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Off the Air

OK - I've been off the airwaves for a little while. I was changing my internet service provider and that turned out to be a small pain in the butt but I'm back on line now - so time for an update on a few things.

Firstly, the above chart tells a pretty cool story so far. Each of those light blue columns is a day where I have ridden on the bike/trainer. The height of the column indicates how much stress I incurred on that ride (a combination of duration and intensity) and the dark blue line indicates my long term training load, curently at 23 TSS/day. Basically my objective for the coming weeks/months will be to keep training in a way that sees that blue line continue to rise at a sustainable rate.

In the one-month since first turning a crank over on a home trainer, I have:

- ridden on 23 of those days (mostly on the home trainer)
- progressed to using a 155mm crank on the left side (I started with a 100mm crank)
- had my special bike leg attachment fitted
- had two rides outdoors on my real bike
- been able to sustain 190 watts for an hour
- for the first time tonight I was able to do a couple of pedal strokes while standing up.

Here is the power file from my 1 hour ride in Centennial park on Sunday morning. I think an average power of 180+ watts for an hour with an average speed of nearly 30km/h ain't going too bad all things considered.

I was considering racing a crit this coming weekend but I just remembered I have some commitments (coaching at an intro to track session on Saturday). Might take the track bike out though and see how that goes....

Race Report

Inspector Gadget