For some reason its repeated all over the interwebs, including on the TR site.
Yes you can.
This is the no popcorn, no bullshit, speculators go away, just the facts from a dude wearing this shirt today:
Yeah, thats me.
Thought we discussed this study on the forum before. But maybe not a dedicated thread. As far as I’m concerned, you either try it and tell your tale, or keep your theories to yourself
In that study I would be in the recreationally trained category… based on my old guy, feeble 46 ml/min/kg vo2max from 2017, and right now. Or on absolute basis, 4.3 L/min. Estimated by both WKO/Intervals/Garmin off a not-100% 20+ minute effort last week, and the long one I’m going to talk about from 2017.
In April 2017 I was able to ride at FTP for “about” an hour - 275W average power for 47+ minutes, and 61 minutes at that normalized power. Second season.
At 61 minutes the average power was 271W so diff between NP and Avg was only 4W at an hour.
Whatever. WKO awarded me a 60 minute TTE, aligned with the NP. May god have mercy on my soul for writing 60 minutes in this thread.
Fun with human performance models:
What it took:
- about 6 months of really hard work
- ‘first Saturday of the month’ Jan/Feb/Mar attempts to pace 50-70 minute effort
- a one week break in early March to let the body adapt
- 3 weeks later a big fitness bump
- embracing the mental suck and actually doing it on the April attempt
- go long
- then go short and fast
- then go long and fast
One and done?
I’m thinking of embracing the suck again this year. Felt awesome, back in 2017 I was flying on Feb-April group rides, and on a May double century.
Not that it matters, back then my 60-min power was 94% of 20-min power.
Haven’t done any long threshold efforts (>30 minutes). I (finally) have the same 20-min power now as back then, but 60-min power is 84% of 20min. Artifact of training. Timing my longer efforts to begin in March.
Wanna be an outlier because it supports your goal events? Put it on your bucket list. Set your mind to it and chase it down. Its like I used to tell my kids, get in, shut up, and hold on They couldn’t talk anyways because driver controls the volume on the stereo… control your volume.
Just do it™