Life is busy and like many things the blog took a hit. I hoping to bring it back. At the same time I hope to start riding again. Currently I am in a completion agains Jason, who also took some time off, to see who can get their CTL to 30 first. #raceto30CTL Currently I'm at 11 on Training Peaks after doing 4 days in a row. The last two have been outdoors which is way better.
This weekend is looking nice with temperatures in the 40's and I'm hoping to get some much needed TSS.
Scott B. has been doing a great job. He won the Lodi criterium before heading off to Cascades to take part in the Cat 2 race. He placed in the top 10 in the Time Trial and followed that up two days later with a third place in the criterium. He is well on track for his bigger goals at Masters Nationals in September. Scott B is on a little bit of a rest before his last big build up for Nationals.
The winning podium for Scott!
A solid 3rd place podium at the Cat 2 Cascade Criterium for Scott
Another rider who has been doing an outstanding job of late is John G. His podium streak is continuing. At the Salida Cat 3 TT he finished 2nd and then in the Masters 35 + Cat 3 road race in Salida he finished off in a strong 3rd place. John had the legs to win the race just needed to do things tactically different. Once you are strong enough to win races you have to learn how to win races. He has a few more chances this year.
Paul S. who is in his preparation for the cross season came away with a victory in a weekly off road race. His build is going very well. Paul is coming off a hard training camp up in the Northern Georgia mountains where he did 1300 TSS in 7 days! He had some much needed rest after that and is now responded very well to the training.
Another cross racer who is building for the cross season later this year is Sean B. He did a local mountain bike race for some good intensity training. He ended up finishing 3rd in his wave. This is without having done any race specific intervals or high intensity training yet. He will be doing that soon enough though as the cross season is approaching.
Dave B has begun his preparation for Masters Nationals TT. After building much of the early season on the TT bike for the State Championships he took a bit of break on the TT bike and now is back on it. He walked away two weekends ago with another double victory weekend, one in the 20km and one in the 40km.
Another rider who deserves a little praise is Michael N. He just got is Cat 3 upgrade and has been going through some growing pains. But he is hanging tough. He scored an awesome 8th place in the Cat 3 race at Salida and finished in the top half in the criterium which was held in adverse conditions. He would have had a good road race if he hadn't snapped his chain in the first 6 miles. Look for Michael to improve as the year goes on and he gains experience in the Cat 3 field.
It is another big weekend for my FasCat athletes. One event of note will be higher then any other as racers will be racing up Mt. Evans in Colorado this weekend. It is the one event I wanted to do when out there but won't be able to make it. Good luck to my athletes competing in the event. Look for updates next week.
I've decided to keeps things interesting this month so I will complete FasCat's Tour De France plan written by co worker Carson. He built a program based on the stages in the Tour and the demands. Of course everything is cut down in duration and intensity so the average person with a job and a family can complete it. Here is a link of the plan on Velonews. http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/training-center/on-the-bike/tour-training-plan_333135
Today was the 20 minute Field Test. I'm not one who really likes to do these. I always have an idea of what my threshold is through riding. I've been assuming lately that my FTP is around 340 watts.
Here in central Indiana there is no 20 minute climb. So to keep things more interesting during this I made a 20 minute loop. This way the wind would always be coming from a different direction, I'd have 4 corners to break things up, and I can always go out and retest on same loop.
So I went out and cruised for a while and included a 5 minute effort at tempo for warm up. Well after the test my average for 20 minute was 348 watts. But I got caught by some construction and had to slow for 30 seconds with only a 94 watt average. When I cut that out and took at my average it came out to be 356 watts making my threshold right at 340. Dang I'm smart. Yeah maybe I could have gone a little harder, but that is pretty much what I was thinking. Not bad for inconsistent training in the month of June.
I happened to weigh myself this morning and I was 142 lbs or 64.5 kgs so for watts per Kilogram that puts it at 5.51
Tomorrow is an off day in the plan. YES! Then it will be 24 days straight of riding. I will be riding on the rest days as they do that in the Tour as well. Hopefully I can make it through the plan successfully and don't have an hiccups. But again I have other priorities such as family and work, but I will try.
Rode int he new FasCat kit. Pretty stylish.
Always fun to see Personal Records after you hit save on the Garmin.