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  1. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I saw a demo at the LBS last week. Looks like a great way to inject some fun into the suffering.
  2. bulaboy

    It's killing me but..........

    Just came back to this forum today after a long time away. Good to see some of the same people contributing. The last time I was good on the bike was in 2016. I've had orthopedic problems since then, which I hope are now corrected. (Long story) After a few false starts I have now been...
  3. bulaboy

    Another comeback.

    Didn't get a lot of miles on the bike this year. Had ankle fusion surgery at the beginning of November. Haven't been able to do too much w/the leg so far. Getting kinda bummed watching the atrophy. I'm 65 years of age and I am anxious to get back into training. Hopefully I can begin trainer...
  4. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    Good luck w/your winter program Swampy. That's hardcore.
  5. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    While I would like to be more competitive on group rides, my big challenge comes in the spring. I'm going to do some rando events beginning in April. I'm going to do the 200, 300 and 400k Brevets, and depending on how that goes I'll decide if I want to complete the series with the 600. I'm...
  6. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I consider training (minimum of 10hrs/wk of high-intensity efforts). Dude, you must be a lactate junkie. And your tolerance for suffering is remarkable. I couldn't recover from that combination of volume and intensity. For me 10 hours of L2,10 hours of Tempo, and a splash of higher...
  7. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    Actually, there is a Magic Bullet. It's called volume. I got back on my bike on Aug 21 after several years of very infrequent riding, and I'm still not able to do what I consider training (minimum of 10hrs/wk of high-intensity efforts). Maybe by the end of the year I can get there. In the...
  8. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I agree with the guys telling you intervals are the way to survive the surges and attacks. The local training crits are perfect fitness boosters and those killer club rides with re-groups work better for me than structured workouts. In season I do lots of rides w/faster riders. Usually I...
  9. bulaboy

    Indoor training strategies

    Hi Kopride. My set up is just like yours except that I don't watch the TV. I find that if my attention wanders, my effort drops. For several years i didn't have the power meter either. Just used my speed as a proxy for power. I've found the power meter is of more value to me when doing L5...
  10. bulaboy

    Cycling for 1,000 miles

    Experiment w/different saddles and shorts. And what Mike said about saddle height and fit is right on. What time of year are you planning to do this ride? If you have the time beforehand I'd suggest you ramp your mileage up to ~300/week and keep it there for a couple of months. Do a couple...
  11. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I'm trying to postpone the "off season" as long as possible. I posted and led an 80 mile club ride today, in temps that ranged from 24 at the start to a balmy 33 at rides end. I won't do much high intensity on cold days 'cause I don't want to get sweaty, but I spent a lot of time at Tempo...
  12. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I just took a closer look at the study. Guess I'll be doing those dreaded 3-5 minute intervals after all. That worked the best. Any tips on making L5 intervals more tolerable?
  13. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    Thanks for the feedback guys. The cold weather is about to roll in, so I'll be doing this on my Kurt Kinetic w/a PM. Do you see any reason to wait until late winter or spring? Many coaches advocate waiting, for fear of peaking too soon or burning out mentally. But I figure with the deep base...
  14. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    These boards aren't what they used to be. I should have asked about the color of bar tape. That would have sparked a lively discussion.
  15. bulaboy

    Can't hang w/the a group any more. what to do?

    I'm a 64 year old roadie. Rode 9,000 miles so far this year. I like going long, but I also like doing the shorter (50-60 mile) groupies w/the local bike club. Problem is I keep getting dropped. I'm trying to decide whether I should resign myself to doing the "Old Farts" rides, or if I can...
  16. bulaboy

    Cycling after breaking pelvis

    I would add though, that compared to you Aldario, I'm a kid ;-) at 61 yoa.
  17. bulaboy

    Cycling after breaking pelvis

    I broke my acetabulum 2 years ago while riding my road bike across a patch of black ice. It's part of the hip socket so technically that's the pelvis. Sounds like yours was worse, although larger bones typically heal faster because they have a better blood supply. Wasn't too bad. I was on...
  18. bulaboy

    Off season strength acquisition

    I'm back from the edge of the abyss. After a 7 week hiatus form cycling I rode the trainer this morning. The first 10 minutes I felt like I was riding in wet cement. But overall it went better than I thought. There is plenty of time for me to get my FTP back to a respectable level before...
  19. bulaboy

    Off season strength acquisition

    You guys really know how to sell it you know? "relentless diet of anaerobic efforts" "5mins at ~120%FTP + 5mins recovery 10 repeats" "Cool down, regain consciousness and make sure that there's a bucket real close" Maybe I'll take up billiards. Seriously I know it takes a lot of work...
  20. bulaboy

    Off season strength acquisition

    For the past few years cycling has been the focus of my training. As time goes on it gets increasingly difficult to increase my FTP and so to improve my power to weight ratio I got my body weight down pretty low. At 5'10" I weighed in at 150lbs mid season. When the cold and snow rolled in...