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Monday, October 31, 2011

Cold snap in the training

The weather turned cool cold this week in Mississippi. Saturday was our first ever Hattiesburg Century Bike Ride. It was 4o degrees and windy. I am sorry to say that I was not looking for a fast, hard, cold or windy ride.  I skipped the ride.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Taunting your nemesis

I dialed up a hard fast tempo run. It was lunchtime and I have been hitting my paces but I had some trepidation. I did not feel like running fast. I would have preferred a nice comfortable run. The sun was out and the temperature was in the high 70’s / low 80’s. Just about perfect for a 5-mile tempo.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

House cleaning

My closet has been unbearable for a little while and after my morning run I decided to clean it out. It really was a mess. This is what I pulled out of the closet.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

TIP: Factory Chain Lube

I just replaced my chain and cassette on my road bike last month.  And now that triathlon season is over I plan on doing the same on my race bike.  The question of chain lubrication often comes up.  One of the most often discussed topics is whether to strip the factory lube from a new chain and re-lube or just leave it alone.  The argument is that the factory stuff is sticky and it will pick up dirt and accelerate chain wear on the brand new chain.  The other side states that it is the best chain lube you can get and that is why it comes on the chain from the factory.

I ran across an interview with one of Shimano’s main tech guys regarding the stock chain lube on Bike Rumor.

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BikeRumor: What is Shimano’s official stance on the chain lube that comes stock on a shimano chain? Is it actually a lube, or a grease? And is it best to leave it on until the chain gets noisy and relube, or strip it right away and relube before riding?

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cool weather running 2011

The temperatures have dipped down into the high 30’s.  I have been waiting for an opportunity to wear my long sleeved running shirt.  I have been waiting since April!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

They will never know

I work on a college campus.  I interact with a lot of students.  There are a fair number of student workers in my department.  I came across this the other day.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

The hardmen were missing.

I took Friday off from work and played on the coast. Jodie had some work to do and I took a couple of books. I enjoyed the nice weather. I sat on a bench in the shade for a couple of hours. I did take my bathing suit and thought about swimming. Unfortunately our beaches in Mississippi are not good for swimming. You can wade out into the water for a mile before the water gets deep enough to swim. Oh well, I did enjoy the water.

With rested legs I met the group ride on Saturday morning. Some of the usually suspects were missing. Some of the hardmen were missing from the ride. There was a chill in the air. I wore a pair of winter cycling gloves and my arm skins. I also had a sleeveless compression shirt underneath. I was cold for the first couple of miles. Others had on legs skins and jackets. It was about 60 degrees. It was not cold. We are just soft.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Speed Work before the marathon build

On Monday I got back on the trace.  I ran easy in the morning and easy in the afternoon for a total of 10 miles.

Tuesday I rode the bike for just a few miles but tried to work on my sprints.  I took big recoveries and then went all out for 45 seconds to a minute.  I picked signs and posts and any object that I could find and made them the finish line. I was winning Tour de France stages left and right for the first few sprints and then the speed started to fade.  Oh well, I was having fun.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mayhem on bicycles

I have to admit that I actually like several of the Allstate Insurance commercials featuring the character Mayhem.  I like the one where he is a sexy jogger girl and the young man drives his car in the ditch.  But someone recently shot me the following from the Mayhem Facebook page www.facebook.com/mayhemhere

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Mighty Magnolia 2011 Race Report

To tell you the truth, I was not looking forward to the Mighty Magnolia. This is the 4th year of our local race and I have never done it. I have volunteered several years but there was always a reason I was unable to compete.

I let things get in the way so I would not have to race. You see, I hate racing this late in the year. By the time October rolls around I have already peaked, crashed and peaked again. I am worn out from the summer. I have also already started my marathon base building.

 

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Talking with friends post race.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rundies Underwear

You have your underwear. And you have your running. Now you can have them both.  We like to think of them as workouts you can wear (and wash!) all year long.  Rundies

Day of the week underwear – REST – TRACK – TEMPO – FARTLEK – RACE – EASY 6 – LONG RUN .

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Ultimate Interval

Basically it is finding how much and how long you can sustain your maximum intensity on the bike.  You then do intervals at this intensity.  Would this be like Yasso’s on the bike?

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Kona gossip

The triathlon community is a gossipy and geeky bunch. I realize that the following will appeal to about five people but I think it is very funny.

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Crowie posing with his Ordu

Here is the scoop – 2 x IM world champion Craig Alexander showed up at the Ironman World Championship 70.3 race in Las Vegas (which he won) on an unbranded Cervelo P4.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Iron War

From Lava magazine: 

Editor’s note: We received this unsolicited letter from Scott and Allen on the upcoming book “Iron War.” The opinions expressed here are not necessarily that of LAVA’s editorial team.

An Open Letter to the Worldwide Triathlon and Endurance Communities:

We’re writing this because we believe that the soon­‐to-­be-published book from VeloPress, entitled “Iron War,” inaccurately  and  inappropriately  portrays  us. As  an example, in the advance copy sent to the media for review, the author stated, “In  a sober, clinical sense of the term, Dave and Mark are both somewhat psychologically unbalanced.” We have never been diagnosed as “psychologically unbalanced” by any medical or mental health professional.

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