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  1. Watoni

    PMC Question

    I have had some time off so just restarted my PMC a number of weeks ago. I was coming off an illness and a crash, so I did mostly trail running and a few 3-5 hour rides. I went up from the default CTL of 50 to about 62 in 10 days. This past Saturday I rode in a double century that turned tragic...
  2. Watoni

    PMC Management After A Break

    I had been faithfully inputting all my rides and using the powertap for 95%+ of the rides. I have now had a few weeks of low activity and riding a bike that is not compatible with the PT and have been skiing and running as well. How do you reflect something like this in the PMC? It would show...
  3. Watoni

    Saris trainers?

    I was looking at both the Powerbeam and the 400 Pro Indoor cycle. The indoor cycle seems great since it comes with a Joule computer and alows you to recreate those rides indoors by downloading the data from outdoor rides. One thing is that I prefer an electromagnetic brake like there is on the...
  4. Watoni

    Day off?

    Well, I am getting ready for my first peak in late April. To be ready I need to up my FTP a bit and lose some kg. For that reason I am trying to keep the volume high in the next two months since starving tends not to work for me. I am aiming for 800-900 TSS during my on weeks.* I find this is...
  5. Watoni

    Garmin Edge 500

    I got one of these as a holiday gift from my bride. Has a lot of functionality thus far, though I need to update my PT 2.4SL so I can get the power part working. I have a few dumb questions: 1. Any experience with calibrating the PT hub via the Garmin? I also heard with the ANT+ update the...
  6. Watoni

    Winter Tempo/SST

    Not having the luxury of 4-5 hour training rides whenever I want, I am hoping to build a base and slim down by riding loads of tempo/SST. The plan is to try to do 2-3 "SST rides" per week (1.25-3 hours with 45 minutes - 1.5 hours of climbing at SST intensity), and get one recovery and one 4-5...
  7. Watoni

    Calculating watts/kg from VAM

    I have thrown down a few public challenges to help me with my goal of slimming down and getting fit. One is to break one hour on Mt. Diablo in Northern California (South Gate). It seems people analyzing pro climbing performances have used a formula to estimate watts/kg. Relative power (W/kg)...
  8. Watoni

    PMC and Cross-Training Redux

    I know this has been touched on before, but I have started (and am hoping to continue) some trail running during the winter season (including some 17-25km "fun" event runs with 2000-3500 feet of ascent). At minimum, I think this should figure into ATL, but I am wondering about CTL and how...
  9. Watoni

    Off-season riding for weight loss

    I have pretty much finished all the events I care about this year (three double centuries and a gran fondo). I did fine but really need to lose 10-15 pounds to take it to the next level. Given my job/family commitments I had about 6 hours a week to train (and many weeks with little to no...
  10. Watoni

    6 week training plan -- Help

    Ok, here is the dilemma -- I started the year relatively well, and PR'd two doubles in April and May. Then work (120+ hours/week) for several weeks, illness (brought on by exhaustion), etc. has just crushed me and my fitness, bringing me from a CTL of 85 down to the low 60s. I tried to ride...
  11. Watoni

    Incomplete PT download

    All, I just completed a double century yesterday (Central Coast Double, 218 miles and 14,000 feet elevation). The PT computer shows a ride time of 12:27, 7948 kj, 218 miles, average power 176 and average speed of 17.5 mph. However, when I download the data into WKO I get only 11:46 (and 314...
  12. Watoni

    Peaking for Ultras? Relevant?

    What seems appropriate in terms of trying to maximize performance for ultras (double centuries) that are quite a bit apart. My "season" of targeted events is as follows: April 18: Devil Mountain Double (done) May 9: Central Coast Double June 20: Terrible Two August 1: Mt. Tam Double I am...
  13. Watoni

    Guesstimating TSS (I know, bad)

    Having just ridden a double this weekend in Norcal (206 miles and 18,600 feet of vertical), I was trying to make sense of what something like this does to your fitness and training. I chose not to use the Powertap (I know, but I was having wheel issues and did not want to mess around with it)...
  14. Watoni

    Power Tap SL issue

    All, I have had a PT for a little over a year and it has worked very well. The power stopped and it showed low battery in the head unit so the batteries in both the hub and head unit have been replaced, and I updated the firm ware. Still, the hub is recognized and shows speed and cadence...
  15. Watoni

    What's a big weekly TSS for you?

    Not that work won't prevent it, but I am hoping to get in 1800-2000 (rough estimate since my Powertap is not working properly at present :mad: ) total over the next two weeks. I just made myself a spreadsheet with the desired workouts and this is where it looks as if the TSS would end up. That...
  16. Watoni

    PT SL -- Speed but no power?

    I just changed the batteries in the head unit and the hub. The hub has gone through the learn process, speed/cadence are back, but the power just shows --- Any ideas? Thanks!
  17. Watoni

    Cyclingnews -- Dario Fredrick

    I found this piece dissuading a reader from training at a set percentage of FTP a bit odd, especially given that HR lags for efforts at VO2 max and above in particular, and my HR becomes quite depressed over the course of an ultra event even when I am lean and mean -- other thoughts? "I don't...
  18. Watoni

    Fun, but is it good training?

    Trying to get my climbing legs, so I have been putting 40-70 minutes of SST/L4 climbing in a 1-1.5 hr ride in for 6 of the past 7 days (also pushing a few days in a row since the weather is supposed to take a turn for the worse). The legs are definitiely a bit fatigued, but I still felt pretty...
  19. Watoni

    Telltale IFs?

    Other than the 1.05/1hr sanity check, are there others? I have been testing and doing 2x20s, but on a 4.5 hour ride I had an IF of 0.866, which made me a bit suspicious even though it was a tough ride I will try and test again this week but was just wondering if an IF for this duration can be...
  20. Watoni

    Recovery with L4?

    I am doing relatively low CTL rides due to little daylight but with good SST content: Example: Day 1: 20 minute interval at IF 1.03, 45 minutes total. Day 2: 70 minute interval at IF 0.923, 2.5 hours total Day 3: 30 minute interval at IF 0.992, 18 minute interval at IF 1.03, 1.5 hours total...