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Health Net-Maxxis racer Frank Pipp’s power output in Friday’s stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia.

Frank Overton, who is Health Net-Maxxis rider Frank Pipp's coach, says he has a simple recipe if you want to duplicate the 4,520 kJ's that Pipp put out in Friday's 133-mile stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia.

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Frank Pipp in the peloton.

Frank Pipp in the peloton.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Frank Overton, who is Health Net-Maxxis rider Frank Pipp’s coach, says he has a simple recipe if you want to duplicate the 4,520 kJ’s that Pipp put out in Friday’s 133-mile stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia.

“Here’s what you need to do,” Overton said. “For the first 75 minutes go flat out and rock 333 watts or about 88 percent of your threshold power over challenging, variable terrain. After that initial onslaught, thank the lord you did not make the break (bittersweet) for a third day. Settle in for the long haul and roll approximately 800kJ’s per hour at your tempo wattage. Pipp did 293 watts for the next four hours and 150k.

“Make sure it’s hot and humid and don’t plan on any Quickie Mart stops. During all this, map out three climbs: at 100k, 175k and finally at 212k. Make sure the last climb is the steepest, at more than 15 percent.”

Frank Pipp's power output for stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia

Frank Pipp’s power output for stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia

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“For the first climb, push threshold wattage (Pipp did 343 watts up Burnt Mountain) for 17 minutes. For the second climb, go just as hard again (Pipp rode up Woody Gap @ 336 watts) for another 16 minutes. Remember now, there should be no lollygagging in-between these climbs — it’s back to tempo watts. For the final and steepest 3.5k climb, pretend you are helping out your teammate (who can win the stage) stay at the front of a swarming, aggressive peloton. Go extra extra hard for 8 minutes to launch him, max power! Pipp did 357 watts for 8 minutes. “

If you really want to know how Pipp is feeling, make sure this is your the fifth day of riding with these total stats:

18.2 hours
15,263 kJ’s
617k

Total Training Stress Score (TSS)= 1,163

You can see the full record at www.fascatcoaching.com

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