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  1. CalicoCat

    Understanding the training effect of 2 minute efforts

    Well, actually, in a way it is a plan. And it is actually the plan that I would advise for most newer riders. Most people who have been riding for less than a couple of years, or who just haven't been very consistent with their riding, are nowhere near their potential and will see gains very...
  2. CalicoCat

    New to the road- HELP PLEASE!

    test ride lots of bikes and pick one that fits you well and is in your price range. A bike that fits is a bike that you will ride. Also, don't underestimate the importance of establishing a relationship with a good LBS. So if you find two different bikes at two different shops and everything...
  3. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Js, I'm confused . . . or maybe I am misunderstanding your problem. You should not have trouble switching between your big and little chainrings, and doing so should be pretty natural. When approaching a hill where I am going to need my little ring, I start by going two gears harder in...
  4. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    For your big overarching goal of increasing your FTP, both kinds of training, long rides, and shorter harder efforts are going to help you, so I wouldn't worry about it, or over think it. That being said, I think you'd do well considering not just your big goal, but also the goals of a...
  5. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Long rides, even long relatively slow rides, take a toll on the body and be challenging to recover from, mostly because you end up burning a lot of kjs. Therefore, long rides generally lead to pretty high training stress and you want to take this into account when scheduling recovery days, next...
  6. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Thanks Felt. It definitely feels great for hard work to pay off like it has. My fitness is good, and tactically, I am racing smarter than I have in the past. Put those two things together, and I can't complain. I hope that when I upgrade in a few weeks, my fitness is sufficient to keep me in...
  7. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Hi Felt! The season has been keeping me busy and that is why you haven't heard much from me. But it has be going GREAT!!! I took 3rd in a target race early this season. A big road race a few hours from here that always brings a good crowd and large fields testing their early-season...
  8. CalicoCat

    sharing the trails

    +1 to everything Dave said. I use MUPs often for commuting or easy rides as a change of scenery from the roads. And I'm just like Dave in terms of calling out 'on your left' to most, but not all, users. One thing I have noticed, however, is that lot's of pedestrians will take a step to the...
  9. CalicoCat

    Does this look odd with green bar tape?

    go with red.
  10. CalicoCat

    Terrible time trial time... was it all about being aero?

    yea, a short TT like that is much more like a long VO2 effort, and so requires training that system which is a lot different than training at FTP. . . . also, was this TT uphill by any chance? . . . if so, weight (or power:weight) is a major factor.
  11. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    I LOVE the foam roller. Definitely the less expensive alternative to a massage. . . . but it can be painful :-)
  12. CalicoCat

    I'M BA-A-A-A-ACK!!! My First 20-Mile Ride plus Tour-Training Questions

    Hi Sierra, Glad to see you are back. I was starting to get a little worried about you! Winters are tough, and with the Spring we've been having, I have also been ready to build an ark :-) Anyway, it sounds like you are doing pretty well, all things considered. But I HAVE to advise you to...
  13. CalicoCat

    which interval?

    It sounds like she is "in-season" and lot's of VO2 work, similar to what she has planned, is the meat and potatoes of my in-season training as well. She's got the base, which likely means that she's also got the aerobic motor. However, to do well in crit racing, she's gotta train herself to go...
  14. CalicoCat

    junior training partner in socal

    Gianni, I have to advise you not to put private contact info on an internet forum and especially not to solicit in real life meetings with people you don't know. I am saying this for your own safety. If you are looking for people to ride with, head over to your LBS and ask them about their...
  15. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Sometimes the body (and the mind) just need some time off. I had a great off-season wrt training, and a great start to my racing season. Then, last week, my training was really suffering and my head was all over the place. I realized that I just couldn't keep the intensity up and needed a rest...
  16. CalicoCat

    I can't sleep . . .

    LOL! That's gotta be it!!
  17. CalicoCat

    I can't sleep . . .

    @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I never have trouble sleeping. After a hard workout, I usually take an afternoon nap and still have no...
  18. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    sometimes the body needs time off to come back strong!!! Sounds like that was the case for you. A week off is not usually enough to lose fitness. Two weeks is usually the magic number when you start to lose fitness. Less than that and you just get much-needed rest.
  19. CalicoCat

    Are we there yet?

    Awesome start to the season bg!!!! Those are the kind of stories I like to hear, where winter training translates into success on the road. Very cool. My season has started out pretty well too. I trained all winter, went to spring training camp and right into a target race. I was concerned...
  20. CalicoCat

    Won my 1st race and it was a good one!!

    Congrats! Sounds like a fun race. I am especially impressed that even when things didn't go your way - getting caught after your foray up the road and starting your sprint early - you hung in there, and managed to pull out the win anyway. Sometimes I am so afraid to make big moves because...