Sit and Spin!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Finally got back on the pedals today! Figuring out the geometry on the bike at In-Shape was a wild guess and using the toe cages with straps was a blast from the past, but it didn’t stop me from laying down some watts. I don’t have a power meter on my Falco V so it was nice to see what I could generate for a change. (I really need to invest in a computer for my bike I guess.) I felt really good after spinning my sore legs out from the past two days of Focus T25. So much so that I decided to get on the treadmill and see how the old running legs were doing. I really don’t like running on a treadmill, or a stationary bike for that matter, but it was hot outside and I need to keep the sun off of this new skin as much as possible for a little while. So treadmill it was. I have to admit, I felt a little weird running at speed when to my left and right were people barely moving. I often wonder if people really think that walking 1.5 mph on a treadmill actually does anything for them at all. I know that everyone is on their own health and fitness journey and I have no idea what people are going through so I am not going to be judgmental. Believe me, I am the last person to be judgmental on anyone, I took 20 years off of focused health and fitness.  Maybe they were rehabbing an injury or something valid like that and ultimately, at least they are doing something, right? But still, turn the speed up a bit and break a sweat! If they were laboring and walking with purpose that would be one thing, but when someone is walking on a treadmill like they are taking a slow stroll in line at Disneyland, then I start wondering. It’s moments like this that I am so thankful for the Beachbody Suite of Programs. The DVD’s focus you on a scientifically developed regiment that is designed to give you healthy results as fast and safely as possible. No guessing! Pretty cool stuff! All I know is I am looking forward to some P90X2 Yoga tomorrow night!

Breakfast: 2 – Activit, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich and Water
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Spin Bike 25 Minutes – 14 Miles Variable Tension followed by 3.3 Miles on Treadmill 5k average at 7:30 minute mile pace
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Muscle Burrito (black beans, chicken, spinach, guacamole), Chips and Salsa
Snack: 2 Fudge Dipped Coconut Chewy Granola Bars and a Peanut Butter on Wheat Sandwich
Recovery: Foam Rolling on the Rumbleroller

SRAM Red – 2012 Gruppo – Product Review

SRAM RED CHANGES EVERYTHING. New SRAM RED represents the pinnacle of road racing technology and delivers countless performance advantages to the professional and enthusiast alike. For 2012, the new RED continues in the SRAM tradition as the leader in light weight, flawless shifting, and ergonomic advantage with gorgeous aesthetic styling. How did we improve on the world’s best mechanical gruppo? We started with everything we knew, and then designed a brand new drivetrain from scratch. Each part was engineered with the twin goals of eliminating the superfluous while focusing on an overall synergy that translates into unmatched performance. Elegant and simple, RED perfects the riding experience through genuine innovation. SRAM RED changes everything.” – http://www.sram.com/sram/road/family/sram-red-_-2012

This is the gruppo of the future today! SRAM said it best when they used the word “gorgeous”. I must agree! In triathlons or time trials, the name of the game is light and fast  almost to the point of sacrificing strength. This translates into $ – bottom line. Without spending the money, you rarely get the benefit. I believe that SRAM provides an exceptional product at a fair price. SRAM Red are the components that I will be upgrading to as soon as possible with some minor exceptions. I won’t need the brakes or the shifters. The Trek Speed Concept 7.0 has an integral rear Bontrager brake and the existing SRAM Apex brake is sufficient for the cause. Also SRAM manufactures another shifting component I will be recommending, the R2C Aero Shifters, and with which I am completely enamored.

The following is a list of links to the components that I recommend for immediate purchase (all items can be ordered at Action Sports in Bakersfield):

SRAM RED Crankset – 2012 

SRAM RED Front Derailleur – 2012

SRAM RED Rear Derailleur – 2012

 R2C Aero Shifters

SRAM XG 1090 Cassette

SRAM PC 1091R PowerChain™

Happy Racing!