Operation 300 Part D

Posted 29 Dec 2019

By Adam Naguib

tags: training

What's the point?

This blog is part 4 of a 4-part series. Follow these links for the preceding parts: [PART A] [PART B] [PART C]

I've been asked a few times 'why'? Why did I even do this? In truth, there's not much of a substantial answer to that. I simply wanted to see what is possible, right here, right now. We'll all get old. We'll all look back one day and think of what we were. I simply wanted to try and see. So that I could say, one day in the not too distant future (it's always not as far away as you think) that when I had it, I could use it. When I could do it, I tried it. Nothing too deep. I just wanted to try.

In terms of motivation, I really enjoy playing bikes. And I also love power meters. In my eyes a bike is simply a power meter with wheels on it (a somewhat sacrilegious statement perhaps?). I love the opportunities for expression that power meters provide. Some 'purists' (or whiny people, whatever) argue that power meters take the 'magic' or 'artistry' out of cycling and racing in particular. I say that is an absolute fallacy. Trust me when I tell you that even with my watt-meter I still race on feel and instinct and on passion. All a power meter means is I can see after the fact how I failed in more detail. Also, there is a myth that power meters take something away from cycling, which is absurd. One can, and I do, ride not looking at the numbers, but in terms of focused training one simply can't train as effectively without one. No matter how old school one is or how much they know by feel what is happening, power meters are a more efficient way of making training effective. In terms of this exercise, the power meter gave a quantifiable metric for the effort. Anyone can compare, apples to apples. Using the power meter opens a door into what I was hoping to, but failed, to achieve. It allows others to see in absolute and real terms, as well as to compare to their own individual context what this mere internet scribe in a land far away from their own set out to achieve. I hope the challenge in that sense was transparent and moreover, comprehensible.

Regarding the numbers, 300w for 100 miles. These are arbitrary. I could have chosen 310w for 75 miles, or 290w for 300 miles. Or more artistically, 299w for 99 miles. It doesn't matter. I simply selected numbers that would push me and those which I felt were ever so slightly out of reach. On the morning of the final effort I was giving myself maybe a 50% chance of success. Too easy and what's the point, too hard and there's no motivation. For others maybe 200w for 50 miles is the goal, or for the watt-monsters out there maybe 350w for 100 miles is the secret sauce. It's just a goal. No finish line, no podium. Just me, and a goal.

PS: f you have read this far (assuming you got through the preceding 3 posts containing my ramblings) first up, well done, and secondly, you might have a final question? These numbers might seem lacking context so I'll finish up with some. Measured just prior to the final effort, my weight was 150lb/68kg.

PPS: Will I do it again? I'm not sure, I think so. I think I can do it.