Rest day enforced by work day.Friday
A wonderful weekday in lieu (of loosing Saturday to stick my head down trial pits). So grateful for this, even the return of the snow couldn't dampen spirits enough to stop the solo solace of the hills. When the views in Malvern disappear, so do the tourists. My mind could've stayed out for hours. My legs, however, had a very different idea and every climb felt like a grind.
Still, the new drive chain was sparkling, and the wet snow a real challenge of unpredictable proportions. More of a challenge than I was expecting, although I should've known after seeing the the chaos of morning-school-run cars sliding around on compressed slush and narrowly missing walls and embankments. Wet snow has moved up to 5 on the snow scale for 'unrideability'. Sneaky stuff it is, gives the impression it'll give and let you carry speed, then, just as you are reaching pace, it slips the front wheel from under you leaving you heart-in-mouth and wondering how the hell you are still upright.
Or not upright, as the case may be!Friday Evening - Gym
Still sore from Wednesday, but churned out the bench reps with a bit of a fight right till the last when an over-enthusiatic spotter touched the bar. Would I have made the last 5x5 rep? I don't know, I suspect yes, but it would've been close. Does it matter? Nah, I'm so weak at bench anyway pushing big numbers is never going to happen. Luckily, I just like bench. I'll keep plugging away and work with what I do have as the upper body strength really makes a difference on high speed tracks like Cwmcarn where I am constantly fighting to keep hold of the bike.
Warm-up - 10 mins treadmill 6.5 mphBench
Using little 0.5 kg plates to get the 36 kg.
20 kg Bar 10, 10
25 kg: 5, 5
30 kg: 5
36 kg: 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 + one rep where spotter touched barStanding shoulder press
Light bar: 10, 10
20 kg Bar: 5, 5Push press
20 kg bar: 5, 5
22.5 kg: 5
25 kg: 5, 5Roman chair abs
10, 10, 10Press-ups
5, 4 erm....had absolutely nothing left! Was a bit of a shock, guess it shows how hard I'd worked on bench though!