Week Four of Base Miles (Recovery Week)
Ending—Dura—–Dist—- Weight— HR— TSS—- kJ——1min—-5’w—-20’w— 60’w
11/27——8:39—–151——–155——-157—- 427—-4970—- 466—- 317—-211—-188
11/20——6:14——-99——-155——-154—- 292—-3458—- 468—- 286—-213—-180
This concludes my fourth week of a three-week build and one week recovery period. This week the focus was on maintaining the fitness gained in weeks one, two and three. I rode easy this week so that I would achieve full adaptation from week three. While my hours and mileage were more than last week the intensity was still low. You will notice a significant portion of my hours was spent in the Endurance Zone (lighter Green).
Notice in the graph above how week four has a significant portion of the overall training time in the lower two categories (Blue and lighter Green) My endurance zone is between 165-223 watts. I feel comfortable riding at that intensity.
Above is a graph depicting hours ridden with Bars and mileage ridden by the Line. The increase over the last four weeks has been moderate and consistent.
Above you will see how even though I did more mileage on my fourth week my IF (Intensity Factor) is much lower than any of the previous weeks. This type of building takes discipline and training with a purpose. My SRM Power Meter is the best tool for proper pacing.
Nutrition and rest are two very important components of a successful training program. I use AminoPure after every workout. It ensures I maintain good health as it boosts my immune system and helps me recover quicker.
I also increase my protein intake to ensure good muscle recovery for the next day’s training effort. Interphase from Sportquest has 34g of protein with only 190 calories. If I have been training really hard I make a smoothie before bedtime so I can sleep through the night.
I rode five straight days with no rest days for a total of 14 hours 24 minutes and 237 miles. A little more than three additional hours and 30 more miles than last week. Training Stress Score was down from 529 to 516 and kilojoules was up from 7167 to 7577. Remember the kilojoules is closely related to calories expended. Notice how on the Performance Management Chart my Acute Training Load (stress over 7 days) is up from 72.6 to 79.5 and the Chronic Training Load (stress over 42 days) was up from 39.2 to 47.9. Two items of notable mention:
1. A good 4.5 hour endurance ride in San Diego
2. Followed by another good 3.5 hour endurance in San Diego
Just for fun how about these statistics for the last four weeks of training:
I rode 737 miles burned 24,000 calories, 43 1/2 hours and averaged just over 17 miles an hour.
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You’re always riding, or so it seems! How in the world is your CTL in the 40’s with one epic ride after another. I wouldn’t ever think it could get that low, climb slowly yes, but to be that low???
Did you take a few months off that I missed?
Hello and thank you for reading my blog. Very astute of you to notice my CTL. I reset the Performance Management Chart to reflect only this race season. 2012 season started November 14, 2011 and will run until October when I finish the Furnace Creek 508 SOLO a record 7th straight time (beating my own record of 6 straight solos)
Additionally, I am not riding much right now. As you can tell from my graphs my hours/mileage is less than 14 hours or 250 miles for the week and that’s on the 4th week of a build cycle (much less in the previous three weeks). Later in the season just one of my training rides would be 14 hours 😉
Furthermore, the information you are commenting on is fairly old. My CTL for last week was 59.
Thank you for you comment and I look forward to further discussing power related questions.