This is one of those weeks.
Today part of my workout was a blind prologue effort. A prologue is a very short time-trial that is often the first event of a multiple day stage race. Blind means that I wasn't allowed to look at my power data. In other words, how hard my Quarq powermeter said I was pushing.
The goal was to pace myself over 6 minutes at the correct power output. All that I had to go by was the feeling in my legs though. This is how the game worked: I could check my average power output after the first 2 minutes of the effort, and if at that point I hadn't hit the proper numbers, I would have to start over.
Two minutes into the first attempt I was 8% over my target power. I was pushing too hard. I had to start over. The second attempt, I over-corrected myself and had pushed 14% LOWER than my target power. I had to start over. The third attempt, I was bang on, and pushed through the final 4 minutes. And when I tried for a fourth time I was in the correct zone too.
This part of today's work out was a cool exercise for me to get better at understanding what it feels like to push a certain number of watts.
|The rollers I chose to do my training on today at Power Watts' Premier Studio|
|The area of the Power Watts Premier Studio where I recovered with my Travel Roller after grabbing a quick bite|