Friday, February 28, 2014

February summary

A quick end of the month round up, this is only quick as I want to do a “halfway through the plan” post next week. No surprises it’s cycling heavy. It included that the last day of the Tour of Sufferlandria and a couple of runs; one trail and one Brick for the The Sufferfest Chrysalis Review. The Annual totals reflect taking two weeks off in January post bike crash and the shift from Triathlon Training to Bike training which explains the drop in running and swimming this month. So the totals;

February Totals

  • 24 bikes; 462.45 miles in 28:33:39
  • 2 runs; 9.84 miles in 1:37:35
  • Total; 472.30 in 30:11:14

Annual total

  • 40 bikes; 745.53 miles in 45:20:06
  • 4 runs – 17.18 miles in 2:39:42
  • 2 swims – 2.06 miles in 1:21:57
  • Total – 764.77 miles in 49:21:45

As you can nothing too onerous…I am sure based on the plan that March will be much the same albeit with 2-3 extra rides as the month is a bit longer!

Once the weather clears up I should be out on the roads a bit more, until then I am on the trainer!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review; Opedix KNEE-Tec Tights

Amidst all this cycling I am going to stick in a review of a running item, but with the caveat that it can be used as a tool for cycling too!

The good folks at Opedix sent me a pair of their KNEE-Tec Tights to try. At a basic level beyond the obvious benefits of warmth during the winter, yes (rolls eyes) we even have a winter in Southern California, Opedix have combined two recent game changers into the sports industry; compression clothing and Kinsio Tape, well to be honest the latter has been around for a while but has only really come to prominence in the last few years with KTTape and Rock Tape leading the charge…but I digress!

So from the Opedix Website;

Every style of Opedix tights incorporate our patented knee support and have scientifically designed tensioning systems within a comfortable, form-fitting base layer to enhance the kinetic functioning of your body. Working like a muscle, the scientific design uses a combination of fabric tensions to anatomically correct the body's inside forces and reconnected joints to harmoniously function in a kinetic chain.

Scientifically Designed and Tested to Reduce: Destructive Knee Forces, Quadricep Fatigue, Knee Pain and Improve: Dynamic Balance

Opedix KNEE-Tec™ Tights and CORE-Tec™ Shorts have scientifically designed  tensioning systems built within a comfortable, form-fitting base layer to enhance the kinetic functioning of your body. Working like an external muscle, a combination of fabric tensions help direct the body’s internal forces and optimize harmonious joint function in the body’s kinetic chain.”

As you may have noticed since my bike crash my training has shifted away from Ironman St George and onto the bike but prior to that end I was putting in 3-4 runs a week and the later night or earlier morning runs were perfect for putting these tights through their paces. I was sent a Black pair with contrasting orange stitching, they are also available in Black with contrasting Gray panels. They could do with some reflective qualities for those night runs!

So out of the box the tights are nice and durable they defiantly have a quality feel to them. There are two distinct fabrics; the webbing part that provides the tensioning system and the regular fabric that surrounds it.

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You can see in these photos how the webbing is sculptured around the leg to support the main muscle groups and knee it the sections that look light Black/Gray. I borrowed these images from their website….you do not want to see me in tights!

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I should point out that I was initially sent a size Medium, this was based on my waist size, height and weight (32”, 6’1 and 175lb) I struggled to get them over my thighs (a problem I have with regular jeans and chinos too) so I exchanged them for a size Large and these were a much better fit. Something to consider if when you order a pair. They sit comfortable at the waist with a nice wide waistband. There is a drawstring to avoid the ever attractive saggy crotch! Length wise, as per the picture above, they don’t reach my socks but that’s fine. There is a handy small pocket on the back, big enough for a key, gel or Credit Card but too small for a phone unless it is a flip phone. They are not overly logo’d a couple of discreet mentions on the thigh and calf.

So onto the road test. As you would expect the fit is…well tight! Not overly so though it does take some getting used to the webbing material. At first the webbing feels a little restrictive but once you get into your stride you soon become adjusted and you can feel the “rebound” effect. They are very supportive and I can only describe the effect of the webbing as feeling like there a rubber bands tensioning your muscles to contract as you move. The only caveat is I did find that when I was running faster i.e. when doing fartleks or striders etc they did feel a little tighter which I expect is due to the greater range of motion needed, rather than my usual shuffle!

For post runs I wore them a couple of times to recover in and also I have worn them post ride. The benefits of compression are much more widely accepted for recovery than during exercise so this seemed like a great time to try them too. Around the house they were fine, sitting at a dining table chair is ok, you wouldn’t want a 3 course meal in them though as that much bend in the knee makes them a little too tight but for feet up in front the TV there are great.

I could go on about the Science and all the reasons why these are great but Opedix created a short video that does a much better job than I can! 

Looking after them is easy, cold wash and air dry! No shrinkage and after several months no real signs of any wear, fading, unraveling stitching etc. They are made in the US so that keeps jobs Stateside too which is a bonus in this economy. Talking of economy one benefit these have over Tape is that Tape wears out and falls off, so long term this is a more cost effective solution!

So all in all a quality product that does what it says it does. Should you buy a pair, well that’s for you to decide but if you have the need for cold weather gear (did someone say Polar Vortex), and functionally supportive pair of tights then these could be good for you! If you’re rehabing an injury or a prone to something these are well worth looking at, prevention is always better then a cure.

You can also use them for skiing, I don’t ski but a couple of reviewers have tried them for that and also when cycling. The weather here is too mild cold tights on the bike with the exception of few days (sorry World) but I can see the benefits rolling across lots of sports!

Available through their website they retail for $225 which may seem like a lot and well it is but these are a lot more that your basic cold weather tights and are in the same ball-park as what you would pay for the other similar offerings from CEP and CW-X.

These tights were provided free of charge by the good folks at Opedix. See previous gear reviews in the tab above. If you have a product you’d like reviewed, contact me at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Knighthood Training Week 3

Week 3 completed with a little shuffling mostly due to a complete fail to get out of bed on Tuesday morning…hey I am only human!

This week was also a test week on a new pair of shoes. I have the devil’s own job finding cycling shoes. For the last two years I have been using my Time Ulteam Tri shoes which I wear with no socks and as a result of 1000’s of miles they have taken on a very distinct odor of their own! Added to which our dog decided to have a bit of a chew on them! They are now discontinued but I did manage to get one of the last pairs I could find online as a reserve pair for racing. But I have been looking for road shoes to wear with socks for months and last weekend I was able to get a pair of 2013 Bontrager RXL Road shoes 50% at a LBS sale! So on with the week!

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Monday; off, rinse and repeat, every Monday if off!

Tuesday; aforementioned fail!

Wednesday; Taylor. I just pushed the whole week back one day. Tuesday became Wednesday, Wednesday became Thursday and so on. The carried over day off showed with an extra 1.5 miles over this ride last week! 3x20-minute sets of 30-second Billats @ 120% FTP where the recovery intervals match the work intervals with 30 seconds of rest between each Billat and 7 minutes of recovery between the sets of Billats. I totally misread the plan though and today should have been a different ride altogether…oops! GC Data.

Thursday; Black. Easy ride, nothing to see here. 1 hour of aerobic endurance ranging from 50-80% FTP. GC Data.

Friday; Thor. This seemed appropriate enough as my bike’s name is Thor, after Thor Hushovd, we have the same bike!


Left foot/leg was a bit crampy. This was a tough one, micro sprints really tough to get up to in short time, macro intervals very doable! A massive 8 sets of 3x12-second sprints at 200% FTP followed closely by a slightly suprathreshold 4-minute effort at 105% FTP. Rest following the sprints is minimal and won’t allow complete recovery while rest between Sprintervals is 3 minutes long with the intention of allowing just enough rest to effectively repeat these challenging sets. Sprintervals aim to increase fiber recruitment via short, powerful, pre-interval sprints such that the subsequent intervals feel more manageable as a result of more muscle activity. GC Data.

Saturday; Emerson. This is the second time I have ridden this, this time felt easier than last time but a lot of work nonetheless. PM started dropping out during last interval? I moved cleat back on left shoe 2mm and it was much more comfortable than yesterday. 5x10min intervals spent slightly above or slightly below FT (3U/2O); with 5 minutes rest between intervals (RBI). 5x10-minute Over-Under intervals alternating between 3 minutes @ 95% FTP & 2 minutes @ 105% FTP with 5-minute recoveries between intervals. GC Data.

Sunday; in much the same way as last weekend this was another recon of the L’Etape du California route which was finally announced as 4 laps of “Rock Store” a 21 mile circuit. Here are some great photos from 2010 when it was last used.

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It’s not really a surprise but it’s nice to have final confirmation. So the goal of this ride was to complete 2 Rock Store climbs. For those not familiar Rock Store is a local favorite ride in the Santa Monica Mountains named after the biker café at the bottom of it. Now depending on “exactly” where you measure the start it is essentially a 2-2.7 mile climb, the elevation gain over is about 900’ and the grade varies from 3-9% with the majority of it at 7-8%.


For the L’Etape we have to ride four loops for 81 miles but today we wanted to focus on the actual climbing section. We had agreed to cut the first loop short but taking a short cut back down to the start of the climb. I rode the first climb hard. The second one I eased off and tried to sit into it more!

Of course the joy of Strava, especially on a popular segment, is the data overload;

imageAs you can see above there are 8 segments that I can use for this climb, of course the key is consistency so I am using the longest one “Rockstore (store to top) 2.6 miles, 905’ gain, 7% grade. I have ridden it only 4 times, three in the last two weeks.

imageBut I am getting better! Of note the difference between hard and sitting in is only 16 seconds! GC Data. Here are the weeks digits!


Here are a couple of photo’s from the day…none of me though! Becca needs to work on that I think!

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A Badass Kitten and a Bactrian Camel…carefully they both spit!

So that was the week…onwards to Week 4!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Amgen Tour of California

Yeah it’s my local race! This year I am riding the L’Etape du California which is a repeat of Stage 8 in Thousand Oaks in April. I am also signed up a Volunteer for several of the stages! Bring on the fun!
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I am really looking forward to this…and yes that includes the 8800’ feet of climbing!

Wish you were here…?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review; The Sufferfest Chrysalis

Chrysalis is a departure from the usual Sufferfest format. It’s a workout specifically aimed at Triathletes and is based around a series of “Bricks” bike/run intervals with narrow transition time in between.

You still get the awesome footage that we have all come to love and hate but now you get footage of running, all of the race footage comes from Challenge Roth, one of nine of the Challenge-Family races and most likely the most well-known one; in July 2010 Chrissie Wellington defended her Challenge Roth title in Germany in a new “ironman-distance” (not Ironman as per WTC) world record time of 8:19:13, placing seventh overall and bettering her own record by more than 12 minutes. Anyway I digress! It does provide some great footage of household, well Triathlon focused, household names; Dirk Bockel, Caroline Steffen and, Yvonne Van Vlerken as well as some course and crowd views…this race is well supported!

Originally designed for someone who has a treadmill next to their bike trainer (I don’t) it also has been modified to allow you to run on the road off of the bike and that’s my review methodology. Additionally I used the TrainerRoad Version of this workout which obviously focuses only on the Bikes segments. To facilitate the ride/run I used my Garmin 500 on my bike set to AutoPause. My Garmin 910xt which would allow me to switch from Run to Bike and back. I also wrote out all the run workouts on PostIt notes which I would carry for each run segment, they are all different and too complex to remember!

After the modified 4 minute warm up I skipped the first transition and then hopped on my bike, for me transitions are a challenge as I wear no socks for cycling but do for running so it’s an additional challenge (no pun intended) especially as my feet warm up etc. The first bike section lasted another 17 minutes which included the bike warm up and the first Brick. The Bricks are a 4 x 8 minutes bike/4 minutes run, with a 30 seconds transition in between each time. Every single interval across the bikes and runs are built out from micro intervals including surging accelerations, steady state and climbing.Now because I ran on the road I cannot comment on the run footage but I assume it contains much the same in the form of directions and footage of well…people running! For my transitions I placed a chair next to my bike to make things easier per my sock issue!

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As usual you get the on screen prompts that provide you a Cadence, RPE, countdown clock and new for this video and “up/down” indicator which tells you what’s coming next up being more work and down being an ease off


When using TrainerRoad and my Stages PM I simply followed the on screen power-line, of course there is no line for the run but you can see it was still picking up my heart rate as I ran in and out of my garage! These are the first two intervals and the warm up on TrainerRoad;


The intervals on the bike translate into the following zones and you can see the percentage of time spent in them to get a feel for the level of effort across this ride.


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Because I was using two Garmins I was able to generate two files, this is the overall bike file from Strava, you can clearly see the transitions;


For the running I generated one file using 910xt but when uploaded it created multiple entries into everywhere I tried (Strava, GC, SportTracks) so it looks like this;

image So to give you an idea this is one Brick segment;


And this is a bike segment;

imageSo enough of the all the screen shots, data and quantitative stuff, what about the qualitative info? Well the race footage is great, in the more than three years I have been using ‘fests the video quality has gotten better each time, this is clear in your face race footage that you would expect to see on the TV. The soundtrack is as usual kickass, a good mix of indie rock and techno, which is right in my ball park!

The workout was put together by Neal Henderson from Apex Coaching, the same sick minds folks who came up with ISLAGIATT and Violator…and yeah the same guy that coaches Taylor Phinney from Pro team BMC and head coach at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, Side note; here’s a link to an excellent article about data driven training he is quoted in.

The Bricks are hard, not impossible hard but they make you work, the micro intervals keep you engaged and focused on what’s going on, of course using TrainerRoad makes your life easier as the intensity is based on your FTP. As my running has not been anything to write home about this year I was interested to see what an my perceived levels of effort would turn out to be and pleasantly surprised that I was, albeit for a short distance, able to get my pace easily(ish) into the mid 6’s!

In total the video lasts just over an hour and it’s an hour of quality work, no junk miles here!

Need a teaser…here you go;

The Sufferfest - Trailer - Chrysalis (Triathlon) from The Sufferfest on Vimeo.

Chrysalis is available online now to download for $12.99, in a sport that is renowned for it’s expensive kit, this could be the best three Starbucks lattes you can miss!

This product was purchased (yeah sick I know). Other Sufferfest Reviews are available to read here.  If you have a product you’d like reviewed, contact me at

Monday, February 17, 2014

Knighthood Training Week 2

Another week in the bank! No real issues on this week just putting hay in the barn on the bike but I did get a sharp reminder that I need to be a bit more than a one trick pony, more on that below! This week was 5 rides again and shook out as follow;

Monday; off, I am good at this!

Tuesday; Taylor. Lots and lots of spin ups and downs, took a while to find a quick gear change that would let me shift up and down. Not the most interesting of rides! 3x20-minute sets of 30-second Billats @ 120% FTP where the recovery intervals match the work intervals with 30 seconds of rest between each Billat and 7 minutes of recovery between the sets of Billats. So yes I had to look up Billats too, at a basic level it is a workout designed to increase your VO2Max, it would seem to be more popular for runners than for cyclists but fundamentally the principles remain the same that an increase in V02Max is important because it is closely correlated with performance. GC Data.

Wednesday; West Vidette. Nice and easy ride while watching the Olympics. Nothing to see here! 45 minutes of aerobic endurance ranging from 50-80% FTP. GC Data.

Thursday; Pickering. All work on this one but I can feel myself getting stronger...of course I am sure I will eat crow the next ride! 1x20m @ FTP with 4x30s @ 90% to "recover". 5 minutes rest, then 5x4m @ FTP with 1 minute rest GC Data.

Friday; off. Beer me!

Saturday; 90 minutes Free ride. I downloaded the new Sufferfest “Chrysalis” triathlon specific video (review to follow) Warm-up run: 4 minutes Warm up Bike then 4 X of the following brick (each brick has a completely different interval profile): Bike: 8:00 Transition to Run: :30 secs Run: 4:00 Transition to Bike: :30 secs Cool down run: 4:00. 


The Sufferfest - Trailer - Chrysalis (Triathlon) from The Sufferfest on Vimeo.

This was followed up with a Date Night trail run with Becca and Cali the dog and I got a good warning that I need to be more than a one trick pony, all the biking is developing great cycling muscles and I am told dissolving my butt (I wish the same could be said for my stomach!) but I was getting a nasty ITB niggle so I took it really easy on the run and broke out the foam roller that night! GC Data.

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Sunday; Change of plan and decided to get the bike off the trainer and ride outside. One loop of the Rock Store climb, Becca and I wanted to try this as we have four loops to do in two months for the L'Etape du California. First road ride since crash 5 weeks ago and the back half covered a lot the same road so I was a bit nervous. Climb went well, it's tough but no real problems...not sure how I will feel after 4 of them though! Very ginger on the downhill's but again no real problems. Finished it off with one lap round the lake just to add some time and miles. The actual planned TrainerRoad ride was 90 minutes of hill work so I think was a good substitute. New 20 minutes Ave Power PR! Here are the Strava details for the actual climb and where the new PR was mostly generated. GC Data.

imageI have only ridden this twice, the last time was a long time ago and I was 39 seconds faster finishing in 15:59 so this gives me something to aim for and I think getting it sub 15:00 is a solid target.

Training accumulation looks like this; image Week 3 here we go…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A ride with

Ride a bike, like stuff for your bike, then you should check out

It’s a pretty simple concept they post challenges; typically ride XX hours or YY miles within ZZ time to get ABC discount (a current example is ride 160 miles by March 24 to get 36% off Twin Six clothing) pretty simple! Generating the data is pretty easy too! Personally I am entrenched in the Garmin device model so I simply upload my rides into their system and they do all the hard stuff like keeping totals etc.
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Ride inside no problem you can use your Garmin data which shows distance and duration as long as you have a Cadence/Speed Sensor. More recently you can integrate with your STRAVA account and let that do all the legwork…figuratively, you still have to do the actual legwork, you know the pedaling!

See your uploaded rides easily

So what happens when you finish you ask? Well having completed a couple of challenges I was provided a Discount Code to the relative websites; one for 25% Bike lights and the other for the aforementioned Twin Six Challenge.
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And that’s kind of it! It’s really a no brainer as such and given that I upload my data to Garmin Connect, Training Peaks and Strava another upload is neither here nor there!

What I would say is that more people that sign up and make purchases the more traction they will get with retailers so give it a go! There is currently a survey on their website asking for suggestions on what’s next…gotta be in it to win it!

Current challenges include; Twin Six clothing, Gatorskin tires, Primal Winter Apparel, 20% off at and various Winter Gloves.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TrainerRoad 101; hardware and soft decor

This the first of two posts that cover my set up of TrainerRoad, in this post I will show you how I have my hardware set up and a couple of tips to make it as simple as possible.

In the spirit of a picture is worth a 1000 words this is a picture heavy post!

First here is a list of the required bits and pieces;
Must haves; Nice to haves;

  • Bike
  • Trainer
  • Ant+ stick, I use the stick that came with my Garmin 910xt
  • Ant+ Cadence/Speed Monitor, I use a Garmin GSC10
  • PC / laptop and peripherals

  • Ant+Head unit, I use a Garmin Edge 500
  • TV / VGA Splitter & Speakers
  • Fan(s)
  • Flags / decorations

  • As you can see in this picture our set up is for dueling trainers. This is slightly unusual as it is only recording/displaying my data. To overcome this Becca moves her laptop into the garage and users her TrainerRoad installation for the workout which watching the larger screen in front of her for entertainment.
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    As a by product or merging families our house has a glut of TVs so we decided to use them in the garage. Tip1; to split the screen across the two TVs I use a $6.00 VGA Splitter, this simply sends the image to the two screens, this is not the same as a dual monitor where you can have different things on different screens, I could do that with the laptop screen open but I keep the lid closed to keep it relatively dust free, it is a garage after all. I have a $5.00 USB keyboard plugged in and an old wireless mouse.

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    I have just discovered that there is a Companion Version so I will be trying that out in the coming weeks.

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    Tip 2; to pick up the signal from the Cadence Monitor I used to plug the Ant+ stick into the side of the PC but after lots of dropped signals I now use a USB extension cable to get it closer to the bike. To avoid stepping on it and breaking it I tuck it into the wheel block at the front, sometimes the simple solutions are the best!

    That completes the set up of the “must have” hardware. For the “nice to have” I have an old set of PC speakers, (I think they over 10 years old!), which I simply plug into the pc. I also have an 2.5mm “piggy tail” extension cable for when the house is asleep and I use headphones instead of the speaker, this avoids waking the house up and also the exquisite pain of yanking he earbuds out when I sit up!

    There are a couple of fans placed at the front, while they don’t add any resistance they do cool you down so I can avoid the massive pool of sweat under the bike!

    Finally and just for some decoration/motivation purposes and to improve the view of looking at a blank wall there are some flags hanging up, obviously the Sufferlandrian National Flag as well as the California State flag. To add a bit of European color there is Vlaamse Leeuw ("Flemish Lion") and a Luxembourg Roude Léiw (“Red Lion”), why these two you ask, well here’s a couple of reasons…enough said I think!
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    Next I’ll look at the software and the installation and set up of that!

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Knighthood Training Week 1

    So here we go, another batch of posts that are training week roundups, I like these posts as it gives me the opportunity to look back on some of my comments that I write and try and make sense of what I was trying to put down on paper. As a reminder I am training for Sufferlandrian Knighthood using the TrainerRoad Advanced Build 1 plan.

    This week comprised of 5 rides here’s how it shook out, the links will take you to my TrainerRoad Ride data, Garmin Connect Data is also linked

    Monday; off. Mission accomplished!

    Tuesday; 20 Minute Test FTP Test. The ride is basically a 30 minute warm up followed by the 20 minute test. my FTP increased marginally since the Tour of Sufferlandria to 206 from 205; told you it was marginal! New 30 minute power record 198 watts. GC data

    Wednesday; Black. Bit of a leg flush after yesterday’s FTP Test, 80-90rpm, with a bit of climbing just to get out the saddle. Power zone 2-3. I have ridden Black several times and it’s a good one to follow a tough day with. GC data

    Thursday; Smith. First of 3 90 minute rides this week. 6x10min sets very close to FTP; 3 minutes rest between intervals. First 2 at 90+rpm, next 3 at 85rpm last one at 55-60rpm standing. I mixed up the cadences as suggested just to make it a little different and get me out of the saddle. New 60 minute power record; 176 watts. GC data

    Friday; off. Friday night after a long week, not the best time to get on a trainer!

    Saturday; Centennial. 6 intervals ranging from 6-8 minutes at 100% FTP where as much time as possible is spent out-of-the-saddle. Recoveries range from 3-5 minutes between each interval. Aimed for 70rpm on the climbs. I spent a lot of times on the drops but out of the saddle climbing as I couldn’t quite get the right power riding on the hoods. Added my weighted flywheel to this. GC data

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    Views from the back and front!

    Sunday; Emerson Phew that was nothing but plain hard work! Weighted flywheel on trainer added to the fun! 5x10min intervals spent slightly above or slightly below FT (3U/2O); with 5 minutes rest between intervals (RBI). 5x10-minute Over-Under intervals alternating between 3 minutes @ 95% FTP & 2 minutes @ 105% FTP with 5-minute recoveries between intervals. Wk1 is in the bank! GC data

    Here is the overall week;imageSo a week completed and spent on the Trainer, how was it? Well the workouts make you work, there is no coasting, if you stop pedaling you stop moving! The one caveat to that is the added flywheel which provides a longer coast down but if you stop pedaling and coast there is no power output being measured! Overall the workouts are well structured and while at first glance similar; an interval is an interval, the durations and intensities based around your FTP make them all the more interesting. Having having “Micro Intervals” significantly adds to the intensity. One bonus is that TrainerRoad allows you to layer the application over another screen on your pc so I was able to catch up on a couple of movies on Netflix…when I wasn’t chewing on my stem!

    How does this compare to training on the road? I was searching around for a ratio of trainer time vs. road time and I came up with an old thread on SlowTwitch which says the Trainer adds 50%, a thread on RoadBikeReview said that Chris Carmichael said 50 minutes Trainer = 60 minutes Road. Overall it’s subjective, there is some ratio as on the road you can coast and there are downhill’s and so on whereas on the Trainer, as mentioned, if you stop pedaling you stop moving. The biggest qualitative comment I can make it that these keep you honest, your output has a direct correlation to your input! Put simply work hard and get results!

    It’s early days but based on this week I would say that there is a very similar approach  in this Training Plan to the FIRST plans used for running which I have had a lot of success with in the past, (10k Review, Half Marathon Review) which are based around Intervals and Temp work, time will tell more, and this is only a first impression…no pun intended!

    So Week 1 is in the bag 8 more to go!