Monday, August 10, 2020

Tour du Tarmac, Stage 1

That's not actually the name of event but it'll do. A fairly short one, 27km and I was taking it easy - at least to begin with. A running rest day meant it was a bike day. Three laps of the Innsbruck Ring and it started all very sedately, part of a large group moving well... until we hit the 8% hillock and then all hell broke loose as everyone went hill climb crazy - rude not too!

That totally broke the group apart and from there it turned into a bit of a race. The easy effort became slightly less easy. By the final lap I was working hard. Into the final k, I was in a group of four and I decided I should take the sprint - or die trying. I think everyone had the same idea. I went a bit early and got caught but got a second wind to take it. Had to unclip immediately and collapsed in a gibbering heap to recover. Good effort.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Artificial Hills Again

Still not feeling 100% but the workout was 102%. I decided on the hill+tempo session and selected the longest of the three version with the aforementioned speed increase. My legs felt a bit dead to begin with and I wondered if I'd complete but I was hitting the targets so I just chugged on through. Overall I'm pleased to have got back to it.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Not Been the Greatest Week of Training

Been feeling off. The ol' stomach has been playing up all week. Not totally back to normal but manged an almost decent session on the treadmill. I started the training with 16 minutes on the rower and after an hours break I still felt that effort on the treadmill. Hence I had to throttle that back a bit. So the week's not been a total right off but I feel I've lost a bit of the momentum that was building.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Continuing On

Semi recovery day yesterday with an 8 lap Crit race on the bike. Started slow and was near the back but within a couple of laps I was laying down a bit more power than of late. Felt good.

This afternoon I was back on the treadmill for the Michigan. It's a workout I've run before and will do again. Longer intervals reducing as the pace is upped with a longer tempo section by way of active recovery. Got through it with a little left in the tank. Definitely feels like I'm getting fitter. The structured workout approach feels like it's working.

Finished the days training with a ten minute 'blast' on the rower - although my blast is more of a gentle waft at the moment. Felt it most in my arms and back so definitely going to persevere with the rower by way of upper body workout.