FTP Pacing Planner

Restraint, composure, self-discipline. I'd like to think that these traits go a long way to characterize me and maybe, in some settings, they do. However, when it comes to practicing restraint and self-discipline during a 20 minute FTP test, I tend to loose my composure, overspend, and fight for survival towards the end when in fact I should be thriving into a strong finish.

To help me and others (if there indeed are others that struggle with this issue), I have developed the FTP Pacing Planner. Go ahead, give it a try. BONUS! If you can't remember your four quarterly targets, you're probably overdoing it and the hypoxia is impairing your memory.

Here is a shot of a planned FTP test with a built in 3rd quarter fade (built in because the fade has emerged as a pattern over several tests for the subject at hand):

And, in case this post descends into oblivion, the planner is permalinked over in the links column.


Mojo, drive, motivation, stick-to-it-ness. Sometimes you've got it, sometimes you don't. Doldrums, funk, listlessness: pretty sure those are the opposite and those last descriptors kind of fit me where I am now.

Or maybe I have been attacked by a swarm of laziness.

Anyway, I've been here before and I am pretty sure I will be here again at the forge, tempering such traits such as persistence, self-discipline, and determination...if only I felt like it.