My 2018 year on Strava. Not too bad really, my best year yet so i’m happy with that. Click on pic for video version.
Admittedly, i had to re-ride a few routes a few times to get 38th place. Worked hard for this one as this was my last on Rouvy for a while, as this was the final challenge needed to complete my Rouvy Career to Legend. So now i’m off back to Zwift for a while as i’m currently limiting my riding to focus more on my running for a change and Zwift is good for that – see how that goes.
Anyways, Rouvy’s been great, got a lot fitter along the journey with them but now i need some new targets.
My latest attempt at Rouvy’s ‘7 Revueltas (v2017)’ route…
A nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.
And to get in the top 23% is something i’m well pleased with, and also averaging 192 watts, which is my best hour ride yet. Sweet!
This is my latest attempt at this route (knocking 1:45 of my previous time) as i’m attempting to finish as high as possible on this challenge within the limits that my training plan allows me to ride. I’m now at 6th out of 17 who have so far completed the whole challenge – so not too bad. But there’s more to come, so it’ll be interesting to see where i finally end up.
Anyways, it’s a nice big hill to climb if anyone’s got an hour to spare, why not have a go yourself?
My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Spain Guajar-Fondon climb’ route…
Yet another nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.
This is my best ride yet on any route, managing to average 187 watts pacing myself – which is nicely over 3.5 w/kg for me and i even manage to averaged 201 watts on the last 20 minutes when i didn’t have to pace myself any more. I’ve never actually done a proper FTP test as i’m not really interested as i train to feel not to power, but if i can hit nearly 4 watts per kilo at the end of this i don’t think i’m doing too bad.
I’m currently 8th out of 17 who have completed the challenge so far which ain’t too bad as there’s some seriously good cyclists on Rouvy. Today i’m going to try and improve my result on another of the routes on this challenge – and then just keep pecking away until the end of the challenge and see where i end up. It’s all good and gets me fitter.
My current best attempt at Rouvy’s ‘Cotos (up to Valdesqui)’ route…
Another nice little mountain on Rouvy that has to be ridden for the latest ‘Vuelta 18’ challenge.
This is my better go at this route having set my first time for the challenge at a much lower power, and i’m quite impressed with my result, managing to average 185 watts – which is over 3.5 w/kg for me.
And i bumped myself up to second place in the challenge doing it, so even more happy with the result. And all done just sticking to my normal training plan, no special effort being made at all.
Anyways, it’s a nice little mountain to climb if anyone’s got an hour to spare, why not have a go yourself?
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 for a 53 year old.
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. If one can’t have a bit of vanity in ones life then what’s the point of living? But vanity, or not, not, is, is not, not is… 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.
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 i’ll have to see how i’m getting on with Zwift by then.
Then once that’s done it’ll probably be back to Zwift for a while to catch back up on things and then 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. Yeah, pure fucking vanity!
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.
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.
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! 😀