The week started very hot and then turned very windy. For me, neither is very good for cycling and the result is a failure to meet the targets I set myself.
I know that’s an excuse on a par with ‘the dog ate my homework’ but, following last week’s ‘reasons to be cheerful’ I’ve decided not to fret about it but to appreciate what I did manage to do.
I did the turbo trainer for an hour on both Thursday and Friday which went well but meant that Saturday morning I really didn’t feel keen on a hard ride. I forced myself to get out to Dragon Hill Road but on the first rep I was wondering if it was going to be the only one. I kept going and ground out one after the other and did 15 in total.
It was all done into a strong headwind of about 15mph which the source I found on the internet (so it must be true) suggests is equal to another 3% on the gradient so I’m happy with the effort. I also managed to keep up my practice of making the last rep the fastest of the set.
Today (Sunday) I went out thinking I’d do a longer slow ride but within minutes I was rained on heavily and battling with another 15mph wind. That changed the plan so I went for some more hills and a faster pace. I managed 643m of ascent in about 53km at over 26kph.
Running training log so far:
|Week||Single session hill reps||Longest ride (km)||Total km||Total meters climbed|
* +2 hours turbo trainer
That’s almost exactly 13,000m of climbing in the 5 weeks. The aim for next week is a 22 rep session and a ride of over 100km – weather permitting.
Sadly, despite all this training, I see I’ve not got a place in Sky’s Tour squad. Oh well …