Monthly Archives: September 2008

End of season training

It’s hard to know what to do here at the end of the season. Last year I had my best races of the year at the Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic, but that was after 4 weeks without racing – just training. It doesn’t help that at the beginning of this season, I bumped up the start of my zone 5 heartrate by 4 beats. So the graphs below showing my weekly training summary (time in hours) from last year and this year aren’t exactly comparing apples to apples:

2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm

2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm

2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm

2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm

Any thoughts on how to maintain form for criterium racing all the way until October? One potential problem that I run into is that this is absolutely my most favorite time of year to ride, and yet I have a feeling that to maintain good form I should cut down my hours on the bike and increase the intensity!

Tuesday World’s

Great ride tonight at Tuesday World’s. This is Birmingham’s weekly fast-paced ride that winds its way through Homewood, Mountain Brook, and Irondale. Lots of folks out there, even this late in the season!

2008-09-23 Tuesday World's heartrate and power data

2008-09-23 Tuesday World's training ride. Click for larger image

  1. Warm-up through Mountain Brook
  2. Ruffner Road, bridging to back of main group
  3. Ruffner Road, bridging to the fast group that was off the front
  4. Fast up the John Rogers climb
  5. The highway 78 climb
  6. Old Leeds Road sprint
  7. 6’38” up Smyer Road all the way to the top of Smyer Circle (avg speed 16.0mph, avg power 372 watts)