Flat is where I am at

It was time to climb back on the trainer last night. It has been a week since I have put rubber on pavement. However, I have pretty much been following the plan though I don’t seem to be going anywhere.

I mean that literally and figuratively. It is funny when I look at my Strava profile. It shows that over the last 30 days I have averaged 3 rides a week for about 5 hours, but only 26 miles. I guess I could set up the Garmin to read distance from a sensor on the back wheel, but it doesn’t seem that important. I’ve never really focused on miles so much as time anyway.

What bothers me more is that I don’t seem to be going anywhere fitness wise. Maybe I have just hit a flat spot before my body move up to the next level. However, right now I don’t feel that I’ve progressed that far.

I started my current training plan back on January 7. That puts me about halfway through the 12 week program. Last year, I started a similar plan on February 6. I went back to compare some of the numbers between where I am now and where I was at six weeks then.

March 27, 2012 – 4 x 3 minute Power Intervals (3 minute RBI)

Interval 1: 326 watts
Interval 2: 322 watts
Interval 3: 333 watts
Interval 4: 349 watts

However, I then went beyond the plan and climbed Paris Mountain in 13:45 averaging 297 watts.

February 12, 2013 – 6 x 3 minute Power Intervals (2 minute RBI)

Interval 1: 310 watts
Interval 2: 310 watts
Interval 3: 309 watts
Interval 4: 305 watts
Interval 5: 304 watts
Interval 6: 307 watts

There is no doubt in my mind that I would not have been able to climb Paris Mountain in under 14 minutes after that.

Granted, there are several things to consider 1) the first session was on the road — up the State Park side of Altamont, 2) I knew in the second session that I had to pace myself for six intervals, 3) I had more chance to recover between intervals in the first session and 4) the time of year was different. I think that fourth point can’t be overlooked. Because of the time change, I had been able to do more outside riding by that point. Also, I’m certain I was in a better frame of mind with the longer days.

Here is what concerns me the most. I am climbing on the trainer out of duty. I can remember times when I’ve been able to put out 400+ watt Power Intervals. I can’t envision in my mind doing that again. Managing six 300 watt intervals leaves me exhausted. I’m suffering through these intervals just aiming to get through them. All of this and I just don’t know if it is going to make any difference.

Maybe what I should do is go out and do my next Power Interval session like I did that one just under a year ago. Maybe I should do like I did last year and perform another FTP test midway through so I can prove to myself that I have progressed. I just know I need a shot in the arm (figuratively!) to help me out of these doldrums.

As it is, I’m finding it very hard to consider shelling out $30 bucks to go race just to get shelled out the back. Sorry for being so negative, but when you read this blog… it is part of the package. If you’ve been reading long enough, you’ve probably caught on that it won’t last too long.