My self made training plan consists of getting comfortable with 100km rides before gradually increasing the distance in 20 km steps until I can manage the 160km the London100 will demand.
The route can be seen here :-
As I have said before it is the 100 miles at the required pace that could well be a challenge too far. I seem to currently ride at the same pace whatever the distance, 20km or 100 km, but perhaps the tow of the 20000 strong peleton will pull me along. Ideally I need to increase average speed from 19 to 21 km/hr
This week a structured training plan for beginners arrived. It gives a day by day plan for the full 12 weeks prior to the race but I am beginning to suspect that it also assumes that the cyclist is in the full flush of youth and pretty fit before embarking on this regime. What I need is a structured plan for Old Age Pensioners who are about to undertake the longest and fastest ride of their life when they are new to cycling. Some challenge!
This plan makes a great deal of training within particular Zones and my test rides are showing this is difficult. To keep within Zone 2 as recommended, which for me is <121 bpm heart rate , is proving impossible on even the slightest incline though the ride overall stays within that Zone.
So, to the statistics, for whatever my excuses these detail my progress
Total distance cycled 886km
Total climbing 6481m
Total calories expended 21000 ( which MUST be worth a slice of cake :-) )
Longest ride 108km
Total distance swam 22.65km ( My annual goal here was 25 km so I may have to revisit this )
Any suggestions on training are welcome..providing they are constructive!
And finally, a request.
I am doing this challenge in aid of the mental health charity Mind. Thank you to all those who have already sponsored me but more sponsors are urgently needed.
You can do this at
and for everyone who does contribute, however small, I will send them a copy of
Cycling Food on the Go - Recipes for Success