For me this month was mainly about settling into a groove, and for the most part I was successful.

Overall, everything went exactly to plan – I was on the bike 3-4 times a week: 3 interval/threshold rides and one ‘longer’ ride. In light of this steady volume on the bike I decided to toss one more thing into the mix… As I alluded in my 5+2 Ways to Stay Injury Free article, I’m a big fan of stretching, and now that I’d resolved the knee issues that had been cropping up I decided to ensure that I stayed on top of my stretching as well as incorporated some general core strengthening, so after some gentle nudging from my wife I took the plunge and got a yoga pass. All told I was doing something training related every day of the week but one – and for the most part thing felt pretty balanced. It was nice to have this sort of routine to look forward to.

Unfortunately life has a funny way of cropping up at the most inopportune of times, and it held true to form this month as well. The last week of February ended up being a complete write off – I was working very late hours, so training was pretty much out of the question. Couple that with a weekend renovation my wife and I had planned, and there was no riding to be had.

But, I suppose, that’s life ;-)

It’s only one week, and there doesn’t appear to be any reason why I shouldn’t be able to get right back on track this week, so I’m not that discouraged.

With that said, I thought that I would share two really great training resources that I’ve been drawing from with you all. Both sites do a really great job at not only laying out potentially strategies to implement with your training, but also do an exceptional job at delving into the science behind training. If you’re serious about your training, and have some time to check them out I’d highly recommend it:

Total Cycling Performance by Bob McEnaney
Training 4 Cyclists by Jesper Therkildsen

Wins:

  • Got into a sustainable groove where I actually felt like I could make steady measurable progress
  • Body felt good, no lingering knee pain anywhere

Losses:

  • Things got a little derailed at the end of the month