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    • #25502
      Avatarzpdelrio
      Participant

      Want to create this thread for the questions that will come up as I get ready for my first 24H race in May 21-22.

      Got the 24H Finisher Plan. My first question is regarding the three FTP tests that are scheduled. On a previous plan I did only FTP test was scheduled. What is the purpose of having three in this plan?

      Went through the rest pf the plan and based on the 50 Mile Finisher plan rest is pretty straightforward for the most part.

      Thanks!

    • #25504
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      The purpose of testing is to keep your threshold and training power levels accurate.

      Coach Lynda

    • #25575
      Avatarzpdelrio
      Participant

      Did a bit of rearranging to Week 1 as it seems that with the three FTP tests I would have time to see my results change, so did the first one today. Tomorrow will do the first workout of the program with Tuesday doing an easy bike ride. I was surprised that the power stayed the same as my previous FTP (lots of things need to be cleaned before really), but the heart rate was higher than before, which in a way corresponds to how well I’ve been feeling since following the 50 Mile Finishers plan. The other two FTP tests should be on their respective days

      I am also looking forward to the double workout days on Wednesday. Wake up early to knock off the strength portion and then on the bike after work.

      The road to the Wolfcreek 24H has started!

    • #25577
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Keep up the good work!

      Coach Lynda

    • #25623
      Avatarzpdelrio
      Participant

      The first three weeks have gone well. My first FTP test did not go as expected in terms of the FTP, but the heart rate number was a surprise for me that it was higher, which was a good thing. It matched with how well I’ve been feeling. Its been a good thing that I have an indoor trainer as only two rides I managed to do on trails due to inclement weather. The good thing about it though was that I was able to practice the food I am planning on having in the house, similar to what I plan on doing during the race (solid foods on the pits and the Skratch Superfuel with me at all times while riding). I’ve been able to also do some of the road rides outdoors as well.

      The fourth week I did my second FTP test. As expected, my FTP was higher, although the average heart rate was lower compared to the first one. This tells me a couple of things. First, there was a possibility that I went too hard too soon on the first one. I remember that my heart rate started at around 155, while this time I started at around 130. Both averages were 183 vs 174. I will assume that the heart rate from the first one is ok and that I definitely could have more in the tank for the third FTP test coming on W7. While doing the hill intervals for W4 I decided to use power for the session (L4) rather than heart rate. My heart rate mostly stayed in Zone 2 during this, but I am assuming that because the intervals were at a low rpm I was using more of the muscle rather than cardio while doing L4 power. This is telling me a lot of how my body may respond to different types of efforts as possibly when I see heart rate below a certain number I may be pushing a power number too high in order to get to a target HR.

      More fun to be had these next two weeks.

    • #25730
      Avatarzpdelrio
      Participant

      Race week! Start is at 10am, no Le Mans style, but with a climb into the course. Not bad, just have to remember easy does it. In terms of warmup, program says 5-10 minutes of easy pedaling. What other things are recommended for warmup?

      Hydration and nutrition are ready too. Lots of lessons learned throughout this training. I even plan on bringing a bathroom scale to weigh myself after each lap to ensure hydration is on schedule (had a situation during one of the rides).

      Support crew is also ready. One year of me telling them I am doing this and they have accepted that I am missing a screw, and willing to be at my side regardless of.

    • #25731
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi ZP!

      Race week – exciting! Do everything you have practiced in training. Nothing new on race day. Eat food you have practiced with and all the equipment you have trained with. That’s the key to a successful race.

      Have a great time!

      Coach Lynda

    • #25733
      Avatarzpdelrio
      Participant

      An update, and not necessarily great.

      Unfortunately only two signed for 24H solo and one team. The rest of the entries are either in the 12H or 6H categories. The race promoter has contacted me and gave me two options: move to another category or get credit for another event.

      I am going with option 3: I dont need a timing chip to complete a 24H ride. The trail allows for night riding, so now it a matter of me against my mind. For entry purposes I switched to 12H, but what I win there (or not) is secondary.

    • #25735
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Oh that’s disappointing. I love your option 3! That makes it personal. Have a tremendous ride. I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

      Coach Lynda

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