Last Week's Checklist:
- Drop a pound: check!
- Ride 3+ hrs: check!
- Sketch out a training calendar: check!
- Plan a benchmark ride that mimics the TT100's climbing/distance ratio: nope.
Okay, so I'm giving myself an A- for last week's efforts.
The fat loss effort is going well... I think.
Last week's weigh-in: 194.0 lbs.
This week's weigh-in: 190.2 lbs.
I'm giving myself full credit for my fat loss efforts, but both numbers seem suspect to me. I'll keep an eye on things and see where the numbers settle.
Training is going great. I have three solid 10- to 15-minute trail climbs reachable from where I'm working:
Skyline the Hard Way is the toughest of the bunch, so I'm taking my time mixing that in. I plan on doing it twice a week for four weeks, then alternate twice-a-week and three-times-a-week for a month, then do three-times-a-week for a month. I'm hoping that'll be about when I've hit my target weight/body fat %, so I'll make a decision then about how to proceed.
I've put together a rough training plan. I want to spend the next couple of months focused on shedding fat while keeping muscle. After that, I'll continue to watch my diet, but I'll be fueling harder training rides, and eating to recover.
I looked at a few rides from my past, but they all have too much climbing to make a decent comparison to the TT100. And the local rides I've considered have to little.
So I'm considering taking a day off work in the next couple of months to go back to the Santa Monicas, where long climbs are plentiful, and do a loop around Backbone or something. A 30mi ride with about 3500ft of climbing should give me a clear idea of where I'm at.
In the meantime, I'm going to do a little Strava stalking and see if there's anyone near me that has completed the TT100 and has done a few of the same local loops/climbs as me.
This Week's Checklist:
- Drop a pound
- Ride 3+ hrs
- Plan a benchmark ride that mimics the TT100's climbing/distance ratio