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Old 03-26-2011, 10:06 AM   #19591
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Nice to see some racing photos from inmates. I've got my first crit of the year on Wed (30 minute, parking lot race). No idea how it will go. The majority of my training has been in the crossfit gym. Lifting, box jumps, medicine ball stuff. I've also XC skied a fair amount over the winter so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. I've cut 19lbs since thanksgiving.

Riding with a buddy (who has been riding all winter) it's been fairly easy to drop him without my HR spiking but my legs feel like bricks.

I've got three crits before a roubaix style road race in Durango toward the end of April. The roubaix race is weird, a 25 mile loop on Old Fort Lewis College campus. The 4s are only doing one lap so it's not a huge challenge unless there is a bunch of climbing. I ride a heavy lugged steel schwinn paramount so it should be fun.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:34 AM   #19592
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Nice to see some racing photos from inmates. I've got my first crit of the year on Wed (30 minute, parking lot race). No idea how it will go. The majority of my training has been in the crossfit gym. Lifting, box jumps, medicine ball stuff. I've also XC skied a fair amount over the winter so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. I've cut 19lbs since thanksgiving.

Riding with a buddy (who has been riding all winter) it's been fairly easy to drop him without my HR spiking but my legs feel like bricks.

I've got three crits before a roubaix style road race in Durango toward the end of April. The roubaix race is weird, a 25 mile loop on Old Fort Lewis College campus. The 4s are only doing one lap so it's not a huge challenge unless there is a bunch of climbing. I ride a heavy lugged steel schwinn paramount so it should be fun.
Oooh post up pics of the Paramount.

Oh, and about the SRAM drivetrain: sorta. More often than not, I can't hear it over the wind noise.

I've got a mix of SRAM and Shimano cassettes with KMC and SRAM chains, so there's no 'full SRAM' drivetrain. The KMC seems a little louder than the SRAM stuff and seems to be louder when the lube starts to wear off.

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:41 PM   #19593
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19 degrees this morning, only lasted 2 hours before frosty toes set in. I did find something to draft that I could keep up with on the SS and pass on the downhill. His tires were knobbier than mine

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Old 03-26-2011, 07:48 PM   #19594
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50 minute 3/4 crit today. 45 degrees and headwind on the back straight but relatively flat. 5 guys got into a solid break about halfway through and worked like a well-oiled machine until the finish. The rest of us in the main pack (15 total) were racing for 6th. We cut the break down to 9 seconds at one time when I got on the front but no one else wanted to work together. We could have brought them back in, but it was like trying to herd cats getting those guys to work together. None of them had teammates in the break, so there was no reason not to bring them back. I just don't understand these guys sometimes. Ah well, Rock Hill next weekend. Love that place.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:02 PM   #19595
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We could have brought them back in, but it was like trying to herd cats getting those guys to work together. None of them had teammates in the break, so there was no reason not to bring them back. I just don't understand these guys sometimes.
You'll never get them to do it. Everyone thinks they are the big sprinter and refuse to do anything saving themselves for the big finally.


A few years back I took off the front and one guy went with me and when I motioned for him to pull thru he said NO, I'm working for so and so I told him no free rides chump and I sat up.

Tell me, how can you not possibly NOT want to stay away. Staying away forces the OTHER teams to chase allowing your guys to sit in plus it gives you a chance to at least get 2nd!

That evening I posted a comment on our teams blog about guys who just sit in when off the front in a break. No names, events or teams mentioned. The guy was so miffed at me he made a huge deal about it and posted a stupid rant implicating himself as the numbnut I was complaining about!!

2 summers ago I solo'd off the front right from the start. My team mate sat in an enjoyed the free ride. We went 1-2 as he won the final sprint. Last year I did the same thing and another team mate and I went 1-2 again at a different race.

Sad? Both races were hilly with hill top finishes and they let a 200 pound clydesdale win both times! (masters)
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:36 PM   #19596
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50 minute 3/4 crit today. 45 degrees and headwind on the back straight but relatively flat. 5 guys got into a solid break about halfway through and worked like a well-oiled machine until the finish. The rest of us in the main pack (15 total) were racing for 6th. We cut the break down to 9 seconds at one time when I got on the front but no one else wanted to work together. We could have brought them back in, but it was like trying to herd cats getting those guys to work together. None of them had teammates in the break, so there was no reason not to bring them back. I just don't understand these guys sometimes. Ah well, Rock Hill next weekend. Love that place.

I hated that, dumdasses wouldn't chase. If you do it yourself you are shot for the finish.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:23 PM   #19597
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The weather here for the last two weeks has flat-out sucked. Solid rain punctuated by 60 mph winds and thunderstorms dumping 2 in. of hail. Gave the MTB a once over today, cleaned and repacked the wheel and headset bearings. Good thing too, the bottom headset bearing cage was busted and there were a couple of bearings missing. I was able to scavenge a replacement from the carcass of the old Raleigh. Due to weather, most all the unpaved trails are solid mud/water so I put the road wheels and fenders on the CX. Gonna get out tomorrow come Hell or high water!
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:00 AM   #19598
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It' like winter here in CT. 27 degrees, going up to 40 if we're lucky. We are going to just suck it up and go out for 30 or so. Might as well use that cold weather gear...
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:06 AM   #19599
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You'll never get them to do it. Everyone thinks they are the big sprinter and refuse to do anything saving themselves for the big finally.


A few years back I took off the front and one guy went with me and when I motioned for him to pull thru he said NO, I'm working for so and so I told him no free rides chump and I sat up.

Tell me, how can you not possibly NOT want to stay away. Staying away forces the OTHER teams to chase allowing your guys to sit in plus it gives you a chance to at least get 2nd!

That evening I posted a comment on our teams blog about guys who just sit in when off the front in a break. No names, events or teams mentioned. The guy was so miffed at me he made a huge deal about it and posted a stupid rant implicating himself as the numbnut I was complaining about!!

2 summers ago I solo'd off the front right from the start. My team mate sat in an enjoyed the free ride. We went 1-2 as he won the final sprint. Last year I did the same thing and another team mate and I went 1-2 again at a different race.

Sad? Both races were hilly with hill top finishes and they let a 200 pound clydesdale win both times! (masters)


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I hated that, dumdasses wouldn't chase. If you do it yourself you are shot for the finish.
Yep, it seems to be a universal and unfortunate truth trying to get others to work toward a common goal. I felt that I had the legs to bridge across to the break, but I just don't think I could have sustained it with those guys. Once they got themselves organized, they were making time on us every lap. I really need to do some V02 max work to bridge and sustain pace.
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I really need to do some V02 max work to bridge and sustain pace.
Cruise intervals: Z4-5a for 3 x Xmin. I'm doing 3 x 10min now. Basically its bridging training. 3min rest at Z2 in the middle

Well, I WAS doing 3 x 10min. After this cold gets thru with me, I may wanna reset to a few weeks ago at 3 x 6min.



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Old 03-27-2011, 06:43 AM   #19601
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Cruise intervals: Z4-5a for 3 x Xmin. I'm doing 3 x 10min now. Basically its bridging training. 3min rest at Z2 in the middle

Well, I WAS doing 3 x 10min. After this cold gets thru with me, I may wanna reset to a few weeks ago at 3 x 6min.



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Yep, intervals are my next step. I ride/race with a power meter and it has helped immensely with documenting my training and results.

Hope you knock that crap out soon.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:46 AM   #19602
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Yep, intervals are my next step. I ride/race with a power meter and it has helped immensely with documenting my training and results.

Hope you knock that crap out soon.
I think its gonna get worse afore it gets better.

I'll recover, but its gonna be tough.



I was all set to have a peak for mid-April's races too! That's gonna be more like a lump than an actual peak now.

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Old 03-27-2011, 05:13 PM   #19603
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I think its gonna get worse afore it gets better.

I'll recover, but its gonna be tough.



I was all set to have a peak for mid-April's races too! That's gonna be more like a lump than an actual peak now.

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Maybe some of our races will coincide and we can grab a beer or three afterward. Always good to make new cycling friends.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:38 PM   #19604
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Yep, it seems to be a universal and unfortunate truth trying to get others to work toward a common goal. I felt that I had the legs to bridge across to the break, but I just don't think I could have sustained it with those guys. Once they got themselves organized, they were making time on us every lap. I really need to do some V02 max work to bridge and sustain pace.
Two words Moto pacing. You will go harder than you could by your self. plus it puts more speed in the legs.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:45 PM   #19605
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Two words Moto pacing. You will go harder than you could by your self. plus it puts more speed in the legs.
I've done a little of that for some guys. I was on my RT. Tough getting the big bike(s) to go that slow.

Ya need something small like a small scooter or a 250 Rebel to do it 'right.'

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