“The body is starting to respond to the KICKR”
I’ll admit it, I started out a bit too strong. Going from 0 to 4 workouts per week was too ambitious. The first weeks were torture and I could barely finish the workouts, work got in the way, excuse excuse, excuse, blah blah blah. Fast forward to last night.
Last night I had an hour after the kids went to bed and jumped on the trainer. I had 4 trainer or outdoor bike rides in 10 days and was starting to feel better about myself. The workouts were magically beginning to string themselves together and my body got used to exercising again. Isn’t there an old adage about this – success begets success?
The Trainer Road FIN workout that was crushing 4 weeks ago was now easier (I guess I need to re-do my FTP test). I accomplished the workout with no issues and felt strong – but tested – the entire time. There were no grunts, no thoughts of quitting, or “gosh this sucks worse than my annual physical”. Even though I am on the Bike / KICKR only 2-3 times per week on average, I feel stronger and much more at ease during riding. Heck, last night I jumped off the trainer and worked for a few more hours cleaning up email and cooking meals for the rest of the week – I wasn’t fatigued at all.
First shot at FIN…quit after 28 min
Second shot at FIN…crushed it!
What a difference a few weeks makes!
The best part? I jumped on the scale today. I am down from 189 lbs from the start of the project to 184.5 lbs. I forgot how awesome cycling is for losing weight. Spending 3-4 hours a week in the fat burning zone really is magic. I am hungry all of the time yet my weight is down and my belt is feeling bigger. This is the biggest motivator for hitting the trainer again and again – looking good in spandex aka not having wife point at me and laugh!
During my next blog, I will do an in depth look at my trainer set up. While having Trainer Road on my Macbook pro is awesome and easy, I am really looking forward to having it on my iPhone.
Fitness level: starting to see a glimmer of light on the horizon
Feel: workouts are easier, I am not dreading them anymore.
FTP: 210 (last tested Aug 11 but need to retest)
Watts per KG: 2.51
My Strava account.