Mike’s Project Power – Week 1

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“I decided to get in shape and become a better cyclist.”


You might think that working at Wahoo is a way to get in shape, but given the demands of a small and growing company, working for Wahoo is actually a detractor for getting in shape. Plus, I have a 2 year old and 13 week old twins. The time to workout evaporated over the last 3 months.

It’s become impossible for me to have fun on a 50 mile ride or a 13 mile run at this moment, and I want to have fun while I work out! Plus, I like the after effects of feeling good on a day to day basis. I hate when my hobby – running and cycling – is a chore vs. fun.

Over the next 3 months, I am going to document my progress cycling using a KICKR and Trainer Road via this blog. In February, I plan on riding La Vuelta – a Gran Fondo experience in which you ride 250 miles over 3 days. Hopefully, I can make a good showing. Don’t worry, I won’t share any topless pictures of my gut.

I picked “Novice Century Low Volume” training plan in Trainer Road. This starts with a 1 hour FTP test, and then takes me through a guided training plan over 12 weeks. The beauty of this is that the KICKR is controlled by Trainer Road, adjusting the power of each interval to match the level determined by my FTP. There’s no thinking… its easy…but there’s also no cheating!

Last, I chose the KICKR for one (maybe two) reasons. One, I have no time during the day to ride in daylight. My training is on the fringe, either early mornings or late at night, when work isn’t crazy and the kids are asleep. The second is that I have easy access to multiple KICKRs!

I took my FTP test on August 11th and almost puked. I managed a paltry 210 watts. Then I took off on a business trip for a month where I didn’t work out. So, whether right or wrong, I am starting today at that initial FTP of 210.

Fitness Level: Sucky sucky sucky (wife laughs at me in spandex)
Feel: tired and lethargic
Weight: 189
FTP (tested): 210
Watts/kg: 2.44

Last, to keep me honest – here is my Strava account so you can see my workouts. As you can see – I haven’t been on a bike in a loooooong time.

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