A quick check over at Winning Stats shows I had 11 rides for November. Not bad, considering that my goal every month is for 12 rides. I consider three rides a week to be a good pace.
It’s also a good number of rides considering the paltry amount I did over the summer. We set a record for rain here in July, and August was only slightly better. I think I had 12 rides over the course of two months. Blech.
Factor in that I packed it in during the second week of October, and the road season this year sucked.
I’m glad that the Sufferfest is putting out new material, as I’m finally fully adjusted to trainer mode. I think that I’m learning what training works best for me during these cold, dark months. The outright thrashing of some of the Spinervals videos isn’t what I’m looking for. I guess that the Sufferfest is dishing out similar punishment, but I have a good time doing them. The Trainright workouts seem to work well also, but they leave me in better condition afterward. I feel that I definitely put out a hard effort, but I recover from them better and feel that I get a stronger fitness gain.
I have also been reading about the classic off-season “LSD” (Long, slow distance) theory of building the base. Since I’m not a racer, I can feel free to take my own approach. What seems to be working so far is mixing in at least one mid-tempo hour-long ride per week. I throw in a time trial-esque 10 minute high aerobic interval to make it a little harder, but it’s just a good calorie-burner.
The mix of tempo and interval workouts is feeling like a good mix. I just have to be able to keep at it and hope for better weather come April.