November 6-24, 2009
Yikes, time sure has flown this month! I need to get back into the habit of updating my blog entry. It's a lot easier to do when the summer is here and I don't have to go to work every day!
Well I closely monitored the sore throat and as soon as I saw the tell-tale white spots went to the doctor, since that meant a mild case of strep. Now I'm back to complete health and training once again. Fortunately the time off didn't destroy my fitness, a little rest is a good thing, FTP is already up to 320W, which is about +20W over last year this time and could mean hitting 350-360W during the season. We'll see.
Weight is now 73.9 kg (that's just under 162.9 pounds for you non-Canadians) so everything is on track there for reaching 160 by the end of the year. Huzzah!
Well, off to work! Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!
November 5, 2009
Throat is still quite sore, but everything else seems to have pretty much moved on, so got on the trainer today and did about 70 minutes of low tempo. Started at an easy 190W for 10 minutes, then 25 minutes at about 240W, and felt good enough to shift one more cog and do 260W for the final 30 minutes. No reason to rush back into the harder efforts at this point, better to simply maintain aerobic fitness for another week and then resume harder training when I'm completely healthy again.
November 2-4, 2009
Ess Eye See Kay for the last 3 days. Sunday and Monday were complete rest days, which made me glad I had done all the training I had planned to do last week by Saturday. Tuesday and Wednesday were hiking sessions on the treadmill - 40-60 minutes at 3.0 to 3.2 mph with the grade at 12-15%. Great way to burn calories, do something a little different, but not over-stress the torn meniscus in my left knee.
I just want to say to those of you that are partially/totally sidelined - you all have given me the motivation to train even harder this season than ever before. I cherish each time I get to train and ride my bike, and when I think about complaining or being lazy, I think about you guys and remember that it's a gift, being able to ride and race, and I shouldn't be so thoughtless about it.