Riding in Circles of Various Size

Cycling is my passion and here in Tucson I'm able to get my fix all year long. I love the cycling community and its culture which is why I ride my bike. I like pushing my limits physically which is why I race my bike. Improvement takes time, it's a process and must be taken one day at a time.

If you have a question or comment drop me a line, I'm always learning something about this beautiful sport of ours and I'm happy to share my thoughts and opinions.

Trisports representing at the three bear time trial.
The things you find on a ride.
What a great day for a rest day!
Instead of riding in today’s rainy weather (which I usually look forward to) I’m eating this tasty salad. I know rule #5 and all… but sometimes your body quietly tells you to pack it in and its best to listen before it starts screaming it at you. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be better.
New cleat day!
Windy with a chance for haboob #cycling  #TT #DirtStorm
Shoe covers in July #cycling #TT
This mornings ride through the green desert
Mid-ride rest stop (at Gathering Grounds)
All dressed up to fight the man.
Making the best of yet another flight cancelation. #patience (at Barcuterie)
Putting in the work while where I can. Not my preferred type of bike but it’s better than nothing. #cycling #workout
Training Stress Score 
Above is  a screen shot of a graph in Golden Cheetah representing my fitness over time. It starts when I started my last macro-cycle of training (12-9) and ends yesterday (6-21).
If you are not familiar with training using a power meter you may not be familiar with the concepts surrounding TSS. TSS is a way of quantifying how hard any given ride is relative to your fitness. Now that we have a way of quantifying the difficulty of workouts you can keep track of how much fatigue you are accumulating. The blue line in the graph shows the short term training load which is based on your  workouts over the last 7-10 days. The green line is the long term training load which is based on your workouts over the last 6 weeks and is a good representation of how much fitness you have. The black line is the long term minus the short term which represents how fatigued you are (the lower the number the more tired you are likely to be).
As you can see since I’ve taken the last 6 weeks pretty easy my fitness has come down quite far  while my fatigue rating has come up quite high. This would explain why I feel so energized when I get on the bike, but tire much quicker than I did back in April when I raced the Tour of the Gila. Now I just need to work to get my fitness back to and above where it was this spring. 

aaronandrej:

#cyclocrash world championships

And here I thought roadies were bad at staying on their bikes come race day.

(via nickwilsonaz)

The first screenshot pretty much sums up last nights FTP test, while the second shows why it went so poorly. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that after taking the last month and a half really easy that I start to fade after five or so minutes but a 10% loss in power is frustrating. I’m hoping that most of it will come back fairly quickly.