Endurance Training Week 9 & 10

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I’m combining weeks nine and ten in this update due to the death of Mike Hall, one of the best Ultra cyclist’s in the world. Mike died in a car accident while taking part in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race, a 5,500km unsupported ride from Fremantle, Western Australia to the Sydney Opera house on the East coast. It hit me pretty hard because it was only after watching Mike and Juliana (Buhring) in the film ‘Inspired to Ride’, the story of their wins in the inaugural running of the Trans America Bike Race (2014) that I decided to get into unsupported ultra cycle racing. My goal next year is to ride the TransAm myself and to say Mike was an inspiration would be an understatement. The loss of such an iconic figure is a huge blow, not just to his family and friends, but to cyclists like me all over the world who’s lives were changed. I will eventually do a tribute page, but it’s too raw and too soon now.

Back to the training, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag, with some good and some really awful. Week 9 was very low key and as I had picked up remnants of the cold from my little girl, I didn’t do much. On the Saturday I made a mistake by scheduling a 300km brevet (audax) when in reality this was the following week. so we had an organised tribute ride for Mike Hall on Zwift, which I thought was a really nice gesture and then on Sunday I went outdoors and knocked off a 100km ride which should have been much longer, but my head just wasn’t in it. So let’s have a look at week 9:

Scheduled  Actual

Week 9

Monday – Recovery. Lead the WBR True 2w/kg ride.
Yes. 33.8km
Tuesday – See how I feel.
No training.
Wednesday – Lead WBR True 2w/kg evening ride.
Yes. 31.6km
Thursday – Lead WBR Sub3 #pst ride.
No. Technical problems trying to log on – never made it.
Friday – Rest day or easy spin.
No training.
Saturday – 300km brevet in Zwolle with Randonneurs.nl
No. See above comments. Did memorial ride, 73km
Sunday – TBD (to be decided).
Outdoor ride (windy) 102.8km

Week 10 was a bit better, but bearing in mind what is coming this next weekend I once again planned to take it fairly easy. However Sundays ride, our own version of Paris-Roubaix that we call the ‘Dutch Hell of the North‘ was gruesome and pretty hard, cycling over the cobbles and klinkers at a fair old pace. The event was superbly put on by Rapha club Amstserdam and Spaak Groningen, our very own cycling café which we returned to at the end of the ride in time to watch the finish of the real Paris-Roubaix race. My legs are sore this morning and here’s the ride on Relive: Hell of the North
OK let’s check out week 10:

Week 10

Monday – Recovery. Lead the WBR True 2w/kg ride.
Yes. 35.8km
Tuesday – See how I feel.
No training.
Wednesday – Lead WBR True 2w/kg evening ride.
Yes. 31.6km
Thursday – Lead WBR Sub3 #pst ride.
Yes. Worked hard on this up and down the mountain. 34.2km
Friday – Rest day or easy spin.
Rest day.
Saturday – Randonneurs.nl 300km Brevet or long outdoor ride.
Not quite. Set off planning to do a 300km + ride, forgot an important piece of kit and curtailed it at 143.7km
Sunday – The Dutch Hell of the North.
Yes. Fast paced. 139.4km

Given the lack of sleep I got this last week due to my poorly little girl, I’m relatively pleased with the training. The weekend was the hardest and turning back on Saturday put me on a bit of a downer. Fortunately spirits were lifted by the fantastic group ride on Sunday, well done to all involved. This next weekend sees the start of ‘specific’ TCR 5 training, where I will actually be riding parts of the course I plan on riding during the race itself. Obviously I’ll log the mileage here, but I will not make public the routes on Strava for very obvious reasons. Friday night and Saturday will see me riding the full distance of 600km from Geraadsbergen, Belgium to Schloss Lichtenstein, Germany.

OK lets look ahead to this coming Week 11

Monday – Recovery. Lead the WBR True 2w/kg ride.
Tuesday – See how I feel.
Wednesday – Lead WBR True 2w/kg evening ride.
Thursday – No training – ask Jonathan to lead WBR Sub3 #pst ride.
Friday – Drive to Geraadsbergen, Belgium to begin 600km non-stop ride.
Saturday – Still on above ride.
Sunday – Still riding or sleeping.

Coaching News & More

I’ll be arranging some more wise words from one of our resident Zwift coaches shortly, I’ve just been a little snowed under lately to chase them up. In other news, kit is coming together slowly for my Transcontinental Race due mainly to working a lot of overtime in the evenings. I’d still welcome sponsorship and/or help, but I’m testing what I have and trying out different sleeping arrangements after spending a very cold night out on my last weekend in Amsterdam. This next weekend on the actual course should be very enlightening.

Fundraising

I’m a very active fundraiser, but the cost of taking part in different events is more often than not too prohibitive for me. I make no apologies for continuing to ask for help to be able to take part in these fundraising activities later this year (and next – I will be riding across America in support of WBR). If you like my articles or just want to help out, consider making a small donation to my efforts. Thank You.


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