-”It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
We’ve come so far in the world of triathlon. Technology has become the front-runner of our sport, and we’re all trying to play catch up. “You’re still rockin’ that old P3?” “Yeah, I got the new P5 coming soon.” It seems that most of the game is being played off the course and not on the course. Some have bigger pockets… while some have bigger lungs. No matter how you play, technology is constantly changing the game. Wetsuits that have more research than a NASA space suit. Bicycles that share properties of formula1 race cars. Shoes that make us more efficient, faster, and less prone to injury. -Ridiculous. And it doesn’t stop there. However, the most advancements made in our sport in recent years isn’t necessarily in the gadgets and gizmos. No. It’s in the training.
Gone are the days of training with “Rating of Perceived Exertion.” Nowadays, EVERYTHING is calculated. “Train SMARTER, not HARDER.” What workouts can be executed to fully utilize our abilities? Rest? Intensity? Duration? Frequency? Workload? -It’s too much. You’re kidding yourself if you think you can do it on your own. If you’re just a weekend warrior, then keep up those group rides on Saturday and keep having fun. -No need to get all geeked-out over this nonsense. If you want to be mediocre, keep “coaching” yourself to mediocrity. If you want to take it to the next level, hire a good coach. If you wish to be the best that you can possibly be, you might want to consider Bob Seebohar. That’s why I work with Coach Bob. I am 100% convinced that Bob’s methodology WILL work.
Today I did some testing with Coach Bob, owner/operator of Fuel4mance. These “tests,” however, are designed to make the individual fail. -Seems odd that once we “fail” we have the data to help us succeed. And fail I did. Bob says, “We have to see ‘what’s under the hood.’” I guess Bob was happy with ‘what’s under the hood.’ A Maserati. That’s what we found. -Not firing on all cylinders and needs some tinkering. But non-the-less, a Maserati. I swear he was going to pop the hood only to find Herbie the Love Bug. Bob determined that I possess the genetic make-up of a “FREAK of Nature.” Now, how can we better tap into it? Question: Is it in you? If the answer is “Yes,” then HOW do you get it out? …And the answer… POWER.
I recently began training with power, specifically CycleOps G3 Alloy Training Wheels with a Joule Computer. A light bulb went off after my first ride. Kind of one of those moments when you go, “I’m an idiot.” “What was I thinking before?” First off, the wheels are phenomenal! -Truly. Did you not see the exclamation point after the word phenomenal? The wider rim bed makes any tire ride ten times better than on a traditional narrow rim. Cornering is far more superior. Ability to run the tire at a lower pressure enables the rider to have a more supple ride quality without jeopardizing rolling resistance. They’re structurally sound, strong and smooth. With a three cross lace pattern, it’s simple and practical. No proprietary spokes that no shop carries. Easy to true, in case you hit a small child, or some random wild animal. The wheelset looks basic, but it’s anything but. The real highlight of these wheels is found in the G3 rear hub. -Genius! I don’t even know if Einstein could wrap his mind around a set of these wheels. The technology that’s packed into the cap of the G3 is breathtaking. Imagine taking apart your smart phone. I would guess it’s like that. The guys at the “genius bar” would be lost. No worries, CycleOps is coming out with a Joule GPS soon. -Never mind. That might confuse them more instead of help them. The Joule is a device that reads and records everything. Yes, everything. Watts, time, miles per hour (or kilometers per hour if that’s what you fancy,) cadence, elevation, heart rate… the list goes on. Once your ride is completed, you can upload ALL the data of your ride to your computer and evaluate, track progress, make changes, and that’s how we tap into what’s inside.
Long ride short. You need to be training with power.