Hi Miffe and thanks Pav
The programme Pav put together for me works well. I am 62, work quite long cerebal hours. My training focus is August 2023 Paris Brest Paris and the bigger qualifiers.
The weeks training Pav has done is built around turbo sessions most days, zone 2 ride for 3 to 5 hrs on Sunday, 30 min yoga 5 days a week, rest day on Saturdays.
Pav usually puts in at least two strength sessions a week. i try to do one with a gym class for the community aspect, which I find is good for the mental wellbeing. Often the classes are full so i have some kettlebell at home or be creative and turned house jobs into strength sessions, for example i shifted three jumbo bags of firewood and used those as three strength sessions.
I have also found the Joe Friel guides really helpful to structure a workout as generally I’d avoid doing such stuff, however i am feeling the difference 6 weeks down the track and enjoying it far more than I thought.
Earlier in the year I hired a personal trainer for four sessions to help with lifting, squatting technique.
The investment was well worth the money because I now know the difference between targeting where to build and use tension in the body to lift versus just lifting. That helps build strength better and critically prevents back, knee injury from poor lifting technique. At my age avoiding injury is a key criteria.
Understanding it all helps me have confidence that the sessions i do at home help build strength correctly and protect my body, surprisingly I am finding I get a lot more enjoyment from trying to master technique. Who knows weight lifting could be next.
Knowing technique also helps use the imagination to turn those house jobs into strength work, I have some slabs of concrete to shift a fair distance so I’ll think about how to structure a session with them.
If you can afford it I’d highly recommend getting one to one guidance on technique, it is well worth it and opens up loads of possibilities.
Feel free to come and do a session shifting concrete slabs.
Hope that is of help. Mike