I’ve not been cycling much recently as I’ve had a couple of bad weeks sleep-wise – after last week’s 102km I’ve only managed one ride of 63.2km. I might go for a quick ride today just to get a quick workout, but I was up at ridiculous o’clock again and whilst not as tired as yesterday I’m not sure if I should go for it or not.
It’s very frustrating as I had all these plans to start getting fitter but as my youngest son isn’t sleeping it throws everything out. Hopefully this period will pass soon and my training can get back on track. Speaking of track, I still have my velodrome session to book!
On Tuesday I wanted to go out for a long ride – my work day was fairly quiet and the sun was out, and I desperately needed to get back into the swing of things. The first 60km or so I rode with Geoff, and our pace was OK, and by the time we went our separate ways I was still feeling pretty good, having not done any silly sprint efforts to go for KOMs. I did have a few steep hills in my legs though (steep for me, anyway) and I probably wasn’t eating enough at this point. I also stopped for 5 minutes at 80km to chat to a couple of friends, after which things started to get a bit tricky. The last 10km was very hard, I had to force myself to do another loop in order to push myself over the 100km mark!
Afterwards I was very tired, but the endorphins helped cover for that for an hour or so. After that it was a struggle to get to the kids’ bedtime, let alone mine! Still, it was my first metric century for many months, and my longest ride since last July (Southend-London-Southend), a week after which I was in hospital. I probably won’t get a chance to do such a long ride for a couple of weeks now, but I just have to keep the training up – I’ve decided to follow the plans from Cycling Weekly which promise you can get fit in 4 hours a week, we’ll see how it goes.
I got this through the door to confirm that I’m not doing RideLondon this year 🙁 The magazine is full of adverts saying ‘never mind, you can ride for our charity!) but there’s no way I can raise £600, especially as I work from home. So I’ll have to find some other sportives to do.
I did a 28 mile ride on Monday which is my longest ride for a while, I had wanted to go out today but I’m not sure if there’s a problem with the freehub, I get a clunking noise when I pedal hard and I don’t know if it’s always been like that or if it’s just since I changed the cassette. Roll on spring and I can get my good bike out! Might start saving for a cyclocross bike to use next winter.