Stand on those pedals until your muscles scream

By Skip

I found a new mantra for the next week and a half.  Stand on those pedals until your muscles scream!  The next time I go up and over the Rickenbacker in a race, I don’t want to be sitting on my butt going a measly 10mph.  

Can you tell I was motivated for my bike workout today?  Not only did I want to give 100% on this one, I wanted to make sure I was concentrating on the right thing.  Having that first race under my belt really gives me direction as to where I need to get better. 

Here was my schedule: 

  • WU: 19 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 2 x 14 minutes @ threshold intensity with 10 minutes active recovery @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: 18 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

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Nice tough workout.  On my main sets I pushed as hard as I could on the pedals standing up part of the time.  When I do the 17th St bridge runs on Saturday I am going to try to do that on the climbs to see what kind of speed I can get and if I can handle it for the entire climb.  With the bike I currently have, I am not sure I can get too much more speed out of it on the flats.  I really am pushing hard.  Just for the heck of it, I am going to weigh my bike over the next day or two so you understand what I am up against.  I am sure there are a few cyclists reading this blog and looking at my data wondering why the heck I am so slow. 

I was having some more issues with the clipping of the shoes in the pedals.  I will be needing some new shoes if I want to properly do my transitions.  The shoes I have right now have three velcro straps and I think it would be a little clumsy and anti-productive to try to do those on the fly.  I am going to start looking this weekend to see what I can find.  Anybody have suggestions?

Filed in: Biking, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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