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Old 01-10-2012, 01:43 PM   #22591
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Back in my prime I was a climber. Almost nobody could stay with me once the red mist descended. I actually remember liking how my vision would narrow at high altitude. Cheap high?

My knees were blew up in high school football, down hill ski racing and ice hockey took a few good whacks too. So, I've always been a spinner, (training from Andy Pruit back in that day). I had almost no sprint and couldn't muscle a gear, but I could spin to 130 if I needed to and pick up a cog or two on a climb when I needed to as well.
Once I can get back to between 200 and 300 miles a week I can climb harder, longer, and steeper. Plenty of all that around here.

Pacelines rock
A group of us once did the front half of the front range century motorpacing behind a pair of Cat I's on a tandem. 45 to 55 mph was a breeze for a double paceline. The tri-guys would make one circuit through the line and out the back they'd go, never to be seen again. Those big bio-chase rings just didn't cut it. Then the tandem headed to Boulder and our pack broke up. The aid stations were not set up yet, we'd gone out so fast, so we grabbed what might work for a while at the store and wandered off to train with the dogs.
I was averaging more than a thousand miles a month back then, and going to school, and working in the motorcycle shop.

I worked with a kid who smoked and would go out on his mtb and run away from me on my mtb. We finally found some hills to get his lungs attention on.
Climbing builds some good power. I used to use a mile long semi-shallow hill for intervals. An hour or so of that would make my legs turn to stone. And then spin the next day felt like I had a tail wind.

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I'm surprised that I can ride as long and strong as I can in the Aerobic zone since I am a 20 year, pack a day ex-smoker. Climbs and sprints kick my ass. I'm hoping this workout program fixes that since I live on the bench of the Wasatch front. All the best rides are climbs. I am finding that I am working further up the cassette to maintain the same heart rate. I pretty much ride 90-100 rpm cadence all the time except climbs. I can sprint up to 120-130 rpm for very short periods. I would like to get into some group rides and learn to paceline.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #22592
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Climbs and sprints kick my ass.
Climbs and sprints kick everybody's asses. They just get faster as you get in better shape.

Today was great: mid-40s at the start of my ride. 50-ish at the end. Roads only so-so wet. Legs didn't really feel it, but hey! there's 3 more hours coming tomorrow... I'm gonna get out early 'cause the weather guessers are sayin PM rain.

Traded some stuff for an Assos 851 jacket. I think its gonna be too warm to wear it tomorrow. Oh well. I'll take too warm to wear the bomber jacket over freezing any day!

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Old 01-10-2012, 08:30 PM   #22593
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Beautiful day here...spectacular even. I had a dental appt which made me a little late getting home but I did manage two of my regular loops....18 miles at 20.8 mph average.

A year ago, I could barely make 13 mph average. Sure feels good now to run faster.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #22594
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So I get all dressed up for the mid-30s temps we're having today. Gotta get out early 'cause the weather guessers are saying 'PM showers'

Guess what its doing as I wander out the door?

Yup. Showering.

Now, I'm not usually one to back off from riding once I'm all dressed, but in the mid-30s, overcast, etc I don't think its the smartest thing I could do.

Ah well. Gotta run some errands today anyway.

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Old 01-11-2012, 04:31 PM   #22595
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Didn't ride,
Ran instead last night. Darkish outside, wife wasn't home so I suited up and ran up and around the hill.
Not as bad as my first time up and around that knob.



I strained one calf muscle descending along the goofy sidewalk. I think they use the same guys to lay concrete as they do to build the supercross track.

I started using an iPhone app, Lose It to track my eating and exercise. Neat trade-off is run for an hour and get two glasses of wine.

I'm into serious lose the middle mode now. Run or walk or a little of both every night during the week and ride on the weekends. I'd like to get to three laps of the hill for a night that would be amazing.
I'm leaning more and more toward the barefoot running thing. This stuff works for me.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #22596
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Fatbikes are to XC skiers like snowboarders were to alpine skiers back in the late eights.

We're clearly going to ruin everything!

So we've been banned from most of the XC ski trails.

But it's snowing tonight.

In a couple hours you'll never know we were there.

Riding in full on stealth mode at night. No lights.

It's kind of cool how fast you can go on a groomed skate trail like that.

I only went off the trail and endoed once.

P.S. A 16" moonlander just touched down at a local bike shop. If you know anybody that's looking for one, PM me.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #22597
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besides a couple trail rides most of my rides have been on a trainer. My girlfriend asked for and got the proform tdf bike for xmas.

yesterday I rode stage 12 of the preloaded tdf stages. Started with a 10% climb that hit 19.5% a couple times and lasted almost 4 miles. We don't have those kind of hills in Florida. Good thing being I haven't missed a day in 2 weeks. Getting my cycling legs back wohoo.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:05 AM   #22598
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besides a couple trail rides most of my rides have been on a trainer. My girlfriend asked for and got the proform tdf bike for xmas.
So what is the general consensus on these?
For those of us that can't (don't want to) get to a spin class, they don't look half bad.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:24 AM   #22599
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So what is the general consensus on these?
For those of us that can't (don't want to) get to a spin class, they don't look half bad.

My experience has been good. The incline/decline ,IMHO, is more gimmick than anything else. But you do have the ability to turn that off if you wish. I like the fact I can download rides I used to do in Ohio with google maps. Riding the preloaded tdf stages has been a blast. It is an excersize bike . I used to enjoy the lifecycle bikes when I was in the air force. This is like version 2.0 of those.
My plan is to complete all the preloaded tdf stages , then download the stages from ifit.com and ride another tdf. The stages from ifit are twice as long as the preloaded ones . Most of the preloaded stages run from 9 - 12 miles for a 30 - 45 minute workout.
any specific questions feel free to ask.


it has built in speakers so you can hook your cd/mp3 player to it for jams while riding.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:27 AM   #22600
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My experience has been good. The incline/decline ,IMHO, is more gimmick than anything else. But you do have the ability to turn that off if you wish. I like the fact I can download rides I used to do in Ohio with google maps. Riding the preloaded tdf stages has been a blast. It is an excersize bike . I used to enjoy the lifecycle bikes when I was in the air force. This is like version 2.0 of those.
My plan is to complete all the preloaded tdf stages , then download the stages from ifit.com and ride another tdf. The stages from ifit are twice as long as the preloaded ones . Most of the preloaded stages run from 9 - 12 miles for a 30 - 45 minute workout.
any specific questions feel free to ask.


it has built in speakers so you can hook your cd/mp3 player to it for jams while riding.
That thing sounds awesome. I'm thinking my GF and I would love to have one. She rides a trainer 3-4 times per week, but, I just can't get into it. However, this thing would add interest to the stationary thing. It'd be really cool if one could mount a TV in front of the bike and have the terrain playing while riding. And, it's on sale at $1500.

I want a view just like this.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:44 AM   #22601
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from what I understand you can hook an ipad or the like to it and get said views from google maps.

And I have choosen to ride sans helmet unlike dude in the ad.

it got me from being a lazy arsed couch vegtable to riding everyday , even if it is only 30 minutes or so. If feeling froggy I have rode 2 stages in a day.
But now I am in the mountains and 1 stage is more than enough.


another plus - no cars have heckled me while riding the trainer. My cats...that's another story.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:23 AM   #22602
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So what is the general consensus on these?
For those of us that can't (don't want to) get to a spin class, they don't look half bad.
I think you're better off with a computrainer or other device that uses your own bike vs. a separate 'spin bike.'
The biggest reason is... ...its your bike. You got used to the way it feels, gearing, etc.

Me? I just got back from 3hrs on the bike. Was only supposed to go 1hr easy today, but with the rain yesterday, I took a day off. Now I'm only an hour short on the week. I started out at roughly 50deg and finished at roughly 60deg. How's THAT for mid-Jan?!

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:25 AM   #22603
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I started out at roughly 50deg and finished at roughly 60deg. How's THAT for mid-Jan?!
How about 18 degrees and ~2" of snow this AM?
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #22604
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How about 18 degrees and ~2" of snow this AM?
Sucks to be you.

Either one alone I can handle. Both together?

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