On the 26th Jan I did a CP20. I recorded 309 average watts on the garmin 310xt (average HR was 160)
On the 9th Jan I did a CP20 and recorded 319 average watts on the garmin 310xt (average HR was 158)
So some encouraging signs there. Reckon my FTP (or CP60 or average wattage I could hold for an hour) is 311 now. Given I’m a MacBook Pro kinda guy I’ve been using the excellent http://goldencheetah.org/ software to take my .tcx files from the Garmin for analysis. It’s similar to the highly regarded WKO+ software in terms of the analysis. The graph below is taken from the software.
What the graph attempts to do is work out functional threshold power by looking at all interval durations from rides over the last month. The software estimates my functional threshold power to be 311 which I think is probably a good shout. In a TT situation i reckon I could hold this for one hour……I’d be dead on my feet and not able to run….but that’s not the point.
So going back to the name of this blog. The original reason for the name some 9 years ago now was training is all about training in the Right zone. I’ve worked with HR as a way of identifying that zone for years but since getting the SRM cranks I’ve quickly come to realise that HR is a very poor indicator of effort in certain circumstances which include but are not limited to:
1) When it’s really hot
2) When you’re really tired
3) You’re stressed
4) You’re not warmed up
5) You’re fired up and excited
I’m really excited about the possibilities of improving my cycling this year by training smart. I’ll be implementing some regular 2 x 20s at 85% of FTP.
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