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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
8/1/08 11:51 A

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Great ideas guys

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Chi,

This setup was actually a no brainer for me. I ride a Trek Pilot 2.1. With the sloping top tube it was difficult to get that second bottle in and out of the cage anyway. Since I don't want to rely solely on CO2 cartridges, I replaced the second bottle cage with a pump.

I use the Topeak Road Morph ... it actually "morphs" into a standing pump so that you can use body weight to pump. It purportedly gets up to 120 psi (although I'm running at 105).

Regardless, having extra water is reassuring ...

Bob

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8/1/08 10:32 A

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I also use the Profile Aerodrink system on my bike. I carry 4 bottles pretty much most times and have never had a problem. The system holds the bottles very nicely, and they're easy to get to and put back. Unlike Bob, I have my bottles beneath my saddlebag

Bob:
I have a 3/4 frame pump which attaches to the bike via a mount on the downtube bottle cages mount. The good thing about it is that the pump is offset so that you can add a bottle cage on top of the pump mount. I've never had a problem with my pump flying off either. I have this guy:

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And it inflates to 100 psi pretty easily which is all I need.

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8/1/08 8:34 A

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Hi

Just to add my 2 cents worth; I have seen this set up on my Wednesday night group rides and they look rather secure and easy to get at. I currently have a 2 bottle set up but if I wanted a 4 bottle set up I would definitely go to this style.

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Jen,

I mentioned in "Double Trouble" that I bought a bottle cage holder that attaches to the seat post and has room for two bottle behind the seat. I did this because I have a pump on my down tube (only place it will really go).

My seat bag goes below my bottle cage; the red blinker (mandatory when you get home near dark) is attached to the seat bag. I have a camelback but prefer this setup (the camelback is a bit restrictive when its really hot out).

Anyway ... I use this bottle cage:

www.performancebike.com/shop/profile
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Hehe, Glad to hear it was the bike and not you! Keep on drinking! I can't fit two bottles on my bike because my frame is too small, so if its gonna be a longer ride, I bring my camelbak. That works pretty well and the drink stays cool, however it makes your back quite sweaty!

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One more thing...you asked if there was a device for RPE. RPE stands for "Rate of Perceived Excertion." In other words, on a scale of 1-10, how much are you exerting yourself. So *you* are the device! I think Spark has an article on it.

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Amber

I used to carry only 1 as well but someone on this site had recommended 2 bottles all of the time. Even if you do not have use for the 2nd bottle it will be there or if you take a fall you have water available to flush out the wounds.

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Yes, I need to work on hydration too. I only have one water bottle and it's not nearly enough- I'll get another in the bike shop tonight. :) The freezing worked well; I tried it last weekend. It tastes so much better when it's not hot.

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Do not forget your hydration as well.

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Hey guys! I think I figured out what's wrong with my bike! I lifted it up and spun the front tire, and it barely made it 1/4 of a turn. (thanks ATPJEN for the suggestion). I don't know much about bikes or the technical terms, but the brake pads are rubbing and the wires are pulling to the left, therefore pushing the brake pads against the tire pretty hard. You really have to push hard to get it to spin a quarter of a turn. I'm taking it into the bike shop today- still have warranty.

I'm extremely happy that it's my bike and not me! :) I will definitely take what i've learned from you all to heart. More rest and more calories!

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Amber

If you are feeling nauseated while riding in the heat you are already suffering from dehydration. This takes a couple of days to recover from as well. You should be drinking tons of water before the ride.

A suggestion for the hot water on your rides is to fill your water bottles (2) half full and place them in the freezer overnight and then on the day of your ride fill the rest with cold water. This should help alleviate warm water for you. On the second bottle you may find that you might have to fill it thre quarters full and freeze.

You should not feel nauseated while riding if you are properly nourished, hydrated and re-fueling.

As far as the other posts I have to agree ... you need at least 1 day if not 2 to shut down and heal.

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7/29/08 10:44 P

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Amber,

Instead of looking at your days off as days you can't work out, why don't you designate this time as your mental work-out day. My mental work-out is to read all the classics that I never got around to or didn't "get" because I probably read them in high-school. (Right now I'm reading Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and am thoroughly enjoying it).
Find what works for you and I bet your "off" days will turn into days that you enjoy just as much as your work-out days.

Good luck,
Danah

As as side note -- quite frankly your level of physical activity frightens me! If you note my post titled "trip to the spark confessional" you will see that I have fallen off the fitness bandwagon!
So good for you for getting out there and swimming, running, riding, etc. You should be proud of yourself no matter how fast or slow you might be on your bike!

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Just check your tires sidewalls for the recommended and max PSI info. All tires are different. And I've experienced the same thing as APTJEN before with the front brake. I take my front wheel off when I load my bike into my trunk and the fitting at the end of the caliper cable wasn't all the way back into the quick release mechanism (hard to see unless you really look at it), which caused tension on the brake pad.
But most importantly, do your best to stick to that higher cal and more rest plan!!!

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Make sure you air your tires up before EVERY ride. Typical pressures are 100-120 psi. Also check that your wheels are rotating freely and that your brakes didn't loosen up a little and are rubbing. Just lift your front tire up by the handlebars and spin the wheel, does it spin for a bit or grind to halt. Repeat this for the back tire by lifting at the seat. This happened to me once and I couldn't figure out right away what the problem was. Somehow my front brake came a little bit lose and was rubbing the rim, knocked about 5 mph off my speed, so I knew something was up. Just make sure mechanically you are in good shape!
Also a side note, make an investment and go get a proper bike fitting. You are doing distances that you will notice a big difference in. Not every bike shop is skilled in this, so ask around, preferably some coaches, they are usually in the know. It made a huge difference. The guy changed my stem out, adjusted my seat position, adjusted my handlebars & aerobars. Had my bike on a trainer so he could take come static measurements, make some changes and then watch my form. It was money well spent. I'm much more comfy on the aerobars now and my shoulders don't kill me after a long ride!

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Good for you Amber! I'm with WongerChi. Much better to be a little undertrained with those energy reserves than even a little overtrained.

Watchout - tomorrow you'll be itching to get to that workout and may have to be careful that you don't sprint too hard.

Have fun! and good for you to take care of yourself like this - asking questions, finding new ways of working it

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Amber:
In my experience, underfueling my runs/bikes leads to gain because I'll get home and want to inhale the fridge. And then take a nap. And then inhale the fridge again.

These days, I use this fueling strategy - 1 cal per lb of bodyweight per hour for anything over an hour. This is mainly carbs, either sports drink or a gel (washed down with water). So you're looking at around 130 cals per hour. That's it. I know when I've nailed my fueling as I'll finish the workout and feel great. Don't forget to drink water too, especially if it's hot.

In terms of resting, I take one day totally off per week. I'm a duathlete so I don't swim, but my typical workout week looks something like this:

Sat: Run-Bike brick (or long run)
Sun: Recovery bike (or long bike if no brick on Sat)
Mon: Run Intervals/tempo
Tues: Bike Intervals/hill repeats
Weds: Recovery run, or OFF
Thurs: Bike-Run brick
Fri: OFF

Tuesday and Weds can (and do) get flipped if I'm feeling tired and need an easy day. Generally I know if I'm tired as my RPE goes up. So if I'm cycling at say 15mph and it feels like I'm going at 20mph, then I know it's time for a rest day. I also log my workouts and how I'm feeling that day so I have a record of what I've been doing and how I've felt.

Hope this helps, good luck!



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Last night I forced myself to rest and I hated it (psychologically speaking). I had to keep telling myself that the only way for my muscles to repair themselves is to REST. How many days do you think I should rest? Should I take days completely off or just cut back on the workout days?

WONGERCHI, on a good day a 10 mile bike ride takes me 30 minutes, 35ish on a windy day or a hot day. If I can keep up the pace, a 25 mile bike ride takes me 75 minutes or so. Not the case on Sunday! I took two whole hours! Yikes! I should look into gels, but do you think it will make me gain?? What is the amout of biking time that would require a gel? I'm just leary b/c I gained quite a bit during marathon training going overboard on carbs and gels. I'm not keeping track of RPE or HR-- is there a device that can keep track of RPE for me? I can't really afford a HR monitor right now but maybe eventually.

I plugged in my new numbers and changed my goal date- pushed it back from september until november. The new calorie totals were 1350-1700. I can do this! It would make sense, too, that the past few weeks I've only been eating 1200 calories and not losing an ounce. I will definitely eat more.

JULESGL, thanks for the advice, I will be careful. Yep, I'm definitely a type-A person, how'd you guess LOL? By the way, I ran White Rock too! :)

Really, thanks everyone for helping me. I'm a biking newbie with a lot to learn!

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Amber:
Thinking about it, I'm actually not too surprised that your Friday run and your swims are good. Looking at your workout schedule you have two days between swims which is what your muscles need for recovery. So your swimming muscles (mainly upper body) are fine. The Friday run I also can understand as you don't run on Thursdays. I'd be interested to see if your Monday run is affected at all (especially for RPE or HR) especially if you're pushing really hard on the bike.

Are you keeping track of RPE (and/or) HR during your workouts? This is a great way of preventing overtraining. As JULESGL says, overtraining is a beast that sneaks up on you and is really tough to recover from (I've been there, it's not pretty). It's definitely better to be 10% undertrained than 1%
overtrained! Also the fact that your bike is "slow and tough the entire way" suggests to me that your legs are fried. I get like this after a couple of days heavy training, moreso on the bike than on the run.

How long does 25 miles take you on the bike? You really should consider getting some fuel in (Sports drink, Gels, proper food etc) on the bike as not fueling yourself properly there will have a negative impact on your subsequent workouts. Generally on weekends I go long, and if I get the fueling wrong, the Sunday workout is a lot harder than the Saturday one. Get it right and I feel fresh and ready to go come Sunday morning.

Final point about eating - 1200-1300 cals are the absolute minimum that you need even if you're just sitting on the couch watching TV all day. How do you propose to fuel yourself through all the workouts that you do? It is not a question of what type of food that you eat, it's a question of how much. Obviously keep it sensibly healthy but you need to increase your food intake.

I know it's hard, but don't be scared to eat more. Think of it more like fuel for your body, much like fuel for your car. You don't ask a car to go 500 miles on 200 miles of gas, do you? That's what you're doing to yourself right now.

What were your final cal burn numbers? I'd be interested to see those too. And you are aiming for 1lb a week weightloss too? Also keep track of your measurements, they will be going down even if your weight isn't as you're building muscle.

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Your response to me was pretty clear:
"DRC2205, My workout weeks looked the same when I was biking quickly. I think the workouts were a little shorter but I still worked out six days a week. I believe I was eating more."
Now you are increasing your workouts, and consuming less. So something has to give. Apparently it is your cycling.

As someone else mentioned, if you do not provide enough fuel, your body will start to hoard fat instead of burning it. Increasing your calories will no cause weight gain--just increase your energy level. Are your carbs, fats, and proteins in range? If not you can focus on what is off there.

As for air in your tires, do you have a guage on your air pump? If not, you still might not be inflating your tires enough. You really can't base it just on feel. That pretty much guarantees an underinflated tire. And you should check tire pressure every ride or two.

I'll get off my soapbox now...

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Amber, sometimes it takes time for overtraining to catch up with you. I read your plan and a part of me wants to do all that you do too, BUT I have overtrained before and it slows me down, so I will recognize a fellow "type-A" trainer in you my friend.

Slow down, if you really really can't rest, then just walk 2 days a week, take a small dog with you so you can't really stride and make it another workout day. slow down to reap long rewards!

Heat will slow you down. Heat Can be dangerous. Not getting enough sleep and/or water reduces your body's ability to handle the heat.
Sounds like you may be dangerous on two fronts. Please be careful!

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I have to admit that I'm really surprised you're not noticing decreased performance in your other sports too. Is the biking the only one that's done in the hotest part of the day? That's not good if you're feeling nauseated. I often feel weak and dizzy if I haven't consumed nearly enough calories.
Don't be scared that it will tell you that you're not getting enough calories (it will). A good point was made earlier that when your intake is so low and you're using it all up with excercise, you're body thinks it is starving and will hold on to every calorie it can. I'm not sure if slowly increasing your intake is the best method to prevent it from sticking to you or not. Any nutrition experts in here that can answer that one better?
Regardless of the method, you really need to bump it up to maintain good health and energy level. You seem plenty determined with the exercise, so you'll do just fine with more calories...please try not to be concerned with the weight! Good luck!

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It makes sense that I'm not eating enough, but I doubted it because my running and swimming aren't affected. In fact I had the best six mile run ever on Friday morning (although I'm used to the afternoon heat, so the morning was a nice change). Also, I swam immediately after my horrible bike ride and it was really easy.

I will plug my workout numbers into SP and delay my goal date and see what it says. Surely it will say to eat more and I'm scared, but I will do it. Could it be WHAT I eat- not enough carbs?? Maybe both?

2DUWAH, My husband put air in my tires before my ride yesterday and I thought it would help but it didn't. He said they looked a little low, but it could be purely psychological. :) Usually it feels difficult right from the beginning- it isn't starting out strong and fading. It's slow and tough the entire way.

DRC2205, My workout weeks looked the same when I was biking quickly. I think the workouts were a little shorter but I still worked out six days a week. I believe I was eating more.

Mark, my sleeping hasn't been great but could be worse. There are a couple of other circumstances that play into it, such as problems with our a.c.- I wake up hot in the middle of the night sometimes. I am staying hydrated as much as I can, but sometimes I feel nauseated during the bike ride and can't stomach it, especially when the water gets hot. LOL, I know the heat affects me as well, but I would think I'd still be able to keep up with others as the heat would slow them down too.

Thanks again for all your suggestions and advice! It's much appreicated!
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I am with WonderChi on this one, too. Muscles need 48 hours to heal and build. And if you don't get the fuel your body needs, you won't be able to perform at your best.

When you were riding your loop in 30 minutes, what was the rest of the week like for workouts? And how many calories were you eating?

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I experienced a very significant slow down during a ride and discovered that the air pressure in my tires was way too low. As soon as my tires were properly aired up I took off like I was Lance Armstrong! Also, I agree with the other posts that you are probably not eating enough to fuel your ride.

Have you noticed that you speed drops as you ride, or are you slow from start to finish?

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Amber:
The solution to this one's easy. You're overtrained and not eating enough.

For the overtraining, take one day off per week. Totally off. You'll feel a lot better for it. Rest is totally underrated. Your body needs REST to improve, right now you may even want to shut it down for a couple of days to get properly rested. Judging by your posts you're going hard every training session, which again is not what you want to do. I'd start with one hard workout per sport per week - intervals, hill repeats etc. and the rest easy. Longer distances also count as a hard workout too, and should have an easy or rest day after them.

Looking at your daily workout schedule, 1200-1300 cals per day is NOWHERE near enough for what you're trying to accomplish. A rough guesstimate for your weekly cal burn is about 5000 cals (20 miles running ~ 2000 cals, 50 miles bike ~ 2000 cals, 2 mile swim ~ 1000 cals). This is based on 100 cals per mile running, and my cal burn for the bike/swim scaled down to your bodyweight

Work out your weekly calorie burn accurately, and put it into Spark, get your new calorie numbers and make sure you hit them. Do NOT underestimate your calorie burn - you will still lose weight even though your cal intake goes up if you want to.

You need to fuel your body so that it can perform well in each workout and not feel like it has to hold on to every single calorie which is the case right now. And because it's doing that, your muscles are not getting fuelled properly so your workouts are getting tougher. I'd be willing to bet that your runs are also suffering a bit too.

Seat height and bike fit may make a difference but eating and resting right is likely to be the main culprit. Lots of people don't like to rest and eat more - I learned that lesson the hard way last year, and now that I'm eating right and actually taking my off days and recovery runs/rides at the right intensity I'm making significant progress and avoiding injuries.

All the best!

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Okay Amber, that seems like a really low calorie level for the amount of exercise you're getting in. I would have to think you're body is having difficult repairing your muscles after you break them down.
And yes, the heat should affect everyone, including you! Heat has a big effect on me. Are you staying well hydrated? Dehydration will affect your performance as well.
Regarding the seat, yes, you do need to make sure it is high enough that you're getting your full leg extension.
One last thing...how is your sleep?
I would strongly suggest upping that calorie intake if your focus is on performance more than weight loss.

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Thanks for your responses. I'll try to answer your questions. This is what a typical workout week has been for about a month.

Mon: Run 4-6 miles
Tues: Swim 1 mile
Wed: Run 4-6 miles
Thurs: Swim 1 mile
Fri: off, sometimes run 4-6 miles
Sat: bike 25 miles, run 2 miles, (sometimes swim 1 mile if friday was off)
Sun: bike 25 miles, swim 1 mile
I have no particular training plan right now, but I'm trying to up my fitness level while deciding between a marathon or a triathlon.

I try to eat 1200-1300 calories a day, and I've noticed that I'm low on carbs (about 45%). Last wednesday my husband and I went biking and I beat him (and felt like I went fast), and that day I considered to be a "bad" eating day-- more calories than usual, more carbs. Maybe that has something to do with it?

The weather has been extremely hot and I ride in the afternoons- 104 has been the high the past couple weekend afternoons during my rides. If it slows me down, shouldn't it slow everyone down? I used to keep up with the serious bikers but now everyone passes me.

I will definitely go home and check out my bike. I'm not exactly sure what problems to look for, but thanks RCKWHITNEY for the suggestions. I will check for those things in particular.

Does the seat heighth make a difference? My husband told me it looks like I sit really low, so recently I moved the seat higher.

Thanks again for your help! I really want to enjoy biking again! :)
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That really is frustrating! Check your brakes, tires and bike wheel skewers. If the brake pads are rubbing or loose, you'll slow down. If the tire has a bulge, it will rub against the brake pads. If your bike wheel skewers are reversed or not aligned evenly, your wheel will rub against the brake pads.
Good Luck in finding the answer!

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did you feel physically different when you were riding slower (did it seem harder than usual, etc)? how about the weather? it may be a possibility that you are overtraining, but that is difficult to say not knowing anything at all. have you tried to buddy up?

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7/28/08 10:04 A

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Wow, that's a rather significant slowdown. And you don't know of anything that's changed on your bike, right? I would suspect that you are overtraining or undernourished? Have you increased your training in the other two sports? Or changed the order, frequency, or intensity? What does your typical week of workouts look like?

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Hey guys! I've been biking for about two months now and suddenly I've gotten a lot slower! It's like I just woke up one day and was slow. I used to pass most people on the path, but now it seems like everyone passes me. I used to do a 10 mile loop in 30 minutes but now I'm at 45 minutes or slower. It feels like I'm carrying a huge dead weight and can't figure out what happened. I was in tears yesterday and ready to give it up for good! I was so excited about training for a triathlon but now I'm not so sure.

I'm making progress in running and swimming (definitely not losing fitness), but biking has gone downhill! Does anyone have any idea if I'm doing something wrong? Bad form? Something wrong with the bike?

I know it's a good workout and I know I can do it(I've done it in the past). Am I missing something?

Thanks from a newbie biker! :)

Amber






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