So I had planned to start last week but a bout of food poisoning over the weekend has set me back quite dramatically. Even though I felt like sh1t I decided to give a max ramp test today a go, just because it would soon be another week wasted and I thought a bit of an effort might force my insides to behave themselves.
Best guess at the minute is my FTP is around 3.1 to 3.2 W/kg. Considering I have been unwell, that's not too bad but I plan to do a full 20 minute test next week to get a true reflection.
Weight is 84kg, up from 78kg at the end of November but I am hoping that tighter eating controls and an increase in training time will take care of that in short order.
- Upgrade to A2
- Actually meaning it this year
Target Races - Definite underlined
Dublin Wheelers - lovely opener for the year and that sharp bump at the end is my type of finish
Seamus Kennedy Memorial - if I am allowed out two days in a row
Ras Naomh Finian - if I am allowed out two days in a row
Newbridge GP - another favourite, would love if they moved the finish to the top of Boston Hill, far safer and a bit of craic IMO
Lucan GP - nice wide finish and a good tester for getting your true fitness as there are not real hills in it, so you can push it from start to finish without blowing up
Des Hanlon Memorial - Definitely, it has climbing, tough with two days in a row
Gorey 3 day - 1st stage race of the year, family are near by so should get out for it
Waller Cup - should be OK, it will be a two week break from racing
Frank O'Rourke Memorial - very near family again and a great race
Dunsany GP - Depends if I have made A2 or not by now
Shay Elliott - Hooray for suffering
Kilmessan - family allow it
Orwell 2 day - second stage race of the year
RTulach Mh unlikely but will try
Paddy Flanagan - Newbridge GP again so that is a yes unless the next weeks plan have upset the family too much
Ras - most likely as a driver/mechanic
Roundwood GP - if I am not allowed to the Ras
Eddie Tobin Memorial Road Race 2020 - near family again
Mullingar GP National Road Series Rd 4 - not too far down the road
Galway Classic - loved this race last year
SERC GP - near family again
Laragh Classic - Club race so if I am not marshalling
Leinster Road Race Champs - if I am marshalling the Laragh, I will be heading here
2020 Cycling Ireland Masters & A3 Road Race Championships -In Mayo somewhere so will wait and see
Mick Lawless - one of the organisers so definetly there
2020 Cycling Ireland Hill Climb Championships - I love hills (and it is in Leinster)
Alot to do, and hopefully I won't take long to pick up the form from last year. I certainly lost it close to the end of the year as I promptly gave up the effort after the Galway Classic. I have a few training routes that incorporate as much climbing as possible on the way into and out of work, so that should help. There is a gym at work as well so will start on flexibility work and core strength, hopefully finding the right balance. Club league is starting end of March, and is one of the longer ones in the country. I am not aiming to do anything in it this year except use it for training.
Diet wise, I am really struggling after a glorious amount of feasting over Christmas, I found myself very hungry in work over the last few days, even though I was eating more than usual, this should hopefully settle down as start to eat healthier again. Will keep it simple this year, not a breakfast person, so just a cup of coffee in the morning, Shake for lunch, with a homemade salad to top up if needed. Dinners will be lots of veg, a bit of meat and a small amount of carbs. Not a pasta or rice fan so should be simple enough. no eating after 8pm or two hours after I get home from work, whichever is later.
Currently riding my commuting bike and slowly moving it over to match my race bike in regards gearing and fit, so hopefully that extra few kilos will also be handy come the start of the season.
It's gonna be a tough season as I am back in college for work, full time work on top of that but I am still just the right side of forty and that isn't going to last much longer.