After racing this year, I am rethinking my approach to polarized training and currently need a hard focus on lactate threshold (FTP) work. Yesterday, I rode the classic 2 x 20min at FTP and failed miserably. I thought this was odd because I succeeded in riding the same workout less than a week ago. Now, I’ve found a better way and so I’m sharing it today. Continue reading
This wasn’t my greatest race result by a long shot, but it was the result that I deserved. As I mentioned in my last post, my body has been a house of cards this year. Maybe a teetering stack of Jenga blocks is a better metaphor with each race being like pulling out another supportive block from the bottom. Any way you look at it, I’m frail this year; one tiny mistake and everything comes toppling down. That happened in Avilés when my back went out and boy did it cost me. This time everything held up—consequently, Nationals were definitely easier and faster than Avilés even though it was at about 3,500 feet of altitude. But I was also definitely racing well within my already compromised limits.
I’m going to write this race report a little differently because I don’t want to focus as much on the actual race as much as what I’ve learned from doing the race and what I’m doing about it. Even though I’m not in ideal shape, I am excited and I have a plan. Also towards the end, I’ll mention some of the longer term challenges that affected both this race and Avilés—as well as what I’ve learned from going through this darker period. So let’s dig right in! Continue reading
In about a month, I am competing in the ITU World Duathlon Championship in Aviles, Spain. Then, about three weeks, later, it’s on to USAT Duathlon Nationals (with a rather hilly bike course). Yet in the last two races I’ve been in, my legs have taken an unusual beating. Here’s a quick post on an idea that I have for solving this problem. Continue reading
In my last race report, I hinted that I would be elaborating on some of my recent training ideas. This isn’t exactly a new idea for me– it’s just particularly acute for me this time of year. Add to that a suggestion from a friend, a recent post by Joe Friel, and my desire to simplify my training routine and voilà, I have the foundation for a new training regimen. I can’t quite say that this is the best training philosophy ever, but it is the one that will be guiding my training for 2016. Read on if you would like to shake things up a bit as well. Continue reading
A little over a week ago, I ran some hard intervals at the track with my muscle oxygen sensor. I really should have been watching my muscle oxygen values a bit more closely as they would have made the workout a lot more effective. Here are my lessons learned– and how you can use the same strategy in your workouts. Continue reading
Every week, I get flooded with emails promising to make me a better person. Nothing new there. Among the promises to cure baldness, erectile dysfunction, and the other ravages of old age, there are also emails that promise to improve my running. It is the last ones that pique my interest. And, in the past, I’ve swallowed the bait. I’ve downloaded their training plans. I got excited as I embarked on my new plan, all the while dreaming of crushing a new PR in the 10-K. And I usually didn’t improve at all– or I got injured. Continue reading
I have been playing with multiple power meters on my bike recently so that I can use a different power meter with my new disk wheels. This has been a project since well before the ITU World Championship in early October. The results of this comparison will be the subject of a future post. Today’s post is about something much geekier– how to actually compare power meter data. Continue reading