Thursday, August 16, 2007

2 solid days of training

After a good threshold workout on Tuesday and a Tempo/Threshold ride yesterday, I am ready for an easy day today. The Tempo block was mentally tougher than I thought it would be. I did an hour block and it took a good bit of focus during the last 15 minutes. Then a 10 minute break. Then a 10 minute Threshold interval, which felt short compared to the 15 minute Threshold intervals I did the day before. The 10 minute interval felt harder because I was fresh on Tuesday coming off a rest day. I also averaged 5 watts lower during my 10 minute interval yesterday than I did during my 15 minute intervals on Tuesday (255 vs. 260).

Overall, I am very pleased. My FTP has been creaping up all season and my weight has been coming down. I was 176 on January 16. I was 158 this morning. I would love to get back down to the 143 I was in college, but I am taking it slow and steady to keep it off. But this is the lowest I have been in 6 years or so.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for cross. I am in my third week of this block and then a rest week next week. Then another 3 week block of training, with Sucker Brook coming at the very end. Mentally, I am looking at the season really beginning at Gloucester. I can focus for 10 weeks. 14 weeks would be a bit much. I want to be fired up for my trip to Portland for the GP and not fried. I am going to skip Agawam myself, but Dr. Z is going to race. I'll be in full support mode for her.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the cross crowd in a couple of weeks. I've missed you guys!


JJ said...

increased power output AND you lost 20lbs... damn. you are going to be FLYING come october.

megA said...

what the heck is ftp?

i am so confused.