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Guelph Lake Olympic Triathlon Race Report

Guelph Lake Olympic Triathlon Race Report

Well, my season has officially kicked off. On Saturday, I participated in the Guelph Lake Olympic Triathlon at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area in… you guessed it… Guelph. All in all, it was a pretty good day for me and I’m generally happy with my results and with the event itself. I managed to take advantage of the increased training load this season and drop a few new PRs, test out some new equipment and skills, and still have some…

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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 – 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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Nuts Week….

Nuts Week….

This has been a crazy nuts week. Honestly, I have no idea how to feel about it. Monday & Tuesday I wrote about a bit here. Short version – took two days to spend with my wife and not train, with the exception of a Tuesday morning FTP test on the bike (with excellent results, so points in the plus column). My weekly TSS goal was 1310, which is a lot. As of right now, Saturday evening, I’m sitting at…

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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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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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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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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…

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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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