Yet another setback

After feeling so positive after my last entry, disaster struck in the shape of a football-related injury. I bought a football for the kids to play with and we went down the park for a kick-about. It only took 5 minutes for my hamstrings to go. I was not happy to say the least – I’ve had to stay off the bike for a couple of weeks for everything to heal up. My right hamstring is still a bit sore but I’ve managed a few rides since.

Today’s ride was not especially good. As it was so windy, especially for the second half of my ride, I spent a lot of time in heart rate zone 4 just trying to stay moving!

Once my legs are properly better I’m going to try and get some base training done. I need to do some long 2-3 hour rides in zone 2-3, boring but essential if I’m going to do any centuries this year. It’s almost time for the Ribble to make an appearance as the weather is getting better. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to afford a bike fitting in the near future so I can stop all these niggly injuries and start managing some longer rides. I’d also like to actually start being able to ride a bit faster!

Milan-Sanremo

The pro season is well under way now and I managed to catch the last half hour of Milan-Sanremo. Watching Peter Sagan in full attack mode is awesome! He was clearly the strongest rider but Kwiatkowski finished it off perfectly. I reckon we’ll see quite a few more finishes involving Sagan, Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe in the future.

It was a shame to see Cav unable to hold onto the back of the peloton on the Cipressa, I’d heard that he was ill beforehand but you never really know until the day. Hopefully he’ll build some form up ahead of the Tour.

Starting to feel positive

This week so far I’ve managed over 100km, which is the most I have done in a week since May 2015, almost two years ago! I had knee issues after doing a sportive that week and took it easy for the rest of the year before getting a hernia. I think after getting the hernia repaired I tried to come back too fast too soon, but finally I feel like things are falling into place.

On Tuesday I did a 49.5km ride with my cycling buddy after which I felt pretty good. There was still the odd moment where I had no energy but I did the hill slightly quicker than last time.

Yesterday I did a tempo ride in zone 3 which was notable because not only was the sun out, it was slightly warm! The first signs of spring were very welcome, it was quite pleasant out. On top of that the ride itself was quite good, my average was 25.4km/h despite it being very windy.

Today I did another tempo ride but went a bit further, purely to push myself over 100km for the week. The forecast for the weekend does not look good and I wanted to hit a milestone of sorts. I felt pretty good again, the speed was slightly up on yesterday. It’s still a long way from where I want to be but being able to get out consistently is making me feel much more positive.

I hope I can get out again over the weekend but if it does rain both days I’ll probably do a short session on the turbo. I’m in two minds about doing The Sufferfest Rubber Glove FTP test – it’d be good to get a better idea of my heart rate zones, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on my knees which I probably would if I went too hard. I’ll see how it goes, at least I’ve got a fan now so it won’t be too unpleasant.