If this months continues to progress as have the last three, I’m thinking I’ll actually be fairly well prepared for the upcoming season. Regardless, I’m still on pace to be in the best shape I’ve been in going into the spring… Definitely a good sign.

January has been a moderately intense training month to say the least. I volunteered for some testing at the U of C and as a result my riding volume was ramped up almost immediately. For 2 weeks I was riding twice daily, 5 times a week for 30-60min at a time, then down for two weeks where I rode 3-4 times a week for about an hour at a time, it made for some early mornings. The nice thing is that my intensities were closely monitored and I had a team of people pushing me at all points… Not to mention that as a reward for volunteering my time for this study I’ll get a very detailed report of my performance: V02 Max, lactate thresholds, HR zones, all sorts of good stuff. I’m looking forward to taking all this information forward with me into February.

In addition to my increased time on the bike Sheldon’s strength training article inspired me to get on to some weight training as well. Strength training isn’t necessarily where my passion lies, but I figured if I’m going to push myself a little harder, it’s a requirement. Unfortunately I don’t have easy access to a gym like Sheldon, so I’ve been using free weights to mainly focus on my lower body (squats, lunges, etc.), but I’ve been doing some light upper body work as well. My goal is definitely not to bulk up – only to build strength. I’ve been working hard since last summer to drop weight and increase my strength-to-weight ratio so I’d have  a bit less to drag up those hills (which apparently there is no shortage of in the Transrockies). Since the end of last season I’ve managed to drop around 15 lbs. from ~187 lbs… I’m floating around the 172 lb. mark now and am hoping to get down another couple of pounds before the season officially starts.

The last half of January has been pretty mild, so it would have been nice to have been outside riding, but because of my testing at the University, the back and forth commuting forced me to use the car, so pretty much all my riding this month has been on the trainer. I’ll be happy to get out of the house and back on the bike – which is looking like it might be an actual possibility so long as the weather stays somewhat mild and the roads stay clear. I’m also hoping to get out for a couple of long rides out to Bragg Creek – We’ll see how that goes.

Wins:

  • Increased time on the bike
  • Getting some actual testing done (ie. v02 max, lactates, hr’s, etc.)
  • Managed to loose another couple pounds

Losses:

  • Wasn’t able to get outside