This week the aim was to have a really intense high load training week. In practise, it turned into a bit of a damp squib (and that wasn’t just the weather)
On Monday, I did nothing more than an hour gentle recovery ride, but the next day I had a muscle problem in the shin area. I think it was caused by walking 1 mile more than usual (i.e. one mile). I could still ride a bike, but it took the spark off the intensity.
On Thursday, I watched Vasily Kyrienka climbing up the 20% slopes in the Vuelta whilst seated – not moving so much as a single muscle in his upper body. It was an inspiration to do some panic ‘core strength exercises’
Core strength exercises are a bit like vitamin pills. We know they are good for us, we just keep forget to taking them. But, when I saw a 74 kilo chap riding up a 20% gradient (@400 watts, he later said) as if he was warming up on rollers, I remembered that climbing is more than just working on the legs.
So Friday I do a few crunches (maybe 30) But, then a few hours later I get a twinge in the hamstring; of all things, I was just removing some dog do da from my front garden – It was enough to make you want to say a swearword something rhyming with ‘he’s a bit of a wit.’
I thought it might be one of those twinges you can ride away. But, this morning, on the preliminary warm up of cycling to a coffee shop, I realised there would be no explosive hill climb this weekend. Alas, I had to dns from the Swindon RC double header near Aldbourne. It included both an 8 minute and 2 minute climb. I was looking forward to both, and it was a nice change to be able to do a hill climb in the south of England. But, as the old Bard of England once remarked ‘The best laid plans of mice and men…’ – on the positive side, I can put my feet up and watch the last stage of the Vuelta. The feared 25% Angliru climb. I hope those guys have done plenty of core strength exercises..
I have to say I’ve enjoyed watching the Vuelta. Excellent race.