Preliminary Race Schedule 2015

Black Cat 20 miler March 2015
Boston Marathon April 2015
JCC sprint tri May 2015
B2B bike race/ride June 2015

? Musselman July or Lowell Olympic
? challenge Maine olympic in august
sprint or half September

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's over, not too bad.....

This is my friend Keri and we are setting up our bikes for our first Vo2 max bike test. My little man is to the left of her bike. Still don't have a name for him.

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.


  1. I'm still somewhat of a tri newbie. I've only done one half iron and plan to do 2 this summer. My question is, do you think it's worth it to get a power tap? My hubby said if I want one, I should get one, but I don't know if it's worth the $$ at this stage of the game. On the other hand, if it really can help my biking, it's tempting. And GREAT job on your test!! (:

  2. I think it is. When you know what you need to put out with regards to power, you just key into that number and stay there. Heart rate doesn't play into the mix, etc....If I know that I can ride 56 miles at 180 watts and beable to run my best 1/2 marathon at that wattage then that is what I do. If I ride it at 200 watts, etc... then most likely I'll blow up on the run. It takes time to get used to riding with power but I'm starting to like it.

  3. ummm. Donna, you'd kick my ASS on the bike!!!! They be some serious wattage there...
    Please, please tell me you're tall. Please?
    :) Nice work!!!!!

  4. Um, I'm 5'5 on a good day, but I weigh a whopping 140lbs so the power to weight ratio works probably in your favor. I'm hoping to drop another 8lbs before race season though. Janda did correct my watts from yesterday, he averaged me out at 275, I was really hoping for 280. I told him my goal was to get over 300 by March and be down to 135lbs with the hopes I could be a competitive Cat 2 biker. WE'll see.