Thursday, January 26, 2012

CompuTrainer Class: TTT and Baby Madi

Precious Madi

I got to babysit this adorable baby girl this morning. Totally worth getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal and getting to work 3 hours later than normal.

After work, it was off to Todd's for test #2 of the week. Only today, unlike Tuesday, I had a plan for the 5-mile, all-out, go-as-hard-as-you-can sufferfest.

  • 1:11:18, 154 HR (195 max)
  • 49:48 warmup, 146 HR
  • 13:46 test, 188 HR, 226 watts
  • 7:43 cooldown, 150 HR

These are my results from the previous TTs I've done at Todd's:

Test Number
Completion Time
Average Watts
January 26, 2012
TT #7
226 watts
January 24, 2012
TT #6
228 watts
May 4, 2011
TT #5
237 watts
March 3, 2011
TT #4b
202 watts
March 1, 2011
TT #4a
229 watts
January 6, 2011
TT #3b
185 watts
January 4, 2011
TT #3a
217 watts
March 25, 2010
TT #2
223 watts
January 28, 2010
TT #1
208 watts

Everything about today's test except the outcome was different than Tuesday's test. How does that happen? Oh, well, Will has said, "Consistency is the key to success," so I'm going to keep that in mind. I did the warm up different because my plan for the test was different. My plan for the test was to pace Valerie; she hadn't tested Tuesday and had helped keep me apprised of where I was on the course, so I was willing to help her where she needed it. She said her goal was to average about 22mph, so that's what I did (I was pretty much between 21.5 and 22.2 the entire time). I never really looked at anything else (my HR, my distance, the time), though I did look at my watts a few times. The highest average I noticed was 231; a vast difference from the 286 I saw on Tuesday and a much smaller difference from the 226 I ended up at.

Neither (starting out hard and fading vs. starting and ending at the same place) was really harder than the other, but I definitely liked today's feeling better than Tuesday's; I could tell I was riding more consistent today, and I definitely could've gone faster had I not been focused on maintaining 22mph.

It was a short but hard ride, and I still had a workout to do after. I really debated whether to do it because I was also hungry, but I let the Ensure I'd drank after the ride fuel my 10×30sec workout: lunge R/L, glute ham with reps to the top, altitude drop push up (sitting up for the 30 sec and dropping for the rep), curl w/15lb, and crunch. Then I could finally eat and got a caesar wrap from Chick-Fil-A. Yum!

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