The Occasional Athlete
Training has been going well. I’m in week 11 of The Plan, which has been my most consistent period in years. I’ve been smashing the hard sessions. In fact I keep having to raise the intensity! Yesterday evening was the hardest session so far - seven rounds of three minutes at 122% of functional threshold power (FTP). It was brutal. I almost didn’t finish it. But I did. I even have a chart to prove it!
The down side is I’ve not really lost any weight. I’m still hovering around 87kg. My diet has definitely improved, largely due to “friendly” competition with a couple of colleagues, but I’m probably eating too much. I’ll need to raise my game and cut back a bit, and probably spend a week or so tracking calories. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, or something!
So what do I have coming up? Well, I’m coming to the end of my base period. This week is the last hard before a recovery week, which my legs and I are very much looking forward to! Then it’s onto the build phase where the hard efforts get harder and the easy rides longer. I’ve also entered a couple of local events - the Rawlinson Bracket in February and the Cotswold Cyclo in March. I’m hoping the weather improves soon so I can get in some outdoor riding before these events, but I’m not holding out much hope!
Finally, after more than a decade I finally realised what I like most about cycling. It’s not the great outdoors or cafe rides with mates, although those are definitely fun. No, what I truly enjoy is hitting big numbers and being fit enough to smash myself up a climb! I’m unsure whether or not that makes me weird…