The weather forecast is awful for this week. Today, the westerly winds are really strong and blustery. It also looked like rain. I decided to take the Trek out today and go around Beachy Head, taking the camera with me, as the photo opportunity would be quite good at Burling Gap and Beachy Head.
I normally ride up Beachy Head as a single large loop of 25 miles but after a conversation with Josh Cunningham where he mentioned a loop of Beachy Head, which he does as interval training, I decided to give it a try. Continue reading →
I’m in my 9th week of training since my hernia operation. I’m much fitter than I was before, due to the fact that I’ve been doing much longer rides. I used to just do mainly 25 mile rides but adding loads of 52+ miles has really improved my base fitness and hill climbing. I’m still doing low-ish intensity training at the moment but I will throw in some higher intensity rides this month. Continue reading →
Finished work early on Tuesday and as it was a beautiful cloudless day, I decided to go out for a quick blast before it got too dark. I wanted to see how I’d get on pushing it for an hour or so. I was quite pleased with the results. I had a lot of strength in my legs and kept the HR within level 4 for most of the ride. I took the Trek with the new Continental tyres. I’m still very pleased with them, in fact, I was so pleased with them that I’ve ordered another pair for the Fondriest. Continue reading →
Went out for a very flat 30 mile ride, on Monday, along the seafront to Hastings and back. This was my first ride since my Hernia Repair Operation, 6 weeks ago. Didn’t feel to too bad. I took it nice and easy but couldn’t keep my HR down to the level at which I had intended to ride. I assume this is due to the fact that, at the moment, I am quite unfit. Continue reading →
I went out this afternoon for the first time in 8 weeks. The lay off the bike was due to the fact that I’ve had a hernia repair operation. I decided to do a straight out and back, 30 miles, on very flat roads thinking that if I should get some pain or discomfort, I could easily turn back, but it was fine. It was cold though. Just above freezing, but I was well wrapped up although I did start to feel the cold in the last 5 miles.
The purpose of this ride was not only to test my recovery from the operation but to try out my new training strategy as described in one of my previous posts. The recovery turned out to be fine but my training strategy went totally out of the window. I had intended to ride the 30 miles at Level 2 which I had worked out to be between 145 and 155 BPM. I tried to ride at a cadence of 80-90 RPM but no matter how hard I tried, or should I say how slowly I tried, I couldn’t get my HR below 175 BPM. In fact, my average HR for the ride turned out to be 173 BPM. To see the stats for this ride, click here. Continue reading →