Antelope for SSBLV1 week 2, and I clearly don’t belong among you racers but I’m proud of myself anyway.
I’m exhausted and hungry just reading about your workouts! Was your cadence really avg 65 for 4.5hrs?
We all start somewhere! I think my first recorded FTP was 90
(after creepin’ on your profile) WOW you’ve basically doubled it!
Yes, and I’m at my best w/kg to date . Progress has definitely not been linear and these days I feel a lot of my gains aren’t necessarily FTP based.
What I found interesting was the data that Nate put up some time back: The Bell curve of cylists - how fast are the average TR users? because I always felt I was way more to the left of the curve than I actually am.
I’d be willing to be most of us think that until we are presented with the facts. I had a borderline complex about not being a very good runner in HS (25 yrs ago!) because I wasn’t the fastest guy on my team, yet I was a 1:56 half miler and sub 17 5K runner as an underdeveloped senior. Not elite, but way to the right of the bell curve. I let that “complex” affect my enjoyment of the sport. Live and learn. I often wonder how fast I could’ve been had I stuck with it and kept working!
Ha, yep, I am less left-ward than I expected.
Timed it perfectly to finish together with the Omloop, cooldown started just as the chasers came over the line.
Not happy with my new ‘ftp’ though, it hurts!
2 weeks to go till the over/unders show up so hope to improve a bit by then.
(Endurance interval done at SS pace)
I’m either doing something super right or doing something duper wrong.
And so help me god if I have to read “Your FTP is wrong” one more time!!!
Yup. Right there, not like alternating between 50 & 80, but hovering around 65. I used to ride at 85-90 comfortably but downshifted. Lower cadence is equalling lower heart rate which should mean lower cardio drag for the run. That’s the idea, at least. I sent this q to the podcast but it wasn’t picked up.
It’s an interesting question for sure. I’ve done Antelope twice so far this year; second time avg HR was about 7 beats higher but avg cadence was higher too. I wasn’t running straight after so can’t report back on how that aspect went.
I think Brett Sutton advocates low cadence partly for the same reason you articulated: https://blog.trisutto.com/low-cadence-triathlon/
Finished Brasstown - thus marking the end of SSB LV1. I noticed that it’s easier for me to do standing-up sprints. Looking forward to measure my FTP gains next week and kick off SSB LV2.
Workouts often dont go well the day following a big ski day. Maybe I’m turning a corner; today went just fine. Gonna have to get used to it with so much snow in the Sierras.
Check our the comments, I’m also unaware of any science backing this opinion up.
Rationalising, I get that it should be a trade between impacting your legs or your aerobic system but I’m not a fan of assumptions.
My TR sessions average 86-88rpm but I can’t spin faster then 65rpm uphill and stay below VO2max, so outdoor and race day averages 73-75rpm.
A poor February and now I have a bad back. Away on holiday this week and hopefully will return refreshed and revitalised. CTL down at 26 from the normal ~53