Weight program: Strength Build Week 6 out of 7
Monday: Indoor ride 25min warmup, 45min @ 95% FTP (Estimated Z4), 10min cooldown.
Tuesday: morning Weights; afternoon 75min Z2 indoor ride
Wednesday: 90min indoor Z3 ride
Thursday: 80min Z3 ride 254W Avg/254W xPower (it was COLD!!!!)
Friday: morning Weights; afternoon 75min indoor Z2 ride
Saturday: 2:15h Group Ride 214W Avg/239W xPower
Total Bikescore: 429
Total Training Time: 8:50h bike + 2.5h weights
First, congratulations to a fellow big guy Stijn Vanderbergh (Omega Pharma QuickStep) for placing second in the 2013 edition of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Saturday here was very windy and cold and even our Group Ride was splitting on the small Dutch roads, so I can only imagine how tough it was for the riders in Belgium.
I have been in an information vacuum last week, hence the lack of updates on this blog. They say February is the toughest month. The weeks of fatigue catch up with the New Year’s motivation. My training has been going very well, however, this blog and hence you, my readers had to take the toll of my February blues. I will correct that, and there is plenty of new content coming up so stay tuned!
Back to the weekly summary. I have been feeling quite recovered and fit and besides the weight training on Friday I have been able to finish all workouts without any hunches. Although the volume is only a little higher than last week, I did two Z3 rides instead of a Z2 and Z3 ride midweek. Therefore the training stress is higher. The coming week will feature a similar pattern and since the weather is still icy and cold I will be spending many hours on the trainer. My Stress Balance is remaining slightly negative so I should be careful if signs of overtraining start creeping up.