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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 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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Weekly Workouts – March 27 to April 2

Weekly Workouts – March 27 to April 2

Weekly Stats: Swim: 11825m, TSS 289.1 Bike: 242 km, TSS 641.4 Run: 40.9 km, TSS 322.8 Total Duration: 16:05 Total TSS: 1253.3 CTL: 98.8 ATL: 174.7 Form: -65.6 Wow. What a week! This was my highest volume week by TSS score ever. But, surprisingly, not by time. The week of August 15 2016 I did 17.5 hrs but 1146.7 TSS. So this week, I managed about 100 TSS points more in about 100 minutes less. That’s pretty solid. Relative to what…

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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…

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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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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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