Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TNR is Cancelled for Tonight

All day long, I have been delaying cancellation of the Tuesday ride. I think that is inevitable now. There is a mix of rain, hail, and slush falling at my house right now. Even if this blows over, it would be a pretty miserable ride. Let’s hope for better luck next week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fast After 50-Some Comments


"You aren't old until age becomes your excuse."  -Joe Friel

When I started reading Joe Friel's book Fast After 50, I promised to comment on it upon completion. The book is for the most part well written, interesting, informative, and motivational. I would give it a solid endorsement as recommended reading for cyclists generally, in particular those over the age of fifty.

You need to be prepared for one hard truth when you read any training guide:  Disciplined training which includes testing, power measurement, and intervals produces quality results. Haphazard training produces random results. As someone who has been resistant to the expense and hassle of power meters and the commitment of truly disciplined training, I may be living proof of that sad fact.

If there is one overriding theme in Mr. Friel's book it is this: The single most important factor to maintain speed and fitness in an aging athlete is high intensity training. If you have to make a decision between volume and intensity, choose intensity. Another hard truth in the book is that you are no longer 25 years old and never will be again. Older athletes need to plan for some additional recovery and watch your diet a little more closely than you did when you were younger. It is not possible to prevent every negative consequence of aging, but a smart, motivated cyclist can minimalize most of them for decades.

At age 68, Joe Friel is a top age group cyclist and triathlete with experience in coaching generations of endurance athletes at all levels. No one is more qualified to write this book.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Qunitana Strongest on Epic Stage at Tirreno-Adriatico

Image Copyright;Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com /velonews.com
http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/03/news/nairo-quintana-puts-favorites-ice-terminillo_363465

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thanks For Buying Noosa

 
Long time readers will recall that I first heard of Noosa Yoghurt during the 2014 cyclocross season when they sponsored Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff. The first time I looked for Noosa locally, it was expensive, hard to find, and available in a very limited number of flavors.
I took this picture at Broulim’s today. It only shows about half the flavors in stock: Tart Cherry, Lemon, Honey, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Blueberry, Raspberry, Coconut, and Pineapple.  Albertsons has been stocking a comparable variety. Hopefully, Noosa has realized a good return on their investment in cyclocross. Its expanded presence in local supermarkets suggests it is doing well in this area. Following the original post, several people commented to me about how good it is. I have not talked to anyone who does not like it.
 

Riding Sedona's White Line Trail