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.
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!