BY DAVID WARDEN
To repeat from yesterday, these splits are from start to stop on the Garmin, and include whatever breaks James takes during activity. Moving time is much less than total time.
I watched James doing his run live on his Periscope account today. He had called me earlier today and I did not pick up, so I texted him back asking him to call me when free, then I switched to his Periscope account. I observed him getting out his phone during a walk break and clearly dial someone. I was a little jealous thinking, "hey, he should really be calling me!" Then my phone rang. He was calling me!
James says he felt better today than he had on any of the other marathons so far. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was the toughest so far (in my opinion), then today he feels great.
I can also report that he was helped by a very favorable tailwind today on the bike, helping him catch up on time and effort. I want to thank all those who had James in their thoughts today. He was able to make up some serious time today, even with taking another nice long break during the bike. Wattage is back, thanks to some techs directly from Garmin who calibrated the Vector, and the power data looks correct again. I'm happy to see left/right balance back where it should be, and normalized power well below the 160 recommendation. The regular reader of this blog will recall my stress about his NP being way too high the first few days. Now that that this is real, and the fatigue is real, I'm thinking 140-150 will be the new norm for NP.
For those of you who follow a PMC, check out the TSS for this bike at 149. This looked too low to me at first, but when I did the calculation manually, TSS = (sec x NP x IF)/(FTP x 3600), it comes out right. When you add the run TSS at 185, and the swim at 64, it makes for a 400 point day. All of a sudden, the 505050 seems more and more possible. A 400 point day is nothing to laugh at, but that's the same TSS as a 100 mile ride at Zone 3 each day. I would also argue that the run TSS is high, as run TSS assumes no walk breaks in the calculation, so I think we might be closer to TSS of 380 today.