A Sunday in Hell

Classic documentary of the Paris-Roubaix professional road bike race from 1976 (the year I was born). Pretty sure this is the first time I have watched it. Fun movie considering how old it is. I think they only have 50mm or larger lenses back then, almost claustrophobic to watch at times.

Its crazy how many cars and motorcycles were in front of the cyclists. What an absolute nightmare to ride through and then dealing with the cobblestones on top of that! Ugh.

It sounds like they had a orchestra make a ‘Paris-Roubaix` theme song with overly dramatic vocals and all. Would love to see more production quality like this today.

Daily Ride

Force reps training ride

Today was the first ride of week 2 of the 40+ 12 week base mountain bike training program that I started last week. The plan today was what the plan refers to as a force reps workout. Basically the workout is focused around 10 reps of maximum effort for 10 pedal strokes. Then rest for 3 minutes before the next rep.

Overall the workout was hard but enjoyable. It started off with a 20 minute warm up that builds into a level 3 heart rate effort. Thanks s part of the ride was good but I did find that I had to try pretty hard to get into my level 2 heart rate which starts at 122 bpm. Then further into level 3 which starts at 137 bpm and goes up to 142 bpm.

After the warm up I cooled down for 3 minutes before a 1 minute max effort trying to get into level 5 heart rate zone which for me starts at 153 bpm and goes up to whatever I can do. Then I rest for 3 minutes before starting the workout.

The workout requires slowing to a walking speed of 2 to 3 mph and shifting into a big gear. Then you press as hard as you can for 10 full revolutions. Once you hit 10 you shift down and rest at a level 1 heart rate zone which for me is under 122 bpm. The idea is to do these on flat ground to a slight climb.

Overall it was a great workout and was over within an hour.


Hello world!

Welcome to Roger Bikes where you can learn all about Roger biking. This site is very serious about being serious so if you aren’t taking this serious then you might want to reconsider your seriousness.

In all seriousness though I created this site as part of a 100 days of blogging challenge that I set for myself in April of 2020. The idea is to post everyday from May 1st to August 9th of 2020 as part of a way to distract myself from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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