Where do we go from here?

First, let me inform you that I am pretty sore. The time in the gym introduced me to muscles I haven’t used like that in years. It is that good kind of sore though. It is the sign of good things to come. In the interest of that future, I am putting up some charts today at the beginning of my training. Let’s see how things change six months from now.

Power Profile - November 4, 2009

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The first chart is my Power Profile. You’ve seen this before. Here is what it looked like back in April 2009. I’ve certainly made some progress from that earlier profile.  My question is, can I make that much of a gain in six months? Probably not, but it will be interesting to find out.

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The second chart is my power and heart rate readings from my recent Functional Threshold Power test. As you can see the power line is all over the place.  This is partially due to the fact that I was doing the test on rolling terrain. Next time I think I’m going to do my test going up the water shed.

The numbers boil down to a FTP number of 287 watts. My functional threshold heart rate appears to be 180 bpm. Now, I don’t know exactly what that means yet. In my personal opinion, I think the watts are low.  I would like to be up in the 300s. As for the heart rate, can you work and adjust that or is that just a part of your physiology? These are things I’m going to want to find out.

We’ll worry about that later. For now, I’m just excited that my training plan has me having some fun on my mountain bike tonight. I haven’t been night riding since last November. It’s going to be fun.  I’ll be heading out there to Paris Mountain State Park around 6 PM. Anyone want to ride?