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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:42 pm    Post subject: Marmotte 2011  Reply with quote

It is apparently 296 days until La Marmotte, so it's high time there was a thread for it.

I'm going for it next year, assuming I can find a Doctor somewhere to sign me off as healthy and I'm sure Bartali will be there if only to laugh at my bike and dodgy pedalling action. Smile

First turbo session of the new campaign today, and for half an hour I thought I'd been reincarnated as Fabian Cancellara, as I was cruising along at around 10kph faster than at my best last season. Then I remembered that last season I had a big nobbly tyre on the back wheel which has since been removed. The last half hour was as much fun as the last half hour of the first turbo session of the training cycle ever is. Sad

Is anyone else going and if so what are your objectives? My objective is simply to finish in something like a healthy state, not that that doesn't stop me fantasising about gold medals whilst aboard the turbo!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

I'll be there ......
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is one of my objectives for 2011!! I will be there!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2011 !! Bugger thought it read 2014..Wink

I don't think 2011 is on the cards but I can see as it as a long term target, Tourmalet is first though, I will be forced to do that one either next year or the year after.

This might be a fun thread to watch!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Key step negotiated today - we've booked the campsite. Nothing special about this, except that our "party details" triggered their "single sex party" alarm.

After some quick thinking by my trusty duelling party, we are officially a party of civil rights lawyers specialising in discrimination against middle aged same-sex couples. In light of this disclosure, the no "single sex party" ruling was lifted on the condition that we aren't rowdy "after hours".  Shocked

Now we just need an entry. If we don't get in we'll move our camping booking to a different week and go and ride the course anyway!

Berg - hope to see you there. Good luck with the training.

Slapshot - defeatist talk has no place here. Aim for 2012! (I can see that 2011 would be a challenge as you've only just re-kitted yourself. Smile)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Key step negotiated today - we've booked the campsite. Nothing special about this, except that our "party details" triggered their "single sex party" alarm.

After some quick thinking by my trusty duelling party, we are officially a party of civil rights lawyers specialising in discrimination against middle aged same-sex couples. In light of this disclosure, the no "single sex party" ruling was lifted on the condition that we aren't rowdy "after hours".  Shocked



If you will insist upon making bookings in the name of William Hague then this will keep happening to you.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That bit was OK, but they asked if we wanted to hire bed linen (a quite normal offer from this campsite, I must add).

I responded the only way a healthy, red-blooded Englishman would, by declining the offer because I would be bringing my Lance Duvet with me.  Embarassed

Obviously, at that point I had to hand negotiations over to my duelling partner to sort things out.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now we just need an entry. If we don't get in we'll move our camping booking to a different week and go and ride the course anyway!

Which week have you booked?  There is some talk that the etape might pinch the first weekend in July and the Marmotte might move to the 9th?  Watch this space!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bart,

We've booked the weekends of 2nd and 9th July just in case. We found a few contradictory bits on the internet re the date last night so hedged our bets!

Nightmare scenario is that we don't get a Marmotte entry and then the "other" weekend is taken up by the Etape.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Slapshot - defeatist talk has no place here. Aim for 2012! (I can see that 2011 would be a challenge as you've only just re-kitted yourself. Smile)


Defeatist....nah I was being optimistic.. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fear I may be guilty of a little undue optimism myself, but hope springs eternal!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bart,

We've booked the weekends of 2nd and 9th July just in case. We found a few contradictory bits on the internet re the date last night so hedged our bets!

Nightmare scenario is that we don't get a Marmotte entry and then the "other" weekend is taken up by the Etape.


Getting in shouldn't be a problem.  I think last year was the first year you couldn't enter the day before!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
SlowRower wrote:
Bart,

We've booked the weekends of 2nd and 9th July just in case. We found a few contradictory bits on the internet re the date last night so hedged our bets!

Nightmare scenario is that we don't get a Marmotte entry and then the "other" weekend is taken up by the Etape.


Getting in shouldn't be a problem.  I think last year was the first year you couldn't enter the day before!


To be honest, I think that if L'etape du tour is the week before even better, there will be less people doing the Marmotte, there are too many Armstrongs out there with only one big objective for the season
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure that my legs or spousal goodwill would extend to a second major outing in a season!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well they will be consecutive weeks ... I'm sure about that.  Question is only which comes first.

SR - you can do both in 8 days!  Result!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmm...

You seriously over estimate my capabilities and the durability of my back. I'm just a crock hoping to get lucky once!
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Training started today with 90 minutes fixed on the Chilterns escarpment to blow away the cobwebs ...
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Marmotte training has now commenced in earnest, after a week or so of unstructured sessions to ease me back in.

Primary aim at the moment is to increase the resistance on my turbo, so that training in the required heart-rate zones yields a cadence of around 60. My longer rides in the Pyrenees highlighted that even in my lowest gear, if I cycle at my normal cadence (75-80), I’ll blow up aerobically long before the Galibier, and if I cycle at the required pace, my cadence will be so low (60 or so), that I’ll grind my back into oblivion before I even reach the Galibier.

So, what to do? Easy – increase the resistance and build up the back so it can cope. Or not so easy, when I already have the bike in the highest gear, the turbo on the highest resistance setting and I can still spin happily(ish) for 90 minutes at a cadence of 75-80.

So before Sunday’s session, I implemented a few modifications to my poor bike. I added half a dozen lengths of 50mm wood to the spokes to add air resistance, which I then complemented with an old inner tube full of water in the tyres for some extra resistance.

15 minutes in, I was grinding away at the desired cadence, but by 30 minutes I’d turned back into Fabian Cancellara. The answer was simple, and explained by the lake of water on the floor, which I’d initially thought was sweat but was in fact the contents of my inner tube. (Three cable ties on each end was not enough to maintain water-tightness at training pace.)

I finished the session and went for “Plan B” and sacrificed 2kg of gravel drive for the greater good. This was much better. Not only was there more dead weight, but it didn’t leak. 60 rpm was very hard work. There’s so much weight in the tyre than when I stopped pedalling, the wheel stopped immediately but the stone-filled tyre carried on spinning for a quarter of a rev. This was good news, as it enabled me to use my trusty roll of gaffer tape to fix the problem. I’ve not used gaffer tape for bike training before, which has concerned me no end, as life is usually better with gaffer tape involved, so now everything is lined up for a successful off-season!
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You Alf Tupper in disguise?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alf Tupper - The "Tough of the Tourmalet"...

You've got me thinking. Alf was a welder by trade and I'll be he was a dab hand with gaffer tape too. In fact, a quick internet search revealed Alf's training regime, known to the select few as the "Progressive Power-tool Performance Programme". Although focused on middle-distance running, it adapts easily to cycling:

September and October should be devoted to light DIY tasks involving gaffer tape, sandpaper and spanner. November and December involve the drill, and the strategic drilling of holes to lighten the frame. In the new year, it's time to add in "steady state angle grinding", to cut the frame up, before moving onto "aluminium smelter time-trials" to produce new premium frame quality tubing. Over Easter, implement "angle grinder intervals" to cut up the tubing into frame-size components, before going all out on "arc-welder threshold" work, to weld the new frame together.

This leaves time to run to the Alps, carrying the new bike, to arrive in peak form for the Marmotte, without any use of a heart rate monitor.

You know it makes sense. Smile

And I know I've had too much coffee already today...


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