Category Archives: Cycling

All about the bike

I did my 5th consecutive day on the bike today, and for the second day running I did the CTS climbing DVD. That brings the total to 5:10 of cycling since Monday. The perceived intensity today was the highest I’ve felt this week – the absolute intensity was the lowest of the week – time for a break!

All about the Bike

I did my 5th consecutive day on the bike today, and for the second day running I did the CTS climbing DVD. That brings the total to 5:10 of cycling since Monday. The perceived intensity today was the highest I’ve felt this week – the absolute intensity was the lowest of the week – time for a break!

Run/Bike

I did a lunchtime run with Richie. He took it pretty easy but I was digging pretty deep to hold onto him – I’m WAY behind in my preparation for Stockholm Marathon… Tick tock …

Hopped on the bike after work and did the CTS Climbing DVD. 55 minutes of climbing simulation. It’s pretty good but Charmichael’s jokes leave little to be desired – he should stick to the training advise!

Running and Cycling

I did a lunchtime run with Richie. He took it pretty easy but I was digging pretty deep to hold onto him – I’m WAY behind in my preparation for Stockholm Marathon… Tick tock …

Hopped on the bike after work and did the CTS Climbing DVD. 55 minutes of climbing simulation. It’s pretty good but Charmichael’s jokes leave little to be desired – he should stick to the training advise!

Not a lot done today…

I’m trying to inspire myself to start running again – only 117 days to Stockholm Marathon… time to get going! The photo above should get me motivated:

I’m aiming to be hitting my 30k run 70 days out – that leaves 47 days (or a little under 7 weeks) to build up to it. If I manage a 18k run on Friday and add 2k/week from there then I’ll just make it.

I did some cycling in the evening: 80 minutes on the trainer. Intensity was pretty easy but all in all it was pretty difficult.

More Biking

Second consecutive day in a row on the indoor bike. Just an hour tonight – at a steadier effort than last night. I kept the intensity pretty much the same for the hour and varied cadence between 75 and 95 every few minutes.
I then ran for 40 minutes after the bike. I might try 90 minutes on the bike tomorrow. I’ll only know how I feel 5 minutes after sitting on the bike and I’ll decide then…

I moved the cleat in my left shoe today (after the cycle). I moved my foot position back and in, in an effort to take some of the strain off my arch – which is begining to feel odd. I may have to put arch supports in the shoes if this does not feel better.

Back on the Bike

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I’m having trouble getting into the training this year: I had three days off after my return to training – a return was way too hard in intensity.
Last night I set up the bike in the living room, put on the Giro d’Italia DVD and cycled. I planned to just take it easy for one hour but got bored and then started to do hard efforts during the lead outs for the sprints… These varied from 3-5 minutes a piece and by the time I was 40 minutes into the session I was pretty much fried. From there I just held a steady effort and cadence for the remaining 20 minutes and called it a day.
I’ll try to focus on the bike this week and see what sort of form I can get from it. If I do and hour a day Monday->Thursday and then the 3 hours spinning on Saturday that would be my longest cycling week in two years… lets see what happens.

Three Hours Spinning

Spinning this morning… I ,not surprsisingly, found it very tough. My heart rate was low and my perceived exertion was high. Still, I won’t become obsessed with numbers in January – I’ll just do the hours and worry about the numbers as the season approaches. I plan on doing one more hard week and then I can ake a bit of a rest. Althouh I’m most certainly fatigued from two relatively tough weeks of training, I’m begining to feel fit again.

Three Hours Spinning

I intended on doing 2:30 pretty easy and steady but ended up getting carried away. Since I haven’t been on a bike for four weeks I expected to feel really bad – when I realised that this was not the case, I hit it pretty hard.
I did the first 1:15 steady, then 4x4min mod-hard, 3min easy, then 16 min mod hard, mins rest. 22 min mod-hard 1 min rest then 4 mins building to max. I decided to skip the planned run!