For this weekly update, I am going to give an overview of my first phase of training, Base 1.
The first two weeks were flawless. I met my goal hours and every workout. This can be pretty tough to do in December in Colorado, but I was lucky and it worked out for me. Coming back from my injury, the 8 and 10 hour weeks felt like the right amount of workload.
I also realized that I had started a week early compared to the updated date of the State TT, June 16th. That meant that I had a week to ‘flex’ in case I needed a rest week. It may not have been the best choice to use it right away, but I took the rest week before Christmas to spend time with the family, and then finished the last week of the cycle.
Since this week I’m on my ‘second rest week’ I’ve made a few adjustments, and will only be resting for 3-4 days instead of an entire week. I’ve found that watching my Performance Manager Chart in TrainingPeaks is very helpful in tracking how much rest I need for an off week. I try to get my TSB (which measures fatigue) near zero on my rest weeks. Today I’m at -8 after a low (peak fatigue) of -35 on 12/28.
I can already tell that 2012 will be a little more difficult to put together than 2011. My results last year should be my first clue that training went very well, and the best aspect of my training was consistency. This year I am going to try as hard as I can to repeat that, but I have more on my plate now so it will be tough.
Luckily I have a few things going for me: I’ve started my training cycle fresh and ready to train after cyclocross season was cut short. Plus, I’ve started a month earlier so I’m already ‘ahead’ of where I was last year. It also looks like I’ll be relatively lucky in the weather department since the ‘blustery and above freezing’ weather pattern looks like it will settle in for the rest of the season.