Monday, June 11, 2012

Power On

Here is the buzz: Those sting a little. Like a swarm of angry bees. Ten second blasts of explosive power on the tens, once every ten minutes for an hour. Sweet as tupelo honey. 

We witnessed the effects that fatigue plays in this scenario as our power diminished with every blast. This is a good thing as it is the way that we improve, adapt and sweeten the pot.

I wish there was a faster and less stressful way to do this, but in searching for almost 40 years, I have yet to find it. You don't have to tell me that they induce suffering. It isn't necessary to mention the elevated heart rate and demand on muscular-skeleton system. And you would certainly be preaching to the choir by citing the effort necessary to obtain max after three or four. Yet therein lies the value. They are hard because that is what it takes to get better. In this case one might even say the harder the better. 

We talked about the difference between having six hours to train or only 90 minutes. If I had six per day to train it would be an entirely different structure. But I don't. Today, I am again swamped with media chores, I am three vids behind and people are getting anxious. Restless natives. The 'is the video done yet?' question is to video editing what the 'are we almost there?' question is to driving. These things take time. 

I think that today I will apply our morning protocol to my work. One hour, a few punchy climbs and then ten seconds of explosive video artistry. Or, as they are designed to play out on the road, three steady state hours of groove zone sweet spot high intensity application of speed, movement, color and sound. 

All of this rewarded with a 10K recovery run at dusk as completed capolavoro is in final render. 

This is going to be a big week. In a series of big weeks. There is lots to do and precious little time to get it all done. We had better adapt to the need for explosive power. And endurance. And focus. And power. 

Those ten seconds are the color of money, honey. Power on. 

Pic: Up the Bonny Doon KOM at the Tour of California. Take a close look at the faces. Power on. 

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