Isn't Keri cute.
Anyway, our day started out at about 6:40am when we both arrived and got to chatten and catching up with tri stuff and kids and laughing about what our husbands don't know about what we do with training and spending when it comes to races and gear, if they only knew. Its so funny that we have so much in common, but its great.
Anyway, after setting up the bikes Janda had us all go through a good thorough warm up, approximately 35-40 minutes with a nice effort at the end to get the lactic acid going. We had 5 minutes to get our minds around the test and then it was off. Janda wanted me to start around 260 watts and try to increase 10 watts every minute if I was able. I thought we were shooting a bit high so I started around 250. When the gun went off I had one ear phone in to help me motivate and push me for the 6 minutes of hell. I didn't want to suck, I wanted to kick ass, I wanted to prove to myself that I am becomming a decent biker. Minute one down and I was feeling okay, minute two I'm still hovering around 255-260 so it was time to ramp up so I bumped to 270-275, my power tap was kind of wavering around a bit ( janda corrected it at the end) and I was trying to hit 280-286, 290 for minutes 2-5, the last minute I shot and killed myself, I went right to 305-315watts and tried to hold it for the full minute, with about 30 seconds to go my watts were dropping and I think I dropped to 269 maybe 260 at that point. Well, that last 30 seconds dropped my overall average by 10 watts and I'm really pissed, I wasn't smart, I rode stupid. But I gave it my all and I couldn't give anymore.
All in all ( I don't have my complete analysis yet, and I don't know if I kicked anyone's ass but my own) but my average watts based on the 6 minute test is 270 watts, which is about where Janda thought, maybe 275 for the test, so I guess, " not so bad". However, in my mind I was hoping for 280 or 285. It didn't help that my weight on the scale was wrong by about 6 lbs
( which most of the people said it was, so I didn't feel too bad) but that definitely changed my power/weight ratio.
What did I learn, well, I need to train and train harder. If I want to make biking a bigger strength/threat I need to work on bumping up my Vo2 max watts and then improving my functional threshold power over long periods of time. Both of these will help me become a threat on the bike, and hopefully help me have a stronger run.
Well, that's it. Long tempo run tomorrow, will be good to clear my head and refocus and to stop being bummed out about today's performance, I am sure there will be plenty more suffer fests ahead for me.