This is going to expose me for the GIGANTIC nerd I am, but hey...that's cool. I've been waiting all day to look at my data in cycling peaks, and post the results of today's workout
As anyone who bothers to pay attention to the crap I post knows, I just had knee surgery on the 29th of January. However, as this wasn't a surgery that required me to protect any grafts, I had the surgeon's permission to ride outside as of yesterday.
Permission in hand, out I went with the intent of doing 2, max 3 hours with some low end SST (70-80%). The weather was perfect, 50* and overcast at starting, and rising to 60* with beautiful skies near the end. After a quick warmup, I looked down to see myself climbing the first grade at around 380 watts - well, well...I decided to try to hold a hard tempo for 20 minutes, then chill out. I made it to twenty minutes and felt like Godzilla on smack. Thirty minutes it was. At thirty minutes I felt like the love child of Conan the Barbarian and Godzilla - on smack and EPO. F*&k it, I decided to try to hang on for 60 minutes. Hang on I did...
Over endless rollers:
So what does Monod think my FTP is now? - All of the peak values were obtained on today's ride, with no specific focus on maxing out the efforts for the durations
So, enough of the graph nonsense - suffice it to say, I feel stellar. I'm made a nearly complete recovery of my pre surgery power, and through what I like to think was a "smart" use of the post-op downtime (reading/re-reading and applying Friel's and Coggan/Allen's books) know I've got a lot more in the tank.
The ride above, in and of itself would be at least personally note worthy, but it didn't end there. As I rolled down from a favorite local hill, I saw the club from Southern Pines was getting their Saturday ride together. Well heck, I'm only ~75 minutes from home, might as well get another 2-3 hours in
The ride was really slow Z1/Z2 for more than the first hour, but as folks got warmed up fun was had. The most impressive part was a 12 year old kid who couldn't weigh more than 90lbs soaking wet who climbed like a scalded cat. We started with a group of ~20, and on the final hills I was hitting 500+ sustained watts near the crests, and this little guy, his dad and two, and then one other guys were left. Amazing. That's talent.
As for me - talent or no, I just like to ride my bike, and as I hammered out the closing 90 minutes of my ride in the waning sunlight past farms and forests on a crisp early spring day, trying to beat twilight back to my car, it was clear that days like today are the reason I ride.
Total ride stats:
Entire workout (214 watts):
Work: 3993 kJ
TSS: 394.7 (intensity factor 0.872)
Norm Power: 270
Distance: 97.305 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 940 214 watts
Heart rate: 69 183 144 bpm
Cadence: 29 141 84 rpm
Speed: 2.2 39.3 18.8 mph
Pace 1:32 26:49 3:12 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 431 81 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 1265 225 lb-in