We pre-recorded this week’s episode and it was a fun one with Amber, Nate, Alex Wild and I.
We covered how detraining happens, but more importantly, how to losing fitness should change your racing strategy. We also covered raising your power while maintaining your power to weight ratio, striking the aero vs. power balance and much more.
Nate also poked fun at my notoriously reckless racing strategy, and I got to ask him when he plans on actually riding his bike considering he has Cape Epic coming in hot.
Hope you enjoy!
Tune in for the YouTube premiere tomorrow morning at 8:00am Pacific!
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Topics Covered in This Episode
How quickly do you lose fitness and what kind do you lose first?
How to adjust your race tactics if you aren’t fit
Getting the most from a slow group ride
The hosts’ analysis on the first MTB World Cups
What contributes to an exceptional performance
Why Loana Lecomte is so good
Heart Rate vs. Power vs. RPE
Flexibility vs. Mobility
What is more important: aero or power?
How to find the ideal TT position
How gaining weight may make you faster
How to gain weight but still keep your power to weight ratio
The next great Kickstarter should be a “bike noise machine”. Like those silly fart machines, with a small speaker to mount under their seat or bottom bracket. Includes a remote or BLE phone control, that can kick out a range of sounds:
Creaky Bottom Bracket
Bad Derailleur / Chain Rub
Disc Brake Rub
Rim Brake Rub
Leaky Tire / Puncture
Generic Fastener Rattle
Set it up with alternating duration / frequency and other settings.
Oh the fun we could have with that
I’m so happy @ambermalika brought up the optimization thing. People go way too overboard chasing optimal goals and then they miss executing the thing they were optimizing for to begin with. There has to be a degree to which one can accept the suboptimal because it actually means executing/producing what you were after to begin with. I’ve been thinkin about this lot recently, not only with cycling, but with work, life and productivity in many facets.
Borg scale kinda makes sense if you came from a HRM background.
Some of the new aero sensors look promising, but none of them are toaster-level plug-and-play.
There are general rules of thumb for getting aero but if you’re wondering about the effect of small changes in equipment or position and you really need to know, you have to measure.
The smaller the change in drag you’re trying to determine, the more careful you have to be in test protocol and test data. You can spot pretty big changes with sloppy technique and a left side only power meter but those aren’t really hard to guess about anyway. If you want to spot small differences you have to be pretty careful.