more weight ...
Strength training. Expensive!
I haven't had much time to get out and ride any of my bikes over the last couple of weeks, it's easiest just to say that "life happens". But ... I have been able to steal 45 mins a couple of times a week to get into the aboc Power House and build leg strength. After a seminar of sorts with Peter Cayley last week (Thanks Stu Vaughan for organising it) I've discovered snatches (olympic lifts) and they are hurties! Very intense. Good for developing power, which I need lots of.
Anyway .. the main leg strength excercise I'm doing is squats. Not full squats, I've had a knee reconstruction and my right knee doesn't bend that far, but for cycling, that's ok .. I'm not training for olympic lifting, so don't need to go deep with squats. Started out gradually building weight up, and am now pushing 3 x 12 reps at 135kg with 90s rest between sets. I only have 137.5kg of total weight. When it's time to do closer to 1RM stuff, I'm going to need more ballast. Weights are around $2.50 per kilogram, and I think another two or four 20kg plates will be the go, so another couple of hundred dollars on weights is on the cards in a few weeks.
On other news .. aboc CC and aboc IT Consulting are sponsoring the Hawthown Cycling Club's history website. You can see it come along here. It's got no content yet, but should be an interesting thing for Hawthorn to use to record their club's history. I'm expecting to see some photos of Phil Anderson there soon!
Round 5 of the Trek Summer Sprint Series is this Sunday. I hope many of you will be there to compete and spectate. The last one was brilliant. The weather forecast is good and there'll be a free BBQ courtesy of aboc.