Thursday, July 23, 2009

I Can Haz More Wattz All Over Again

Last night I did Jason's famous race simulation workout for the second time. The first time was back in April, but my training has since been occupied with a lot of endurance, peaking, and rest. July has been about getting my fast back and it's really working.

Last night's workout was 3 minutes Vo2, 5 minutes Threshold, and 8 minutes Sweet Spot in rapid succession. Although April's workout was broken up a bit differently (2/5/10 minutes), I average 15 watts higher at 175 watts. More importantly, I finished feeling like I could have averaged 180 for a full 20 minutes had that been my objective.

I haven't done an actual 20-minute threshold test the entire season. Jason has just been calculating my zones based off of the two simulation workouts and the two road races I did earlier in the season. When I have workouts like the one last night, I'm left wondering how I would do if I did an official test. I might blow it away, or I might crack under the pressure of a TEST; I'm not sure.

I wish I had power data from the first 16 minutes of a real mountain bike race to see how much it actually looks like this workout. In theory the workout seems like an accurate simulation of the the start of a race or at least one with no bottleneck start. But as I rolled out to Bottom Road yesterday, my intestines were not in knots and I was thinking "200 watt for the first 3 minutes won't be THAT bad." However, the first three minutes of a real race usually involves stomach cramps, trying not to crash, and thinking, "Oh the pain! Oh the pain!" It's sad, but I think I need my little yellow friend to tell me whether I'm really hurting or not.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to wait a little longer to find out how this month's training translates into the real world. Adam has a family reunion the same day as the DINO Versailles race, so I will likely not see any more actual competition until the Logansport race on August 16. DRT Consulting is putting on a dirt TT at Brown County on August 2, but I'm not sure what to expect from that.

4 comments:

Jason Hilimire said...

Stay tune, magic workout will soon be making it's way to your favorite bike racing website ;) where you can see the comparison

Emily said...

I hope I can do that BCSP TT...you should def. do it...mainly because DRT races are the best because YOU GET TO STAND ON A BOX. Woah, I'm on a box. It's like being on a boat. Plus, you could go out later on and ride the same thing and see if you can beat your time. Plus, it's totally close.

Lindsay said...

Yes, I DO get to stand a box. The question is how many girls will show up and which box I get to stand on. :)

DRT events should be more popular based on the box alone.

Aaron said...

The first 10-15 minutes of an XC event are always the worst. I'm always trying not to puke or keep my heart from exploding. Fun though.