Well last week didn’t really go to plan, I took the week off to get some decent cycling training into my legs and ended up with just one 40 mile ride and an hour on the turbo. This was all due to baby Charlotte being ill and off from nursery. So my days were spent playing, watching Disney channel, clearing up various substances ( you don’t want to know ) and feeding a grizzly baby. My evenings were spent collapsing in a heap as I was totally knackered. It’s hard work being a full-time parent, hats off to Em who did it for 9 months. Anyways you can read about my week in my weekly column for EveryManTri here: The Best laid plans of mice and men
This weekend I managed to get out for a club ride and we covered 38 miles in 3 hrs 20 minutes. It wasn’t quick but there was a serious amount of climbing involved ( can’t tell you how much as my garmin is broken ). Again my legs felt strong, and the hills didn’t seem as daunting as they did during the summer. I’m taking this to be a good sign.
In other news my Dad managed to fix the saddle back to the seat post of the Roo. Good job he’s an engineer and knows what he’s doing. He disappeared into his workshop and emerged a little while later with it fixed. Two local bike shops didn’t want to know, Evans ( national chain ) were helpful but couldn’t get Quintana Roo to fix it – they said they couldn’t and wanted to sell me $200 new seat post that “Might not fit and creak significantly”. Wonderful customer service, I’LL NEVER BUY ANOTHER OF THEIR BIKES / PRODUCTS.
So the Roo, with saddle is on the turbo trainer. I managed an hour of intervals, working on increasing heart rates. I was amazed at how much it hurt and how much I sweated. I looked like I’d just stepped out of the shower. But I felt really good – the only problem is boredom, even with the DVD player. You just can’t beat being out there in the fresh air.
My hamstring hasn’t given me any problems since I stopped running at the beginning of the month. I’ve ordered a foam roller and will start a massage programme to help my tight calves and hammies – hopefully that will get me back running again in time for Ironman training in November.
That’s the positives over with, now unfortunately the negatives. My Garmin 310xt is broken. I did a firmware update last week and it’s not picked up a satellite lock since then. I’ve contacted customer support after clearing the cache and a hard reset didn’t work. Hopefully they’ll have a solution as I miss using it, although I find that a bit sad. I guess I’m just getting addicted to seeing my workouts on Garmin Connect.
The very bad news was that when I weighed myself on Monday after 10 days of eating well, keeping a food diary etc… I’d put on 2lbs. The scales almost went through the bathroom window. I was so deflated, what the hell do I have to do? I’m come in under calorie limit every day, and well under on days when I put sessions in. For example in the 3.20 ride I burned off 2000 calories, my daily allowance in 2020, my intake that day was 1929. So I was under and then didn’t take the extra 2000 calories I’d earned. Several friends have suggested I’m not eating enough? I know that a fire burns fiercer when it’s properly fueled, but in my head I just can’t shake “The less I eat the lighter I’ll be.” Any thoughts people? I’ve actually fired off an email to a nutritionist today to seek advice. I need to get this right, I don’t want it to dominate my life and define who I am.