|[ORUTH] Week 1 Report
||[Jan. 8th, 2010|04:43 pm]
The Universal Dilettante
I'm not going to give a training report every week, but finishing my first week is enough of a milestone to document. I'll start this as I intend to start all of them-- with a wholly unrelated quote from a Kate Bush song.
"But every time it rains, you're here in my head, like the sun coming out. Oh, I just know that something good is going to happen. I don't know when, but just saying it could even make it happen." --Kate Bush, "Cloudbusting"
Training: The purpose of my first week was largely one of "drilling the pilot hole." The goals for this week were to get back to my daily routine after two weeks of sloth, gluttony, and World of Warcraft, to get in the habit of spending extra time, generally my lunch hour, on a training ride, and to get my nutritional habits adjusted to the new daily schedule and to some of my training goals.
I was successful in doing a training ride every work day. I can fit a pleasant 12-mile circuit, plus time to change, into an hour, and this is going to serve as the backbone for my weekday training schedule. My commute and training ride together give me a distance of something like 27-28 miles. I have full confidence that the extra 2-3 miles aren't a huge factor, so I call it "roughly 30 miles." That's effectively a double of what I normally ride. I'm actually quite happy with the pace that I'm keeping, too.
The first question that was sticking out in my mind was how my body would react to the training load. I've certainly had my share of feeling a bit more tired. My legs are markedly more sore, too. What's interesting is seeing how this does and does not affect my rides. I've watched myself slowly lose climbing power over the week. There's an overpass for the Caltrain tracks I use as a measure of how my climbing power is doing, where I note which gear I'm in when I get to the top. When everything's right where it should be, I can often find myself at the top, blasting along at 18 mph, in my 8th gear. I'm happy when I can do it in 6th. Yesterday, I got down to 2nd. It's mostly just climbing power I've lost over the week, though. My sustainable paces are mostly unscathed. I decided, based on my soreness this morning, that I wouldn't go above 6th gear on the uphill ride to work. I still ended up turning in a great time (largely due to hitting more green lights). I also took today's training ride easy due to fatigue and wind, but ended with a ride time not appreciably off from Monday.
Subjectively, after my final scheduled training ride for the week, I feel pretty good. Depending on how I feel Saturday morning, I may or may not take it as a recovery day. If I don't, it will likely be an "active recovery" day where I intentionally keep my pace very low. I think I could handle more, but I shouldn't push it when I have another week of training rides ahead of me...especially when I consider how the fatigue seems to come in waves, so I'm great for a while and then sore for a while.
Nutrition: Changing around when and how I eat has me on a more "rationed" process and focusing on low calorie lean protein. This, combined with the increased training load, is already having measurable changes on my body. I won't speak about weight specifics, but one of my loose goals is to get some of the fat off my body if possible, since I really don't need to carry extra pounds to a ride with climbs. I seriously need to get some protein bars and some l-glutamine drink to have for after the training ride. The prices at the company cafeteria are atrocious.
Fund raising: I've been blessed with very generous friends (and I still owe two of them thank-you letters). Thanks to their efforts, I've already raised $700! I still have a long way to go, but my goals are suddenly starting to feel believable.
For now, there's more baseline training to do, and in a couple of weeks, weekend training rides to phase in. The current system is 5 days on and 2 days recovery (with 1 being active recovery). Next comes 6 days on, then increasing mileage on the 6th day. Later, 6 days on with an active recovery day.