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Riding more, body fat dropping; Next level; Love the shorter handlebars!

Saturday, September 15, 2012 by  
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September
15
2012
Not even halfway through the month and I've already mountain biked more miles in September than I have in any other month since I started using Strava in April.  Not reflected in the chart above, I've also put in 57.61 miles on the indoor trainer so far this month.

Not even halfway through the month and I’ve already mountain biked more miles in September than I have in any other month since I started using Strava in April. Not reflected in the chart above, I’ve also put in 57.61 miles on the indoor trainer so far this month.

This month I’ve been mountain biking, weight training or riding the indoor trainer every single day. So far this month I’ve put in 102 miles on the mountain bike, and another 57.61 miles on the indoor trainer. That’s more miles in 14 days than I’ve ridden in any complete month since before April.

I’ve been making an effort to get out and mountain bike more frequently, and I’ve also been trying to ride more miles per trip. I’ve also been riding hard: I’ve set more personal records (time, elevation, distance, power, speed) this month than I can count.

While this month has certainly been an improvement over recent previous months, I’m going to continue to ramp up both the distances I ride and my training intensity. The nice thing about this work is that I love every second of it.

I need to take my training to the next level if I have any hopes of being even remotely competitive with the XC racing crowd around here. I’m in good shape, but I’ve realized that the truly great XC racers are at a completely different level. There are some phenomenally strong XC mountain bikers around here, and the one thing they all have in common is they put in a hell of a lot of miles. The guys I’m talking about are machines, and I’m much more than impressed–I’m inspired.

If I expect to take my cardio and stamina to new realms, my training has to get specific and serious. Part of my strategy is to get a road bike and put in long rides on it. Also, I plan to get rid of my indoor recumbent bike and do all of my indoor cardio using the road bike on a fluid trainer. Most of those indoor training rides will be done using the Sufferfest training videos.

My diet has been extremely clean, and with my increased activity level my weight and body fat has been dropping the past couple of weeks. I’m down below 7% body fat again, and my scale weight is down another 1.4 pounds over the past week. More specific details in tomorrow’s blog when I do my usual weekly stats and progress report.

I rode yesterday with my cut down handlebars (from 700mm to 670mm–details in yesterday’s blog) and I really dig the change. Steering felt more snappy and responsive, but not at all twitchy, and I felt much more confident going through the tighter sections of trail. No handlebar hits yesterday! Very happy with the change. 🙂

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