Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Lacking The Will

Not been the greatest week of training so far. My legs are just about ready to go again but I'm feeling tired after a long day at work. Tomorrow....

Monday, December 02, 2019

No Possibility of Training Tonight

My quads have stiffened right up adding to yesterday's soreness. I can barely traverse the stairs. Saturday's walk up Blorenge did proper muscle damage so it's healing time before I crack on. Did the walk count as a training session? I wasn't counting it but based on how destroyed my legs feel I think I am now...

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Didn't Expect That...

My quads are sore as f*(%! And all I did was walk up the Blorenge and jog back down. Really rams home the message that the only way to train your body to ascend bloody steep hills is to ascend bloody steep hills. I'm going to make a concerted effort to book in some time in the hills....

With my legs really sore I wasn't going to run so I did a steady 1:15hr Zwift 'race', the third and final stage of the Giro di Catelli. I didn't really race but I did put in as much effort as my sore legs would allow and I finished stronger than I started so I think it was a good session to get some blood flowing through the legs.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Chilly On Top

So I wasn't running today but I was back in the mountains. I was summit marshal for the Blorenge Fell race, taking the times so the runners can see how good or bad they are ascending or descending. I set out with plenty of time but by 'eck I'd forgotten how bloody steep the ascent up Blorenge is! Even walking my legs were burning under the effort. And hot? I had steam coming out the tops of my three jackets by the time I finally got to the top - and yes, I was glad of the three jackets by the time the last runners were coming through. Once that last runner was through I jogged back down, following the race route, as a makeshift sweeper - got bloody damn hot again by the finish.

Looking at how my training is going, I'm feeling fitter but after today's walk up Blorenge there's no alternative, I'm going to have to start hitting the hills if I'm wanting to hit the fell racing again...

Friday, November 29, 2019

Managed To Get Back To It Today

After a gap of a few days I managed to get back on it with the #Zwift Giro di Castelli stage 1. It was a group race on the Bologna time trial course. I took it steady for the first 6km, to the bottom of the hill and from there the hard work began. I upped the power towards my old FTP for the entirety of the steep 2km climb to the finish and gained somewhere near fifty places - which from a field of 330 wasn't too bad an effort. I continued on back down as a cool down to ride out 30 minutes of cycling.

Up tomorrow I'm to freeze my balls off stood and the top of the Blorenge recording the summit times of the fell runners taking part, funnily enough, in the Blorenge Fell Race. Warm I do not expect to be....

Monday, November 25, 2019

Two For The Price Of One

I decided to run some higher pace intervals today to try and reintroduce my legs to going quicker. Fourteen reps; seven pairs of 200m at 120%, recovery, 300m at 100%, recovery. The recovery between the efforts enough to get my heart rate down sufficiently. That took me to 8km.

During the cool-down I decided to keep going for a bit and get some good time on feet as that's been lacking of late. In the end I ended up clocking 12.5km. Longest run for a while and it's the first run for a while where I didn't feel congested. I can feel it in my legs now though.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Had To Admit Defeat...

and reduce the effort level half way through today's bike workout. I didn't feel too fatigued after yesterday's training but by half way I was feeling differently. I was blowing and had no choice but to reduce the level a bit. It was a good hard session - fnah fnah - but I decided not to flog myself for a run. I'll save that for tomorrow.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

It's Been A Light Week

Still not feeling a hundred percent, coupled with a few long ones at work and the result was a distinct lack of training during the week. I mustered the enthusiasm for some training today and it wasn't a bad session. I completed workout number four of the Zwift Tri Academy on the treadmill before waiting a couple of hours and then completing the equivalent workout on the bike. The bike session was pretty tough and during the first couple of reps I was close to reducing the effort but I dug in and completed. My throat is now feeling sore. Hopefully the cat won't bring in any mice tonight so I can get a good restorative nights sleep - chasing mice around the bedroom at 3am is not the ideal way to recharge the batteries...

Monday, November 18, 2019

My Legs Are Well Knackered Now

My legs felt a tiny bit achy this morning so I decided on a bike session. And today's bike session had some proper efforts. There was no 'I felt I could go a bit harder' this time. The session was just under the hour with the main component being just four 2 minute ramp beyond FTP with the final 15s being a 'sprint' to the line. I knew I was working. Winding the clock on six hours to now and I definitely know I was working. My quads have suddenly started aching. A dull ache. A heavy leg kind of aching rather than soreness. I am hoping I have not over done it again..... Definitely a rest day tomorrow (and possibly the day after too!)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Decent Week's Training

Without overdoing. The fitness trend is gently heading in the right direction without registering too much fatigue. More of the same in the coming week. I'd like to see faster gains but I'm not risking setting myself back by going at it too hard plus I've still got the tail end of this damn cold lingering on. Today I ran an easy 5k on the treadmill. Probably another run of some sort tomorrow and then a rest day. I've a day off tomorrow so it'd be wasteful to use it as a rest day or though really it probably should be.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Run and a Ride

I got aboard the treadmill for the second Zwift Tri Academy workout. I dialled the effort down a bit as I'm still nasally congested. It was hard work but without overdoing it, four x 800m with a bit of a warm up. After an hours break I was in the saddle for a Tri Academy time trial, 22km. I didn't go at it stupidly as my legs were feeling the earlier run. After a gentle first half I put in a few sections of effort to chase down the riders ahead.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Workout Two (Bike) Zwift Tri Academy

I decided to nudge my FTP back up a little before the start of the second workout. Not that I'm feeling particularly topper, this damn cold is dragging on a bit. No, I put it back up a little because I think I've been riding overly within the comfort zone. Turns out it was probably the right move because I was able to complete without too much issue and if I'm honest I could probably have gone at it a bit harder, the session didn't hurt - and they're supposed to.... I guess I'll put it up another five watts for number three.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It Wasn't Happening For Me Tonight

Feeling tired, I was in two minds about the planned session. As it turned out I probably should've passed. I started tonight's group Zwift Tri Academy session but I didn't complete. After the first rep I was feeling congested, my breathing wasn't great and my heart rate beyond where it should've been. I adjusted things down a little and stepped off after hitting the 5k mark. Disappointing but better to abort than doggedly continue and make myself worse.

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Reasonable Start To The Week...

training wise but I'm still sneezing like a bastard. I don't yet feel 100% but my resting heart has come back down to normal so the cold is definitely on it's last legs - just in time to go back to work... Yes, I had a day off today as I've got to use it or lose it.

I was going to head out over to Dymock Wood but decided with the cold still in the mix it would be more sensible to stay in the warm and dry. I did a session of six reps, each rep was 200m easy, faster, 'fast' with 1km warm up and cool down. I found the higher pace section slightly easier than of the last few days.

I followed the treadmill session with a 72 minute group workout - the Zwift Tri Academy has begun.... I need to complete 7 group workout rides and 5 group runs to graduate the Academy. Should give me a good focus...

Coming up in the week, I've a couple of longer works days tomorrow and Thursday so I've scheduled in a run for Wednesday and ride for Friday. Then on the weekend I've a choice. I really want to 'run' the Llyn y Fan fell race but at 9k with 700m ascent, sense would suggest it is beyond me at the moment. The other option is some forest orienteering. A Decision will be made at some point.