Level 2 Cycling Coach at The Fix Studio, Minneapolis MN / Contact me by email: chris at thefixstudio dot com / www.thefixstudio.com
It’s important to test yourself. Sometimes, for no other reason than just getting more familiar with testing yourself.
We run 30 minute FTP tests here at the studio so our athletes can determine if their training is helping them make improvements in their power output. I did one of these tests last week. It did not go well.
I did everything right. Got a good night sleep the evening before. Was totally hydrated leading up to the test. Foam rolled. Spent some time making with the motivational self talk. Stretched. Set up a power schedule for each five minute block of the 30 minute test. Ready to go.
Not so good. I hit my numbers the first 5 minutes. I barely hit my numbers the second 5 minutes. By the 3rd five minutes I was behind. At this point I was frustrated and in a lot of pain. Presented with the choice, bail on the test, or just keep riding, I kept riding.
Usually the test determines your Functional Threshold Power on that particular day. But for me the test was simply going to determine how much pain I was going to be able to put up with for 30 minutes. It was very unpleasant.
Putting up with pain is easier (not easy) when you are hitting your goals, having a good race, dropping the competition. It’s motivating and you want to continue doing it even if it hurts.
Putting up with pain when things are not going your way is very difficult. You want to stop, you have no motivation to continue. It’s demoralizing.
But this is another kind of test. A test of the metal ability to put up with the pain, for no other reason than to just spend time putting up with the pain.
Things don’t always go your way in a bike race. In fact, they rarely go your way. The pain is the same however. But the more time you spend with the pain the less it can affect you when the results are important. Not winning? Tactics not working? Mechanical has left you behind the group? Are you going to drop out?
Or are you going to dig deep and keep suffering like you have practiced during a test? You’re not going to die, keep at it. Who knows what might happen? Maybe things will turn around. You never know if you quit.
Keep at it. Keep digging.
Gut it out.
You’ll be tougher for it in the end.
We stopped by @SkratchLabs while in Boulder this week and got some information on the new Matcha with Caffeine and Rescue Hydration Drink Mixes. Rescue Hydration in stock at the Studio now, Matcha in stock next week!
The Weekly Fix with Lev and Chris and Mike!: July 30 2014
Lev and Chris talk to Mike about his recent experience working at the UCI Tour of Qinghai Lake in China!