Sunday, June 18, 2017

Schedule week of June 19



For once I actually did less than planned. Which is a good thing considering this is taper time. Tuesday's bike got shortened because I thought I had the wrong workout loaded in my Garmin, but that gave me time to remove my pedals (Garmin Vector power meter pedals) and drop the Merlin off at Dorian's so he could install the compact crankset that finally arrived. I skipped Wednesday's run because it was raining hard and I did not feel like taking chances so close to my A race. Spin class was short because Dorian delivered the Merlin and I had to install the pedals, plus Pattie's knee was acting up; better to quit while you're ahead. Sunday's bike was shortened and I changed the route, from Tantalus to Diamond Head, due to threatening skies, and I needed time to work on the seat post.

Yeah, the seat post. That thing was a poor fit right from the start, umpteen years ago. The saddle height is perfect so there is no reason to mess with it before the race. Except for shipping the bike. I have a terrific Timbuk2 bike bag that I prefer to use because there is less chance of dings and a bent derailleur hanger. Actually, my Merlin does not have a separate hanger, it's built into the frame. Bend that and kiss the bike goodby. Anyway, the frame will not fit in the bag without removing the seat post. Which is standard practice. With the Cervelo P-3 I also had to remove the handlebar, but that was because of the awkward shape. For a road bike I should only have to rotate the bars sideways. I have tried everything, so as I write this I am awaiting a call from Dorian to bring the bike and we will wrestle it together. If we can't bust it loose I will have to pick up some large boxes from UPS and construct a bike box. Onr that I can break down at the airport so that it will fit inside our rental car.

About the new crankset. I ended up with an Ultegra 50/34. Everything else on the bike is Dura-Ace so of course I wanted that, but nobody had any. I guess they all got sucked up by the pro teams. Oh well, Ultegra is nothing to sneeze at and it is a lot less expensive. But talk about down to the wire. I put in my order in late March/early April. Finally arrived last week Monday. Less than two weeks before race day. Whew!



Back at the start of the year when I created my Annual Training Plan the TrainingPeaks plan maker came up with a target CTS of 80.7 for CTTS. I started off below plan, then went well above it -- too high, probably -- then a little drop down closer to plan. As of today my estimated CTS on race day is 89.1. In other words, I got there and even did a little better. That should be a confidence booster.

Last week

ATP: 530 TSS
Planned: 590.2
Actual: 442.4

This Week

Week of 6/19 - Race week
Focus: CTTS
ATP: 530 TSS
Planned: 623.1

Mon
AM Run, 4mi + 4 strides
PM ST

Tue
AM Bike, hill cruise intervals
PM Swim, OW

Wed
Trip prep, pack

Thu
Fly to Maui

Fri
AM Bike, easy ride, packet pickup

Sat
Race, CTTS

Sun
Fly home

Next race: Tinman, Jul 23.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Schedule week of June 12



Managed to put in a good week of training. Wednesday's run workout was long and hard, and Saturday's run took a lot out of me. Enough that I shortened Sunday's planned ride.

For this week I need to back off a bit more, especially the running. Last week's TSS from the Annual Training Plan was 530; I did 773, but had I done everything as planned it would have been 959. Okay, so maybe I am getting it just right. Anyway, I am going to replace the Saturday long run (11mi, 220 TSS) with an old favorite, Kahala - Diamond Head Lookout (5mi, 110 TSS). That should give me better legs for whatever I decide to do Sunday.

My CTL is tracking nicely. Still above the ATP but following the plan profile. Higher is better as long as the body does not start breaking down. Let's take last week's "thing" as a hint.





Last week

ATP: 530 TSS
Actual: 773

This Week

Week of 6/12 - Peak week 2
Focus: CTTS
ATP: 530 TSS
Planned: 587.5

Mon
AM Run, 4mi + 4 strides
PM ST

Tue
AM Bike, hill cruise intervals
PM Swim, OW

Wed
AM Run, 5K Intervals
PM Bike, spin class

Thu
AM ST
PM Yoga (or not)

Fri
AM Run, 3mi + 4 strides

Sat
AM Long run, 5 mi

Sun
Tantalus 1x

Next race: 1 week until CTTS.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Schedule week of June 5



I have been very lucky this training cycle, good weather and good health allowed me to stay right on schedule. Alas, last week it fell apart. I had a great bike workout Tuesday morning, but when I got to the office I felt as though a bus has rolled over me. Immense fatigue, as if I had been walking non-stop all day. No fever, no runny nose. I didn't feel sick, so I assumed I had been training too hard. I ended up taking the rest of the week off. Lots of bed rest. My stomach was tender so I had to watch what I ate and only small portions. Eventually I decided it must be some kind of virus.

By Saturday I was well enough to attempt a ten mile run. Did it, a bit slower than normal. That afternoon after sitting on floor in a air conditioned room for five hours I ended up chilled so deep I was shivering uncontrollably for more than an hour.

This week begins Peak period -- also known as taper. The way I wrote my plan I have Peak week 1 and 2, then Race week. TrainingPeaks always starts weeks on Monday, so CTTS comes at the end of race week. So now we have 2 weeks until start of race week. Confused?

One way to look at this is I started Peak a week early. I must avoid the temptation to squeeze in every possible workout to make up for the lost time. The only significant loss was today's long Tantalus ride. I changed Tuesday's hill work to include a better high intensity workout, one that should produce a good muscle response without as much fatigue. I left Sunday open. The idea is to do a lap of Tantalus and see how I feel. I should be able to do two, the only question is whether or not I feel like doing three.

Sunday after is Father's Day. I penciled in a Pineapple Hill ride, focused more or endurance than intensity, but I need to work it out with Pattie. Sometimes Tantalus is a bit too steep.

My weekly CTS scores show a dramatic drop in training. No surprise here. The good news is that as long as I stick to my plan I will hit my goal for CTTS.






Last week

ATP: 760 TSS

The planned and actuals for last week have little meaning due to my illness. Tuesday morning I got in my last good ride, and Saturday morning I did a ten mile run.

Actual: 363.2

This Week

Week of 6/5 - Peak week 1
Focus: CTTS
ATP: 530 TSS
Planned: 536.4

Mon
AM Run, 4mi + 4 strides
PM ST

Tue
AM Bike, hill cruise intervals
PM Swim, OW

Wed
AM Run, Tempo Intervals
PM Bike, spin class

Thu
AM Strength with Dorian
PM Yoga

Fri
AM Run, 3mi + 4 strides

Sat
AM Long run, 10 mi

Sun
Tantalus 3x

Next race: 2 weeks until CTTS.