What's your CTL ceiling?

Discussion in 'Power Training' started by Uhl, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Very impressive, how many hours do you train per week?
     


  2. Pelotonium

    Pelotonium New Member

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    It could just be that you're using too high a threshold power in WKO+. Was your FTP measured or derived? Are you being honest with yourself on this one?

    Just a thought...
     
  3. NomadVW

    NomadVW New Member

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    Since the last transition, from cpeaks

    Time/Distance, Sun to Sat
    From To Weekly Hours Weekly Distance
    6/10/2007 6/16/2007 17.486 553.135
    6/17/2007 6/23/2007 15.0325 474.189
    6/24/2007 6/30/2007 15.4564666666667 493.817
    7/1/2007 7/7/2007 17.87415 579.684
    7/8/2007 7/14/2007 15.59985 497.626
    7/15/2007 7/21/2007 18.15835 580.411
    7/22/2007 7/28/2007 16.7188 453.057
    7/29/2007 8/4/2007 18.4674 532.682
    8/5/2007 8/11/2007 4.9875 162.253
     
  4. Bob Dopolina

    Bob Dopolina New Member

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    Those are some pretty good numbers! They won't tell you anything about anemia, though but based on those results you needn't worry, that's not the problem.

    If you really want to check your iron levels (something I recommend you do every 6 weeks) check your STORED iron, not your serum iron. Your body will keep your circulating iron within a very narrow range and it will only drop significantly once you have depleted your stores and it is much too late.

    Also check TIBC and reticulocite numbers. TIBC indicates wether you body has the needed ingredients to brew up some fresh RBC. If the numbers are low you need to do additional testing to find which of the elements you are lacking. The reticulicite cells are new, undeveloped cells that represent your future cells. Low numbers here can mean you are either in the process of replacing a lot of lost cells or can signal other, bone marrow related issues.

    Also look at the circumference of the cells themselves. You need to make sure that you not only have enough RBC, but that they are of good quality.

    Spend 15 minutes and have your doctor explain the test results to you. Also, go to the same lab for testing so that the results are consistant.

    As I said, based on the information you did provide, I would look elsewhere for the problem but add regular blood work to your training regime.
     
  5. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Nice job, you must be doing a real good job keeping your intensity up on your longer rides to hold the 900+ TSS/week on 15 to 17 hours. Nice work!
     
  6. Rocket^

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    Uhl,

    That Excel sheet you have is awesome! Any chance of sharing that with an Excel dummy like me?
     
  7. Bullseye_blam

    Bullseye_blam New Member

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    Another thing to consider is how much you are racing. It may be easier to attain a higher CTL when following your specific training plan rather than racing a lot [which may not optimize your training efforts and therefore not allow you to reach a CTL ceiling as high as could be possible].

    -Eric
     
  8. Steve_B

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    Just resurrecting this old poll. I found it while I was looking for some other stuff.

    Age:43
    Max CTL: 100
    FTP: usually 290-300

    I have achieved or gone beyond 100 a three times that I am aware of and, while I was initially OK and felt fine, it caught up with me and within 4-6 weeks, I started to feel mentally tired. Training and sometimes even riding would be a chore. Classic burnout. I might have been able to mitigate the effects had I taken some time away from the bike (e.g. a week) within that 4-6 week window but I didn't so I'll never know.

    In any case, after going through this a few times, I've come to recognize the warning signs. For me, I'll notice that if I make a big CTL ramp too quickly, my attitude starts to sour. If that happens too many times, I know that I'm in trouble. Recently I started to notice it during a 3-week block of L5 and L4 that I had planned. Because of the sensations I was getting, I cut way back on the L5 work a little early and replaced most of the planned L5 TSS with L4. The season hasn't even begun here (first training races just started now that we are thawing out) so it's way too early to be burning out. [​IMG]
     
  9. BullGod

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    How would this 10 day block look on CTL, approx.?

    2.5hr training then 2 hr training race
    2hr ride with 6 x 4min at L5 (5.7 w/kg)
    2.5hr ride with 3 x 20 min at 95% FTP (4.8)
    2hr ride with 32 x 10 second sprints (4 x 5 min of 30s/10s).
    5hr endurance ride with 10 x 1 minute in L6
    1.5 hr L1
    rest
    3hr Club Championship race
    2hr Crit
    1.5hr L1

    That is what I'm up to right now (today is day 7). This is my most intense "block" so far this year, coming off the back of a 4 day rest period after getting flu.

    I train an average of 20hrs a week. Races are either 2hr crits or 4hr classics. FTP around 4.9 w/kg
     
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