The nature is stunning with many flowers coming out at the end of August -
In one month my time for the Beaufort workout has improved from 5hrs 05mins to 4hrs 32mins. More important though is that there has been an even bigger improvement in enjoyment. This last workout took me to the 3000km mark for this year and it seems that this amount of mileage is where things start to become interesting. The body just functions much better and even when pushing the limits it’s enjoyable. I still can’t sleep properly after a very hard session – the body just throbs all night – but that’s not an issue. The main thing is the great feeling of power in the legs and connection with muscles right up through the body – all the way to the end of the workout. It’s not the scenery that’s important – though that certainly helps – it’s the feelings that are inside the body. When it was all going wrong for me earlier in the season – trying to race without a proper base level of fitness – even the best scenery in the world didn’t stop me from feeling miserable. On top of all this I’ve found out how to keep up running while still building cycling stamina. The key is to only run 5km instead of 10km. Running 5km yesterday evening had no impact on the legs today – whereas a 10km run would have left the legs tired. Regular 5km runs have a strong impact on running fitness and allow different muscles to be used from cycling, calories to be burned, cardiovascular work to be augmented – but without leaving the legs empty for a proper cycling workout.