Saturday, January 30, 2010

2KX FTP #1

Switched my FTP testing method for 2KX. I'm using the method described in the Time Crunched Cyclist By Chris Carmichael. Its a 2x8 min method. Last year I used the Joel Friel Confirmation method.

First go around I wasn't impressed with the 2x8. I thought the recovery period between the two 8 min efforts was too long. I did the Friel method a bunch last year & really liked it. Mostly because I could train hard the next day. I'll see how tonight goes(especially after 24hrs w/out sleep & a night @ work).

As for the test numbers were up slightly. Which I guess is a good thing. Not as high as I would have hoped. But I did take 3 whole weeks off due to sickness in December. We'll see if I can keep moving up. I want to gain another 20 watts before my first "A" race in April. Big goal I know but what are goals for?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Universal Sports covering Cyclocross Worlds!!

From Mud & Cowbells

26, 2010

Universal Sports covering Cyclocross Worlds!!

This just in to my inbox from my friends at Universal Sports!
Hi Greg!
I wanted to let you know we will be broadcasting the Cyclo-Cross World Championships from Tabor, Czech Republic on-line January 31. The broadcast will be showing the elite men’s and women’s races at 12 noon (ET), while the rest of the races will be offered on demand. We are excited to offer the broadcast for this event again and hopefully highlight more Cyclo-Cross through the World Cup season. Please help in any way you can to spread the word about the broadcast.
The link to the event is this one:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Random Update

I've been blogging less & less due to lack of interest & time. Thinking of switching to Tumbler or Posterous. They are more Twitter like & fit my randomness better than actually sitting down & blogging. Anyway I was sitting here catching up on 2 weeks of blogs & felt like I was neglecting mine.

Not much to say really. Lots of indoor riding. Lots of work. A few random health issues.

Ive been able to switch up my sleep from nights to days pretty good & have actually been getting in some good sleep in 2010. Yesterday was a screw up on my part. Slept too much after my final night then couldn't get to sleep last night. Slept in today till 10 so hopefully I can get to bed at a descent hour tonight.

I've been conducting a little experiment during my 4 on work days. One day I'll sleep in my compression tights, the next in my compression socks. Initial data (wattage #'s) is there might be something too this compression thing.

Last Thursday I woke up with a killer toothache. Earliest I could get to the dentist is Tuesday. That makes 6 days of orajel & pain killers. Not much sleep( two days with sporadic totals of 3 hrs) & a lot of grumpiness. I'm ready to have all my teeth yanked out at this point! not really but tooth pain has to rank up there as some of the worse.

I've also developed a random cough. Nothing bad but annoying. I've been reading some studies about health issues night shift workers have. I'm lucky I'm as healthy as I am. Night shift jacks you up physically.

I've been trying to take better care of myself by eating better as well. Amber floated the idea of going vegetarian in 10. I jumped on board to support her(she has had one miss step with a chicken breast). Its no big deal for me since I was a vegetarian for almost 3 years in college. That is till the running miles broke me down. We'll see how long this little experiment lasts. My diet was shit so it can only help with putting another brick in the wall that is all the little things.

Monday, January 11, 2010

10 into 10

Not a whole lot going on in 10 so far.

I have managed to ride more consecutive days than all of last year. 10 straight vs 9 for '09.

Those 10 rides break down as 8 trainer rides, 1 on the road, & 1 on the mtb. Not much variety there.

I'm just in prep mode mode right now so no real specific workouts yet just getting some ride time. week end:
1/03 4:07:08 (3 days) TSS 199 KJ 2774
1/10 7:02:16 TSS 376 KJ 5115

So far I've spent 3:20:08 @ 220-240 for 29.8% of my training time. That's The Tempo zone for me. Total Tempo is 39.1%. Total Endurance Zone 39.4%. Base, Base, Base.

Real workouts start in another week or so in by build for #Bandcamp10. 3 Days of Big saddle time.