When I started this blog I would be happy if I achieved a moving average speed of 25.0 kmph on rides. In fact riding before the blog started on the old bike 24 kmph was a target set by the very small peloton (just 2 people). It wasn’t long before this was achieved but it didn’t really move on from here.
The new bike arrived with cleats (being clipped into the pedals) meaning I am able to put more power into the pedal, generating a higher wattage and as a result I am now achieving average speeds up around 28 kmph for my last three rides. These three have all been over a similar distance and terrain so I feel a good judge of my progress.
It isn’t just down the the cleats, although they make a big difference, the stiffer frame of the bike helps control the power, but the engine is getting stronger too. My weight has come down slightly but my legs have changed shape and I feel more power from them. The work is slowly working and I am becoming healthier. Benefits will follow. Training for charity bike rides has certainly helped as this acts as a goal to aim at. As a result I am now looking on a regular basis for more sportives and rides to complete just to keep me going. The goal will be to complete tides with a decent time and then see if these can be improved in the future.
The next step I thing is to really look at my diet. At the moment it is all to easy to snack on the crap and not really lose weight. According to the NHS chart for BMI I am just in the overweight category, not that this is a major problem, but as I get older I don’t want to remain in this “red zone”. The yellow one looks much better and as cycling goes yellow is the premier colour as we all know. To achieve this I either need to grow another few inches, which as an adult isn’t going to happen or control the weight. The second option it is then. More protein less fat and snacks.
To help my quest I have increased the distance and frequency of the weekday rides but this is easy as I’m not working at the moment (summer holidays). Just need to remember the nights are starting to draw in so lights are required on evening rises. This is all good training and I will tackle another 65 mile charity ride in mid September. This will be the last one for this year but the appetite is there for 2014. I also think I need to adapt a training schedule to keep at a constant weight then step this up for rides and sportives. At the moment I am still in the 100 km area but an looking at increasing this into 2014.
So what does 2014 hold. Depending upon dates the BHF London to Brighton bike ride again to achieve sub four hours, the possibility of the Dunwich Dynamo plus a number of local sportives and organised rides just as an excuse to get on the bike. I’d love to be able to complete a something 100 (a one hundred mile bike ride) and completing the Dunwich Dynamo would tick this box as its only about 190 km (120 miles). If you want to know why I refer to km for distances please check out rule #24.
So I am well on my way in this additive world of cycling and pushing yourself in an attempt to lead a better life. I well an truly have the bug and I love it. Enjoy the rest of the summer and the rides you complete.