Dec 13 2005

Yesterday we did a 27-mile course on the Computrainer with moderate hills. Average wattage was in the area of 257 or so.

Larry decided to sprint to the top of a hill when we were just over half way through the course. Staying seated, I ramped the watts up to 895 for just a few moments. Of course, Larry was left in my wake…

Fast forward five minutes and I was completely trashed. I actually had to climb off the bike. Feeling like a complete loser, I watched Larry as he rode along a couple of miles ahead of me. I climbed back on and limped my way across the finish line. This was arguably the most difficult ride I have ever had in my life.

Funny enough, I actually prefer to ride on that God awful Computrainer than I do the road right now. We will see how long that lasts…

Another difficult ride tonight. Will try to write about it if I am not hospitalized from the effort.

Chris Ronan


5 Comments to “KABOOM”

  1. This is a perfect example of why it doesn’t pay to go out too hard, too early, no matter what. Chris and Larry are good training companions, and it’s important to push each other, but Chris definitely fell in to Larry’s trap. By going too hard, too early, Chris probably blew out his remaining blood glucose, generated too much lactic acid for his body to process into other forms of energy, and he kind of bonked.

    The way to focus on your training is to concentrate on being CONSISTENT. It’s taking a lot of work to rein these two in, so they can focus on TEMPO workouts, which are lower intensity than THRESHOLD workouts. Tempo intensity is defined as such: “Spirited” group ride, or briskly moving paceline. More frequent or greater sensation of leg effort and fatigue than in the Endurance Zone. Requires concentration to stay in this zone. Breathing is deeper and more rhythmic than in the Endurance zone, such that conversation is probably ‘halting’, but it’s not impossible. CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF TEMPO TRAINING ARE POSSIBLE, but only if the duration is not excessive, and dietary carb uptake is adequate, both while riding and when recovering.

    So, if Chris and Larry would consume a Clif Bar prior to their ride, then drink a sports drink before, during and after their ride, to the tune of just over a gram a minute of carbs, they both would’ve had a higher quality workout with less stress on their system, and both would be better prepared for the next day’s training.

    By Rich Wharton on December 16th, 2005 at 9:52 am
  2. Excuse me Mr. Ronan,
    You forgot to mention I ramped up my wattage the next day to 1027.
    Which means if we were in a short sprint your ass would have been left in MY WAKE!

    By Larry on December 16th, 2005 at 10:16 am
  3. Not having seen another post in a little over a week, I am assuming you were hospitalized from the effort.

    By Jerry on December 22nd, 2005 at 11:46 am
  4. When you gonna stop writing checks your body can’t cash. Train like a man and quit flashbackin’ to the mid 90′s when you COULD drop your fellow dreamers. That was then, this is now.

    By The Lung on January 11th, 2006 at 5:10 pm
  5. Great !

    By Maison on April 25th, 2008 at 2:40 am

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