Last week I wrote about ‘Starting from Scratch’ and how the fact that even though you get to ride a bike for a living it doesn’t mean you can take being fit and lean for granted – especially when the routine of a commute is no longer there.
I’m now a week in and feeling good, still a bit on the heavy side but good none the less. The speed is coming back and above all I’m motivated and actually feeling quite a bit fitter.
Highlight of the week was the 101 mile jaunt on Wednesday which took in the best part of 1900 metres of climbing – a typical sportive event shall we say to test where I am ready for the Tour of Wessex in May.
I had a delivery to make twenty-five miles away so thought I’d take a bit of detour. After all the sun was out and the mother-in-law had the kids so why not make the most of it.
What did I learn?
Well I can ride the distance at a pretty decent lick, a nudge over six hours in fact but I really need to concentrate on nutrition. A cup of coffee before I left, a couple more on route, a can of Red Bull and a couple of slices of cheese on toast probably isn’t the most sustainable of diets.
I’m not one for drinking on the bike see, I don’t even own a bottle cage and even though I’ve tested loads of energy products over the years and got on with them they aren’t something I use religiously. They’re something I’m going to need to embrace though especially for recovery, there was no way I could ride the same distance the next day.
Other than that though things have been pretty good. I rode 203 miles from Tuesday to Sunday over twelve hours and have lost a kilogram. Impressive considering that the nutrition/training program has failed to be delivered so it has come down to good old fashioned self-discipline. Basically that means I’ve still been drinking Stella plus there was a massive amount of Easter eggs on offer.
Motivation is good though, I even went out for two hours today with the rain hammering down, I didn’t even have any wet weather kit to test.
It’s good to be back!
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!