12 Nov 2017

170 mile Cycle Ride - Training and Weight Loss (Week 6 Update)

I am at the end of week 6 of training for The Way Of The Roses and after missing all of week 5 to a nasty cold bug, I am glad to say this week has been a lot better. I managed an average speed of 21mph on a stationary bike at a level 9 tension. This session may have lasted only 25 minutes, but it is the fastest I have ever ridden on any kind of bicycle.

My on-going struggle with chronic sinusitis affects cycling performance. I have introduced kapalbhati pranayama into my morning routine in an attempt to overcome this. I am also practising mindfulness because the mind plays just as big a part in performance as physical training.

The second session of the week was another interval cadence session, but this one was at level 7. I was okay going at 80, 90 and 100 rpm, but I really felt the 110 in every cycling muscle! I persevered and did complete the routine without the need to go down a level or reduce cadence.

Chronic sinusitis has been the bane of my existence for far too long. My nose leaks continuously and although I have learned to live with it, that blocked nose affects my performance by reducing inspiratory capacity. The cold weather only makes matters worse.

Since it has worked in the past, I have re-introduced the practice of Kapalbhati Pranayama into my morning routine. It involves forceful exhalation using abdominal muscles. I hope it helps by clearing my sinuses so I can breathe easier when cycling.

I am also making an effort to keep up the practice of mindfulness – a technique I learned in an intensive 10 day residential course a while ago. I try to meditate either first thing in the morning or just before bed. It only takes 10 minutes, but it sets me up for the day ahead.

Training Update: Week 6

Gym bike – 1 h 15 minutes over 2 sessions (1 random speed, 1 interval cadence)
Outdoor cycle ride – No sessions


Weight: 13 stone 5 pounds

A pound lost! It might not sound like much, but it is quite an achievement, especially after the excesses of a girls-only weekend away in Amsterdam.
That, coupled with compliments about my toned look and a drop in jeans size means something is working. I’ll take that, thank you. Until next week.


  1. You have done so well! I wish I can exercise like this. I still cycle now but not in training mode at all. I started getting back to yoga a few weeks ago and I found it very refreshing and now I can't live without it! Keep up the good work. Hope your cold will be rid off soon!

    1. The cold is much better now, thanks. Fingers crossed, training goes to plan. Glad you are enjoying Yoga, it's something I used to do a few years back :) x


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