Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Overheard -

Cofidis rider Rik Verbrugghe on his 164 km solo ride on stage 4 of the Giro. He rode away right after the neutral zone and was caught with 25 km to go.

It was the first time in my 13 year career that I have made such a long solo escape. It was perhaps hopeless, but at least I tried. To be a cyclist, you have to be a little crazy.

A little crazy... I am a little crazy...

It's May and all I can think about is cross season. Other than the group rides (which are just too much damn fun), every time I am on my bike, I am thinking about cross. Yesterday I put together a race schedule for cross that begins on September 21, 2008. Still 4 months away, but at the forefront of everything I am doing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

An Increase is an Increase

Last week was a test/recovery week. I definitely needed the recovery. I had thought about asking Brian when I was due for some recovery, but then didn't, thinking I was just being a wuss. To my surprise, there it was- recovery week! Interesting that how I was feeling, i.e. needing some recovery and how his schedule coincided.

Did the test on Tuesday, May 6- averaged 247 watts for 20 minutes. A 5% increase over my March 25 test. I was a bit disappointed as I have been feeling great during all of the LT workouts and the Judsons and was hoping for a higher number. Some of it was because I was on the lakefront path and had some issues with the terrain. I'm still trying to figure out where to do these workouts. The lakefront will suffice early in the morning. Going north doesn't really work because it would take me over a half hour to get clear of Plaza.

Anyway, after talking to Brian and some of the other guys training with Brian, I have accepted this: an increase is an increase and that's the goal. If every month I have a 5 % increase:

June 260
July 273
August 286
September 301

So, if I only gain 5% per month I will have increased my overall power average by 65 watts. This would result in a P/W of about 4.2.

Brian came out for Judson on Saturday. It was a great, fast ride until I hit a large hole on St. Mary's flatting my rear wheel. Very loud crack, I was sure my wheel was trashed. Wheel was a little out of true and I ended up riding all the way back by myself, but averaged about 180 watts the whole way, nice tempo ride. Thought the group was in front of me, but turns out they were behind me. Lou was able to get the wheel true, but it may be on its last leg.

Before the ride, Brian told me to be happy about the test last week because in his words "you haven't even started the really intense stuff yet." This week I start LTs 2x per week- Tuesday and Thursday. I am excited and a little fearful all at the same time.

Congrats to Chris- soon to be a papa. Their thought process of having a child seems to be the same as ours was. Balance my friend.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Another Saturday, Another Good Ride

Nice size group, alot of wind, although not as bad as last week.

1 min: 369
5: 280
10: 257
20: 237
60: 212

Perceived effort: 10/10.

Family in town for Elora's 3rd birthday, so I just did tempo on Sunday. Still felt hard after Saturday's efforts.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Burning road

Burning road
Seen more than they know
Burning road
On and on they roll!

Fu Manchu, Burning Road, Action is Go

I rolled out at 5:35 this morning with the sun just coming up over my left shoulder as I headed south. There is something about riding at dawn. In my younger days (read: college) I used to stay up all night to watch the dawn, mostly in some kind of substance induced stupor. Then my purpose was to do it just because I could.

Now though, dawn has a different meaning. Maybe it's the combination of the conditions at dawn and the knowledge that most people are still asleep while I am already riding. For me, dawn is the best time to get my ride in.

4 x 10 LTs today. Target was to average 230 watts. I hit the first one a little too hot and had to settle down. The second and third were very good, consistent, but I had some problems with traffic on the path. The fourth was wide open.

1. 240
2. 231
3. 233
4. 242

When I got home I felt like I had drank 20 cups of coffee. Exhilarated, not able to talk without starting to giggle. Talk about endorphin release!