The Paceline 156

The Paceline 156

Selene isn’t ready. In a good quarter of a century she says she’s not quite ready for this coming weekend’s race. Yeah, we had the same reaction. After all, if Selene isn’t ready, who is? But that’s her central issue for this week’s show: preparation. She delineates between fun suffering and un-fun suffering. But more specifically, she’s looking at packing for events.

Patrick entertains a reader question regarding trash at events, specifically, wrappers dropped on the course. Forgetting for a moment the potential negative ramifications, what do you do to solve the issue?



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  1. Shoaf

    Just listening right now, but there was a mention of gear bags to keep yourself organized. A few local MTB’ers have been using bowling bags they found on Amazon and really liking them better than anything cycling-specific. The compartment for the bowling ball can hold your helmet (maybe not a full-face, but I know one guy puts two road helmets in there). Of course, there’s a place for shoes, and a few other pockets for the other stuff.

    I haven’t personally tried one yet, just because my Nike duffel is holding up so well, and it just seems wasteful to retire something that still functions 100% as well as it did when I got it.

  2. Neil Winkelmann

    The bag thing resonates. Last year, I placed my helmet case (with Oakleys + lenses also inside) on the overhead rack of a train in Europe. That was a $600 mistake, in part caused by my gear bag being too small to take everything.

    1. Neil Winkelmann

      Thanks for the sympathy. You don’t have a spare Oakley RadarLok XL frames laying around, do you? I have a bunch of “orphaned” lenses that are otherwise useless. Oakley discontinued the frames, sadly.

    2. Author

      You might check eBay for NOS RadarLok frames. It’s sort of amazing what you can find there. Not that I’m advocating looking for 10-year-old Brunellos, but if it was something you wanted….

  3. Rich B.

    From cyclocross and fall/winter wet/mud MTB rides have developed habit of just using a “choose your hardware box store” plastic bucket to put all my gear into. More than enough space and when everything comes off wet and muddy, just throw it back in to keep everything from leaking all over the car. Get home dump it on the driveway and hose everything off before throwing in wash. Having a checklist and pre-loading the bucket the night before an event saves stress on raceday also.

  4. Steven Fielke

    Patrick queried metrics used in Strava, Training Peaks and one or two others. My understanding is that the ‘Training Load’ number which is presented for each of our rides in Strava is the same or at least similar to TSS in Training Peaks. You’ve just got to make sure that the data you input in your profile e.g. your weight, FTP etc is identical in each platform.

    The other metric you would have noticed in Strava is called the ‘Relative Effort’. Strava define this as (and i quote) ‘an analysis of your heart rate data. By tracking your heart rate through your workout and its level relative to your maximum heart rate, we attach a value to show exactly how hard you worked. The more time you spend going full gas and the longer your activity, the higher the score.’ (end of quote).

    I hope this helps.

    Patrick and Selene – I continue to look forward to your weekly podcasts. Really enjoyable listening!

    1. Author

      Full gas: high score. Indeed.

      Thanks for helping out with the clarification and for the kind words.

  5. Jeff Mandell

    After spending thousands of dollars on all sorts of cycling/sport specific luggage, I believe the ultimate solution is a laundry basket with a divider. Lighter and bigger than a milk crate and has a solid bottom. Handles make it easy to vary. It’s plastic so it’s easy to clean. It’s big enough to swallow helmet, shoes, food, wet wipes, misc tools/glasses etc. As well as a tub of recovery powder and my changing towel. I think I paid $7 for it.
    PS. Selene hope to see you at some MASS or NUEs this season.

  6. Touriste-Routier

    I’ve been using a “rain bag” for years. For amateurs/recreational riders it isn’t about having something in the team car, it is having rain gear ready, without having to think about it. My regular bag has the items I know I’ll need for that particular day/event/trip.

    The rain bag is always read to go with ALL of my rain gear: Gabba Jerseys, rain jackets, rain vests, shoe covers, waterproof gloves, waterproof caps, and thermaflex arm/leg/knee warmers. All I have to do is grab the rain bag, and it is all there. Since ti is a separate bag, nothing gets mixed up with my regular stuff, making things harder to find. Think of it as a rain locker or closet.

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