Entry 95 – You can read this and laugh

After my first Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test on Trainer Road I got an average over an hour of 167.  It then created workouts based on my FTP and you go from there.

I thought I would get on with the training and so picked a workout.  I should have read the title as it was another FTP test but I had started so figured what the hell – I was going for another hour so might as well do that as an FTP – an hour’s an hour anyway right?

So I started – music on, head down, towel on the handlebars, water bottle next to me and I was off.

Again it was up and down with the resistance, with sprints and intervals and I was keeping in line with the levels set – probably went off a little too strong if I’m honest but will know for next time.

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I felt good though by the end yep I wanted to puke.  It does that.  I have been told if I feel like I want to puke then I’ve done it right so as much as I don’t want to feel like I need a bucket nearby I think thats a good thing – maybe?

Garmin stopped, ride saved, brow mopped and glugging the water I was finished and my new FTP score appeared on screen.  I had increase by a whole…………….2! Ok so not the best increase but a marginal improvement and more training done so won’t complain.

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Unclip the right foot.  Unclip the left foot.  Oh no the left foot isn’t unclipped.  Too late, lost my balance and fell!  That is right my friends I may be one of the very few people who can fall whilst on a stationary bike.  The bike toppled over, my left foot was still clipped in and as I fell my left wrist slammed into the wall.

The pain was instant!

For what was such a stupid thing I was very emotional.  After I managed to unclip my left foot and get up (which was not easy as my wrist was so painful) I burst into tears and I can’t even tell you what I was crying about more – the fact that my wrist was on fire or that my bike was on its side and I was worried I may have damaged it or the turbo.

Yep I have become that person that is worried about their bike rather than their health!

Go ahead and judge me – after you’ve stopped laughing that is.  It’s ok I don’t blame you.

I ended up at the hospital as I thought it was broken though it is just badly sprained.  The lady who gave me my X-ray results told me it wasn’t broken (which him indoors said – I hate it when he’s right) and went to get me a support.  This support would have fit a 7 year old and I tried to joke that I was too fat and she then joked that me and her were elephants.  It was all said in good humour but come on – not only am I at hospital but I am now an elephant as well – thanks love!

My god can I feel the pain though!  When I explained to people I had fallen off my bike and needed to go to hospital – they were all very supportive.  I left out the part that I was not cycling on the road but attached to a turbo.  My boss laughed at me and said ‘so basically you fell off a bike with stabilisers’.  He’s right.

Who does that? Me it would seem.

Thankfully I think both the bike and turbo are ok and I am hopeful that I will feel fully recovered by the weekend for my 117 mile bike ride on Sunday, though when I mention this to fellow cyclists I am getting some funny looks but I will not give up just yet!

I shall sign off now and am waving with my new attractive and rather fashionable (not) wrist support, which is a similar colour to Nora Batty’s tights – it’s not such a good look.

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