Well it’s fair to say that this year started much differently than last year, in January 2016 I did a “challenge to cycle every day” but this year I decided on an easy January for several very good reasons. Last year I rode 12.000 + miles so I spent a lot of time away from Sue, This year I wanted to spend more time with Sue. Plus we had a wedding in January and countless other jobs too.
After the first week of scratching around on rides, I borrowed an old turbo trainer from my buddy Paul and decided I would give indoor cycling a whirl. This was a good idea on a few levels,
1st it meant I was never too far from Sue, so an hours ride took an hour 🙂 This also worked very well between jobs which is something I could never do on the roads.
2nd it worked in very well with my Vankru training, lots of the workouts are easier and safer on a trainer. 3rd, I could avoid the crappiest of days.
3rd I could avoid the crappiest of days which has to be a bonus. I have got lots of flack for this but everyone knows I proved myself last year 🙂
4th it means I can do short hard rides safely and has helped me loose weight.
Its literally been a game changer for me, I signed up to Zwift and absolutely love it, I do not see it as second best but rather as part of the hobby that I love and it looks like it will be a big part this year. I have ordered myself a smart trainer, a Tacx Neo which is pretty much the best out there and that should arrive soon which will make my Zwifting even better because it’s a “smart trainer” and changes resistance to suit the ride on Zwift.
In other big news I visited Vankru Performance Cycling to carry out my long awaited FTP test (Functional Threshold Power) FTP represents your ability to sustain the highest possible power output over 45 to 60 minutes, depending on whether you’re a trained athlete or not. As a result 95% of the 20-minute average power is used to determine FTP. Regular assessments of your FTP give you an indication of whether you are improving your performance. Plus, FTP provides a good ‘benchmark’ on which to base your cycling training.
This was called a “ramp” FTP test and it was tough, fun but tough, as always Garth and I chatted and laughed our way through most of it and I was pleased with the results. I was given and FTP of 270 which works out to give me a watts per kg of 3:13 something I KNOW I can improve greatly.
I am just waiting on my training plan from Garth and Chris now so hopefully that will start real soon.
This year so far I have cycled 696 miles. more than half on the trainer so far.
So. that was my January. Lots to look forward to in the next month or so and in March an FTP retest.
Enjoy your cycling and stay safe X