"For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories"
or so Plato says. Just recently that has become my swan song whilst training, embracing the hurt and tiredness that only riding my bike nearly every day can bring. I seem to be getting more used to it now, the first few weeks where the hardest.
I never really wanted to turn my blog into a training dairy, there are plenty of those out there, but I thought I'd let you know how things have been going.
As you can see, I don't hold to stats and figures. I don't have a mile counter on what I've conquered so far, or how many hours I've spent in my saddle. I know roughly in my head but I try not to become a slave to it. I've tried this kind of training before, writing down my morning heart rate how I feel, what training time I've done etc. Only to become a slave to facts and figures then getting demoralised when I don't get those exact planned minutes on the bike. For me training diaries are like trying to keep a new years resolution. It all starts well but a couple of months in falls by the way side.
I still have my set short term goals and they are going well, that is all the motivation I need. I like to see where I'm going not leave an analysis trail for later reading. I'd only laugh at my efforts. The only goals I seem to be failing on is my weight. How hard is it to loose weight? I've been so good during the weeks and have all but eliminated eating junk food such as crisps, cake and biscuits. Sorry but chocolate remains on my diet but then I don't think the wife could cope with my moods without!
The weather hasn't stopped my training at all which is good. Even the mornings that its gone below minus five degrees. That was one cold ride. I wasn't that bad with all my layers on but I had nothing to drink for a few hours as my camelbak froze up ( manged a bite of ice) and the front of my bars, overshoes gloves had a nice layer of frost on them by the time I'd finished! Epic stuff.
One thing though is that doubt has started to creep its way into my head. Can I really do a 24 hour race. Am I just being a fool here. After only three hours of road and my elbow and wrists were aching. It made me wonder if they could cope with the pounding over a longer duration. I'm hoping that its just the cold weather playing havoc.
Must think positive thoughts. Must think positive thoughts........
Anyway I'm sorry for the not too thrilling training entry but I'll be back next week with more stuff to cover. Happy riding to then folks!
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