Sunday, December 04, 2005
WEll, I had a 2.5 hour ride planned today - instead I'm sitting here writing in my blog. Why is that? Because I'm nurturing a cold... I've been feeling a bit "out of it" all week long, especially in the mornings and evenings. Last night I decided to take 1 day of forced rest, in order to give my body a chance to fight this off before it gets worse. So, I slept for 11-12 hours and will stay warm and dry all day long with no unneccessary activity. I take these forced rest days with both a smile and a tear. On one hand I know that a rest day can do wonders for my body and it will prevent me from getting sicker and maybe having to loose a whole week. Especially since I've got a fairly slow day scheduled tomorrow (weight room), a rest day today combined with a slow day tomorrow should make me ready for more training later. However, I've always had problems "skipping" training - I feel like I take two steps forward and one backward every time I take a forced, unplanned, rest day. Of course this is completely wrong, since 2.5 hours of training will not change the outcome of a season with 800-1000 hours of planned training. But, nevertheless - the feeling is there. Gnawing away at me, gnawing, gnawing... :) 2 years ago I would not have heeded the subtle signs of illness and continued training without an extra rest day. 2 years ago I had regulary weeks of lost training due to illness. 2 years ago my support staff was frustrated, trying to get me to stop training when sick. But still - I feel bad for not being out there today, riding my heart out. But I know I shouldn't. I know it's better for me not to. But... Anyways, there you have it - the confused, clouded mind of a Norwegian. :) I did analyze the first period of Base training this pre-season. It was good, I reached the amount of training I had planned. My body responded well to the training and I had a good road test. I think I have improved my technique and increased power, without gaining any weight. Tomorrow my 2nd Base period starts. Goals for this period are fairly simple. I need to lose 2 pounds (down to 148lbs), I will continue to work on pedal efficiency and I will be looking for improvement in muscle endurance as well as hill climbing. The intensity in my sessions will increase a bit. I will start doing tempo rides (rides at threshold or slightly below - race pace) and seated hill-climbing at a high cadence. That means rides up into the elevations, on snow-covered gravel roads... I can't wait. :) Soon the first training camp starts, which is good. The sessions will be the same, but all in much warmer weather. As always, I keep half an eye on the happenings of the Pro-Tour. I guess Basso will ride the Giro as well next season. Should be an interesting race, with riders such as Ullrich and Basso. Although, I'm fairly sure they both will only come to the Giro as prep for the Tour. I don't think they will try to peak for both races, too much of a gamble. Ok, that's it for me. Now I must go do nothing.