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After using Zwift for a few weeks I can say I am still impressed. For the first 2 weeks I used Zwift with a Heart Rate, Speed Sensor and Cyclops Fluid 2 Trainer. In this time the only frustration I would have are during sprints the software would detect wheel slippage and I would lose 2 seconds for everything to come back as it wouldn’t register power for that time.

ea386e94-62b9-49db-b9e3-e986bfd20b9eThe solution came when a year of saving up payed off.

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I got my Stages Power Meter!

Now the tire slippage doesn’t matter anymore.  Zwift is reading directly from the power meter.  I didn’t buy the Stages power meter for zwift.  This was planned for over a year.  I am very happy with it for the 2 weeks I have had the power meter indoors as well as outdoors.  This has definitely taken away my frustrations with Zwift.

So far in Zwift I have racked up a few achievements and new gear.  The Facebook group Zwift Riders is the place to be for discussions.  Zwift changes the dynamic of riding indoors for me so much that I even run it when I am doing a trainer video and over lay the video on the left side of the screen.

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Just started training again.  I was inspired by looking at my 2012 Gran Fondo New York pictures.  I was a machine!
Hitting Cyclo 90 hard core again.  I am hoping for a great year.  I am already registered for an MS ride in May and a Gran Fondo in September!

Since the Gran Fondo I took some time off and started riding a once a week group ride.  I feel like a slacker compared to the training I was doing.  Now to change gears.

I am just enjoying the bike right now ith 4-5 group rides a week.  I run one 4 days a week in the early morning and it is a great start to the day.  My next big event is not until September so Im just going to have fun until August then start the heavy training again.

In the meantime I have a friend that just got his first road bike and will be helping him out.  I will be more of a social rider for now.  I think it is good for the family and y mind at the time so ENJOY YOUR BIKE!

Be safe out there

Here is a short video update right after the last one.  As you can see it was extremly tough!

 

Posted: May 9, 2012 in training

I just thought this was cool

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Photographer Eco Suparman couldn’t believe his eyes when the praying mantis he was photographing jumped up onto a plant – and looked like he was going to go for a bike ride!

Student Eco, 23 said: “I took this photo in a cemetry in the Ambawang River village, Borneo Island, Indonesia.

“I was focusing on taking pictures of the mantis when I noticed the curled plants nearby.

“Straightaway I thought it looked like a bike – but I couldn’t believe my luck when the mantis walked over and climbed onto the plant.

Have you ever seen anything like it? What next a bee looking like its riding a penny farthing or a caterpillar on a Specialized S-Works! Let me know if you’ve ever seen any other animal related cycle photos!

Lomax

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Posted: May 8, 2012 in training
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Yesterday was great! We were set to roll out for a 85mi group ride to the top of Bear Mountain and all of a sudden I heard a loud pop. Guess what. It was my tire! Nelson the owner of strictly bicycles called to me,”give me your wheel and a tube”. I ran in and bought an extra tube for the ride. I got out and he handed me the wheel. I couldn’t believe how fast he changed the tube. The group rolled off so I had to catch up. Luckily I did. I was pushing 25 mph just starting off. I was worried about burning a match right at the beginning. But I was fine for the ride. We rode about 37 mi and came to the road for the beast. (Bear Mountain) I stayed in a low gear and spun most of the way up. Just toward the top I had to stand up as the gradient got in the double digits. I expected it to be a lot worse and felt good when I got to the top. The ride back was good but I got into talking with another rider and we got dropped. What came next was an all out effort to catch the lead group. It took a few miles to catch them but we stopped at a cafe and had an amazing espresso.

The Ride on Strava

This ride was my test for fueling for the Gran Fondo. My fueling was powered by “The Feed Zone” cookbook. I started with Biju’s oatmeal in the morning and a rice cake when I got to the ride. Each stop I had a rice cake and drank skratch exceed use drink on the bike. Nothing was overly sweet and my energy was great overall. As long as I have time to prepare the rice cakes in the future that will be my fueling strategy.
Everything was easy to prepare and great tasting. For dinner I made the roasted chicken with vegetables and rustic pepper and tomato soup.

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Tonight for dinner I used the roasted chicken and made burritos out of it by making the salsa and adding cumin and chilli powder to the chicken. Yum. Then dessert. Chocolate bread pudding topped with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.

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First GFNY Training Ride

Posted: April 30, 2012 in training
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Yesterday was an interesting day. I set out with the Gran Fondo NY group ride with the B pace group. Wow there were a lot of people. In our group I would say there was around 50 riders. With such a large group there was no problem finding a draft. That made it easier.
This was my first big ride if the year. Before this one my biggest was 40 miles. This ride was about double. We hit two of the timed climbs. The last 4 miles my Garmin shut off so that was my cue for recovery mode. I was already hurting any way.
The worst was when I stopped and went to get in my car. That’s when I felt everything.
I definitely needed this ride. I need one more and I should be ready.

So after my first block and rest week of Cyclo 90 in- season.  It was time to retest.  My original Functional Threshold Heart Rate was 170 BPM and I figured out my zones from there.  A month later I did the test even though I felt a little worn down and stressed.  The test itself went well. I felt good during it and was chalenged for the last 3 minutes to keep up. I may have had a little more gas to start off a little harder because my last minute was strong.

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My average speed went down by 2%

My average Heart rate went down 3%

From my calculations I was 1% more efficient.

So I am getting there.  Like I said I felt that i could have maybe started with a faster pace to bring those numbers up.  We will see what happens next month.  I’ll repeat the test a week after the Gran Fondo.

Jamis Pulls Through!

Posted: April 23, 2012 in training
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All I can say is WOW. My bike shop talked with Jamis and they sent a new frame. But they didn’t just send any frame. They sent an SL from last years stock. I nearly crapped myself. This is their top of the line frame. A few steps above mine and about double the cost of mine. I went to visit it at the shop on Thursday and dropped off my components. I was lucky because while I was working that night my mechanic posted pictures of the build so my excitement kept peaking throughout rte night.
Friday I picked it up. The colors were great. The bike looked amazing and the drive train looked great on the frame. Gears were smooth.
I ride it home in a rush between jobs.
Didn’t get to ride till Sunday. Did a nice cafe run. The bike was a pleasure. All you heard was the chain being turned over. Wow it was something and handling was great.

I would like to give a big thank you to Jamis and my bike shop, Legend Bijes USA in Lyndhurst NJ. They really pulled though.

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