Tried and Died

I attempted to back up yesterday’s ride with a longer yet similarly fast ride today. The legs were having none of it. Bad feelings in my legs though there’s a chance that it was at least partly mental. I could probably have gone harder and faster… and longer. I didn’t, didn’t and didn’t so that’s the way it is.

I have a plan.
A plan that can only fail.
It can fail so badly that it’s nearly worth trying.
What’s this plan?
Cycle every day between now and Edinburgh.
In addition to the cycling, swim and run twice a week too.
In addition to that. Do three weight sessions.

See what I mean.
It’s so definitely going to fail that I have to do it.

Tune in tomorrow to see if day one is a fail.

I’m not posting today’s ride. It was shite.

Rest then Road Bike

I was extremely tired last Monday. I took it very easy on Monday and Tuesday as a result. The intention was to hit it hard again on Wednesday. Unfortunately the shit hit the fan in work and I missed all training for three days.

Yesterday, with fresh legs, I took the racer out for the first time this year. Just out to Färingsö and home again; a quick two hour blast. I felt pretty good and was giving it a pretty solid effort the entire time.

When I got home and downloaded the effort I was surprised: 32km/h average speed for the day. If I remove the traffic sections from the training curve I get an average speed of 33,5 for that section.

The weather was perfect though. Not so cold. Nearly no wind. I think everyone in Stockholm was fast yesterday. Let’s not chase that average speed for the rest of April now – that will only lead to dissapointment!

Plan is to get out on the bike again today – let’s see if I can manage that.

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Easy Time

I’ve been very dedicated for the past few months… no breaks. Just a day here and there to unload some extreme fatigue. Time for that break as come. I’m on a total day off today after having two easy days before that. The hope is that I will feel like superman tomorrow and begin my final build for Lidding MTB race. Just 31 days to go. Those 31 days will be interrupted by Gerry’s birthday… The plan is to completely burry myself before that. Recover, and do whatever I have to do at that party, recover some more and then do a tough 4 days and then taper.

The big push starts tomorrow.

Swim – Lift

I’m tired and the tiredness isn’t lifting. Sunday was a low point in my training for the year. Monday’s swim showed promise but today when I attempted to train I was absolutely exhausted. I bagged the planned rowing set and went for a leg weight session instead.  That was my first weight session in three weeks. I lifted light weights and did a high rep session in the hope that I would 1/ Get back into the swim of things and 2/ not be sore for a week. Tomorrow will tell if that plan worked.

Assuming I feel better I will swim with the club tonight.

I felt very tired when I got home. Went to bed early, didn’t read and had a pretty good sleep.

Lidingö Lethargy

Lidingö recon number five today. Done and dusted but I was not feeling good at all. Every hill took a little bit of me today. I just hadn’t got it in my legs. Pain and no top end power.

I had planned to hit the gym tonight and do a leg blaster but since my legs are already blasted I can scratch that particular plan.

Sitting here. Done for the week. Feeling small.

Swim and Sweet Spots

Did a swim after work. Moderate pace and the start with come quite descent 100s and 200s at the end.

After an hour of procrastination I managed my best ever performance on the sweet spots today. Felt strong throughout but really had to dig on the last one – what’s good is that the last one was the 6th one. It’s too late to type any more for now. I may do more tomorrow.

Splits Today (Av. Power):
246W, 243W, 245W, 245W, 246W, 262W

Last Sessions (Newest on top):
234W, 234W, 237W, 234W, 233W
234W, 229W, 235W, 235W, 249W
226W, 227W, 225W, 229W, 225W, 242W
236W, 238W, 239W, 239W, 264W
229W, 228W, 231W, 229W, 258W
226W, 221W, 225W, 228W, 246W
223W, 225W, 227W, 228W, 240W

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Higher power numbers are good. But there’s also this:

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Rest, Ride and Run

I took the day off after my morning MTB session with Johan. Legs were very tired. We had dinner guests on Saturday and I hit the bed at 00:10 and set the clock for 06:00… I reckoned nearly six hours sleep and a 3-4 hour bike ride would be just the ticket. Alarm sounded and I felt pretty dam tired. Nevertheless up I got and started to eat a big breakfast… still tired. Coffee. Still sleepy. I then glanced at the microwave clock -the only one in the house that doesn’t automatically set itself- 05:20. Spring forward time! Had I known when I was going to bed I probably wouldn’t have bothered.

It took at least 40 minutes for my legs to get going on the bike and once they did I felt good. Needed up doing three and a half hours and  was plenty tired afterwards. To top off the long weekend I’m just back from an easy 9km run. 5:00/km – felt good doing so.

Tomorrow I hope to get to swimming with the club. Maybe a weight session during the day too.

Plod and Roll

I sit here typing here exhausted. I just attempted a 20 minute power nap that turned into a 35 minute nap-snooze-nap. Bloody tired! What has made me tired? Seven hours training in five days could be it although I hadn’t felt tired until about one hour into today’s ride. Yesterday’s ‘run’ was probably the first sign but I’m so irregular at running that I can’t tell if I’m just slow or just tired. The run was indeed slow yesterday but I assumed that it was the result of not running very much but I can now say that the result of that run was brought on by physical stress.

So what do I do now?

Rest, recover and ride again tomorrow?

A part of me wants to get seven hours cycling done in three days but my head -and my legs- tell me that this will probably not happen. As a thought experiment for now, what would happen if I kept pushing through this tiredness barrier? How long would it take to recover? Would the gains be worth it? Would there be any gains?

I most likely will never find out.

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New VO2 Session

I read about and tried a new bike session today. The day was spend pondering on the gap between what the figures ‘sound’ like and how they would actually feel. My research on the web led me to the following set:

40 x 0:40/0:20 @ 110% FTP

What was I wondering about?
I was wondering if it should be 115% FTP… I felt it should have been but the world wide web told me not to.

Like anything I do, once I committed to the 110% version that was what I stuck with, Until I didn’t. The last 10 minutes were done at 115% FTP.

Overall the session was not difficult. There was never a time that I wished it ended. This leaves me with a conundrum: Do it at 115% FTP next time or leave it as it is. Should every VO2 max set leave you falling off the bike? Amazingly enough, after all these years, all the books I’ve read, the research I’ve done; I still can’t answer that basic simple question.

It looked like this:
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