Two Training Blocks
The last few weeks my cycling-Fu finally took a few steps forwards. I've been going to the gym to fix my left/right leg imbalance, but I don't think that's so much the cause of the improvement (yet). What got me forward was doing two blocks of tough training, with riding much more than I used to do in the last months.
You see, first we had the sprint, where we had (amongst other friends) Borja here cycling with me for 10 days. With Borja I cycled 311km with 5500m of climbing, in 6 rides. One ride was a nice, round 100km Apollona round, always a good endurance builder. When that was done I relaxed a bit... and went back to the gym.
And not long after that, my friend George showed up. Now George, he's in a different category of endurance riding. He has completed his 2nd 400km brevet, and is now training to do the 600km brevet.
Even though he brought the family over, for some days of vacation around Greek Easter, we managed to put in 4 rides. Those 4 rides made me ride 254km in one week, climbing 4500m. That's about 50-60% more than I used to do in a typcial week in the months before this.
As for the results of those two "training blocks"? Of course I have only anecdotal evidence, but I seem to be as comfortable to ride 60km now as I was doing 40km before. Unless I've been to the gym, in that case I'm just a useless pair of sore, tired legs. Ah well.