Training Progress – January

Its almost the end of January and my training is progressing. I’m still following the winter training plan and getting close to the end of the 12 week block. Unfortunately, I have not been able to hit the prescribed volume for the past 6 weeks or so. It is mainly due to a combination of bad weather at the weekends and not being able to get enough time at the weekends to get a 3+ hour ride in on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Although I have not been able to fully keep up with the plan, I certainly notice an improvement in power. I increased my FTP from 212 to 218 based on hitting 218W for 20 mins on an outdoor ride and I am still able to easily hit the power targets on the plan workouts, including the HIIT intervals. The same for a couple of Sufferfest videos that I’ve thrown in to alleviate the boredom on the turbo.

The plan for the next couple of weeks is to get outside for a 3-4 hour spin this weekend and have somewhat of a low volume week next week followed by the 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria (TOS) between Feb 6th and Feb 14th. After that comes a recovery week and a fitness test so it will be nice to test and see what my FTP will be. After that a final block of base work followed by 10 weeks or so of a build phase.

Given the progress so far with the plan I’m worried that I won’t be able to find sufficient time to do the required volume for the build phase. Without the right level of training, if fear that L’Etape will be really difficult if not impossible to achieve.

First Spin of 2016

After the Christmas break and many many wet days. I got a welcome break from the Turbo and got out for a spin. It was mainly an easy spin to explore a new route incorporating Woodcock Hill. Into a headwind for the first 20km or so and then 5.5km up Woodcock Hill. The hill has a 5% average gradient but ramps of up to 10%-13% in places so it was a nice fitness tester. Got to the top without too much trouble and the legs felt fine even though I was out of the saddle for each ramp. I guess the winter training and strength exercises must be paying off! A chilly downhill descent and a tailwind home completed the 63km spin. Unfortunately the Garmin went to sleep while I was fixing a puncture 3km from home and I lost all of the data from the hill climb. Does it still count if I can’t post it on strava? 🙂