Posts Tagged ‘Cycling with Power Meters’

This is my second post today, and I’m not that into blogging, but I need to document this thought for next year.  A lot of people think I blog to share with others what I have learned or experienced.  I’d say that is a small part of it.  I don’t know enough about cycling to think that my blog posts offer much to most riders.  However, these blog posts allow me to go back and read a year or two later what I was thinking, feeling, and doing (power / wattage) at certain times.  I was flying last year during the Georgia Cycling Gran Prix, but I’ll need to go back and read about what I was doing leading up to the race.  I know that I had a steady mix of long rides and shorter rides, but I can’t remember exactly what I was focused on, so I’ll read old posts soon.

This post is mainly focused on reminding myself something that I forgot until just now.  Last year I learned that I am much faster when I hit a certain CTL target.  My goal this year was to race at that level most of the year.  Until I got sick, I was sitting there pretty close to the target.  However, the key piece that I forgot from prior year’s “lessons learned” is that “how” you achieve your CTL is every bit as important as what you have for CTL.  Last year, I had a nice high CTL, but I was able to maintain it with some longer / easier rides that kept the CTL high and fatigue low.  This year, I had some setbacks and also some good days, but I went a little too hard on some of my good Tucker days and longer Tues Night Crit days.  As a result, I had the same CTL on fewer hours of riding.  The CTL value was the same, but it was probably done on 1hr less per week.  In the beginning, this was fine, but as the weeks progressed, it was tiring and may or may not have led to the ear and nasal infections.  So, just a reminder to myself that the CTL target is a very real target to achieve for a minimum level of P/1/2 race success, but “how” I get there is very important.  Better to be 2 – 3 points lower CTL with some added freshness than 2 to 3 points higher with a lot of fatigue.  And as they used to say back in the old days of Saturday morning cartoons, “And that’s one to grown on…”

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