Thursday, January 22, 2009

The little engine that could.....

Lance talking about being in the break in Stage # 3 of the TDU.

"I think it's the kind of stuff I need to do, I need to get in the race and work that top end," he said. "Like I've said 100 times here, I can't get that in training so the more I can be out there... I mean, I looked down at my power meter and the average after two hours was 340 watts, you can't do that in training. You're just constantly going and going and going."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lance goes old school

Check out Lance's new skips....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

2 down, 14 more to go!

Done with the second week of my Endurance Nation OS plan and feeling pretty good. I started targeting at least 100% of my FTP versus 95-100% when I do my intervals as the efforts are annoying or distracting but I wouldn't call them tough. Maybe I sandbagged my FTP by 5 - 10 watts but the next test will settle that issue. The time for each interval increases to 12' this week so we'll see how things go.

Just watched the TDU and Lance looks lean and all business!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Back from vacation

The legs felt pretty good coming off 5 days of playing in the powder in Utah. The plan called for 3 x 8' on 2' off at 95-100% FTP. I actually increased the average wattage for each succeeding interval, saving the best for last. I then ran at an easy pace for 25 minutes to complete the day's scheduled workout.

I've been swimming for 45 minutes every M, W, and F in hopes of improving my stroke and building endurance and I'm starting to see a little improvement. I was active in swim team as a kid (numerous county and region breast stroke ribbons to prove it) but up until December 08, I only swam 5X in the past 28 years and the 5X were an attempt to get ready for my first sprint triathlon (6/08). I don't count wading in the pool with my kids as structured swimming nor do I count lounging in a chair watching the waves crash the beach at Holden. So, with little base to build on, the ROI is pretty high for me right now and the additional time has little effect on my other training.

The runs at HMP and TP are getting easier as I'm having to really focus on slowing down my pace when performing these intervals. I guess the 200 miles I did at 180 cadenece (listing to a metronome on my Ipod) are paying off by keeping my turnover high.

I have 2 solid weeks of training before I head to Disney with the family and hope this is the last major break in my training schedule.