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  1. I hate PI. I have good luck with the Castelli, though they have a bunch of tiny aerated holes, it doesn’t bother me. My GOTO is the standard Chamois in the Giordana bibs. That’s my all day, bib. Almost anything else and I am destined to have a saddle sore after riding two hours+. It feels big when you put it on, but it protects from all of the hot spots and feels great in the saddle. Mellow johnnies has most of their bibs made by them now, though a few are PI. You can also search online for closeouts. Specialized RBX Is an instant saddle sore for me. My one Voler is good, but not as amazing as my giordana. I’ve done my 40+ miles rides to ride walnut Creek MTB trails in it with no issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. My left foot went numb in many races. Basically half of the ball of the foot and a few toes. Two things: There is a nerve in my foot that gets pressed in certain dress shoes, and when I walk around barefoot too much. I try to wear shoes more. Switching to a high end XC shoe has helped tremendously. When it goes numb now, it’s usually because I need to back out the adjustment by one click on one of the BOAs. Super stiff soles are amazing. I can’t believe I waited so long to get really good shoes. I run Lake MX237 wide shoes. The width in the forefoot may have really helped with stopping the numbness for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Agreed. BUT find her a place to try Zwift. Zwift has all of these things except scantily clad women shouting numbers at you that don’t mean jack if you don’t do it. Through the Apple TV, you can run pandora, Spotify in the background. My wife throws on her station based off the workout she is doing and then hits the workout hard. Zwift workouts occur in Erg Mode where no shifting is required. Resistance is controlled by the workout you have selected. There is a massive menu of workouts including a training plan section where it has you loaded up with your workout the moment you join. Instead of a video of a girl yelling at you, Zwift has finish lines in the road in the distance with the end of the interval. You can also see it at the top when you are in the middle of the set. This is a sample of the app where I can sign up and see what’s going on when I get home for “live events” and races. Lately I have been a glutton for the Alpe d’Zwift which is a replica climb of Alpe d’Huez. In fact, I just used that climb to set a 20 minute power PR to see where my FTP was at. One big difference, is that the smart trainer is loud and the peloton is not. Keep that in mind. But of course it’s very one dimensional. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve done both. I own a Hammer H2/Apple TV/ Zwift setup. I enjoyed my peloton class I did and I do spin classes when I’m traveling for work. The competition ranking in peloton class was fun. It could easily get me in trouble to actually reach my goals. I ended up going way over the recommended effort for the Tabata intervals we did. It could also allow someone to not go hard enough when left to their leisure. Turning the knobs for resistance is something you get used to doing accurately. I would buy the smart trainer/ Apple TV setup. Especially if you have a spare bike. It helps if you and your wife aren’t too different in height. A dropper helps, or swappable seatposts with your ideal saddles if you are both going to ride. GUESS WHAT, You can run peloton digital app, but it doesn’t really get you what you want. No connectivity with Strava, and no data other than HR, so it’s not the same. My whole family loves Zwift (more than I do!) my in-laws now have the same setup. One lost 30 pounds through the winter because of Zwift. Zwift has a big community, competition, individual structures workouts, group rides, group structures workouts (like peloton) where everyone is kept together in a group no matter their power. It’s also got races. There are women’s only events all the time as well. For pure structured training, I prefer trainer road and streaming YouTube, but I stick to Zwift to simplify the household. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 1. Get her a good bib, or an overall nice kit. 2. Get her sit bones measured and find out the type of saddle she really needs 3. Ideally get a saddle from somewhere with a satisfaction guarantee like BSS where you can exchange them until you have the right one. My wife actually found the mimic extremely uncomfortable. Her most comfortable saddle for her is the Avatar. I have a bigger butt, but my sit bones are far more narrow it turns out. I rode several 155 saddles for a few years until I bought a bike with a 138 and it is amazing how much better it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Good point on Zwift. Zwift has some BIG climbs in it. You can really learn proper pacing with your established zones. One of the alpe du Zwift routes is about an hour and a half ride with 3500 feet of climbing. It’s great for learning pacing for a long climb. It shows you average power for every switchback (there are 22). My first time riding up, I started out easy pacing switchbacks at around 220 watts. I think my last three were around 290 because I was catching a friend who went out too hard and knew what I had left in the tank to get over the top. (Fire and ice is the route) I find Colorado climbing not to be difficult. It’s Buff and steady and as others have said, you can lock in your pacing. You can do a nice long slug at a high tempo power. I would be comfortable doing the columbine climb about 85% of FTp. However, as you climb that high, your power will need to drop as the air gets thinner which is OK. The trainer will help you to learn pacing and ride off of perceived effort if you don’t have a power meter on your bike. Your power production will be 25-30% lower, so expect to be riding slower than you are used too and don’t be alarmed. Your 10 second sprint should be about the same because it’s not using oxygen the same way as every where else. The good news is that while the air is thin, there is also much less oxygen in our summer air in Texas. The Density Altitude here is close to 5k feet on a day like today. Take a really fast tire. I would run 2.25 aspens front and rear and run a hardtail. I would also have Togs. Do you have people assisting with on course Nutrition? This is almost more important than your training IMO. The best training is in vain if you blow your nutrition and initial pacing strategy. I’ve never raced harder and felt better than the races that I started slow, had a mechanical and spent the race going through people. If you aren’t going for podium and just for a finish, start EASY. If it feels like a great pace, you are probably going too fast. Throw down on the last third of the race like you are lighting a fire and treat it as an XCO race from there. Going out too hard there can create an epically painful day. Not everyone will feel bad at elevation. I breathe just fine and felt great riding there in the winter. Training in our heat will increase your plasma volume and will help. You won’t get all of the benefits of living at elevation, but it sure helps. You will actually have an enormous level of freshness and energy when you get on the bike. The scenery is amazing and the air will feel refreshing. Lastly, listen to all of the TrainerRoad podcasts on Leadville. They have several that cover race prep and race experience and strategy. I’ll see if I can link them at some point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  8. I got almost everyone. What kit/bike? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Come try the single lap of Dragon Slayer all out. I’ll buy you lunch if you can ride it sub 2:45. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. What cat? I have a google drive link with a bunch of the pics taken by Texas heating and AC and then I have all of the ones I took at the look Ride for Cat 3. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I use my fast lap, (and only lap) to create a segment. The GPS data was not very good and it is not accurate enough to rely upon. 1. It’s about exactly 20 seconds faster than the actual lap times 2. It didn’t pick up the winner of the race. 3. It picked up some random other people who rode on a different day. So it’s not accurate. I would use the lap button on your garmin or watch, or just keep using the 5.0 route which is usually “pretty accurate” 4.0 is widely inaccurate which is while some people were heartbroken by their lack of PRs in the race. Interestingly, the top three on 5.0 predicted the fastest 3 riders in the Cat 1 race... so there is that. I would just keep practicing on 5.0 using the in and out bully the 2 boulders. Make sure you start and finish near the boulders and come all the way out if you are looking to measure your lap. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’ll be on NoBby Nics. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. He or she who can corner we and accelerate 100 times with some massive repeatable 5 second and 15 second power will win. The bike geo is whatever works better for that individual. I may take my old geo 71 HTa hardtail just to see how fast it goes Because it accelerates like a rocket ship at 21 pounds To answer Honeybadger: I never got to ride it in it’s current configuration before the work. Anecdotally, it’s definitely faster. Some of those Berms RIP. Even the flat corners on the west side hook better with the uprooted rocks to push against. Strava is highly inconsistent in that 4.0 loop as to where it picks up the lap. The 5.0 is the only segment which is remotely accurate and it’s still off by about 20 seconds depending upon the rider. The KOM of that segment is legitimate fast Open/Cat1 rider. Most everyone else in the top ten is super fast except me. :) Here are some samples of top ten times and wildly inaccurate pickups. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I’ll take the minion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Please leave the forum. I’ll check back in a few months to see if you are still here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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