There's nothing like 3 hours of exercise to ensure a really good night's sleep!
Murderous Monday My time trial bike is currently almost ready to roll. Ben is on holiday but gallantly said he'd be happy to put it together as far as he could at home..just couldn't chop down the steerer tube and also the hidden gear cables rather needed having me there to ensure correct length. However first I had to get the bits to him and since he was out all Saturday and racing downhill on Sunday (he came third in Expert class..is there no end to his cycling talents?) it was Monday before we could link up. Since he lives quite close to the velodrome, what better excuse to do an hours ride there first to test out the race wheel/gear combo. So..up at 4am again and onto the track by 6am for one hour's riding and fiddling with gear/wheel changes. With daylight saving now over, only the first part was by the light of my head lamp..I'm not keen on spending $$$$ to light the place up when I'm the only person there. 7.15 deliver the parts. 0830-1700 at work. 1730 attend first personal training session with Celine which included a 20 minute run followed by an hour's Pilates class. After which I staggered home, fuelled up with whatever I could find in the fridge and fell into bed becoming quickly unconscious until early the next morning in time for Terrible Tuesday but that's another story to do with driving the van on empty cos I didn't have the key to open the fuel cap.
Foolish? probably given that I'm in a post virus phase. Tuesday was decreed a rest day both at work where I spent most of the time at the computer (thankfully my 4th year student is working at new grad level and only needs occasional guidance) and later at home where food and TV were the order of the day.
So why this sudden need for personal training? There's alot of chatter on many of the cycling forums I look at about whether gym work is necessary for a cyclist and generally the answer is no. But the people giving out this advice are either young and male or are talking about coaching young male riders. I'm neither young nor male and for people such as me, gym work is absolutely vital since cycling does NOT hold back the tide of the natural deterioration of strength that occurs with ageing in all muscle groups. My quads and glutes are very good to excellent, my core is good, but my upper body and thoracic muscles in particular are pathetic and my posture is that of a cyclist and is getting worse. So while vegeing (sp?) (ie being a vegetable) out in front of the only reality TV series I watch - The Biggest Loser - it occurred to me that in addition to the strength work I do with Geoff and his infamous kettle bells on Woeful Wednesdays, I needed to address my general aerobic fitness and thereby also drop the 2 kgs I'd happily put on since last year. After all, I thought, could I leap over the obstacles that the 100kg contestants in TBL were made to do...probably not. My fitness was becoming far too specialised...too narrowed down to the requirements of cycling.
Woeful Wednesday has been and gone, with a rush hour delayed trip over to Ben's at 0630 to pick up my nearly completed bike, a dash back to work via the doctor, a very busy day followed by taking an early mark so as to be able to dash into town to deliver the said TT bike to the shop for final completion. After that an equally rush hour dictated drive across town to get to Geoff's for my strength and conditioning. 1 hr's training with a weight that I could barely lift and finally home..raid the fridge and fall into bed. The after effects of Monday's run are evident...my hamstrings are screaming but that's only to be expected since I haven't run since October last year .
Which brings me to today, Throw-up Thursday. Work today consists mostly of meetings (yeeeetch) and this evening its ergo time..its going to be a real fun day...not. Gotta think the positive though..no 60 min pseudo dashes across town in rush hour traffic.
Tomorrow will be Frantic Friday as yet again I dash into town after work to pick up the hopefully completed TT bike then get home for another fun ergo session.
Set -up Saturday will be 4 hours on the track after which it'll be TT bike set up time.
Will I stay up and watch the SBS live showing of the Paris Roubaix on Sunday night...nup. Hey, this 63 year old's bod can only take so much and I have a DVD recorder.