On the last day of a 75 hour, 1274 mile month, I set a new PR on Newport Coast Dr. My new time of 6:50 is 12 seconds faster than my previous PR from earlier in the month of 7:02 and 31 seconds faster than the PR before that of 7:21. I held 321 watts for almost seven minutes. My weight was 147.4 and my 4.8 w/kg was the highest and longest time frame I have ever held for that w/kg. Keep in mind, the pros hold 6 w/kg for 30 minutes or more once again proving I’m just your average working stiff that enjoys riding a bike. And speaking of working, that 1274 mile month was done by riding 2-2.5 hours in the morning and 1.5- 2 hours at night after work. I often see Crow going in the opposite direction. ONCE last month we were going the same direction and chatted a few minutes. I had a few centuries thrown in as well. You may not know but I can’t ride on weekends because I am either working or I have my six year-old son.
New Power Profile after PR
Month End numbers for May.
As you can see above, May was my first thousand mile month in a long time. I’m fortunate to have a good base from my first years of Ultras where I would do 12,000 – 15,000 miles a year. Why the big ramp up this month? Well because every May I start my preparation in earnest for the Furnace Creek 508 I now have to put in four months of solid training. By September, I am doing more speedwork (intensity) so the mileage (duration) is shorter. I would like to do Everest Challenge just before Furnace Creek 508- just like last year with one week apart. AND there is also Interbike in September so basically September is a wash. Hence, May through August is when I really need to focus on my 508 training.
Stay tuned for more Furnace Creek 508 specific training….
For those that wonder where I am timing my Newport Coast PR’s here is a graph. 1.55 miles 450 feet of gain about 6ish% grade.
PLEASE PASS MY BLOG OUT TO YOUR FRIENDS.