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Randall Legeai

I'm a 59 year old cyclist who has been racing since .... well let's just say I have been beaten on more than one occasion by John Howard. After years of getting away with stick-on reading lenses inside my trusty Oakley M-Frames, my declining distance vision and desire to avoid chasing down my own teammates finally drove me to the optometrist with the idea of getting some sort of bi-focal riding glasses. I've worn progressive glasses for daily (non-riding) use for six or seven years but held off on trying prescription riding glasses for a number of reasons, one of which was cost and another the fact that I ride with my head lower than most so the frames of many common sunglasses tend to be in my line of sight. The doctor suggested contacts as a more versatile solution, so a couple of weeks ago I started wearing multifocal contact lenses for riding. Having never worn contacts before I was apprehensive, but found them to be surprisingly comfortable. They worked very well for training and racing, including racing in the rain, but both distance and close-up vision were compromised a bit. This week I'm trying single-vision contacts and really like them a little better for riding. The problem with these, however, is that while mid-range and distance vision are great, reading the smaller numbers on my Garmin is difficult at best. Even so, I think I may stick with the single-vision lenses if my optometrist cannot come up with a better solution. This way I can wear whichever sunglasses or clear lens riding glasses I want, including my old Ray Bans for driving. Some low-power stick-ons reading lenses for the Ray-Bans and a pair of low-power reading glasses for road trip menu reading may make this a viable all-around solution. We'll see.....

Chuck Cai

Thanks Joe. Great stuff. Me, 59 year old fitness enthusiast. Cardio was never my thing as a youth. Indeed until age 50 I considered cardio and endurance training mostly something people did that could not lift very much.

Then I took my first spin class. I'll dispense with the chronological progression but suffice it to say today riding (outside) and endurance training are fun.

Recovery however is slow. I've come to the conclusion that if the training is compromising the rest of my life then the quality of life has been diminished. Therefore what is the point? My analogy is golf. Why play the back tees when you know your game can't hack it? Play it forward and enjoy.

So the way I see it now - train and take whatever time it takes to recover. If my next century takes 10 minutes longer my friends will still be waiting for my at the finish line.


Hi Joe:
I live in Boulder and have a hunch I know which 9% climb you are referring to. Anyway, I know you are an advocate of intensity and I am curious if you still have races remaining this season? If not, I assume you keep your intensity going until the Fall before you call it a season?
thank you

Joe Friel

Markj--It was Linden. I don't know of any races right now. But just in case. And besides that, I enjoy training. Thanks for your comment.

Andre Babin

I believe that when located at high elevation there is less oxygen available and for the same power output the body intensity is higher leading to longer recovery.

Stuart Giere

I don't know much about FTP. Can you explain how it would relate to NIRS and tracking directly muscle oxygen levels?

Joe Friel

Stuart Giere--I'm not familiar with NIRS so can't do a comparison. FTP is simply the highest mean maximal power you can sustain for 1 hour.


Hi Joe: thanks for your response regarding training with intensity while not having an acutal race on the calendar. Anyway, my question for you is as follows: since I pay close attention to my TSB, do I really need to have an easy week, every third week? It seems easier for me to make sure I have enough "TSB balance" to ensure I have enough gas to do my priority workouts. Your thoughts? thanks in advance for all of the sound advice you provide ..Mark

Joe Friel

Markj2323--Good question. I think it comes down to two things. The more important is how deep your "valleys" of fatigue are. The deeper they are, the more likely you are to need to create a positive TSB. Otherwise, assuming they are not deep valleys, a positive trending TSB, even though it may be negative, will bring relief from moderate fatigue (ATL).

Teri Glennon

Thanks for the recommendation for ADS eyewear. I placed an order last week to test frames. In response, they emailed me and said they're right here in my area! I received my sample glasses the next day by UPS and returned them in person to save shipping. None of the ones I ordered were great, so I spent Tuesday trying on the whole store and finally placed an order for the perfect pair. I have a big ride this weekend (HHH) and hoped out loud that they would be ready in time. They said it wasn't likely. Well guess what? I received a call this afternoon that the glasses were back and I already have them in hand - 48 hours later! And in time for the next big event! Thank you for the recommendation!! I couldn't be happier!

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