Indoor Cycling – We have all kinds Sir…

In a bid to inject a little variety into the indoor riding today, I decided to mix things up a little.

First of all, it was high time that I actually managed to get a proper Anaerobic Threshold Test done.   So – I had a crack at the Conconi Test as detailed on the Tacx Training Website.   What can I say – like most Max-Tests, its pretty horrible towards the latter stages.   A quick breakdown of the stats are on Garmin Connect HERE.

Second ride of the day was a bit of general riding, started with the “Training with Milram” DVD, which ran for around 13 minutes before crashing.   So – I decided to go to a old disk – the “T1956-16 Grossglockner” DVD – originally  intended for the Fortius, rather than the Bushido, it’s video quality isn’t great, but it contains a nice leg loosening spin, followed by a short steep uphill, and a wild thrash down the mountain to finish off.   Again, this was logged on the Garmin 705 as well as the Tacx Bushido, and the details are posted here.

Third ride was another repeat of the above trip down the Grossglockner, though this time missing out the saddle and intermediate col.   More than anything else,   I wanted to see how my injured left thigh would cope with some high speed, high cadence work after a decent length of riding.  At the moment, things feel good, and the Garmin log makes for some impressive speed stats, if nothing else…  average speed of 24.1 m.p.h. actual at the rear wheel, Average cadence 82 (which is very high for me – those big legs don’t thrash around very well any more!) and a max cadence of 127 was just scary…

Not sure what happened on the third ride, but I managed to get some sort of glitch, which showed a power reading on the Garmin – unlikely, as I’ve no power meter! – extremely unlikely, as it read 16,383 Watts – yeah right 16 and a bit Kilowatts!!

Another Test – this time on the road

Still not 100% sure about the tweaked muscle in my leg – so gave it another nice steady run around my local loop.   Nothing of note to mention, apart from losing my flaming front light at some point in the ride.  Didn’t even notice it pinging off to be honest.  Other than that, was just a normal, slow-ish ride – but my leg didn’t complain so – I suppose I should be happy 🙂

Ride stats here

Dammit, Dammit, DAMMIT!!

Well – there goes my lucky run when it comes to not getting crocked.   The “niggle” I’ve had in my left thigh turned into a “that’s not a niggle, it’s a proper pull…” during some very, very gentle pre-ride stretches today – and before anyone says anything, yes – my muscles were warm beforehand!.   Needless to say, the ride has gone out the window.   I’m going to be a good boy, and look after myself – after all, I’ve already hit my targeted Km’s for the month – I’d sooner have a couple of days “sans-velo”, and come back right, than struggle through and churn out a bunch of junk Km’s, and possibly do more damage in the process.

Of course, it’s really going to put a crimp in any weight loss hopes for this week – I’m pretty sure there’s not much chance of more than half a kilo on diet alone – and that’s not allowing for my being depressed, missing my bike, and in reach of the Jaffa Cakes and within easy distance of the ‘fridge… 😦