July 30, 2018

“Think fast.” The words swim around in my head, final instructions from Will. I clip both feet in, readying myself for the push.

“Thirty seconds” calmly states the time keeper as my pulse starts to race. “Ten seconds. Five, 4, 3, 2,1.” I feel strong hands give me a push...

July 20, 2018

In my efforts to understand more about how to get faster and stronger on my bike, I have been using a power meter for targeted zone training. Now, I’m finding out more about how zones connect with my personal physiology through tests at the Human Performance Centre, Un...

June 22, 2018

I want to get faster and stronger on the bike and have set myself a goal of riding a 10 mile time trial in less than 30 minutes. To help me train towards this goal, I’ve been using a power meter. I’ve had one for a couple of months now. What have I learned in this time...

May 18, 2018

I’m swearing at Will. Not out loud because I don't have any spare oxygen for that.

I can’t blame Will though, he did warn me. On the workout he had helpfully written, “This is a hard one… But it will make quick improvements to your FTP and ability to suffer.” Ha!

Sufferi...

The team have been busy over the early May bank holiday weekend racing across the country. We had a squad at the Thames Velo Spring Cup (National B), our new signing Ash Cox was getting aero in an open TT and our youngest member Samuel was on the Isle of Man for the Yo...

May 5, 2018

I have at least one thing in common with elite cyclists and this is my need to sleep for 12 hours a day. It didn’t start out like this though.

First I have to deal with some of the issues I’m having with training.

Pandas aid recovery sleep

Dealing with bossy Garmin

I talk...

April 27, 2018

My focussed efforts resulting in “scary face” (see Adventures with a Power Meter: It Gets Serious) mean I now have my baseline data with an FTP of 184 W.

Setting a goal

I sit down with Will on the nice comfy sofa in the shop, trying not to fall asleep after all my extens...

April 25, 2018

Rutland always has a different feel to it than other races.

The UCI status, the challenging parkour, the 195km distance, all the way through to the fact there is more helpers buzzing around you trying to ease the faff of the pre race ritual. 

Photo: Alex Duffill Photogra...

April 18, 2018

It’s fun watching all the different numbers and how they change on the power meter. But what do they mean? I need some baseline data.

After another chat with Will I agree to do 5 sec, 1 min, 5 min, and 20 min tests. These are all out efforts for each time period. They w...

April 2, 2018

In discussions with Will (Coach of Flamme Rouge Development Race Team), he tells me not to focus on speed. Speed is affected by external factors such as the strength and direction of the wind, air humidity, how wet the road surface is, and whether you are drafting othe...

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