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Endurance Training On A Single Speed

Endurance Training On A Single Speed

There are many great books out there for bicycle racing training, my personal favorite is the “Lance Armstrong Performance Program.” Yeah, it’s tainted, but the books are fantastic on how it concisely delivers helpful information. “The Mountain Bikers Training Bible” is another one I like (though I don’t like the oversized size). I’m sure there are a number of great programs out there but none of them are really catered to what I am doing, long-distance single speed.

I’m sure there are programs out there but I haven’t found one in book format. Also, it will be interesting to disect my mini-library and use some imagination to build a dedicated single speed training program.

The end game for this pseudo-chess game is completing the Tour Divide on a single speed. Working backward there are a number of rides and races I need to do, notably the Huracan 300. Going backward from there we start with the opening; the RP75 on August 30. 75 miles of mixed terrain. For this ride, I’ll use my trusty Iron Sled, “The Tank,” my Redline Monocog that is set up as a drop bar.

I recently rebuilt my Redline Monocog as a drop bar mountain bike and it was the best decision I’ve made recently. Being a bike commuter and bike fanatic I am always on a bike; though my commuter bike isn’t a good mountain bike and my mountain bike isn’t a good commuter bike. My Redline Monocog doesn’t do anything great, but it allows me to ride everywhere. It cruises on the road, can handle New England singletrack, and most importantly keeps riding fun.

So yeah, going to need to order some more Endless single speed cogs so I can change gear ratios. My Gramin Edge whatever, Vivosmart 3 and iPhone yada yada are synced together. Ah… the other thing I’ll be doing during all of this riding is geomining on the Coin app. Shameless plug since I’m trying to work with them, but I really dig what they are doing. Essentially you can mine cryptocurrency while riding.

Well, the weather has cooled down a bit, so back in the saddle.

Just Keep Spinning

I’ve had this website for roughly three years now and I’ve done damn near nothing with it. It just keeps getting put off because I think I should be doing something else with my time. The only other thing I want to do with my time is ride my bikes. Instead I’m trying to build partnerships, build companies, stressing over things I have almost no control over. Oh and bullet chess, I play a lot of bullet chess.

If you’re close to me you have seen my ups and downs over the past four or five years. I’ve watched businesses and relationships come and go in my life. The one constant has been my bicycle. Yeah, I’ve gotten a number of bikes over the year. So why the hell am I just not focusing on that?!

I spend so much time dreaming about what I want to do then talking myself out of it saying it’s just not feasible. In theory, my life isn’t feasible (well that’s what some prior relationships liked to tell me). So if others view my lifestyle as not feasible, but it is, and I view my own day dreams as not feasible… well I must be wrong. I’m using the word feasible too much.

There’s so much riding that I want to do. I dream of doing races like the Huracan 300, Florida Divide, Eastern Divide when it’s ready, the illustrious Tour Divide and would love to develop the New England Divide. Even road races like the Race Across America peaks my interests. Yes, all single speed if you’re questioning. Alas, I have a number of dumb reasons not to pursue these dreams.

I read on one of the websites I follow, books I’ve read or YouTube video that I watched that you will never be quite ready for your first cycling adventure. That you will always say that you need that one piece of gear. That mental resistance that stops you from pursuing your dreams. I have the majority of the gear I need (scratch that, I need to get new rain pants and a warmer sleep system), it’s just breaking through my own thought process. Resistance is a bitch.

Maybe this is exactly what I need, a website/blog to get my ramblings out to straighten out my own thoughts and goals… maybe share some knowledge to. I have a number of things I can talk about; single speed conversions, gearing, tire pressure, steel is real yada, yada, yada.

I actually do need to get new rain pants though, mine have finally ripped after three years of use as a bike commuter. Ok, I’m almost ready. In the mean time, just keep spinning.

Back In The Saddle

Wowza, what a ride?! Since late February life has been going in many different directions. The injury that lead to a surgery, bringing back “old working skills” to bring in an income, “healing,” and getting back on the bike. Now I’m back on the bikes and I can’t get enough of it.

During my “healing” time I was reading books about bicycle adventures and the bug bit me hard. All I could and can think about are bike adventures I’ve day dreaming about for a few years, and I’m day dreaming of more that I haven’t thought of before. Looks like I have a lot of riding ahead of me.

As soon as I got cleared to ride a bike I was off spending so many hours on my commuter bike (single speed Surly Straggler) that if you looked at my time in the saddle each week you would think it was a part time job. With massive amounts of time on the road it was time to test the “healing” process with some off road. Started with a bit of gravel riding on the commuter bike but it was time to test mountain biking.

My go to mountain bike is a single speed Surly Wednesday fat bike, but I haven’t jumped on that yet due to the 100mm bottom bracket and I’m a crank hugger on a fat bike… I can’t imagine crank hugging being a good for coming back from an ankle injury. So, I rebuilt my Surly Krampus, and yep it’s single speed.

Due to my injury my time at the bike shop became limited so I had to rely on other ways of bringing in income. So, I dusted off the old search engine optimization (SEO) notebooks, reopened some old accounts and opened some new accounts. Luckily I was able to land a few clients to get me through that time. Now with this being September the bike shop I work at starts to slow down, so it looks like I’ll be pursuing more SEO and internet marketing gigs. I’m curious if I can land enough so I don’t need to rely on “traditional” income. If I can make that work, it will definitely give me the freedom I crave so I can tackle my bigger life projects.

Luckily I was able to set aside from money to get some great bike camping gear that I can move from the Straggler to the Krampus, but I’ll write more about that later as I’m about to go test the ankle