Morning all, thought it was an appropriate time for a blog as, while today isn't the end of my winter break, it is the beginning of the week that will be. Got it? What I mean is on the 1st of December it is time to train again!
After a bit of light turboing (not training, I was just playing on some VR software, more on this later), I'm told by my Garmin it will be 27 hours before I have recovered based on my HR variability. Clearly it has been a long off season (since the 4th of October actually) and I am more than a bit unfit.
A few weeks ago I took part in the last race of my 2015 season, the Braveheart triathlon up in Scotland. It's a half ironman distance event that starts with a (freezing, well okay 12 degrees but cold enough) swim in the sea, goes on to an out and back lumpy bike course and finishes with a nice run up Ben Nevis and back down. It's pretty challenging.
As I've (for 'I' read someone else who actually gets s**t done) just updated the rest of my site I thought it was probably about time (okay, it was long past due) that I got my racing up to date.
After l'Alpe d'Huez tri I totally failed to take a break as I was in the mountains and enjoying myself way too much. I managed 4 days of pottering on the bike, on foot and in the pool and then decided to go benchmark myself on one of the climbs I fine the most difficult; the ascent to Vaujany ski station. The result was.....pleasing and I came dangerously close to getting the Strava KOM for it which was a big surprise as I find the climb a) too steep b) too much variation in gradient c) too short for my preference.
Hi, I'm Ali. I like riding bikes and coaching people to achieve their athletic goals. I've been coaching for more than 10 years now and have never failed to make an athlete faster (I can't quite believe this myself either). I used to race bikes, triathlon and in 2014 I broke 9 vertebrae and my skull. Follow my journey here and on Twitter.