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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hair Knickers

The cyclists reading this might have an idea of what the title is about... ;)

There's a cycling phenomena that appear on some men (and women??), called 'hair shorts'. It's when one shaves their legs only to when their shorts start...and when standing shortless, it looks like they're wearing shorts made of hair.

Lovely image, no?

Anyway, i'm currently sporting a lurvly pair of hair knickers - yes, it goes to my knees..hahhah

(No - not in length!! But i only shaved up to my legs..haha..perverts.)

In other bike news, the Argon18 has been *very* fun to ride. Very comfy, and *fast*. My front wheel (Kysirium Elite, black!) came in last Friday (thanks Oak Bay Bikes!!), and i also plopped on my orange Conti 4000's, and it's noticeably lighter..and looks sexy. The front wheel seems to like to go fast, as with the rest of the bike.

Only thing i'm waiting on now is the Thompson seatpost i ordered - i need the 'center offset' - i think i have short femurs or something. I need my saddle to be really forward.

Update on the Specialized Toupe saddle: gawd damn, this thing is COMFY. Definitely getting one for the track too.

Track starts next week - yippee!! My bike is ready to fly - i moved my Conti tubulars over to my trispokes from my training wheels. Will need to order some aerobars (Profile T2+ on their T2 Wing) and then i'll be set for the track.

Training-wise, this week is a rest week, then i move into doing my first intervals above LT - prolly a few sets of 3minsx6 or something...fun times. ;)

It'll be interesting to see the power ratings i get from these. I'll go and do them on the track for consistency.

Last Sunday i also did a 4hr solo ride, i think it's the first time i've ridden this distance solo, oddly enough! (I miss our rides Kevin!!!)

The OA-Victoria chapter is buzzing along nicely! We've got ~7 members, and at least four of us will be racing in the colors (two triathletes, and another roadie besides me). Lemme know if you're in Vic and wanna represent!

That's it for now, keep on truckin'!!


Monday, March 26, 2007

Three Outta Seven Better Than Seven Outta Seven!

Came across this in my files, an interesting read:

Vegan Diets Deficient in Three Nutrients?
Well, Meateaters are Deficient in Seven!

(Published September 2003)
By Michael Greger, M.D.

The latest data on the dietary intakes of vegans was just published last month.[1] The diets of about 100 vegans were recorded for a week and were found deficient in calcium, iodine and vitamin B12. Using the same standards, though, the standard American diet are deficient in 7 nutrients! The diet of your average American is not only also deficient in calcium and iodine, it's deficient in vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, folate, and magnesium as well.[2]

Not only does the American public have over twice as many nutritional deficiencies in their diets, vegans were shown to have higher intakes of 16 out of the 19 nutrients studied, includeing calcium. The vegans were getting more than enough protein on average and three times more vitamin C, three times more vitamin E, three times more fiber. Vegans got twice the folate, twice the magnesium, twice the copper, twice the manganese.

And of course the vegans had twice the fruit and vegetable intake and half the saturated fat intake, meeting the new 2003 World Health Organization guidelines for fat intake and weight control.[3] Almost 2/3 of Americans are overweight.[4] In contrast, only 11% of the vegans were overweight. Almost one in three Americans are obese.[4] Zero of the 98 vegans in this study were obese.

So when a meateater asks you "Where you get your B12?" You can counter with "Where do you get your vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, folate, and magnesium? And while you're at it, you can ask them how they keep their sodium, saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol intake under control (not to mention their weight).

[1] Results from the German Vegan Study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 57(August 2003):947.
[2] USDA. Food and Nutrient Intakes by Individuals in the United States, by Region, 1994-96.
[3] World Health Organization Technical Report Series 916. Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. 2003.
[4] Centers for Disease Control.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Eeeet's Aaaliiiiiive!!

Yay! My (carbon!) cranks came in, and with a little toolin' around to 'til the wee hours of the night, my road bike is finally built:

From 07-03-09 - Ne...
Pretty swell, huh? =)

So much more carbon now....on the rear derailleur, cranks, brake levers.. The seatpost will likely get replaced with carbon as well! It'll look extra cool once i set up the Conti 4000's, and get that new front wheel.

I must say, it's noticeably lighter than any bike i've ever had, i'm so excited to finally have a 'real' race bike! Wooot! (Oh, the Newton Height road race next week has been canceled - i guess i'll just have to ride around on this for fun instead!)

I decided to mix things up with the bar tape, whaddya think?

From 07-03-09 - Ne...
Will have to give it a bit of time...it's not as cool as i'd hoped, but maybe it'll pass!

Also, found a couple more pics with moi on Roadie.ca from Sunday's race:
From 07-03-18 - VC...
Lotsa peeps in this pic - Demian (who finished 6th!) is right in front of me, Wendy Simms on the left in the orange, and beside me, tho barely visible, is Aaron, whom i met last summer and brought to the track, he ALSO had a CX bike w/PowerTap! The three of us were kinda odd looking, i didn't see too many other PowerTaps...or CX bikes..OR fenders...haha!

From 07-03-18 - VC...
Me and a B, didn't catch his name...he was strong as well tho, i forget which way he went, perhaps ahead of me. It's funny - i look like i'm having fun there, i'm pretty sure i wasn't..haha

Anyway, i gotta get to bed, lemme know whatcha think of my funky new bar tape! =)


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Number Two Four Four

Hey y'all!

Today was my first race of the season, on the road -- a longish (~3km?) hilly course called Caleb Pike. Perfect for my skills...not!

It was fun to be racing again, and doing a bit more intensity (my shortest interval so far, outside of group rides, are at 10min, just below LT..haha..) as well as see a bunch of the peeps i haven't seen for a while. (Thanks for riding out and back Demian!)

This year i decided to race A in the VCL (Victoria Cycling League), since i don't suffer enough in general. ;)

Tough call for me, i feel a bit too strong for the B group, but i don't fair well on hilly courses, let alone hilly crits! I'm wired for 'fast' and 'faster'..if brakes are needed, i'm not that good at gunning it from a big gear and slow speed, over and over (as happens on this course.) I'm more comfortable cruising closer to 40kph, with sprints in the 50-60kph range, but even then, it's entirely different from this! On the track, as your speed increases, so does your cadence, as well as your overall torque drops...it's rather different than what you do on the road, especially on hills. Oh yeah, and this was three times longer than a typical track race!!

Regardless, it was a fun event, and good to test my legs. Picture time - here i am starting off (thanks to Jason at Giga-Bike for these! Check out www.Roadie.ca too!) The day was supposed to be rainy, but turned out quite nice!

From 07-03-18 - VC...
I hung in with the pack for several laps, but the high-watt output was killing me, and i got dropped in a corner...shot off the back! A lap later i found Wendy Simms (a top Canadian cyclocrosser!) was in a similar situation, and happily we worked together for several laps.. I'd tow on the flats, then she'd drop me on the climbs..haha The real funny thing was both of us had our CX bikes, complete with fenders, and we both had PowerTaps too. =)

From 07-03-18 - VC...
There i am suffering on one of those climbs..my leg on the inside looks HOOGE!

I finished the race last(ha!), lapped twice - yay me! Managed not to get lapped by the B's, despite riding solo for so long. I'd get back on for a lap or two when the A's came by... Most impressive was the solo effort by Max Plaxton, who i believe lapped us all three times!!!

David Mercer (over 60yrs old!) also caught me at one point, he was racing B, but i told him he should have ridden A...i think he'd be in there. Or riding with me at least. ;)

Impressive effort by him tho, he rode much of the race solo! (Besides getting towed by the A's for a while. ;) He broke off the front off the start with a couple other riders, one was dropped, and the other scooted ahead (and won i presume!) Awesome effort from David, looking forward to getting back on the track with ya!

Otherwise it was a pretty quiet race.. Although i finished last of maybe 25 starters (and two laps down!) i feel really good about my training. Although i don't have power ratings from last year, i'm pretty sure i'm a fair bit faster overall.

I also topped all but one of my PowerTap PB's (Personal Bests), tho i haven't done *any* intensity in my training so far. Here's what i've got:
904 - Mar 2 (896 prev)

578 - Mar 18 (prev 567)

437 - Mar 18 (prev 417)

348 - Mar 18 (prev 313)

339 - Mar 18 (prev 288)

319 - Mar 18 (prev 250w - Mar 6 (prev 246 - Feb 27))

312 - Mar 18 (prev 245 - Mar 6 (prev 233 - Feb 27))

272 - Mar 18 (prev 210 - Mar 6 (prev 205 - Feb 27))

Power Max
1094 - Jan 6
A few BIG jumps, esp. in the 30 & 60min areas..while riding solo, i basically tried to keep it just over 300w. I'm also happy to see that i'm capable of holding 350w for 5mins, which will be key for my Pursuit efforts.

Here's the PT files themselves, first the race itself:

From 07-03-18 - VC...
A few interesting items there:
  • look at the Speed to see the profile of the course...the peaks are the descents, and the dips are the climbs, also the torque creeps up in those spots
  • heart rate hardly changes! It drops when i got in the pack...after the hard bits, they do ease up quite a bit..my cadence indicates coasting.
  • the peaks in power show where i was back with the pack
  • apparently i blew through 1400kJ in 80mins!!
  • apparently my average power output was 304w - yowzah! Peaked at 1,071, which is just shy of my PB..that was me keeping in on the climb..bleh...
Here's the entire ride:

From 07-03-18 - VC...
Fun fun!

Next week is Newton Heights, which isn't *as* hilly, but has one steep, nasty climb..bleh.. (It's a crit too, so we'll ride it over and over.. Tanya rode it - what didya think? ;) Click here for the cycling league website, maybe they'll list me in 1 millionth place. =)

My Argon is just about ready to come alive! My cranks should be here Mon or Tues, and so will be able to race it next weekend...thank goodness! The 5lbs difference should help....

Training-wise, i'm out of the Tempo workouts (got in three weeks, went out to the track!) and now i'm doing SteadyState, which for me is holding ~280w for 12+mins, and doing 4 repeats. I alternate between doing 'em in the tops and aero-bars, as i'm getting myself used to riding in that position again. After that, the intervals will shorten, and will be max-efforts...

Track racing also starts on April 2nd - i can hardly wait!!

Keep the rubber side down sports fans, support your local velodrome!!!


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