The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

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Re: The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

Postby g-boaf » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:51 pm

This week trying 4x10min in just under 1 hour sessions. I'm managing those okay - got a 10min power PR on one of them.

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Postby andrewjcw » Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:56 am

Well I've had a rough 2 months battling off winter viruses, and the 4 months this year before that were just riding to work so I figure it's about time to get a bit more keen.

I had originally planned to do a bit of an effort on Saturday but while the day was sunny enough the wind really wasn't helping and my ride quickly turned into a easy loop about the city. By Sunday morning the wind had fairly well died down so I headed out with more enthusiasm I'd seen in a long time.

Merewether velodrome is really just a sporting field with a wide smooth flat 400m bitumen track around the outside. It mightn't sound like much but it's actually a very useful place for a cyclist, perfect for any sort of efforts/testing. I did originally plan for a 20min best power test, and went out trying to keep the power around 300 -310. I made it to 10 minutes ok but then stopped to see if another cyclist needed help (he was stopped with his hand up on the track). I think given this being a first serious effort in a long time that only doing 10 minutes probably wasn't a bad idea.

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Anyway, the current plan is to just ride more and get the weight heading down and power heading up.

Weight: 95kg
20min Power: ~300w

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Re: The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:57 pm

andrewjcw wrote:Well I've had a rough 2 months battling off winter viruses, and the 4 months this year before that were just riding to work so I figure it's about time to get a bit more keen.

I had originally planned to do a bit of an effort on Saturday but while the day was sunny enough the wind really wasn't helping and my ride quickly turned into a easy loop about the city. By Sunday morning the wind had fairly well died down so I headed out with more enthusiasm I'd seen in a long time.

Merewether velodrome is really just a sporting field with a wide smooth flat 400m bitumen track around the outside. It mightn't sound like much but it's actually a very useful place for a cyclist, perfect for any sort of efforts/testing. I did originally plan for a 20min best power test, and went out trying to keep the power around 300 -310. I made it to 10 minutes ok but then stopped to see if another cyclist needed help (he was stopped with his hand up on the track). I think given this being a first serious effort in a long time that only doing 10 minutes probably wasn't a bad idea.

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Anyway, the current plan is to just ride more and get the weight heading down and power heading up.

Weight: 95kg
20min Power: ~300w


Looks like fun. :)

I'd like to get out more on the local track myself but I don't know if it is open or even used anymore. I'll leave that until I get back from Switzerland and France.

I've let the structured training slip a little bit. Mainly commute rides, one interval session last week and some 100km weekend rides. Not liking the cold weather much.

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Postby andrewjcw » Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:06 pm

Had a pretty good week of commuting and was looking forward to some weekend riding. In theory 80/100kms with a hill sounded good but wasn't to sure how I'd hold up. In the end I managed about 50 kms of flattish riding on Saturday. It felt pretty good and averaged about 32km/h. The tri bars definitely help with the speed a bit. I chucked them on just because I like having the extra position for longer solo rides but you definitely appreciate catching the wind a bit less solo.

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What I didn't expect was feeling flat and sore on Sunday, so that put to bed any ideas of any more riding. Figured it's best to rest up and get ready for another week of commuting. I did manage to do 20 mins of yoga off a youtube video last night which I'm pretty happy with. Haven't really done any stretching in years and I can feel bad things coming with more riding on the cards if I don't do anything so we'll see how this goes.

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Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:25 pm

I also did some riding on the weekend. 32.3 average with 800m elevation (so pretty flat), chatting most of the time.

The other ride was just in lovely warm weather, but incredibly gusty conditions - spent most of the time trying to avoid being blown over.

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Postby g-boaf » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:38 am

Had a blast today riding up the Galibier, Sarenne and a couple of others, also did a spectacular descent of Alpe D'Huez, same with the descent of Galibier, I was in a very fast bunch and we were flying.

107km and more than 4000m+. Incredible day.

Alpe D'Huez is insanely awesome to ride down - it is the most fun you can have riding a bicycle.

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Postby you cannot be sirrus » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:20 am

Sounds awesome.

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Postby RobertL » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:17 pm

g-boaf wrote:Had a blast today riding up the Galibier, Sarenne and a couple of others, also did a spectacular descent of Alpe D'Huez, same with the descent of Galibier, I was in a very fast bunch and we were flying.

107km and more than 4000m+. Incredible day.

Alpe D'Huez is insanely awesome to ride down - it is the most fun you can have riding a bicycle.


I'm not jealous. Not at all. Not in the slightest :( :( :( :(
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Postby biker jk » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:54 pm

g-boaf wrote:Had a blast today riding up the Galibier, Sarenne and a couple of others, also did a spectacular descent of Alpe D'Huez, same with the descent of Galibier, I was in a very fast bunch and we were flying.

107km and more than 4000m+. Incredible day.

Alpe D'Huez is insanely awesome to ride down - it is the most fun you can have riding a bicycle.


Sounds harder than Stage 2. :shock: Did you enjoy the Madeleine? I did it some years ago now.

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Postby g-boaf » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:33 pm

Missed that day with some bike trouble and injury, but I'm back firing today. Pretty fun ride today - the record from Contador (I think it was him) on the same stage was destroyed. Nibali's time is still safe though, that's 33 minutes. A whole stack of times on the top of the Strava leaderboard were set today - which is pretty insane in itself. There are some very fast riders here this year, certainly ex-pro riders, continental pro riders, among them.

I had a pretty decent ride today.

I'm out of the running overall so I'm just having fun now.

So from what started as a disaster with a damaged bike and then a niggling injury from pushing big gearing on a Mavic neutral support bike has turned out okay.

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Re: The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

Postby g-boaf » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:02 am

Top tip: don't ride Col de la Bonette and Vars back to back. Brutal!

Bonette is the highest I've ever ridden - everything up there is totally barren. The descent off there is enormous as well.

That would be the longest descent I've done- and that's even with the high speeds.

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Re: The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

Postby g-boaf » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:13 am

Rode Auron to Nice today - via St Martin and Eze. 141km and 2649m today. Very nice ride with some gigantic high speed descents.

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Postby nemo57 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:07 pm

g-boaf wrote:Rode Auron to Nice today - via St Martin and Eze. 141km and 2649m today. Very nice ride with some gigantic high speed descents.

Unbelievable! I guess Sunday was easier than some of the previous week, but whew ...

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Postby g-boaf » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:50 pm

nemo57 wrote:
g-boaf wrote:Rode Auron to Nice today - via St Martin and Eze. 141km and 2649m today. Very nice ride with some gigantic high speed descents.

Unbelievable! I guess Sunday was easier than some of the previous week, but whew ...


It feels a long time ago already! It's all beautiful riding, absolutely sublime part of the world.

I'm super busy at work now. Getting over a nasty cold, but back on the bike again. Even with that, today put out a 5 minute power best, so that's good. Feels like I'm finally getting over it properly.

Was noticing the Haute Route Dolomites (3 days) is on now, they've just done Stage 1, I recognised so many places on that video:



At 2:51, I've been there - that's Sella. Lavaze in the video is another place I've been. They had a pretty nasty stage one, 124km and 4400m+ - that's massive. Canazei too, been there as well.

I'll use the trainer a bit in the coming weeks for some longer intervals that are too difficult to do on the bike outside.

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Re: The training thread: How was yours? (today/yesterday/etc)

Postby g-boaf » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:30 pm

I said I was going to be using the trainer a bit more - but I had not intended to be virtually using it all the time. The weather outside is very poor at the moment.

I'm doing 60 and 90 minute over/under intervals. They are working well.

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