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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:12 pm 
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HammerTime2 wrote:
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Well, my time from 29 years ago would have put me in 5th place on Strava ... on the women's leaderboard. And I absolutely did not dope, nor use Gruber Assist, etc. I think my time would have been under 19 minutes had I been riding (what is now) modern equipment.

I used to ride sometimes with Eric, but only when he was riding socially. Once he started really riding, I was history. He lived near the top of Old La Honda back then.


Really HammerTime? If you had modern equipment back then your time would be under 19 minutes?
How did you determine that?
About 7 pounds in weight savings (even more if I rode a harder core WW bike), which I think would have been about/almost enough on its own, plus additional time savings from "better" frame* (estimate based on riding same climbs at similar fitness levels on different bikes). I think I would have been under 19 minutes, but don't know it for a fact. I wish I could return to my fitness and body of that time and give it a try. My body has deteriorated a lot more than bikes have gotten faster over those years.

* I have empirical evidence, as pertains to me and my riding style, that I climb faster with a frame bottom bracket which doesn't flex a lot vs. one which does - it was true 29 years ago, it's true today. Even if energy from the flexing is not lost, flexing makes me slower (on climbs of the steepness of Old La Honda).



I know you can do it if you put your mind to it. Make it a project with phases and goals and you would be surprised.

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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:32 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:37 pm 
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That's right HammerTime! I want a full report on your progress just like Tapeworm is doing on his self-esteem thread. :-) :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:09 am 
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PoorCyclist wrote:
any other trick to shave a few seconds?


    take the entire lane
    two empty bottles = -40oz or 2+ lbs lighter
    climbing in the drops is more aero than the hoods
    don't stop pedaling :thumbup:

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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:23 am 
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ha I put a powerful effort up to the around 1.6 miles then it really bites me back in the second half. still trying to get in low 20s

2 full bottles and banana because everytime I go out that way I make it a long ride to make the $5 bridge toll worth while.


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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:40 am 
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Bottles can be empty. Fill up at the Sky Londa market (across from Alice's).

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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Strava estimates: (I'll entertain their estimates only for OLH since wind is almost none)
OLH mile 1 272W
OLH mile 2 224W
OLH mile 3 197W

Avg overall 225W 23.5 mins

At my current level I would hope to get a 250W avg on my climbs. I struggled the past 3 months to get back from 180W to 220W


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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:41 pm 
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I broke 20 min a few times but it hurts, and yes I suck at climbing....


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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:51 am 
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Interesting. The guy in 5th on Strava races Cat 2 in the UK. He's often racing the same events as me and a club mate of mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Old La Honda
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:37 pm 
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Yes Zap is pretty fast. Looks like there is going to be a Strava OLH Segment Challenge coming up on July 13.

And the one to watch on the list there is Adrien Costa.


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