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Month: March 2017

Weekly Workouts – March 13 to March 19

Weekly Workouts – March 13 to March 19

Weekly Stats: Swim: 7100m, TSS 167.0 Bike: 223 km, TSS 572.2 Run: 26.56 km, TSS 196.6 Total Duration: 13:14 Total TSS: 935.7 CTL: 70.5 ATL: 131.8 Form: -51.8 Well, Base 1 Week 1 is in the books. With the new cycling plan in full swing, that dominated my TSS this week. Next week my TSS goal increases a bit which should help to balance this out, but really the way this week worked out is just fine. My pool was closed two days this week,…

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OUTSIDE!!!

OUTSIDE!!!

The sun was shining when I got home from work. I was looking forward to it all day long. The first chance this year (for me) to run outside! I’m a notorious cold weather wuss when it comes to working out. In honesty, its less the cold and more the ice and snow. So today, at 5 degrees C, the sidewalks were clear and mostly dry and with daylight savings time now in full swing – the sun still up…

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Two Great Workouts

Two Great Workouts

I had two great workouts today. Got home from work slightly earlier than usual, and with the wife still out I thought I’d hop on my bike quick and get my ride out of the way before she got home. Today was Antelope on TrainerRoad. This is a 90 minute ride consisting of 5×10 min Sweet Spot intervals. I find it hard to believe that I’m saying this,  but this is a hella fun ride. In fact, I found that yesterday’s…

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I hate Treadmills

I hate Treadmills

They’re the worst. Treadmills are awful. I’m very angry with mine right now. I’m skeptical at the best of times that I’m getting “as good” a workout from treadmills as I do from outside. There are obvious benefits – pacing being out of my control is one of them. I find it much easier to sustain a difficult pace on a treadmill than out in the real world. But that also has me thinking that I should be better at…

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The Dreaded FTP Test, and What’s Coming this Week

The Dreaded FTP Test, and What’s Coming this Week

Damn that was hard. Have I mentioned I hate FTP tests? This morning I was up well before dawn to hop on the bike and crank out my FTP test. After last week’s rather successful morning workout – the first one in ages – I thought I’d start a morning routine. More on that later, but suffice it to say that it began today. Choosing TrainerRoad’s 20 Minute FTP test was the easy part. Doing it is hard. No dogs were…

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Weekly Workouts – 6 March to 12 March

Weekly Workouts – 6 March to 12 March

Weekly Stats: Swim: 8550m, TSS 197.4 Bike: 114.9 km, TSS 274.2 Run: 38.95 km, TSS 285.3 Total Duration: 10:56 Total TSS: 756.9 CTL: 58.5 ATL: 103.6 Form: -36.5 This was supposed to be my first structured week. And it mostly was. Using TrainingPeaks’ ATP, this was categorized as a “Preparation” week. Base 1 Week 1 starts tomorrow. Still, I came extremely close to my target weekly TSS of 780 for this week. That’s pretty great considering that I had a few workouts that…

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Hard Decisions…

Hard Decisions…

I just got off the turbo trainer. Stopped my workout… 55 minutes early. That was a hard decision. Today I was scheduled to tackle Big Squaw on TrainerRoad. This is a 2.5 hour endurance/tempo session with an IF of .69. So I still managed to hit 95 minutes, which is still decent. I guess. I mean its not nothing. When selecting today’s workout, it being Saturday naturally means a longer ride. I think I’d have been better suited for something…

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Sorry, Neighbours.

Sorry, Neighbours.

I was up a bit earlier than usual today to spend some time on the treadmill. The next few days are pretty busy in my personal life, so needing to carve out some time to spend running is necessary. That happens. I’d forgotten how difficult it is to run on sleeping muscles though. Strangely, you wouldn’t know it from looking at my pace and hr graphs from today compared to two days ago (I did basically the same workout –…

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3 Things to Lose Weight Guaranteed. Big Time.

3 Things to Lose Weight Guaranteed. Big Time.

I used to be pretty big. At one point, I tipped the scale at 212 lbs (96kg). I’m 5’6″ (167cm). That’s big for a small guy. To be clear, I tipped 212 in 2013. By mid-2014, at my wedding, I was down to about 185. But I pretty much stopped there, and bounced between 185 and 200 for the next two years. By end of 2015, I was back to 200. That Winter I started doing some moderate activity, when…

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Bumping FTP

Bumping FTP

A few posts ago I mentioned needing an FTP test on my bike. Well, turns out I need one in all three sports, really. Having not done one in each of the three sports since October 2016, they’re badly needed. But I’m pretty sure I know how they’re going to go. Bike will go up, slightly. No more than a few watts. Run will go down, a lot. Injuries tend to do that. And swim will stay roughly the same,…

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