“Amor y Control” by Rubén Blades became my favorite song ever since I first heard it in 1992. The song offers so many important lessons about family and life but, to me, for some reason the song translated into having the courage to pursue a goal relentlessly and not giving up on it despite adversity. Ironically, in the past two years of triathlon training, I’ve never used the song as inspiration during any of my workouts. Yet, as I started to think about my ambitious goals for this coming season, the song immediately became my mantra: love and control.
Heading into my third racing season, my goals at this point are still broad but certainly more defined than in the past. On the broader side, I need to become a better student of the sport, especially during the execution of training workouts and racing plans. Also, continue the bike strength development and, most importantly, patiently build on my running progress. On the structured side, I’ve already committed to racing more 70.3 (Half-Ironman) races such as Knoxville Half (May), Eagleman (June), and SavageMan (Sept). If I’m honest with my personal ambitions, I should share then that I’m hoping for a breakthrough performance at Eagleman but learning from previous mistakes about getting too ahead of myself, I think is best for now to simply continue putting one training day after another, and worry about performances later.
One thing that is markedly different going into this season that any previous, is the amount of consistent training I’ve put in already. Two weeks ago, I had what felt like a breakthrough workout on the CompuTrainer (indoor trainer). The main set consisted of a ladder of 20-15-10-5 mins hard efforts at various FTP percent ranges with 5 mins recovery in between. Here are the numbers from that set:
|FTP Range (%)||Duration (min)||Watts (ave)|
Since I’ve never done a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test, whenever Coach Greg puts a set like this on my training calendar, he gives me enough guidance and discretion to choose my power target numbers. In this set I pretty much nailed the numbers I was aiming for and it felt like the toughest bike set I’ve ever done not only physically but also mentally. In the end, I was very satisfied with having met my power numbers’ goals, building on a solid week of training.
This being my first blog post, I want to thank my wife Irma, for her amor (love) and understanding; to Isa, our daughter, who keeps me in check by asking “How many miles, Papi?” every time I come through the door after a workout. And Coach Greg for working with me to keep my triathlon development under control.