Category Archives: Exercise

Rouvy – Boccadasse – Chiavari via Boschetto…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Boccadasse – Chiavari via Boschetto’ route…

Another nice route i had to ride to complete one of Rouvy’s challenges. A good ride with plenty to look at along the way.

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Rouvy – Crocetta d’Orero – via Sant’Olcese…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Crocetta d’Orero – via Sant’Olcese’ route…

I’m currently partaking in one of Rouvy’s challenges and this is one of the routes to ride to complete it. And i must say, i really enjoyed it. A really nice ride with plenty to look at along the way.

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April’s Best Efforts…

April’s been quite a pleasing month.

Vice wise… Onto a fully raw diet now, but had to go back on the vape to do it. It seems at the moment it’s one or the other. I just crave bread, beans and potatoes as soon as i quit nicotine, and the cravings are intolerable so i always collapse to them.

I also ended back on the coffee to maintain some enthusiasm in the morning after fully quitting the cacao. I started with 2 mugs with 6 grams of full caff in them and have now weaned it down to 3 cups with 1.5 grams of full caff and 4.5 grams of decaf. So my caffeine intake is slowly reducing and i’m able to maintain enthusiasm and it’s keeping me at full gas for my training.

I did try going cold turkey once i got down to 3 + 3 grams with coffee and once again lost all enthusiasm and just struggled on the bike. Yes, caffeine is a performance enhancing drug as it’s make perceived effort so much lower than it really is. But i’ve found that by reducing the full caff coffee 1/2 gram at a time and replacing that with decaf every few days i haven’t noticed any loss on the perceived effort front nor any desire for cacao either.

So fingers crossed i should be completely weaned off coffee by end of May while maintaining full enthusiasm and perceived effort levels. And then i’ll wean myself off nicotine and hopefully be able to manage the cravings for cooked food if i go gentle enough with that.

But yeah, where there’s a will there’s a way and each person’s addictions are unique to them. You just have to find the correct order in which to deal with your addictions and the correct method of dealing with each of those addictions.

My lowest minimum heart rate for the month…

And my lowest 5 minute average heart rate…

And my lowest blood pressure…

So i’m pretty happy with the health and look forward to some even lower heart rate numbers once i sort out the coffee and nicotine.

Onto the training…

Once again, it’s been a busy and full on month where i’ve done some training every single day and my average power is continuously creeping up. A little bit each 5 days, but all those little bits will add up over a year or two to something quite significant. So well happy with everything.

Cycling covered 709.6 miles in 44:16:50 burning 22,058 calories while climbing 38963.46 ft, which i’m pretty happy with.

Walking covered 18.51 miles in 11:22:24 burning 1,955 calories.

Running covered 29.59 miles in 5:17:50 burning 2,453 calories, so a nice increase on March. The foot is much better and hasn’t been a problem, but all the cycling takes a toll on the legs. But i managed a couple of days doing quarter marathons so my plan is to work at that distance and get that below 1 hour before increasing the distance.

And weight training was a total of 17:08:58 burning 2,563 calories. I’ve really settled into a nice routine and improving in strength all the time with the weights now and while the rest of the training suffered a fair bit while i got settled into it it’s certainly feeling worth it overall.

Anyway, that’s a total of 28,554 calories burned for the month which is over 3 kilos of pure fat and that total doesn’t take into account the extra calories my body burns in recovery. That’s a lot of extra food i get to shove in my mouth without putting on unwanted weight – and i love eating food and not putting on weight. 😀

Other things…

The new stem and changing the saddle position really helped with the back and knee soreness. Totally sorted out the problems, so job well done and slowly getting more and more comfortable in the new position. I also raised the stem 12mm at the same time and once i get really comfy with it i’ll lower it slowly back down.

Other than that, nothing much else to report. Just to say that i’m really pleased with how it’s all going at the moment and will keep on keeping on with what i’m doing as it really is working.

Anyways, wishing anyone reading this a fit, healthy and well May. Have fun and keep ‘Growing Young’ else you’ll have to do the other option and grow old.

Best wishes.

BikeLab Challenge…

81st out of 505…

Quite a nice challenge. I didn’t push for any fast times, just choosing to ride each route on my normal training plan. So i’m more than happy to come 81st.

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Rouvy – Uschl…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Uschl’ route…

Totally different to my normal favourites in this route being a totally flat TT kind of thing. But it was fun just to see how quick i could go over 10 miles.

I really do have a massive disadvantage over larger riders as my watts/kilo don’t count for anything on flat routes it’s all about top end power and being so light my watts/kilo don’t add up to much. But still fun to see where i stack up and i look forward to coming back here when my watts go up a fair bit.

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Spring Classics #2 Challenge…

28th out of 757…

This was a hard challenge to complete and only 61 people managed to reach the target of riding at least 815.86 miles from 18.03.2018 to 22.04.2018.

In doing so i climbed 45,992 feet, which isn’t too shabby for a distance only challenge.

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Rouvy ‘National Champion’ Level…

Just completed ‘National Champion’ level on Rouvy…

So i’m now at ‘World Class’ level and Rouvy have been given me even more hard riding to complete – exactly what one needs to grow young.

Now i’ve got to complete 6 challenges and amass 10,000 career points. This is going to take a while as there’s only 4 challenges currently listed and the 4th is in July so i’m looking at August to finish this level at the very earliest.

But all good stuff. Rouvy is certainly far more challenging than Zwift.

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Rouvy – Superbagneres…

My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Superbagneres’ route…

You gotta love these scenic Pyrenees climbs. It’s so worth the effort to ride this, even if only virtually, as it’s such a beautiful bike ride.

It’s quite a shame that so few have ridden it – even on Rouvy only 155 people have bothered, of which i’m 107, and of those only 19 have posted their times on Strava. But then i’s 12 miles of non stop uphill, so no breaks in the peddling if you want to keep moving.

Anyways, along with Austria, the Pyrenees are definitely been added to my bucket list since joining Rouvy. Enjoy!

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Rouvy – Schmelz Part 2 of 2…

My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Schmelz Part 2 of 2’ route…

What goes up, must come down. This one is a lovely downhill to enjoy after all the climbing – go on, you deserve it. 😀

Rouvy is beginning quite a big crush for Austria within me. The parts of Austria i’ve so far experienced on Rouvy have all been really lovely. Me thinks a visit sometime is needed – definitely a country that is now on my bucket list that wasn’t before i started riding on Rouvy.

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Rouvy – CostaAmalfi…

My first attempt at Rouvy’s ‘CostaAmalfi’ route…

This place is beautiful. If i could afford it i’d love to just jump on a plane and go and ride it. Great ride.

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