Sticking to plan, I knocked out Week #1 of my structured training this week. Yesterday, as the below post states, was a scheduled 2:15 ride which I chose to do outside in the cold to wrap up the week. We don't have a hill with a 5-8% grade that I can sustain a duration of 10 minutes on so I usually create that on the LeMond exercise bike in the basement. The Summerset Trail is a rails to trails route that does feature a rail grade from Summerset Road up into Indianola, so I use that for any 10 - 15 minute climbing intervals I have scheduled knowing the grade is less than desired, so I choose a taller gear to adjust and get the power/HR in the proper zone.
I followed the cold weather dressing guide yesterday, and was comfortable enough to survive the howling wind. There was a lot of snow and ice to deal with on the pavement which made for some bike handling skill filled moments which was not as easy due to the big mittens I was wearing. I did stay upright and got the workout in that I needed to complete the week. I need to install my Bar Mitts again to keep the hands warmer which allows me to wear a lighter pair of gloves for one finger touch braking.
I'm glad I ramped things up in December to prep for this 12 week base plan. I think I would have fallen short had I not done that. The week was a good reminder for me that riding/training to get into shape is much different than riding/training to go fast. Fortunately, both are fun for me and I welcome the challenge of focusing on getting fast again after 2015's less than satisfactory year in terms of speed.
Ending weight 179.6 lbs. It was good to see the needle go sub-180 after the Fall weight gain.
Weight loss is pretty much on plan. Based on last time around I did this in 2014, I targeted the goal of dropping one pound per week to reach my riding/racing weight. Knowing that performance does not improve while losing weight, I may bump up the weight loss goal on the front end of this 12 week plan to 1.5 or 2 pounds per week just to get it out of the way so I can see better gains in the performance sooner, rather than just at the tail end of the base plan. Even though I have been losing about one pound per week the past 5 weeks, I've certainly been chowing down like there's no tomorrow. Time to reign that in to run a larger deficit and get the digital reading on the scale to complete getting the entirety of this monkey off of my back again like I did in 2014...
Once all of that is off, walking up hills is easier, riding up hills is easier, and climbing stairs becomes easier. I did not let the yo-yo to this extent happen a year ago, but this year I did and now have to deal with it again. So to motivate myself, I journal it all here and use it to whip myself back into fighting weight shape.
Today begins Week #2...