The Sunday after Christmas I thought I had better start getting my fitness back. Everywhere had iced up and Emma R's blog had spurred me on to go spinning again so thats what I did. Tuesday I went swimming and did about 110 lengths but felt awful. Wednesday I went spinning again and did some gym work, more on the bike and on the cross trainer. I also went spinning on Thursday morning 7am! Thought I would be too shattered but did well. I hadn't weighted myself for a while I was 68.4kgs but I had my really heavy spinning shoes on and my clothes were soaked so I weighed them when I got home to see what I weighed naked. The shoes came to 950g and the clothes 350g so I was a healthy (no bonk dieting!!) 67.1kgs Target is 65kg for spring.
By now most of the ice had gone, the roads were dry and the sun was out. I had done quite a lot of exercise recently but needed to go out on the bike to find how much fitness I had lost and to test out how my mechanical skills had developed or not. I rang Pete to see if he fancied a ride out. It was cold, 2 degrees at 2pm but only wore a t-shirt under my wind jacket as if I sweated too much the cold would affect me a lot worse. Met at the roundabout of doom (where I got knocked over by a van) and set off with a gritter in front of us. The mudguards seemed to be doing a good job of keeping Jamis clean. We headed towards Blackstone Edge and caught and overtook another roadie. I noticed the shifting was really smooth but positive and the bike was soooo quiet. Could barely hear the chain.
On Halifax rd there was snow everywhere, I thought I'd try and pedal standing up all the way up Blackstone E like I have done up Cragg but the gradient and my legs was killing me and had to sit down with about 300yds to go. I probably could have done it but Pete would have gone too far ahead. We took a few piccies at the top and was going to go across Cragg but there was snow all over the road and a maintenance van said that a car was stuck in the snow! so we headed back home.
It must have been close to 0 degrees, the roads were freezing up so we went at snails pace down the edge. At Hollingworth lake Pete upped the tempo on a slight incline, I kept up then tried to pull away by standing up and dancing past him but as soon as I did I got searing cramp in my vastus medialis :) near the knee. I was struggling but could muster up enough energy to keep up with Pete. When he turned off to go home I wasn't too good so stopped to eat my jelly beans that were like rocks in the cold. 5 mins later ( any longer and I would have froze) I was off to climb Wood st.
I examined Jamis for dirt, salt,brake wear and damage, which were non existant. The crud guards had done their job admirably and didn't rub against the wheels unlike on Vanquish. I couldn't compare my fitness as I was half dead when I started. Did about 30 miles in 1hr 50mins. It was just satisfying getting on the bike again also knowing that I had built it up and it running so well. So what am I doing with the left over Dura ace bits?....stay tuned.
Targets for the year ahead;
10mile TT 24mins
25mile TT 1hr 5mins
5km run 23 mins
Hilly Sprint Triathlon 1hr 18 mins.
Do a road race hopefully lots.
Get accreditation at the Velodrome.