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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

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    It figured if you were going to take a break after 5 min that you weren't really serious about this training stuff so why bother reconnecting for you..........................................
    That shit was hard. I think it started with too high of a ftp. It came set initially at 175.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    That shit was hard. I think it started with too high of a ftp. It came set initially at 175.
    Is that a heart rate number or power number?
    I think Zwift will estimate power numbers for you, or did you get a smart trainer?

    You really need to do an FTP test to set your baseline. Easiest way is a 20 minute time trial. You need to ride as hard as you can for 20 minutes. This doesn't mean smash the pedals as hard as your can and slowly fade out. It means estimating the maximum steady pace you think can withstand for 20 minutes, and then trying to hold it. It is absolutely agonizing, but good data. This test works for heart rate or power, whichever you are using. 95% of your 20 minute max equals your FTP.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Is that a heart rate number or power number?
    I think Zwift will estimate power numbers for you, or did you get a smart trainer?

    You really need to do an FTP test to set your baseline. Easiest way is a 20 minute time trial. You need to ride as hard as you can for 20 minutes. This doesn't mean smash the pedals as hard as your can and slowly fade out. It means estimating the maximum steady pace you think can withstand for 20 minutes, and then trying to hold it. It is absolutely agonizing, but good data. This test works for heart rate or power, whichever you are using. 95% of your 20 minute max equals your FTP.
    Yeah I was doing the ftp test when the sensors refused to connect. I think the initial ftp was set too high because the warmup killed me with the watts they were asking for.

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    Something that I didn't consider when I ordered the Stages power meter... my left leg is weaker than my right leg. I tore the crap out of my left leg's ligaments a few years ago, and I most likely have a significant imbalance between left and right leg power. Doubling my left leg power will short change me quite a bit.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eboos View Post
    Something that I didn't consider when I ordered the Stages power meter... my left leg is weaker than my right leg. I tore the crap out of my left leg's ligaments a few years ago, and I most likely have a significant imbalance between left and right leg power. Doubling my left leg power will short change me quite a bit.
    Tonight I am going to set up the power meter and compare the data from it on my phone while continuing to run my Zwift setup as is. This should tell how far off things are/were.

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    Hitch rack or roof racks? Which is best? Looking for something for a Ford Fiesta. Leaning towards roof racks for ability to put surf boards and such.

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    As I expected, on this first run the power meter was reading lower than Z Power on Zwift. At 160 watts, the difference was minimal. At 300 watts, the difference was significant. This could be in part due to the imbalance between my right and left legs, and it could be due to having a completely wrong power curve for my trainer. In either case, continuing to train at the set values that I have selected is going to be much more difficult.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eboos View Post
    As I expected, on this first run the power meter was reading lower than Z Power on Zwift. At 160 watts, the difference was minimal. At 300 watts, the difference was significant. This could be in part due to the imbalance between my right and left legs, and it could be due to having a completely wrong power curve for my trainer. In either case, continuing to train at the set values that I have selected is going to be much more difficult.
    A few things:

    1, can't trust those power curves for trainers. Too many variables.
    2, even the best power meters have variances. I have 3 quarqs. Even when calibrated they all read slightly differently. The difference between the lowest meter and highest meter I own is about 25 watts.
    3, I've head lots of people say they have an imbalance or expect they have one. Most notably my girlfriend. I myself have torn my ACL and MCL in one of my knees. I'd say 90% of the time, its just a placebo and when you hook them up to a power meter that rights R/L power they are almost spot on 50/50.

    What is important with a power meter is that it reads exactly the same every time you ride. As long as your baseline is correct and consistent, your training won't be affected.

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    I think its FTP test time. Going to run one either this evening or tomorrow morning depending on how I feel. I am expecting to be in the 215-220 range right now.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    FTP Test (shorter) | Strava

    FTP test results were lower than I was hoping for. 191.

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    You have the benchmark now, that’s what’s important. Time to push it up!

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    Cyclocross Nationals Elite Men's race was absolutely amazing. Definitely worth a watch if you're even remotely interested.

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    The majority of these players are all local, which means my ass is stuck racing them at the big events and even some of the small. Kinda blows, but is also cool sharing the course with them. I'd call it equivalent to racing with the AMA guys. Although the goal is just not to get lapped, its really cool just to be there.

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    I have 10 Cat 5 races that I am planning to enter this year. Mostly Crits, with one 64.5 mile road race (Quabbin Reservoir Classic). Still shooting for the 250 FTP goal before March 31. I currently weigh 186 (a good 40 lbs lighter than I was only a few years ago).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petorius View Post
    Hitch rack or roof racks? Which is best? Looking for something for a Ford Fiesta. Leaning towards roof racks for ability to put surf boards and such.
    Hitch racks are awesome. I have an Inno which I like but wish I had a 1up. Can't speak to roof but I quickly zeroed in on hitch (partly because I wanted the rack to work on both of my cars and roof is a pain).

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    For hitch racks, the 1up should, in theory, be the last rack you ever buy.

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    My Yakima hitch rack is absolutely stellar. I can't praise it enough. Fits 29ers and below. Folds down at like 15 degrees for trunk access. I do like the Kuat racks with the built-in work stand, though. Wish my rack had that, but it has a bottle opener instead.

    Yakima HoldUp 2-Bike Hitch Rack - REI.com

    I also have 2 rocky mount fork mounts on the roof. They work nicely, but I only use when I have more than 2 bikes. Fork mounts are much easier to use than the ones that hold the full wheel. It becomes very difficult to lift and lock a full bike on your roof due to the height. The heavier the bike, the worse it is. If you drive anything but a sedan, forget about it unless you're in the NBA. Benefit of the full bike on the roof is that you don't need to put a wheel in the car and you don't need to worry about thru axle vs quick release. Apparently the things that hold just the wheel on the roof (I think Yakima calls them the pitch fork) to go with the fork mount kinda blow.

    I've noticed that some Thule hitch racks are very sub par. The folding mechanism isn't great and the angle of the bar that locks in the bikes is wrong is it tries to pull the bikes off the rack instead of into the rack. Granted, they may have a few versions kicking around so YMMV.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by eboos View Post
    I have 10 Cat 5 races that I am planning to enter this year. Mostly Crits, with one 64.5 mile road race (Quabbin Reservoir Classic). Still shooting for the 250 FTP goal before March 31. I currently weigh 186 (a good 40 lbs lighter than I was only a few years ago).
    Let me know which ones you go too, I'm at just about all of them locally.

    I did Quabbin this year fresh off a 4 day trip on the west coast for work and a flight in from Seattle the night before. I got dropped halfway through lap one (I am NOT a hilly road racer, I signed up for training purposes and to support road races). This also made me one of the first persons to upload to strava. Made me feel a lot better about getting dropped when I realized I took just about every single KOM before getting dropped (which got taken back from me once the finishers uploaded).

    66.8 mi Ride Activity on April 29, 2017 by Gennaro A. on Strava

    You can easily see where I was dropped based on the trophies.

    I'll probably do it again this year cause I'm an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Let me know which ones you go too, I'm at just about all of them locally.
    Scarborough Crit series, Sunshine, Quabbin, and Miles Standish.

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    Excellent! I’ll be at everything but Maine. Miles Standish is extra excellent.

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    Going to start low intensity fasted workouts in the mornings to supplement my high intensity interval workouts in the evenings. I feel like I am going full on psycho here, but I am hooked. It is either this or watch TV, and there is nothing good on TV.

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    Don’t burn yourself out. You’ve got a long season ahead.
    Be ready, but don’t go crazy.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    Don’t burn yourself out. You’ve got a long season ahead.
    Be ready, but don’t go crazy.
    I had to take 3 weeks off a little less than a month ago due to a pinched nerve (it was bad!). I totally hear what you are saying, and I am trying to balance my desire to reach goals with paying attention to any negative effects.

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    Winter can make anybody crazy. Some decent lights and a fat bike have helped me keep some sanity. And good beer.
    Which is, in the slightest of ways, counterproductive, but oh so worth it.

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    Cyclocross Nationals Elite Men's race was absolutely amazing. Definitely worth a watch if you're even remotely interested.

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    That was an awesome race!

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    Re: Official non-motorized motorcycle thread.

    Oh wow. I just found two that are not yet listed on Bike Reg. The Green Mountain stage race, and the Longsjo Classic.

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