Archive for January, 2012

CTS field test – who opened the gate?

26 January 2012

Still on the diet and still only 161 pounds I dusted down the old Cycleops and prepared to do the CTS field test for the year. Bearing in mind, cycling has been extremely limited since the PBP, training for the year has commenced.

I had a Gu before starting the warm up which consisted of ten minutes easy pedalling and then high tempo and easy pedalling one minute/ 2 minute intervals. After the warm up comes 8 minutes of sustained pedalling trying to maximise power output but keeping cadence above 90 rpm. I started off in gear 8 but in under a minute I realised I was not going to sustain that pace and dropped a gear to 9. Again, rpm started dropping so a changed down gears one more notch to 10. I kept at this level but my power dropped. I stayed around the 90 rpm with the occasional dip below followed by a concerted effort to climb back up. The 8 minutes couldn’t finish soon enough.

Then ten minutes of easy pedalling enjoying another Gu in the middle of it. After the ten minutes were up, another power interval of 8 minutes. I started at gear 9 but could not sustain that beyond 3 minutes and I dropped to level 10. I kept that for the remainder of the interval but it was tough. I dug deep but I could feel the energy draining. I was running on empty for a lot of the interval. Finally it came to an end and I finished up with 15 minutes of easy pedalling.

I had been expecting it to be tough but not that tough. When I downloaded the data to the Mac, I found the last CTS field test I did and saw that my average power had dropped by 29 watts. Interestingly, my average heart rate was the same. This means my CTS sessions will be less demanding initially but I shall be aiming to do another field test in 4 weeks. I think I have one month of the diet left and hopefully I’ll have lost the seven expected pounds so I can weigh in a 154 lbs. I am currently at my lowest weight for a long, long time but it feels like the 160 barrier has been threatening to be broken since before Xmas. Too many days off since then requires a concerted effort to reach my weight goal.

Not sure when my next ride will be. I think tomorrow will be too soon so perhaps Saturday morning.

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A first ride for 2011

10 January 2012

Unlike all my cycling buddies who had a nice ride at the weekend in not too low temperatures, I waited until the temperature had reached freezing before deciding to do my first ride of the year. It was not too cold though I had wrapped up well. I had almost forgotten how many layers to wear for 32F temperatures. I was concerned that I could not find the warmest balaclava and a sleepy Alma told me it was in the sunglasses drawer! Thanks, Alma!!

So I was out cycling on the roads. It was sometime before I realised what was different about a January ride – no salt on the roads! Normally we’d have had buckets of snow by now but this winter, nothing, zilch, nada. It made for good riding.

However, when I started climbing the landfill for the first time, I soon noticed what this diet is doing to me. A serious lack of energy. of course, I know I can keep climbing without energy as the PBP showed me but I had not even gone two miles! if I had been monitoring my time, which I wasn’t, and if I had glanced at the Garmin at the two mile mark, which I didn’t, I may have noticed that I was already two minutes behind. But I wasn’t so I wasn’t. 😉 I was expecting my slowest time ever!

My hands have almost recovered. I am not sure that the injections I got into the tunnels fixed them but they are almost back to normal. Just a slight tingling which is nothing compared to how they were last year.

So what to do about the diet? I want to get down to a running weight and I think I need to lose another seven pounds. But I don’t have the energy to sustain a training programme on the bike as we only eat about 900-1000 calories per day. We’ll see how it goes and I may switch to the transition phase of the diet.

Pleased to be back on the bike.