Kick off 2020

Hi there!

Long time no see! I know, I know, it’s entirely on me. Let’s change that, shall we?

So, rolling into 2020 – new decade, new targets, new everything! Actually not really everything, my crave for training is the same, but my intention, about what to do with it, changed somewhat. Here are the details!

  • dropped to 85-86kg (so far)
  • FTP is the same (313w, or about, haven’t tested since middle of winter)
  • joined a triathlon club (KisTri Team)
  • Signed up for 8 events this year
  • Had a nice training streak from 1st of december up to 26th of February (yes, 88 days streak 😀 )

Whoa! That’s a lot going on right?! So what to make about all of this for 2020 AND 2021?

My main target is for 2021 – getting back to Ironman distance triathlon. For that, I’ve successfully increased the training volume to 550 hours / year in 2019, and I’ll keep it up in 2020. I’ve started to restructure my training from about 90% cycling and 10% running to a more triathlon friendly 60% cycling, 25% running and 15% swimming.

This year so far is so good:

2020sofar

So what’s next? Race season is kicking off. Here is a drilldown of the events (DD/MM/YYYY).

  • 01/03/2020 – Pécs Harkány 25km running race
  • 05/04/2020 – Telekom Vívicittá Half Marathon running race
  • 03/05/2020 – Tour de Tisza tó 65km cycling race
  • 06/06/2020 – 2x100km Baranyában – cycling tour and IRL meetup with Zwifters
  • 27/06/2020 – Lökiman Half Distance Ironman triathlon
  • 19/07/2020 – Old Lake Man Half Distance Ironman triathlon
  • 02/08/2020 – Bükk Mountain Bike Maraton
  • 05/09/2020 – Balatonman Kenese Half Ironman Distance triathlon

Phew! Got all that? Good. Quite a busy year! Also, if you look closely, the events are transitioning from running/cycling to triathlon around mid year. Well, except the MTB maraton, which I put there to have some fun during the summer. I intend to have fun in the process,you know 🙂

So this weekend (today is 27/02/2020) I’ll kick off the racing season, and a pretty serious one for me with the good old Pécs Harkány road running race. It’s a nostalgic experience, used to run it from 2001 to 2005 with friends, so it’s kind of a throwback event for me.

This year is special – this year, dreams will happen! Dreams in the sense that I was dreaming about getting back into serious training since 2010, and finally I was there last year. Dreams in the sense that I’ve wanted to race long course triathlons since 2006 again with proper form, and finally I am there again! So wish me luck, because this year will be anything but boring!

See you on the course!

 

January, 2019

This is it. January, 2019. I’ve been waiting impatiently for this month.

Not because it’s a “new beginning” with 1st of January (I’d rather think about the year as a continuous line thing than a wheel which goes around and around), but because with December is gone, my attention is usually sparking up for the events of the given year 😉

So, what about 2019? Well…Let’s start with the events.

  1. 11th of May, Tour de Tisza lake, 65km
  2. first half of June, Tour de Pelso, 200km
  3. Middle of July, Tour de Ring, 105km

Not many right? I’ve picked these because these are mainly amateur events, without people who are participating in the Hungarian road cycling cup. I like the mood on these events.

How am I’ll hold up there, we will see. In 2019, I’ll start the year stronger than ever. Fact, not fiction. Last year I’ve had a mediocre year, however, the Build Me Up training plan in Zwift gave me an edge (over my past self) with the end of the year, and I’ve kicked off January in a good and generally strong mood (again, comparing to myself). After a week, my regeneration suffered because the training load was up, my calorie intake was down. Readjusted, now it feels more comfortable. Before it was under 2k kcal / day + training kcal, now it’s 2.3 kcal / day + training kcal.

While we are at it, my ultimate target with the meals is to get at least to 85kg by the end of the year. So it’s a whole year target, while training for the above events. Currently I’m 92,3kg (measured yesterday), 0.5 kg lighter than a week before. If the trend would be similar thru the whole year, I’d hit 85 by Christmas 😉

So about January. Restarted the BMU training plan. Yes, seriously, I’m doing it again. First of all, I gained great strength by it, so why wouldn’t I do that again with increased FTP? Secondly, I’m filling up the rest days with workouts of the 6 weeks beginner FTP training. It conatins mainly Z2/Z3 efforts, which fits well for me into the week.

Also, great news! It looks like the Group Rides I organized last years are sticking to the wall, Zwifters from ZHO (Zwift Hungary – Official) are interested! So the Sunday group rides are my responsibility for every second Sunday, and enjoying it! 🙂

Enjoying it so much, so I’ve organized a Wednesday morning (like, early morning..or rather dawn) ride for the young parents who can only do rides at dawn because family and work. We call it Dawn Patrol, and there are a dozen rider (hey! we are talking about a small country, okay? 🙂 ) who are intrigued to come and do it.

So yeah, January is pretty exciting, and I do hope it’ll continue in February!

Thanks for reading!

KR,

Andras aka The Zwift Bull

 

Zwift Fondo November 11th

It’s Fondo season again in Zwift! Time to put out some grueling watts for “oh-too-long” duration, and earn that food afterwards!

So the first stage is complete (it was held on 11th of November), and after a short discussion with Family, I’ve opted for the Bambino distance. I know, Bambino distance seems short, but here is the catch: you’ll go up to the Radio Tower (Epic KOM included ofc), and when you are closing in on that last 10km, it sends you up to Volcano KOM!

So plenty of opportunity to destroy those muscles! With the short distance comes a higher pace, so if you aren’t in control of your effort (e.g. you go with the flow of others),you’ll hurt badly. I’ve learned it in a hard way (via a handful of DNF in Zwift Racing)

During the event I as mainly in control. My target was to keep up an effort which is uncomfortable, yet manageable til the end. Targets were 1-1.5 W/kg on downhills, 2-2.5 W/kg on flat and 2.5-3.5W/kg on uphills. Uphill was rather 3W/kg, as I wasn’t dare to push my limits at the first half, and took a laid back approach on the Radio Tower uphill section, didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot in the first hour.

After the Radio Tower, on the downhill section I started the surges on the very short uphills (there is one? or two? Can’t recall) which I continued on the Volcano. Volcano KOM was a nice addition to the end of the route, but the positions didn’t really changed there, everybody settled by then (of course, some fall back, some came up in front, but no real fluctuations).

When we started the Volcano KOM downhill, I’ve caught up some (5?) other riders, and later a group formed up to 1km mark. With 800 meters to go, I’ve opened my “sprint” (or rather a higher effort) with 3.5-4-4.5W/kg, but it was way to early, and around the 200m mark a handful of the riders caught up and left me behind.

All in all, it was a good experience, I’ve managed my efforts, and enjoyed every minute of it!

Let’s do that again in December 😉

My TrainingPeaks data about the event

Pictures, you ask? Here you go!