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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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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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Two Great Workouts

Two Great Workouts

I had two great workouts today. Got home from work slightly earlier than usual, and with the wife still out I thought I’d hop on my bike quick and get my ride out of the way before she got home. Today was Antelope on TrainerRoad. This is a 90 minute ride consisting of 5×10 min Sweet Spot intervals. I find it hard to believe that I’m saying this,  but this is a hella fun ride. In fact, I found that yesterday’s…

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Weekly Workouts – 6 March to 12 March

Weekly Workouts – 6 March to 12 March

Weekly Stats: Swim: 8550m, TSS 197.4 Bike: 114.9 km, TSS 274.2 Run: 38.95 km, TSS 285.3 Total Duration: 10:56 Total TSS: 756.9 CTL: 58.5 ATL: 103.6 Form: -36.5 This was supposed to be my first structured week. And it mostly was. Using TrainingPeaks’ ATP, this was categorized as a “Preparation” week. Base 1 Week 1 starts tomorrow. Still, I came extremely close to my target weekly TSS of 780 for this week. That’s pretty great considering that I had a few workouts that…

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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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Weekly Workouts – Feb 27 to 5 March

Weekly Workouts – Feb 27 to 5 March

Weekly Stats: Swim: 7200m, TSS 169.7 Bike: 113 km, TSS 284.7 Run: 23.6 km, TSS 169.9 Total Duration: 8:53 Total TSS: 624.3 CTL: 49.2 ATL: 85.2 Form: -33.5 For my last unstructured week this felt mostly good. Swimming is strong. Notable improvements in connective tissue and muscle strenght. Starting structured work next week, hopefully. For a -33.5 Form I feel good. That’s a good sign that my fitness is returning quick. Only one double this week, which is less than normal. Usually…

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Does everybody know what time it is?

Does everybody know what time it is?

Pool Time! Source I use this excellent book to guide a lot of my swimming. Tonight was a “Muscular Endurance – Distance” set. Main set: 2 x 500: Race Pace + 30s SI 8 x 100: Race Pace + 30s SI 8 x 50: Race Pace + 20s SI Currently, my race pace for a half-distance (2km) is about 1:35/100m. So I did some quick math in my head and figured I’d be going on ~8:30, ~2:05, and ~1:05 for those intervals….

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