A ride in California, when planning meats success!

I am out in california being educated about bikes this week. Specialized is putting on quite a show and treating us guests to a week of nothing but awesome bike talk and rides.

I am out here for the rides though and to test myself a bit. The riding is amazingly scenic and perhaps some of the best I have done to date. Today we did a short ride of about an hour or so. The group was kept very controlled but we were given the opportunity to open it up a few times. One time in particular was a shallow 2.5 mile climb. Needless to say I was chomping at the bit.

The outcome? thats to come! but this posting is about how coaching got me to the end result. I have to be my own coach sometimes and I have to turn the tables on myself on a daily basis to plan my rides and make goals along the way.

This winter I am doing something a bit different. For those whom I coach you probably have seen this to. This winter I am doing a bit more early threshold development work. This development has been in the form of steady state training. This zone is defined by being 83-90% threshold power or 92-95% threshold heart rate. While the science of this zone is a bit complex, it works on threshold development. In addition to this threshold development, I have been using periodic doses of maximal interval training. These efforts are a 30sec to 2min long and are typical interval sessions.

The idea to split form the my usual in the past of long steady distance (LSD) rides is two fold. One, I just don’t have the time or mental stamina like the season I was doing 15 hour weeks on a trainer. With work, coaching and much more, I seem to be setting in at 8 to 12 hour weeks. Another is I wanted to be able to show up for some early season challenges with a bit more high-end ability and just not be the guy who can pull for 3 hours at a moderate pace. This would probably lend itself to more motivation and reward for the work I have been doing.

So how is this bid paying off? Very well! The climb today was fast and I was able to put in a few good turns of speed. I climbed with the top three guys and gave them a challenge all the way to the top. I did get redlined, but it was much less painful then I remember other spring rides like this being. I felt great! It was a real confidence booster. This has given me the drive to get this week done an return home for a serious 6 weeks of training before my next small target.

While I know I still need to get in some longer rides of 3 hour plus; I would say my training thus far is putting me exactly where I want to be.  Do I still have further to go? You bet!! But my new tactic seems to be paying off. I would recommend anyone whom has done the LSD rides in the past to introduce some of what I mentioned above into their training. While I am not a fan of interval work only like some plans. I would say a hybrid of the traditional model of LSD rides and interval work seems to be working.

Ride hard

Coach Jordan

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