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Critical Power

So, out for a "tempo-ish" kinda ride today. Working from home and could spare an hour or so as a break from Microsoft Office. I went for a ride in the hills with Samantha and watched her disappear over the hills.

It was quite an eye-opener in many ways. My power output wasn't that horrible and CV system is starting to kick into life. I use cyclingpeaks and trainingpeaks.com so I am able to compare my critical power numbers against all time (well all time that is recorded in cycling peaks and training peaks anyway).

So, my very best Critical Power numbers on file were captured on the 10th June last year on a fantastic ride between Alnwick and Jedborough and back. When compared with today's little jaunt things don't look quite so bleak. I just need to lose the 20kg strapped to my stomach!! (and work on endurance, obviously).
  • CP.2 575 vs 502
  • CP1 388 vs 349
  • CP6 285 vs 272
  • CP12 255 vs 244
  • CP30 211 vs 207
  • CP60 203 vs 197
  • CP90 200 vs 183
  • CP180 185 vs 143

Now obviously one was an endurance ride and today was a tempo-ish ride, but my avg hr today was 145 and max 175 so not far off what I probably did in June.

Definitely got my mojo back -- and watching 'er indoors crush me on the hills will keep me out of the biscuit barrel....

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