• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

I've been a user of Perf Pro Studio for some time now. This is software I run on a Windows computer that I use to run interval sessions for indoor training.  I like it for training because I can put videos behind my interval sets. I change up the video depending on the type of interval. For sprint intervals, I'm racing against the pros during the final sprint to the line using bike cam fortage from the Tour de France and other races. For time trail intervals, I use footage from pro TT races. It works for me.

However, I've always done the intervals on a regular trainer. Perf Pro is useful because it will simulate power based on the "normal trainer" power curve if a power meter is not being used by the rider. So while friends may not have a power meter, they can train with power using the software and an ANT+ cadence/speed sensor. It works. It works well when using Perf Pro in FTP mode where workouts. FTP mode sets up a workout based on the percent FTP you should be riding. So, for a 20/40 set, the sprint interval is 200% FTP. For a short TT interval, it's 100%.

I've been mulling over the notion of strength and conditioning for cycling over the past week. A few things have happened and some stories that have been "told to me" that give me pause. However, I should step back a bike to start from the "beginning" of why I think I had a good idea of what strength training should involve.

In 2009, I was racing my first year of bike racing. I can remember something special: being able to sprint out over 1200W without an issue. Sept. 2015 was the first time in 6 years that I was able to do that again. In June 2009, my life changed. I crashed and went over the bars at 40km/h at the Midweek Crit during the final sprint and landed WHAM on my right side shattering my right femur. Not exactly the start to bike racing that I imagined. Since that faithful day, my right leg has never been the same, although, it took about two years to figure that out. One does not realize the amount of muscles it takes to walk until you have to learn to walk again. As a matter of interest, the crash left me with a rod permanently attached to my femur and the fine motor control in my right, I would learn, of a two year old.

I got up this morning, after deciding last night, I'm going into the office , thinking I need a book to read. I work at home three days per week, and circumstance what they were, I've been working at home for the last week. I wanted out of my cage. The trek into the office is one that takes me from Milton on the commuter GO Train into downtown Toronto, and up the subway line to just north of the downtown core. The trek takes about 2hrs total one way and gives me a change to read. I had spent the last four moths studying Abnormal Psychology, a 3rd year course towards my degree, at York University - something I started back in 2002. Today, was the first time in months I could read on the way in something that wasn't course related. I needed a book. I looked at the bookshelf and found something I bought a few months ago: How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald. I tossed in my bag, and headed out the door.

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