Argh… I overestimated my ability/fitness today.
Last week at Cycle University setting my threshold power at 310 watts seemed fine so this week I tried 320. Not. I got the first interval done but just barely and had to stop pedaling for roughly three seconds about three minutes from the end just to give my legs a break. I then foolishly started the second interval at the same threshold setting (perhaps I was hoping I had 'warmed up'…?) and about nine minutes in I came apart.
First I dropped the threshold power to 310 but I still had to quit pedaling about FIVE times for a couple of seconds each time during this second 20 minute interval. Rats.
Lesson learned? Probably not but we can always hope.
Greg K - bless his heart - provided me with some excuses. Not that I didn't have some myself already (I had lifted heavier just yesterday, I had gone for a long run Sunday…). He noticed that my rear wheel was quite loose in the trainer and actually got off to tighten it and then to screw down the locknuts. I guess if your bike is wobbling around it will be harder and you will wear out your tire faster. Thanks Greg.
Later in the day I ran some errands which included a site visit at our new house and a trip to REI. Not only have I gotten in the habit of taking my GPS with me everywhere I go now (and posting every foot I ride on Strava! super dork in the making surely), I left it on my handlebar while my bike was locked up outside of the store. When I exited the store and saw the computer on my bars I simultaneously had a heart attack and breathed a huge sigh of relief. I need to be more careful.
|5:00 AM - banana
5:30 AM - gel
|large bottle w/1 tablet Nuun and 2 scoops HEED
|Time of Day
|2 x 20 at 90-95% of threshold
|trainer - 53 min
|trainer - 16.2 miles
commute - 9 miles
|trainer - Single Speed Bike
commute - Town Bike