The fight back starts here !
My last good ride was a while ago: 2012 Quebrantahuesos. I even
a blog about it.
I used to commute in on the bike every day (one hour eacg way).
Then I started to get the train in, as that gave me more time to
catch up on emails.
I am now a depressing 12 kgs heavier than I was when I was fit.
I Googled it and that's the weight of a 2 yr old. And I wonder why
its so hard to climb……
For those of you who use power:
In 2012 FTP was 335 watts (or 4.6 watts per kg)
I had actually decided to try and get 5watts per kg - but the
Now I am much heavier, and have a lower FTP of 260 (3 watts per
3 vs 4.5 - that's a huge fall.
So the aim is to lose weight AND gain power.
Can I get back to
where I was?
When I started Bespoke I was single and younger than the
majority of my customers. If I wanted to take a short day at work I
could, it was easier with fewer customers! If I wanted a sleep
after a long weekend ride I could.
Now I am older, and my life more closely resembles a typical
Bespoke customer: Married, family and a busy job.
The body is older, and the stresses have risen! Not a good combo
for athletic potential.
So I wanted to test this:
- Can you get back into shape as you age?
- Can smarter training mitigate less time to train?
- Can smarter equipment purchases help with free speed?
- Is the brain (smart choices) as important as the heart, legs and
lungs when it comes to a training plan?
So for the next 6 months I will try and train c.8 hours a week,
but try and do it with some thought, so I get the best bang for the
Not sure how it will pan out, but I am looking forward to trying
In 4 weeks I will do my first sportive for a number of years -
it's the Étape London and should be good fun. I
have enlisted half the shop to act as my domestiques to get me
We have a voucher code for the event - please do join us if you
HERE for details.
That's a very short term goal. For 2017 the sights are raised
and I want to do a decent Ironman time again, and also feel
'competitive' in one of the big Euro sportives.
This blog will serve as a diary of sorts - nothing like public
humbling to keep you focused!