The first block of training is done and only twenty five left. I did use the word “training” very loosely as the objectives with this block was recovery from last season and get ready to start training again for next block. This week however was the first week of “real training” where I started to really volume, intensity and with the added weight lifting in the gym.
Saturday was the start of the cycle challenge that will last 93 days. I am excited about this as my cycling as been stagnate for some time now. I started to really focus on it last winter and was seeing some improvements then from August through to February, I really struggled to be consistent in my training and my bike suffered the most. In approximately six months we lost a family member, went on a big family holiday, got the house ready for sale, sold the house, moved to the new house, got chickenpox, got whooping cough and I put on 10kg in that six month.
This week I increased the gym sessions to lifting twice a week. Since I turned 35 years old, I have been in the gym lifting weights once to twice a week depending on the time of year. With so many sessions missed in December and January, I decided to change my strength training from lifting in the gym to low cadence session on the bike, running hills, swimming with large paddles and aiming to do three core sessions per week.
Now I am back lifting weights again, it is something I have promised myself I will do for the rest of my life. I do this not to be a stronger athlete, The aim is to be a strong 80 year old and 90 year old. I can see myself now in the nursing home looking around at all the oldies drinking their tea while I’m downing a protein shake talking about my recent gains.
I rode with a new cycle bunch who are filled with A & B grade racers and without doubt all are at a much higher level than I am in skills & ability. It is a strange feeling knowing before you leave the house that at some point during this ride you will be dropped by this bunch and wondering just how long you can hold on for.
It stood out like dog nuts that their skills are so much higher than what I was use too. I often ride with a weekend group and that group seems very unorganised compared to this group. My lack of handling skills showed every time we turned. I rarely peddle through corners instead I like to lean into them and peddle out of the corner where this group was full throttle during every turn.
I got dropped around 33km into from the 47km ride. Not because I blew up like I had hopped was going to happen, simply a lack of focus turning a corner that went up hill. I lost of few meters that turned into 20 meters that turned into 50 meters and I simply couldn’t close the gap. During this time I clocked a 1 minute personal best power output of 484 watts (see below).
I was able to keep the bunch within 100 meters till the time came when they started swapping off and everyone spends around 3 seconds on the front then peals off. The pace just goes through the roof. It was my goal to take two turns on the front before blowing up and being spat out the back but I didn’t get a chance to blow.
Cycle Challenge with Jacky
My 10 year old son Jack is also doing the three month cycle challenge where we will do 93 rides in 93 days. Sunday afternoon we went out for half an hour on the bike in the cold, wind and rain. We rode easy on the flats, very easy on the downhills but anytime the road went up, it was game on. One hill Jack attacked and I stayed behind me. I looked down at my Garmin to see I was on 620 watts and as I was yelling out the watts to Jack, The little shit attacked again dropped me like a bad habit.
The great part about this ride was Jack never complained once about the conditions we were riding in and if I suggested we should go longer, he would have been up for it.
Training Block Summary
In the next day or two I will publish a detailed summary on the first training block and a look at what is next.