Improvement over last week
Last Thursday night I had a poor session – attempting to do a solid hour at 101% of FTP I declined badly in the second half. This week I was hoping to do better. As luck would have it I have been working at home the past couple of days and so I haven’t been commuting on the bike, neither have I done a spin class since Monday, so I had a solid 48 hours of physical rest since my Tuesday night interval session (see bottom of post). Today I made sure I ate well, to take away any possibility of failure due to not being fuelled well enough. I’d done all I could to prepare.
And the result was…success! I managed to pretty much keep to the 260watt target the whole way through. I’d decided that if I made it to 55 minutes, I would try and up the pace for the 5 remaining minutes, until the end. I was able to do this. Very satisfying. The trainerroad.com data is here and here’s a screenshot:
In other news, on Tuesday night I did the Sufferfest ‘There is no try’ video on Trainer Road. It’s my interval session. I like it, it’s fun in some respects, cycling along with Bradley & co. Passes the time. It’s not the exact protocol I’m looking for, but it’s not bad at all. Data here, in case you’re interested.
I have some equipment news, too, which I plan to post about at the weekend. I bought some tubular wheels on eBay for a song, and I’m going to be getting a power meter. More on this tomorrow, or Saturday.