I had an email from Power2Max yesterday to say that my power meter is on it’s way. It won’t be here in time for the easter weekend, unfortunately, but I should have it installed by the middle of next week. That’s when I get to compare the virtual power numbers of the Tacx Flow with reality. Needless to say, I expect a rude awakening!
I’ve had quite a good few days of training since the last time I posted. I had raised my FTP in TrainerRoad to 274w to reflect the most recent hour test. On the 19th March I rode the Sufferfest There Is No Try video at the new level. It was a good session, and the total amount of work (775w) was the highest I’d posted for that workout. Below is a pic. You can see that I was still able to ride above the required level for quite a lot of the time. But that’s changing, I think.
Last Thursday I did the Hour of Power again. It asks for 101% of FTP, so the target was to ride at 277w (with FTP at 274w). I ate well in advance and had a hefty coffee on the way home from work and was able to push 282w for the hour. Tacx watts, of course! I am being religious in preparing the same way each time. I do the same 10 minute warm up and then calibrate the turbo in exactly the same way each time. So I hope the numbers are consistent, even if they’re not that accurate. As I mentioned above, not got long to wait until I get proper numbers. Anyway, another good result, I upped FTP in TrainerRoad to the new figure (282w). You can see from the picture below that I still had a bit to burn towards the end, which is what contributed to the increase in power across the hour.
The weather was bad again at the weekend, so I didn’t ride outside. Instead, on Sunday, I rode the new Sufferfest Blender video. I’d done this only once before, it’s a varied workout and is their longest video at 1 hour 44 minutes. The first half is mainly FTP-level work, then there are some ruinous sprints, and then some more FTP work to finish. The early intervals are supposed to be at ‘sweet spot’ level (about 90% of FTP) but I was feeling good so I rode them at FTP. I pushed as hard as I could during the sprints just after half way. It was a VERY hard ride, probably the hardest I’ve ridden on the turbo. My legs were very sore on Monday. Here’s a pic:
The TSS of 156 is a record for me. Last night I did the old favourite, There Is No Try. This is the session I do most often because I reckon it’s the best one I have for time trial-type efforts. I’m usually able to push beyond the specified power, but I couldn’t last night. I was still a little sore from Sunday’s ride, but I had prepared well, so I am beginning to wonder if the writing is on the wall for the levels of improvement I have been experiencing since I started training properly. It has to come to an end. Here’s a pic:
Even though I found it tough, the total work (805w) was the highest yet for this workout, beating the 775w mark of the first session at the top of this post. Tonight I thought I’d try my sweetspot workout, figuring that I’d be able to handle the lower intensity (typically 90% of FTP) without too many problems. Not so, my legs felt very fatigued and I bailed after about 10 minutes. 😦 I seem to not be able to train at all on the day following a tough session, not even lightly.