Testing week! Originally supposed to happen next week, but some last minute travel plans resulted in it happening this week rather than last week.
S: 9700m, 216′
B: 175.9mi, 570′
R: 36.73, 315′
So my first week of training camp is done, and holy hell am I exhausted. No wonder, 18 hours this week (in January), was probably more volume than I ever did last year. But it’s hard to complain when it’s as beautiful as it is down here. I joined a masters group, and although they don’t get a ton of volume in each day, it’s nice to have someone fast in the lane next to me, constantly pushing me to go faster. I think the decrease in volume per swim is definitely countered by the competition, so all in all it’s going well. We did some video review on Saturday, so in the next couple of days I should be able to share that with Brian to see what he says about it as well.
Bike testing went pretty well, I think. I haven’t gotten results/interpretations yet, but I’m happy with them, and if nothing else, they give me standards to beat next time. Over two days, I tested the following:
Sat: 30″ max, 2x (1′ on, 1′ off), and 4′ max. Total ride time: 150′
Results: 779w, 551w, 541w, 405w
Sun: 30′ TT. Total ride time: 180′
Why am I sharing this? Well one, it’s January. These numbers will hopefully be improved fairly dramatically by the time race season starts, and improved some more by the time race season is coming to a close. Second, what does knowing these numbers tell a competitor? That my strength is on the bike? Any brief glance at results would confirm this belief. Most of the testing from Saturday, from my understanding, is more for power profiling and looking at my “ceiling,” whereas the testing from Sunday only measures my current abilities relative to my ceiling. I trust that Brian will use these numbers to help me identify strengths and weaknesses at the moment, and we’ll be sure to improve upon the weaknesses over the coming months. So by the time I start racing, I’ll have hopefully turned my weaknesses into strengths, and my strengths into finishing moves. Like the People’s Elbow.
God, I love the Rock.
Anyway, that’s more or less it. I got my blueseventy custom Wattie Ink wetsuit ordered, so I’m stoked to be getting that in the coming months. I also had a conference call with a new sponsor, Greater > Than, which is a coconut water sports drink. They’ve got Brian Scalabrine signed as a sponsored athlete as well, so that’s pretty damn dope. Check the videos they have with him!
More to come next week. Florida is fucking awesome.