• Sparty commented on the post, Training for ‘Cross 2 years ago · 

    @Rick

    @Rick

    I am with you on the legs seeming to lack the coordination for running after a season on the bike. I also used to run 5 and 10K races and even ran a few half marathons in the past. They were solid efforts and I specifically trained for them. But after ankle surgery, I really could not continue to run without swelling up my ankle…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Training for ‘Cross 2 years ago · 

    I am not sure how many of you have ever trained for the cyclocross season. In years past, I would come out of the regular season and jump on my cross bike and just race. This year I actually have been putting in the effort to work on specific skills and run with and without the bike. I can not believe how sore my legs are from the training I…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, The Shower 2 years ago · 

    @dinosaurJR

    @RobSandy

    This is not the way to treat a member of the family. Just as some people should not be allowed to raise children, some should not be allowed to care for a bicycle.

  • Sparty commented on the post, The Shower 2 years ago · 

    @Brett

    Very cool idea. If you can, build side-by-side stalls. That would be the bee’s knees. Be sure to have a brass plaque added to your stall.

  • Sparty commented on the post, The Good Wolf 2 years, 1 month ago · 

    @the Engine

    I very much enjoy cross season but the training is in fact brutal. The first few practices leave you sore in places that were never sore during the regular season. And YES that man with the hammer hits you quite quickly and much harder than on the road. If you want to zing your heart rate into new horizons, give a cross race a try.…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Dialing in the Stable 2 years, 1 month ago · 

    @Randy C

    Same here. The only true measurement that crosses over on all of my road bikes is the saddle height. I have one bike set up for racing, so the stem is slammed and I am a bit more stretched out and sit on a flat saddle. One is set up for endurance rides 5+ hours with a spacer below the stem and a curved tail saddle.. My gravel bike is…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Waiting for the Man 2 years, 1 month ago · 

    TT racing to me is less about “waiting for the man” and more about “seeking out the man”. Once you find him, the goal is to ride with him until the last kilometer and then try and leave him behind. Easier said than done. But if you do it this way, you will have to be helped off your bike after the finish line. If you have a crit later in the…

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  • When in season I keep the guns clean and neat for several reasons: vanity, ease of massage, and in case of a tumble. In my cycling circle, there are four gentlemen who are going full wookie. The rest of my group is like me. We would love to taunt the hairy ones in the group but each of them is a real crusher. One can out sprint a bullet, two…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Ebb and Flow 2 years, 2 months ago · 

    One more thing @Neil. Check your cleat position. Too far forward is a recipe for disaster with the knee and IT band. Sometimes having the center of the cleat a bit behind the ball of the foot is much better than right on the ball of the foot. This may require you to slide your saddle a bit more forward on the post, but I found more power…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Ebb and Flow 2 years, 2 months ago · 

    @Neil

    It is amazing how quickly you can stop your glutes from firing by sitting too much. It only takes about a week before they begin to shut-off. After my vacation (two weeks) I found that my first few rides were quadricep heavy rides, meaning that my glutes were not very much in play. Two sessions in the gym squatting that week and they…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Ebb and Flow 2 years, 2 months ago · 

    @Neil

    Yikes. Have you found the cause of the IT band issue? Bike fit? Too much training too soon? Hope it is on the mend and you are back on the bike soon.

  • Sparty commented on the post, Ebb and Flow 2 years, 2 months ago · 

    Even though I do not feel it, I am not the young man I once was (45 now). 20 years ago my body did not tell me to take a few days off the bike, recovery was not much of an issue, nor was nutrition. This season I have a new coach and he is a real prick (in the best way possible). My FTP training began in December and then I suffered an injury…

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  • Brilliant! “We break away from society every time we ride, trying to gain time and space on the rest of life”

    You sir captured the philosophy perfectly.

  • When I was 14 years old I began working at a golf course during the summers. I woke up at the ass crack of dawn, ate a bowl of cereal, put on a pair of shorts and a golf polo, hopped on my bmx bike, and rode 10 miles to the golf course to either caddie or work in the golf bag room. Each day I would try to ride those initial 10 miles as fast…

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  • @Oli

    Same here. I am currently in the middle of a training block. Every ride has a set agenda with specific intervals and power numbers. Every ride hurts the legs and lungs. I have a recovery week scheduled to begin on June 13th. Usually, the following week I have a few days that feel effortless and I am flying. By week two of the new…

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  • @hudson

    @hudson @Jay

    Maybe we can arrange a PA Cogal later this coming summer. I’ll be in Montana for the month of July (fly fishing and riding – life is tough), but I live in PA and would be game for a cogal in early August.

  • At 174cm and 65kilos I go up hill pretty well. Road races with long sustained climbs, many of them, gives me the best opportunity to podium. However, I wish that I was considered an all-around rider. Being a respectable climber with an engine for the flats and a powerful sprint would be ideal. Consider yourself lucky @frank. I am pack…

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  • Other than esthetics, I see little issue whether you ride a 11-28 or a corncob cassette. Just ride them as hard as you can muster. However, you may discover, as I have, that you might be faster up hill with a few more teeth. Leg speed and the correct ratio will result in a faster summit than trying to grind out that macho gear and blowing up.…

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  • Sparty commented on the post, Cut Like a Buffalo 2 years, 6 months ago · 

    @frank

    It isn’t glamorous when the sun is shining, but it is a necessity to ride your rollers in prep for your Hour attack. Leg speed/cadence, smoother stroke, and a constant power output are all very measurable and will pay dividends come your attempt. However, the immeasurable benefit will be the mental training you reap from two hour…

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