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BabbyMatt
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bike jocks road and track 2014/15 thread

you guys racing soon?

out here, early birds are coming up on sunday

also don't google search bike jock at work

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:17
dema
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Early Bird on the 5th will be my first race. Watch me get dropped. Haven't done any intensity in over a month.

Will probably be photographing San Bruno Hill Climb on the 1st.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:17
BabbyMatt
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(Reply to #2)

dema wrote:
Early Bird on the 5th will be my first race. Watch me get dropped. Haven't done any intensity in over a month.

Will probably be photographing San Bruno Hill Climb on the 1st though.

hey, see you there! we'll be in the same field if you're doing the 8:30 AM race. I doubt you'll get dropped, I'm sure the pace will be easier than your usual group rides.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:16
CheshireCat
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I might show up on my CX bike. Are dick brakes allowed?
If not I'll be on pinkie.

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:40
crabbi
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Discs not allowed in road racing, Milin.

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:38
Endpoint
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Raced less than 10 times last year total. Feels bad man. But babby is best kind of excuse.

Back on paleo and training this week. Pretty stoked for that. Can't really up mileage much until spring cause babby daddy duties but looking to make a slow steady build towards late may. Hit June at 149lbs (closer to 165 right now) and ready to rock n roll.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:45
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First for me will be Cal Aggie Crit in Sac on the 25th. Same course as Land Park Crit in another month or so, it's one of my favorite crit courses. Should have a solid showing from the team, and I'll definitely be working for my housemate/teammate/tarckbro since he's won that race in the past and hopefully hasn't eaten too much bacon in the last few months... (cough cough)

Should be a solid race of remembering how to position, covering attacks, and getting in the leadout train at the end. Which will be good since my top end is nonexistent currently as I'm just getting back on the bike after a month's break due to patellar tendonitis. Good thing I kept racing/training through October and never took too long off the bike, as fitness isn't too far gone.

Month off x holiday collabo ruined hopes of losing a bit of extra baggage early, but I'm only ~8lb away from where I'd like to be racing come June and was PR'ing climbs before the knee thing so power at least was on point. I tend to have a hard time keeping weight on come race season so not too worried about getting down to ~155, and pretty excited since I had fitness to be competitive last season.

If any Nor Cal bros want to race Cal Aggie and need a couch to crash on, hit me/Misogynisticus up.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:49
BabbyMatt
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Whoa yea Land Park was fun last year, I'd be down to do Cal Aggie. My teammate got 2nd in the 5's last year, I'll see if he's up for doing it with me. My positioning and bike handling was terribad last time and I had to jump hard out of every corner to catch a wheel again. I think I'm getting better at taking sharper corners at speed and not being afraid of proximity to other riders, so it should be a blast this time around. The 4's race isn't that early so I might just drive up in the morning, but maybe beers or something after?

Not peaking or anything right now for obvious reasons, but threshold is coming along nicely. I'm above last summer's best 20m numbers. We did some scratch races the other day and I was hanging with guys I considered much faster than me before. Weight isn't as low as I want it to be, was 148-150 before the holidays, now seeing 150-152 :( Gonna be tricky to get it down under 145 but i'll keep at it.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:59
dema
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I'm doing good on the weight front. 160 this morning.

I've gotten down to 148-150 before, but wasn't recovering well from workouts. And apparently I looked gross. Power to weight PR for 20 minutes is at 155.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:15
CheshireCat
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mother of god. FTP set at 226 :-( indoor power test. used the sufferfest rubber glove video to help me pace.
What the fuck happened to me?
Got fat and slow, that's what.

I'll be crying in the slow corner, y'all.

half because fuck that hurt and the other half because I sucked so much.

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Tue, 12/31/2013 - 20:37
GrandmaJordan
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Base miles mode engaged. Racing starts end of February.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 11:50
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^I'm with Roundabout.

Jan 25th at Landpark. Cal Aggie Crit.
Probably one of my favorite courses, I've either won (2), crashed out (2), or mechanical'd (1) every time I've raced it. It seems like it's always a little rainy and everybody has new slippery tires.

Just started doing threshold work last week after a monstrous few months of base. Was pleasantly surprised how well I performed at ANT immediately after base. Hoping as form comes in I can get to goal w/kg and start winning more races. I'm tired of bunch sprints, I want something romantic. Solo'ing in after a race of attrition. *swoon*

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 19:35
BabbyMatt
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20 min test yesterday @ 289w! New PR for me, my best last summer was 268

So stoked :D

Still kinda fat though, damn holidays

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 19:43
halbritt
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(Reply to #13)

BabbyMatt wrote:
20 min test yesterday @ 289w! New PR for me, my best last summer was 268

So stoked :D

Still kinda fat though, damn holidays

What's your diet like? Still eating bread and sugar?

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:26
killing time
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u gaiz r crazy

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 02:36
Flamandrio Schw...
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Racing this year in collegiate as well as normal cats. Need to work on a training plan but school and riding for work makes it difficult.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:33
BabbyMatt
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halbritt wrote:
BabbyMatt wrote:
20 min test yesterday @ 289w! New PR for me, my best last summer was 268

So stoked :D

Still kinda fat though, damn holidays

What's your diet like? Still eating bread and sugar?

been eating whatever looked good, it was the holidays!

now i'm trying to eat smart again. been using the "beer is a good recovery drink" excuse lots lately though, should cut that out..

did a few drills with the team in small groups yesterday of "catch the rabbit, then win the 5 lap scratch race", with 1 rider going out with a 15 second head start and 4 chasers working together. won 1 sprint in a strong group, timed a half lap flyer too early in the 3rd and got caught just before the line, and then calf-cramped on the 4th sprint for 2nd after forcing the other guy to lead me out. overall feeling pretty hot. better not fucking crash on sunday

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:43
dema
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(Reply to #17)

killing time wrote:
u gaiz r crazy

You going to race in Belgium this year?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 14:53
halbritt
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(Reply to #18)

Matt, forgot to mention that the plan for the year also included not crashing. Try to stick to it.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:47
GrandmaJordan
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Man, I am so, so, so, so slow right now. Like, same level as my 9.5-hour century self of two years ago. Apparently gaining 5 pounds is a real game changer. :(

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 21:25
dema
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I'm that slow right now and it has nothing to do with weight. IDK how some people can be fast year around. My body doesn't work like that.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 21:29
aerobear
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festive500 kinda toasted my legs i think. maybe cuz i did most of it in 2 rides.

went to do intervals yesterday, holy shit, legs is rough. worst part about power meter is that it only confirms how not-fast you are as much as it makes you feel fast when you are.

luckily we got a few weeks till racing starts.. gotta start trainin' for that tiny cherry pie hill everyone sprints over.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 21:52
BabbyMatt
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Well I'm pretty sure I have the flu, so no chance of crashing on Sunday :)

Also I might lose some weight! trying to stay positive here

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 22:08
dema
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(Reply to #23)

Ah, bummer. You won't get to see me ejected out the back of the mother fucking cat 4 scrub office park crit pack.

aerobear wrote:
festive500 kinda toasted my legs i think. maybe cuz i did most of it in 2 rides.

went to do intervals yesterday, holy shit, legs is rough. worst part about power meter is that it only confirms how not-fast you are as much as it makes you feel fast when you are.

FWIW; if my legs are super fatigued, I need well over an hour of warm up before doing any sort of intensity.

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 23:13
killing time
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(Reply to #24)

dema wrote:
killing time wrote:
u gaiz r crazy

You going to race in Belgium this year?

yeah, just bought my UCI licence a few days ago. prepping my self mentally by watching all of the Belgian races and how most of the racing works out. by the looks of it, its a lot of attacking and throwing yourself out to the wind.

im excited.

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 00:38
GrandmaJordan
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I'm excited for your race reports!

Since this is the racing and training thread, I wanted to throw a metabolism/training/other question out there. Sorry, it's probably boring, but this is the best place I could think to put it. Anyway, I've put on some weight recently. In and of itself, this isn't a bad thing, but I'm a bit concerned about it, because 1) I don't think it's muscle/"good" weight, and 2) I think it's negatively affecting my performance (power numbers are not increasing - actually going down). I usually weigh in at 105. I'd stuck at that number for several years with only very minor deviations. I think I added a couple pounds at the end of the summer that were from riding a lot, but then cross season hit, and Right now, I'm up to about 112 or 113. I know that's still a low number, but it feels sort of off. I've gained weight from strength training before (I gained 5 pounds when I did P90X), and that felt very different from what's going on now. I feel like the weight now is all around my midsection (pants are tighter in the waist, about the same everywhere else) and my boobs (which are also sore, which makes me think there might be something hormonal going on?). At first, I thought I was pregnant, but the test I took says I'm not, so yay for that.

Not much has really changed in my life to correspond with the weight gain. I rode less and less consistently during cross season, but that hasn't caused this kind of issue in the past. My diet has been the same, though I've scaled back my intake somewhat to correspond with less riding time. In addition to the weight, I just feel really tired and slow on the bike. I'm definitely not overtrained. I don't know - it's not the number on the scale so much as how the weight feels, which I hope makes sense. If I were still climbing well and feeling strong, I wouldn't bat an eye, but I'm not. I'm very much slower than I normally am, and my power numbers are lower, even for this time of year. It feels like more than an off-season slowness. My legs were tired on my 14-miler yesterday. I was almost double my normal time going up a short local climb that I do all the time. Small efforts feel huge.

Anyone have any thoughts? I'm seeing a doctor on Tuesday, and I plan to ask her about this, but I'm interested if any of you had anything to say. Thanks for reading my boring-ass boringness!

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Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:19
randsome beast
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Anyone not female probably is unfit to properly confer on what you could do. That said there are some universal truths that apply.

Taking day to day choices out of a serious athletes mindset is one of the tenets of European school of sport. Our bodies bounce back and forth too much to personally assess all the factors and properly tune a long range plan. Weight gain in and of itself is one of the least worrying factors in what you posted.

It takes years to really see the benefits of sticking to one plan. There are going to be many ups and downs with lots of times it seems like you are heading in the wrong direction. Don't micromanage every feeling or result.

One thing to strongly consider is the natural cycles everyone's body goes through over the course of changing seasons. Keeping a mental rein on the need to climb fast or hold a set level of endurance is self defeating. Base is what makes top level skill possible. That means being slow instead of slicing. Are you happy? Sit down and think about how much variety life requires and the fact that what worked a year ago might be limiting you now. Not then, right now trying to recreate it when you have moved on.

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Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:44
GrandmaJordan
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Thanks, Rando. That's some good perspective.

I don't really worry much about the day-to-day stuff. The reason this worries me is that it's been ongoing for a couple of months now, and it seems to keep getting worse rather than either evening out or turning around. Maybe it's nothing, but I felt I'd be remiss if I didn't ramble about it on Tarckbike.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:54
halbritt
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Could be hormonal. Can't comment on that. Hopefully your doctor can help.

If the weight doesn't feel good, then consider your diet. I'm sure you can guess what advice I'd give. Start reducing sugar, bread, pasta, bagels, etc. and see how that works. Not suggesting low carb, just different choices. Get more fat in your diet.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 12:27
Flamandrio Schw...
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^ sounds like what I feel like after a few weeks of cigarette smoking and excessive candy eating. Honest answer I'd take a full week off and really focus on resting and diet then ease back into training over a week or two after that, assuming you're not sick or something. I think around this time of year a lot of people simply ask too much from their bodies (you people doing intervals in january for example)

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 12:59
CheshireCat
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Taking heaths advice (less white flour and sugar) was game changing for me. Granted, instead of high perfoance power numbers, I'm looking at exam scores and clinical performance and reasoning.

I also know that when something is off on the power meter, it's time to go to the doctor. That hunch that something is off is usually right. Any flea or tick bites? Anything swollen that usually isn't? These are the things a good doc will look for if they work with athletes (who usually have a lot more insight into their own physiology than the avg patient)

I know just being stressed can mess up a lot.

If they do a blood panel, I might expect elevated cpk, alt, ast, c4 in an athlete who has gradually become overtrained. These are inflammatory markers when seen in healthy people that indicate a lot of training stress and a need for recovery. They can also be disease markers so best to investigate whichever
Come up.

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Sat, 01/04/2014 - 15:08
aerobear
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(Reply to #31)

@Dema, I did my intervals on my lunch break.. so I had to do a 15-min warm up. Next time I do that I am going to try and get to work early and take a 2 hour lunch so I dont have to rush it, cuz i was definitely struggling through that workout trying to fit it into an hour or so.

GrandmaJordan wrote:
I'm excited for your race reports!

Since this is the racing and training thread, I wanted to throw a metabolism/training/other question out there. Sorry, it's probably boring, but this is the best place I could think to put it. Anyway, I've put on some weight recently. In and of itself, this isn't a bad thing, but I'm a bit concerned about it, because 1) I don't think it's muscle/"good" weight, and 2) I think it's negatively affecting my performance (power numbers are not increasing - actually going down). I usually weigh in at 105. I'd stuck at that number for several years with only very minor deviations. I think I added a couple pounds at the end of the summer that were from riding a lot, but then cross season hit, and Right now, I'm up to about 112 or 113. I know that's still a low number, but it feels sort of off. I've gained weight from strength training before (I gained 5 pounds when I did P90X), and that felt very different from what's going on now. I feel like the weight now is all around my midsection (pants are tighter in the waist, about the same everywhere else) and my boobs (which are also sore, which makes me think there might be something hormonal going on?). At first, I thought I was pregnant, but the test I took says I'm not, so yay for that.

Not much has really changed in my life to correspond with the weight gain. I rode less and less consistently during cross season, but that hasn't caused this kind of issue in the past. My diet has been the same, though I've scaled back my intake somewhat to correspond with less riding time. In addition to the weight, I just feel really tired and slow on the bike. I'm definitely not overtrained. I don't know - it's not the number on the scale so much as how the weight feels, which I hope makes sense. If I were still climbing well and feeling strong, I wouldn't bat an eye, but I'm not. I'm very much slower than I normally am, and my power numbers are lower, even for this time of year. It feels like more than an off-season slowness. My legs were tired on my 14-miler yesterday. I was almost double my normal time going up a short local climb that I do all the time. Small efforts feel huge.

Anyone have any thoughts? I'm seeing a doctor on Tuesday, and I plan to ask her about this, but I'm interested if any of you had anything to say. Thanks for reading my boring-ass boringness!

I have had breast swelling plus retaining water/fat feeling last for like up to 3-4 weeks before, which was really strange, felt like the longest PMS of my life. But if the weight gain is paralleled with your boobs swelling, it sounds like you haven't gained fat, but rather are just kinda swollen all over. Which would also make you feel more fatigued and not as fast.

There's no way that putting on 5lbs would make you that much slower and i also doubt that you easily put on 5lbs of fat, since that would be a fairly difficult feat for someone built like yourself. But I definitely agree that it sounds more like a hormonal thing, as I have experienced similar problems, just not as prolonged as you're describing. For me it depends a lot on how much I am riding. The more I ride, the less fluctuation I get in my hormones. If I time a rest week wrong, i get much more hormonal and get worse boob swelling, etc - everything kind of gets exaggerated. It can be kinda tough for me to bounce back out of it too as the first few rides I do feeling that way I am tremendously slow.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:20
halbritt
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I dunno. I can feel a 10lb difference pretty significantly at my weight when I'm climbing.

In any case, I wouldn't worry too much about the weight other than keeping an eye on sugar and really simple carbs. Probably, that stuff isn't really required, even for the most insulin sensitive athletes unless they're doing >z4 stuff and are having a hard time replenishing glycogen.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:47
aerobear
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5lbs of fat would be a slower, but not 2x as slow and esp not lowering your power. I have gained up to 7lbs in water from hormonal swings i am pretty sure, cuz all gone within a week, and back to normal. Trouble is getting back to normal so it drops off again and you feel normal.

I have to eat a lot. I can't do endurance riding without tons of eating. Even in my daily life, a slight calorie deficit leaves me drowsy and hungry. And I have a quite a bit of weight on jordan and a bit more body fat to sustain the miles, but once my blood sugar drops i'm fucked.

Went a little low on food on my 90 mile ride on tuesday.. took me till about 9pm to recover from the glycogen deficit and raging headache. At home I ate a ton of food (rice, veggies, curry), drank water, electrolytes, even ate a hammer gel just for the sugar, tried to nap but couldn't sleep, ate a sandwich, drank another beer for the carbs.. hours later I felt human again.

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:12
randsome beast
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My first impression was she is seeing gains from killing herself since day one of moving when they are least expected. Rest and coming down from that much self enforced stress make sense from afar.

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Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:48
GrandmaJordan
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I should have also said, I took christmas week entirely off, coz in Canada with no bike, so it's not an issue where I've been training hard since last January. I've definitely taken adequate rest, and have scaled back riding in the last couple months.

Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. Amy, that's interesting to know you've experienced something similar!

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Sat, 01/04/2014 - 19:41
halbritt
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Not disputing anything here, but I want to make clear that my advice to reduce sugar and refined carbs has nothing to do with attempting to reduce calories. I firmly believe that calorie reduction is bullshit and should be avoided.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 20:27
GrandmaJordan
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Thanks, Heath. I have been working on reducing both sugar and refined carbs from my diet. I'm not interested in reducing calories.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 21:36
dema
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"I'm bloated and my boobs are sore."

I hear that from my wife every month.

Great training crit this morning. Wasn't even kinda in danger of getting dropped. Feeling good.

Great seeing you out there Matt. Hopefully you're feeling better for next Sunday.

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 18:20
CockLobster
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base is finished, started up VO2 stuff this last week -- was only a 5-6 seconds off "fit" times on some 4-5min hills, so that's sort of encouraging.

I'm at 170, which is about as big as I've ever been, but I'm hungry all the time as it is. I'm not fucking with some stupid diet to get back down to 165.

I don't care about any races past Feb, because I'm not chucking a whole Saturday in the bin by driving three or four hours to some bike race and back. The Feb races are all within an hour of my house.

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 19:27
VT regularbike
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Speaking of VO2 my gf wants to get a new baseline for rowing but hasn't had good luck finding a place that isn't super expensive in Seattle. Any recommendations?

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Sun, 01/05/2014 - 19:35
BabbyMatt
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so I just sent the check for this
http://www.francobicycles.com/outlet/pre-owned-bikes/troy-triunfo-force.html

cos thats an awesome price for those wheels and cockpit on a pretty decent frame
guess i'm gonna do some TT's this year!

that and i'm totally gonna rock those wheels on the road bike too. never had any aero wheels of any kind before, so that should be cool. they're not the FR edition but whatever

only bummer is I hear that you can't really fit a powertap to those because the spoke holes in the fairings are meant for a specific flange width. anyone know otherwise? if thats the case then i may need to switch to a stages

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 20:38
BabbyMatt
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(Reply to #42)

nvm i found out its because the nds of the non-pt built jet6 is set up for radial lacing and the holes don't line up right if you do 1x or 2x

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 20:43
Endpoint
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Fuck yeah... northern VA XC race series that was on hiatus is back this year! 3 pure XC courses, one of which is all but tailored made for me. Late summer when I'm at fighting weight and peak fitness. Sost oked.

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 21:16
crabbi
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(Reply to #44)

BabbyMatt wrote:
so I just sent the check for this
http://www.francobicycles.com/outlet/pre-owned-bikes/troy-triunfo-force.html

cos thats an awesome price for those wheels and cockpit on a pretty decent frame
guess i'm gonna do some TT's this year!

that and i'm totally gonna rock those wheels on the road bike too. never had any aero wheels of any kind before, so that should be cool. they're not the FR edition but whatever

only bummer is I hear that you can't really fit a powertap to those because the spoke holes in the fairings are meant for a specific flange width. anyone know otherwise? if thats the case then i may need to switch to a stages

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Sat, 01/11/2014 - 00:17
BabbyMatt
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Small world!

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 23:29
BabbyMatt
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Ugh fucka flu! Feeling mostly better but still coughing my lungs out at the top of every climb and have shitty power :(. Weight is down about 6 lbs from a few weeks ago, down to 146 for the past 3 mornings. Wish I could make some damn power so I could take advantage the skinny. Am I gonna have to eat my way back to pre-sickness weight or do I just keep riding and eat to maintain current weight and hope the legs find themselves again?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:27
BabbyMatt
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First race of the season today, early bird crit 4. Felt pretty good but got boxed at the end. I managed to be lazy as fuck and spent very little time in the wind, was 4th or 5th wheel out of the last corner but it was a long straight to the finish and the group I was following was too slow, the rest of the field started coming by on the left. Getting real comfortable in the pack and moving up a lot, I don't think I ever fell back past the first third of the bunch today. No one really wanted to do any work. Followed a couple of break attempts but they didn't commit either.

Also Beth Newell raced with us, that was cool, she's way strong.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 00:37
Roundabout
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First race of the season was this past weekend. A 2 mi crit course, this one has two fairly tight chicanes and some noticeable crosswinds that played out to keep every single field together this year. This was my first time doubling up on a crit day; raced the 3's at noon and the P123 a few hours after. Misogynisticus has quite the sprint in his legs so he's our guy for the relatively flat stuff, which meant I got to play the excitable foxhound role. Got in a few moves, chased a few things down and towards the end of the race did what I could to help Miso and our other sprinter to stay in the front. Leadout got ducked up when one of our teammates tried to come around me but then just sat next to me for a few seconds and finally sat up. Despite that, Misogynisticus was still able to take the heads up sprint by a bike length. Woo!

Best part of the P123 race was realizing 10 minutes in that there was no chance of me getting dropped. Spent the first 3/4 of the race sitting in and getting a feel for the pack dynamics and then got myself into a bridge attempt before everything came together with 3 to go. Two nasty crashes with 1 to go and on the bell lap right outside of the final corners saw the group I was with get sorta spooked and just roll across the line as we watched the leaders sprint. Turns out I got 14th, so that's pretty rad.

Confidence is definitely high coming into the first Red Kite omnium event of the season this Sunday seeing as this is the first time I've ever followed the plan well through "winter", not that the race course suits my abilities super well but kevin will be there with me so hopefully we can get results in either the 3/4 in the morning or 2/3 at 11:45 covering both sprinter and attacker roles. If anyone in Nor Cal will be out in Livermore come say hi!

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 23:56
dema
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Red Kite circuit race course looks really fun. Bummed I'm missing it.

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 00:13
BabbyMatt
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(Reply to #50)

dema wrote:
Red Kite circuit race course looks really fun. Bummed I'm missing it.

It's postponed, still got a chance

I'm signed up for the 4s

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:02

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