Training Diary – Week 12

Monday 21st March

After a thoroughly enjoyable ride on Saturday enthusiasm was high to get some miles in before I head down to Kent to went out for a hillyish evening ride with Robbo. Due to road closures we ended up going up Stark Bank (which is stark), quite a test for an evening run.

It’s not a bad view from the top but the photo doesn’t really do it justice. Allegedly there is a nice gravel route too – will have to find that.

Tuesday 22nd March

Tonight was a steady tap around the old Atley Hill loop. It was nice to catch up with a few of the lads I haven’t seen for a while.

What I did find interesting was that even though it was a majority Zone 1 ride it added quite a bit of fatigue and kept me nicely in the green ‘effective training’ zone. The blue fitness line also went up a bit when I thought it would not change.

I’ll remember in future that easy rides are do offer a nice rest but also help in the old training. And they are enjoyable. It’s not all about flogging yourself every ride.

If anyone is interested in the website I’m using for tracking my fitness then please visit intervals.icu – it’s a free website and very similar to Training Peaks. I have been using both alongside one another and it tracks things like TSS very closely and I think it’s a little bit more user friendly if you aren’t an expert.

Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th March

Went down to Kent for my father-in-law’s funeral.  Rest in peace Larry.  You are and will be missed x

Sunday 27th March

Argh, those pesky clocks going forward. Up late today so only one coffee with my usual pancakes. Really cold start considering the sunny weather we’ve had recently. In fact when we stopped for a coffee a guy who drove over told us the temperature dropped 5ºC from Bedale to Reeth. Brrrrrr.

There are always some great views as you head over to Reeth and this morning was no different. 20 miles in we stopped for a quick coffee and bacon butty before tacking Grinton Bank.

Took it pretty easy up the climb but still was only 15 seconds behind my PB so that is encouraging even though I have a boozy break for the funeral. And yes, we have the same jerseys on… the Reem Team 😂

After a nice long descent we headed to Middleham then home. Legs were a bit stiff when I got home but thought is was a nice 40 mile with 3,000 feet climbing. Very worth it for views like this:

Hoping to step it up this coming week and settle into April increasing the miles and hopefully losing some weight. Well that’s the plan.

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