Back on the bike, feeling better; Bought a bike sweat guard.
I’m happy to report that I’m recovered enough from the flu to resume training!
I was feeling pretty good yesterday morning, and so I decided to do a freeride on the indoor trainer. I figured I’d start off nice and light, and ramp up the intensity a little bit if I was feeling well enough.
I did an easy 10 minute warmup in the Active Recovery zone with a cadence of 91 RPM. I was feeling good, so I decided to increase the workload at the 10 minute mark, and began to ride in my Tempo zone at ~219 watts (about 76% of my current FTP of 288) with a cadence of 90 RPM.
If you want to learn more about power-based training, please check out my article, “Coggans Power-Based Training“.
As I settled in to the pace I found myself feeling much better than I expected. I definitely felt a little weaker than usual, and my heart rate was also higher than it normally would be, but overall I was surprised by how good I felt. I think part of the reason I was enjoying the workout so much is that I’ve been dying to get back on the bike. Sitting around for the better part of a week sick and unable to exercise is torture for someone like me.
I figured I’d evaluate how I was feeling in 10-minute chunks, and continue riding at Tempo only if I was still feeling good (up to 40 minutes in total). I completed the 40 minutes with no problem, and then finished off with a 10 minute cool-down in the Active Recovery zone.
The total workout was 60 minutes and 17.5 miles. You can check out the complete stats on TrainerRoad if you want.
One problem with indoor training is that unless counter-measures are taken, highly corrosive sweat is constantly falling on the bike. Sweat will not only eat away the paint, it will corrode bike parts.
Last week I had to take my bike to the shop for some bottom bracket warranty work, and the non-drive side bottom bracket bearing was rusted (photograph). It occurred to me that sweat from my indoor training sessions was likely the cause.
I’ve always draped a towel over the top tube to catch sweat, but it’s not uncommon for the towel to slip off the bike while I’m training. When that happens I never stop my workout to pick the towel up, and so my bike is exposed to a lot of sweat.
I finally broke down last week and picked up a so-called “Bike Thong”. The one I went with is the CycleOps Bike Thong Bicycle Sweat Protector, and overall I’m pretty happy with it. As you can see in the picture, I was able to sort of bunch it around my stem-mounted Garmin Edge 500. The thong stays put and caught most (not all) of the sweat falling off of me yesterday. It’s definitely a better solution than a towel.
I may pick up a fan to supplement the bike thong. I don’t mind sweating, but I also want to keep my bike looking and running good.
As for today’s workout, I’m still only feeling about 80%, but I think I’m good for another ride. I’ll probably do something similar to yesterday’s workout. I don’t want to overdo it, but I want to keep the pedals turning.