Archive for February, 2017

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Dodging snails in the fog

February 15, 2017

This morning was a foggy, misty morning to ride out in the dark – I kept noticing these little things that looked like rocks in the road and wondered where they all could have come from in just one day – then relaized they were snails out for a stroll in the wet conditions. So my morning was spent dodging them which sounds easy but at 25mph sometimes it can be a challenge. LOL Yes I am one of those vegan guys who really tries not to do harm to animals – no matter how small they are.

The goal today was to be solid – solidly riding for 90 minutes at an endurance pace throughout the ride. It keeps amazing me how high of a power output I am able to do now with a low HR. It has to be all the time spent training at tempo and below pace. I did throw in just one sprint but was only able to get 802W for the 10 seconds. I was on the tank again in the wet so not sure if that has anything to do with it but I’ll keep trying.

Lastly – I had a bit of a binge on thin mints last night – Ha! But they were so good and I hadn’t eaten enough yesterday (at least that is how I justified it). But my message on that is to do what you need to do to be happy. It might be to work really hard – it might be to have the 6 pack abs and the beach body – just do you and be happy!

Ride safe and be well

Jon-

 

 

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Vegan – let’s get long

February 14, 2017

I want to ride long, like ultra-distances long.

I really want to get out and just ride for hours …. and then days!

But……. I’m stuck. Right now I’m stuck with about 3.5 hours at my top end. Ok to come completely clean, it’s 3.5 hours on a bike that weighs 29lbs. before I put on bottles and my gear bag. It’s a tank – but it’s pretty comfortable. I guess dragging the tank up and down the hills, even the small ones takes a toll. See, this is why we talk/type it out sometimes. I never really understood why I was getting burned by the end of a ride of the tank until just now. Soon I’m going to get back on my 16lbs. aero road bike and see how easy this same mileage feels – or maybe I’ll just go out for 3.5+ hours and see how far I go. That sounds like fun.

So training overall has been going well – I have gotten in 35 hours of riding in over the last 4 weeks. That beats all of my 4 week blocks from last year. So what’s the difference – more time spent in the lower zones compared to previous years. It used to be that I would go out and hammer away then I would get super tired and not ride long or hard for a few days. This year the goal is to increase my mileage and thus my fitness before my first big event Deathridetour.com – 235 miles w/ 16,500 ft of climbing in 3 days. So 4 times or so a week I get 1.5hrs in at a lower zone than I previously would.

So what are you getting from training like that?? I am seeing my times on strava.com segment decrease while seeing my mileage increase. my highest yearly mileage was 5200 miles in 2015. If I keep up at just the same pace I am on so far in 2017 I’ll be looking at clocking over 7100 miles in 2017 – But are you getting faster? So far the answer to that is close – but it is only February. Again strava.com is a great place to track progress. How fast was I last year when I felt like I was in shape compared to this year so far on those same segments? So far my times are close to my best times from the middle of summer last year – since it is February, I’ll take that as a win. Plus I have yet to start doing any real speed work at all except a few small sections 1-2 times per week. Mostly just endurance riding.

I can’t say if it’s right for you – but so far, it feels right to me – stay tuned!!