Sunday, December 09, 2018

Grinding To A Halt...

Well that was killer. Being cocky, I started with an easy 5k run on the treadmill before straight into bike mode for the #Zwift Fondo event. I decided on the medium since I'd ridden the short last month I felt I needed to step up but I think I over did it...

All was going well. I was riding in a good group as we worked towards completion of the first climb in the 72km route, with 1350m ascent. I think something then went a little wonky with my smart trainer calibration when I switched back to the big front sprocket. There was a bit of a jolt - probably pushing too hard on the pedal - and after that the resistance seemed to jump up. What should have been a nice downhill recovery ended up being bloody hard work. The resistance felt way higher than it should have.

It wasn't long after the descent, into a section of 10-15km of flattish riding, that I just had to drop back to the small front sprocket - and I've never needed to before - and up through the rear gears. Pretty much rode the second half of route in either the biggest or second biggest of the rear sprockets - that's not normal.

My legs just couldn't maintain things and I got slower and slower, and the reported power got lower and lower. I was really struggling and the final 500m climb took forever. Time standing still - or at least it felt like it. Never have I been more glad to get over the top but even then, the descent wasn't easy and the resistance was still high.

I was on the edge of bonking by the end and starting to shake a little in the last few kilometres but I made it. Still, I feel like I've had a bloody good workout!

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Another Little Potter

A simple ramped 5k. Starting slow and finishing just slightly less slow but no where near the realm of fast. Still no aches and pains so all good. Yesterday was a 40k group ride at medium effort but legs were feeling a bit tired so no ride today. Up tomorrow is the monthly Zwift organised Fondo - nothing to do with cheese. There's a choice of small, medium or large. Last month I rode the small and probably will again (48k). If I do feel energetic the medium is 72k - and there is sod all chance of the large, 112k...

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Doubling Up

A short 5k run followed by 10k in the saddle. I'm finding it hard to get back into the running since 'the event that shall not be named'. This crappy wet weather doesn't exactly help but I don't feel like I'm starting from square one again. The run felt okay. Not at a fast pace but nothing ached or pained so onwards and upwards...

Monday, December 03, 2018

A Very Tired 41km

And I didn't even attempt to keep with the group. From just a few kilometres in I knew I was feeling lacklustre. Power was down. Legs heavy. So it was keep grinding till the finish 41km later. #Zwift

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Solid, Hilly Effort

Forty Three kilometres up and over the main climb in Watopia. A good solid effort. Good average power and just under the 90 minutes to complete. Happy with that.