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The Princess and the Pea

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Yesterday, the boys had a week off from their weekly fitness program due to the university's Spring Break (I think). Regardless, the effect was that DW and I also lost access to the gym/fitness room.

DW came up with the idea of checking out the local community recreation center. We've had the boys do soccer there before, but never made use of the opportunity to try out the fitness room.

We headed out there, and while one of us was getting in an abridged workout, the other was playing with the small guys in the gym (kickball, soccer, jump rope, etc.)

Worked out well, they had a decent set of dumbbells (not as extensive as the university's, but hey, it's free) and several weight machines, treadmills, recumbent bikes, etc. Looks like we've found an additional resource with utility to help us with our goals! Considering that's what I chose to do on my b-day, not too shabby!

Today I got in the long ride of the 2013 season, so far. 22.99 miles; 1:39:26 ride time; 13.87 mph average speed; 32.09 mph max speed. This ride was intended to shake out some issues with Sunstreaker, the CX bike.

I'm starting to feel a little like the story of the Princess and the Pea, where the princess is able to tell a miniscule difference of the ride quality even with all that extraneous stuff on the bed. Sunstreaker is taking some time to tweak/adjust, a lot of that is me attempting to project what it will feel like for hours on end in the saddle.

Today was spent tweaking saddle setback and just trying to align my sitbones to rest properly while I was on the hoods. Handlebar angle was down a little bit too much, resulting in discomfort on the blades of my hands, what was slightly irritating on a 20 mile ride would be untenable on a 130 mile ride.

Probably will take 2-3 more similar rides to get it to where I really want it, partly because I'm just feeling it out as I go along and getting used to a lot of new gear, including shoes (where I'm experiencing some new getting used to it issues with cleat engagement due to the difference in tread pattern with my old shoes).

We're getting there, though. Found out how off my aerobic capacity is, though, got home after the ride, sat in the recliner with the boys while watching a movie and passed out. Guess I got gassed a bit more than I thought. Temp said 41F, but it was uncomfortable out there. Didn't bother with the balaclava and got a cold air sinus headache as a result.

Did some mileage on crushed limestone to see how I would be able to maintain the stated ride speed of 15mph average, should be okay considering the grade is fairly flat, just a question of if I can maintain that pace for an extended period of time. I'll make sure it happens.

Power generation and climbing seems okay with the leg work strength training I've been doing.

About 2 months to event day, so we'll see how this progresses, but the mileage is going to have to come up, now.

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    Your work to dial-in your bike reminds me that I need to do the same with my mountain bike. I'm not sure it's right, which means it's likely seriously off. Thanks for giving me an excuse to spend some time with it.
    1821 days ago
    Hi Jun,

    When I saw the photo from the Leadville 100 my heart skipped a beat! Here in Colorado the Leadville 100 is mythic! The Leadville 100 draws the best cyclist in the world. The disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong, called it the most difficult race he ever did.

    I know there is going to be an ah-ha moment when you get the Sunstreaker dialed-in. I find the process to get the optimal bike fit to be rather enjoyable. I guess I could pay for a bike fit. But what is the fun in that?

    I guess I am like the Princess and The Pea myself. A few millimeters on saddle location and a couple of degrees of angle on handlebars can make a big difference.

    Good Luck on your 130 mile event. As you know, 130 miles is a long ride.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1826 days ago
    I salute you, sir! Training for a 130 mile ride? I'm training for a 35km and thinking that I'm nuts! Of course, biking hasn't been one of my passions since I was 12, but still! 130 miles? Good for you!

    Nice find on the gym! It never hurts to have more options!
    1827 days ago
    Way to do your homework for the big ride coming up! Your usual diligence will produce the results you seek. I have faith! How nice you found an alternative workout source and for FREE...my favorite! Way to spend your b-day too. It will help insure many more if anything...LOL! have a great week...Jane
    1828 days ago
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    While intervals hurt, they're real good for both endurance and speed. I do 1 minute at max X5, 5 minutes at max X3, with beaks in between. With a good warm-up at the beginning and end you end up with about 90 minutes of hard work. Try it, I guarantee that you won't like it, but it's good for you.
    1828 days ago
    It is amazing how little tweaks now can affect a ride hours into it. The thing that seems no big deal in a one hour ride can make us miserable after a 3 hour ride. Think of how much you are learning about the bike by making those little tweaks now and it can be fun just fiddling with it all. It may be taking awhile now, but as with most work, prep is key to having it turn out right later. That little extra time now means less time later.
    1828 days ago
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    1828 days ago
    Hope you find your sweet spot on the bike! It does make a big difference on those longer rides.

    Good luck with the training!
    1829 days ago
    I thought of you the other day...was running on the trail, and got passed by a biker coming down the trail. Trail is gravel and/or wood chips, through some light woods and winds around a pick your own blueberry farm. Enough hills to make it interesting.
    Anyway, he looked happy and content. Hope you are having the same type of spring 'pop-outs'
    Happy riding!
    1829 days ago
    emoticon DW had a brilliant idea! emoticon
    1829 days ago
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