Here's a quick summary of my first week of training with the CTS folks.
I had rides scheduled for 6 out of 7 days. Some of the rides consisted of riding for a specific period of time and others had specific workout tasks to complete during the ride.
I have found that commuting is taking a toll on my training time. Some days I'm riding 3 separate rides totaling 2 1/2 hours. I'll ride into work (1/2 hour), home (1/2 hour) have a short break (1 - 2 hours) and then head out for the 1 - 1 1/2 hour workout. I've asked my coach to try and come up with some shorter workouts for me to try so that I may be able to do them at lunch and when I ride home in the afternoon I'll be done for the day. We'll see.
Yesterday I did have a bad experience doing one of the prescribed workouts. I was attempting to do muscle tension intervals. Basically you put it in a big gear (52x12 to 52 x 15) and then ride this gear up an incline. I made it 3 minutes into the first one and had to quit because my knees were killing me I cut yesterdays 2 1/2 hour ride down to 1 1/2 hours because once the knees started to hurt I bagged the ride and had Donna come pick me up.
A possible contributing factor is different crank arm length. For most of last week I've been riding a Fuji Ace that I built for my daughter to ride. It has 170mm cranks on it. Yesterday when I went out for my long ride I did it on the K2 which has 175mm cranks on it. Because I have found the 170mm cranks easier on my knees I've ordered a new crankset and bottom bracket and will be switching to 170mm cranks on my K2.
We'll see what this week has in store for me Hopefully my coach can come up with a series of workouts that better fit into my current schedule.