BikeWorks Boot Camp
5 x 10s
Mentally, I struggled more than I usually do, but I think being indoors had a lot to do with it- well, that and the fact that these intervals were 10W harder than previous FTP workouts. I found myself thinking, “How does one ever string all of these intervals together with no rest?” To help cope during the middle intervals, I decided to recall the pain I was in after a crash last July, which gave me instant perspective, and I started encouraging myself out loud the way I do to my students in spin class - positive self-talk always help, even if it just distracts you from how slowly time is passing. I even pushed a bit harder during the 4th interval, just to build my mental toughness.
The numbers: 303W, 303W, 302W, 309W, 304W. Interestingly, the consistency of the efforts shows my body was up to the task, even if my brain wasn't wholly convinced.
I was also riding on my new TT saddle, I picked up an ISM Adamo on Saturday and so I've only used it twice. I would never change equipment the day before a race, so why did I do it the day before a benchmark test? Just like the Tootsie Roll Pop, the world may never know. Regardless, it is now my favorite, if only because it is called the "Adamo". I am seriously thinking of breaking out my blue pen and making the final "o" into an "a". Since Steve has a lock on "The Old Man", the bike will have to be nicknamed "Apollo". Or maybe "Liam".