Last week really kicked off my first week of testing, beginning today with a lung x-ray. No- not the latest for bike training, but for a nagging cough I've had since November 25th! Don't get me wrong, my mom and I have checked it out before, but before it was "just allergies." That test later came up negative this week.
Then Wednesday, I wanted one hard, somewhat-sustained effort for race prep for a test on Thursday. Previously, I thought there was a B.A. TT but I guess not! So, I headed up the steepest thing I knew, Harley Hills, and scored a time of 3:40, which is averaging a mere 9.981818181818182 mph. But.. that was my third fastest time ever and what I pushing last May two weeks after a fast Presque Isle. The only time I went faster was by five seconds during May, then fifteen seconds faster with that great cyclocross form. I then did four short jumps to get the legs going after words.
So back to Thursday, Coach Sean and I decided to another 3 mile controlled TT. It was the same course as last month, and I kept my HR at about 185, about 8-10 beats lower than last month, and went three seconds faster. We kept the breathing very steady and I was feeling fast. I felt good about that, but felt like I was trying nearly as hard as before?
Then we went for the wingate test again that we wouldn't have to worry about my HR shooting up. This is where I would excel tonight as I went for full 30 second power, not just peak. Either way, for 30 seconds I averaged 399 watts, 132 watts more that last winter. Even the non-geek can figure that's some major improvement. And I felt good doing it too, it's those cross starts.
After cooling down, we weighed up my bike that I spent just under a hundred dollars putting together, (with dad buying frame, cranks, brakes, derailleurs) and I ended up with a scant 18.47 lbs. with my heavier Easton Circuit wheels on!!!! That was nice to see so I put on a 303 front tubular, 404 zipp rear, and I was just at 17 lbs. 17.01 to be exact.
Today was my final test, a nose x-ray to see if anything is up there. I've also had a bad nose since cyclocross, too. Well, we see how that turns out, as I'm trying Singular and a nasal spray currently. They both have great instant effect but wear off very quickly. I hope we can figure out my breathing problem soon.
Check out more photos from the past few days HERE.
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