With little over 10 weeks to go before the Tour de Force commences, it’s time for a quick update on how my preparation is going. This has included my most notable ride of the year to date (ever?) – the Paris-Roubaix challenge! More on that in the next post.
The training so far
At the start of the year I looked at my training diary for 2016 and felt somewhat intimidated by what I had achieved in the first few months of that year! I wanted to match that and by the end of February, despite some tricky road conditions that curtailed some of my efforts, I largely achieved it. I was sort of following my triple weekly objectives from last year (150 miles in total, one ride of at least 70 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing), but not slavishly so. This was because knowing that I would be leaving my job at the beginning of March I would have more time to focus on my preparation. In the event, March turned out to be a huge training month, clocking up over 1,000 miles but more importantly I was focussing on getting a lot of climbing in. The Tour will include a lot of climbing of course, but this year a number of steeper sections are on the schedule so I’ve been actively seeking out the challenging hills in the Kent/Sussex countryside.
My schedule seems to have fallen into a routine whereby I ride for four days and then take three days off. This should help build up my endurance while also giving me sufficient recovery time.
So far, so good.