Finding Your Sweet Spot

I’ve been alternating between my bikes lately just to change it up.  What I’ve grown to really love about my old bike is just how strong it made me when I tried to rack up miles on that beast.  Riding on my old hybrid really makes you crank out a lot of energy to get where you’re going.  It’s rugged and sturdy but loses momentum quickly when I stop pedaling.  I started realizing how I knew where the sweet spot was when I change gears.  Does that make sense?  I basically know what gear I seem to ride most efficiently and at a constant speed.

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I am slowly starting to feel it out on my road bike but when I rode a couple of days ago, I never really tested out my bike on it’s high-end gears.  Wow, talk about pushing power through your legs but it felt good also.  The speed at a dramatically slower cadence than I’m used to was interesting to see but I’m always paranoid of “bonking out” so I always drop to a lower resistance.  Is it better to train your body at a higher resistance to gain more power?  Won’t that just make your legs get bigger?What I can say about biking is that now that I’m testing out what kind of limits I can push on the bike, I keep thinking how I can modify this puppy to my liking.  Possibly a new wheel set, currently using the stock FSA Gossamer crankset but now in the 2010 model of the Trek 2.1, they’ve upgraded all the 2.1 components to all Shimano 105 components.  Jealous mainly because it’s a definitely upgrade, especially that they stock them with Shimano wheel sets now on the 2010 models.  Or is that just on Cannondale?  I thought I got a great deal on the bike, but did I now?

Back to my crankset.  I LOVE the stiffness compared to what I was riding with.  I think I’m still in the honeymoon phase over my bike and as long as I’m in this phase, I’m content with what I have because well…I have nothing else to compare it to unless I hop on another bike and feel the differences.  In the future, I may sell and upgrade my bike but I’m happy with what I have with the money budget that I have currently have and it’s a great way to get out there instead of waiting.My Shimano 105 pedals.  Love them.  Simple, light, efficient and makes biking feel easy breezy.

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Finding Your Sweet Spot

I’ve been alternating between my bikes lately just to change it up.  What I’ve grown to really love about my old bike is just how strong it made me when I tried to rack up miles on that beast.  Riding on my old hybrid really makes you crank out a lot of energy to get where you’re going.  It’s rugged and sturdy but loses momentum quickly when I stop pedaling.  I started realizing how I knew where the sweet spot was when I change gears.  Does that make sense?  I basically know what gear I seem to ride most efficiently and at a constant speed.

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I am slowly starting to feel it out on my road bike but when I rode a couple of days ago, I never really tested out my bike on it’s high-end gears.  Wow, talk about pushing power through your legs but it felt good also.  The speed at a dramatically slower cadence than I’m used to was interesting to see but I’m always paranoid of “bonking out” so I always drop to a lower resistance.  Is it better to train your body at a higher resistance to gain more power?  Won’t that just make your legs get bigger?

What I can say about biking is that now that I’m testing out what kind of limits I can push on the bike, I keep thinking how I can modify this puppy to my liking.  Possibly a new wheel set, currently using the stock FSA Gossamer crankset but now in the 2010 model of the Trek 2.1, they’ve upgraded all the 2.1 components to all Shimano 105 components.  Jealous mainly because it’s a definitely upgrade, especially that they stock them with Shimano wheel sets now on the 2010 models.  Or is that just on Cannondale?  I thought I got a great deal on the bike, but did I now?

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Back to my crankset.  I LOVE the stiffness compared to what I was riding with.  I think I’m still in the honeymoon phase over my bike and as long as I’m in this phase, I’m content with what I have because well…I have nothing else to compare it to unless I hop on another bike and feel the differences.  In the future, I may sell and upgrade my bike but I’m happy with what I have with the money budget that I have currently have and it’s a great way to get out there instead of waiting.

My Shimano 105 pedals.  Love them.  Simple, light, efficient and makes biking feel easy breezy.

“Never Forget Your Beginner’s Spirit”

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It is so easy to get caught up in the monotony of things.  Even the things that you love.  When it gets to the point where everything works out in a scheduled form, you tend to forget what you’re doing and go through the motions.  Your “beginner’s spirit” is so important.  Why?  Because of the innocence and the initial exciement, or what people call in relationships, the “Honeymoon” phase.  Remember that first time you got on your bike and it was like being a kid again, learning to ride.  There’s a slight hesitation and balance check but once you get your momentum, you don’t want to stop.

I want to see this bike in person.  Not only because there is some sick ass artwork on it but if I saw that phrase everytime I put my head down, it would humble me as to why I fell in love with the bike in the first place.  Also you put yourself in a place where you used to push until you had no more fight in your body.  Then somehow, when you think there’s nothing left, you are able to push some more.  That’s pretty intense.

I’ve got my old bike that I’ve ridden forever and my new bike that’s barely a month old.  I look at both and I feel like my old bike still makes me stronger but my new road bike keeps me going…distance-wise and in my journey through life.

Stories.  I want to have life stories.  Especially life stories that involve these bikes and I definitely do.  I’m a sentimental sap, I’ll admit that.  So I’ll continue to do so.  It’s opened doors and made me realize just how much there is out there that I want to do now.  Again, I lost my spirit for a while and I feel like it’s coming back.

*cue beach waves, sunset and Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey credits.

“Never Forget Your Beginner’s Spirit”

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It is so easy to get caught up in the monotony of things.  Even the things that you love.  When it gets to the point where everything works out in a scheduled form, you tend to forget what you’re doing and go through the motions.  Your “beginner’s spirit” is so important.  Why?  Because of the innocence and the initial exciement, or what people call in relationships, the “Honeymoon” phase.  Remember that first time you got on your bike and it was like being a kid again, learning to ride.  There’s a slight hesitation and balance check but once you get your momentum, you don’t want to stop.

I want to see this bike in person.  Not only because there is some sick ass artwork on it but if I saw that phrase everytime I put my head down, it would humble me as to why I fell in love with the bike in the first place.  Also you put yourself in a place where you used to push until you had no more fight in your body.  Then somehow, when you think there’s nothing left, you are able to push some more.  That’s pretty intense.

I’ve got my old bike that I’ve ridden forever and my new bike that’s barely a month old.  I look at both and I feel like my old bike still makes me stronger but my new road bike keeps me going…distance-wise and in my journey through life.

Stories.  I want to have life stories.  Especially life stories that involve these bikes and I definitely do.  I’m a sentimental sap, I’ll admit that.  So I’ll continue to do so.  It’s opened doors and made me realize just how much there is out there that I want to do now.  Again, I lost my spirit for a while and I feel like it’s coming back.

*cue beach waves, sunset and Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey credits.

It’s not about the Bike…

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Lance.

Life & Bikes did a great review over this book.  I agreed with a lot of what he had to say about the book.  Reading a book like this really opens your eyes and hits you with a reality check.  It puts humility back into your life.  They way that I see things now is you shouldn’t feel bad for someone who is sick.  You can sympathize and for some even empathize but you should never give up on your own life.  You’re given the chance to do great things and some people forget that because of the monotony that we go through sometimes in our life and we take our time here for granted.  Maximize it and make things happen.

Currently, I’ve been reading Outliers and it makes a lot of sense in the situation of Lance and what makes him a true competitor and great in his field.  Genetics, timing, determination, willpower and other numerous instances.  His high pain tolerance makes him push harder and longer.  The severity of his cancer is mind-boggling but the way he fought through it is even a more spectacular story.  What got me the most was the strength and companionship he received from his family and even more so from his closest of friends.  When he fought, they fought it with him.   You don’t give up.  It’s just not an option.  Just imagine that if/when you do survive, you can tackle ANY obstacle that comes your way.  No one can reach the tolerance and the adversity that you’ve been able to overcome.  You just get stronger.

Maybe I’m slowly getting off the subject but I swear it all ties together.  I respect and admire people’s success.  It just motivates you that much more to keep doing what you want to do.  It will happen if you want it enough.

It’s not about the Bike…

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Lance.

Life & Bikes did a great review over this book.  I agreed with a lot of what he had to say about the book.  Reading a book like this really opens your eyes and hits you with a reality check.  It puts humility back into your life.  They way that I see things now is you shouldn’t feel bad for someone who is sick.  You can sympathize and for some even empathize but you should never give up on your own life.  You’re given the chance to do great things and some people forget that because of the monotony that we go through sometimes in our life and we take our time here for granted.  Maximize it and make things happen.

Currently, I’ve been reading Outliers and it makes a lot of sense in the situation of Lance and what makes him a true competitor and great in his field.  Genetics, timing, determination, willpower and other numerous instances.  His high pain tolerance makes him push harder and longer.  The severity of his cancer is mind-boggling but the way he fought through it is even a more spectacular story.  What got me the most was the strength and companionship he received from his family and even more so from his closest of friends.  When he fought, they fought it with him.   You don’t give up.  It’s just not an option.  Just imagine that if/when you do survive, you can tackle ANY obstacle that comes your way.  No one can reach the tolerance and the adversity that you’ve been able to overcome.  You just get stronger.

Maybe I’m slowly getting off the subject but I swear it all ties together.  I respect and admire people’s success.  It just motivates you that much more to keep doing what you want to do.  It will happen if you want it enough.