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Old 07-22-13, 06:32 PM   #4001
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My weekend training consisted of this:







11mi hike with 2,200ft of elevation gain (although, it was the super steep, switch-back filled descent into the valley that hurt more) in 80-95*F. It was listed as "strenuous" on the park's website. No ****.

The payoff:

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60min recovery and core...
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Old 07-22-13, 10:25 PM   #4003
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X-post from the oldies' training thread.

We are on vacation visiting our Chicago relatives. My uncle lives in Northbrook so I brought my kit and helmet to try the velodrome. They do a newbies clinic/training session on Mondays. My first time on the track and it was just awesome.


We did a bunch of drills, a lot involved safe drafting and passing but there were also a lot of hard efforts. I'm pretty wiped out actually.


At the end of the evening we did a miss-and-out until it whittled down to 5, then 3 laps scratch race for the final 5. Came second to a kid from IU who's training for the Little 500. No lie.
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Awesome! I love the track, so much fun!
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Looks pretty rad, we'll have to check that out!
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Healing intervals for me this week. I've been worse off before, this ain't bad.

And luckily I have some days off from work this week, so I'm just laying around anyway.
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Old 07-23-13, 10:29 AM   #4007
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X-post from the oldies' training thread.

We are on vacation visiting our Chicago relatives. My uncle lives in Northbrook so I brought my kit and helmet to try the velodrome. They do a newbies clinic/training session on Mondays. My first time on the track and it was just awesome.


We did a bunch of drills, a lot involved safe drafting and passing but there were also a lot of hard efforts. I'm pretty wiped out actually.


At the end of the evening we did a miss-and-out until it whittled down to 5, then 3 laps scratch race for the final 5. Came second to a kid from IU who's training for the Little 500. No lie.
Grew up racing at Northbrook, love that place. Not a fast or steep track but still tons of fun. They have a really good program and great participation.

Try to make it out there Thursday for the races.
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Tried to do vo2 max intervals yesterday. After a hard but short race on Saturday, I thought I'd be ready. Nope. Not a complete loss, but definitely off the targets.

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Rode a nice 30mile recovery ride last night. My legs felt really good considering the weekend. On call today so I can't do the group ride, which is too bad because I would like to keep this going.
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Awesome! I love the track, so much fun!
If it weren't for track I'd be a very sad bike racer this year. Lots of races cancelled, and I've been sucking miserably at road races and crits. Been doing alright at this track thing though.
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I'm traveling for the rest of the week, so I've been overloading knowing I'll have time off. Today, my only chance to ride was from 6-7 this morning. I did it, but compared to yesterday, out freakin' hurt. It was only tempo, but the legs were screaming. Glad to have some rest time.
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Almost 3hrs after work. Rode up the local hilly TT. Wind was a factor! Headwind all the way up to the TT. Cross headwind out for the TT and cross tailwind for the race to the finish. The ride home was with a full on tailwind, but I still killed myself trying to get home as quick as possible...

Tomorrow is recovery!
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Old 07-23-13, 08:10 PM   #4013
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My legs have been feeling absolutely trashed all week. Skipped hammer fest today, which was a good idea as it was windy as **** here! I've never worked so hard to go 15 km/h.. Hopefully I can have some legs for Sundays race.
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Grew up racing at Northbrook, love that place. Not a fast or steep track but still tons of fun. They have a really good program and great participation.

Try to make it out there Thursday for the races.
I wish I could, but I am inspired now to make the drive down to Hellyer when we get home to NorCal.
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Tuesday night training crit. Lasted longer than I've lasted before, but they were taking it a bit easy. We were only averaging 27. I was trying to work on hiding and moving around in the field and getting comfortable, and I was doing fine until the attacks started and it got strung out. Still averaged way too much for me, I only made it ten minutes before I blew up. The hill at 800W each time, 600W on the backside riser, and then a little sprint out of the two corners, even averaging 0 the rest of the time I still don't really have the power to do that yet.

Surfing the pack and getting close to people, bumping a little in a corner, sticking my wheel in, protecting a wheel, it all felt good. Gave me the confidence boost I needed. I was starting to feel a little burned out and not interested in riding. It's tough being slow, I never really get the experience of actually racing, I'm always just trying to hang on. When I get that little taste though, I remember why I like this sport.
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Tuesday night training crit. Lasted longer than I've lasted before, but they were taking it a bit easy. We were only averaging 27. I was trying to work on hiding and moving around in the field and getting comfortable, and I was doing fine until the attacks started and it got strung out. Still averaged way too much for me, I only made it ten minutes before I blew up. The hill at 800W each time, 600W on the backside riser, and then a little sprint out of the two corners, even averaging 0 the rest of the time I still don't really have the power to do that yet.

Surfing the pack and getting close to people, bumping a little in a corner, sticking my wheel in, protecting a wheel, it all felt good. Gave me the confidence boost I needed. I was starting to feel a little burned out and not interested in riding. It's tough being slow, I never really get the experience of actually racing, I'm always just trying to hang on. When I get that little taste though, I remember why I like this sport.
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also maybe you were drunk, or maybe it was late and you were tired....

oh wait, that would make you last not as long! right? right?
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headed out for 2 hrs of z2 with a few short z5/6 efforts here and there. track was last night so its always a crapshoot with how stiff my legs will be today, but i made sure to stretch and cooldown properly so I don't hurt my knee and could actually do something today on the road.

rest of the week shall be:
Thurs: 1hr easy
Fri: Off
Sat: 2hrs group ride, sitting in
Sun: San Marcos Crit! My 2nd fav road event on the socal calender. Hopefully I can win in front of my parents like I did 2 years ago in the 4s.

next week I have no racing planned so I shall hit it hard training wise and rest up the following week.
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Not sure where to put this but does anyone see a gained benefit in their workouts using TSS/ACL/TCL/TSB(basically the PMC on trainingpeaks) as opposed to just RPE and heartrate with hard and light days? I am not quite at the point for planning next year out but I want to be more specific this winter and I am trying to decide if the premium TP is worth it. Online coach/PMC/nutrition etc.
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also maybe you were drunk, or maybe it was late and you were tired....

oh wait, that would make you last not as long! right? right?
Thank you for sharing your personal experiences....
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headed out for 2 hrs of z2 with a few short z5/6 efforts here and there. track was last night so its always a crapshoot with how stiff my legs will be today, but i made sure to stretch and cooldown properly so I don't hurt my knee and could actually do something today on the road.

rest of the week shall be:
Thurs: 1hr easy
Fri: Off
Sat: 2hrs group ride, sitting in
Sun: San Marcos Crit! My 2nd fav road event on the socal calender. Hopefully I can win in front of my parents like I did 2 years ago in the 4s.

next week I have no racing planned so I shall hit it hard training wise and rest up the following week.
At ~6 hours per week most weeks, I've never had enough volume for those measures to be of any use to me at all, other than getting warm fuzzies watching my CTL climb during build.
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im usually at 10-12 hrs/week during this time of the year so that's relatively light for me.

on a typical training week thurs would be intervals in the morning or the fiesta island ride pm, and the weekend would have more volume.
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Life happens and I wasn't able to do my usual monday night hammer ride. This morning was pyramid intervals. 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. "Fun!".

Thurs: tempo
Friday: ez 1hr z1/2 with a couple openers at the end
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Valley Ride tonight. Won the final sprint, bandaged elbow and all.

Wasn't sure about the new wheel (a Ksyrium from 2006 or so, hasn't been ridden in a while) but it held up and actually felt stiffer than my PT/Open Pro. Body felt fine too.

Also wasn't sure about the big crit on Saturday (that I pre-reg'd for, before the crash), but I'm all for it now!! My first real "twilight" event. (San Rafael crit)
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