>Time off the road

>The last time I rode the bike out of doors was in the Winter Series circuit race on 5th December. Since then I’ve had a mild cold, time away for Christmas in the Yorkshire snow and several days of looking at rain. I have ridden on the turbo trainer a few times – I even took it on holiday (what was I thinking) – but the efforts are compromised by an unusually high heart rate at the moment. I had hoped to keep my fitness level at over 100 AUOF* during the Winter, but the virtual lay off has seen it reduce to nearer 60 AUOF. There’s going to be a lot of work to do during January to get fit again.

I don’t think I’ll be fit enough to ride any more of the Winter Series, so my next targets will be the Chiltern Classic reliability trials and perhaps some local Audax events.

* AUOF = Arbitrary units of fitness