I came into December feeling strong and well on track with my training. However, the realities of life often get in the way and so it proved when I came down with a cold early in the month. At least I thought it was just a headcold, so I trained through. It turned into an eye infection, a cough and finally some sort of chest infection and so it put a bit of a dent in my training. It’s only when you are following a plan and monitoring your training load that you realise just what an effect it can have, and then how long it can take to get it back – my CTL dropped from 71.1 to 63.5 in less than a week and it’s taken to the end of the month to get it back to 69.1. Illness took out my scheduled power test so I waited until I was well into the recovery phase before attempting it. I was happy enough that I’d made some small progress since the previous one but I definitely need to improve. It’s only 10 weeks now to the start of my season (yay!)
Apart from commuting I’ve not done an awful lot of road miles and I find myself becoming less and less enthusiastic about going out in the wind and the rain, electing to stay on the turbo. I’m worried I’m turning into a fair weather cyclist!
I was due to race cyclocross on the 20th December but the terrible floods in Carlisle put paid to that. I did race on the 28th in Macclesfield at the Supacross event there. The course suited me as it wasn’t technical and featured quite a lot of long and undulating grass drags, often into a biting headwind. I still managed to fall off but I did okay, 38th from 141 riders. This was my last race for North Cheshire Clarion and I’ve been proud to do so.
Overall, during the month I rode a paltry 244 road miles, with 12,124ft of climbing at an average speed of around 15.1mph. I used 9,684kcals of energy, with another 14,470kcals during 19hrs and 55mins of turbo time. Total training stress was 2077TSS