The Paceline 158

The Paceline 158

This week Selene admits that she’s been taking a fresh approach to some of the events she’s doing. And it’s not some new training regiment guaranteed to make you kick butt. Instead, she’s decided just to wing it.

With Dirty Kanza just a few days away, Patrick is in the midst of packing. He takes a walk through of everything he is packing and just how his bike is set up. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to take a thorough look at your approach to longer events and just what you’ve chosen and why.



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Show links:
Seven Cycles Airheart
Donnelly Cycling X’plor MSO
Ortleib Handlebar Bag
Wahoo Elemnt
Knog Lights
Shimano S-Phyre Shoes
Lightload Towels


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  1. Neil Winkelmann

    Use the booster battery on your Wahoo at the start and ditch it at the first checkpoint. Don’t assume you’ll remember to pick/hook it up at the final checkpoint. Don’t ask me how I know. (Elemnt Bolt lasted long enough, thankfully)

  2. Mike

    I want to 1+ the handlebar bag. I have a Swift Industries Paloma handlebar bag that I have been using on long rides. Inside it, I keep a simple plastic food container. This gives me the ability to keep a wide variety of bite-sized food easily available without gunking up the other contents of the bag. With something like a Clif bar, I will take it out of the package before the ride, break it in half, and put it in the container. This makes it easy to take a bite of food about every 30 minutes. When I reach in, it can be a little bit of a mystery as to what my hand comes out with. Stroopie waffle? Clif bar? Nutella and jelly sandwich? Chocolate chip cookie? Especially as I get tired, I like not having to open a wrapper while trying to keep the bike on the road. Reach in, grab a bite, pop it in my mouth, done.
    Also, I can keep my phone, a battery for the phone, a battery for my Garmin, sunscreen, extra chamois butter, warmers, extra gloves, etc. Wouldn’t ride without it.

    1. Author

      I need to take a look at the bag you mentioned. Having it on Saturday made a huge difference on the day.

  3. Quentin

    Best of luck at DK!

    Here’s a question for future podcasts (probably Selene):
    I’d like to better understand the meaning of the max heart rate number, the one calculated by subtracting your age from 220. How good a predictor of max heart rate is that formula, and how much variation across individuals is there? Does that variation increase with age? I got a heart rate monitor a few years ago and wear it sometimes on rides. I never had one in my younger years so I don’t have much basis for comparison. When I do use it and look at the numbers after a ride, I’ve noticed that during hard efforts I can exceed that formula-derived number, sometimes by as much as 5-10 BPM, though usually only for short periods. Is the max number meant to be an absolute max, or just a sustained max? Does the highest number I see after a ride say anything about my health for my age?

  4. john Knowlton

    Patrick, looks like you had a LONG day at DK. We have never met, but the podcast medium provides a strange level of intimacy. I kept checking your split times and cheering you on from Michigan! Rest up. I look forward to the race report.

    1. Author

      Hi John, thanks for the kind words. You’re right about the podcast being intimate. Friends of mine who have known me for years listen to the podcast and tell me they feel like I’m a regular part of their lives. If it works that way for folks who started as readers, I’m perfectly good with that. It means a lot to know you were checking in and cheering me. And yes, it was a LONG day.

  5. Alan Atkins

    Hi Patrick!
    Great job on finishing DK. I was in Emporia and did the DK50. I will tell you that I found my limit on that ride. Most folks would not think I was a cyclist by looking. I make most Clydesdales look small. That being said, the experience was amazing. The town was incredible and the gravel family embraces everyone. I wish I could have made it to the brewery on Friday to meet you in person and thank you for entertaining me on my commute on a weekly basis. Please keep up the good work.

    1. Author

      Congrats Alan. It’s all relative. We reach for our limits, then find new limits. Thanks for listening and reading.

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