Studies

Power Output during the Tour de France

S. Vogt1, Y. O. Schumacher1, K. Roecker1, H.-H. Dickhuth1, U. Schoberer2, A. Schmid1, L. Heinrich1

https://www.thieme-connect.com/ejournals/abstract/sportsmed/doi/10.1055/s-2007-964982

Quantifying training intensity distribution in elite endurance athletes: is there evidence for an “optimal” distribution?
K. Stephen Seiler, Glenn Øvrevik Kjerland
https://www.thieme-connect.com/ejournals/abstract/sportsmed/doi/10.1055/s-2007-964982

Monitoring waking/sleeping heart rate – CMS 50e

Using my fingers to try and measure my heart rate when I wake up was a complete pain in the ass. It also was very inaccurate so I went in search for a better solution. What I found was Oximeters have a finger tip pulse monitor built in as well. This made it simple as leaning over and sticking your finger in the machine.

The model I purchased was the CMS 50e, it can additionally record your heart rate threw the night if you want to keep an eye on your sleeping patterns.

http://echostore.com/wireless-oximeter-cms50e.html

One of the simplest ways to watch out for over training is to monitor your waking heart rate. If you wake up with a unusually high heart rate that could be the indicator that you have over trained. This out could indicate you

  • Did not sleep well or long enough
  • Stress
  • You have caught something
  • Over training

The other side is your heart rate can go down, now mostly this can happen as you become more fit. Expect a sudden drop can be just as bad as a sudden increase. Over training and malnutrition can cause your heart rate to drop. In other words, lower heart rate is not necessarily the holy grail of fitness.

Pedals

Keo Sprint do well for training and Keo Ti Carbon are nice for racing.

The Keo Carbon Ti come race ready, they all ready have gone threw a test of load bearing rotations. The rotation is silky smooth.

One of my older Look pedals weight more then two of the Look Keo Carbon pedals. Very noticeable on the pedal stroke and well worth the extra $$.

For commuting I use greyhound track pedals with plastic clip ones from mec. They have a sealed bearing which does well for one winter. Salt and sand mixed together to a great job at braking down grease while wearing out any metal part.

Cassettes

I have run threw more cassettes that I can remember, ultegra has done well for training and so long as regular chain replacement is done they last 3 to 4 chains.

Lower end cassettes wear quicker and I tend only get 3 chains out of them.

I don’t ride much with dura ace cassettes, I doubt that the cassette would last longer then ultegra. If it did then it would need to wear 2x slower then ultegra to make it financially justifiable for training.

For racing, the extra weight loss is easily justified considering how difficult (costly) it is to reduce weight on wheels. Rotational weight is key during races with lots of spin ups.