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L. Steve Varnum
Monroe, Ohio
Live to Bike, Bike to Live
Interests: Cycling
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Joe, I understand your humility, but you left out a major recommendation. So, I will give a recommendation: "Read all of Joe Friel's cycling books as appropriate to your personal endeavor." I have read lots of cycling books but none come close to matching the clarity, comprehensiveness, training, and plain old readability. Steve
Joe, I know this is an old post, but I am looking for a good way to estimate FTP for the beginning of the season based on "last year's" FTP? I'm sure all riders lose a lot of fitness when not cycling for awhile... especially at my age of 79. But I think I tend to use season-beginning FTP that is too low. I try to do my first FTP/LTHR test of the season in the 4th or 5th week. Should I do it sooner?
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2016 on Estimating Your FTP at Joe Friel
Hi, Joe, I am a 78-year-old rider. (We have communicated recently.) I know this is an old post, but I am confused about the estimate for AeT using Aerobic Capacity. (I had the same confusion when I read it in "Fast After 50.") I thought it might be due to my age and my "numbers" being so much lower: Max HR is 147 and LTHR is 125 (fairly sure). 70% of MHR = 103 80% of LTHR = 100 LTHR - 30 = 95 All these numbers are fairly close. I have been using 103 as my AeT. I understand the meaning of all the terms. I also am sure I understand AC and VO2 Max are for all intents the same (AC measuring O2 and VO2 measuring blood levels). But since I don't know what my AC is, I thought I would back into it by dividing 100 by 60% but that yields 167 bpm – well over my max. What am I missing?
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2016 on Common But Confusing Training Terms at Joe Friel
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