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Weekend activities and self-indulgence in the name of a faster bike split.


Friday Food:

Yh and I had dinner at this local Asian fusion place.  Yh had some sushi and I had some veggie rolls and wheat noodles with scallops and veggies.  Not only was the food great, the restaurant is smoke free.  A+++ would eat there again. 

Saturday:

Well, I got them.  Headed into Philly on Saturday afternoon for a much needed bicycle tune-up and to pick up the wheels. 

Here's what they look like:

I'm hoping the bike's as fast as it looks.  Some more flexibility and I'll be able to drop the cockpit down a spacer (5mm).

The wheels will get their test ride this coming weekend at the Brandywine Valley Duathlon (5k run - 30k bike - 5k run).  Hoping to come in well under an hour on the bike and do the run segments without a lot of pain.

Finished up Saturday getting some Indian takeout from the local place in town.  It's pretty good and LO seems to really dig the Naan.  While I was waiting, there was a table of rather portly English fella's who'd polished off a bottle of wine each and an imperial fuckload of food.

Sunday:

Slept late because of the time change.  The spring time change always messes me up A LOT.  It takes me a good week to get into the swing of things.  It'll take me more time to get used to this one hour change than it did getting used to the three hour change going from PA->Las Vegas.

Went to the pool for a nice workout.  Was hoping the time change + nice weather would mean an empty pool and I was correct for a change as I managed to score one of the two lap lanes all to myself.  I hadn't done this particular workout before, so I didn't know the meter-age, but it looked a bit on the long side with a 4x400m towards the end of the main set.  I get out of the pool almost two hours later almost unable to keep my eyes open I was so tired.  Turns out this workout is close to 5K (4700m to be exact).  That's a distance I haven't come close to since August of 2004 when I banged out a long and slow 5K just to see if I could do it.

The improvement in my freestyle stroke are amazing.  I've been a solid middle-pack swimmer (1:19 for 2.4 miles), but I kept thinking that I needed more muscle power to get faster despite KNOWING that swimming is very much a finesse sport.  I've been practicing the drills recommended to me and changed my stroke (shortening the pull and starting the catch earlier) to great benefit.  Once my lats/delts get used to the workload, cruising to a 60-70 minute ironman split is completely possible.

The workout pretty much did me in for the day and despite wanting to ride, I just ended up running 10K in the evening, getting to enjoy some of that late sunshine.

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Cool wheels by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 12:12:28 PM EST
Are those carbon?
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Yup by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 12:19:48 PM EST
The entire wheelset except for the spokes, nipples, and hubs is carbon fiber.  The clincher versions have an alloy rim on them to mount the tire to.

I just hope I can do them justice this season.


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non smoking by alprazolam (4.00 / 2) #3 Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 05:27:36 PM EST
are there actually restaurants you can still smoke in?

Unfortunatly there are.. by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Apr 04, 2006 at 01:56:58 AM EST
and being in PA, where cigs are kinda cheap (3.90/pack), means a lot of folks still smoke.


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