As the sport of cyclocross really takes hold in the USA and in particular here in New England, the reality of athletes being able to train and focus all year long and still have the little things in life like, say a JOB and a FAMILY is often not possible. So when Adam came to me and says he just wants to focus on cyclocross in 2016, then some sort of plan needed to be put together to help him be as fit as possible but also be around this cute little piece of heaven:
|Edith. So cute.|
The good news about Adam is that he is seriously a fantastic bike rider and racer, so all that is missing after a summer of newborns and work is a little bit of fitness. We can fix that. Adam also lives in upstate Vermont and his favorite road race is the Green Mountain Stage Race, four days of hills and a fantastic criterium over Labor Day weekend.
We have shown in the past with Andre in Arizona and with Stef after her injuries that a sudden boost in training load can have both an increase in fatigue but more importantly a huge power and fitness gain. Although this chart shows how the sharp "rolling ramp rate" increase of Adam's Chronic Training Load (CTL), the real priority of cyclocross isn't necessarily the long duration power associated with the Modeled FTP (mFTP) but with some of the shorter high power efforts. The chart below shows how Adam's power duration metrics for the same time period.
|Metrics History showing Pmax and FRC in relation to mFTP. Try to stay awake.|
Okay, so what does all of this mean? Well, it shows that when we "shock" an athlete into a hard short block of training, or in this case a solid month-long build capped off with a four day stage race, then we get the big picture boost that the athlete needs to start the season off well. Although it seems like a lot of charts and numbers, the reality is when we are pressed for time, metrics and data feedback are critical to make sure that the athlete is not digging too deep of a hole but still getting all of the benefits. BTW: this is why our premium level clients need to upload files daily!
The race ended pretty well for Adam; he won the final stage criterium in his own town of Burlington.
Not to be outdone by this awesome picture, we should show what data comes from such a winning effort. This chart below shows "Sprint Power Fatigue Resistance" or the amount of power maintained over a short duration from the absolute peak. I think it is pretty cool.
|The smaller the blue, the harder Adam stayed on the gas compared to pMax. Ain't nobody catching that.|
We joked online about Adam doing the race as a training camp, and since relocating FFC HQ to Vermont, I can't think of a better place to hold one. Adam will be racing cyclocross at the Elite UCI level this season for the Apex/NBX/Trek team and we know he will make all of us and especially Edie proud of every finish. We are huge fans of Adam, and all of you should be too.
If you want to boost your fitness and power on limited time, then first learn to corner like Adam and then ask Finish Fast Cycling to help out with your planning and training. Thanks for reading, see you next time.