Join Date: May 2007
Location: Westminster, CO
Bikes: Giant TCR and Giant TCX
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Originally Posted by umd
I'm curious, did you extrapolate your FTP based on testing shorter durations, or did you do 200W for an hour? I'm not trying to deflate anything... actually quite the contrary. Unless the conditions are perfect, it can be difficult to focus and really maintain and hit your FTP for an hour... so if that is what you did, your actual FTP could be higher.
I did the two 20min interval method. Seems to be close to my FTP, I tested using the 20min method and hour TT and the results of both were very close for me at least.
Originally Posted by racin jasin
what where your train methods?
Well, let's start with the fact that I have been off the bike for almost a year, so I had a lit of lost fitness. I did about eight weeks of just purely endurance rides, where twice a week I would do intervals. These intervals alternated between fast pedal spinning and big gear, low cadence work. Additionally, I would go to the gym twice a week and lift moderate weights to help cure muscle imbalances/tone because I hadn't exercises in such a long time.
Now, for the last week or so, I've been throwing in some extra miles by riding my bike to work and then doing a workout after I get off. On Tuesday and Thursday, I do tempo work, Monday/Wednesday is just straight endurance, Saturday is a 3+ hour tough group ride and Sunday is just a longer 2 1/2+ hour endurance ride by myself.
Quick racing question, how does getting on a team work? I've gone to some of the websites of the teams I've seen around town, but they don't have any information about joining/tryout. Also, I've joined the local bike club, but they don't really race much, just some great group ride. I' learning a lot from riding with these guys, but I'd really like to settle with some people with the same types of goals as me.
Thanks for the encouragement!