Over the last 5 weeks I’ve enjoyed escaping from the schedule of structured training. Over those weeks its been fun to tuck into some sweet tasty awfully fattening foods, visit some friends I haven’t seen in a while, play on the bike and not worry about what heart rate zone I’m riding in and visit some fantastic places.
After 5 weeks though I was ready and motivated to get the motor started once again, training plans have been analysed and printed, and I’m now half way through my first week of training. Having completed 1 or 2 fun rides each week through the off season my fitness isn’t too bad so my first phase of training has been designed to really kick start my build up to the 2012 season. My race schedule for next year is looking good with the first big race the Andalucia Bike Race is Spain late February.
Hitting the training hard means I’m already being reminded of that winter feeling most serious cyclists will know – the one when you get home from a long ride and all you need is food and bed! My compression tights and TORQ recovery drinks have been getting plenty of use.
Here’s another video, this ones from the Lake District, it was filmed a couple of days after my victory at the Kielder 100.