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  1. Steve_B

    New Pedal-Based Power Meter

    All of the power meters on the market came from entrepreneurial environments with a devoted geek or geeks.
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    New Pedal-Based Power Meter

    First they are doing the "standard" Speedplays, then the Ti-spindled Speedplays and then their plan is to introduce a version for the Look Keo. I use the Keo and by that point we should know if it's a dud or not.
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    Once more: gyming to improve power

    That's why I am being very careful with this. I want to be able to walk too, you know? On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Oz coach said that the sprinters do as much as 33 sets (12 or them warm-up sets). I guess when you have all morning and aren't trying to ride (hard) much otherwise...
  4. Steve_B

    New Pedal-Based Power Meter

    Yup and me, my PT. I won't be an early adopter. I want to see some well executed head-to-head comparisons to PT or SRM first.
  5. Steve_B

    Once more: gyming to improve power

    I got interested in this stuff a few years ago when I realized that my top-end (30 sec-3 minute) power was not what I would like it to be. I consulted a local coach (Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, former pro team director). He feels that the best way to improve short-term power is to increase the...
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    Once more: gyming to improve power

    That may be hard to do and do all the gym work. You think about all the work that you had to do to get the FTP that you have now and presumably you are now going to divert some of that time to gym work. I'm not sure how you can maintain FTP and recover from the gym work. You may have to accept a...
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    Once more: gyming to improve power

    I thought it was interesting what he said about "speed endurance": basically you need to get up to speed and work on being able to hold it for longer and longer. IIRC, Arthur Lydiard said something very similar about max efforts and he was a running coach coming at it from kind of a different path.
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    Once more: gyming to improve power

    This guy thinks so too. It's the Australian national sprint team's "bread and butter". There are some other good insights in there too.
  9. Steve_B

    SRM for cyclocross?

    Adam Myerson has used an SRM for years on his 'cross bikes. This year may be a different story since he was using a Power Tap on the road and he might continue during 'cross season. Many people have done this too. You might have some problems in particularity wet races with moisture ingress at...
  10. Steve_B

    Tour of Korea Recap

    Dude, I totally feel for you. I can see the racial slight happening too. It's sad but that's the way the world is. I would have asked for a detailed explanation from the officials right then and there with the printed maps from before the stage to show exactly what went wrong. If they can't...
  11. Steve_B

    I can't Sleep. Due to cycling

    If he's riding 4-6 hours/day, I'm assuming he doesn't have a full-time job. That should make things easier. The pros do this but they don't get to where they are by just jumping into the deep end; they had to build up their volume over the years. One thing that bugs me: 5 days of...
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    I can't Sleep. Due to cycling

    Kind of like Monty Python's killer rabbit, huh?
  13. Steve_B

    I can't Sleep. Due to cycling

    I was overtraining even with two rest days per week. Quack! Quack! Quack!
  14. Steve_B

    Guestimating sustainable output for a 200 mile ride in the mountains...

    Well, you know, there's a side story here. You know what they say about the weather changing quickly in the mountains? Perfect example: Nice "warm" spring day all the way up there (~50 F/10C, sun was out, blue sky). Got going on the mountain proper and about 10 minutes into the 30 minute ascent...
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    Race compositions

    Yes, if your legs are always sore, you are probably doing too much. You may not be allowing yourself some recovery days as well. You don't need to make every ride a death march to get really fit.Try cutting back on your regular volume a bit (you get to decide how much) and intensity...
  16. Steve_B

    Updating FTP from IF data - how often and details of wko?

    OK, lots of problems here and I have to go to work. Quickly - 1) Consider updating when you see that sort of result. Also, a formal test "every so often" (however you define that) is a good idea. 2) If you update your FTP in the Power Training Zones area on the Athlete Homepage, you can...
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    What FTP to do this ?

    Yes, for "bigger" guys, it's less spectacular, for sure.
  18. Steve_B

    I can't Sleep. Due to cycling

    +2. It's one of the classic signs of overtraining. When I was routinely overdoing it years ago (before I got a clue), I had similar issues sleeping. It's an easy way for you body to try to slow you down - if you're tired all the time you're not going to be able to ride as you could - but if we...
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    Guestimating sustainable output for a 200 mile ride in the mountains...

    Appendic C, page 60 of Charles Howe's little treatise here would suggest a 5-10% drop up to 5000 feet., 10-15% at 7000 feet, etc. I live at sea level. I was in North Carolina about a month ago and rode from Asheville (~2000 feet) up to Mount Mitchell (~6600 feet at the top). It was...
  20. Steve_B

    Stage Race Planning

    Second from the right? ;) Wait, hairy legs. Whatzup with that? :eek::confused: