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Postby bob_summers » Sun Feb 10, 2008 11:22 pm

week 6:
<78kg

mon-fri

commute, missed a day. 200km

saturday

regent's park. beautiful, warm day.. cycling in february in shorts and an s/s jersey! unfortunately, the weather brought the crowds and traffic. got annoyed with it after 8 laps, bailed and took the hilly route home. a waste of a nice day really - should have gone out to the forest or somewhere. fastest lap 7m32.
70km

still struggling with a ankle/foot niggle. also, the cinelli frame is a few cm too long for me, starting to get lower back ache after an hour or so.
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Postby bob_summers » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:12 pm

week 7:
<77kg

mon-fri

commute, missed a day. 200km. got harder and harder through the week 'til i just about made it home friday night. all became clear on...

saturday

..when i woke up with a fever, aches, congestion, etc etc. had a good slug of laphroig and an early night.
sunday
beautiful bright, cold february morning. still way too ill to ride, going for an easy walk over hampstead heath instead. will probably have a couple of days off work next week, in lieu of the wasted weekend :)
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Postby bob_summers » Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:04 pm

week 8:
<76kg

cold/flu was pretty severe, stayed well away from the bike all week. i generally don't ride with a cold if it's below the neck, but this one left me no choice - bedridden for a few days then extremely weak/dizzy afterwards. feel alright now though.
might go on the turbo for an hour tomorrow just to turn the pedals over, but more likely will just start with a gentle commute on monday.
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Postby bob_summers » Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:32 pm

week 9:
>77kg

did four days of rather gentle commuting, and took the weekend off. 200km.

feeling guilty, and considering bunking off work tomorrow to go for a ride.
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Postby bob_summers » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:44 pm

week 10:
>77kg

monday: skipped work. 'easy' interval session on turbo*. remembered to wear chest strap:
45m / HR: 149av 181mx / 560kcal
felt anything but easy...


*for reference, 'easy' session is:
10m warm up inc 5s sprints
5 x 30s sprints, 30s recover
5m recover
5 x 30s out of saddle, max resistance, top gear, 30s recover
5m recover
5 x 30s sprints, 30s recover
5m warm down
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Postby puppydog » Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:51 pm

your 'easy session' don't look so easy, partner!
have you ever tried these tabata intervals that everybody seems to love now? it's a 20sec/10sec sprint/rest routine. After 4 mins of that it's pretty tough, 8 mins and you will probably have an ass-mar attack.
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Postby bob_summers » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:39 pm

well it was certainly easier last winter, but i'm way behind in fitness this year.

i think fredrikw does similar intervals to those, but they are a bit beyond me at the moment - i like the 5min recoveries in my sessions.. anything less and i'd be cleaning vomit off the kitchen floor instead of just a puddle of sweat :shock:
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Postby puppydog » Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:51 pm

[quote="bob_summers"] anything less and i'd be cleaning vomit off the kitchen floor instead of just a puddle of sweat :shock:


no problem, that trains the pecs and deltoids!
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Postby bob_summers » Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:47 am

that's no good, any muscle gain above the legs is severely frowned upon in cyclists :wink:
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Postby bob_summers » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:20 pm

week 10:(cont)
>76kg

tues-fri: commute, 200km

sat/sun: i think the high winds wore me out in the week, couldn't summon the desire to get on a bike this weekend. mileage is way down on this time last year.

got measured up for a new frame, paid deposit - 3-6 months for delivery.. at this rate i'll be too fat to ride it when it arrives :oops:
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Postby fredrikw » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:41 pm

Is there anyway of making your commutes less taxing? Depending on what you do with them it might not be a problem, but if just taking you to work and back during weekdays means you can't traing properly at the weekends you get it sorted out asap.

What kind of frame are you waiting for? 3-6 months, must be worth waiting for.
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Postby bob_summers » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:31 pm

[quote="fredrikw"]Is there anyway of making your commutes less taxing? Depending on what you do with them it might not be a problem, but if just taking you to work and back during weekdays means you can't traing properly at the weekends you get it sorted out asap.

What kind of frame are you waiting for? 3-6 months, must be worth waiting for.


i hear ya about the commute. it can be a useful way of keeping some fitness, if i'm feeling up to it, i will time-trial it, maybe two or three times a week. but 200-250km a week in all weather leaves me tired after doing it all winter. but the alternatives are a 1h30 bus ride, or a five pounds tube journey :(

anyway, the problem will solve itself when my job ends in a few weeks. after that, the commute will only take about 25 mins.

i've ordered a pegoretti 'marcelo' frame. the plan was to get a carbon frame for the mountains in spain, but i can't ditch steel! i've fancied a pegoretti for years, then along comes a redundancy cheque...
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Postby fredrikw » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:41 pm

steel over carbon? are you mad? so you're one of those then ;)
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Postby bob_summers » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:09 pm

hehe, true. actually i was moments away from ordering a dedacciai scandium frame (carbon rear), but when my redundancy offer came through i thought, sod it.. this is the only time i'll ever have the money for a pego :wink:
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Postby fredrikw » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:17 pm

I must say those frames are indeed stylish, very very cool paintwork on them. I guess I should be glad you at least chose a frame with 1 1/8" steerer tube and an aheadset ;)
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