40km TT (Watopia Hilly)…

My fastest 40km on Zwift’s Watopia Hilly course…

Was on the Canyon Aeroad bike with Zipp 808’s. Just outside the top 55%, but then i was pacing myself for the 56 miles (great excuse). 😀

It starts at the start banner.

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56-Mile TT (Watopia Hilly)…

My fastest 56 Mile TT on Zwift’s ‘Watopia Hilly’ course…

Done on the Canyon Aeroad with 808’s. And inside the top 49% so fairly pleased. Going to try other bikes in future and see how they make a difference. Lots more speed left in the tank.

It starts at the start banner.

I’m currently trying to find courses on Zwift that have approx the same elevation gain and loss as the 2017 70.3 world champs to see how i stack up over the 56 miles. This course gives approx 1000m gain and loss, so fairly good approximation for anyone wanting to do some indoor training for a 70.3.

Admittedly, i wouldn’t have been much good doing a half marathon after this effort, but i’m certainly on my way, so very happy.

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Zwift – Tour Italy Complete…

Finally completed the Tour Italy challenge on Zwift…

…and i got awarded the Pinarello Dogma for my troubles…


Nice bike!

Now all i’ve got left is the Climbing Challenge to complete. Haven’t heard back from Zwift as to whether they’ve fixed the issue with it or not, so i’ll just have to keep climbing away and see how it goes. It’ll certainly be nice to get off the flat courses and start to get a bit of undulation back into my Zwift experience.

They’ve already given me the Tron bike for completing it because i’ve actually climbed more than 50,000 meters but the fault kept taking my meters off the total. And other than that there’s no more challenges or levels left on Zwift for me to complete at the moment. There’s a 100 mile Achievement to still do and a few power based achievements as well, but as those are outside of my current training plan i’ve no intention of going after them for the foreseeable future. Can’t really see myself banging out 700 watts for quite some time to come. LOL

Hopefully Zwift will be adding some more levels and challenges soon. They’ve created blank spaces for some to be added so hopefully it won’t be too long.

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30km TT (London Pretzel)…

My fastest 30km TT on my Zwift’s London Pretzel course…

There’s just enough space on the London Pretzel route from the start banner to do a 30km time trial before you go down the underground and hit the hilly bit…

Pretty pleased getting into the top 30% considering my age and weight. Onwards and upwards. 😀

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100km TT (London Pretzel Flattened)…

My fastest 100km TT on my Zwift ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ course…

Done on the Tron bike using what i like to call the ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ route in which i let Zwift take me all around the flat part of the Pretzel Route but when i get to the barriers in the underground station i hit the down arrow to turn around just as the barrier hits the left side of the screen. This then takes you all the way around again without having to input any further direction changes…

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike, ride ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ and post a time. Hope to see a much bigger leader board in future. But is nice to have one KOM on Zwift – so don’t hurry knocking me off. LOL

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56-Mile TT (London Pretzel Flattened)…

My fastest 56 Mile TT on my Zwift ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ course…

Done on the Tron bike using what i like to call the ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ route in which i let Zwift take me all around the flat part of the Pretzel Route but when i get to the barriers in the underground station i hit the down arrow to turn around just as the barrier hits the left side of the screen. This then takes you all the way around again without having to input any further direction changes…

It starts a bit further around from the start banner to give a chance for a little warm up.

So what are you waiting for? Get on your bike, ride ‘London Pretzel Flattened’ and post a time. Hope to see a much bigger leader board in future. But is nice to have one KOM on Zwift – so don’t hurry knocking me off. LOL

#lovezwift

Samadhi Movie, 2017 – Part 1 – “Maya, the Illusion of the Self”

August’s Best Efforts…

Well August hasn’t been too bad a month for my health, fitness and wellbeing.

I’m still off the alcohol, which has been a wonderful thing and the meditation is going incredibly well. No, i didn’t go back to static apnea, just got more into meditation. I even started sitting meditation, seated in half lotus, which unfortunately had quite an impact on my legs and resulted in not making all the gains i had hoped for this month, but i still gained and i’m now doing seating meditation every day and just started moving for short periods into full lotus, hero, reclined hero and cow face poses.

I’m quite determined to eventually pull all my yoga back together while maintaining my current levels of fitness, but that’s going to take time – but i’m patient.

So i didn’t hit any minimum heart rates this month but my lowest BP was 98/61 @ 46 bpm…

To be fair, i don’t think it’ll ever go much lower than high 90’s over low 60’s without adverse affects. I’m certainly comfortable with it at that level and it’s certainly a great level to maintain.

No fastest 40 km’s this month, but managed to beat my best ever 56 mile and 100 km times using Zwift’s London Flat course, while also beating my fastest 56 mile and 100 km times on Zwift’s Volcano Flat course. And finally got to level 25 on Zwift and got the Tron Bike too. So very happy with that.

While i had hoped to be running a full 12 miles in 2 hours by the end of August, i didn’t make it. As i said earlier, the seated meditation with the half lotus really took a lot of umfff out of my legs, loosening and opening up the joints, and when it came to running i really suffered. But i still made a fair bit of progress and i’m happy with that.

My training calendar for the month has certainly been full…

..and some great totals achieved…

Cycling covered 755.24 miles in 36:51:42 using 17,100 calories. That’s an average 20.49 MPH, which is an increase in distance, time and speed over last month.

Walking/Running covered 59.40 miles in 14:50:21 using 5,234 calories. Which is a huge increase in distance for very little time increases over last month, so well pleased with that especially considering the problems i’m having with the yoga poses screwing up my running.

Other things…

I got some tri-bars for Waldo (my bike) and today was the first day of trying them out. Went really well and looking forward to getting used to them through September. Hopefully they won’t screw up my cycling too much, but may have to take a bit of a hit for a while as i get used to a whole new position on the bike. But first hour went well and hopefully it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

And i’ve changed my training plan to a 6 day week, this being the first. As i write this i’ve just finished the ride/run brick of day 5 and although i had to cut the run short today due to my loose hip from the yoga i’m really happy with how this week’s gone so far. Just a short-ish ride planned tomorrow to round things off and then Sunday to chill out and rest ready for next week. That i got both 3 hour bikes in this week at the full planned power has made me soooo happy. And all this while increasing the yoga poses, hardly surprising the running has taken a bit of a hit. Looking forward to seeing what next week brings.

And…. i fell off the raw food wagon a couple of times again, mostly due to a friend’s birthday party leading me into temptation (it’s not very often there’s piles of lovely vegan food to tuck into and his wife makes some lovely vegan food) and when i got home it took a lot of struggle getting back on the raw wagon after i’d had a taste of salt and fat and stuff. But i’m there again and have plans in place for future parties to deal with those temptations – fingers crossed.

So yeah, all in all a very good month. Feeling good, feeling positive and feeling happy. I’m ready for September!!! (hope the weather’s better) 😀

My Fastest 100km Ever…

My fastest 100km TT on Zwift’s London Flat course……

On the Tron Bike. I really like this route, plenty to look at as you peddle around. And inside the top 39%, so very happy with that for my age and weight on a flat course like this. Current weight is 113lb so a little fat at the moment, so plenty better left in there as i work on shedding a few lbs again over the next couple of weeks.

It starts a bit further along from the start banner to give a chance for a little warm up.

#lovezwift

Zen Master Eido Roshi in New York…