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01-20-23, 03:55 PM
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Posted By TMonk

Despite my relative success doing a TT workout...

Despite my relative success doing a TT workout indoors earlier in the week, I reaalllly wanted to venture out and get some real world time in at SST and then race pace. It didn't really work out, I...
01-20-23, 10:53 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,192
Posted By TMonk

I think we're done here.

I think we're done here.
01-17-23, 10:38 AM
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Posted By TMonk

Easier than starting outside (~5:45 AM) in the...

Easier than starting outside (~5:45 AM) in the dark and wet!

Have good power again today, feeling great. 30 min left. Resting tomorrow, I should be poised to finish off the week strong before...
01-17-23, 07:41 AM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

I also rode the trainer yesterday, 2x20' on the...

I also rode the trainer yesterday, 2x20' on the TT bike, in position. I actually had decent power on my second one, aimed for low z4 and felt good and hit 13 w over target.

Today, more trainer,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-23, 09:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,458
Posted By TMonk

oh oops, didn't pay attention to post date... ...

oh oops, didn't pay attention to post date...

gonna close this one down, ya'll can make your way over to Addiction :D
01-12-23, 03:58 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

Took the morning off so I could get in some...

Took the morning off so I could get in some volume, ended up with about 4.75 hours. Trying to manage my fatigue so I put a cap on average power (low z2), and rode right up to it towards the end of...
01-10-23, 06:05 PM
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Posted By TMonk

raining in San Diego this morning (and dark at...

raining in San Diego this morning (and dark at 5:45 AM ride time....) so guess where I did my three hour endurance ride?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-23, 07:40 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,857
Posted By TMonk

Well, a good fraction of the posts are from...

Well, a good fraction of the posts are from naysayers that are trying to quell the enthusiasts.

I'm still of the opinion that waxing can be done with low cost and low labor. Solvent cleanings,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-23, 09:23 AM
Replies: 3,344
Views: 41,810
Posted By TMonk

We just pay it off at the end of each month. ...

We just pay it off at the end of each month. When I was younger, I would pay it religiously, several times per week, which isn't necessary. Either way, if you float enough in your checking acct,...
01-06-23, 03:06 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

I've come to watch/cheer on riders for a couple...

I've come to watch/cheer on riders for a couple local hour-record attempts at SDVA. The riders basically need to get peeled off their bikes afterwards. The Master's 35+ one at SDVA is ripe for the...
01-03-23, 01:51 PM
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Posted By TMonk

Despite some good feelings yesterday, I felt like...

Despite some good feelings yesterday, I felt like garbage today during my FTP test and bailed a bit over half-way in when I was struggling to hold the power from last time. HR was OK too, I just...
01-03-23, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7,038
Views: 525,926
Posted By TMonk

Here at the San Diego Bicycle Club, we still...

Here at the San Diego Bicycle Club, we still promote racing in our community with bottom-up/grassroots advocacy and mentorship. I'm on our club (of ~1,000) BoD for the Men's 1/2/3 team director, and...
01-02-23, 03:39 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

New block, 1.75 hour opener ride today on Zwift,...

New block, 1.75 hour opener ride today on Zwift, which includes a ~24 minute effort (SST), ~9.5 minute effort (z4/5) and 2 minute effort (z5/6), all in Watopia. I didn't feel super motivated but...
12-24-22, 08:09 AM
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Views: 525,926
Posted By TMonk

looks like I picked a good week to be resting! ...

looks like I picked a good week to be resting! might be all on the trainer.

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12-23-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

All good. thanks for asking. Have been on a bit...

All good. thanks for asking. Have been on a bit of a tear since the 2019 pre-season, and a bit tired TBH. Planning a two-season peak in 2022 with a mid season break, and working with a coaching...
12-23-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

Took the day off, and I am happy to report that I...

Took the day off, and I am happy to report that I am not feeling like an emaciated shell of a human being with depleted blood nutrients. I should be in good shape to do something about that over the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,857
Posted By TMonk

im on the same block of paraffin that I bought on...

im on the same block of paraffin that I bought on ebay a few years ago. I think it was like 8 bucks. I don't do any of the fancy MSW stuff either.

Gonna go out on a limb and say that for those who...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-18-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,857
Posted By TMonk

My solvent and ultrasonic baths comment was meant...

My solvent and ultrasonic baths comment was meant to be directed towards other wax users, sorry for not specifying. I'm still of the opinion that wax can be done lightly. If one prefers a clean...
12-15-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2,175
Views: 313,740
Posted By TMonk

I've been practicing more Xmas tunes than usual...

I've been practicing more Xmas tunes than usual with my jazz group. Our drummer was busy last night, but I polished things up with my guitar player for a holiday party that we will perform at this...
12-15-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Took the day off to go big, ended up with 6...

Took the day off to go big, ended up with 6 hours. It was cold AF for San Diego at the start (41 F), so I did a smaller 2.5 hour loop first through my old uptown neighborhoods, then looped through...
12-12-22, 11:31 PM
Replies: 2,175
Views: 313,740
Posted By TMonk

Hermes I'll be playing the violin part, but on...

Hermes I'll be playing the violin part, but on the piano haha. And yes - it is very easy! Not a reach for me fortunately :)
12-12-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 2,175
Views: 313,740
Posted By TMonk

My mom asked me to practice the Violin line for...

My mom asked me to practice the Violin line for this so we can play it during Christmas with the extended family. Fortunately for me, this one will take about 20-30 minutes of practicing, versus that...
12-12-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Kicked off a big week (18 hr target) today with 2...

Kicked off a big week (18 hr target) today with 2 hrs on Zwift, split between road and TT bike. Yes, I'm actually stopping half way through and switching bikes on the trainer/IRL. I'll be doing the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,135
Posted By TMonk

What really is racing, in your opinion? Asking as...

What really is racing, in your opinion? Asking as a zwift racer and outdoor racer of 14 years.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,847
Posted By TMonk

There is an inverse relationship between tire...

There is an inverse relationship between tire pressure and the ROI on tubeless tire setups. For me:

MTB - tubeless all the way (duh)
Road - tubed with latex. Don't really get many flats TBH...
12-09-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

In spite of my disgruntled TT ride on Wednesday,...

In spite of my disgruntled TT ride on Wednesday, I opted to go outside (vs the trainer) on it against today, with an even colder start of 41 F. This time, I did a 25' by feel and ended up at z4...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,857
Posted By TMonk

nothing is cheaper than paraffin, as far as cost...

nothing is cheaper than paraffin, as far as cost per application goes.
12-07-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

TT bike IRL this time, heading out at 6 AM with...

TT bike IRL this time, heading out at 6 AM with lights for Fiesta Island. 1x15' and 1x25' by feel, right at the z2/z3 edge. Cold, cranky and stiff! Should have stayed inside. I plan on a similar...
12-06-22, 11:05 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Yeah my road/TT disparity is more like 15-20...

Yeah my road/TT disparity is more like 15-20 watts to be honest. But I think my position is too aggressive and I recently raised the bars a bit, feels way better. Hopefully I can bridge that gap a...
12-06-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Sounds about right. Yeah the tempus TT's are a...

Sounds about right. Yeah the tempus TT's are a bit longer than 20 min, but I'm focusing on the first letter in the FTP acronym here, so as long as it provided a consistent basis to gauge my fitness...
12-06-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

Hermes I was 100% on the road bike and riding it...

Hermes I was 100% on the road bike and riding it like I would when testing outside, mostly on the hoods. However, my avatar in Zwift was on a TT bike. which is of course faster. I suspect when...
12-06-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 17,302
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Posted By TMonk

FTP test, second consecutive time indoors. We do...

FTP test, second consecutive time indoors. We do have Fiesta Island nearby, and my power is slightly higher outside, but I've been wanting to develop an indoor protocol for a while as it is more...
12-05-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Opener efforts today on Z, I make a 2 hr ride out...

Opener efforts today on Z, I make a 2 hr ride out of it with SST up Epic KOM (~24 min), threshold+ across Fuego Flats Reverse (~9.5 min), and a leg burner up Zwift KOM (~2 min). Felt like garbage...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 20,857
Posted By TMonk

It's certainly more technical than wet lube, so...

It's certainly more technical than wet lube, so yeah maybe it's too hard for some people? It's also not a well trodden path either so a lot of us are figuring this out as we go. The MSW protocol is...
11-30-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

2.5 hrs on the hamster wheel this morning, high...

2.5 hrs on the hamster wheel this morning, high z2. Longest ride of this rest week. Ramped it up into tempo zones for a while during a couple of the Tour de Makuri group rides, but otherwise spun...
11-27-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By TMonk

I pretty much only use tubulars on my track...

I pretty much only use tubulars on my track wheels now, Road, I do latex tubes and clinchers. Tubeless MTB.
11-25-22, 09:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 941
Posted By TMonk

I've had friends who's coaches prescribed them...

I've had friends who's coaches prescribed them low-cadence intervals on the bike before, and it sounds pretty rough tbh. Never tried it. I've also never worked directly with a coach and won't...
11-24-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Fantastic revchuck, enjoy! Sounds like your body...

Fantastic revchuck, enjoy! Sounds like your body recalled what it was doing in the second half.
11-23-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

3 more hours on the hamster wheel this morning....

3 more hours on the hamster wheel this morning. Chained together a couple Tour de Makuri Islands group rides, then watched more of the 2022 track worlds on Youtube for the last hour. The final points...
11-22-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 941
Posted By TMonk

To that end, doing a brevet like that SS/FG...

To that end, doing a brevet like that SS/FG sounds real tough. Esp. if the course is hilly and you need to moderate your efforts. I'm good for riding my bike for 5-7 hours at a time with some...
11-22-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 941
Posted By TMonk

I'm gonna present a dissenting opinion and state...

I'm gonna present a dissenting opinion and state that I no longer enjoy riding SS/fixed on open road or trail. I sold my Wabi about 6 months ago as well for this reason, big sad. My background is a...
11-15-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

3 hrs on the trainer this morning, all z2. Spent...

3 hrs on the trainer this morning, all z2. Spent the first bit in a lively group ride, and the rest cruising the flats of Tempus Fugit while watching track racing on youtube.

Legs pretty sore...
11-15-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

I think so. You might not see huge strength or...

I think so. You might not see huge strength or performance gains, but it could indirectly help with injury prevention, form, and whole-body wellness. I realize that last one is a bit vague.

After...
11-07-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Nice to see you guys posing again revchuck and...

Nice to see you guys posing again revchuck and mollusk.

We have rain on the forecast for the next two mornings, so I thought I would get my opener efforts done outside today instead of on zwift. I...
10-28-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

Another couple this morning on Zwift, mostly...

Another couple this morning on Zwift, mostly cruising with the B paced bots. I hammered several times (against my better judgement) approaching hills, surging ahead of the pack and riding pace for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-28-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,671
Posted By TMonk

Not offering much help here, but I just put...

Not offering much help here, but I just put together my second consecutive TCR (2022 Pro, Ultegra Di2 12 speed), replacing a 2013 TCR SL. For it's intended application - daily driver/training bike,...
10-27-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

About 2hr this morning with a 2x20' on Fiesta...

About 2hr this morning with a 2x20' on Fiesta Island in position. Was targeting pretty modest power at low/mid SST, and felt smooth and quick with my shoulders shrugged and head low. That netted me...
10-25-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

3 hr z2 "dawn patrol" ride this morning, starting...

3 hr z2 "dawn patrol" ride this morning, starting at 5:45 with lights. I always do this one or twice before the clock falls back, just to catch the sunrise on the road. Cold in the canyons. I did...
10-20-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

I would say I average 12 or so from November...

I would say I average 12 or so from November through July. At least the past few years. There are always a couple weeks in Dec/Jan that push up on 20 hours, but not often. 18 is pretty common to see...
10-20-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17,302
Views: 1,235,414
Posted By TMonk

90 min spin this AM, just gradually easing back...

90 min spin this AM, just gradually easing back in to volume. Gonna go for 12-14 hrs next week, rest the following, FTP test in mid November, then start rackin' it up!

I generally feel fairly...
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