I'm into it. Since partaking in zone 2, I've been able to up my volume. I'm going to pass 600 miles for January and possibly hit 50 hours of workout time for the month. No way I could do that if I didn't have some easy days.

Anyway...day 2 of the double-header XC racing weekend, we even had a WT road pro in attendance. 17 miles and roughly a 14mph average for me, good enough for 2nd in my class. I ended up on the wrong side of a crucial split on lap 1, I hammered down and eventually caught/passed #2 and 3 on the last lap, but the leader was long gone. Since stepping up and racing with the big boys, I've learned that there is no room for tactical errors.

Sierra_rider 01-29-24 06:02 PM

Took advantage of some epic weather today...average of 64F, which is exceptionally nice for mountain weather in January. I took it a bit easy today, as I wanted a little recovery for tomorrow's ride. Anyway, 30 miles and 4000' of climbing.

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Sierra_rider 01-30-24 05:58 PM

72 miles and 8600' of elevation gain.

Did a local scenic route through a bunch of Forest Service roads today, these roads may be unridable until May, depending on the snow forcast...so got the miles in today. I was going to make it a loop, but got turned around because of snow at the 5500' level. Turned it into an out-and-back, I usually take the gravel bike, but took the more compliant of my road bikes(with 30mm GP5000) today and was rewarded with some Strava segments...and no flats either with tubeless(oh, that's an argument for the other thread lol.)

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rsbob 01-30-24 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23143325)
72 miles and 8600' of elevation gain.

Did a local scenic route through a bunch of Forest Service roads today, these roads may be unridable until May, depending on the snow forcast...so got the miles in today. I was going to make it a loop, but got turned around because of snow at the 5500' level. Turned it into an out-and-back, I usually take the gravel bike, but took the more compliant of my road bikes(with 30mm GP5000) today and was rewarded with some Strava segments...and no flats either with tubeless(oh, that's an argument for the other thread lol.)

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...34aaf8bdbc.jpg

Oh man you ride a Canyon (a very complimentary thread) and you ride tubeless (an equally non-controversial and complimentary thread). You live life dangerously - must be that thin air at elevation. ;) It must help your flatland racing. Love the pics.

rsbob 01-30-24 11:34 PM

A quick 16 miles at 18.6 MPH

Here are the sad facts:
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The last entry sums it up… “HELP”

The Chemist 01-30-24 11:41 PM

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A wet 10 degrees today. Felt more like swimming than riding for a good part of the ride, but still had a great time celebrating my birthday.

Sierra_rider 01-31-24 12:16 AM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23143553)
Oh man you ride a Canyon (a very complimentary thread) and you ride tubeless (an equally non-controversial and complimentary thread). You live life dangerously - must be that thin air at elevation. ;) It must help your flatland racing. Love the pics.

Very dangerously, I own 5 Canyons.:eek: 4 of those, plus my Santa Cruz XC bike, are tubeless. Despite all this, I'm somehow okay. I am running Amazon TPU tubes in the clear-coated Canyon in my previous post...mostly because of the weight, but also because I had superfluous non-tubeless tires.

Living at elevation is like legal blood doping lol. I really like doing events at elevation, I just don't experience nearly as much power loss as the valley guys do.

Thanks for the compliments on the pics. I've lived up here almost my entire life, yet I still take a bunch of pictures on every ride. Awesome days like today, only make it harder to go back onto the trainer.

jaxgtr 02-03-24 05:53 PM

Got outside today, started out cool for us, around 50, then rapidly warmed to about 72. As it warmed, the wind picked up in front the rain hitting us tomorrow, but it was a beautiful day for riding. I got in 81 today and did 4 bridge loops netting me 820 ft of climbing and one very close city bus pass. I followed it to the next stop and had a few calm words with the woman driving the bus. Reminded her that the law is 3ft but no harm done this time, but be mindful in the future. She apologized and said she did not realize she was that close. I wanted to say well you almost clipped me with your mirror, so you were that close, but I told her I did not get hit and to have a nice day and drive carefully.

Forgot my pic of the river and blue sky today...

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bampilot06 02-03-24 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23146946)
Got outside today, started out cool for us, around 50, then rapidly warmed to about 72. As it warmed, the wind picked up in front the rain hitting us tomorrow, but it was a beautiful day for riding. I got in 81 today and did 4 bridge loops netting me 820 ft of climbing and one very close city bus pass. I followed it to the next stop and had a few calm words with the woman driving the bus. Reminded her that the law is 3ft but no harm done this time, but be mindful in the future. She apologized and said she did not realize she was that close. I wanted to say well you almost clipped me with your mirror, so you were that close, but I told her I did not get hit and to have a nice day and drive carefully.


nicer man than I ever could be.

jaxgtr 02-03-24 08:50 PM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 23146960)
nicer man than I ever could be.


I have my my moments.

rsbob 02-05-24 12:04 AM

47 road miles with 2,300’. Garmin yelled at me at the end of the ride and told me I over extended and should take 56 hours off. Homey don’t play that - but I will take one day off and gently spin the next. Did get a leg cramp tonight, so maybe it’s onto something.

cweb99 02-05-24 05:53 PM

47 miler. Donít ask why I didnít do 50. I have been pondering that since I finished the ride

jaxgtr 02-05-24 08:27 PM


Originally Posted by cweb99 (Post 23148697)
47 miler. Donít ask why I didnít do 50. I have been pondering that since I finished the ride

Meh it happens, one day I did something like 61.9.... :twitchy: All I had to do was one loop around the hood to get over the metric century, but I was not paying attention and hit the stop and save and by that point, I was like screw it.

jaxgtr 02-05-24 08:29 PM

Did 23 with 2600 ft inside, weather was cold and miserable,

rsbob 02-05-24 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23148842)
Meh it happens, one day I did something like 61.9.... :twitchy: All I had to do was one loop around the hood to get over the metric century, but I was not paying attention and hit the stop and save and by that point, I was like screw it.

That was my attitude yesterday when I hit 47.6 miles and didnít round it off to 50. I had the energy to do it easily but said the hell with it.

Sierra_rider 02-05-24 09:38 PM

On Sunday, I did some short track XC mtb racing...only 8.5 miles, but I won my class. I try to not care too much about these early season races, but to get a win again was a boost to my confidence.

Crappy weather moved back in Sunday night, we had nasty winds...somehow my power never went out. Anyway, more indoor trainer rides. Today's was a virtual 20 miles and 2300'...damn Garmin/Tacx trainer was being obstinate though. I had to stop 3 times to calibrate the trainer...on the final one, I noticed that the default weight in the Garmin trainer app had defaulted back to some 15lbs less than I had it on before. All was good after that, but then Strava auto-flagged the ride for the virtual segments because it thought I was cheating.:bang: If I had a time machine, I would've bought a different trainer than the Tacx, it's been a PITA ever since I bought it.

rsbob 02-05-24 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23148905)
On Sunday, I did some short track XC mtb racing...only 8.5 miles, but I won my class. I try to not care too much about these early season races, but to get a win again was a boost to my confidence.

Crappy weather moved back in Sunday night, we had nasty winds...somehow my power never went out. Anyway, more indoor trainer rides. Today's was a virtual 20 miles and 2300'...damn Garmin/Tacx trainer was being obstinate though. I had to stop 3 times to calibrate the trainer...on the final one, I noticed that the default weight in the Garmin trainer app had defaulted back to some 15lbs less than I had it on before. All was good after that, but then Strava auto-flagged the ride for the virtual segments because it thought I was cheating.:bang: If I had a time machine, I would've bought a different trainer than the Tacx, it's been a PITA ever since I bought it.

Congrats on the win, even if it was minor league. Good to know about Tacx


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