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Ste_S

Member since Apr 2008 • Last active Jan 2017

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    Just found out Apple have killed off the 11" Air, just as mine is starting to show its age. It's the perfect on the fly editing machine for me.

    I guess I'll see if I can fine a second hand one of the last gen available, any suggestions? Gonna be a bugger cause I do need that 8GB ram upgrade.

    I'd really prefer not to get an 13" one. Too big.

    I'm another happy 11" MacBook Air owner and will be going down the Surface Pro route when it gives up the ghost.

    As others have said, you get the sense Apple killed it to boost iPad sales. I think Microsoft have the edge in the tablet as laptop stakes however.

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    If you're 10mi power is near your 5 min power you need to raise your vo2. If your 10 power is low compared to 5 min power you need to work on sustainable power by pushing it up. If you've capacity push, if you need to make capacity then raise vo2 with direct work. Riding at ftp will push up vo2 though.

    Thanks @skinny makes sense !

    Want to do well in my clubs evening 10 Handicap league, so will continue doing mostly Threshold/Sweet Spot with a little V02 until April when the league starts. Will assess my power profile then and likely start adding in more V02 work as the season progresses.
    Sound like a plan ?

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    No you've spare capacity. Why work on it? Spend time where it's needed.

    You need to work on longer duration aerobic power to improve that.
    Vo2 will improve as you push up ftp. It's not mutually exclusive. You need to get used to doing longer effort. You can do them, just not used to it.

    I never do vo2 work any more. Still cracked out 430w for 5 before xmas. The other work I do works on vo2 indirectly.

    Do intervals from 10 minutes to 60 minutes at 91 to 105% of your FTP
    Also, do plenty of Sweetspot(88-93% of FTP) from 20- 120 minutes.

    @skinny Interesting. Training for 10 mile TTs at the moment, and would of thought I would need healthy dose of V02 Max work. Threshold and Sweet Spot more useful than doing V02 Max ?

    Trying to decide on a training plan on TrainerRoad - 40KM TT which is mostly Threshold/Sweet Spot with a little V02, or something else which incorporates a larger amount of V02 work

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Previously mounted to a display bike but never ridden maybe ?

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    Does Trainer Road have any special graphics requirements? Presume it's not as heavy duty as Zwift so I might be able to trial it on my old PC with the shitty GPU?

    TrainerRoad isn't very graphically intense, although can be RAM hungry. If I want to run TrainerRoad with something like Netflix playing, I have to make sure I've quitted out of all the other applications and made sure the other half is logged out. Otherwise TrainerRoad and Netflix start freezing.
    I have got a MacBook Air with only 4GB of RAM though mind.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Also echoing the don't buy a single sided power meter comments.

    My L/R balance varies depending how close I am to FTP, buying a single sided power meter would be like buying a random number generator

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    I kinda hate turbo not for its intensity but utter utter boredom. I'd rather ride outside

    Have you tried TrainerRoad or Zwift ?
    I used to dread indoor trainer work, but now look forward to TrainerRoad sessions. The training plans and workouts make training interesting, and you can watch a film with the TrainerRoad info-strip at the bottom of the screen. Can quite happily do 90min sessions now, would of struggled with motivation to do it previously.

    Still would prefer to ride outside of course, but in winter evenings what are you going to do ?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I couldn't really tell the difference in operation between 5800 105 and 9000 Dura-Ace.

    I think if I wanted something 'better' than 105, I'd go Di2

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    Fairplay, I struggle to do much over 40mins threshold work indoors. I did 4x 10 at threshold(ish) last night and was hanging on for dear life during the last interval.

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    Unless you're building a weight weenie bike, I'd just stick with 105 and get 5800 if you want to go 11spd.

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