End of season training

September 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

It’s hard to know what to do here at the end of the season. Last year I had my best races of the year at the Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic, but that was after 4 weeks without racing – just training. It doesn’t help that at the beginning of this season, I bumped up the start of my zone 5 heartrate by 4 beats. So the graphs below showing my weekly training summary (time in hours) from last year and this year aren’t exactly comparing apples to apples:

2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm

2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm

2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm

2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm

Any thoughts on how to maintain form for criterium racing all the way until October? One potential problem that I run into is that this is absolutely my most favorite time of year to ride, and yet I have a feeling that to maintain good form I should cut down my hours on the bike and increase the intensity!

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A little bit more challenging than normal getting this angle of my bike at the cliffs today. Opposing views, top from AL-25, middle from Co Rd 41 looking towards double oak, and the last from double oak way looking back towards AL-25. Cleared it yesterday, but got stuck at this spot today. Since I was already unclipped I decided to take some pics of the trail. If anyone is interested in trying it, the current line is right, middle, left, middle.

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Anaerobic Threshold:
Power:315 watts
Heart rate:180 bpm
Maximums:
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Heart rate:198 bpm (5s)
AT power estimated by critical power curve in Golden Cheetah, which predicts I should be able to maintain 315 watts for 1 hour.

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