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07-29-21, 04:25 PM
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Posted By Yep

Meh. 7th and 8th in my crits tonight. Each a...

Meh. 7th and 8th in my crits tonight. Each a field of 15. I'm a lot older than most of the other guys, and anything top 10 is pretty hotly contested, but those are really just rationalisations. I'm...
07-29-21, 04:26 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Yeah, getting swamped was more about before the...

Yeah, getting swamped was more about before the sprint. There's a rise, then a sweeper to the left and than another hard left and probably 80 meters to the line. Where I would get swamped is before...
07-27-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

I'm looking for advice. I've got a couple of...

I'm looking for advice. I've got a couple of crits coming up where I'd like to finish top 5, and I've got the fitness to do so. When I've got good position going into the last corner, that kind of...
07-25-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Yeah, he did a bit, but I'm over it now. He's a...

Yeah, he did a bit, but I'm over it now. He's a young guy and still learning. I was fairly pissed at the time though.
07-23-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Did 2 more crits this Thursday, with 2 teammates...

Did 2 more crits this Thursday, with 2 teammates in each one. I was sort of active in the first, but nothing stuck. As we came into the finish, what was an ok position turned into swamp city in the...
07-23-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

Man, looks great. I'd really like to get a TT...

Man, looks great. I'd really like to get a TT setup and give it a try, but I a) have spent way too much on bikes in the last 18 months and b) have no where to put a TT bike.
07-21-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16,539
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Posted By Yep

Yeah, I think that's right. If I've made the goal...

Yeah, I think that's right. If I've made the goal of getting an upgrade, I think that needs to trump any particular race.
07-21-21, 03:20 AM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

I skipped Worlds last night to try and be fresher...

I skipped Worlds last night to try and be fresher for 2 crits on Thursday.

I've signed up for a 3/4 road race on the 8th of Aug and I've got 3 weeks of crits between now and then, so I'm not...
07-16-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Weekly crit series again last night. Got 10th and...

Weekly crit series again last night. Got 10th and 11th in the 2 races. The version they ran tonight had 2 basically 180s, so lots of sprinting, which is not my fave.

Iím sitting on 22 points (of...
07-08-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Doubled up on 3/4 crits tonight. While it can get...

Doubled up on 3/4 crits tonight. While it can get a little boring, having a purpose-built bike racing circuit is pretty amazing. Bigger field in the first one and a group of 4 got away almost from...
07-08-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

I lived in Portland a million years ago, before I...

I lived in Portland a million years ago, before I started racing, so I had to look up the series. It looks like a blast! I'll put it on the bucket list if I'm ever back in the States, and near...
06-25-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

Pulling the field.

Pulling the field.
06-25-21, 02:19 AM
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Posted By Yep

I raced another crit last night. Rainy, but not...

I raced another crit last night. Rainy, but not too cold. It's a purpose built circuit, so the camber is right and there's not oil or grit on the roads; you hardly notice it's wet.

It started...
06-21-21, 02:54 AM
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Posted By Yep

That's a hard day. Nice one.

That's a hard day. Nice one.
06-21-21, 02:49 AM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

Ben Forsyth Crit (3/4) on Saturday outside...

Ben Forsyth Crit (3/4) on Saturday outside Edinburgh. Came 7th in a field of 25, which was good for a few more upgrade points. I was really active again and felt like one of the strongest riders in...
06-18-21, 08:41 AM
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Posted By Yep

Came back this week and picked up a 4th in a...

Came back this week and picked up a 4th in a crit. Teammate and I really tried to make it hard after a lacklustre race last week. I only just missed the last solo move. I bridged to a group of 4,...
06-17-21, 06:59 AM
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Posted By Yep

We KOM'd our Tuesday Worlds route this week. At...

We KOM'd our Tuesday Worlds route this week. At first I shared the KOM, then a few more uploaded and I lost out by a few seconds.
06-15-21, 02:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,344
Posted By Yep

FWIW, I never pay attention to speed when I'm in...

FWIW, I never pay attention to speed when I'm in a race, and I don't look at it after the face either. You go the speed you go to hang in there. I think you'd be wasting time to focus on training at...
06-15-21, 02:17 AM
Replies: 57
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Posted By Yep

No wonder I'm so chatty after races...

No wonder I'm so chatty after races...
06-11-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

Or pack finish. Don't forgot pack finish. (that's...

Or pack finish. Don't forgot pack finish. (that's what happened this week)
06-09-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Redeemed myself from getting dropped 4 laps into...

Redeemed myself from getting dropped 4 laps into a 3/4 Crit over the last couple of weeks and got 7th in the next two weeks. Points go 10 deep, so I was happy with that, but more relieved that my...
06-02-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 16,539
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Posted By Yep

Good Worlds last night. PR'd the full gas part of...

Good Worlds last night. PR'd the full gas part of the route on what turned out to be a smokin fast edition.

Last week I did too much leading up to, and into, the 5 minute climb which is about a...
06-02-21, 04:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,100
Posted By Yep

Anomaly day of 157 (after just weighing at 160),...

Anomaly day of 157 (after just weighing at 160), but it might be a sign that's it's trending down anyway. 5'11".
06-01-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,100
Posted By Yep

160 today. If I could get to 150, I bet that...

160 today. If I could get to 150, I bet that would still only be 10%ish. Get to new low weights would be a cool way to offset the inevitable dips in power I'm going to start to see.
06-01-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Yep

I'd 2nd what furiousferret said about volume and...

I'd 2nd what furiousferret said about volume and intensity. If your group rides are as intense as intervals would be, use them as your interval days. That'll have the additional benefit of being very...
06-01-21, 12:52 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

Iíll go out and do a race like itís my first,...

Iíll go out and do a race like itís my first, then do the next one like a passable cat 2. Even Worlds from one week to the next, Iíll get dropped then mix it the whole way on the next one. The other...
05-31-21, 03:17 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,533
Posted By Yep

I started a cat 3/4 crit last week (40 minutes,...

I started a cat 3/4 crit last week (40 minutes, cool dedicated closed circuit) and made 4 laps (!).

Basically we had a grid start and I was at the back. A couple of folks ahead of me couldn't clip...
05-28-21, 03:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,188
Posted By Yep

Don't you have to clean it initially to get the...

Don't you have to clean it initially to get the wax to stick correctly?
05-27-21, 03:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,188
Posted By Yep

Yeah, I did see that there are pre-waxed chains...

Yeah, I did see that there are pre-waxed chains available that aren't massively more expensive than a normal chain. Could just get one, and keep it to my race bike on dry days. I don't know where I'd...
05-25-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,188
Posted By Yep

Waxed chains

I've never messed around with waxed chains, but even if it's 4 or 5 watts, I'm interested. How do you manage for races? Do you put the chain on before the race and then remove? Just looking for first...
05-20-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Sounds a lot like my Worlds. The other guys are...

Sounds a lot like my Worlds. The other guys are younger and real powerhouses on a course that's more rolling. There are two 4-5 minute climbs, but they're 4 to 5%, so aero and pure power count.
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05-12-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 16,539
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Posted By Yep

Good sized group last night, and plenty fast. For...

Good sized group last night, and plenty fast. For as quick as we went around, and as hard as it felt, I'd have expected my power numbers to be higher. Digging in a little deeper, I think it's because...
05-11-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16,539
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Posted By Yep

Tuesday Worlds tonight, and I think it might...

Tuesday Worlds tonight, and I think it might actually be a group bigger than 4, as restrictions have started to ease up (along with the weather). Some of my teammates and friends from other teams...
04-28-21, 03:16 PM
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Posted By Yep

I wanna read it.

I wanna read it.
04-27-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 112
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Posted By Yep

This. I've never been the most talented, but what...

This. I've never been the most talented, but what you're describing definitely eats at me a bit. Self confidence in racing is a big deal.
04-27-21, 07:28 AM
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Posted By Yep

What's the time stamp?

What's the time stamp?
04-24-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16,539
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Posted By Yep

Went out to do a hard effort on a 15-20 minute...

Went out to do a hard effort on a 15-20 minute climb today and instead went for a 7 minute one with some other stuff thrown in. Did 393w (shooting for 400w). I'm 72ish kg, and it was a power PR, so...
04-19-21, 02:14 AM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Did our 9:30 Saturday Worlds this weekend. With...

Did our 9:30 Saturday Worlds this weekend. With all the craziness, it's sort of been split, where one of the local race clubs has started leaving about 20 minutes earlier. The group leaving at 9:30...
04-16-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Iíve got a route like that with 5 climbs on it...

Iíve got a route like that with 5 climbs on it between 3 and 7 minutes and I do each one like an interval effort. Iíll usually do a big sprint between each climb as well. Rests are a little longer...
04-16-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Great idea to set speed targets for turns on a...

Great idea to set speed targets for turns on a descent and then practice.
04-14-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Tuesday Worlds was 4 of us. Started out as me and...

Tuesday Worlds was 4 of us. Started out as me and 2 teammates and picked up another who thought he'd missed the group. Turned out to be a good workout because you never really get a break in a...
04-12-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

Totally. We should all get to go back and do the...

Totally. We should all get to go back and do the rides/races and climbs that kicked our asses when we started. In my memory, the Sac Tuesday Worlds was so fast, and so hard that I was over the moon...
04-11-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Hoping to do Worlds next Tuesday, if the...

Hoping to do Worlds next Tuesday, if the weatherís ok.
04-08-21, 04:48 AM
Replies: 16,539
Views: 1,012,541
Posted By Yep

Struggling with focus now. Not looking like we're...

Struggling with focus now. Not looking like we're going to get any races back on the calendar at this point, so my tentative plan is to find some fondos and "race" them. There's one in particular...
04-06-21, 01:14 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

Man, I lived in Sacramento from the time I...

Man, I lived in Sacramento from the time I started riding to doing fast rides (River Ride) and on into dipping my toe in racing. When I left I was probably still a 5, maybe just a 4. Even though that...
04-05-21, 03:23 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

Surprised you think it would be harder up a...

Surprised you think it would be harder up a mountain. I guess the altitude would be an issue, but having the gradient to work against would really help me.
04-05-21, 12:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,859
Posted By Yep

On marginal gains, I heard the same old thing...

On marginal gains, I heard the same old thing this weekend on a ride talking about how changing some part would ďonlyĒ save 40 grams. The way you lose pounds from your kit is to keep adding those up....
02-28-21, 01:13 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

Just another random data point, but I think TT...

Just another random data point, but I think TT bikes have historically been a barrier to stage race participation for amateurs.
02-26-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

I'm sure I've heard people say that back in the...

I'm sure I've heard people say that back in the good old days, a mark of a solid racer was the ability to do 40km in 60 minutes of less on a road bike. Has anyone else heard that? Might be a fun 2021...
02-25-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 26,632
Posted By Yep

As a follow up to my last post, I do think that...

As a follow up to my last post, I do think that FTP can be broken when your testing is out of date, or just due to all the factors that have been mentioned in this thread; it's very subjective. The...
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