24 Oct 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Week 3 Update

Week 3 of training for The Way Of The Roses went better than the previous week. Despite celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, through the week, I stuck to the training schedule.

Week 3 of training for The Way Of The Roses went better than the previous week. Despite celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, through the week, I stuck to the training schedule.

Hurricane Ophelia followed shortly afterward by Storm Brian meant there were no outdoor cycle rides this week. I am not comfortable cycling in gusts of 20mph, let alone 40! So it was just the gym for me this week.


I varied the training by doing my first spin class. It would be unfair to say I did not struggle! Even a long cycle ride of 60 miles had not prepared me to pedal standing up in the saddle. I did not go crazy with the tension, but it was enough to make my thigh muscles ache over the next few days. It took a few painkillers to stop me hobbling up and down the stairs.

I allowed the pain to ease before hitting the gym for another couple of sessions. I have been reading about training for cycle rides. One of the routines suggested interval cadence training. I tried it out at a level 4 tension on the gym bike, doing 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 minute cycles at increasing cadence of 80, 90, 100, 110 rpm.

Something else I read suggested clocking time when working out on a stationary cycle rather than the miles. I will do both, as miles works as a better motivator for me than time in the saddle.



Training Update: Week 3

Gym bike – 2 h 40 minutes over 4 sessions (approximately 38.5 miles)
Outdoor cycle ride – No sessions


Diet:


There has been no weigh-in this week, as there is no way I have lost any weight over the last seven days. I did not over-indulge this Diwali. Neither did I follow the sensible diet plan I was supposed to. I made karanjis at home and ate a few for they were delicious! This was in addition to a weekend of festivities with friends.

Next week should see me back on track with the diet, so the scales should come out. Am I cheating? I don’t think so. Weight loss is not the sole purpose of this training process. I refuse to get hung up on random numbers on the scales, especially when I know I have put in the effort at the gym.


If any cycling enthusiasts are reading this, I will appreciate the input on training for long-distance rides. Feel free to leave a comment about your training experience. Until next week.

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