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01-29-23, 07:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 596
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, it's really good to have some sort of...

Yes, it's really good to have some sort of performance management software to use. When I ramp up, I try not to let my Form go below -20. I'm a geezer though. I think youngers are not so delicate. I...
01-27-23, 08:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,027
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I don't use formulas either, but rather the...

I don't use formulas either, but rather the balance method. I try to move my saddle back until, pedaling normally, I can briefly take my hands off the hoods without changing my forward lean or...
01-27-23, 07:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

If you're swapping saddles on the same bike sure,...

If you're swapping saddles on the same bike sure, but if not, not.
01-26-23, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 596
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Note the time in zone found by Seiler in that...

Note the time in zone found by Seiler in that link in post 7. More like 5% of weekly time at the high end, not 20%. That was the main issue. Also my comment on weight work in the gym. The older we...
01-24-23, 12:35 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,901
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Wow, this thread got all crazy. The answers are...

Wow, this thread got all crazy. The answers are there, sort of subliminally in all the various posts. The theory is pretty simple: at the same speed, higher cadence = higher O2 consumption, lower...
01-23-23, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My WAG is that your current position is a little...

My WAG is that your current position is a little different, and different in such a way that some muscles that you used to use aren't getting hit and thus you transfer the load to your quads. For me,...
01-22-23, 08:25 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 4,233
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I usually have one beer a week, a social beer...

I usually have one beer a week, a social beer with my riding buds after the ride. I find that one beer kills the pain in my legs. However that's the only day of the week when I go hard enough to need...
01-21-23, 11:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 90
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Bike Forum group ride

There was a suggestion in the "Knock, knock" thread that there should be a PNW Bikeforums ride. I have ~250 routes in RWGPS and have led many group rides with friends. Most of my routes start in...
01-21-23, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 648
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

So true. If I'd done that, I'd have just crawled...

So true. If I'd done that, I'd have just crawled into a hole. Not happening, nope. IME when I feel pain somewhere, I work that area. So far that's always fixed it. Mammalian bodies are really...
01-21-23, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

A lot more people than one would think have mild...

A lot more people than one would think have mild scoliosis. I have trouble with saddle sores on only one side. I've had my legs measured by a doc and they're the same length. So that's my guess. A...
01-20-23, 08:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 596
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Consistent higher HR with lower power at that HR...

Consistent higher HR with lower power at that HR means you're tired, which is a good thing and the signal to put in a couple recovery days and see how that goes. Your schedule is quite ambitious. My...
01-16-23, 10:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,000
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

On this MLK day, we would do well to reflect upon...

On this MLK day, we would do well to reflect upon the reality that "spirituality" is really a question of morality. If we ponder on that and look around us, we see that almost everything we see that...
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

:) Sorry, that was 15 or so years, several...

:) Sorry, that was 15 or so years, several computers and software changes ago. I did find records from a few brevets from which I saved summaries for some reason:
a hilly 200k, 6000', 86% of LT,...
01-10-23, 10:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 828
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

For many years on this forum there's been a...

For many years on this forum there's been a relatively constant message that burning a higher proportion of fat during moderate effort cycling will make you a faster cyclist over a long course....
01-09-23, 09:05 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,976
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Kudos for getting out there with your wife! It's...

Kudos for getting out there with your wife! It's more fun to play with someone else. We've done several different walking things. We have a 2.7 mile, 350' loop through our neighborhood which we...
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My practice was to go hard near the end of each...

My practice was to go hard near the end of each brevet, noting the max HR I was able to achieve. That would be my hard upper limit on the next brevet in the SR series. Worked like a charm. IMO upper...
01-07-23, 07:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,326
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

We had one spin instructor who was a local time...

We had one spin instructor who was a local time trialist and another who was a Cat 1 trackie. They both used about the same method - tunes. We'd do something for the length of the tune, then...
01-06-23, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I had a couple syncope events while riding my...

I had a couple syncope events while riding my rollers. No great damage but scary. I saw a couple cardiologists and finally had two stents put in yesterday. I'll recover for a week and then try riding...
01-04-23, 10:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, STP is not to be missed, at least once. The...

Yeah, STP is not to be missed, at least once. The one-day IMO is the only way to do it. It's very well supported and a lot of fun, a whole circus of riders all heading in the same direction, all day...
01-01-23, 07:12 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,203
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Fixx turned to running in an attempt to reverse...

Fixx turned to running in an attempt to reverse damage already done and to change his life's direction. I think he did a great job of it, wrote a fine book, and helped a lot of people, Unfortunately,...
12-26-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,207
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Exactly. However, I've dropped off of many a...

Exactly. However, I've dropped off of many a paceline which felt like it was working too hard on the little risers. One just has to try and see what happens. I never was a great climber.
12-26-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,207
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'm just gonna ignore everything up-thread, sorry...

I'm just gonna ignore everything up-thread, sorry if I happen to repeat good advice. Reading the fighting stuff messes with my head.

I used to do a century with 2 long pass climbs and then into a...
12-24-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 719
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, that takes out all the variables one...

Yes, that takes out all the variables one encounters with trying to measure: type of saddle, saddle offset, saddle tilt, type of shoe, type of pedal, length of crank . . .there are probably others.
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12-23-22, 10:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 857
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Riding with my droogs. Doing a little of the old...

Riding with my droogs. Doing a little of the old ultra-cycling. Just being able to do a hard route. And staying fit by doing all that. I also like kinetic sports, the speed, the motion, the control....
12-23-22, 01:37 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,273
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Late to the party, I see. Up-thread, MoAlpha is...

Late to the party, I see. Up-thread, MoAlpha is correct, whatever he said. The idea that neither electrolytes or dehydration cause cramping is from a few studies of crampers in med tents near the end...
12-22-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,976
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Thanks. This is the best discussion of those...

Thanks. This is the best discussion of those issues I've come across:
Physical activity and bone: The importance of the ... - NTNU (https://www.ntnu.no/ojs/index.php/norepid/article/view/1338)
...
12-21-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,042
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes. I've changed a couple minor things, but...

Yes. I've changed a couple minor things, but almost exactly this, yes. The "Gethin" is from "Body by Design" by Kris Gethin. Not exactly what he prescribed, but trying to follow his pattern. The...
12-20-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,976
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes. A good introduction to the subject can be...

Yes. A good introduction to the subject can be found here: https://www.bikeforums.net/training-nutrition/1091243-introduction-strength-training-endurance-athlete.html

The thread includes PDFs for...
12-20-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,282
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

These pedals and the their supposed advantages...

These pedals and the their supposed advantages are actually a bit funny. What they do is eliminate the use of one's calf and tibialis muscles. The web site doesn't actually mention this, but...
12-19-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I'd say definitely don't go over 180 w/o a custom...

I'd say definitely don't go over 180 w/o a custom frame. I ride with a guy who's 6'7". He rides just fine with 175s, did PBP twice. It looks a little odd, but he's fine with it. There have been...
12-19-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 521
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

So true. I don't do yoga, I work out in a gym,...

So true. I don't do yoga, I work out in a gym, but the effect of strength on balance is very clear.

Unfortunately, we don't get new muscle tissue. We have what we're born with. The cells do get...
12-15-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,057
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

You ain't seen nuthin' yet. People at the gym...

You ain't seen nuthin' yet. People at the gym come over and ask how old I am. That's how old I am.
12-15-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 521
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yeah, you do ankle just a little at the bottom of...

Yeah, you do ankle just a little at the bottom of the stroke. Try relaxing your ankles and feeling for your heel cups during the downstroke. The thing to watch in the video is the change in angle...
12-12-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 521
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Agree, but can you do the 30 reps with those big...

Agree, but can you do the 30 reps with those big calves? Fun story . . . at a previous gym, now long out of business because of OTC distribution of drugs, a big guy was doing 2-legged standing calf...
12-11-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 521
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

My guess is that your saddle is too high, forcing...

My guess is that your saddle is too high, forcing you to pedal toes down. If you have a trainer, you could set up a mirror beside you or have someone video you as you pedal. The sole of your shoe...
12-06-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 9,318
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Those stories, and the snow shoveling stories,...

Those stories, and the snow shoveling stories, are all about unfit people doing work to which they are not accustomed. Well, and not only that, not having had a life-long high state of fitness. If...
12-06-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 9,318
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had nothing much to do this morning except...

I've had nothing much to do this morning except sit on my butt in front of this screen, so I did quite a bit of research on this topic. I'll just say that it's a lot more complicated than one would...
12-04-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,282
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've never had anything stop me from continuing...

I've never had anything stop me from continuing the ride, no matter how long. That said, I've never done anything tougher than a mountain 400.

Hand problems have been solved by the right gloves...
12-02-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,470
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

No. You still get that energy back. The only way...

No. You still get that energy back. The only way to destroy energy is to turn it into heat (brakes). The heat death of the universe . . . is something we'll never see and good on us. That pendulum...
12-01-22, 09:28 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,470
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Weight of neither the rim nor the tire will make...

Weight of neither the rim nor the tire will make a bicycle slower, other than the increased weight will slow it on climb, but no more than the weight anywhere else on the bike. This is really very...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-22, 11:44 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 8,083
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I rode flat pedals from 7 to 17, lots. At 17, I...

I rode flat pedals from 7 to 17, lots. At 17, I got my first real road bike, a full Campy Legnano with rat trap pedals, clips and straps. My first ride on that bike, I was turbine powered. Yeah, the...
11-28-22, 10:01 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,470
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

IMO a tri bike would suffer the least loss of...

IMO a tri bike would suffer the least loss of performance from being ridden with flat pedals. The flats are a good place to just stomp on the pedals. That's what the fast TT folks do. Hardly a thing...
11-27-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 832
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Absolutely. Our group has been riding 3 different...

Absolutely. Our group has been riding 3 different routes, same start and finish point, for I don't remember how long . . . We have names for the groups: Rabbits, Goldilocks, and Laughers. This is a...
11-26-22, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,086
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

More hearsay . . . I saw a recent article...

More hearsay . . . I saw a recent article discussing exhuming wealthy English folks from some time in the Middle Ages. The article explaining the findings said that while most folks now assume that...
11-26-22, 12:47 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 13,423
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Try it again. I changed the link and added...

Try it again. I changed the link and added another link to the same study.
11-25-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,086
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

When you get your annual, your doc will check the...

When you get your annual, your doc will check the results of your blood test. If you're low on something, supplements will have an effect. I used to be low on D. I think lots of folks in the PNW see...
11-21-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 719
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I measure with my legs, getting my knee bend...

I measure with my legs, getting my knee bend right. I use the heel-on-pedal method to start with and then fine tune by feel. I get one bike right, then use the same method of measurement to transfer...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,362
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Re Branko D's observations above: "Even...

Re Branko D's observations above:

"Even dwarfs started small" (Werner Herzog of course). As Branko says, good on ya. I think all of us who came to riding late go through this thing of "have to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,672
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

Yes, a new-to-you bike. After you did all the...

Yes, a new-to-you bike. After you did all the work to change over to a flat bar, leave it alone. It's still a good bike. Everyone needs at least 2 bikes. You go out in the garage and the bike has a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,400
Posted By Carbonfiberboy

I've had similar "twinges." I talked to my doctor...

I've had similar "twinges." I talked to my doctor about it. He said if it were your heart acting up, you'd know it. If the ECG didn't show damage, there wasn't any. The most likely explanation, said...
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