It’s been exactly a week since my last race. The cheese grater seat wounds have healed (finally) and I feel comfortable enough to get on the saddle again. The next race I have in store is the WBR 1 Lap Figure 8 Hilly Race.

I’m trying to think of a reason it’s taken me a whole week to get back on the bike but can’t. In my own defence, my arse was pretty sore, got a pare of padded boxers a few days ago but for what ever reason it wasn’t enough. I need to remind myself why I’m doing this blog and why I’m trying to get fit again. The reasons are a bit too deep for my second blog post!

One thing I need to find is that “off switch.” There’s a lot of stuff going on in my head that I sometimes get distracted by or use as an excuse to not to do something. It’s taken me a while to realise I have a lot of thoughts, ideas and distractions but I need to slow down if I plan on keeping a steady path. I need that button so I can just turn off everything other than what’s important for me. It’s going to take some practice.

Anyway. I’m currently re-hydrating after a weekend of beer and coffee. Just making sure I have everything I need to race. Laptop charger, water, Joe Rogan Pod cast and time to warm up properly. One thing I’m trying to keep on top of is my heart rate, last week, for what ever reason, I was averaging 85-100 before the race. Right now I’m looking at 68 bpm. It’s encouraging, being fit is my top priority. It will also be interesting to see how long it takes to go down after the race.

I’m a massive fan of ranking, stats and all of that goodness. When I first started using Zwift, ZwiftPower was in its infancy – now it’s looking incredible. Whats even better is it’s keeping a log of all my races and stats. My last race I averaged 1.5 w/kg as pathetic as it seems, it’s a good starting point. I’m going to start using this as my base line.

What really happened during this race was a little bit of a disappointment. No matter how hard I peddled I couldn’t sustain over 250 watts, I know I’m unfit but I’m not weak. I have a feeling its got something to do with the power/cadence sensors. The ones I’m using are really old and I don’t think they’re accurate. It might seem like I’m looking for excuses but coming from someone who can still squat 100kg comfortably, I know I can generate more watts.

I started to get suspicious when I was warming up for the race. A light peddle of around 60 cadence saw my watts go up to 140 ish and then settle down to around 90. 90 Watts?! If I don’t change my gears and keep a consistent 60 cadence it’s clearly got something to do with the speed sensor.

So, I decided to forget the race and just concentrate on getting my heart rate up, lots of 30 second sprints and what not. A 40 minute ride was finished without any other major problems. Really wished I could have raced so I’m hoping and crossing all my fingers and toes these new sensors are accurate and show me the wattage I know I’m doing.