Recently, the Cape Epic countdown ticked over into the double-digits for days remaining, and with that, a whole new wave of nervousness hit.
It didn't help that it came at a time when I had been off the bike for a little over a week with a nasty cold. It also felt like I had erased a month's worth of building in a week of rest, something TrainingPeaks was also suggesting to me (damn charts and graphs!). I have written about my struggle with anxiety before, and I could feel myself getting close to that rabbit-hole again, as even after a week off the bike, I continued to feel lethargic and fatigued - a spin on the bike the last thing I felt like I could find the motivation to do.
I finally got back on the bike, slowly easing into things, and even managed a spin outside to cure some cabin-fever. For those reading who don't reside in Edmonton, we've been having a weirdly mild winter so far - which shouldn't come with a complaint from me. But... (here comes a complaint), this mild weather has meant a lot of freeze/thaw cycles and plenty of freezing rain, which has made the trails a skating rink!
So much ice that even going for a spin on a fatbike with studded tires seems like a risk of life and limb.
But sometimes there is only so much indoor Zwifting one can do before going crazy, so I've been trying to get out at least once a week. Anyways, back to that trying to bounce from sickness thing - after a few rides, relatively easy, I decided to do an FTP test.
Part of me didn't want to even consider taking the test, out of fear the number would be far lower than I wanted, but the other part of me wanted to know what I was working with.
Turns out the anxiety was for nothing, and I was pleasantly surprised to see another modest gain in FTP over the month of November! The moral of the story - a week off is rarely as bad as you think. In fact, sometimes it's probably the best thing for training.
So if someone could please remind me this next time I'm sick and panicking over lost fitness, that would be great... (because it will happen again!)
Not much more to update on here. Christmas is fast approaching, which always brings hectic schedules. Myself and Coleman are hoping to get out to the mountains for a training camp of sorts in the New Year, and possibly another shoot with 7Mesh. Stay tuned!