Nice find!Hi Andy,
I rode up from the Otari Onsen side as far as the gravel section last year. Its about 6km and 400 vert up from Otari Onsen.
Here's a vid of someone doing the road in a 4x4 from the Otari side. The gravel where I turned back is about 11:20. The tunnel at the top of the climb is 14:40. From there on the Myoko side it looks pretty rough all the way. It's the first time I've seen this video, but if I ever do it, it'll be on a mountain bike.
The road onward from the Ohnagiyama trailhead from the top of the marked Otari climb is gated off, but is probably passable with the odd landslide. It heads down to Himekawa Onsen and is also gravel at the start.
It's said that you don't lose fitness that fast, you just lose blood plasma volume which makes the first few workouts you do after coming back very hard.Did a 3-hour ride last weekend, after a month of doing almost nothing (due to illness and travels). And I was surprised, I didn't feel I was going very hard, but still managed to average 290 W on a 26-minute climb (which is 94 % of my last tested FTP). I thought I had lost way more horses than that. My average speed wasn't impressive, but it was pretty windy yesterday and average and normalized power numbers were higher than what I was expecting. I plan to slowly restart my training cycle this week.
Yeah, that sounds about right. I was literally on the floor, panting after I tried a sprint workout.It's said that you don't lose fitness that fast, you just lose blood plasma volume which makes the first few workouts you do after coming back very hard.
Wonder if I should get a respiratory trainer....
Oh yeah, I forgot that Shimano had their own bike fitting system.I had my first regular workout today, which leads up to a 6-month long TrainerRoad training plan (I have a business trip coming up next week, and I want to get back slowly into training regularly). The workout itself was quite mellow, upper Zone 2 to lower Zone 3. Psychologically, it was a bit hard in the beginning, and took me a while to get used to turning the pedals on a trainer. I have (only) two more workouts scheduled this week, although I do have a better bike fit scheduled for Sunday (yay!). A guy from Shimano comes to the LBS regularly just to do bike fits apparently.
I’m already looking forward to the suggestions and afraid of talking to my sponsor: narrower handlebars, shorter cranks and perhaps a new stem … or better yet, a new bike frame.Oh yeah, I forgot that Shimano had their own bike fitting system.
I haven't heard of such a device. What exactly do you think you can get out of them?I am glad I didn't get the "Red" PowerBreathe, since the Blue one is PLENTY hard even on the lower settings. Turns out it doesn't really train the exhalation muscles, but it does put a lot of strain on the inhalation muscles. If I try too hard I can feel my throat closing off on itself. Perhaps this will have some benefits in strengthening the vocal cords and other throat muscles to prevent this from happening.
I would think it would reduce the RPE of breathing (or at least inhaling). After doing 30 reps this morning (on setting 2 out of 10), breathing in suddenly felt effortless. Haha. Supposedly it takes about six weeks of two sessions a day to get the full benefit.I’m already looking forward to the suggestions and afraid of talking to my sponsor: narrower handlebars, shorter cranks and perhaps a new stem … or better yet, a new bike frame.
I haven't heard of such a device. What exactly do you think you can get out of them?
As you told me, the racing scene in Japan is very competitive and 276 W normalized power is nothing to sneeze at. Keep it up!Almost exactly how I expected. I was second to last of the people who finished in my category, although the race was a mix of two different classes, so there were a few people who finished behind me.
I was struggling on the first climb even during the parade start and watched as the group sped off into the distance after the bike sped off. The race was basically three Z4 intervals separated by Z3 recoveries.
I think the guy who cheered me on during the last climb (I was actually just clearing my throat) before I passed him on the downhill came in last.
"Beginner" class is meaningless since there's so many sandbaggers.
NP was 276 which was three watts better than at the Japan Cup Challenge Race. Both were about the same length.