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Supplements, shoes, rides...

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What's up yall?

So I'll start with the bike and the riding.  I will admit that I was starting to get stressed about not getting in the mileage that I need in order to be ready to ride a century ride in October.  Yes, I know that is a few months out still but damn if I haven't been able to get a ride in longer than 43 miles or so.  I would finish those rides and just feel beat.  Most of those rides had between 2500-3000 feet of elevation which is way more than I'll have to do for the century route but none the less, I was stressing.  I was also making some nutritional mistakes as well as training errors.  By that I mean, I would somehow have the time to get in a longer ride but hadn't eaten for it because I didn't know it was going to happen.  Same goes for training.  I'd have a leg workout the day or two before and then my legs would feel like lead the entire ride.

Finally, this past weekend, things came together.  I knew my route.  Had eaten well enough t…

Tech Talk...and stuff!

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I'll simply start by saying that we have somehow managed to string together a few beautiful days lately here in Maryland.  Took this picture yesterday while on my lunch time recovery ride.  I say recovery ride because I ended up doing a workout with my small group (I'm a personal trainer part time) and it killed my legs.  I'm actually posting this 2 days after the workout and I can still barely walk.  Legs are super stiff so I guess today will be another recovery ride!

In any case, I said I would start trying to add some little reviews of bike tech here and there.  Since I finally remembered to take some pictures of a couple of products I have recently started using I figured it was time!

First off I'll talk about my saddle bag.  Yes, that little bag that hangs under the seat.  I have tried many different styles.  Found a couple I liked and many that I did not.  I have one main problem and that is my inner thighs rubbing on the straps.  Yes, my legs are frickn huge...…

TCR Update

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Whats up yall?  So I got the Giant built up and have put in 3 rides on it and am quite happy.  So what have I noticed between a newer carbon frame and an older aluminum frame?

1.  My Cannondale isn't much older than the TCR actually.  With that said, Cannondale knows a thing or two about building aluminum frames.  If I were to ever buy an aluminum frame it would be a Cannondale hands down.  Obviously seeing how that is exactly what I did.  They can be found for relatively cheap and be built up very light if you are a weight weenie.  Lets talk ride quality.  Honestly, it doesn't feel much different.  The handling is about the same though maybe a little more road vibration (less dampening).  However they both accelerate about the same, turn in feels about the same, and over all comfort is about the same.  The only difference I can tell as far as comfort is the fact that my stem is slightly lower on the TCR now as I got in my low profile bearing cover for the headset.  Oh, my ba…

Whats New?

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What's up all?  Figured I'd give an update as to what has been going down in my little cycling world.

So first of all I completed my organized 44 mile ride this past Saturday.  I say organized because in the cycling world we will all think century ride (which is what I'm training for) and for all other folks out there, think 5K run.  Sponsors, entry fee, rest stops, vendors...  The weather sucked for the most part with temps in the mid 50's, windy, drizzling rain off and on...  None the less all went well.  I stopped at a couple of the rest areas but never consumed any of what they had to offer.  I had my own nutrition plan and food/snacks on board as well as had a friend meet me at the 30 mile rest stop to restock.  All went well despite the weather conditions.

Quite happy with my training so far.  I was quite surprised at how well I rode up hills and while the ride was not a race I constantly found myself dropping people or gapping them on the climbs.  At the same t…

What next?

So I sit here at my desk waiting for lunch time to roll around so I can go for a ride.  I could go now but also waiting for it to warm up a little more.  None the less, I have been thinking about my next bike project.  I figure this will probably be something I work on over the winter tho ideally would have it done before that.  Just don't quite know how I'm going to finance it just yet.  More on all of that in a minute.

So, I'm waiting for a few more parts to arrive.  I ordered another stem.  Same length but a more aggressive negative angle.  Slowly been working my way back to a lower stem angle and have finally taken the plunge.  Ordered another Zipp Service Corse SL in all black 110 x -17 degrees.  This will generate the slammed stem look as well as get the stem running parallel to the top tube.  My old Zipp was a 100 x -6 or 8 and my current Cannondale is a 110 x -6.  We shall see how this pans out and feels when riding.  Should be interesting.

I also have a new braze …

Upgrades

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Well, as I mentioned the last time, I have been building up another bike.  I would have to say that for the most part it is complete.  But is it ever really done?  I think not.  That said, even though it was working and I had something to get out there on, I realized there were somethings I just wasn't that happy with.

For starters, Ultegra!  I hate the looks of the crank and the annodizing color of their parts.  I will admit that I found the 6700 STI shifters to be quite comfortable on the hands but I can't stand the way they work.  I don't mind that you have to twist the actual lever.  But for some reason, the front (left) derailleur dragged.  It took a ton of effort to shift the damn thing even after setting it up over and over.  It just wasn't smooth.  I also disliked that they don't just shift when you hear the click.  It's like you have to go just a hair past the click and then it shifts.  Again, I reset the rear derailleur several times and still experi…

I'm Back!!!

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Well hey there!  I know it has been quite a while since I have posted anything here.  In fact it has been so long that it would appear that all my blog posts are gone!  Don't know WTF happened with that?  None the less, I will give some quick updates.

1.  Sort of hopped off the bike about 2 years ago or so and have just been spending some time in the gym.  Yep, went back to my gym rat life.  Put on some more weight/muscle and feel better about the way I look now.  But as with everything, I have started to get a little burned out and realized that I wanted to ride again.  I actually figured that out a while back but just haven't been able to make it happen.

2.  My wonder twins are now 18 and both off at college.  One in D.C. at Howard University on a full ride track scholarship studying mechanical engineering and the other out at Salisbury in a masters program for exercise science.  Both are doing well and growing up fast.

3.  My little one is still at home at the age of 12 bei…