Feeling strong again and I had a rise in my FTP !

There has been lots of ups and downs during the training cycle.

This week I am on the up, I hit the ground running with a very successful training session on Tuesday which once again was not easy but I got through it without any problems.

I managed to rescue my blood glucose levels, I run at the top of my rage all day  be eating a few more carbs as normal in anticipation for training. You can see a couple of peaks where the carbs had the effect (this is normal) and then it came back into range and then dropped during the ride. I just managed to get some food down me before the low hit me. So this was good effort and result on both sides.

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Thursday came and to be fair it was a lower workout ready for the dreaded FTP test on Tuesday which is a full-out effort for 20 mins. When I say full out I mean at my personal threshold.

Due to the impending test I decided I did not want to push though on Saturday or Sunday, so I went for a little spin on Friday night, it was 27°C when I left work and the first challenge was to climb for 5 miles to just over 1000ft. Not much to my pro friends, but the heat was intense, but I felt good. In fact, it was the quickest I had done the climb and then I went on to complete a quick 30 miles overall. I felt strong, in fact very strong and could not quite believe it. My MPH was up but the power I could exert at a constant felt good.

I was chuffed I had a productive ride, might have only been short but I felt good and hope I feel like this on the London to Paris.

I had a steady weekend, Tuesday soon arrived, and I felt mentally and physically good for the FTP test.

I began the 20-minute slog and its broken into 4 sections of 5 mins. So initially the idea is to just hold below my threshold of 203 for the first quarter and slowly increase it until the last section I start to put the hammer down. I think I went a little too hard to start with as I soon got my average up to 211 on the first 5 mins and continued. The rise did not increase in the same momentum as the initial 5 mins but it did go up. It was hot and I really pushed as hard as possible for the 20 mins flat out and I increased my FTP by 3.5%, not massive but a good solid performance to show how I have increased once again,

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Another week to come of hard work and then it will be time to keep the fitness but not increase. Steve will be changing my program a little. I will be doing a little tapering.

In my mind this seems all logical as I am sure Chris Froome does not do a couple of tour stages the week before he starts.  or then again maybe he does ?

Author: David Marshall

Kidney transplant recipient, with a great kidney from my fantastic wife - jo. About to embark on a crazy idea of cycling from London to Paris in July 2018

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