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  1. fezzy

    Too fit for February?

    I have about a year and change of pretty solid training under my belt. Last year was my first year racing. I made decent progress, but wasn't at all consistent. This year, I have been more methodical in my training, and have seen my power numbers rising rapidly recently. I think the gains are...
  2. fezzy

    Hitting a Wall

    Well, I have only been seriously riding for a year, and I got my PowerTap last December. I was low 200s then, so I have built from basically untrained to moderately trained. In August I think I hit my high point for FTP around 260. I was pretty regularly doing 2x20s in the 270s outdoors for a...
  3. fezzy

    Hitting a Wall

    So I am again hitting that familiar wall at 250ish on my 20 min intervals. Heart rate is consistently in 170s to lower 180s. It would seem like Im running out of room to grow without doing some VO2 to raise the ceiling. What do you guys think? Keep plugging away at zone 3/4, or spend a few weeks...
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    Cooling Vests...

    A bit about them here: http://westwoodvelo.com/showthread.php?t=4578&highlight=cooling+vest Several state champ TTers are using them to warm up for TTs on hot days around here. I dont know I would want to use it to train though, but to each their own.
  5. fezzy

    Leg Imbalance?

    A couple weeks ago I had a bikefit done and the shop used a spinscan. In addition to showing that I was pretty much a straight-down masher, we also noticed that my left leg was essentially just going along for the ride. The size of its circle was about half the size of the right. Can anyone...
  6. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Question regarding periodization. Do you guys back down the training intensity in the fall, or just try to keep building the threshold power throughout the year while keeping enough variety to not get bored? I am thinking of switching to a bit more lifting just because I like do it, but...
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    FTP Buiding advice

    Thanks guys. The stomp test checked out. I did a few gear ratios using 50# weights, and at worst, it was about 3% low, and in many ratios it was exactly on. Good piece of mind. Now to get that FTP up to 300 for next year.
  8. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Question about breaking through. Im beginning to wonder if there may be a problem with my PowerTap, because I am riding well above what I could do a month ago. I replaced batteries right about a month ago as well. I wonder if that has somehow thrown things off. I do zero it regularly. Anyway...
  9. fezzy

    Long Steady Ride

    Out of curiosity, how many hours per week are you guys advocating / putting in a week? I completely buy into the philosophy and would love to ride 8 hours a week instead of 12-15.
  10. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Another update. I seem to have broken through the wall that was holding me back for all these months, and have been riding much stronger the past few weeks. About two weeks ago was the first time I did 2x20 at 260+, and yesterday I did them at 275 and 274. Saturday, I did a 31 minute time trial...
  11. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Just a quick update. The longer intervals seem to be helping me. Last week, I went out and did an hour interval at 250 followed the next day by a 2x20 day at 260+ for each. The second one was a bit of a struggle to keep the power up toward the end, but I got through. Yesterday the legs felt...
  12. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Wow, didn't think I would start such a commotion with a question on FTP in here. I guess it takes all kinds. Anyway, I have tried incorporating some VO2 work, and increasing my FTP in WKO to 270 to force myself to work at a higher level for tempo and threshold efforts. I guess I have been...
  13. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Thanks for the advice guys. I did the 5x5 tonight, and it hurt a lot. Guess that means I did it right. Averaged 289 / 299 / 297 / 286 / 289. Started off doing 3 minutes rest, but switched to 5 for the last couple. I think I will try these once a week for a few of weeks, and see how things progress.
  14. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Are you suggesting replacing one day of the 2x20s with the VO2 efforts, or two or three? And how much total work time should I aim for?
  15. fezzy

    FTP Buiding advice

    Could use a little help/advice with my training. Back story is I picked up a road bike last year. Did some group rides, but not really what I would consider training. Ended up picking up the racing bug late last year and subsequently having my **** handed to me. Spent the winter on the trainer...
  16. fezzy

    American Classic 420 - opinions and alternatives

    Faced with a similar situation, I opted to go with a Niobium30 from Odds and Endos 24 hole with Sapim CX Rays. They are a bit more aero than your current setup, as a true 30mm deep rim, lighter at about 450 grams at the rim, and cheaper. The Niobium rim goes for around $50-$60. Its not super...
  17. fezzy

    PMC Initial Setup

    Thanks Alex. That seems to have it in the proper ballpark until I have more data.
  18. fezzy

    PMC Initial Setup

    I have been using a PowerTap since the middle of December along with CycingPeaks. I believe I read somewhere about prepopulating the fields in the PMC with some made up numbers. I have tried, but didn't really know what I was doing, so I have since set them back to 0. The problem being my TSB...
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    How much base

    Probably a stupid question, but what's Aet? I don't recall seeing that term.
  20. fezzy

    How much base

    No, to be clear. Tuesday is 2 x 20 at L4. Wednesday is 1 x 45 at L3 plus about 30 minutes of weights, and Thursday is 2 x 20 or 2 x 30 SST. Even at that, Thursday pretty much sucks.