Archive for February, 2012

Lust Ended!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by brianestover

For two years I’ve been lusting after this bike, and the girl, but I’m dating the girl and didn’t have the bike so I had a BIG problem. But yesterday I was able to quench my lust, end my starvation for the ultimate machine, score a super sweet bike for a super, super sweet price. Now sitting in my living room is my new Scott Plasma 3.

Non drive side Delight

Soon I’ll be slapping the Dura Ace drive train parts on it from Trisports.com, a Profile ProSvet base bar then I need to chose some extensions and saddle. The Sickest Bike ever, will then be ready to roll. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m going to crush some dreams on this bike in races. Dreams that people have of having the baddest looking bike in transition. Not anymore hombre. You’re bike is suddenly going to look like plain Jane. Sorry man.

Drive Side Deliciousness.

On another front, yesterday was another day of James making me suffer on the bike. We climbed a good deal of Mt. Lemmon. One of us wasn’t suffering nearly enough if he had time to shoot pics. Here are a few showing you how awesome Tucson can be in the winter, crappy roads aside.

Mt. Lemmon near Geology Vista

Blue Skies over Tucson


While he may have given me a lesson on climbing, I was able to show him how to intimidate drivers on the descents. We caught a car, I was able to scare the driver into pulling over because she wouldn’t drive downhill as fast as we were descending. I did that to her twice. Poor lady will probably never drive up Mt. Lemmon again.

Coach Brian Suffering on the Climb

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If You Can’t Run….

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by brianestover

Then ride your bike. A lot. Besides a little extra riding never hurt anyone but the people you race against.

In that vein, since I have President’s Day off, I decided that four days of a lot of cycling wouldn’t do me any harm. Friday was a short little interval ride that lasted all of 31 minutes. Saturday I cruised through 70 miles in 3:26 on the (hopefully) old TT bike. Sunday was a nice ride over Twin peaks and up Picture Rocks for 3.5 hours. Today I rode 80 with Accelerate 3 athlete James Haycraft. You’ve got to keep the kids in line and going up Mission rode I made it a hard 58 minute effort. We rode at 90+% of FTP for that portion. Thankfully he was able to pull me back home. When your legs detonate they detonate. After a bit of a break I was able to do some more work on the trip home.

Pee Break

This was probably the most solid three day block of bike training I’ve done in 6 months, maybe more. If you want to count Friday then it’d be a solid 4 day block. Total for Saturday through Monday was 209.62 miles + Friday’s 9.75 miles which gave me 219 for the four days. 11.9 hours of riding of which 11.4 were done Saturday through Monday, This netted me 800 TSS for those three days. 838 TSS over the four days. Now it’s time to destroy James in some Halo!

Bummed Knee

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by brianestover

I’m amazed that my MRI got approved so fast. I’m disappointed the first available MRI slot is on Thursday. Guess I’ll have to wait until then to see if my meniscus is torn.

Crashing your mountain bike by having the back wheel slide out and get ahead of the front end, then you pitch backward while twisting = a tad bit painful. Tried to run this morning, knee swollen and hurts like it did 3-4 days ago. Awesome. Not really since it’s hard to detect sarcasm at times online.

So fingers crossed that my pain is due to bruising from the crash and hyper-flexion of the knee and not due to soft tissue damage.

Consistency and Volume

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by brianestover

This post is about why consistency matters and why overall volume matters for running. I also realize I owe you guys the third installment of It’s Not About the Track. Right now the first two installments of that series are most relevant for triathletes looking to race well this spring and summer.

Why does consistency matter so much? It’s consistency that facilitates the training effect. It’s the day after day training that enables you to improve. Being consistent gives you the ability to do things in training an inconsistent athlete can’t do. If they are brave enough to do it, it will bury them taking them away from being consistent for a few days. If you are consistently running 30 miles per week 5 days per week and you decide to go run an extra 30 minutes one day, it’s that consistency and volume that enables you to range up without dinging yourself too much. If you are running 5 days per week, your improvement will be greater and your ability to do a large workload higher then the athlete who runs 5 days one week, two days the next, then four days, then 3 days. Workload matters. The higher your workload the more you can do. The more you can do, the faster you improve. It’s hard to have a high, consistent workload if you are inconsistent. Consistency is the foundation a high workload is built on. Consistency also breeds volume.

Nick Baldwin

Volume is important because it’s the volume that allows you a greater margin of error in your racing. If you are only running 25 miles per week your run fitness will not match that of someone running 35 miles per week. Your margin of error pacing the bike, no matter how great your bike fitness, is smaller the less volume you consistently average. The worse you pace the bike the more your run suffers regardless of run fitness. The less volume you run, the more your run suffers due to early run pacing errors. You have less room to screw things up with less volume. Or conversely, the more volume you consistently have, the more you can screw things up and still end up with a good result. Even if you pace the bike properly, the more fit of a runner you are, the more likely you are to pull that rabbit out of the hat when you screw up. You can be the best biker out there, but if your run is crap, you will be seeing lots of butts pass you by. Low volume typically yields crappy runs.

To sum things up, consistency allows your workload to be higher. Higher workloads allow you to improve faster. More volume makes you a fitter runner, sooner. A higher volume of weekly running also gives you more room to screw things up in a race and still have a good result.