Pain

It’s strange, but I’ve really missed the aching legs and other parts after a decent hard ride! My test for Brugada syndrome was negative, so whilst I’ve not had the all clear from a consultant yet I’m back on it as far as cycling hard is concerned!

I’m not at my peak, that’s for sure – my first attempt at a sprint was over 8 seconds slower than my previous best, but a subsequent attempt was only 1 second slower (which taking into account I was on the TDF with mudguards is pretty good!)

Yesterday I tried one of the sillier local segments which involves doing a loop five times (there are also ten and fifteen loop segments!) Each loop takes around 15 and a half minutes, so I thought I might have a shout at getting the fastest time. I wasn’t helped by a strong easterly wind – what benefit I gained going west was more than negated when going east. I did ok though – my splits were on track, and I kept up the effort for the full 5 laps (although the fifth lap was pretty horrible!) Luckily I had a tailwind on the way home as I had nothing left!

Frustratingly, I was 1 second off the KOM! But it gives me a target and I know I need to rebuild my fitness anyway. I am still sore but I have really missed the feeling!

Suffering

I’ve had to take it easy on the bike since the end of July, when I suffered from viral labyrinthitis and was admitted to hospital. Whilst there they noticed an abnormality in my ECG, and so I’ve been awaiting further tests on my heart to get a diagnosis as to what may have caused it. I’m still allowed to ride my bike but have been advised not to go too hard, so I’ve been restricting myself to a maximum of heart rate zone 3.

Whilst cycling is still fun and enjoyable, I’ve been missing a certain something, and the other day I worked out that I’m missing the suffering – coming in from a hard session and feeling like I’ve made an effort. I know most of the time you don’t want to feel too bad when you come in, but beforehand I would regularly try beating my times on Strava segments which would obviously take me into zones 4 and 5. I’m missing going for sprints and trying hard, then feeling knackered afterwards. I wonder if physiologically not as many hormones are released?

I have a test next Thursday which will hopefully give some more insight as to whether I have anything wrong with my heart or not. I’m pretty stressed about it but am hopeful that whatever it is I’ll get the all-clear to resume cycling fast!