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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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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! 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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Weekly Workouts – March 20 to March 26

Weekly Workouts – March 20 to March 26

Weekly Stats: Swim: 7000m, TSS 181.7 Bike: 237 km, TSS 625.0 Run: 36.1 km, TSS 282.8 Total Duration: 14:14 Total TSS: 1089.5 CTL: 83.9 ATL: 152.6 Form: -62.4 I am officially carrying a metric butt-ton of fatigue right now. The -62.4 is probably the largest my form score has ever been by a huge margin. I’m one more week away from a recovery week. But I will say, I don’t feel anywhere near -62.4. I feel much closer to -35 or…

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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…

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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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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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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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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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