Thursday, September 11, 2014

QuestXS rear-end makeover

I just hosed it off so it's still wet inside and I just threw the back wheel (backwards) in there for the photo.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

training 9-5-13

Folsom Canal, 22.5 miles. QuestXS (open hood, foothole covers). N-33.2, S-30.0. Easy money. Now all I have to do, starting tomorrow, is for nine days to overeat high on the glycemic index and show my pancreas who's boss. The plan for Battle Mountain is to do one morning qualifying run on Monday and six evening runs (mon-sat). I'm used to preparing for a single effort so this will be new to me. Six days in a row doesn't seem ideal for me but who knows. I'm very well rested so perhaps I will have the testicular fortitude to pull it off and get stronger through the week. My diet will insure that my glycogen stores remain full. Of course, with all of that insulin floating through my bloodstream I'll probably spend the week in a quasi-diabetic semi-comatose state sobering up only to warmup and make a run down 305.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

training 9-3-13

Folsom canal, 22.5 miles. Birkenstein (172.5mm cranks). Easy day.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

training 9-1-13

Folsom Canal, 22.5 miles. QuestXS (open hood, foothole covers). N-35.8, S-32.0. In the last week of Battle Mountain training I'm ending with a one-lap round-trip training record of 33.9mph. That's .6mph faster than my previous best with the bonus that I'm running an open hood versus closed, Conti Top Tour 2000 front tires versus Stelvio/Durano and a Marathon Racer in back versus a Durano. I've done a total of 7500 miles since last year's Battle Mountain and today I surpassed 5000 miles in my velomobile since last November. Two more easy rides then total rest. Good job, me! Oh, and I found out the real reason behind my high-gear shifting woes of last ride. I removed the derailleur cover and found a crushed plastic bottle in there.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

training 8-29-13

Folsom Canal, 22.5 miles. QuestXS (open hood, foothole covers). I added the foothole covers because I wanted to get a more direct comparison to my earlier-season fitness. On the northbound pass I was up to an average of 34mph when my chain derailed about 2/3 to 3/4 the way through. Based on past experience and where I was I would have averaged at least 34.5mph for the full run. On the way back I derailed again (my cheap Actionbent bar-end shifter is falling apart) early in the pass so my data was skewed beyond use. Anyway, I'm certain my fitness is at an all-time high -- my speed is up even though I'm not putting the effort in that I was earlier in the year. The good thing is that I don't feel very strong. I feel more like a crippled old man than a racing cyclist. That's a good thing because I know I'm not on a hormonal upswing so that means I shouldn't be encountering a downswing in the too near future. I notice the foothole covers don't help anywhere near as much as when I'm riding hoodless. With the hood on there's not a whole lot of draw through the footholes. When I lift the hood an inch in the back and provide exhaust the footholes are like turbo chargers.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

training 8-27-13

Folsom Canal, 22.5 miles. Birkenstein (172.5mm cranks). Moderate effort.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

training 8-25-13

Folsom Canal, 22.5 miles. QuestXS (open hood, only). N-31.0, S-26.5. I normally run with the rear shocked pumped up so it's like a solid strut but after reading about all of the broken coat hangers on BROL I decided to let out some air. I didn't bother to measure it and I knew it was too low but I was too lazy to do something about it before my ride. I bottomed out when I got in and I could feel a lot more air coming through the footholes. I was planning to reduce speed these last two weeks before Battle Mountain but not like this. When I got home I took some measurements. Unladed the rear end was .75" lower at the horizontal fairing seam than at the seam over the front axles. Laden it was 3" lower. Oops!