cycling

training session #386

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Tuesday 31 January, 16:57.

Staying overnight in London for work so decided to check out the small gym. Got on the bike machine, dialled it up to 9 on resistance and tried to keep it around 80rpm for an hour. After 20-25 mins thought I might struggle but kept it going. Slight chafing in between legs and pouring with sweat. Drank 750ml water on bike and half as much again from water point in gym straight away. Garmin HRM kept trying to find satellite cos I pressed the wrong button, and I didn’t tell it I was cycling not running. The cycle machine kept saying I was doing 16 something per hour, dunno if it’s miles or km.

Distance: 16 somethings
Time: 1:00:00
Avg HR: 136bpm
Calories: machine said 600-odd, Garmin said 692

Good workout for my upper legs. HR may have been slightly lower had I not been bopping to 30STM while in the saddle (I had the gym to myself). Towards the end it was stuck in the 150s.

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Wednesday 10 August

Last day for the loan bike.  Cycled to work, very windy and light drizzle.  Found it easier on some of the hills as my legs have got stronger, able to stay in a slightly higher gear than when I first got the bike.

Handed bike back at lunchtime, got a voucher for 10% off at 3 bike Sheffield shops.

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Another 2 days cycling to/from work – Weds 3/8 and today Fri 5/8.

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Tuesday 2 August

Cycled to and from work.  A warm, sunny day so took it steady.  I felt a bit rusty after a 2 week break, but no problems.

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Wednesday 13 July.

A cooler ride into work so wore yellow running jacket – but that got me quite hot.  Never mind.  Felt tired and dehydrated at the end of working day so took it very easy on way home and still did 50 mins.  Think the gloves and awareness of riding style are helping me reduce pressure on left hand and numbness.

Thinking 3 days cycling in a row is enough for the first week back on a bike so may take the tram tomorrow.  After work we’re driving off to a long weekend of 3 back to back Pondlife gigs across England, so the tram will give me a rest before that.

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Tuesday 12 July.

Nice ride in/out of work.  Detoured on the way in to get some gel gloves.  Hope they help, together with adapting my riding style to minimise pressure on left hand.

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Monday 11 July, nice ride into town.  Tackled Park Square roundabout with the traffic lights not working!  On way home found a cycle path around Park Square and under Parkway to get me on Cricket Inn Road, for another nice ride home.  Not bothered about times but did 50 mins in the morning and 46 mins on way home.

Find my left hand ring finger feels a bit numb afterwards with the vibration – roads are very poor.  Might need some padded gloves, but certainly don’t want to loosen my grip on the handlebars!