Back on the road to fitness week 3

Tempo to Sprints So the challenge here is to complete 4 short, high-intensity intervals of increasing power, after first opening with a steady 15min Tempo effort. By working aerobically in the early 15min effort you will be improving the ability to deliver oxygen to the working muscles and preserve your carbohydrate stores for the finishing … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness week 3

My first group ride on Zwift

Yesterday I took part in my first group ride on Zwift.  Although Zwift is a mash-up of bike riding/training, gaming and interaction with other users, I am a solitary rider in both real and virtual worlds.  I have taken part in group rides in the real world but it is not really my thing. So … Continue reading My first group ride on Zwift

Back on the road to fitness week 2

Step Down Intervals The main work here is a long descending ladder that starts out above threshold and steps down in progressively longer intervals.  A nice intro to week 2 Low Cadence Intervals An so, another round of low cadence intervals.  I struggled with these during prep week but got on ok with them today. … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness week 2

Back on the road to fitness – baseline

It just struck me that it would be useful if I checked if all this training has made a difference.  I will do an FTP test at the end and to check progress as I go, I will ride each of the free rides at the same cadence to see how the average watts and … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness – baseline

Back on the road to fitness week 1

The last three sessions were billed as introductory, so now to start the training proper. Welcome This workout is designed to help you get a sense if your FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is set correctly, though it is still a good workout.  The level of effort I put in felt pretty much in line with … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness week 1

Back on the road to fitness – prep

Three nice warm-up sessions to get me prepared for what's to comeLong Tempo IntervalsZwift says "Long tempo intervals here to get you used to sustained higher effort that will help power you up and over the longer climbs".  And that is what they were. Low Cadence I thought this was going to be an easy … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness – prep

Back on the road to fitness

For several reasons, I have not been on my bike since before Christmas.  This is frustrating personally as I was pleased with the level I had reached; although there was a long way to go before I hit my goals.  Now I am back to square one.  But I am determined to get back on … Continue reading Back on the road to fitness