Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Riverside, CA
Bikes: Helium SL DA DI2, Defy Advanced 0 Di2, 6KU Fixie
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Would appreciate training pointers for Breathless Agony.
I registered for it... This would be my first official/unofficial century.
Quick background: I got in cycling about a year and half ago after leading sedentary life style for a decade+. Prior, I was very athletic but time took it's toll with bad habits such as smoking, overeating, etc. (Stopped smoking 4 years ago).
This is my first actual goal for training (other than saying... to get better, improve power by certain %, etc). I am starting to gather information on where I stand now and hoping that I am not too far off from my goal:
Be able to ride Breathless Agony within designated time all the way up~~~.
Here are currently what I can do and have been doing.
1. I do ride daily bases with my 30+ miles commute. Do semi structured training concentrating on base fitness at this point (no group ride, race, etc... just not willing to commit the time at this point until my kids grow older). Each day it is 1500-2000ft climbing depending on route. Been doing this for a little over a year now.
2. When my leg is fine on Saturday and it is for endurance ride, I would either do quick 2 hour ride with 3000ft or so climb or 3.5 hour ride (62 miles) with almost no climbing. I definitely could do more but not willing to spend more time at this point. (Time constraints)
3. I went out today for VO2 Max (about 114% of Threshold Power) ride on near by hill... I only had about 2 hours available today and wanted to get as much climb to see what I can do today.
(9% grade average for the section I can ride for 5 minute straight... more than that for my speed now but I turned around for rest period in middle) Did 10 repeat with 5 minute up and 3 minute rest ride (down+ looping around) and 15 minute warm up and 20 minute cool down. That was about 3500ft of climbing in 1.5 hours. I think I could have gone more repeats, maybe 4-5 more before the exercise was going to turn into anaerobic.
At this point, I am wondering what should I really look into testing and improving. My gut feeling tells me I probably need to test out how far I can STEADILY climb at threshold power/tempo/endurance. Or should I just spend the time on concentrating on building more base at this point?
Thanks for the people who read through and any comments would be appreciated!