Category Archives: Exercise

Rouvy ‘Legend’ Level…

Just completed ‘World Class’ level on Rouvy…

And i’m now a Rouvy Legend…

And that’s it. All the levels completed, big bad boss beaten, game over, and all in 7 months – which i don’t think is too shabby.

So now what? Well, i’m going to finish my month’s subscription on Rouvy as it would be silly not to use it up as i do enjoy Rouvy, and then i’m going back to Zwift for a while.

WTF! Yes, back to Zwift. I’ve been getting lots of messages on VeloViewer about the Strava segment positions i set while i was previously on Zwift getting lower and lower and dragging my VeloViewer Score down – can’t have that!!! So i really feel the need to go back to Zwift for a while and bump a few back up – call it vanity, i don’t care. 😀 But vanity, or not, it’s going to be interesting as all i’ve spent my time on while riding on Rouvy has just been getting used to riding in an aero tuck and getting all the power back that i lost when i switched over to using the tri-bars full time – which i think i’ve done and then some on top. Anyways, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what times i can set on Zwift now in an aero tuck on tri-bars and compare them to the times i set previously on the tops and drops. At least on Zwift they have the TT bike that has its algorithm set up to give the reduced drag of being in an aero tuck which isn’t the case on Rouvy. On Rouvy everyone’s given a normal riding position drag coefficient and there’s no way of changing it.

I’m also quite interested to try out the new routes on Zwift as well and set a few times on those too.

Then once that’s done i’m going to go off and find another platform to play on. There’s quite a few different platforms out there now and i really would like to try them all eventually and complete all their levels as well.

I’m currently planning on coming back to Rouvy on 1st October 2019 and going for double Legend status – which means completing all levels twice through in the 12 months between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020, but in the meanwhile there’s so much more of the virtual cycling world to sample and i want to see what some of the others have to offer.

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Hamburger Challenge #3…

28th out of 389…

This was a lot of riding and awesome to get 28th place. I even treated myself to 4 vegan burgers yesterday to celebrate my acheivement – sometimes it’s ok to do a little junk food. 😀

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Rouvy – Tenerife Los Cristianos – Parador Teide…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Tenerife Los Cristianos – Parador Teide’ route…

Another big, tough mountain on Rouvy – ya gotta love ’em. LOL. I had to ride this one for the current ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge, which is my final thing to complete on Rouvy to get Legend level. There’s 3 more routes on this challenge, but they’re much easier, so i should have them done by Tuesday and then that’s all the Rouvy boxes ticked – game over! More on that in a post on Tuesday (all being well).

Then i’m just finishing the month that i’ve paid for on Rouvy and going back to Zwift for a while – again, more on that and my reasons when it happens on 13th September. It’s certainly going to be interesting going back to Zwift and seeing how much i’ve gained in the last 7 months while i’ve been away. Admittedly, i did take a huge hit to my power output when i switched onto the tri bars full time but i think i’ve got all that back now, and that’s also with riding every day now – which i could never do before at this power. So it’s been a really, really awesome 7 months so far with my cycling fitness. It’s just such a bummer that i keep injuring myself and can’t get my running to where i want it. But it’ll happen. I’m going to start back running when i go back to Zwift and hopefully the foot will hold up this time – it’s feeling much better already so 3 more weeks off running should be a good thing for it and then just ease back into it slowly with fingers crossed.

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Rouvy – 2018 ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Men Road Race…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘2018 ROAD CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Men Road Race’ route…

So after 2 days of HIIT sessions i was still feeling great and seeing as i had just under 2400Kj to burn to complete the latest Rouvy challenge (more on that in 10 days when the challenge actually ends) i decided i’d ride this and get the challenge finished early. To be honest i wasn’t too sure if my legs would hold out after the 2 previous day’s HIIT sessions so it was more a case of just starting it and seeing where my legs would last too – and they managed to last the whole route.

This was without a doubt a fair bit of ‘suffering’. So if you’re looking for a fair bit of suffering on your turbo trainer then look no further than this route on Rouvy.

I’m now really looking forward to seeing how fast the pro riders manage it in the World’s this year. After looking over at the website it says that the Elite Men’s race has to go around the short lap 7 times (that’s the second climb from the end on the picture above) before attacking that final climb. That penultimate climb is about 1500 feet each time around so it’s gonna be a well nasty course for them – there won’t be any big sprinters taking this race on. All the other road races at the World’s do a differing amount of times of that penultimate climb (from once for juniors up to 4 times for the Men’s Under 23) but only the Elite Men’s have that final climb after doing 7 time up and down that penultimate climb.

I’m writing this after just 5 hour’s sleep as i decided to get up and refuel before going back to bed in order to give my body a big boost of fresh nutrients to help with the recovery as my body will easily have used up all the nutrients i ate 6 hours ago. There’s a lot of different schools of thought on nutrition of fuelling and i have mine, and mine is definitely working wonderfully for me. So while my legs are extremely tired now as i write this, i’m sure that once i go back to bed with a new supply of nutrition in my blood stream my legs will feel a lot better in another 5 hours. Not that i’m going to do any training whatsoever today – total day off the legs after this one regardless, i feel i’ve certainly earned a day off this time.

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Rouvy – Riessersee…

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

Another lovely ride through the Bavarian countryside, this one more on the gravel side which makes a lovely change from the roads (not that you feel any difference on the turbo).

I’m not too far off that pesky KOM which i could probably get if i took a few days off my training plan and totally went for it – but i’m not gonna do that just for a KOM. This was set on the second day of my weekly HIIT stuff which is immediately after the first day – i like to wring everything out like that, no rest days in between my HIIT sessions, rest days are for pussies. LOL

First HIIT day is 6 and 2 while second day i turn up the power but only do 3 and 2 which overall comes out at slightly lower watts as i’m at that higher power for a lot less time (hope i’m making sense?). I only just started playing around with this 2 day HIIT thing while i can’t run due to foot injury and it’s going really well so i’m sticking with until i go back to running in a few weeks as the day i’m using for the second HIIT session is normally one of my run days which, oddly enough, i was slowly building into a run HIIT session when i injured my foot.

Anyways, i’ll definitely be coming back to this route in the future as it’s a lovely route and my watts will have gone up some more so it’ll be interesting to see how much closer i can get to that KOM. All good stuff! 😀

#loverouvy #gettingfitter

Rouvy – Palmanova to Palma de Mallorca…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Palmanova to Palma de Mallorca’ route…

While there’s not much to be said for the elevation sync on this route, it is still very much an enjoyable ride for whenever you have an hour to blast out some watts on the peddles. I did originally have the KOM then lost it twice and got it back yesterday. So well happy with that – until someone comes along and takes it away again. All good fun though and keeps me motivated and training hard.

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Rouvy – Oberschwaben-Unterland…

My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Oberschwaben-Unterland’ route…

Another beautiful sunny ride through the rolling roads of the Bavarian countryside. Definitely coming back to this at higher power as i was on a fairly easy ride day when i did this.

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Rouvy – Oberallgäu…

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

A beautiful sunny ride through the rolling roads of the Bavarian countryside. I really like this route. It’s quite surprising that more people on Rouvy don’t ride the Bavarian routes, but at least it makes me look good on Strava – at least for now.

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Rouvy – Haleakala…

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

In order to get my Rouvy Legend level award, i had this route left to ride and 2 challenges to complete. And this route fitted in really nicely with the first of those 2 challenges which is to burn 14,400 kJ in 4 weeks riding. Over 2,000 kJ were burned on this endeavour alone, so well on my way to completing the challenge as well.

It’s certainly an awesome climb, and if i ever get to do Kona i’ll make sure to do the real Haleakala while i’m on the islands.

#loverouvy #gettingfitter

PowerTap Endurance Challenge…

192nd out of 636…

So i did the absolute bare minimum to complete this challenge, but i’m being good and sticking with my training plan as much as possible. Admittedly i did go a little longer than planned, 32 minutes to be exact, on this ride but that was only as far as i needed. And that’s all i needed to do to get this challenge in the bag towards my Rouvy career, which is all that matters.

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