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Sprintervals

2 Apr

= Vomit. I’d never heard of a sprinterval let alone done one until today. They are just what they sound like. Do a few 20 second sprints followed immediately by a 5 min interval. Repeat the whole process a few times but not before taking a break to sit in the gutter on the side of the road with your head between your knees trying as hard as you can to not vomit.

I think most people would just vomit and get it over with. I know people that can vomit on the fly without even missing a pedal stroke (dug). Not me. To yield to the vomit is to unleash a beast that knows no propriety.

I convulse, I wretch and gag and flail about. I can’t think of a single worse thing for my body to do than vomit. Just ask Tasha. When I vomit she has to put the kids in the car and get as far away from the house as possible. I’m very noisy and very messy. I couldn’t imagine what a passerby would think if I let the beast out on the side of the road.

I can control it it just takes a little time. After about 10 minutes I was able to get back on my bike.

I doubt I’ll be doing any sprintervals anytime soon, I can’t believe I did more than one, but I would like to recommend everyone go out and do some tomorrow.

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BK Simple Plan

31 Mar

BT Cruise Intervals. They sound like something the military is doing in the skies over Fallujah. I did a few of them the other day. Well, my interpretation of what they are. I have no idea what the BT or Cruise part of the workout mean but I do know Intervals = pain. I can do that.

As much as I hate the idea of having a training plan I know myself well enough to know that without a plan every ride becomes a race. With a plan I can practice restraint and have recovery days, which are always a good excuse if someone is riding faster than me. I hate all the numbers and data and such and really just like to ride my bike.

I used a heart rate monitor and coach last year (thanks Robert and JR) and it just happened to be my best season ever. Coincidence? Probably not but it did take some of the fun out of biking and I had to think. I bike to not think.

This year I’m on the BK Simple training plan. It’s one I can follow and not use a heart rate monitor and it doesn’t take a lot of data crunching and most importantly, doesn’t detract from any of the fun.

The Bk Simple plan is, well, simple. Get as much saddle time in as possible. I can’t emphasize that enough. I also use Training Peaks for workouts but I toss out all the jargon and acronyms. I don’t have time to learn a new language let alone any new math skills. I think everyone knows how to do an interval or a sprint.

Most cycling plans, including Training Peaks, have zones 1-5 with assigned heart rate or watts based on testing your threshold of something, tolerance for pain I think. Forget all that and if its a zone 1-2 day it’s an easy day and if it’s zone 4-5 it’s gonna hurt a lot that day. If you are supposed to be doing 100+ RPM’s pedal fast and if you are doing 50-60 RPM’s pedal slow. Simple!

Monthly and yearly plans available. Feel free to contact me should you need a consult.

I’m So Weak

17 Mar

Usually, but not today. Today I was strong, so strong.

I went out on a road ride with the goal being to spin easily. I’ve actually got a few hard rides in lately and thought it would do me some good to take it easy today.

I was spinning along doing fine until this woman or girl, I couldn’t tell which as she was going too fast, went flying by me at warp speed on a tri-bike. I’m fine with a girl passing me and even fine that she was on a tri-bike. Really, it doesn’t bug me. At all. Seriously.

But, as she passed me she blurted out, “how you doin?” I was doing really fine until you blew past me like I was standing still thank you very much, I thought to myself.

Two thing happened at that very instant that prove I’m not as weak as I thought I was, at least not today anyways.

First, I bit my tongue and didn’t blurt out, “I’m just doing a recovery ride today.” which woulda made me seem like an idiot even though that is what I was thinking. Instead I said, “fine thanks, you?” Of course, she didn’t hear a word.

Second, I overcame the almost impossible to overcome urge to stand up, sprint by her and leave her in my dust. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to catch her but that’s not the point.

The point is I was tempted and didn’t take the bait. My flesh ain’t ain’t so weak. I can walk proud. I am strong. I have self discipline.

Cheating

22 Feb

I’m already cheating by using a single speed mountain bike so, why stop there?

Brad Mullen posted about one of his sponsors this year being an altitude training device company and my initial reaction was that it’s cheating. I didn’t have any evidence or even any good arguments that it was cheating it just struck me as wrong. Too clinical.

I’ve since done a bit of research on the web and I haven’t been able to find any arguments against it. Quite the contrary, it’s perfectly legal as far as the IOC and UCI are concerned. There have been many discussions about it with coaches and officials and athletes and everyone seems to think it’s fine. It’s safe, legal and effective. You can even purchase your very own altitude tent for a mere $2500.

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Or,

We just happen to have our very own altitude training center right here in Salt Lake Valley at Momentum climbing gym. You can get your hypoxic air on without forking out the big bucks for your own tent. I must admit that I’m more than a little intrigued.

I’ve been exchanging e-mails with Eric Moody who runs the altitude training program at Momentum and he said he’s happy to give me and anybody else a tour and demo of the facility and help dispel any hangups we may have. Anybody want to join me at the coffee bar at Momentum for an hypoxic espresso?

Binge Training

18 Dec

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That’s what Lynda Wallenfels calls it. Back-to-back epic training days. I’ve known about Lynda for several years although I’m pretty sure we’ve never formally met. She is as hardcore of a biker as I know. She beat me at the 06 Desert Rampage and later that same year I rode with her for quite a bit of the E50 in Park city. Yes, she beat me there too. I didn’t even finish.

I came across her blog a couple weeks back and noticed she has some epic binge training rides planned for the weekend before my Gooseberry 100k. Her 3rd day looks very similar to what I have planned for the 100k. I think Tasha and I are going to make a go of her camp. At the very least we plan on doing days 1 and 2.

The unsupported nature of the rides she has planned apparently require using a GPS. I must admit I’m intimidated by GPS. I don’t even know what the letters GPS stand for but I now know what Tasha is getting for Christmas. I’m sure she’ll love it.

I’ve never been so excited for a January in my life and yes, I’m still going down on the 19th for the inaugural Gooseberry 100k.