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  • Psychotext 21 Jan 2014 14:15:30 61,512 posts
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    Well, I decided I'm going to do the Tour of Sufferlandria. I've kicked in $50 to the donation pot for the Davis Phinney foundation, and if anyone wants to add a couple of quid (you can wait until I've actually finished if you want!) then here's the link:

    http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1085124&supId=399411544&extSiteType=4

    Even if you don't hate Parkinson's enough to donate, the thought of me in pain slumped over my turbo trainer should be worth a quid or two. ;)
  • Salaman 21 Jan 2014 15:55:20 22,670 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I'd love a while with this to really see how secure it is: http://brodco.co.uk/daylight-secure/

    At over 800kg you're not walking away with it, that's for sure. :D
    From that website:

    For peace of mind our erection team can deliver and build your shed for you on any flat, even surface: with or without a concrete base. Complete your order below.

    *sniggers*
  • RichDC 21 Jan 2014 16:53:14 7,454 posts
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    Went out for a short ride to Box Hill and back this afternoon. Cold but very pleased with my new 11-28 cassette. Made such a difference on both ups and downs.
  • Psychotext 21 Jan 2014 18:00:16 61,512 posts
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    Just tried one of those sufferfest vids. Oh god.

    Edit - Also, I need a roadie set of gears. Never got out of the big ring and ran out of hardness.

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:04:53 21-01-2014
  • Psychotext 21 Jan 2014 18:52:11 61,512 posts
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  • MikeP 22 Jan 2014 15:14:39 2,804 posts
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    Look like you pushed yourself pretty hard there.
  • Psychotext 22 Jan 2014 15:50:33 61,512 posts
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    I went for it on the sprints, but my cadence ended up too high to really get the power down. Limitation of the gearing, not so much I can do about it. Am hesitant to start training on a road bike as it's going to affect my posture etc.
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 16:54:38 18,197 posts
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    Ta-dah. Finally finished it.
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 16:56:01 18,197 posts
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    And the garden is a state, it's winter and my neighbours fucking eucalyptus has been dropping chunks of bark over the wall faste than I can sweep it. Sorry.
  • Psychotext 22 Jan 2014 16:59:00 61,512 posts
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    Clean your brickwork, you disgust me!

    Looks shiny nice!
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 17:02:46 18,197 posts
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    Can you believe it, that wall was repointed only 8 months ago. I blame the neighbours and their damned disease of a tree.
  • MikeP 22 Jan 2014 17:19:52 2,804 posts
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    Nice. Very Euro, in a good way.

    Also, fucking Eucalyptus is right. It's just a weed with ideas above it's station. Bastard things grow so fast the only answer is to sneak into your neighbours garden when they are away, ring it below ground level and poison it.

    What?
  • MikeP 22 Jan 2014 17:24:22 2,804 posts
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    That's some goddarned fancy Eeeeetalian Crabon Fiber on that there bike, boy.

    Have you weighed it?
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 17:35:42 18,197 posts
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    The thought has crossed my mind more often than I'm comfortable admitting to, when that storm hit I was praying for a strong gust to take it away.

    According to the bathroom scales it comes in at 7.9kg without pedals which is just about what I was hoping for. It's not giving much away to my full carbon Cento1 at 7.6kg with Zonda wheels - those handbuilt F20 tubs with DT revs make up the difference. Pretty amazing for a steel frame and fork really.
  • Psychotext 22 Jan 2014 17:36:30 61,512 posts
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    Nice. That's about one of my wheels. ;)
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 17:39:29 18,197 posts
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    Fack, if I swapped the Chorus for SR, chucked some silly Lightweights on there, carbon noodle bars and shitty weight weenie cables I could shed a kilo easy.
  • andytheadequate 22 Jan 2014 17:40:09 8,977 posts
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    Very nice...

    Anyone else fancy posting pictures of their bike(s)? I do love a bit of bike porn.
  • skiplevels 22 Jan 2014 19:23:26 795 posts
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    nice... for a nago

    light too!
  • skiplevels 22 Jan 2014 19:23:47 795 posts
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    you shd paint it pink
  • elstoof 22 Jan 2014 19:42:02 18,197 posts
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    The pink highlights are enough, they'll really pop when I'm wearing my vintage Lampre jersey in the summer.

    And whadaya mean, for a nago.. They've still got the best looking bike in the peloton!
  • MikeP 23 Jan 2014 08:30:32 2,804 posts
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    Due to being busy today I just did a Trainer Road session before breakfast. Not having eaten (other than a biscuit or two) I found it pretty tough. I guess I was relying on burning fats more than sugar.
  • Benno 23 Jan 2014 08:39:44 11,677 posts
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    I have gotten used to training on a morning before breakfast/glucose.

    You still have glycogen to burn, which is essentially the same thing. And fat of course. I guess it depends what intensity you're training at, I mostly do aerobic stuff.
  • Benno 23 Jan 2014 08:40:25 11,677 posts
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    I HATE training indoors though, time seems to slow down. 5 minutes feels like half an hour compared to being outside.
  • MikeP 23 Jan 2014 08:56:11 2,804 posts
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    I did an hour that featured 36 mins at around Threshold heart rate, so it was pretty intense. So it's right at the top end of aerobic.

    At least I can console myself with the thought that it's not as hard as CX racing. There's little chance I'm going to end up arse down in a cold patch of mud on the trainer :D
  • dr_swin 23 Jan 2014 09:26:56 4,927 posts
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    @Psychotext, I bought a cycleops fluid 2. I only have the one sufferfest video so far - 'there is no try'
  • Benno 23 Jan 2014 09:28:47 11,677 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    I did an hour that featured 36 mins at around Threshold heart rate, so it was pretty intense. So it's right at the top end of aerobic.

    At least I can console myself with the thought that it's not as hard as CX racing. There's little chance I'm going to end up arse down in a cold patch of mud on the trainer :D
    What do you do to help pass the time? Do you watch videos/listen to music? Or is it a case of just manning up?
  • Psychotext 23 Jan 2014 10:19:49 61,512 posts
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    @dr_swin I've got the same trainer. It's not bad, but I don't think the FTP numbers trainerroad has for it are accurate. They keep talking about eventually releasing their rampdown tests (for calculating proper numbers), but I don't think they ever will.

    Unrelated to that specifically. I tend to watch films when I'm on the trainer... though there's almost no point in that when I do the anaerobic stuff as it's basically impossible to concentrate.

    Edit - Oh, and I've trained before / after food and with / without gels. Doesn't seem to make much difference to me until I get to sessions that are over 2 hours long.

    Edited by Psychotext at 10:20:56 23-01-2014
  • MikeP 23 Jan 2014 10:36:19 2,804 posts
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    Benno wrote:
    MikeP wrote:
    I did an hour that featured 36 mins at around Threshold heart rate, so it was pretty intense. So it's right at the top end of aerobic.

    At least I can console myself with the thought that it's not as hard as CX racing. There's little chance I'm going to end up arse down in a cold patch of mud on the trainer :D
    What do you do to help pass the time? Do you watch videos/listen to music? Or is it a case of just manning up?
    Trainer Road is an Adobe Air app, and you can set it up to run as a horizontal overlay strip at the base of the screen. I normally watch something on iPlayer, today I was listening to the radio.

    The routines are quite structured, which helps, but I need something to distract me. BBC4 is running a good series about classic American rock at the mo. The programs and my sessions are both an hour long, which is fortunate.
  • Psychotext 23 Jan 2014 10:45:07 61,512 posts
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    Back on the subject of The Sufferfest for a second, the video for "It seemed like a good idea at the time" was pretty good, quite humorous. Only thing I noticed was that a lot of the time the effort on trainer road didn't quite match up to the suggested effort in the vid (and from time to time they ended up a second or two out of sync).

    Talking of which, I think one of you lot may have just donated for the tour of sufferlandia. I don't recognise the name, but thanks all the same. :)

    Edited by Psychotext at 11:05:33 23-01-2014
  • MikeP 23 Jan 2014 13:05:02 2,804 posts
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    If you haven't, make sure you get the latest version of Trainer Road, which has just been released. They've moved the video processing onto the GPU, so that might help with lag and stuff.

    /tries to look technical. Fails.
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