So for the next 4 weeks I am working on strength, therefore I am riding lots of hills. Now my back is starting to hurt a bit and my legs are sore to the touch. But my weight is dropping, and the climbing is just a little bit easier.
For those of you who did not believe me, the picture to the left is very common place in Pembrokshire where I am riding. I can't wait for June, when I hit Spain for the real climbing (OMG my aching legs). Today was cold and windy, I thought that I felt cold winds in Canada, but there is nothing like a cold north wind off the ocean right into your teeth. As days would have it, climbing a 16% grade with a cold headwind is not fun, especially at 235lb and a power to weight ratio of 0.78! Which means that I climb the hill in 39x27 with a CAD of 12rpm. Yes it is possible to pedal that slow.
All my work today was rewarded with some beautiful scenery of the Southern Wales coastline. Overall, it was a great strength day, and I feel like I am getting stronger and stronger. As my weight drops, I will just get faster and faster. I had a wonderful accident today with my handle bars coming loose as I was screaming down a hill at 60 km/hour, my chin was inches away from the stem. The roads are so rough here because they use chipped asphalt so that the car tires still have a lot of grip when it rains, and boy does it
rain a lot here!!! The road sucks up lots of energy in your legs because of the increased resistance, and I think all the bouncing loosen the screws. Now I check everything before I leave the house.
It is starting to get colder and colder so I think I will do some interval training on the trainer.
I have to hit the gym and still keep working on strength as my weight drops.
National Canadian Certified Program (NCCP) Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach, I love coaching and helping people achieve their dreams. I am the cycling coach with the Master Ducks Triathlon Club in Aurora, Canada and I manage their indoor cycling program.
My goal as a coach is develop that unique powerful athlete hiding inside everyone, reach its potential. Scientific research, structured progressions, and above all fun are the techniques I use.