Wellness in the Real World – 6 Weeks Into RAAM Training

For those of you who may be curious about a middle-aged, average guy trying to transition from a runner to a cyclist to compete in the Race Across America as part of a 2-person team, we are now 6 weeks into the process.  That makes this a great time for an update on the gradual progress.  A few prelimary notes out of the gate…

  • I turn 49 years old in April – generally healthy (making an effort to walk the talk in this wellness world!)
  • Work significant (full-time +) hours managing multiple businesses but fortunate to have flexibility with how those hours are scheduled
  • Longest ride of all time is only 140 miles
  • Focus over past 18 months has been on running (triathlon focus prior to that time)

1/29/15 Baseline Functional Threshold Power (95%+ aero) test  = 239 Watts…  3.72 Watts/kg

2/26/15 Functional Threshold Power (90% aero) test = 253 Watts…  4.017 Watts/Kg

2/3/15 Interval workout 4 x 30 sec @ 345 Watts … 3 x 60 sec @ 305 W… 4 x 30 sec @ 360 W

3/3/15 Interval workout 4 x 30 sec @ 390 Watts… 3 x 60 sec @ 337 W… 4 x 30 sec @ 400 W

Week of 1/25/15 = 16 1/2 hrs of cycling + 80 min core/strength… Deadlift 9 reps with bar only (45#)

Week of 3/2/15 = 22 1/2 hrs cycling + 90 min core/strength… Deadlift safely 5 reps w/ 150#

Longest training day week of 1/25 = 60 miles (Computrainer)

Longest training day week of 3/2 = 135 miles (Computrainer)

 

Stay tuned, as we have a loooong way to go. The first 6 wks is the easy part, as progress comes quickly and the energy is high.  The next 6 weeks will put us at the end of April (event is mid-June) so this next 6 wks will be the key time to stay focused and dialed in through the tough middle stage of the training!

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