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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Feb 2019
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    Good to acclimatise like that if you have the time, and you'll have chance to see a bit of the area before setting off.
    assume that's from the UK not Australia?

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    Thanks! Whatever is easiest for you - I'll pick up from you or you can drop at my house, office in Paddington, anywhere you are passing.

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    If you have anything left to give, sure you might lift for the finish. But it might not always play out that way, depending on how you plan to close out the race.
    In 2016 I was physically (and mentally) spent on the last day, as I'd already upped my effort to close it out about a day and a half earlier! My PM battery had run out by then but my last 3 days power profile might have looked like that guy's (with proportionately lower numbers).

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    So the key is optimising the degrade curve. And there are two levers - how hard you push and how long you push for - but it get's messy as they are related.

    The figures from the guy above tell me he rode way too conservatively for the amount of power at his disposal. Without knowing anything else I feel he could have been a couple of days quicker. (I did similar on PBP 2015).

    Stephane clearly went into the red on day 1, but was that the wrong strategy? Until he got lost in the goat tracks, he was still in the mix for the podium.

    In Indypac my hunch is that Mike might have been better to let Kristof go, then try to reel him in over a few days, Froome-style. I think that is what you would do now in the same circumstances, But Kristof would have reckoned Mike's would be more instinctive and try to chase him down.

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    I still don't know if smashing the start and decaying in these is any better than trying to isopower it.

    I've thought about this quite a bit and I don't know either! First thought is that it should be like a TT, steady power is fastest. But I think it depends on the context. And it often seems that those who get towards the front early on tend to stay there.

    On pbp you have to smash it from the start. I screwed it up completely last time by trying to hold back and ride to power. I put it down to drafting but maybe there's more to it.

    On indypac Kristof came screaming past me at high /unsustainable speed (I later learned he had deliberately set off last). Mike responded, screaming past me almost a fast a couple of minutes later. I got the idea it was a planned move by kristof and Mike felt he had to respond as he couldn't afford to give him a gap. But maybe he would have been better to have let him go and ridden his own race? Sarah played it differently, probably she didn't have the speed to chase. She went steady at the start. I rode close to her for an hour or so (ie until the first hill) and it didn't cost her.

    But I also think of @skinny in 2015 and, Stephane last year, they both dug very deep to get to the front and held on for most of the race.

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    Who is it?
    Power is strange, day 12 is not mountains, elevation figure is low and average speed is high. Looks like he just gave it a bit of a lash that day, then collapsed the next day.
    But his power on day 3 is higher than day 1.
    His distance per day is low for his power and speed, looks like someone who rode fairly short days /had lengthy stops.

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    Constant power (I googled it)

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    just this day was back to day 1 power

    Lots of climbing..?

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    Yoga

    For me it is mainly hamstrings. On a bad day I can just about touch my knees. I have tended to work round it by having my saddle forward to open up hip angle (more on TT bikes) but it can cause problems elsewhere, so better to get more flexible.

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    Cool - any you get is a bonus. But make sure you don't take down any Willesden ones by mistake!
    One year we had somebody go out on the day to take down signs after the last rider, but they did the short route and got ahead of the last riders on the long route...

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