Keeping the Pressure On, Ever So Slightly...

With regards to the Next Level post, the search for a way to carefully develop and integrate workouts that acheive the higher percentage of training time at or near FTP while keeping an eye on endurance needs...no easy task for someone with a career and family. Yesterday, such a workout was put to the test.

Now, to complicate things a bit, the workout was constrained by a budget of only 181 TSS, but given that next week is more or less a recovery/testing week and that there was a need to field test this workout.

So here it is, in all of it's glory: a 3+ hour ride that includes a 2x20 set followed by a 10 minute interval at 105-115% FTP:


Couple of notes:
  • Ideally, the interval sets should take place at/near the end of this workout go get the full goody, but having a guest along for the ride (non-racer) needed to make the workout/route fit our agenda.
  • Note the apparent temporal rift/wormhole in the time-line...once again with a nod to hospitality, a stop for a bacon/cheddar/chive scone and espresso at High Street Cafe in comfort was on the agenda.
  • Aside from the intervals, the rest of the ride was pretty low key to keep the TSS score in check. Alas though, the ride went over-budget by 28 points on the week (208 for this routine alone), but the rolling ramp rate this season is still within target parameters.