The Bearing Story: Part 2

Today I’ll actually get to the real part of the story, as I mentioned in The Bearing Story: Part 1 only Caleb and I were at summer training consistently for the most part. Other skaters came and went but they were usually so much further behind he and I that, for all practical purposes, he and I skated together.

The Bearing Story: Part 1

And while I still feel that, for the most part, equipment is secondary to other things relevant to performance, there are places where it matters. One of those places is when your equipment is just horrible. In general, cheap stuff is just cheap; it doesn’t work well, falls apart, whatever. And it will hold you back if it sucks too hard. But once you surpass some price threshold, rarely does throwing more money at the problem generate massive improvement benefits. Sure, it matters for the top 1%. If you’re reading this, you’re not one of them.

Texas Road Rash 2011: Race Report Part 2

While I had said that nothing of real note happened in laps 2-5 that isn’t exactly true. Somewhere towards the end of lap 5 I screwed up badly. I mentioned that I had been alternatingly been getting dropped on and off the back of the line due to my poor paceline skills but somewhere in Lap 5 this went real wrong.

Texas Road Rash 2011: Race Report Part 1

Ok, so to keep things confusing, I’m going to a different nomenclature for race reports but this is the follow up/conclusion to Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 10 that I posted on Friday. First, the short version for readers who don’t care about this nor want to read the details: I did not place, I raced to the best of my ability leaving nothing on the course, I am happy with how I did, I’m taking this week as a recover/transition weak because I am completely broken and I identified some weak points that I intend to fix for my next big race in Chicago in roughly 13 weeks that I’ll be detailing at some point in the future.

Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 10

Ok, it’s time to finally get to some sort of point given that the race I’ve been babbling about on and off for months now is in 2 days. To sum up for anybody just tuning in, after a long winter block, just as I was transitioning into my outdoor skate training, I had another close brush with overtraining. This is discussed in Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 7.

Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 9

But before talking about what I did and why, I want to go off on a quick tangent since it tied in with this training block. Mainly I’m trying to pad out the series to end the main bit on Friday right before the race. So today I’m going to talk a bit about equipment.

Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 8

But I had a couple of problems in returning to my training prep for that race. On the one hand I was still dealing with trying to juggle training on both skates and the bike without much resolution on how best to handle things. Going forwards I had decided on only 4 days of training, three doubled up days and the longer Sunday ride (either as a group or by myself). I hoped that the extra day of recovery would at least solve part of the problem.

Methods of Endurance Training: 2011 Season Part 7

So it’s really not winter anymore making the nomenclature of Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 a little bit wrong. So I’m changing it, simply realize that this is a continuation from Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 Part 6. In that piece, I had outlined the progression I intended to make leading up to my first major race the Texas Road Rash in the second week of April.

Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 Part 6

In Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 Part 5 I did a quick review of the first 8 weeks of my winter training and how they played out along with looking at three major factors that went into my re-evaluating/adjusting my training right as I finished that piece.

Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 Part 5

About a month ago in Methods of Endurance Training: Winter 2010/2011 Part 4 by looking at how I set up my winter training in terms of both structure, intensity and progressions, along with showing you the exact workouts during my two transition weeks and my first 8 weeks of training in unreadable detail. I won’t even attempt to summarize it; go read it.

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