I cycled 375 km this week. More than any other week this season. And, more than I planned.
I subscribe to the training regimen that promotes 3 weeks of training followed by a week of rest. More or less. Each of the 3 training weeks adds ~ 10% to the intensity. More weight. More km. More hills. More time. And, the rest week does not mean lying on the couch. No. You still train but at a lower intensity giving the body a chance to recover.
Last week I added 35% more distance. Perhaps more. More hours in the saddle. You would think that would be hard. Too much. In fact, it was enjoyable. Not difficult at all. The difference, I think, is the weather. Warm, sunny, long days get me out on the bike. Motivate me. It’s easy. I would rather be cycling than doing almost anything else.
I get the extra km largely because of commuting to the office on the bike. I take circuitous routes home, adding additional laps in the park. More km. There was a time I drove. Then, I might rush to the gym on the way home for a quick workout before dinner and only cycle on the weekends. Not now. Now, I exercise everyday and have little need for the gym. At least not this time of year.
You might ask, “What are you training for?”. Well, nothing. Nothing. Not a century. Not a triathlon. Nothing. I simply enjoy cycling. I simply enjoy training. I enjoy being outside. And, I enjoy challenging myself. It’s as simple as that.
Some say, I am at the stage of life when I need to relax. Take it easy. Slow down.
I say, “Why? I’m not dead yet.”.