Thursday, January 6, 2022

Ready to go, 2022

Coffeeneuring finishers prize has arrived!

Chip and I kept slipping up over the weekend, referring to the new year as "2020", (like the last two years didn't happen), but I'm feeling good about 2022. Getting a fresh start on the new year, and in the process of cleaning out some clutter, I came across my training program from Coach Shayne from winter 2016. Chuckling at the memories of Shayne rolling his eyes over “cookie watts”, I opened it up to see if I should brush off the dust and add his workouts to my comeback strategy.

Dec 20: Find a flat course with little to no stops. Ride for 60 minutes at 7-8 RPE, or 80-85% max HR, or 60-70% FTP. Push into 9-10 RPE, or 90-98% max HR, or 100+ FTP for 1 minute every 10 minutes.
"Uhhhh... coach? What's my FTP again?" Hahaha... I made him nuts. 

Riding for 60 minutes at 80-85% max heart rate isn't happening right now, (honestly, I'd be lucky to eek out 30 minutes), so I'll likely subscribe to Zwift for winter workouts and go from there. Between that, hitting the track with Donna, and the weight training routine Will has programmed, I should be covered. I'm not committing to any races or events until after June. My girl gang may be back to racing, but I'm far from it.

I know baking and cooking and indiscriminate eating has put me into a bit of a hole, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Baking pretzels and treats for my family, reading 110 books in 2021, and staying mostly homebound was how I found contentment during an unsettled time. Two years ago, I was at my peak fitness... (sigh), Today? Well let's just say I've got my work cut out for me. I've done it before though, and can do it again.

Ready for 2020 2022!