Monday 29th February is an important day, not only is it the ‘extra’ day in this leap year but for me it is also marks the start of 18 gruelling weeks of training. The goal for this training, all 126 days of it, is simple: I want to be ready to ride 100-miles in under six hours on Sunday July 3rd.
If you are a regular reader of every_third_day you will know that one of my goals for 2016 is to complete a 100-mile charity bike ride with my Dad in less than six hours. The ride we are taking part in is the Hearing Dogs Sportive and the route takes us through some of the most spectacular countryside the UK has to offer. Unfortunately the incredible views come with a price, lots of hills! Having cycled in a couple of charity rides around the Chilterns I know that I am going to have be in great shape to reach my goal.
As anyone who knows me will testify I am a big believer that if you have a goal you need a clear plan on how you’re going to achieve it. I’ve never trained for a 100-mile bike ride so I knew I needed to find a comprehensive training plan. Luckily for me the British Cycling website has a range of plans for beginners right through to experience riders. Over the last few days I’ve combined two of these plans to make one 18-week training schedule that will get me in the perfect shape to complete my 100-mile ride.
I start the plan on Monday and I know the first four weeks are going to be pretty tough, especially as the weather is still pretty rubbish. However if I complete every training session as specified I will be logging close to 30 hours in the saddle over the next twenty-eight days. This will give me a great basis on which to build when I move into the next phase.
Having trained for triathlons and endurance bike rides before I understand the importance of supplementing my cardio training with resistance work. To make sure I maintain good core and leg strength I have planned in 16 hours of weight training across the next four weeks. Fifty hours of training might sound a lot but it is actually less than 2 hours a day, which I think is a manageable commitment. Of course the plus side to all this training is that I get to eat loads more food!
This challenge means a huge amount to me and I am determined to be successful. I will be documenting the entire experience, good and bad, over the next 126 days so please check in and see how I am progressing.
As always thanks for reading