Monday, February 06, 2012

The Games We Play

As you well know, I am a digits person.  I love keeping track of what I’m doing, how long I’ve been doing it, and what affect it is having on things like weight, resting heart rate etc.  OCD?  maybe :-)

This Trainer Road stuff is feeding my addition.  Case in point:  my Thursday workout.


This little ride included 4x8 minutes at functional threshold power, or just below.  I was really happy to see those blue lines further south of the 200+ watts I was pushing on my test.  My elation lasted until the middle of the second interval.  I was wondering how on earth was I ever going to get through all four of these?  I began to question the sanity of starting a “cycling” plan having hardly ridden my bike since July of last year.

I gritted my teeth and worked through it.  Every ride, so far, has left my drenched in sweat, tired and noodle legged.  I’ve been working very hard to keep my watts on target.  While it’s not possible, even with smoothing, to match the straight lines, its fun to try.  Plus, it keeps me from going to hard or to soft on the prescribed intervals.

Case in point, Sunday’s long ride.


This little jewel was a fixed gear workout.  All those ups and downs in power were accomplished through changes in cadence, not by shifting gears.  My engine held up well for the most part, but boy was my butt sore by the end of that hour-thirty ride!

Having taken Friday off, I swam early Saturday, then went to Boling Park in Canton for a flat 1 mile loop.  My legs help up surprisingly well for about 8 miles, but after that, I was feeling every minute of my swim and Thursday ride.  It was a good reminder that running well off the bike is hard work.

Have a great week, y’all!



Molly said...

Nice job Wes!!!

Lisa said...

very cool graphs.

Jess Milcetich said...

I heart graphs and numbers too!

LBTEPA said...

oooh those are cool graphs.

Karen said...

I am falling in love with TrainerRoad!!

Great workouts - now I have someone to chase (my FTP is lower then yours ;) )

Carolina John said...

Ah the nerds and our numbers. it's a match made in heaven.

it's all about pace said...

looks like you are laying down some good base there Wes

Michelle said...

Sounds (and looks) like things are going great!

Stuart said...

Glad you're enjoying TR have you tried one of the sufferfest videos loaded through it??