What follows is a graphical comparison of my personal records on Newport Coast Dr. It should be self-explanatory but feel free to make comments on this blog post to open a discussion. I will tell you that I strongly believe that the CVAC sessions in Newport Beach have made an improvement in my training and subsequent field tests.
George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas progression to current personal record of 6:43 on Newport Coast Drive.
A few points to consider:
1. Time is an absolute — less time represents faster ascents
2. Normalized Power increased for each Personal Record. Faster times not a product of environmental factors such as tailwinds
3. Watts per Kg increased for each Personal Record. Regardless of my weight I increased w/kg ratio
4. Crank Torque increased for each Personal Record. More powerful legs pushing harder and pushing harder gears. Last effort on 6/28 was done in “Big Ring” (53×21).
5. Intensity Factor- 6/28/11 represents 122% of effort compared to my FTP (1 hour of power) of 285watts. So either I need to adjust up my FTP or I’m becoming a specialist at 5 minute efforts 😉 I will adjust my FTP regardless to 295 watts.
6. Weather consistent. Early morning efforts no winds, no heat. Allowing repeatable Field Tests.