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Exactly like riding a bike

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  • Good stuff J, beat me on all 3 counts above, of course while stats are fun and important they don't tell the whole story, I said it before when we met that day in Dunlavin I hardly recognised you and mostly saw your backside any time the road went up that day, it seems to me that your hard work is paying off and that things will fall into place for you in 2015.

    I still can't get my head around your depletion rides, fair play to you on that, it'll be interesting to see how you feel it works for you in the racing season.

    Enjoy tonight and best of luck in 2015




  • nilhg wrote: »
    Good stuff J, beat me on all 3 counts above, of course while stats are fun and important they don't tell the whole story, I said it before when we met that day in Dunlavin I hardly recognised you and mostly saw your backside any time the road went up that day, it seems to me that your hard work is paying off and that things will fall into place for you in 2015.

    I still can't get my head around your depletion rides, fair play to you on that, it'll be interesting to see how you feel it works for you in the racing season.

    Enjoy tonight and best of luck in 2015

    Thanks J. Many happy returns.

    Don't think 'beat' is the way I see it. You had some challenges yourself this year and you overcame them with flying colors.

    The depletion rides are one thing, putting the knife and fork down are another. I got some info of late which might suggest that fasting is good for the first few hours but not so much after that. I don't know. I'll have to research further.




  • After some thought, this is what I'd like to get done:

    1) Increase in distance travelled solo
    2) Lose more weight
    3) Another year of racing and more structured racing training.

    I don't have a yearly distance goal in mind, it'll be whatever it is. I would, however, like to do some longer endurance spins. Up to now the furthest I've gone solo is 250km. I would like to get up to at least 322km(200 miles) this year and take it from there. This would be towards the latter end of the year, but while there is still a bit of daylight.

    The weight drop so far has been ok but I'd like to get it down further. The aim would be to get to 75kg from my current weight of 81kg. It will require a hell of a lot more discipline than I've displayed to date. I'm hopeful, time will tell.

    I had been mulling over the racing for the last month or so and trying to decide whether I would do it in 2015 or lean more towards the endurance stuff. I have decided to race for another year anyway and see how it goes. I really need to be a lot stronger than I am. I'm a long way off A4 level still, going on last year's performances, first year or not. I will train more specifically. I'd hope to feature a bit more in the league races.

    Short and sweet. Easy bit done.




  • The first couple of bits for the year. Got the training bike serviced. Running well and the boys did a good job on it. Nothing major, stuff I could not do.

    Friday 2nd January
    Handy stuff overall. Mostly Z1/Z2 with a couple of efforts to see what the story was. Build it up slowly again.

    Distance: 25.8km
    Av speed: 24.8km/hr
    Elevation Gain: 237m


    Sunday 4th January
    Fasted from the evening before and no breakfast, I did a local running race. A chance to push myself early in the year before the cycling racing starts. Got a decent time, little over 1.5 minutes better than my previous time. Met some new boardsies and some more familiar ones. Good spread afterwards but I limited food intake to a cup of coffee, half a salad sandwich and 2 pieces of oatmeal flapjack. 8.1km @ 4:12/km pace (5 mile @ 6:45/mile pace)

    Headed home to do an hour on the bike to loosen out. Nice and handy with plenty of spinning. Then had dinner of salmon and veg. Evening with the family and some foam rolling.

    Distance: 25.5km
    Av speed: 24.7km/hr
    Elevation Gain: 235m




  • Wow, nearly 5 years......where the hell did that go.....

    No sense starting a new thread, so I'll just picka upto where I left off.

    And certainly no point going through was happened since, so quick snap shot.....

    Racing, more racing, A3, training, injuries, more racing, work ****, family ****, diets and nutrition.......and here I am.

    So im back to where it all began.....riding my bike and getting back to enjoying it. The more I raced, the less I rode my bike, well at least the long, long spins. So thats where im going......endurance. Probably where I should have always gone, but hey. I still did a bit shortly after I left off last time.....350km being the longest I ever did.

    There are thoughts in my head and long term goals, but I'll get to those in time, hopefully.


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  • upthe19th wrote: »
    Wow, nearly 5 years......where the hell did that go.....

    No sense starting a new thread, so I'll just picka upto where I left off.

    And certainly no point going through was happened since, so quick snap shot.....

    Racing, more racing, A3, training, injuries, more racing, work ****, family ****, diets and nutrition.......and here I am.

    So im back to where it all began.....riding my bike and getting back to enjoying it. The more I raced, the less I rode my bike, well at least the long, long spins. So thats where im going......endurance. Probably where I should have always gone, but hey. I still did a bit shortly after I left off last time.....350km being the longest I ever did.

    There are thoughts in my head and long term goals, but I'll get to those in time, hopefully.

    Blast from the past. Looking at my inbox & was wondering what this thread was about. Good to see it back. Went through a similar situation myself. The more racing I did the less I enjoyed it. Have never got back into it and only DOS bit of commuting now to & from work. Looking forward to updates.




  • The week got away on me with work, so it ended in cramming all the training at the weekend.....far from ideal, but ive learned now that that is sometimes the way of it.

    It is what it is.....my go to saying.

    1.5 hours of turbo on saturday, a mixed session with some efforts. I like to give it a lash at least once a week in the winter build. Base miles are good, but base fitness overall is the last to diminish, so I think getting some top end stuff on the turbo is no harm.

    Sunday was just under 5 hours on the road and just under 130km. Not a bad day for it and the company was good, so all in all a good day.

    Hopefully next week will allow more training during the week.




  • 5 sessions for the week. All turbo unfortunately but still steady stuff, with the session of efforts added.

    Trying to keep the discipline on the nutrition, difficult but it will become habit soon hopefully again. Keep things ticking over for the moment.




  • Honestly have no idea where those 3 weeks went.

    Last 3 weeks have seen 5 sessions, 4 sessions and 4 sessions respectively.

    All turbo and again a mixture of steady sustained sessions and some higher intensity, including 2 online races. I say races, but more using them for motivation to get sessions done. I aint very competitive at all but the fitness is starting to come back, so that at least is a start.

    Nutrition is good and so things are moving in the right direction I think. Like I say, ticking over for now




  • And then over 7 months whistles by.......

    Well the early endurance goals were wiped out by Covid, so that meant all turbo, about 7-10 hours a week, and only returned to road at the end of the 2nd week of june.

    Just over 1600km done since then.

    I set 35 goals for distance, which are a mixture of weekly distance goals, solo distance goals and 2-5 day cumulative distance goals, starting pretty low to be honest.

    The 200km, 300km and 400km weekly goals are done and the 150km solo is done.

    Up next is the 500km week goal, the solo 200km & solo 250km.

    I'm not sure now if i will bother with any events this year, although i have a personal solo one in mind which will most likely be done in the next 2 weeks.

    I have the main goal in mind now too for 2021, so fingers crossed i can get to it.


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  • upthe19th wrote: »
    Up next is the 500km week goal, the solo 200km & solo 250km.

    Pretty happy with how things have gone in last week or so. Again you'll have to bear with me as this is all still building and there aint much to see here yet but its a good start.

    Got the 200km done at the end of last week. I had a day to do it and i didnt want it to be part of the 500km weekly goal, as the 250km was going to part of that already. Got 204km done in under 7.5hrs and it wasn't exactly flat with just over 1800m of elevation.

    Took a day rest and then hit the 250km. Got the 256km done in just under 9hrs 15mins. I was a full hour faster than the last time I attempted this distance and again it was a 'lumpy' route with just over 2000m of elevation. Job done.

    With the 250km spin, a 70km spin and a 100km spin, on top of the 170km+ spin this morning, the weekly total ended up just a shade over 600km, the 500km weekly goal is done now too.

    I had a goal to do 300km in 2 days, so thats done too as i did the 70km the day after i did the 250km. Technically i also got 450km done in 3 days, which was another goal, but I'm not counting it cos there was a rest day in between and the days were not consecutive.

    The little 'event' I was planning for myself has been put on hold until such time as I think I can do it justice with better fitness and endurance.

    It's great to be out on the bike for sure, getting great pleasure from it.

    The weekly goals are done at least for now, as it's about condensing the same distances in less days now. Next up is the 300km solo and the 450km in 3 days.


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