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Month: April 2017

Blade Carbon Wheels, Fat Dogs, and Measuring Improvement!

Blade Carbon Wheels, Fat Dogs, and Measuring Improvement!

My Blade Carbon Wheels are arriving next week! Very excited about this one. My Blade Carbon Wheels are going to be here next week, which means I’ll be riding outside again in no time. The weather is starting to be consistently warmer, winds are returning to seasonal, and sun is shining bright. It’s bike riding season! I do a great deal of training with Trainer Road on my turbo trainer. The turbo is great because it requires consistent effort, not…

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Hard Recovery

Hard Recovery

Yep, Blargh. The long run from yesterday tapped me a bit. Feeling drained today, so much so that I even have my compression socks on. I should have had them on last night post-run but didn’t think about it. Hard recovery. My 5 AM ride today was supposed to be 80 minutes with 4 x 15 at sweet spot intensity (75% to 90% FTP today) – Trainer Road’s Glassy. I managed to get the first two done but after that my…

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Long Run with Long Hills brings Long Hurt

Long Run with Long Hills brings Long Hurt

Last year I shifted my long runs to early in the week. I found that of all the workouts I do, this is the one that I loathe the most. Running is now my weakest discipline, probably by a pretty wide margin. I haven’t really learned how to suffer well while running. I’m getting there, and hope to this year, but definitely am not there yet. That actually sounds pretty awful. But what I mean is that part of training…

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Base 2 Week 1 is Starting!

Base 2 Week 1 is Starting!

Base 1 is now officially in the past. Base 2 Week 1 gets underway this week. While not a lot will change, there are a few things that are going to happen differently. I finally have my power meter set up correctly! My Vector 2S is great, and will be (has already been) invaluable this year. I mentioned a few posts back that I had it set up incorrectly though. Long story short, I used the wrong crank length when…

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Weekly Workouts – April 3 to April 9

Weekly Workouts – April 3 to April 9

Weekly Stats: Swim: 9300m, TSS 204.9 Bike: 205 km, TSS 408.6 Run: 22.3 km, TSS 181.5 Total Duration: 12:35 Total TSS: 795.1 CTL: 101.4 ATL: 141.8 Form: -40.2 Recovery week. Didn’t feel that recovery-y. I managed lots of work this week despite a much lower intensity in most workouts. Still, had some great workouts and have started breaking in my feet in some new shoes. I’m feeling pretty tired writing this, but still feeling good about the work that was done….

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Ok, Ok… Spring is not a Lie!

Ok, Ok… Spring is not a Lie!

Well, turns out the sun came out today. All the snow that was here this morning is now long gone. The sky is blue. It ended up being a great spring day, not a brutal one like I thought. I guess spring is not a lie afterall! I mentioned earlier that I need new shoes. My runners – Triumph ISO – are pretty flat. I think they’re causing some problems. Aches and pains. That kind of thing. I’ve been trying…

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A bunch of things happened today!

A bunch of things happened today!

A bunch of things happened today. Here’s what’s what!           1. My race tires finally arrived! Got home from work to a package I thought would never arrive. My new race tires are here! This season I’ll be racing on a sweet set of 60/88 Blade Carbon Wheels. I thought I needed some excellent race tires to really take full advantage of the carbon wheels, so I ordered a pair of Continental Grand Prix TT 23c tires….

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Recovery Week Swim, and Fighting with TSS scores!

Recovery Week Swim, and Fighting with TSS scores!

It isn’t often that I post twice in a day, but I had a great swim and I’m really happy about it. Besides, I always have lots to say, so why not?! I find recovery weeks a tough thing. Getting the volume/intensity mix just right is difficult. Especially with swimming. Lately I’ve been hitting the pool three times a week. I’d like to up that to four at some point down the road, but for now I’m in there three…

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Recovery Week! Just in time…

Recovery Week! Just in time…

Well, yesterday was the first day of Base 1 Week 4 – aka recovery week. This is my first recovery week of this training block, and it is much needed! I was pushing a heavy form score at the end of last week – a whopping -65.6. With this week’s plans, that will move back to a much more manageable -39.3. Erm.. manageable? hmm.. Joe Friel suggests that good progress is made between -25 and -45. A “higher” negative (e.g….

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