Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Testing and a Look Ahead

I took a break the last two weeks. Being well rested and well fueled from thanksgiving goodness... a good opportuninty for testing arrrives. Results are ambiguous. I'm seeing great gains to my under two-minute power. But my threshold power isn't progressing as well as I'd have like given the attention I've given it. Some of that may be due to my testing. I went too hard at the beginning of the time trial interval. I may repeat the interval today, striving for a more steady power level, or re-test in a few weeks.

I planned out the first six weeks of the 2011 season. It's the most aggressive plan I've ever written. I've included tons of skill practice time. Several times last year I felt limited by bike handling skills. No reason for that. I also planned in a lot of flexibility. I've come to realize that it's impossible to lock down a plan during this time of year. Weather dictates what's possible. And there's no way to predict what the weather will be like three weeks from now. So, for most long workouts I've planned a dirt option, a road option, and an indoor option. Otherwise I tend to say "if I can't ride as planned, I'll just ride the couch".

2011 is an important season for me. I expected a better 2010 season than it turned out to be. Can't help but feel like there some unfinished business to take care of.