schmalz's log 2013 part 15

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 4:18pm by schmalz

As of late, my athletic life has started to resemble a video game. (My actual life resembles a version of "The Sims" with the special "dear God, how many hours can a person sit at a desk" add-on.) Since I've added the ithlete app to my layer cake of athletic obsession, I've modified my routine to include a daily check of my physical well-being. In my mind, I have turned this body check into a game. I wake up, put my heart rate strap on and wait patiently in my underwear (that vivid detail is for the ladies, and, you're welcome) for my magic number to appear. After getting assessed by my phone, I can plan my bike day. I've come to think of my ithlete rating as the number of "hit points" I have for the day. A high rating means that my I have chomped the big dot, and I can Pac-Man away at Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde by doing intervals or other such nonsense. (Yes, that timely Pac-Man reference means that I am old.) A low hit point score turns me into Glass Joe (another elderly video game reference), and I must go to my corner and pant until I am again ready to chase the ghosts.

This gaming of my bike life has modified the way I train. I used to work according to a relatively strict weekly plan. Mondays I rode easy or rested, Tuesdays I did 20/10s (4 sets of 20 seconds on/10 seconds off), Wednesdays were for longer rides, Thursdays for 20 minutes intervals, and so on. I used this schedule because it was pretty traditional and I'm lazy, but since I've joined the matrix, I've found that I'm more physically inclined to work on a two days on, one day off format, with the off days being REALLY off—like three-toed sloth off. I barely push the pedals on these days. This has made my training schedule more fluid, and I'm still working out the effects of different interval types on my hit count. Longer intervals seem to have less effect that short, intense efforts, so I do longer stuff first then follow that with short intense efforts.

Of course, this is only the beginning of my video game. Future data may point to never riding a bike again, who knows? In the meantime, I'm in my underwear at first waking, waiting to see if I can chase imaginary ghosts.

Roman's Beer Corner

This week Roman isn't recommending a beer so much as he's recommending that you get out into the world and go to the beer yourself. Roman recommends that you go to the Rushing Duck Brewing Company in Chester, NY. Once there, he recommends the Ded Moroz imperial Stout or the Tony's Barleywine.


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the glass joe reference
By: deleted
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 8:19pm


i want a throphie.
By: Pierre Hammer
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 5:22pm

i want a throphie.

I don't race it, so why would
By: schmalz
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 3:13pm

I don't race it, so why would I bother contacting the promoter?

why the hate?
By: Mathieu Tarmac
Fri, 02/15/2013 - 3:02pm

It's a popular race series. If you don't like it, don't race it. If you kinda like it but don't like some of what is done, like 2nd place points for pre-reg, speak to the promoter.

"FREE throphies for overall
By: Florian Plug
Tue, 02/12/2013 - 4:43pm

"FREE throphies for overall leaders in each race category"

Ascot's for everyone!
By: Florian Plug
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 6:13pm

Ascot's for everyone!

Spring Series prize list now
By: Mary Juana
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:55pm

Spring Series prize list now includes Garmin Sharp Team Issue DI2-equipped Cervelo's for all podium finishers!!!!

spring series
By: Guillaume Pulley
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:54pm

i'm just doing it for the Stylish event merchandise for purchase

I wish ADD would go away....
By: Phil Meallup
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:42pm

I wish ADD would go away....

Why do the FBF races start so
By: Martin Tarmac
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 5:02pm

Why do the FBF races start so early?

Good to know that the Spring
By: schmalz
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:58pm

Good to know that the Spring Series is still giving away a free second place's worth of points with every pre-reg

By: Mael Rivnut
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:51pm

The gift that keeps giving?

2013 spring series
By: Julien Topcap
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:39pm
Karsten Kroon
By: Quentin Internal Routing
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:14pm

Yfrog censored Karten Kroon his flesh cut..

It looks like..


training makes you weak
By: Monorchid Conconi
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 2:21pm

rest makes you strong

That's not what Ithlete does,
By: schmalz
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 9:39pm

That's not what Ithlete does, and I have that app also.

resting pulse
By: David Lube
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 9:29pm

You can get your resting pulse with a free app on your iPhone, called Instant Heart Rate. You place your index finger on the camera for a few dozen seconds. So discrete that your family will never know.

My mom's a lady (typed me,
By: schmalz
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 7:03pm

My mom's a lady (typed me, leaving the mom-joke door wide open).

Ladies read this stuff?
By: mikeweb
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 5:41pm

Ladies read this stuff?

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