Improving a three-time ironman’s endurance sounds complicated, but that is exactly what my job is with Dave Simonson. He performed four maximum power tests last week, and you can see the results below:
Test results – Week 1 (Dave Simonson)
|Maximum Power Tests||5sec||1min||5min||20min||Body Weight|
|Week 1 (Watt)||850W||450W||290W||219W||90.6kg/199.8lbs|
|Week 1 (Watt/kg)||9.4W/kg||5.0W/kg||3.2W/kg||2.4W/kg|
Comments from Jesper Therkildsen:
When I look at Dave’s power profile, I can see that his performance at 20min critical power is too low compared to his 5min maximum power (MP). When I look at his 5min MP, I would expect him to do 20Watts better in the 20min MP. Thus, the primary goal for Dave is to improve his power in long intervals. This goal is achieved by learning to control the pacing strategy and increasing his physical performance at these challenges.
Dave will train 6 to 7 hours per week and work with intervals three times a week. There are three kinds of intervals that he will use: Short 3min intervals to build VO2max, repeated 6min bouts of high aerobic intensity, and, finally, lengthy 15min pacing control intervals.
By doing the intervals very frequently, he has an excellent chance to get familiar with the pacing strategy, which is especially important at his competition pace.
Triathlon differs from regular cycling because the pace is almost 100% controlled by the athlete. It is not about tactics at all. It’s a question about self-control and physical performance.
Power meters are beneficial for long endurance competitions like Ironman triathlons since planning a pacing strategy based on your previous rides is possible. I hope that Dave will improve his performance at a long distance through better and more efficient pacing.
I expect these intervals to increase his performance at five and 20min maximum power (and his 112miles ironman avg. power.)
If you want to read more about Ironman training, read this article.