I think if I had looked at my overall numbers I achieved in 2017 at the beginning of that year I would have seen them as reasonable and steady but not too adventurous.
I trained steadily doing just over 4500 miles of which around 3000 were on the turbo. One thing I am going to do this year is log how many are outside and inside – the easiest way is to make a note of my Strava mileage now for each bike and then compare at the end of 2018. I do map each ride in Strava to the correct bike. One thing I have noted this year is that I do not look at Strava very much and whilst after an outside ride I may have a look and see what trophies I have accumulated I am not really too bothered about that.
My focus on numbers is around Training Stress Score (TSS) and try to hit around 400 a week – or I have been doing since October. I monitor TSS from Training Peaks (free subscription) but then I export the data into Golden Cheetah and then from late November onwards into WKO4.
I trialled WKO4 and was really impressed with it. For somebody like me who likes to analyze a session it offers all sorts of functionality and the user group on Facebook is very helpful and there are lots of good information out there. It costs $169 as a one-off purchase but just at the end of my trial there was a Thanksgiving Day sale and I got it with 25% discount.
My monthly TSS numbers show my progression this year and hopefully will continue into 2018.
The first quarter is always quite strong as I do the Tour of Sufferlandia in February which is 10 days of all out Sufferfest sessions. That came to just short of 4000 TSS and the last quarter was 4852 which was about 18% more. Traditionally I cycle less in summer as I play more golf.
My overall objective was to improve my time trial times for 10,25,50,100 and I didn’t achieve that for any of them and did not even do a 100 miler. Yorkshire time-trialling was quite badly affected by road works and both the 50 and 100 milers I was targeting as my ‘A’ races were cancelled with very short notice. I did do a 50 but on the day after a 25 and it was just too much for me.
As i have mentioned I have started with a coach and I am pleased with how it is working out. I like him and he is doing everything I want and would expect plus more. He offers good advice and whilst I feel guilty when I miss the odd session I don’t feel too pressured, which is how it should be.
Moving forward into 2018 I have the same targets as I had in 2017 although of course being a year older they become that little bit harder. I have never been one for setting unrealistic targets, in fact I tend to beat my targets as I have am cautious when setting them. I honestly think that I can achieve what I want but I must admit the 10 mile distance does not suit me that much. Bizarrely in 2017 I did my quickest 10 as part of a 25 mile TT so of course that does not count. If I had to have one main target it would be the 50 and then in equal measures the 25 and 100. I know a few people from Alba Rosa CC (one of my 2 clubs) who are thinking of doing a 12 hour event and I think I could be tempted to have a go at that but I would need to do a lot more road riding before then.
One thing I do intend doing is a lot more stretching along with yoga videos as I definitely need to become more flexible and gain more core strength.
Finally a You tube video which I highly recommend is A Sunday in Hell which is 105 minute film of the 1976 Paris-Roubaix race. It features Eddie Mercxx along with his famous Molteni team