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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This is how to train to be stronger?

Wheels of Happiness

August 25, 2015

After last Sunday's Bugarin ride, I rested yesterday.  But today, it was a little bit rough.  I biked to Sto Rosario past Lafarge and did 5x hill climb, first was over geared, then under geared. then under geared standing, over geared and then easy climb (32 x 32)

And then I went up the Mahabang Parang hill and I had to use 32 x32.   I did not have to stand and hurry up the pedalling, I was tired and breathless.

Then, not happy with that, I did a messengerial work.  I biked to BK at Frontera Tiendesitas.  It was a good choice because there was a lot of traffic even at Angono.  The intersection going to Baytown has now become a bottle neck.  And so with the Elem School at floodway before the Highway 2000 (fishport).  Traffic too at Puregold and C5.  But I made it on time 9 am.  I was trying to fast pedal at 90 rpm as taught by Ed Valdez.   High cadence pedalling means you have to learn to breath faster and higher heart rate.  It leaves you breathless and tired after the ride.  I had to sleep after eating and weashing up

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My bike ride today with Vhen to Antipolo from Teresa

Wheels of Happiness

Angono Rizal
August 18, 2015

I rode today to Antipolo and Teresa today and back to Antipolo.  I used the fast cadence technique being endorsed by Ed Valdez.   I had the gear at 44 x 15 on level road and 44 x 17 going up.  I had up to 44 x 26 at Beverly. On the way up I encountered Peter Francisco whom I overtook near Alta Vista and wondered who I was.  (Peter is a 68 yo Taytay rider but very fit and strong for his age all due to biking)

I overtook another MTB near Robinson using 44 x 17.   But as I rode down, I shifted to 44 x 13 and banked well, rode the apex and the sides exiting the apex.   I had my Lugaw at the Teresa curve and as soon as I finished my lugaw, Vhen, whom I talked to yesterday at Wawa arrived.

Going back he said he would follow me and try to see how I do with the low gearing of the Deore.  I had my gears at 44 x26 and 44 x 30 max.   And also stood at the Solid cement, where I left him.  We were totally drenched in sweat.  He arrived some 3 minutes later at Robinson where I waited for him.  Then we went to Antipolo church.   We met Eric Feliciano, who looks like he is a priest, who bikes, and enjoined us to "ingat"

We were home by 10 am.

Fast cadence riding and use of cadence counter

Wheels of Happiness

Angono, Rizal Philippines
August 18, 2015

When we were riding to Luisiana, Ed "Ido" told me as we were going up Kalayaan that he favors fast cadence riding. ie that the most economical ride pedalling rate is between 90 and 100 rpm. It is possible to know that if you have cyclometer with cadence counter.

For him, with a 12 to 34 cogs, this means having his gears at 53 x 26.  (For about 51 gear inches).  Will he be left behind by guys using say 53 x 14.  He said that the pedaling rate will eventually catch up with speed. This is the training for champs

I tried using this technique and  by the time we were at Luisiana, it was game over for me.  I have to get used to this technique

Ed texted me further that his training rides are either to Bugarin or Sierra Madre  6 to 10.  No rests in between.  He usually rides up with 53 x 26 and stands up for say up to 10 km.  With his lean body, and strong leg muscles, he can do that.  And that he is a Valdez, the family of great riders/bikers