Right, so had been trying to decide to even bother with putting this up but sure I'll give it a go and see. Mainly because there seems to be a few people in A3 and doing logs so be interesting to compare training and approaches.
Quick background, done triathlons up to around 2018, done fairly well, few decent results and done a lot of what I wanted in the sport. Still some goals there that might see me going back in the future.
Picked up a niggle/injury in Feb 2019, out of no where really and still an ongoing thing when I run. That combined with change of role in work just made it more difficult than normal to get any run training done. Swimming was always a means to an end so was happy enough to knock that on the head while I waited for the injury to clear. No sign of that happening so around March 2019 decided to give cycling a go by itself. Signed up to local club and local league and hoped to get some open racing done in 2019.
Club league went well, some decent TT results moved me into the A league and although I didn't race as much as I wanted to or needed to I had some half decent results.
Not half as much open racing as I should have done. Went up to North Down GP with 2 lads from the club for my first ever open race, probably mid July. Got around grand, learned a lot, done too much work really though. Done my best to break the race up every lap, usually by myself and ended up finishing in the bunch but won the most combative award. Enjoyed it and signed up for the Charleville 2 day with a mate from another club. So one open race under my belt I headed down. Lads in my club were great and was getting loads of advice and tips on racing. Finished in the bunch on the first stage, kept my nose out of the wind all day and had a bit of luck to get around a crash about 2km from the end so a depleted bunch finish. TT that afternoon went well, finished 3rd, about 6seconds off first and less than 1 second off second. Putting me in second overall (or third) going into last day, the hilly day. Bit tired but settled well and my mate looked after me, gave me his wheel the whole time until we got to the main hill and kept me fresh. Over the climb in the first bunch the first time, dropped a good few but a few got back on before the second time up. Stayed in front group of about 8 second time up too and then we stayed away from the majority, being joined by 3 more for the finish. Legs were gone by then and finished at back of pack but done enough to win overall. And then with points from overall win and TT placing I got an upgrade to A3. Would have liked more experience before I went up but happy to move up quickly, know a few lads who were stuck there a while.
So plan for this year is to give it a decent go. Been training away since early October, averaging around 9hrs a week at the moment, mainly on the turbo. I'm not coached, use trainer road sessions during the week and then try get out with the club on the weekend. Have been doing some longer rides on the turbo recently, with 2x4hrs done over the weekend. Probably use the turbo too much really though!
Plan for this season is to get to Leinster champs, National champs and club champs in as good a condition as I can. No real goals on placings, just get there in good shape. Hoping to race more, both open and club league and looking forward to it. That and try to learn to sprint and corner. Too long on turbos and TT bikes means my bike handling isn't what it should or needs to be. Even the little I have done so far has seen a decent increase in power numbers and if I can keep it going hopefully I'll see more improvement.
So training numbers as it stands at the moment. From last test in Jan 1st. 62kg, FTP 240W. Definitely more to come there and will be looking for around 270w. 5min power pretty good at the moment at around 310w so be looking to improve my ability to repeat this. Sprint power (around 10 seconds) about 770w. Not great but with some actual sprint training and practicing I'm hoping this will go up too. Next test is about 2 weeks away and I'm feeling comfortable working off them numbers so hoping for improvement.
What was meant to be a quick intro has turned into a long post but the rest shouldn't be as long as this!