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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Oct 2014
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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    IIRC all my estimated CdA values from TTs come out at about 0.27 which is appalling and I don't know why I'm so shit.

    In the new year I'm hoping to book in for a bike fit with Mike Taylor (Lynn Taylor's brother??) and then to do some aero testing to refine that position a bit.

    I'm not sure how reliable it is, but this model here suggests that if I drop my CdA from 0.27 to 0.2 then I would knock around 20minutes off my bike at IM wales next year. Even if the model is bunk, everything I've seen when comparing my data to other people is that I seem to be throwing minutes away... lots of minutes!

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    Fo real!?

    If you did a 25mile TT in 54ish with an FTP of 256 then I feel seriously inadequate only doing 60 with an estimated FTP* of 271 watts (@70kg) and a CP60 of 278w!

    #aeroiseverything

    • estimated from a 10mile TT.
  • in Rides & Races
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    If nothing else, I recon you'll win your age category...

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    Aah yes... now you say it I realise I already knew that.

    It was Cammish's website in Nob's signature that threw me off the scent, still if I'd bothered clicking on his profile I'd have noticed that he isn't quite as quick (and that his name is Clarke not Cammish).

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    I think "Nob" on TTF is Ian Cammish, and that the bikes in that thread are his projects.

    The Shiv and the Parlee are grim, the Shorter and the Bates are pretty cool though.

  • in Rides & Races
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    So this week I did some testing to determine my training paces over winter.

    For the run I did a 3.2km test and used Jack Daniels tables to calculate my VDOT pace. The weather on the day was nasty and wet and cold but I ran a time of 12:08 which puts me exactly halfway between a VDOT score of 51 and 52. My previous test (12:18) gave me a VDOT of 51 on the same course and so given the weather conditions I decided to give myself the benefit of the doubt and adopt a score of 52 :-). In terms of a comparison with previous tests, I've done this test 3 time now:

    Date / time / pace / VDOT
    31/07/2013 / 11:46.1 / 03:40.7 / 53
    02/05/2014 / 12:18.0 / 03:50.6 / 51
    14/10/2014 / 12:08.0 / 03:47.5 / 52

    In July 2013 I was a little over a month out from Challenge Henley so I'm not surprised I was faster back then. However, I hadn't run for several months in the run up to the May 2014 test so I was slightly disappointed not to beat that time by a slightly larger margin... That said, I’ve only been doing c. 1hour running per week since that test so it’s not too bad.

    For the swimming did a 400m, 200m and 50m time trial with loads of time to fully recover in between. CSS is then calculated as (400m time - 200m time)/2, and in theory it should be the approximate equivalent of my Threshold (1hr) pace. I had an empty lane which was nice, however I slightly messed up my length counting on the 400m and ended up doing 450m instead. The 450m set took me 6:43.7. Luckily I was recording with my Garmin so I know that I did the final 50m in 45.6seconds, meaning that I did the first 400m in 5:58.1… which is what I used for my 400m score. The full results from this test and previous tests were:

    Date / 400m / 200m / 50m / CSS (/100m)
    30/07/2013 / 05:44.0 / 02:48.0 / na / 01:28.0
    29/04/2014 / 06:37.7 / 03:21.5 / 00:43.7 / 01:38.1
    16/10/2014 / 05:58.1 / 02:51.6 / 00:35.4 / 01:33.3

    So, again… I am now faster than I was in May this year but also slower than I was in July last year. But, just as with the running, I had done plenty of swimming over the summer of 2013 followed by no swimming for several months before the May 2014 test so it's hardly surprising that I'm now in between the two.

    Lots to build on over winter :-)

  • in Rides & Races
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    yeah that would be the easiest option, and the one I'll probably experiment with if I ever end up doing some aero testing. However, I'm using the bike for IM Wales next year which has lots of climbing so I'd like the option of keeping the base bar in a slightly higher and therefore more relaxed position.

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    I can't remember... do your clips mount above the bars or below the bars?

    Annoyingly when I bought mine, I got the 'over' version but I messed up my stack height calculations and even with everything slammed I can only just get as low as my previous set up.

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    Just tuning into the live coverage of Kona here

    Anyone else watching?

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    I don't know anything about it, but isn't it supposed to be pretty easy to set up/record/produce your own podcasts?

    It's not as grand as audiobooks, but might be an avenue for increasing your profile and an entry into the audio "scene"?

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