Thursday, May 15, 2008
Oh my... I just read the last of this string and thought it was a slice worth serving. The loose group of guys I sometimes call my "friends" have a habbit of throwing out an email and all the rest become Hunter S. Thompson
Below is a string from today-
Fun With Numbers
Yesterday I did 7 x 1 min. all out anaerobic intervals (377 to 436 avg. watts). Those were super hard and destroyed me. Harder than any race
Today did two intervals to the top of Donner. The first was in 18:42 (my best time in years) at 242 avg. watts. The second climb was in 21:10 at 214 avg. watts. For comparison, Sunday I did a 25:45 minute climb (King's Mtn) in the Bay Area at 261 avg. watts (I had a little more to give). So I'm seeing a 20 watt difference (or more) in my power output at altitude vs. sea level.
My weight is now down to 143.
Ya racer - where are you for Modesto?
I just took a shit with an avg. of 320w on the first drop and 281w on ea. interval push for an overall avg. of 301w. That's the best shit numbers for the year! ....and 20% more volume! My weight is now down 6lbs
Soooo, do I DARE ask the obvious question…………… Nah,
I did the BBI Mtn Bike ride last PM and then went further up past where we turned off last fall. Climbing was hard, I sweated a lot, I have no idea what power I didn’t put out for any number of minutes nor do I care. The important thing was that a) I was on my bike, b) it was outside, c) it was 6:00 pm and it was warm, and d) I DIDN’T crash and break my back
P.S. Off to Modesto on Sunday for a pancake flat RR. Put those watts to work and do the 35+ race with me!
Glad to see you’re back with solid numbers. And potty humor too. And to think, a new slimmer you. No Modesto for me. I have work this weekend.
What I see here is a simple muffin shortage. I’ll type slow so you dunderheads can keep up. Seems a tad early in the season to already have your kits riding up so high, and your lycra in a twist. Tis spring. Sunny, and finally warm outside. Ah, yes you say. Tis perfect weather for a battle. No, asshole. Perfect weather to go have fun. Sure, I can have fun, you say. I’ll do easier intervals on this lovely spring day, and follow my work-out with a delicious, chemical tasting recovery drink. Yummm-eeeeee! Why, I’ll just to revel in the moment, I won’t even look at my watts until after the work-out! (Obviously, I will need to track my heart rate to see if I am in the proper zone. Duh?) What I propose is going for a ride, not a work-out. Sans heart rate monitor, sans watt meter. No intervals. Ride with a fun group. Go on a long ride if you want, even if that is “not part of the program this week.” What??!! Next you are going to suggest that I stop being aggressive? Or stop >> being aggressive to my friends? No, no. This is what drive me! (Drives you fucking mad, that is.) So, skip the protein shake for breakfast today, and enjoy a muffin. And go for a ride, and skip the work-out, and the watching of watts, and the battling with friends. (OK, I can do that, but do I still get to stab the people-who-were-my-friends-last-week-but-not-this-week, in the back? Huh? Do I? Come on! A fella’s got to have some fun? Right?). Just throwing some truth at ya. Oh, sure, might sting a bit, but you’ll get used to it. Just kidding. For some it will always sting. But that makes me happy. Think I’ll have two muffins.
Puddin - formerly BBI
Dude! what did Paco ever do to you? When did he get under your skin so deep that you respond in such a way - he's your elder! show some respect! The other part of your message seems swirled w/ estrogen. Yes estrogen mixed w/ testosterone creepy mix, but it is spring and you are dating someones Grandmother-
Makes you a Grand-motherfucker!
Gregg, I think we may have identified your problem. A simple hormonal imbalance. You need that creepy mix of estrogen and testosterone. Perhaps you should make an appointment with Dr Peter Taylor to sort you out.Gregg As you age many vital hormone levels in the body decline. Hormones are the chemical messengers of the body. The body needs proper hormonal balance to function efficiently. If hormone levels become imbalanced or too low or high, then inefficiency will occur in your body, leading to declining function. Measuring hormone levels to determine if they are normal or not normal (which is obvious in your case) can be important in maintaining hormonal balance. Men need to measure their estrogen levels, as well as many other vital hormones, such as testosterone, thyroid, human growth hormone, and so on. I suspect you know what I’m talking about - Hint, hint. Since estrogen is one of the primary sexual hormones of women, men may overlook the importance of estrogen in their own bodies. Imbalance of estrogen levels in men can lead to disease, aging, degeneration, and breakdowns. From Harper's Biochemistry 25th edition, "increased free estrogen - (biologically active) testosterone ratio noted in aging, cirrhosis, and hyperthyroidism." Higher levels of estrogen may be involved with aging, cirrhosis, and hyperthyroidism. Also, "Abnormally high plasma levels of E-2 (estradiol) and changes in free testosterone (biologically active) ratio have been associated with pubertal or post-pubertal gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), particularly in older individuals and in patients with chronic liver disease or hyperthyroidism (Ref. Robert K. Murray, MD, Ph.D., Daryl K. Granmer, MD, Peter A. Mayes, Ph.D., D.Sc., Victor W. Fodwell, Ph.D., Harper’s Biochemistry, 25th Edition, Appleton & Lance, Stanford, Connecticut, 2000, Pages 596-597)." Imbalance of estrogen-testosterone ratios may result in disease, degeneration, and other problems including lower wattage output. You can measure estrogen with a hormonal specialist. Also noted is enlarged breasts, aging such as pear shaped obesity (estrogen promotes fat gain), and other feminine characteristics appearing in men may be an indicator of increasing higher levels of estrogen in men. So if you are a male and you note you are unable to maintain muscle, your body looks more and more like a woman's body, you are gaining weight on your belly that gives you a pear shape, and other feminine characteristics, you probably need to get your estrogen levels checked immediately.A hormonal specialist, up-to-date on the newest ideas of the hormonal sciences, will probably also check your testosterone and DHT hormonal levels, as well as other vital hormones. Hormones do not work alone and the whole story of estrogen can not be told without understanding what is happening to other vital hormones that influence and control estrogen levels.In conclusion, higher estrogen levels may result in feminization characteristics, such as weight gain and other aging symptoms, enlarged breasts, loss of muscle (which leads to decline in metabolic function), and other more feminine like changes, that can result in declining efficiency and function in the body. When function declines, this leads to degeneration, breakdown, disease, and aging, which leads to further decline in efficiency,which continues the cycle of further decline of efficiency and function in the body. Jonathan has none of these problems. Gregg, balancing and maintaining appropriate hormone levels can help neutralize many of the effects that imbalance of hormones can create. If you are a male, you need to measure estrogen levels periodically. Take Special Note of This: Often the hormone specialist will measure testosterone, but not estrogen and DHT. A chemical process called aromatization produces estrogen in men from androstenedione (androsterone) and testosterone (often fat in a man’s potbelly are causing him to lose his testosterone and gain estrogen). This could be the problem with Cookie Belly. Although men do not normally produce much estrogen, inappropriate high levels of biologically active estrogen in ratio to biologically active testosterone are being implicated in some potential cancers. You can read more about this in the article on this web site, called “Estrogen-Testosterone Syndrome/Pot Belly/Baldness Cure." Therefore, if Dr Taylor (Peter not Cathy) does not choose to measure estrogen, then you should consider asserting yourself and asking him to do so. Measuring estrogen, as well as testosterone, is a way to protect your health.Note – In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality.WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS. Good luck buddy. I am concerned you may start growing man boobs.
You guys are weird. Keep my name out of these discussions. (but keep me in the weird e-mail loop)
You guys OBVIOUSLY need to get REAL jobs with REAL work hours!
END - for today.......