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TrainerRoad thinks I’m Right!

TrainerRoad thinks I’m Right!

I tweeted my question from my last blog post to TrainerRoad. Namely, can I swap in a long ride on the weekend in the Sustained Power Build plan? Not surprisingly (because they’re awesome) they replied to my tweet today. Turns out YES! So that’s what I’m going to do. In other news, my race season officially starts this Saturday, June 17 at the Subaru Triathlon Series Guelph Lake Olympic distance event. I’m quite excited to finally get this year started…

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Coming up to the end of Cycling Base!

Coming up to the end of Cycling Base!

I get to celebrate the end of a HUGE accomplishment (for me). I’m in my last week right now of Trainer Road’s Sweet Spot Base High Volume. Holy cow does this thing WORK! I’ve put on over 50 watts from my first FTP test, and I’m sure I’ll add at least another 10-15 on my next test (Tuesday). That’s a ton of growth. I’m celebrating because its hard and I’m sticking at it. It’s a lot of cycling, and my…

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Weekly Workouts – May 22 to May 28

Weekly Workouts – May 22 to May 28

Weekly Stats: Swim: 6650m, TSS 147.2 Bike: 350km, TSS 896.4 Run: 6.37km, TSS 45.0 Total Duration: 14:44 Total TSS: 1088.8 CTL: 121.5 ATL: 146.5 Form: -9.2 Lots of work this week. The vast majority on the bike too. I started playing around with Zwift this week. A nice change of pace but not sure it will catch on for me. I was still able to do the Trainer Road workouts using the workout mode in Zwift. This did work quite…

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Weekly Workouts – May 8 to May 14

Weekly Workouts – May 8 to May 14

Weekly Stats: Swim: 5900m, TSS 147.4 Bike: 311 km, TSS 702.2 Run: 20.1 km, TSS 153.7 Total Duration: 14:12 Total TSS: 1003.1 CTL: 118.9 ATL: 122.3 Form: -2.1 So I’m learning that sciatica is the worst. Doctor suggested not running for a while and the pool has been closed basically all week. That’s left me to cycle plenty. I’ve had a great cycling week as a result, but swim is less than desirable as is running. And ongoing back problems are…

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Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Workouts – April 24 to April 30

Weekly Stats: Swim: 13750m, TSS 315.8 Bike: 233 km, TSS 550.5 Run: 27.6 km, TSS 236.5 Total Duration: 14:22 Total TSS: 1102.7 CTL: 127.2 ATL: 171.2 Form: -39.3 A very odd week. Monday & Tuesday were non-training days, so I tried to cram in lots of work through the rest of the week. I’m not really sure where to begin, or how to feel about this. Just a strange week. Unfortunate that I missed my TSS goal, but next week is…

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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…

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Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Workouts – April 17 to April 23

Weekly Stats: Swim: 4600m, TSS 103.1 Bike: 261 km, TSS 760.7 Run: 43.9 km, TSS 363.3 Total Duration: 14:39 Total TSS: 1227.1 CTL: 121.2 ATL: 177.9 Form: -37.5 With the pool closed again this week, I had to make up some TSS in the other two disciplines. I also had a really lousy swim on one of my workouts, and I bailed after just 1400m, so really didn’t do much of anything in the pool this week. My arms were feeling…

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Surprise! Gains!

Surprise! Gains!

Well that was unexpected. I’ve made a lot of improvements this year, but usually when I break through last year’s achievements I have  a feeling they’re coming. My fitness is already surpassing last year’s peaks according to Training Peaks. My swimming and cycling CTL are now higher than last year, while running is coming very close. But I’m still surprised when the new breakthroughs happen, well, by surprise. Last night I was at the pool. It’s NHL playoffs, and exam…

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Weekly Workouts – April 10 to 16

Weekly Workouts – April 10 to 16

Weekly Stats: Swim: 6650m, TSS 148.0 Bike: 251 km, TSS 628.2 Run: 43.6 km, TSS 358.2 Total Duration: 15:02 Total TSS: 1134.7 CTL: 110.9 ATL: 157.8 Form: -48.0 This was an interesting week. It had a mix of highs and lows, and at least once in the same day a high and a low. I think the best way to detail that is to go through each workout with a few comments below, like I typically do. In short, it ended…

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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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