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Base: A New Definition

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Words and Images by:  Kirk Willett 

“Base” is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as a fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory.  Cycling performance does indeed have such a base, though its popular definition in cycling circles has blurred the concept by focusing on large volumes of lower powered riding.  The performance-rooted cycling definition of base is simply power at “threshold”.  Power at “threshold” has many definitions, but I define it as 20 minute mean maximal power or 20MP.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:41 Read more...
 

Micro Intervals for TT

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The 2005 racing season is just around the corner, bringing with it new goals, new motivations, and the training plans to match.  I’d be willing to bet that most of those plans come with some kind of interval training.  These lovely little devils are always lurking around, usually guilting us into putting ourselves at their mercy, all in the hopes of being able to go a little bit faster on our bikes.  You just gotta love ‘em!  I usually do…but only after finishing them off and proclaiming that I whupped those devils once again!

Last Updated on Monday, 28 December 2009 00:42 Read more...
 

Human SuperComputers

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“Landing on Mars is very difficult…”
-   Ed Weiler, NASA

When projects like landing on Mars are taken on by the big-wigs at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) the overall monetary and time investments are mind-boggling.  Hardly an expense is spared in researching and developing a system that is capable of hurling itself off Earth, careening through space and eventually coming to rest on the Red Planet – all in one piece, of course.  If it all works out like the geeks at the computer terminals planned, and with a little luck, the colossal task at hand is made to look very easy… 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 05:09 Read more...
 


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