Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hors Categorie...

Well that was pretty much agony. Stage 6 Tour de Oz complete and in homage to today's Tour de France, the route was the Alpe du Zwift. 1030m of climb in 10km without any respite. Suffice to say I found it hard going. Moving with so little speed meant the distance ticked down soooooo slowly. Total ride time including the warm up was 1hr41 of that 1hr10 was spent just on the climb! Total ride, including the warm up section, was 27k and 1220m climb. Not sure if I enjoyed it or not! but the achievement of having done it makes up for that.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bit Of Box Hill

Didn't sleep a wink last night and subsequently been tired all day. After a rest day yesterday it couldn't be another so I mustered for a 15k Zwift loop over Box Hill - it even has the funny 'zebra markings' on the road like the real thing!

Monday, July 16, 2018

More On The Tour...

but I nearly didn't! I felt a bit zonked after getting home from work. Not really sure why but the drive home was oddly tiring and I decided to call it a rest day - but then I remembered if I didn't do today's stage 5 I wouldn't be able to complete the full tour of seven. I've already missed two stages due to calendar malfunctions but they are re-running the stages over two days at the end of the month so I can catch them then. Can't afford to miss any more though so I decided I'd just go through the motions to avoid missing the stage.

Anyway, it's oddly difficult to take it easy when there's a peloton drawing you in.... and so it was that easy turned into one of my most powerful rides. It was really enjoyable tonight as I sat in with several small groups along the way before really putting the power down in the final 6km. I seemed to find myself at the front of the group with no one else taking a turn so I just pumped it up and kept on pumping. I was expecting to have to ease it back but from somewhere I just seemed to be able to maintain it. Normally I cruise at 170-180W but all of a sudden I was 190-200W for that last 6km. Suffice to say I didn't hear from the group again. In all it was 37km in just over the hour.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Top Turbo

So I did the full big loop today and I was 'climbing' almost non-stop for just over half an hour. Two thirds of that out of the saddle. It was really good but equally, really knackered my quads. I'm really not sure my technique is that of a cyclist though. I just can't seem to do the easy gear, high cadence thing. For me its 40rpm grind, grind, grind. Somehow feels like it's good training for hill running though.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

After The Thunder

I put in a turbo session yesterday before the power went off during the thunder and lightning. A quick blast with a couple of sprints that included a pb.

Today I put in an interval session on the treadmill and a hilly 30 minutes on the turbo. Just can't face getting up early enough to go for a run when its cool outside - I'm up early all week so by the weekend I'm really in need of my beauty sleep... Going to try tomorrow... 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Finally Back To It

Yes, after doing myself in on Monday I finally felt up to getting back to training and it was a pretty solid effort on the turbo. It wasn't my most powerful but it was pretty good never the less and I'm more than glad to be back at it. Even the weather seems to be improving...

And as an added bonus, I finally got to the bottom of my 'dubious' heart monitor readings. I gave the metal connectors (where the device connects to the strap) a good clean and then, after letting dry thoroughly, gave the connectors a good shot of the old faithful WD40 - other types of 'what-ever-the-heck-WD40-does' are available. That seemed to have two results. Firstly the readings overall seemed a little lower and more importantly, seem more stable and spiking less pronounced.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Almost Feeling Recovered...

after this mornings run. It totally wiped me out - and I mean totally. I had to lie down on the sofa and listen to the Tour de France team time trial as it was more than I could cope with to sit up and watch the screen. Definitely evidence that I've still a long journey ahead of me - just maybe not across the Malverns on a scorcher...

Just One Word, Why?

Why did I just do that? I feel wiped out - and I didn't even quite manage the planned 16k! I made it as far as the 'blip' after Pinnacle Hill in the Malvern Hills and with my feet starting to overheat and blister, my will to live fading, I cut my loses and headed back.

In all I covered 13.4k with 2,500 of ascent so it wasn't terrible. It was bloody hot though. Have I ever mentioned I struggle in the heat? Suffice to say there is no Tour De Oz stage 2 today - luckily I can catch up tomorrow.

Right, I'm off to look at options for emigrating to northern Canada....

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Tour De Oz, Stage 1

It was a really enjoyable session on Zwift. With 80+ riders competing I found myself riding in several small groups through the ride. That really added to the interest. Taking the lead then following, then back in the lead, then following made it feel somehow more proper. To spice things up - in a saddo virtual way - on one of the climbs, I tried to  bring a small group 'across the gap' to the group ahead. I was working like a mountain goat and got the group close but ultimately failed... Still, it was a good training effort.

Going to head to the Malverns tomorrow, for a melt in the sun. Aiming to out and back from Hollybush to Upper Wyche and back again. At about 16k and 2,500ft ascent, it'll definitely be a run-walk affair but I need to start putting in longer stuff even if I'm not proper running. I'm totally making it up as I go but I still just can't face trying to really push it in this heat.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Change Of Plans

This heat is doing for my training plans so I decided on a change of tack. If I can't cope with the heat to run - and I can't, total pussy me - then I'll go for a longer, hillier walk instead. I did mingle in a little jog here and there but mainly it was a paced walk. It wasn't a route march but definitely more than just a stroll. I put in some effort...

I managed about 10miles and 2000ft of ascent in 2hr15. Can't imagine the heat those brave fools faced on Fan y Big earlier today. I'm still feeling overheated and I had a fair amount of shade.

Probably try a bit more of the same tomorrow as my legs do actually feel like they've been worked. Also want to factor in a ride as I want to Zwift the 7 stage Tour de Oz event which starts tomorrow.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Beginning To Get On My Nerves Now...

This god damn weather is killing me. Really starting to impact training. I just couldn't contemplate a run today. Even just mooching around in the garden and I was dripping. It's utter madness. Madness I tells yer!

I did however put in a pretty useful turbo session. I did a 9k warm up and then a 27k race in my little virtual world. A three lapper around the Richmond UCI worlds route 2015. With windows open to max and fan on overdrive I was able to keep the temperature bearable.

As to the race, I totally came last but not without an exciting battle for second to last. Each lap he pissed past me on the flat and then I caught back up and overtook on the climbs at the end - until the final lap, that is, from whence he'd managed to edge just too far ahead. I got back in touching distance but once we hit the final 500m flat, I was done for.

It was a good hard session. My quads were hurting on the climbs. I'm praying for rain...

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Not Up To Full Power

I think I hit it too soon after being sat on my arse all day in the office. I decided it was just too hot to head outside after Monday's episode and hit the mill instead. Somehow my legs didn't want to play ball. I started gently but still my legs were tight. They eased up eventually and it turned into intervals for 4k. After that I finished off with a decent 15k on the turbo.

I'm off work now till Tuesday but if I'm honest it's going to be just too hot for me. I'm going to take it as it comes but there is definitely going to be training....

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Taking A Couple Of Days Rest

So I've been feeling tired and decided my Tuesday day of rest should run through Wednesday. I should be back on it tomorrow...

Monday, July 02, 2018

107% Of Maximum...

I didn't even know the ol' ticker could go so high! 189bpm! The heat did for me. I knew it would but having not run a proper run for four days I had to go and do it anyway... I've never been good in the heat and out of shape as I am, running at the hottest part of the day was never likely to reverse that.

So I'd been conscious of keeping hydrated through the day but perhaps even so, I didn't quite drink enough. In the first few minutes of 'running' my heart rate shot up - and that was on a generally flattish section. It hit max on the main climb but after that stabilised. By then it was just a case of getting the run done. Although I didn't ease off and kept going to the end. I ended up twenty seconds faster than last time out so it was better than it could have been.

I think I'm just going to have to bide my time during the hot spell and hope it doesn't knock my plans for a September come back race....