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On 5/6/2019 at 8:32 PM, MarioThePlumber said:

First ride doing the Time Crunched Training Plan (New Gran Fondo):

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After a warm up, I averaged about 200W for the 35 minute main block. No intervals... Those start tomorrow.

Although I don't follow anyone's specific plan, I've been trying to push it harder on shorter rides. I've been trying to get better at the intense, hour long efforts required in XC mtb racing. It's been a relatively smooth transition, as I've always done intervals on the road bike and am pretty good at attacking/surges on a climb...mimics the the many short climbs and descents found in XC.

However, the first lap of an XC race is so intense, I usually find myself struggling to hang with the lead group. If I survive the first lap, I can usually start planning some moves.

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Rode the XC bike on Sunday out in the woods behind my house. Did some of my dirtbike singletrack, but mostly fireroads. Although it's full-suspension, it's not really at home on the rough,rutted dirtbike trails...it's only 100mm of travel.

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Did 16.83 miles in a time of 1.41.00 with close to 1'k of climbing...still surprise how quick this bike is. I probably would've been close to 2 hours on my old heavy-azz, aluminum, 26" trail bike.

Stopped at this meadow, it's always got water in it and stays mostly green throughout the year.

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I finally re-downloaded Strava after almost 3 years without it. I originally deleted it after having a nice little crash chasing one of the downhill KOM's. I found that I'm significantly slower on the downhills than I was 3 years ago, but a little faster everywhere else.

Today's ride, my weekly out/down and back...I like this route, because of a nasty little 3ish mile climb at the low point, full of double-digit grades and a low-traffic single lane road. Ignore the power estimate, I don't have a power meter (yet.)

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On 5/6/2019 at 10:32 PM, MarioThePlumber said:

First ride doing the Time Crunched Training Plan (New Gran Fondo):

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After a warm up, I averaged about 200W for the 35 minute main block. No intervals... Those start tomorrow.

Good luck with the Gran Fondo ride.  They had a inaugural ride in Fort Worth (TX) this year.  I missed it.  Mostly because I wasn't in shape.  No fault buy my own.   

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Did my first time trial run today (just by myself, no sponsored event). I pedaled 10 miles in 25:10 for an average of 23mph. I also averaged 257W and 175bpm. I could have pushed a little harder, but I'm pretty happy with it overall.

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I also got to try out my clip on bars for the first time. I'm not too sore despite being in that cramped position for nearly 30 minutes, but it felt really weird going back to the hoods...

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Was going to go for a road ride, but found my front tire was about to give up the ghost, so took the XC for a spin behind the house. Told myself I was going to take it easy, as it's hot and I have a race tomorrow night. Well...ended up doing a lot of climbing, as their isn't a flat piece of ground nearby. I'm glad I like climbing so much, because that's all we have.

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I need to ride these trails more, they're starting to disappear. The cows have been spending more time on the trails than anyone, I rode past a few, but wasn't in a good place to un-clip for pics.

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Real good afternoon!

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Not a long climb but holy crap!

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At the summit

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Edit: with a 52/28 combo, I pushed an average of 186W at 40rpm. 

Not yet convinced that I need a lower gear. Time will tell when I do the Powder Mountain climb later this year (6 miles at 9.7%).

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23 hours ago, MarioThePlumber said:

(6 miles at 9.7%)

Very close to my house is a 4 mile climb at almost 10% and I do 3 repeats and that makes me worthless the rest of the day... but it reminds me of proper technique when climbing, which is a huge plus!

Spin, don't grind, sit up and hands on the top of the bar while breathing deep the whole time

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On 6/5/2019 at 5:24 PM, MarioThePlumber said:

Real good afternoon!

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Not a long climb but holy crap!

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At the summit

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Edit: with a 52/28 combo, I pushed an average of 186W at 40rpm. 

Not yet convinced that I need a lower gear. Time will tell when I do the Powder Mountain climb later this year (6 miles at 9.7%).

I know there was some debate in the other thread, but I'm a big proponent of low gears. A faster cadence is more efficient, although to what extent, is rider dependent. I go super low with a 50/34 and a 11-32 cassette. Works for me, as there isn't a stretch of flat road more than a 1/4 mile long around here...also, I'm more of a "spinner," and find a cadence of 90-100rpm to work best for me. I don't spend much time in the 28 or 32, but they are nice to have on some of the longer climbs that have double digit grades. 

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22 hours ago, Sierra_rider said:

I know there was some debate in the other thread, but I'm a big proponent of low gears. A faster cadence is more efficient, although to what extent, is rider dependent. I go super low with a 50/34 and a 11-32 cassette. Works for me, as there isn't a stretch of flat road more than a 1/4 mile long around here...also, I'm more of a "spinner," and find a cadence of 90-100rpm to work best for me. I don't spend much time in the 28 or 32, but they are nice to have on some of the longer climbs that have double digit grades. 

Thanks. Yeah, I mostly ride flats and easy hills. But I do have some wonderful mountains around that I want to climb. For now I'll continue to mash that 36/28 and hopefully I'll get stronger and faster.

I'm also going to the Alps in the fall and plan on climbing Alpe d'Huez... I really better get training! (There's a nice climb nearby that is almost exactly the same length and height as Alpe... 7.5 miles at 8.5%)

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