It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Weekly Update published, but now that I’m back to regular training, I’ve got a few things say. Training has been going along, and I’ve had a few good and (more) bad days. One advantage of keeping detailed training records, is that I can see that for the past two seasons I’ve been disappointed in my power numbers and sensations on the bike this time of year. Thanks to old training logs, I can see that I need to continue to trust the system and keep riding my bike.
In years past, I’ve been expecting great things based on my success in my recently completed cyclocross season. This year I’ve had some additional time off, but I am still feeling (and riding) about the same. At this point, an ‘about the same’ season would be great, so I’m going to try to replicate as much as I can with a few small tweaks.
I also wanted to talk about fatigue again. I know it is only my first cycle of training after an injury, but I was cooked after 11 hours of training last week. Some of those hours could even be ‘discounted’ as not training: An hour of bodyweight core/strength training, an hour run, and an hour of an ‘easy’ isolated leg workout with low average HR and power. This left 8 hours of Zone 2 riding for the week, and by Sunday’s scheduled 3.5 hour ride, I was feeling somewhat fatigued at the start, and cooked at the end.
Remember, I am only a case study. What happens to me may not be normal for everyone. But I want to reiterate that last year I was destroyed after a 14 hour week with mostly Zone 2/3 riding and had to take an unplanned rest week. Perhaps I don’t recover as well as others (Last week I didn’t get much sleep (4-5 hours on two consecutive nights), and have some significant family and job stress), but I wanted to say that for me, consistency seems to be more important than massive training volume.
This week has also been a bit of a bust with a lot of things to do around the house, and today, bad weather. As I write this the city of Boulder is quiet with near blizzard conditions. On twitter I mentioned how convenient our last snow storm was, on Monday, most cyclists rest day. Well, unlike most cyclists, Thursday is my day when I am free to ride as much as I can; a very inconvenient day for a blizzard.
I have resolved to do something for a few hours. I doubt it will be a couple hours on the rollers. It may be a long hike, or possibly a mountain bike ride if the weather isn’t too dismal. Luckily at this point in the season, regular aerobic activity is the most imporant thing I can be doing.