OK Pommes you've got me on the line. I'm really interested now because you sound like you think you've got something. I've done a couple of hours of internet research on this at lunch times this week and discussed it a lot with my colleagues, none of whom are qualified to talk about it. I admit, I don't know that much about fitness and muscle vs power, I have been interested in fitness and muscle building for fifteen years, but only at the level of enthusiast. I've been in pretty good shape too, but never at the same time as being an active cyclist.
It's just a commonly held belief that having more muscle makes you stronger and more powerful. If you asked everyone in the world, I think close to 100% would agree. This doesn't make it true I know.
From the research I've done from a third party perspective, I feel there is not an agreement among fitness professionals as to whether having bigger muscles makes you "faster" or not. There seem to be two schools of thought (I admit I'm still struggling to even believe having bigger muscles could possibly make you slower, or even to believe that there is anyone who believes that). One school is, increasing muscle mass makes you stronger, more powerful and therefore faster. The other school of thought says that it could make you slower because strength and power aren't the same.
I didn't find anything specifically related to cycling and a ten rep max squat and deadlift routine which I would go after personally to gain muscle in the right areas.
Anyway enough typing. I'm interested to hear your argument as to why that would make me slower on a bike. I am open to the fact that I could be wrong, but I feel like you could be winding me up. Make a flippant statement like "actually it will make you slower" like it's a fact and just see how long you can keep it going. It is a good joke I admit!
So come on, spill the beans. I'll consider it proof when I read it on wikipedia.
Are you pulling my leg?
Anyway. The race on Sun, you're both entered.
This is the schedule according to facebook:
check-in / practice before Sunday am11:00. 1st round from 12:00~13:10, 2nd round from 13:50 to 15:00. 1520~1540 ramp distance jump race. 1550 awards.
I've also been told that the final jump will be used, the one we built the landing for in the pissing rain this year. I'm not sure if they mean that will be used for the DH race (I hope so) or just the long jump contest, which I am not planning to enter.
As for being the favourite, I wouldn't go that far. Certainly I know the track pretty well and I'm not in bad shape, but I'm not in good shape either because I haven't been to the gym to do my squats or deadlifts for five years. I haven't got much on the bike training in, but still I think I'll do OK. Mr. Fan isn't racing and he's better than me. The young lad Dan Chiang will be racing though, and he's been to Sea Otter and some other American races in the past two months, and I've never beaten him, or his brother who never trains but has big bollocks. Also I hear there's a Belgian bloke who used to be a world cup DH regular going. I've raced him before and lost as well. Obviously I'll be going as fast as I can and hoping for the best, but I think that's what everyone else will be doing too. I've never won a race in my life. It would be nice to do it before I get too old and burdened to even be in with a chance.
Roel, I'll get your mates on the list too. I'm planning to scope it out on Saturday arvo sans bike, because I have to work in the morning. See you then or on Sunday!