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freak nutrition sport vélo

One long ride with Super Sapiens

One good reason to buy and use Super Sapiens, the CGM dedicated to athletes, is to fuel correctly during long sports events. I could not squeeze a long ride in my 14 days using the Abbott Freestyle Libre for the first time : bad weather or on calls impede me from going long on my bike… but thanks to my trusted TacX Neo, I did a long workout indoor. Not as fun, and as « stochastic » as outdoors but still, it’s an experience.

So, one day I just had two fried eggs for breakfast (no carb) and hoped on the trainer for a long workout. My goal was to reach some fatigue I could relate to a decline in energy.

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conso freak livres réseaux sociaux

Digital Minimalism

Je viens de finir la lecture du livre Digital Minimalism de Cal Newport. Ça fait des années que j’observe l’impact des réseaux sociaux et des smartphones sur nos vies et surtout sur la mienne. On peut dire tout ce qu’on veut, ces trucs là ont changé la façon dont on fonctionne depuis 15 ans.

Un peu comme avec des optimisations alimentaires que je mets sur le tapis régulièrement, ma consommation de téléphone me préoccupe. Je ne pense pas psychose autour de ça, je ne réclame de digital détox, je ne me sens pas en burn-out à cause de mon abus de téléphone mais je sais que ça a un impact sur moi et que je peux m’organiser pour en tirer des bonnes choses et diminuer les excès. Je me souviens de l’arrivée de Facebook dans ma vie vers 2007, et comment on trouvait cool ce truc de pouvoir mettre autant de photos qu’on voulait en ligne GRATOS. C’était pour mon groupe de copains parachutistes un excellent moyen de prolonger le we de sauts et d’enchainer private jokes sur private jokes avec telle ou telle vidéo de saut foiré. C’était vraiment fun mais j’étais loin d’imaginer que je nourrissais une machine à marketing ultra ciblé… 

Cal Newport a mené l’enquête autour de ce sujet et il a mis en forme pas mal d’idées intéressantes et tout à fait accessible en anglais dans le texte. 

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freak sport vélo

blood and tears

I have always said that I appreciate more the path than the destination. Races give me a goal but I enjoy the process to get fit for the races. I enjoy training.

Today, I had a great training moment. The kind of key workouts that gives confidence, joy and fun. I had the idea to test my 1 min all out power to feed my power-duration curve, then do the classic 4×8 min. Hard program.

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freak sport triathlon

Training strategy for 2021 v2

This article is an update of the previous one. I have mostly done Z2 training since the middle of september and I had time to reflect back on this and stuff like HIIT and VLamax…

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic I look for new challenges. I like sports and I like to train. Having strategies to test boosts my sports endeavors.

The challenge of racing is fun and with tapering days and recovery periods it gives a nice rhythm and flow to the year, but these days, with all the unknown ahead, I like the idea of relieving the pressure of an A race and just enjoy the process of doing sports regularly.

TL;DR :

  • zone 2 training becomes the bread and butter of training, sometimes low cadence work to try to modulate muscle fiber types
  • I will favor 4×8 min to boost VO2max and FTP, I will work on a high cadence on these to maximise stroke volume adaptations
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freak sport triathlon

Finding a new balance

Hi guys !

Another short post in line with the previous one since I incline with more and more trust to my Garmins’ algorithms to guide workouts and recovery. (The watch might be an excuse to keep some geek traits in my personality but just taking it easy is the new motto. Good is good enough !)

So, I do less volume. I am eventually getting aware of the glass ceiling of training volume when you take in account work and family. I think that I feel good and fresh for workouts around 8 hours of training, 10 hours is ok. But when I push around 12ish+ I think I get too much fatigue without the reward of physiological adaptations and progress.

For example, this week I have not done two running workout I have planned. One for schedule issue, another one because the turbo trainer in the morning was very taxing (TEae 4,1 and TEan 2,1). Of course I can find the discipline to drag myself out to do the second workout of the day but I think it’s not going to make good adaptations. Now, I see more and more « Productive » and « Maintaining » status on my Garmin and I favor this to « Unproductive ». (More on training status here). I also monitor the recovery time on my watch face to encourage my « Grandpa from Corsica behaviour » (personal strategy to favor naps, walking slow and not getting in a rush)With this kind of form, I thought that it was time to add a bit of  high intensity training. I did it on the side of caution but I found some joy in it and I was rewarded with good numbers 😉 Even Barbie enjoyed it !

On another cool advantage of this is that I merely get more fun when I bang a workout. Fresher legs, better mood ! I also expect to get rid of some chronic running niggles. There is no point in logging many running kilometers now, I want to take advantage of the COVID-19 year to take it easy on the running side and this year is gonna be the second smallest year in terms of running mileage I think.

In the end, this year is still on its way to becoming the biggest year in terms of training volume, but I understand that this is not a recipe for success for me.

Going forward is a process where you engage your gravity point forward. You take the risk of falling, you get an unbalanced position during a fraction of the time, to find a new balance.