Welcome

Registration encouraged by invitation. Write to invitations at this website name.
RoadSkater.Net skating & cycling photos!

Donate to keep RoadSkater.Net free!

Search & shop eBay to support RoadSkater.Net...

Search Ebay for Skates and More
Search Ebay for Inline Skates
Search Ebay for Skate Wheels
Search Ebay for 100mm Skate Wheels
Search RoadSkater.Net via Google...
Search the web...

recent comments

  • Reply to: Polarized Training: More but Easier Easy and Less But Harder Hard May Be the Way   2 weeks 4 days ago

    I am really happy to hear that you learned about the VeloNews podcast and polarized training research here. The FastTalk podcasts are often interesting, and sometimes detailed and backed by research enough to consider modifying your workouts based on the concepts.

    Here are some questions but there is no obligation if you are a bit too busy to answer:

    1. Did you change the terrain where you did most of your workouts? Specifically, did it require that you train more on less hilly routes? (My regular training location is not compatible with keeping my heartrate this low, I think. I am going to investigate this more this year. When I had lower back tightness, I did locate some flatter routes to use...just not very long ones near where I live.)
    2. Did you follow a weekly routine? What were your "standard" workouts like (time duration), and how many a week or so?
    3. For the high intensity part of training, did you do sets of intervals, or just single shorter sessions of constant skating? How long were those sessions, how often, and at what average heartrate, if you want to share. (I think this is the part that nonprofessional athletes leave out most commonly, the high intensity intervals, opting instead for training at the anaerobic threshold, or whatever you choose to call the average over-an-hour sustainable heartrate.)
    4. What will you do more of this year, and what will you do less, or differently? Thanks for the response and conversation with you and yours at and after A2A! It was great to share the adventures of the day and the year that came before!
    5. What percentage of TIME do you think you spent on the very low end, and what percentage on the very high end, over the season? You indicated 90%, and I took that to mean time, but it may have meant 90% of your distance, or 9 of every 10 workouts.

    The polarized training idea is important, I think, and for now at least, I've added a "Polarized Training" sidebar item to Roadskater.net. FastTalk 94 replies to some interesting questions...

    https://www.velonews.com/2020/01/training/fast-talk-94-fasted-training-g...

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Polarized Training: More but Easier Easy and Less But Harder Hard May Be the Way   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Took me forever, sorry roadskater, but finally getting around to posting my reply. 

    The interview, and what they are proposing really works. At least it did for me.

    After listening to the above interviews, I put it into practice for the summer and fall of 2019. I ended up with my fastest A2A time ever (7:11), and I was a decade older than before!

    I spent almost all of my training, probably more than 90% at a HR of 145 or less. What I found was during that time, instead of focusing on how to push harder and go faster like I had in previous years of training, it became a game of efficiency.

    So with a HR cap of 145, how do I maintain my average speed? Which then made me focus on my form, on slowing my cadence and getting a good roll out of every push. Which is probably what made such a big difference in a race like the A2A.

    If you need a different training pattern for endurance events, I would highly recommend this. Especially in a sport like skating that is so form dependent, it gives lots of time and practice in perfecting form.

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Suffering and Sport: TDCS, Perception of Effort, Controlling Emotions, The Hour Record for Cycling, More   1 year 5 days ago

    Here's an updated presentation by Professor Marcora:

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Suffering and Sport: TDCS, Perception of Effort, Controlling Emotions, The Hour Record for Cycling, More   1 year 6 days ago

    Here's an article from Pubmed with many references and a general overview...

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5702643/

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: A Yellow Bike to Ride Alone   1 year 17 weeks ago

    Thanks for the song! I like the straightforward delivery of the recording & video, as if you're sat listening to someone talking, across the table. 

    I'm intrigued by the article on the WAMU page, discussing the artists wrapped up in the theme of the 'brokenness in life' - specifically that boygenius consists of three (probably very talented) females! 

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Fuel Your Workout? Or is Fasting and Exercise Better?   1 year 51 weeks ago

    Good to have a marker for this topic as I change my mind on it all the time (usually to rationalize eating a particular food). 

    I can't post any experience on what's best before racing, going flat-out or being competitive because I never really do those things. 

    I think anybody with a history of struggles with eating, or possessing a brain hard wired on the obsessive side should steer clear of trying to fast on purpose.  

    It's difficult to get the nutrition balance right in extreme events and conditions. I find it an ongoing challenge. 

    A friend of mine who is no longer a frenzied competitor has had to quit eating at 6pm every day to avoid reflux during the night, and is finding other beneficial outcomes such being able to eat what she wants during the other hours while losing some unwanted weight. But she has removed the intense exercise portion from her life, so no feedback from that perspective. 

    In regard to the Keto diet method - I've eaten that way in the past before it was called anything and long term it was not conducive to anything over 40 mins of skating; average HR through the roof, dizziness and passing out. But anybody can try anything and we're all different! 

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: 2018 USA Olympic Long Track Speed Skaters and Social Media Links   2 years 22 hours ago

    I'm wondering if there's ever been a study of the number of hours spent on television interviews, magazine layouts, advertising filming, and other distractions from training and focus in the run up to the Olympics vs. performance at the Olympics. I think the USA athletes showed well, of course, but it did seem there were a lot of underachievers (just as likely from too much expectation built up, or is it from too much distraction during key times for preparation). I wonder if Olympic athletes make a conscious choice for the money ahead of the games, which is certain, over the much more money they might make after the games, upon success.

    I know. There's no way to know.

    But some teams seem to peak right, and others, less so. 

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: NC, a Hotbed of Olympic Speedskating   2 years 23 hours ago

    Great article and kudos to those who ran the program at Rol-a-Rink in High Point. I went down there a few times, and as I recall, it's a small rink. This may help those who train there in terms of staying closer to the cones even when away from them. They have had monster skaters come out of that rink, and Greensboro's Skateland USA sites have not done too badly, either. I recall a rink in Winston-Salem where I "raced" once; the cool thing there was they had a one night a week speed session for older adults (meaning above, say, 30). Most of the time I skated with the kids session on Saturday mornings, as I was never going to be fast, and I enjoyed nobody thinking I was taking it seriously as a racer in the tiny elliplses. 

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Roadskater.net RSN2.com Update   2 years 6 days ago

    Just a quick note to say I have updated the Google News feeds so they are no longer deprecated nor defecated. I got rid of or combined some pro cycling stuff that is seasonal (combined and made more general the Giro, Tour, Vuelta items. With a nod to timv, I added a unicycling section. I also moved things but they may move again. The feeds probably come out for you differently than for me. Some feeds seem to pull the same content with different RSS links. I tried to boost the number of articles that will show up for training topics of general interest. Also i tried to get some more inline-related info, which I think will be better after the Olympics. Some blocks and headers won't refresh until your machine clears its caches. I hope this will bring along some more good info, and it seems the links in the right sidebar are working better. Also, recall that you can hit that icon with the b in a box to initiate an article on a feed item, and it usually brings along a photo. I haven't tried it lately. Enjoy! Skateylove!

    Has new content:
    New comments:
  • Reply to: Heart Rate Monitors, Fitness Trackers, Garmin Vivosmart HR & Fitbit Charge HR   2 years 1 week ago

    Everybody knows I love most things about Garmin equipment (except please let us delete individual laps, at least the last one, from within the 310xt, as we could with the 305!). Based on your comments, however, and my current interest in tracking sleep and interruptions to it, the Fitbit Charge HR sounds interesting. 

    I did run Google "Fit" on my phone today and look to see what was there. It seems that last year until sometime in April, Fit was tracking my walking and "biking" (the latter of which represents my lunchtime skating and  afterwork skating). It seems it was doing this based on my phone movements rather than my wrist, because I take the LG G Watch W100 off usually when I am wearing the Garmin 310xt. 

    As for today, Fit did a good job of tracking my walking during breaks at work. It says I burned 1556 calories so far (at about 9:45pm), 226 from moving and 1329 from being inactive so far today. Ha! 

    On the LG W100 (which runs Android Wear), there are 2 apps: Fit, and FIt Workout. Fit gives me a summary of how many minutes I was active (48), showing 4820 steps, .69 mi., 1046 cals (not sure about that one). The FIt app on the watch does let you set goals per day, and the Android Fit app did allow me to pick Inline Skating as an activity. The watch app is pretty good, actually, letting you edit your weight and height. It looks like the W100 Fit Android Wear app lets you start a workout and pick from among your 4 favorite activities, or a long list of others. Not bad. The W100 Android Wear "Fit Workout" app seems to just be a slightly more direct way to get to that screen where you pick your workout.

    I've been looking on https://slickdeals.net/, where I often go to read reviews from the cheapskate point of view, and to look for refurbs and such. March is a good month to buy tech on the way out, if I recall (certainly was true of B&N Nook tablets). It looks like Microcenter has Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Alta 2 for $75, and if you shop close enough to an MC zip code, Best Buy will price match. I don't know all the details, but the folks on that website do! With so many models, Garmin and Fitbit do run the risk of making it too complicated or uncertain for some to just buy it. It looks like newer models with perhaps more features are sub $75, though.

    As noted, I'm far more likely to try a Fitbit after this info, especially for the sleep/activity tracking, so thanks for taking the time to write your experience. 

    Has new content:
    New comments:

Search Ebay for Skates and More
Search Ebay for Inline Skates
Search Ebay for Skate Wheels
Search Ebay for 100mm Skate Wheels