19th January - Training and Recovery

Now that I’ve shaken off my cold, it’s back to work with a vengeance. I can feel the hand of time on me as the trip to Hawaii looms, and I have some serious catching up to do. That said, I am really looking forward to going away – I’m just worried I won’t be fit enough to get up that mountain!
The good news is that I’m losing weight.  Although I don’t subscribe to ‘Dry January’ motives, alcohol is incredibly fattening, so I cut it out of my diet after New Year.  Like everyone else, I love wine and beer – I’ve even made my own home brew – but I’ve resisted the temptation of draining the delicious beers my boys gave me for Christmas.  Alongside cutting wheat, caffeine and dairy from my diet, the results have been fast and effective.
Before you praise my will power, I hate feeling hungry.  However even I have been able to stick to this diet, as you can eat as much as you want, so long as it’s structured. Whilst I started out rather sceptical about the Fast Metabolism diet, it does seem to work. You’re given certain food groups to eat on certain days, to wash down with about 3 litres of water daily.  Having lost 2kg in 2 ½ weeks, that weight can’t just be water. There’s a long way to go but so far so good, although it may be hard to maintain the diet when I’m away from home.
This week, I started out with a steady state turbo session on Monday, maintaining Z3 for about an hour at 90+rpm.  Listening to the radio and watching TV is a great way to pass the time, although I was well aware that my fitness was lacking – my muscles felt tight and uncomfortable, not a good sign!
On Tuesday I made my way around the country collecting some brilliant bikes, including a lovely blue and yellow Fondriest TF3, a Sarto Seta, as well as a set of stunning Spin 50mm carbon wheels.  My diet had a momentary lapse when I met my son for dinner – the Maximus burger at Bath Brew House has to be seen to be believed.  However I managed to resist sampling the delights of the microbrewery, which on a normal day would have been heaven.  I’ll have to return when I’m not training…
Wednesday was a combination of cleaning and turbo work.  As well as preparing bikes for the Silverstone show, I attempted 1 mile intervals on the turbo with poor results.  Slow on the intervals, a sluggish heart rate, burning legs and difficult breathing were yet another reminder that my fitness needs improving, although I did manage over an hour to make up for my lack of performance.

Needless to say a sports massage couldn’t have come soon enough, so on Thursday morning I visited the lovely Philippa Long at the Guildford Sports Clinic.  She works in the basement of the local running shop, FitStuff.  However any illusions of a gentle massage were soon dispelled, as my tight muscles proved problematic. I tore my left calf muscle a few years ago, and could feel a definite lump in it as she deftly applied her strong hands to my limbs.  It was a great experience, and afterwards I was definitely in a relaxed, almost spaced-out state, but boy did my legs hurt!

Hopefully I’ll fare better next week as I get back into the swing of things. I do hope so because time is ticking!