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Friday, April 28, 2017

Race Preview 2: Paris to Ancaster 2017

Says it all, right?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Race Preview: Paris to Ancaster 2017

First race of the year coming up!  13 more sleeps.

This will be my 12th Paris to Ancaster (in a row)!  Through thick and thin I've always managed to get to the start line of this one.  For all the gory details read my 2016 race report.

Me in Better Shape
The Good

I've managed to get out and do some decent outdoor rides!  In between being sick and nonsense, my legs actually feel pretty darn good.  I hesitate to say "ready" because this race is so early, but I feel like I could have the legs for something decent.

The Bad

Still heavy, tooooo heavy.  This will probably be my highest P2A weight in a bunch of years.  That will hurt on the climbs.

Also I didn't register in time for Wave 2, so I'll be relegated to Wave 3... by the time we get to some of the course, a lot of people will have beaten it up and churned up the squishy mud.  Still hoping there are some good opportunities for drafting, but presumably each wave has a little less.

Previous Results

The Hybrid Years
2006 3:54:44 (970/1096)
2007 2:56:21 (632/1136)
2008 2:48:07 (513/1064)
2009 2:50:34 (429/1202)
2010 2:36:12 (463/1272)
The Cyclocross Years
2011 2:29:32 (316/1188)
2012 3:01:47 (597/1275) 
2013 DNF (mechanical)
2014 3 hours + (mechanical)
2015 2:59:30 (641/1300)
2016 2:37:17 (425/1490)

I don't expect to crack the top 500 this year... but top 50% would be nice, we'll see if I can find it.

Still Excited?

I am!  Let's do it!  Sprinnnng!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't Call it a Comeback!

I've been struggling with some illness that I can't shake, and it's had a toll on training.

Missed Around the Bay.  SAD!

But I've managed a couple of really strong workouts lately, and I think I'm on the comeback.  Time to get fit and in shape, just a few months to go before the real race season starts!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Canadian Fitness Awards: Partial Curl-ups

These are a little weird... I only managed 26, good enough for Bronze.

I set a metronome for 40bpm (so a click every 1.5s) - top of motion at one click, bottom at other (per the instructions).

It seemed super easy and silly at first, but it didn't after about 10... and then my abs were quivering in pain by the end!  Not a big fan of this as a test, though, it seems to only test a small subset of ab muscles.

Here is the result chart.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Canadian Fitness Awards: Push-ups

Decided to try push-ups today to set the baseline.

Here are the standards (click to enlarge):

My result: 23!

I'm actually quite pleased with that.  Good enough for Bronze.  Getting to 53 is going to be rough, but if I keep doing them I can certainly improve on that.  A little less weight wouldn't hurt!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Canadian Fitness Awards

This was a program from the 1980's that we were forced to go through in school.

Yes, forced!  It was really awful for a lot of us, very discouraging... while for others I'm sure it was very encouraging!  It convinced me forever that I couldn't do push-ups (and until a personal trainer helped me figure them out, I couldn't!).

At the end you got one of 4 badges - Excellence, Gold, Silver, Bronze.

I have some somewhere, Bronze and Silver.  Could never lick the full thing.

I feel like I have unfinished business.

Thankfully someone posted the tests on-line!  PDF document is here.

I want to do everything at the 18-year-old level (the highest).  This was meant to test kids, but at 18 they're pretty much adults, right?  Voting and drinking and stuff!

Here are the standards for 18 year old males:
Canada Fitness Test - 18 year old male
I'm going to set a baseline in the next few weeks (once I'm over this GD cold!) and then do it again in the summer.  Hoping I can get to Excellence!  It's going to be tough tough tough.

The Badges were awarded as follows:
Excellence - must achieve Excellence in all 6 disciplines!
Gold - Gold or higher in 5 (must include 2400m)
Silver - Silver or higher in 4 (must include 2400m)
Bronze - Bronze or higher in 4 (must include 2400m)

I'm pretty confident I can get to silver level in at least a few of these... we'll see though!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Polar Heart Rate Strap vs Garmin

Garmin Troubles.  Again.

I was having trouble with my Garmin heart rate strap.  With my Garmin 910XT, my heart rate would randomly shoot up to 200bpm.  I could tell this was way wrong, partly because my heart rate never went that high before.  I confirmed it by checking with a finger on the neck, ~140bpm.

Tried a different Garmin strap (old hard plastic kind) - same result.
Tried a new battery - same result.

Polar to the Rescue!

Finally I read online that the Polar strap is actually better, and would work with the Garmin sensor!



Garmin and Polar, Together At Last!
Result - perfect, sweet, wonderful heart rate monitoring!

It would be great if my Garmin would just work, rather than needing hard resets and heart rate strap hacking!!!  Someday I will take my money where my mouth is and switch to another device, really sick of Garmin letting me down.