Update on new bike and road bike

I just wanted to give you a heads up on what is new.  

First I schedule a meeting with a bike fitter to see what bikes will work for me.  Since a few of the bikes on my list has to be shipped in. I think this might help cut down what bikes I am looking at.  My appointment is next Saturday hopefully by then I will have my refunds.  But if not I can do more research and drive to shops. 
I got my road bike back and the new button bracket is awesome so far. Along with the new (to me) crank.  I did a FTP test today and my numbers are coming back. I was happy to see the result on TrainerRoad after doing The Sufferfest Rubber Glove video. 

Well time to get ready for work. Thank you for reading and happy training. 

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It is nice outside 

Today I was able to go running at lunch for the first time in a while. I have not run in a while but I was happy to get a mile in. Took a few minutes for the GPS to kick in and for my HRM to work.  But I still ran at lunch time. 

Also I saw one road bike out today too so that is awesome. Soon I be out too.  Thanks for reading my short blog post. 

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Favorite time to work out 

For me it is early am as it just feels so good. It is also when I am motivated the most too. So when is your favorite time?

The picture above is when I was getting water before I started to work today. Not knowing how the day will go and finding out I need a new button bracket for my bike. That makes 3 on this bike since I had her.   I be picking up a new one too at lunch. Well that is it and happy training. 

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Ugh

Tonight I was doing my FTP test and noticed during the warm ups that my crank is lose. I have to hit up the shop to get the tool as I can not find my tool and the bolt is bigger then my current tools I have.  

At least I got my watch band fix today. Turns out I strip the screw with the wrong screw bit. My band for my Fenix 3 is yellow now. I am liking the color. Props to the jewelry store that fix my mess up. 

Until tomorrow happy training. 

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Tour of Sufferlandria 2017 Wrap Up

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Even with my busy schedule I managed to start and finish the tour this year.  This is my 3rd time during the tour, as I got into Sufferfest training videos in the middle of the first Tour. So that is why I have not done all 4 tours.

When I saw the stages announcement I message the person who got me into the videos. We both agree a few of the stages was crazy and to do it at 100% would be crazy.  And at the end I had to do both crazy stages on the same day.  Did stage 8 right when I got up and did stage 9 at the afternoon night. More of this later. As each stage I think you have around 48 hours to do it.

This year the tour was done on The Sufferfest App. As a few of the videos was app only sadly.The app could get my heart rate and power but not my rpms. So I used my Garmin Fenix 3 to record everything and put on Garmin Connect, Strava, Trainingpeaks, myfitnesspal, and Mapmyride for tracking.  The power was from my old powertap hub that is still kicking it. I still used my 2008 Jamis Xenith SLE along with my Cycleops Fluid2 trainer.

Stage 1 Igniter + Long Scream: I completed this stage Friday night. As I am cool like that.  Igniter is 20 minute warm up video followed by a TT ride aka Long Scream.  One thing about the app that I like, is no need to switch videos as everything is already there. So I just road. My Strava data is here. For the first stage I was pretty happy and passed out right after that video.

Stage 2 The Way Out + Power Station, which are climbing videos.  For this you work on lower rpms but higher watts. I enjoy Power Station as it helped me as I was not feeling The Way out. I did this Stage Sunday after breakfast.  My Strava data can be found here.

Stage 3 The Omnium is another app only video. This video is about track riding which is awesome and would love to do. I did this stage on Sunday night, not knowing how I would feel Monday before or after work.  I hit a nice high watts you can see the file here. Looking at it now, I hit 572 watts which was awesome!  yes_napoleon_dynamite

Stage 4 Angels: This is the newer version of the video.  I like the older one better but it would do. I was able to do this stage Monday after work. My data can be found here. It is a big blur for me about this stage.

Stage 5 Nine Hammers: Tuesday I got up at 4 to do this video. I enjoy the each of the different hammer (VO2 max or Threshold). I just remember walking to work thinking how am I walking to work after that workout.  My data can be found here.

Stage 6 There is no Try: I did this stage after work and that is all I remember besides being hot. Data can be found here.

Stage 7 Hell Hath No Fury: I did Friday night and again do not remember much about this stage. My data is here.

Stage 8 Revolver + RIE + Half is Easy: Saturday I was side track with a few other items and this stage I was not looking forward to doing.  So Sunday I got up and did this before anything else.  This stage just eat me up and my data is here.

Stage 9 ISLTA: Was planned for Sunday afternoon. I was about 40+ minutes in and something happened. So I had to change to restart the stage that night. My first attempt can be found here. I was not a happy camper but I figured would do this stage in the evening. During the evening ride, my heart rate monitor stop working.I think it was from all the sweat. As my kit had salt stains on it.  Data can be found here. After I finished the stage I just layed on the ground for a minute or two and then drink my water.  I was shock I was not that sore the next day at all.  So Sunday I biked for over 70 miles on the trainer.  Wow but at least I finish the Tour.

Thank you for reading all of this and happy training.

Posted in biking, Garmin, Jamis, Powertap, sufferfest, training, tri training, Xenith SLE

Searching at Gravel / Adventure Bike

Hello all, I have been busy with my job. Working 50+ hours a week on average to building my comp “vacation” time up. So I might be able to do a trip to get a gravel bike.

I am in process of getting a gravel bike within the next month or so. So this way I can ride in 4 (mud, spring, summer, and fall) of the 5 seasons of Vermont life. As some of the roads no way I want to ride my 23 road bike tires on as that would be silly. Also going to be riding the long way to work on those gravel roads.

I have a list of 6+ or so bikes.In no order, here is a list of some of bikes I am looking at:

Bianchi Allroad

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Jamis Renegade
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Salsa Vaya
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Fuji Jari
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Specialized Sequoia
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Trek Crossrip
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I won’t be getting anything until March but it is great reading the reviews of the bikes.  All the bikes I would get from a LBS that I trust and know. So that is why I have a big list of bikes on here. This would be my first new bike since my entry level mtb. As my road bike I got used. I want to see how the bike feels when I am riding it.  Something I wished I did on my road bike at times but it is fun.

Thank you for reading and happy training.

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Work Busy Season 

I been busy with my work now. Sadly means not being out as much as I want too. But good news is the extra time I put in is extra vacation time for later in the year. 

I am putting in around an extra 1.75 hours a day for next few weeks. For someone who is low on vacation time warner will take all the comp time myself. Without burning myself out. 

I am eyeing a return to Muddy Onion again in the spring. I will be using my mountain bike I think but we see. Maybe I can get a gravel bike by then or a Powertap P1.  We will see and happy training!

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