Wednesday, May 02, 2007

O crystal screen .... let my lines be crossed ...




Ok. So some time ago I mentioned I was working with a coach, training with power, and on a periodization program. For what it's worth, I'd like to say it's working very nicely. If you look at the image, you'll notice all three of those lines crossing there about the same day as the Old Capitol Crit. I think the actual crossing was Monday, my day off, but it was close enough to say, that according to the data, I peaked at exactly the targeted time. I'm not sure what the acronyms all stand for, but basically I think you're looking at the quantitative representation of my fitness, fatigue, and performance. The best thing about training with power is that it gives your coach such accurate data: watts produced, heart rate, cadence, etc. -- pretty much all the details of your training and races, which let's the coach make more precise edits to your program. If you want to know more, you should talk to Marc or spend days surfing and reading. :)

19 comments:

VeloCC said...

Good thing I don't have to understand this, as I always say, let's hire someone that does:)

Chris said...

Lots of good information Syd. Now if I only knew what it meant. :)

munsoned said...

Man I wish I could afford coaching with Marc and a powertap. My Lincoln Plating race would have been way different had I went that route instead of having fun with mtbing. Oh well, such is life. Maybe next year.

Your graph came out exactly how it should. That's pretty fricken cool. Here's a website to describe what's happening with that graph:
http://www.cyclingpeakssoftware.com/power411/performancemanager.asp

All that info is pretty cool and I'd love to have it available. I just also have a hard time logging everything and keeping up with the info. I'm lazy that way.

So what's your next peak Syd?

munsoned said...

Let's try that website again. Copy and Paste if you're interested:

http://tinyurl.com/e7ga4

sydney_b said...

Hey! Thanks for the link, Mike. Good read. The other cool thing about the powertap is that you don't have to log anything really. You put the comp on a base and it's imported with another click or two and it's shared with your coach. Pretty nifty. As far as expense... well, a racing hobby even is more expensive when you're showing up and making a donation instead of taking home some prize money, no? Tune up that engine, man.

oldmanandhisbike said...

Cool.
But that would mean I have to train and train with an expressed goal in mind.
Nah! :^)

bryan said...

PowerTap is on my list of dream equipment ... along with a mountain bike, the parts to convert my Bianchi into a cross bike, etc....

Dad said...

Some very interesting comments concerning coaching and prep and competing. Since I coach young rodeo ropers and because I still remember my Dad's view of my "insane" ambition to rodeo, it is amusing to see similar comments from the bike crowd.

the most interesting group of athletes who go to competitions to me are those who comprise the bulk of the field - those who mingle for the flavor so to speak. For example, I've a couple of kids who show up for lessons with Dad and they arrive in a Diesel dually crew cab ($40,000)and a aluminum trailer w/living quarters ($35-$45K)and complain that the kid can't win. Guess what they expect the kid to win with -- you got it, a two dollar horse. DuH!

My dad went ballistic even though I'd not lived at home since age 14 when my senior year of college I contracted to buy an unregistered brown gelding for a large sum of money...I gave the man $350, my horse and had a year to pay the rest of the purchase price. I spent two weeks practicing with this horse and my mentor and we went to 4 rodeos that week-end. When we got home, I paid off my horse and had a few bucks left in my pocket...a year later I was the MCRC calf roping champion. Now tell me again how expensive was that horse? And you know, I don't think ole Brownie cared that we traveled in a homemade trailer and an old Olds 88, least he never mentioned it to me. So, my question to anyone who has a keen desire to compete and win...make the right choices, sacrifice what's of little value for what adds great value to you personally...athletic competition at your peak is a small window of opportunity and it closes with age, injury, and personal reponsibilities as life moves forward. For me, I just never wanted to be an old man rocking on the porch saying, "I wish I'd have done thus and so..." and I surely wanted to know first hand if I could sit on the top step of the porch with the big dogs or would I have to sit on the ground wagging my tail, smiling and listening to their stories. I never won the world's championship, but they let me sit on the top step and that has made all the difference.

Anyhow, Sydney, I think you're focused on what it takes to win...keep it simple, keep it focused and maximize the advantages that you control.

Anonymous said...

PowerTaps, new Dura-Ace 10sp parts, personal coaching, yes it can be very expensive and unaffordable for most. But one should never underestimate the value of sex as a commodity. You go girlfriend!

sydney_b said...

Excuse me?!?

"Anonymous" is an OK choice for posting, but "Coward" would be better.

I'll have you know I pay my own way. I ride hard enough to get on a team that gets me discounts on purchases and I have a good job.

But what probably more telling and more important is what I don't do...

I don't shop, have TV, pricey clothes or an expensive car, no cable, don't eat out, don't do a lot of things other people do so I can channel money and time to racing bikes. What's your excuse?

mtb05girl said...

Wow...

Ah, the wonderful world of Blogger. What is this world coming to? Why do people have to be so jealous all the time? PATHETIC! This isn't the first time I've seen anonymous posters on blogs. It's a bit ridiculous.

Marc said...

I coach Sydney and many others. I do it because it's fun and sure I'd like to make a living at it someday. I love it. Cycling and coaching and giving out advice. I found a niche and I'm passionate about it. I more than likely will not make a fortune at it. Presently, I work a day job also. Check out my bio page on my website http://www.trainingtherightway.com/aboutme.html

I volunteer my services presently with a grade school bike club. I have a program that I'm trying to initiate with bike shops to provide new costumers with a free 5 week training program in a hope that they will become cyclist forever.

Yes, I am dating Sydney. No I don't coach her for sex. When I'm coaching Syd there is no conflict of interest. You should of been on our ride tuesday to understand that. " Sydney, stay at tempo. You're out of your zone. You'll be trashed for wednesdays hard effort. Dammit, listen to me" all in a vocal way. I coach Sydney and others based on my coaching questionaire and whether or not I think it's a good fit. She is driven, talented, a goal setter, a hard worker, and a good listener, sometimes :)with lots more qualities that make her a pleasure to coach.

This is business and I'm sure I can speak for her other sponsors (Lincoln Plating, Lemond, shimano, bontrager, trek store of omaha, high gear, spy glasses, giro, No fear, badger cycles ect...) that she's not doing this for sex. Sponsorship is what it's called. Getting your business name out to a market for someone who needs the service/product. Everything in life costs. What I've learned has cost me.

Anonymous, if you're interested in a free program I'll set you up. You must reveal your true identity on this blog, though. I have no other means to know who you are.

munsoned said...

That's pretty sad that someone would post that comment anonymously. How childish. If it was a guy, I'd seriously question their manhood. Real men, hell, real human beings don't hide behind their computer screen when they have a problem with someone else. You talk to them directly and 1. find out from the source if YOUR problem is founded or justifiable, and 2. resolve the issue in an honest dialog where both parties come to a reasonable conclusion.

Seriously that comment was so 7th grade....

bryan said...

Wow. That was just so completely inappropriate ... nothing but jealousy. And nothing for you to worry about, Syd.

Dad said...

Syd, pay no heed anonymous. Resentment of your ability, dedication and focus is not new to you. Different pen of players and all groups have their sour souls. Sad that some waste their energy on negativism that only hurts themselves. Just keep whippin' and spurrin'.

Danielle said...

I agree Sydney. Don't pay attention to "anonymous."

You know it was probably someone that you passed on a recovery ride. They were probably near cardiac arrest from their "one mile ride" and were jealous that you blew pass them...while you were only pedaling with one foot :-) :-)

VeloCC said...

Dear Anonymous:

How sad to sink so low and write something like that. Like Marc said, reveal yourself. He is a good coach. He coaches me as well.(maybe there is even hope for you) I made my choices and decided to invest in that. Go join a race team. EVERYBODY knows that each team gets their, "deals" with their sponsors. Sydney is not the only on on the Midwest Wheelmaster Team who has Dura-Ace.
And even if you got all those nifty tools, you still wouldn't have a tenth of her dedication to train and ride and probably no talent either. That is why you can't put your came on your comment. I can put mine here, Christine

Adrian_O said...

Thats what you call a "cheap shot". Someone has seen your results an is a little bitter.

podunk said...

I look at that graph, and the only things that come to mind are the proton packs on Ghostbusters, and the phrase "don't cross the streams".

Sorry you have to deal with anonymous buttheads on your blog. Not cool.