Keep on Truckin'

I’ve eased up over the past few weeks to try to keep any injuries at bay.

As you can see by my PMC, I am still making decent progress but I’ve slowed it down a bit. I cracked 40 a little while ago, but then the rate of increase has slowed. I am feeling pretty good - physically a bit tired - but good.

PMC for the end of April

While I was getting exited about cracking that 40 mark, I wondered what my goal number is. Seems like it would be good to know what I was shooting for to see how far off I am.

As I mentioned in the last post, that number is a “long term stress” number, and you can think of that number as “Overall Fitness”. I know the higher the better, but without a frame of reference, the number is a bit meaningless.

I found a great post on Training Peaks that offers up suggested long term stress scores for different events (they call the number CTL - or “cronic training load”). I don’t know how accurate they are, but they give a nice general goal target for me:

Event Avg Hours Target CTL
Juniors 5 - 9 30 - 60
Sprint 7.5 - 12.5 50 - 80
Olympic 10 - 15 65 - 100
Half Ironman 13 - 18 80 - 115
Ironman 15 - 30 95 - 195

This makes my current 40 score a bit humbling, as I’d have to double it to be at the bottom end of the Half Ironman range. The training peaks suggestions are Triathlon specific, but I think I can guess that for the ultramarathon I should probably be at, least at, Half Ironman fitness. Which is nice because now I have something to aim for.

If the trend were to continue, I’d be at 80 around June, but I don’t think I’ll continue to make these “just getting back into fitness gains” for much longer and expect to level off pretty soon. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes!