It's time to get back on the horse. If you've followed along, you may have known I've been off of the bike for a bit, I talked about it a little here.
Reading my previous post you might be a bit surprised to hear I am going to start tracking fitness again. There's a reason, though: I'm a numbers geek. I'm not going to be tracking watts to prep for any racing any time soon, rather just to give myself some benchmarks and goals. Much of my training has been indoors recently and may very well be in the future, so tracking fitness will hopefully give me some motivation.
More to the point of what I'm doing, though. After a few months off of the bike I've gotten fat. Not the kind of fat that people stare at (I don't think), but I've put far more weight on than is comfortable for me. As an adult, the lightest I've ever been was about 170lbs, which at 6'1" and not built like a climber, was pretty slim for me. I think 175-180 should be easily attainable for me, though.
At my peak, my 20min power was about 325w, give or take, if I remember correctly. After my time off of the bike, that would be tough for 5 min now.
So here's the goal: 180lbs and 280w for 20 min by 3/1/15. Not exactly losing 20lbs, and not exactly gaining 20w, but both pretty close, and I both fully attainable. I'll be using a Stages powermeter for most of my riding, and while indoors I've picked up a Cycleops Power Beam Pro to keep me motivated and tracking progress.
I'll be posting along the way about rides as well the gear I'm using to get to my goals.
But look, this is really about one thing, not being fat. Feeling the extra weight I'm carrying around is uncomfortable, it's awkward. I don't really care if I'm a ton faster when this is done, but I want to be healthier, and I want to feel better.
Follow along, let's see where this goes, yeah?