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JochenRindt 03-31-24 06:59 PM

30 miles on the Indiana Michigan River Valley Trail. And then 6 miles of spinning afterward. 642 miles total for March.

TomM 04-01-24 09:24 AM


Originally Posted by jaxgtr (Post 23200088)
Got in 82 when this decided to embed itself in my rear wheel today. What is so weird, I think the tubeless sealant might be inside the wheel, as there was none in the tire, and I put in about 90 mil last week. Could not put a tube in on the road as I could not get the screw out, so I had to make the call of shame. It took a ratchet and socket to get it out. Unfortunately, will have to replace a rim strip and rear tire, but the wheel falls under Bontrager no questions asked 1 yr warranty program. New wheel here by end of next week. I can deal with the minor cost not to have to endure a major wheel replacement cost. Luckily, my wife was about 3 miles away at a road side flower place, so I saved even more money. :thumb:

Having moved from JAX, I do not miss the road debris.

jaxgtr 04-01-24 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by TomM (Post 23201585)
Having moved from JAX, I do not miss the road debris.


yea, I had to deviate from my original route as I did not know they were replacing the asphalt and I wanted nothing to do with that as the road was basically scrapped and new asphalt had not been started, so I had to go down Philips Highway which I never ride down as it is a mine field of sketchy drivers and debris

rsbob 04-02-24 10:16 AM

Rest day, so did a 5 mile dog hike with 1,200’ gain in one of the local forests. While walking, met a nutritionist from a local hospital, so we chatted for miles. She was probably late 20s/early 30s and was huffing and puffing on the climbs, which made me feel good, even though some of the steep sections also took my breath away. When I hike, I would say more than 50% of the time I meet someone in a medical profession (Go figure - they are into a healthy activity). Harlee - the dog - had a great time meeting people and pulling me up the steep sections - almost a scramble in sections. Here’s 60 lb Harlee after the hike.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...73a6a7db6.jpeg

WaveyGravey 04-02-24 02:08 PM

26 miles for me today. 75 miles so far this week. Goal is 100. Got bad weather coming in tonight.

rsbob 04-02-24 04:07 PM

46.7 miles with 2500’ Tried to keep it in Z2 so 164W average. Max power 550, top speed 40 MPH. Tomorrow - rain. 😪

The dog got in another 3 miles with Mrs rsbob and then she went for a ride.

diphthong 04-02-24 10:35 PM

25-spot. upper 70's temps.

jaxgtr 04-03-24 06:47 PM

Got in 22 miles and 2750 ft of fake miles, 1900 of those fake feet were in the last 9 fake miles.... :injured:

jaxgtr 04-04-24 06:49 PM

Better night on Rouvy tonight, 32 miles, 1700 ft of climbing.

rsbob 04-04-24 09:52 PM

24 fakers in Z2

The Chemist 04-05-24 05:03 PM

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jaxgtr 04-05-24 06:20 PM


Originally Posted by The Chemist (Post 23206369)


Well done.

rsbob 04-05-24 07:54 PM

FTP test day. Two years since last test and was afraid I had back-slid. Actually, it bumped up 2 Watts which felt good. Have heard/read so many horror stories about people of advanced age (69), suffering from sarcopenia (wasting/reduction of muscle associated with age) that I put off testing so that my fear would not be realized. So I decided to suck it up and do it anyway. One big surprise is that what I thought was my maximum HR (191) was not in fact what I hit today (200). My max HR in my 30s was 215. The real surprise was maintaining 245 Watts during the 20 minute test and kicking it up to 345 with a minute to go. Personal 5 sec best this year is 653 Watts.

Besides being pleased with the result, it also gives me confidence to continue to push hard/attack when I need/want to during my rides. Maybe doing more Z2 with one day/week of intervals is paying off.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2c968feb46.png
This can’t be right, except for grossly unfit 20 year olds.

Sierra_rider 04-05-24 10:53 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23206522)
FTP test day. Two years since last test and was afraid I had back-slid. Actually, it bumped up 2 Watts which felt good. Have heard/read so many horror stories about people of advanced age (69), suffering from sarcopenia (wasting/reduction of muscle associated with age) that I put off testing so that my fear would not be realized. So I decided to suck it up and do it anyway. One big surprise is that what I thought was my maximum HR (191) was not in fact what I hit today (200). My max HR in my 30s was 215. The real surprise was maintaining 245 Watts during the 20 minute test and kicking it up to 345 with a minute to go. Personal 5 sec best this year is 653 Watts.

Besides being pleased with the result, it also gives me confidence to continue to push hard/attack when I need/want to during my rides. Maybe doing more Z2 with one day/week of intervals is paying off.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2c968feb46.png
This can’t be right, except for grossly unfit 20 year olds.

Congrats on the fitness gains. Those are strong numbers regardless of age, goes to show what people can do if they remain active.

Sounds like your FTP test went better than mine. The month of March has been far from ideal for my training and I had a recent "failure" on an interval session, so I decided it was time to do another FTP test. I was pretty well rested, no more fatigued than my previous tests this season, but I saw a backwards slide...down from 345 watts about 6 weeks ago, to 331 today. I was expecting the same or maybe a couple watts drop, but was a bit disheartened to see that much of a drop. One of my big events is in a couple of weeks, so this doesn't bode well for me being competitive. I'm just going to prepare the best that I can and hope for a good day at this point.

I suspect the Garmin metrics are just comparing VO2max to average Joe Blow, although that number is really good for someone your age. You might be surprised how out of shape the average 20-something is. A 25 year old that I know from work, bought my old XC bike, and has been trying to get into riding. His big accomplishment this year was when Garmin estimated his VO2max to be around 45 IIRC. What's scary to me, is he'd likely smoke most of his age-group peers in any sort of fitness test.

Sierra_rider 04-05-24 11:02 PM

More indoors today, including the aforementioned FTP test. Followed up with some zone 2 riding, for a grand total of 18 virtual miles and 2700'.

Tomorrow should hopefully be an outdoor ride. I want to take my new whip on its inaugural ride. Outdoors wasn't really an option today, looking out my front porch:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e87294a1e9.jpg

rsbob 04-05-24 11:32 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23206662)
More indoors today, including the aforementioned FTP test. Followed up with some zone 2 riding, for a grand total of 18 virtual miles and 2700'.

Tomorrow should hopefully be an outdoor ride. I want to take my new whip on its inaugural ride. Outdoors wasn't really an option today, looking out my front porch:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e87294a1e9.jpg

Ah, so you took the plunge and bought a new ride - congrats! Amazing what bad brakes can do. ;)

From what I have read is that FTP results can vary depending on the day. (Oops there goes my gains.) Of course there are factors like health <- you were recently sick, rest, cumulative fatigue, etc. You might, or might not, to take a break (keeping up the Z2) before your race to make sure your batteries are fully charged. Hope you crush it..

Sierra_rider 04-05-24 11:46 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23206674)
Ah, so you took the plunge and bought a new ride - congrats! Amazing what bad brakes can do. ;)

From what I have read is that FTP results can vary depending on the day. (Oops there goes my gains.) Of course there are factors like health <- you were recently sick, rest, cumulative fatigue, etc. You might, or might not, to take a break (keeping up the Z2) before your race to make sure your batteries are fully charged. Hope you crush it..

For sure about the various factors in FTP testing. My results weren't wholly unexpected and I felt the test was necessary to reevaluate my power zones.

About the ride, here she is:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ccca9597bc.jpg

rsbob 04-06-24 09:50 AM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23206682)
For sure about the various factors in FTP testing. My results weren't wholly unexpected and I felt the test was necessary to reevaluate my power zones.

About the ride, here she is:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ccca9597bc.jpg

Stunning and beautifully equipped. Love the color and choice of wheels. Well done

Sierra_rider 04-06-24 11:56 AM

The plan is to do a 2-ride day...26 degrees this morning, made me not want to ride outdoors. So I did a short. indoor session on the new bike(was going to do the old bike, but the shifter broke again,) and will hopefully get an outdoor ride in this afternoon.

I mostly kept it in zone 2 and did some minimal adjusting of the shift indexing, via an app. The chain was noisy/jumpy at first, but that ended up being just excess chain wax. After about 10 minutes, it became buttery smooth and quiet.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a56fe59a1f.png

Sierra_rider 04-06-24 12:06 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23206997)
Stunning and beautifully equipped. Love the color and choice of wheels. Well done

Thanks, I really liked this color scheme. The only other color in this particular build level was all black...I don't mind black bikes, but I do prefer a little bit of color. The lower-spec bikes had much flashier 2 tone paint schemes, that I wasn't a major fan of. Last year's version of this particular model was purple...I'm so glad that they changed to blue this year, there was no way I was going to ride a purple bike:lol:.

I was looking at other brands too, but the weight specs, component level, wheels, price, and previous brand experience, all led me back to Canyon. It's electronic Ultegra 2x12...I've already put the climbing gears on it(50/34, 11-34,) as that's pretty much a prerequisite for the local roads. I was looking at aero bikes too, but figured all the climbing I do justified a climbing bike...although this one does have some aero considerations in its design. The handlebar is 3 piece and has width adjustment...also no need to cut the steerer to change the stem height, so I wasn't too scared of the integrated cockpit. The final draw was the wheels. I'm not afraid of hookless, but having hooked tubeless wheels, was definitely a selling point to me.

bharrisonb 04-06-24 02:54 PM

This morning ... a nice 25 miles , under 40 degF on the 1971 Raleigh Sports ... (all three speeds where used)

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Coffee on a bench at Singing Beach, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Mass.

rsbob 04-06-24 04:11 PM

30 Lazy miles (post FTP yesterday) in the farm country. Saw a good sized herd of elk. A mere 500’ gain, but was not in the mood for a hard effort.

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Elk herd
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Super friendly
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Also friendly
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White cows

Sierra_rider 04-06-24 06:55 PM

Took the new bike out for it's maiden voyage this afternoon, a total of 26 miles, 3300' of climbing, and an average temp of 46F. I'm really impressed with it, very stiff(in a good way) and responsive. That and the light weight, it's a dream to climb hills with.

IDK if my disappointing FTP was a fluke yesterday, or not...I hate to brag, but I'm pumped on how I felt today. I ended up setting a few PR's and Strava top 10's on one particular road. I wasn't even aiming to set any PR's, but I looked down at my live segment 1/2 up the first climb and realized that I was on target for my previous record. So I kept pushing and then decided to see how many climbs I could push a PR pace on. The standout segment was 1 mile @ about 12%, that I held over 380 watts on for 8:40(7th OA.) I then was able to get a 1 minute recovery and get a 4 O/A on the next 1/2 mile climb. Even after all that, I was able to ride mostly tempo and threshold for the remaining miles of climbing back home.

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rsbob 04-07-24 09:46 AM

I knew it! Your FTP test was an anomaly and you hadn’t lost it. Way to power up those climbs and get those PRs.

Read some good news in my fave news-rag today about the relationship between high intensity training and keeping the brain in good shape for memory and cognition. Even though the brain may shrink with age, HIIT helps create new blood vessels in the brain helping decrease the effects of aging. It did not specify how many workouts per week though. I would think two would be more than sufficient in my non-medical background - along with maintenance of Z2 to keep the positive hormones flowing (less depression/better mood overall).

georges1 04-07-24 11:49 AM

Went to my local trail with my oldest mountain bike, my 1991 Merida Al Bon fitted with hutchinson toro 26*1.85 tubeless tires , it was really challenging because with no so large tires , the risk of sliding is present when attacking some rough terrains. I slipped and fell gently on the grass due to a tree root and the fact that my tire wasn't wide enough.Otherwise the bike depiste its non slopping geometry and rigid fork, rolls fast and corners very well. Important also is that on this trail if you have a too wide mtb bar it can pose you problems. The XT 780T groupset does a formidable job and is a truely reliable groupset. Once my Hutchinson Toro tires are worn out, I will go with Conti Mountainking in 26*2.3

rsbob 04-07-24 05:31 PM

“Cross Training” Day
 
Had relatives over so got in a 2.5 mile dog walk with 385’ gain in a 10th of a mile and rode with son and 5 YO grandson for 2 miles until the little guy started getting tired. The grandson won all the sprints. The preem was a chocolate chip cookie. He was happy. The kid can really go.

First pic from walk.

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Sierra_rider 04-07-24 06:24 PM

A bit longer ride today...I drove down the hill from my house to start the ride, as it was still in the 30s by mid morning. About 3k' down the hill, it was in the 50s. Fun times other than a headwind in the closing miles of the ride. I felt good on this one and I'm not as concerned about my form ahead of a 70 mile XC race, as I was before this ride. The other noteworthy event on this ride, is I PR'd my 1 minute power (800 watts.) Also the on-bike recovery between efforts, was really on point today.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4826e08683.png
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Sierra_rider 04-07-24 06:43 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23207812)
I knew it! Your FTP test was an anomaly and you hadn’t lost it. Way to power up those climbs and get those PRs.

Read some good news in my fave news-rag today about the relationship between high intensity training and keeping the brain in good shape for memory and cognition. Even though the brain may shrink with age, HIIT helps create new blood vessels in the brain helping decrease the effects of aging. It did not specify how many workouts per week though. I would think two would be more than sufficient in my non-medical background - along with maintenance of Z2 to keep the positive hormones flowing (less depression/better mood overall).

That doesn't surprise me...as it seems, to a highly uneducated person such as myself, like an adaptation to keep the brain oxygenated during hard efforts. Although I'm talking out my rear on that one:lol:.

As a rider that is blessed with strong anaerobic capacity, but only a so-so aerobic engine, the zone 2 has been a game changer for my fitness. Between that and actually paying attention to nutrition, my ability to do longer rides and recover well, is the best it's ever been.

rsbob 04-07-24 08:24 PM


Originally Posted by Sierra_rider (Post 23208168)
That doesn't surprise me...as it seems, to a highly uneducated person such as myself, like an adaptation to keep the brain oxygenated during hard efforts. Although I'm talking out my rear on that one:lol:.

As a rider that is blessed with strong anaerobic capacity, but only a so-so aerobic engine, the zone 2 has been a game changer for my fitness. Between that and actually paying attention to nutrition, my ability to do longer rides and recover well, is the best it's ever been.


Let’s see. 2 KOMs, 2 4th places, over 7,000’ climbed :eek:, and a “massive effort” :twitchy: but an average speed of only a mere 14 MPH with all those puny climbs? So very sad. ;)Back to work!

Sierra_rider 04-07-24 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by rsbob (Post 23208237)
Let’s see. 2 KOMs, 2 4th places, over 7,000’ climbed :eek:, and a “massive effort” :twitchy: but an average speed of only a mere 14 MPH with all those puny climbs? So very sad. ;)Back to work!

Lol, that's the reward of winter full of zone 2.


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