National Masters Pursuit Team
As you know from previous posts, I’m part of a six-man squad training for the pursuit discipline at this year’s Masters National in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. Former Olympian and Pan Am Gold medal winner Roger Young is coaching us.
I’m the weakest of the six at the pursuit distance of 3k, but I’m pretty fast over 250-750 meters. So, my challenge is improving fitness to make the team. Unfortunately, the other guys are getting fitter as well! Ah, the joys of training and running a business or two.
Endurance Intervals at the LA Velodrome
If you live in the Los Angeles area you are fortunately because Roger Young runs two structured interval sessions each weak at the LA Velodrome, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 pm. They always vary are I’m certain are part of an overall program to prepare everyone for the state and national championsships.
Last night was endurance training. The each session was four repetitions of the following sequence: 1 minute in Zone 1, 2 minutes in Zone 2, 3 minutes in Zone 3, and 20 seconds in Zone 4, then repeat the sequence four times. We had an 8 minutes recovery period and then did a second session exactly like the first. This was followed by another 8 minute bread and then the 50 lap motor game behind the motor.
Just for fun, below is my Garmin 305 heart rate data for the session. If you look closely, you can see that I rode the first session without drafting, while I drafted one of my teammates during the second session. That draft makes a significant difference. Top speed during the session was about 30.5 mph in the Zone 4 periods.
It’s interesting that I generate much higher heart rates during velodrome interval training than I did riding the course for Stage 7 of the Tour of California up to Mt. Baldy.
MyBikeInfo Application of the Week – How to Track Your Cholesterol in the MyBikeInfo App
For the health conscience MyBikeInfo users, take a minute and click the “Metric” icon in the bottom tool bar, and then click on the Cholesterol line. The screen that opens shows HDL and LDL. Touch either one of these and up pops a screen that allows you to enter values and dates. Once you have two or more values, you can touch the “Graph” icon and you’ll see your HDL or LDL trend line.
What’s this trend line good for? It will tell you when to stop eating so much red meat and cheese and spend a few month’s with Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Body.
Warm regards, Robert and the MyBikeInfo Team