Browsed by
Category: Training

Something Pretty Awesome Just Happened! And How to Rock Your FTP Test!

Something Pretty Awesome Just Happened! And How to Rock Your FTP Test!

Today was the first day of TrainerRoad’s Sweet Spot Base High Volume 2, which means… FTP Test! I knew that I was in for a bit of a bump, but was amazed to see a HUGE 17.6% increase in FTP. Pretty awesome. Since I’ve started using TrainerRoad about 7 weeks ago, I’ve shifted my FTP from 2.32 w/kg to 2.90 w/kg. That accounts for a whopping 24.9% increase. Obviously I’m thrilled with this, but how did I do it? And…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More

I had a bad run. And now I’m in a bad mood.

I had a bad run. And now I’m in a bad mood.

Also I hate treadmills. It’s been about a week since I ranted about treadmills, so I guess I’m due. I’m now fully convinced that treadmills and me do not get along. They’re evil. The weather tonight was cold and rainy – aka the worst possible weather imaginable. I’d take snow over this any day. So I decided to do my run indoors on the treadmill. Expecting the worst. Got worse than I expected. Damn it was bad. This time the…

Read More Read More

Turn up the Volume!

Turn up the Volume!

I’m continuing to push quite a bit of volume for me. This week, I’m slated to hit 1140 TSS, but I’m sure I’ll blow past that by more than a few. Last week I exceeded the TSS goal of 1040 by almost 50 points (49.5, to be exact). And the week before, hit 935 on a 930 target. I was wondering this week how this volume compares to last year, and I was surprised at the result. Last year my…

Read More Read More

Fatigue? What Fatigue?

Fatigue? What Fatigue?

-63.8… or so it says. Actually today I feel a bit closer to that than I have lately. Yesterday was a long run day. I managed to crank out 16.3 km keeping things almost entirely aerobic. My aerobic pace is dropping, currently down to about 5:30/km. This is slow by runner standards, but I’ll remind you again that I’m a normal guy. I don’t claim to have super powers like those folks that crushed Around the Bay this past weekend…

Read More Read More

2017 Goals – Part 1

2017 Goals – Part 1

I’ve been putting off this post for some time now. It was coming, but I don’t think I have a strong enough handle on my current fitness to set goals. So this post is aptly named “Part 1” – I am going to muse about what my goals might be… because that’s helpful….. I do a lot of indoor cycling, which makes it difficult to estimate time on the bike course. The trainer I have works well enough but because…

Read More Read More

If I didn’t feel so good, I’d feel so bad.

If I didn’t feel so good, I’d feel so bad.

Or is it the other way around? I had such a hard time keeping my eyes open at work today. Just exhausted. In my non-triathlon life, one of my dogs has decided she likes peeing inside, despite being housebroken for years. She’s 4. This is new. And only happens in the middle of the night. To make a long story short, my wife and I have found out she doesn’t pee in our bedroom. Normally we sleep with the door…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More