Make a deposit for when you need to withdraw

Sometimes it isn’t the data that gives you a lift. It isn’t always high wattage numbers. You can’t really quantify it. You just get off the bike and you find a smile on your face.

That is what happened for me last night. I got home to find it raining outside. I’ve been riding my bike to work a bit lately and when I saw the storm clouds rolling in, I headed out of the office about 10 minutes early in hopes of reaching home before the precipitation started.

I did make it, but about the time I got my kit on there was a steady shower. Now, I realize that you diehards are saying, “So. What is a little rain?” Point is, I was only going to be on the bike for an hour. I might as well do my workout on the trainer.

A few minutes later I was spinning away in the Low Cadence Lair. Then I started my 3 sets of 3 x 2 minute Power Intervals. Pretty standard stuff — 2 minutes on at 300+ watts and 2 minutes off before repeating that two more times. I took a 6 minute rest between the sets.

It felt good. My legs felt strong. I fought the urge to really put out and tried to keep around a 320 watts average. However, for most of the time, I wasn’t looking at the computer. I was getting caught up in the rhythm spinning my legs in circles.

My legs alerted me when I was deep in the second minute. “Hello up there,” they start calling. “Ummmm, we’re starting to feel a little tired here.” Then I would be saved by the RBI. This continued right up until the last two intervals. I could tell that I was dropping a bit of my power. Still, my legs felt happy.

As it turns out, the data backed up what I was feeling. I held a pretty consistent wattage through the first seven intervals. A few of them were the exact same at 324 watts. The last two dropped to just below 320 watts.

Andre Greipel's legs

We can't all look like Andre Greipel, but sometimes we feel like we do!

If you have ever had a good Power Interval session, you know what I am talking about. You nail it. Your legs feel like you could turn a windmill. You get off the bike and you can feel the tension of your quadriceps while your VMO is clearly defined above your knee cap. Basically, your legs LOOK like they are fast!

Getting off the bike after a session like that makes you ready for the next one. Of course, the next one could leave you ruing the day you ever saw a bicycle. That is when you need to bring up the good days from your memory bank.

Well, last night, I made a deposit.