Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The sun is shining, at last!

Well, it has been a long and harsh winter up here on the Western Isles, but I think the worst of it is finally over *touches wood*. We've had some great days here recently, with clear skies and a slighly crispy easterly breeze which has allowed me to get in some great training miles. I've actually managed to get out 3 times in shorts as well as the temp has been in the low teens. Amazing really, last year I was riding in shorts/short sleeve top in March!

I used the "2 a day" training method again at the weekend, morning session was a very hard 2.5hr MTB effort and in the afternoon, a 1 hour recovery ride which did wonders as I felt really wiped out after the morning. Definately using the 2 a day approach from now on.

Things seem to be building up quite nicely as i've started adding more intensity since the last race and I feel i've got that extra gear in the legs. The next race I have is the Scottish XC MTB round 2 at Dalbeattie Forest in Dumfries on the 4th of May, followed by the British National Points Series, not too far away at Drumlanrig Castle the weeked after. Although not my best courses, i'm really looking forward to these.

Well that's 10pm so bed time for me. I need all the sleep I can get! For the meantime, I found a wee pic from the last race that I stole from someones flikr site. Muddy - yes indeed! Later people.


Nate Dawg said...

Well down here in Australia the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder which is my favourite climate for riding! Good to hear that the 2-a-days are working.

Paul C Smith said...

Sounds like we need to trade some weather - i'd love to ride in some "proper" heat. I could be waiting a while for that though!

Yes - the 2-a-day plan is really working. I find that if I mix in a harder effort then an easy spin later in the day, it does wonders for recovery.

Bobashep said...

Best blog I've read for a while on the SXC and race scene. Keep up the training. I'll look you up at the next race in Fyrnish - I may even have an A4 print of you at Laggan. Best wishes from "The Flickr Man".