Weekly Catchup

More terrible weather, mainly horrible winds have put a bit of a crimp on riding over the week, though I did get to do a pretty serious ride on Sunday 2nd. Actually, the sun shone for the entire ride, and if it hadn’t been blowing a 20mph wind it’d actually been a really nice day. As it was, the last 25km was into the teeth of the wind, I met the man with the hammer with 10k to go, and by the time I got into the house I’d barely enough energy to hold my head in both hands.

I also did a bit of an experiment with the ride, filming most of it with an action-camera. Just for fun, I’ve uploaded ’em to Kinomap as well. See what you think…

Part 1Part 2 Part 3Part 4

As per usual, there’s also the ride details on Strava here

Monday was pretty much a recovery ride, Tuesday was a solid 30km Base ride, Wednesday I took a rest day (it was pissing down – well, I say down, more horizontally really.   Thursday I managed to step things up a little 43km of base riding.

Which brings us to Friday.   Friday was finally brighter again, though the ridiculous winds were still much in evidence.   Couldn’t face the roadbike, but didn’t want to waste a dry day, so jumped on the MTB instead.   Once again, I decided to give the ActionCamera a go.

(watch for the mudsplash round about 5:25 into the vid…  the water was a LITTLE deeper than expected – as in over the wheelhubs.   Soggy toes for the rest of the ride, as the only way to get through the lake was to carry on pedalling.)

And, so to today.   The winds were even worse today – a good 30mph with gusts of double that.  But, it was bright and dry, so walkies were the order of the day.

Also this week, we’ve had some Schwagg come in – 2 pairs of Planet-X Flanders Softshell Gloves (lovely stuff – brilliant spring and autumn gloves, which are also perfect for local walks in winter.) and, a pair of wierdies…  Planet-X 365 Winter Gloves.   Or as I affectionately call ’em  “the Spock Gloves”.
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they may look a bit iffy, but they’re bloody warm…

Walkies

I’ve taken to going for quite a long walk on a Saturday afternoon – a good 3 hours or so as a minimum, provided the rain stays away.   To be honest, it’s just been that the weather has been brighter than the rest of the week, but the winds have been unpleasantly high for actually riding the bike – so it’s been nice to just get out on foot, walk around in the fresh air and get some sunlight on my face – I swear it’s as good as a dose of Prozac as far as mood improvement.

Today’s was another 9 miles or so (strange that I ride the bike in km’s but tend to walk locally in Miles, isn’t it…)   Blowing a complete hoolie all the way round, and far colder than the Garmin Recorded (probably because it was stuffed deep in my jacket pocket out of the wind!)

 

January Summary by the Numbers

Roadbike

Distance: 507.09 km
Elevation Gain: 4,262 m
Time: 24:50:15 h:m:s
Count: 13 Activities
Avg Power: 199 W

 

Mountainbike

Distance: 48.06 km
Elevation Gain: 341 m
Time: 3:28:07 h:m:s
Count: 2 Activities
Avg Power: 124 W

 

Indoor Riding

Distance: 425.52 km
Elevation Gain: 6,051 m
Time: 14:00:33 h:m:s
Count: 8 Activities
Avg Power: 159 W

Walking

Distance: 55.75 km
Elevation Gain: 808 m
Time: 13:48:11 h:m:s
Count: 6 Activities

Catchup Post

I’ll admit it…  i’ve been more than a bit useless for a while – had a spell where I’d just nothing to say, so stepped away from this blog for a couple of days.

But, I suppose there’s always time for a catch-up post…

23rd January – Indoor Training – Training with Rabobank (part 1 of 2) – strava details here

24th January – 30km of Base – short spin around the usual fish shaped course – Strave here

25th January – A long walk

26th January – rained off for Sunday “big ride” so did a virtual ride in the sun – Cape Argus VR Ride in Sooth Iffrica… – Strava here

27th January – Recovery spin on the MTB – Strava here

28th January – day off completely

29th January – 30km of base

30th January – 33km of base

31st January – a Virtual Reality ride around a flat loop mapped around eggborough, snaith, boothferry and selby.  Strava here

and that was it for January…

 

 

 

Another 30km into the training plan

Week 2 ride 1, 30km Sub Z4 said the masterplan.   30.88km and an average of z3.2 said the Garmin.   Mission Accomplished – though it was 50/50 at one point when it started raining.   But when it stopped 2 minutes later, all was well again and I managed a half decent ride.   It all seems just a little gentle to be honest, but I’m sure it’ll ramp up a bit as the weeks progress…

Strav for todays ride is here.

I’ve also got back into the whole situp and pressups routine again over last couple of days.  Still such pathetically low numbers of each I’m not about to mention them in public, but the numbers are building, little by little.  200 and 100 respectively by easter ??   Who knows.

Training Program Day 6 workout 3

Long Steady Distance was called for today – 80km or more ideally.    Fortunately, the weather was fairly kind to me and I managed to knock in a good solid 88.9km worth.

What surprised me was just how tired I was by the end of it – obviously the Christmas seasonal excesses coupled with a month or two of shorter rides has taken it’s toll.   Not Good.