After a couple weeks of little activity, 2014 is off to a good start.
I took a couple weeks almost entirely off from training and riding in December. The week of December 16-22 I only did one 33 kilometer ride, and the following week I only did two rides for a total of 62 kilometers. I really didn’t have much choice, as I was extremely busy those weeks playing Xbox and getting fat.
In all seriousness, I felt like I needed a little break from riding, so I’m glad I took some time off.
Even though it’s been almost impossible for me to get away for more than an hour at time lately, last week I was able to get in 250 kilometers, and this week (so far) I’ve ridden 165 kilometers. I expect to get in at least another 100 kilometers this weekend.
Here’s my training log for the past four weeks (click to enlarge):
As you can see, I’ve only been able to do do relatively short 33 kilometer/20.5 mile rides (with just one exception), I am getting out there and riding every single day–rain or shine, warm or cold. So far in 2014 (10 rides) I’ve logged nearly 400 kilometers with 7,165 feet of climbing. My goal for 2014 is 10,000+ kilometers with 160,000 feet of climbing, so I’m off to a good start. It will be nice when I can start getting some longer rides in again.
I definitely lost some fitness during the two weeks I didn’t really ride, but it’s starting to come back. Still, I can tell I’m far from my peak right now. I expect when I re-test my FTP early next week (and start my indoor training program on TrainerRoad), it will have dropped from my high of 294.
By the way, if you are not familiar with Strava’s Training section (part of which is pictured above), it’s pretty awesome. I wrote an article detailing this often overlooked section of Strava’s site; you can read it here.