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Finger talking

I mentioned I would give an update later today about my doctor visit.  I’m very happy to report that I got some good news!  Looks like I’m moving ahead of schedule.

Tomorrow (or today – depending on what time this thing uploads) is the Spring Training Series race in Fork Shoals.  Weather report isn’t looking so hot.  It actually appears to be getting cooler as the morning progresses.

I like this course.  It is a true road race in my opinion.  The terrain is varied and there is just enough climbing involved to keep the sprinter types at bay.  Of course, I’ve only raced the route twice and that was as a category five rider.  My first race there was a seventh place finish.  My last race there was the South Carolina Road Racing Championships where I grabbed a third place.

If you come here looking for video from the day, I’m afraid you won’t find it.  Most likely I will not be going down to Pelzer.  If I could race, I’d be there.  There are no plans though to take my equipment down there in the rain to get a little bit of video at the start finish.

I am seriously contemplating doing one of my races this year with a camera on my bike or helmet.  That would be pretty cool!  The main problem would be the weight on my head.  I’m going to look at some ways to mount the unit on my bike.

Good luck to you racers tomorrow — especially the POA Cycling Team!

What the inside of my finger looks like

Today we have another video log because I can’t type well with a club for a left hand.  Plus the Oxycodone is making me feel really lazy.  Still, that stuff helps keep the pain at bay.

This will be my last posting on the crash and the surgery.  I’m getting tired of it and I’m pretty sure you all are as well.  Spring Series is only two days away.  There is more to look forward to than to look back at.

Oh, one warning… there ie a photo in here of an open pinkie finger.

See you out on the road!  Look for more about cycling and less about fingers in days to come at LowCadence.com.

Equipment and body update

Sorry there isn’t much to read at LowCadence.com today.  Rather than pecking away at the keyboard, I decided to do another vlog.  Watch the following video to see the damage done to my equipment and my hand.

Other than an update on the surgery that takes place today at 1 PM, I don’t plan to bring this accident up again.  It’s time to start thinking about going fast again… not falling down!  There a lot of great things coming up in 2009.  I’m ready to go forward.

How I “Train”

First, let me say that I am no longer going to complain about the conditions and proclaim the epic proportions of the Assault on Mount Mitchell after reading this story by Upstate resident and POA Racing Team rider, Samantha Hartung.  Read about her experience riding the ABSA Cape Epic – “an eight day, 600 mile mountain bike race across Africa.”  Once you enjoy the account, be sure to vote for the article.

Second, let me explain that I had planned for this posting at LowCadence.com to be a “vlog”.  I started out with my camera on one of my quicky “get-a-ride-in-after-work” routes.  It is a 20 mile out and back over Paris Mountain.  The plan was to show some of the landmarks along the way and make some comments like I typically do writing.

Well, things started off well, but just as I started up Piney Mountain Road, my camera turned off.  Turns out I had forgotten to delete the old video files from the SD card!  Man, later I was hating life because there was some BEAUTIFUL views on the mountain in the early evening.

So I adapted. A friend recently asked me how I train.  Specifically, how do I train using my Quarq CinQo power meter with my Garmin 705.  Hmmmm, it is an embarrassing answer.

I don’t really train.  I ride.  Rather than having a set number of repeats or something like that to do.  I typically give myself little inane challenges.  This blown up ride was a perfect example.  Since I wasn’t going to be doing my vlog, I decided to try something I haven’t done since I upgraded my gear set to a 53 x 11.

It came into my mind to do the entire ride in my big ring.  I just went at it right off.  No saving myself for the ride back up the Furman side.

It really felt good and I made it from my house to the turn around on Old Buncombe Road in 40 minutes. I’m certain it would have been faster except I got behind a car on the way down the Furman side.  Still, I shaved six minutes off my routine time.

Next I turned around and climbed the way back up to the top in my big ring.  Again, I didn’t have speed in mind. I just wanted to give myself a weight-bearing work out and complete this spur of the moment challenge I gave myself.  Most of the ride up I intentionally stood.  Turns out I could have given a bit more, but didn’t want to burn out halfway up!  I did need to get home.

So, how do I use the power meter?  I use the power readings as more of a diagnosing tool than a while I’m riding coaching tool.  I didn’t even look at the computer during the ride except to see my time as I reached the turn around point.  I did pull the information into the computer once I got home to see how the ride matched up with other attempts.

My purpose for using the meter right now is simply to gather information about myself and build a power profile of myself. I want to reach a point where I understand my strengths and limitations so that when I get in a race, I can see how my output is comparing with those parameters.  Then I can make better decisions.

My diagnosis of last night’s ride? I felt good about it.  First, I just felt strong.  Second, I had fun.  Third, I was happy with sustained power.  My peak 10 min. power reading was 277 watts, peak 20 min. was 237, peak 30 min. was 232, with the 60 minute peak being 204 watts. Why do I like that? It is because the power drop off over that period was a good ratio.  My peak 5 second power output was 569 watts there at the KOM.

There was a time not too long ago when the drop off from my 10 minute power to my 60 minute would be much more drastic.  The power readings testify to what I am feeling.  I’m getting stronger.

Could I do better?  I know I could if I had a coach and followed a more regimented riding schedule. However, I don’t really want to ride to train.  I want to ride for fun and if doing so is training – great.

Video Log – February 8, 2009

Just thought I would try something different.  Rather than type out my thoughts for today, I figured I would go for a bike ride and record my thoughts as I rode along.  Today’s “vlog” covers a simple ride I used to take when I first started pedaling around Greenville.

I head out through Cleveland Park to my in-laws home.  Then I move toward downtown for a cup of coffee at Liquid Highway.  Finally, I move back through the park to home.  Hope you enjoy it… I feel a little self-conscious.

At some point tomorrow, I should have video finally edited for this weekend’s Upstate Winter Bicycle League.  It was a little discouraging because the camera was mounted a little lower and caused me to miss most of the scene going away down the road.  Plus, the camera frooze up right at a critical point!

So, I’m currently picking through the video to come up with something that works and then pulling together the voice over.  Takes a little longer than the “video log”!  Thanks for your patience.