2020 Structured Training

Jerry Atrik

Veteran
Location
South Devon
This is strange
I have my tt bike on the turbo and am now holding power easier in tt position than sitting up.
My heart rate does go up 4 or5 beats and my saddle a spec sitero isn’t comfortable at all while sitting up, but seem to have gone full circle.
 
This is strange
I have my tt bike on the turbo and am now holding power easier in tt position than sitting up.
My heart rate does go up 4 or5 beats and my saddle a spec sitero isn’t comfortable at all while sitting up, but seem to have gone full circle.
I hit higher power numbers on a road bike but I can hold/pace power better on a TT bike. So IMC the TT bike wins overall.
 
My coach scheduled another FTP test tomorrow now I know my body post chemo better. But I never looked at TP:shy: and rode up a virtual Stelvio yesterday to get my weekend cycling fix, not the best prep, so I'll probably stick with what I've got, 4.5w/kg.
Decided to do that test anyway and eeked out another 4w but lol I mistimed the last minute (I thought it was over and maxed out the sprint which saw me roll off the riser block :laugh:. It was just 3w less than my post op/ pre chemo number (which I am sure was the mistime and riser block fail :laugh: I am still 4.5w/kg but instead of rounding up to 0.5, I am rounding down :becool:
 
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YukonBoy

YukonBoy

The Monch
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First VO2 max workout at new intensities. hard but everything felt good. Always the case after a rest and test week when you are fresh. Sure the fatigue will build up in this next block of training.
 
A bit of focused training for today (Sunday), normally the weekend is for leisure. My coach swapped in a long low cadence turbo session to avoid Dennis (as usual it was a needless avoidance here, the rest of the country hasn't been so lucky). After 3.4w/kg for an hour and a half mylegs are feeling it :heat:
 

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Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Out of interest why would a low cadence workout be recommended? What are the specific advantages of that?

I tend ride at or around 100rpm on the turbo cos it sort of feels right. Cadence hasn't really been something I've given any thought to.

I was Dennis avoiding on the turbo this weekend too.
 
Out of interest why would a low cadence workout be recommended? What are the specific advantages of that?

I tend ride at or around 100rpm on the turbo cos it sort of feels right. Cadence hasn't really been something I've given any thought to.

I was Dennis avoiding on the turbo this weekend too.
I guess they build strength and endurance but they need to be mixed with high cadence sessions to see an all round benefit. 100rpm seems a tad too high but some of my stronger intervals are 100rpm + and my FTP tests are in the 95-105rpm zone. Higher cadences seem more sustainable for me but I've the strength to pedal out of things outdoors when the conditions change (gradient, wind etc).
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I guess they build strength and endurance but they need to be mixed with high cadence sessions to see an all round benefit. 100rpm seems a tad too high but some of my stronger intervals are 100rpm + and my FTP tests are in the 95-105rpm zone. Higher cadences seem more sustainable for me but I've the strength to pedal out of things outdoors when the conditions change (gradient, wind etc).
I'm never sure about cadence. As long as you are providing the required power and aren't doing extremes of fast or slow I'm yet to be convinced that it makes much difference.

I fitted a cadence meter a couple of years ago, and discovered that I spend much of my time in the 80-90 range, unless it's very hilly in which case my uphill grinding mode of around 60 starts to dominate. Getting on the turbo, where my intensity is way higher than on the road, 90-100 feels natural with hard intervals at 110ish.

I may try doing some workouts in a higher gear at a lower cadence, just to see how it feels.

I must say I'm enjoying the turbo just as a kind of journey of discovery. It's nowhere near as boring as I thought it would be. And it has very little in common with riding a bike outside (apart from the obvious presence of a bike, of course).
 
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