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Excellent weekend of riding; Need to re-test my FTP.

Monday, August 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
10
2015

I was planning to ride around 200 miles from Friday through Sunday; unfortunately, though, the road debris incident on Friday, which resulted in a broken spoke, forced us to shorten our planned century to a metric century (full story is here). I also had a lot to do yesterday, and only had about 1.5 hours to ride. Despite those things I still got nearly 150 miles in, and they were productive miles from a training standpoint.

From Saturday's fast and windy ride with my friend Hector.  In this shot we're crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting a mean crossing headwind.

From Saturday’s fast and windy ride with my friend Hector. In this shot we’re crossing the Lake Harris Bridge and fighting a mean crossing headwind.

On yesterday’s short (31 mile) solo ride I came within 3 watts of breaking my 6 minute power personal record of 350 watts. At first I was a little disappointed that I didn’t best the PR, but considering how tired my legs were from the metric on Friday and the fast and very windy 51 mile ride with Hector on Saturday, getting so close to my PR on fatigued legs is not too bad at all. At the end of that 6 minute stretch I had to stop for traffic, but I was feeling surprisingly good and definitely could have sustained that level of effort for a couple more minutes at least. My 8 minute power PR is 338 watts, and I feel like I could have beaten that by 6-8 watts or so yesterday.

I need to get out to Van Fleet or somewhere similar and do a good solid 20 minute FTP test on fresh legs. It’s been awhile since I’ve done an FTP test, and I feel like I’m stronger than I was when I last tested it (305 watts).

I’ve got a busy day today, so I need to get my ride in. Just a short and easy recovery ride on tap for this morning. 🙂

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