I was on the bike 3 times for a total of 6hrs. I climbed on Tuesdays and not until Saturday did I climb on again for my test.
The test on Saturday went well. I was fairly motivated for the test. I have been doing so many Endurance rides in the base period I was looking forward to the challenge of working hard again. Also, I was interested in how my training is progressing. I don't use power but I can compare my avg Speed for the 30min time period.
After a proper warmup, I started my 30min TT. I was able to get my HR to 175bpm within the first 5 minutes. I felt pretty comfortable. It started to get tough about 8 minutes into the test. Going slower was not an option so I kept pushing. I was relieved when I finally hit the 20 minute mark but at that point 10 more minutes seemed like an eternity. My avg. speed was dropping. Now down to 5 minutes. I have been able to lift my effort in the last 5 minutes but not for this test. I could only manage a short burst of energy for a few seconds.
The end result was avg speed was a little bit higher than last year. My avg HR was 175bpm. When I looked at my graph, I noticed that my top sustained speed was when I had my cadence at ~106rpm. Interesting.
So, the training zones will be the same. I think 175bpm is about right. Anything above that seem to be unsustainable for more than a few minutes.
Sunday, I was back to a 3hr endurance ride.