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by maryka
Thu Sep 12, 2019 15:11 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Direct drive trainers
Replies: 15
Views: 1331

Re: Direct drive trainers

Kickr Core? Or a secondhand Kickr, but not a secondhand Neo (so many problems with V1 that I wouldn't chance a non-warrantied one). Cycleops H2? Also £650 at Halfords right now. Apparently quite noisy though. I would probably buy this now if I were buying new again, rather than the Neo we got 2 year...
by maryka
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Cyclocross
Topic: Cyclocross Newbie
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

Re: Cyclocross Newbie

SPDs for me (2 bolt, not to be confused with SPD-SL road pedals). Theys are pretty bombproof but tend to clog up in sticky mud. I think other people use Eggbeaters but apparently they suffer bearing issues so I haven't been convinced to try them yet. Don't use any version of SPDs that come with a ca...
by maryka
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Knee femoris injury
Replies: 13
Views: 1323

Re: Knee femoris injury

Likely saddle too high with the new pedals/cleats. Put the old pedals back on, measure top of saddle to top of pedal, then when you put the clipless pedals back on make sure that distance is the same. In terms of the injury, resting a couple more days should do it, ice can help too. I wouldn't bothe...
by maryka
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Multi-day hygiene
Replies: 9
Views: 1704

Re: Multi-day hygiene

I wonder about this too. The crunch issue is, how can you put shorts back on after going for a poo?... somewhere where I can immediately wash my ass before getting back into shorts... Just pack some baby wipes and a ziploc bag to keep the used ones til you can find a bin. (Apologies if you've never...
by maryka
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise
Replies: 22
Views: 2397

Re: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise

If you haven't tracked caloric intake much before, it is quite enlightening to do it for a while (and a bit horrifying, not to mention guilt- and laziness-inducing if you take it seriously). Even though I have been using MyFitnessPal fairly regularly for a few years so am pretty versed with food cal...
by maryka
Mon Aug 19, 2019 19:06 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise
Replies: 22
Views: 2397

Re: Weight loss stopped diet/exercise

I always find I shift weight easier when I incorporate high intensity intervals into my training. Are you doing any of that? Last year when I wasn't doing any high intensity and just a lot of miles/volume, I cut radically back on carbs (not keto, but keeping them at 25% of caloric intake) and also l...
by maryka
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Getting cycling whilst having you family
Replies: 37
Views: 2802

Re: Getting cycling whilst having you family

1 kid, fairly easy to do it. 2 kids, quite a bit more difficult. 3 kids, pretty impossible til they are all in school and even then if you work full time normal hours it's going to be tough.
by maryka
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Leg length difference and lower back pain
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: Leg length difference and lower back pain

So your bike fit "specialist" noticed that you have a leg length discrepancy of up to 1cm and didn't actually do anything about it? Even though you mentioned back pain when riding? I would choose another bike fitter in future...

Shims work for me.
by maryka
Sun Aug 04, 2019 19:37 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Getting cycle fitness levels back
Replies: 17
Views: 2300

Re: Getting cycle fitness levels back

Forget about speeds and just get riding... long easy rides, shorter harder rides, solo rides, rides with groups, hills, flat etc. go off perceived effort and just build up again the way you did with marathon running. Patience, not stressing about it, and not beating yourself up with rigid ideas of w...
by maryka
Sat Jul 27, 2019 07:35 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: How helpful are watches particularly forerunner 945/how many of you are still using them?
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: How helpful are watches particularly forerunner 945/how many of you are still using them?

I have a Fenix 5. It's a great running and all-around watch and also connects to my powermeters on the bike. Helpful when I'm riding offroad and want to use my larger older Garmin for the map, the Fenix records the ride and I can upload and look at it later. Or I use it to record my commutes, less f...
by maryka
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Junk miles/easy but not easy enough/Hard but not hard enough???
Replies: 9
Views: 2681

Re: Junk miles/easy but not easy enough/Hard but not hard enough???

Not hard enough imo. My hard steady rides of that duration have an IF well over 0.9 because I do threshold work around FTP. Basically this type of ride, when you do it all the time, makes you too fatigued to ride properly hard. No worries about that if you aren't training for anything specific, but ...
by maryka
Sun Jun 23, 2019 19:49 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Increasing Threshold Power, total mileage vs speedwork..
Replies: 27
Views: 4245

Re: Increasing Threshold Power, total mileage vs speedwork..

I'm happy with that - on track for 250 this week, with two 100 mile rides in 3 days. To put my original question another way, which intensity for the non-commute riding ? If you're doing 20hrs/week, then most of that needs to be easy. Or you'll dig yourself a deep hole quite fast. If you genuinely ...
by maryka
Fri Jun 21, 2019 09:24 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Increasing Threshold Power, total mileage vs speedwork..
Replies: 27
Views: 4245

Re: Increasing Threshold Power, total mileage vs speedwork..

For low volume fairly inexperienced cyclists, more mileage is always the answer. Get up to 200-250 miles per week and see what happens. Now is the best time to increase your riding volume, given the season. It's got to be easy though, below 80% max HR. In winter you can see if you can handle more th...
by maryka
Thu May 09, 2019 08:31 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: CTL and CIL decline :(
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: CTL and CIL decline :(

If your initial FTP was way low then you would have generated more TSS for the same effort, so more CTL etc. over time. More info needed as to why the volume and intensity seem to be "lower". The nature of the numbers means that if your FTP is off, then it will skew everything else that's ...
by maryka
Fri Apr 26, 2019 13:37 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Can't get my indoor power down on the road
Replies: 14
Views: 1676

Re: Can't get my indoor power down on the road

What turbo are you using indoors?
by maryka
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: Club TT timing & records software
Replies: 2
Views: 2174

Re: Club TT timing & records software

This thread is probably better posted on the Timetrialling forum, http://www.timetriallingforum.co.uk/
by maryka
Sat Apr 20, 2019 20:23 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Power??
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: Power??

Powermeter definitely underreading now. Never had Vectors so no idea why, did you swap them into a new crankset I guess and not calibrate/tighten them properly or something?
by maryka
Fri Apr 12, 2019 20:00 pm
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: 3 weeks off the bike, fitness loss woes
Replies: 19
Views: 2198

Re: 3 weeks off the bike, fitness loss woes

Haven't been following your progress, but I take your statement "having the form of my life" to mean you had a lot more than 3 weeks on the bike before your 3 weeks off... some consistent months at least? So with that in mind, don't fret. Yes if you're not training, you're detraining, but ...
by maryka
Mon Apr 01, 2019 14:41 pm
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: Is road racing too expensive?
Replies: 32
Views: 4719

Re: Is road racing too expensive?

My post wasn't meant to take a shot at Joey. Great that he (and others like him) volunteers because without them, the sport would be even more expensive. Just giving him a realistic breakdown of costs.
by maryka
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Amateur Race
Topic: Is road racing too expensive?
Replies: 32
Views: 4719

Re: Is road racing too expensive?

Why don't you ask the organiser next time you're at a race what his/her breakdown of costs is? In a nice way of course. You'll have your eyes opened. ~4 quid per entry off the top goes to BC. Another 2-3 quid per rider for the circuit hire. 1-2 quid/rider for the commissaires (depending on course/ci...

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