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Six months in… two to go
I’ve been training for six months now I guess and things are going pretty well. By that I mean I’ve put the miles in, shed a few pounds and feel pretty good. I’ve not exactly employed a scientific approach to this event; no looking for V02 max or power thresholds like some have the time and money to do but when tested (long rides, early season comp) things look… pretty good. I was tested for V02 max a couple of years ago and scored highly (64) so the system is there, and now I feel fitter.
In the day of power meters and compression socks it seems a little old fashioned to just clock up the miles but that exactly what I’ve done. And it’s been planned, it has to be to manage the amount of training you have to stick in around a full time job and two young kids. To date, I’ve averaged around 600-900 km a month, based largely on commuting. Not a huge amount but the grind can be tiring. Still, clocking up 5,000 odd km in preparation so far is not to be sniffed at, especially when peppered with a few long rides of 80-100 miles. Not enough of them mind!
So what does the next couple of months hold? Well, the commute will be extended to include some local short, sharp climbs. Will also get two 100 + milers in during May and a couple in June as well as two days in Italy riding from Milan to San Remo courtesy of Action Challenge. Add to that time trailing at Hog Hill and I should be ready. I need to start using the Airborne rather than the single speed as there’s no point riding most of your miles on a bike that your not using for the event, especially when the geometry and crank length is totally different. And sleep, I need to sleep to recover from the training - but ask any dad of young kids and they’ll tell you that is the most difficult thing to come by.