Better Understanding Of Tss Balance

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  1. skinnyrider891

    skinnyrider891 New Member

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    I have been training with power for a few years now using both Trainingpeaks and GC. I'm coming back from 6weeks off the bike from illness and have recently split with my coach so was hoping I could get a better understanding of the balance that I'm looking for.

    At the moment I have got my CTL up to around 80, with my ATL being in the 110 range with my TSB at -35. My CTL is way short of what I had before I was sick when I had around 110-120 CTL with very negative TSB even hitting -60 at the end of a training camp but I was still able to ride comfortably doing my base period and strength workouts.

    However now with my TSB being at -35 I am fully shattered even though my TSS for rides has dropped appropriately to roughly 100-200TSS rides mostly steady to try and get the body use to riding again and a few good hard Cat1 races.

    Today however I planned to do the 6x6mins zone5 intervals with 6min rest. For the life of me I couldn't manage more than one interval despite 2 more attempts lasting only 2mins each I couldn't get out of Zone4. I had a real tough race on Sunday spending 72mile in a break and doing 240TSS for 3hrs so as usual had a real easy spin yesterday zone1 or less all day for 40mins. Now I am on to my 4th week in this training block as I have a tough stage race next week and will be resting for it compared to my normal 3weeks on 1week recovery.

    I was hoping if someone could help me with an answer to some questions based of this:
    1) What TSB is recommended for preforming intense intervals effectively
    2) Would todays poor legs be due to the low TSB/ hard race/ both?
    3) Would you recommend trying again tomorrow or taking a rest week?
     
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  2. dkrenik

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    Sounds to me like you're not recovered from your illness.

    Also, I've never come close to the numbers you're claiming - are you sure that your FTP is dialed in?

    WRT #1: If your FTP is correct, I believe that AC recommends keeping TSB between +/- 10 (I'll stand to be corrected). I'm guessing that keeping TSB within this range helps ensure an appropriate RR.
     
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  3. kylerlittle

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    Very informative. I'm learning a lot on this forums.
     
  4. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    Retest your FTP.

    Check your powermeter calibration or if you have a PowerTap, do a stomp test.

    I suspect one or the other is "off."

    Any chance you could get back with your coach?
     
  5. An old Guy

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    CLB, TSB, and TSS mean nothing. Your riding ability means everything.

    The best training for racing for 3 hours is riding hard for 3 hours. If you are not comfortable doing 3 hours hard, both racing and recovery is going to be difficult.

    If you have a race in 1 week, you should stay home. You are not going to get better by then.


    I am not your coach, but you seem to be expecting too much.
     
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    Hey AOG, welcome back! Where have you been? What other forums have you been frequenting? I'd like to see your work on other subjects
     
  7. An old Guy

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    Vacation. Southern Utah, California, Arizona. Next vacation is in less than 2 weeks. Colorado, Northern Utah, Idaho, Wyoming.

    I post on some economics sites. (Economics is game theory not science.) The economy has been great for the middle class (75-200% of median income). Since '87 the middle class has been reduced from 45% of the families to 37%, the reduction has been from people moving into the realm of the rich. Not so good for the poor. They lack the resources to make much of a move up.
     
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