Over the next 6 weeks I'm going to blog as much as I can of my journey to 100 miles on June 3rd.
This is my starting point. I am going to put the work in to train for The Century ride, in the time frame below, and as the saying goes "You don't have to be great to start. You do have to start to be great", so here goes...
Before we start some safety cycling rules from the Government website. If you're thinking of getting on your bike this summer, make sure you're road savvy, and are wearing the correct safety gear!
Starting point: 12th April 2018
I'm using the training schedule from the bicycling website to complete the 100 miles. On the plan, it gives 8 weeks to complete the training... I have 7 weeks, not 8... so I skipped to week 2 (I already have a couple 20 mile trips under my belt!)
Over the next 7 weeks, I'm going to tweak various factors to improve my performance, including;
Nutrition and recovery (sleep!)
Training: long distance and speed training
Stretching and rest
Location: city / country side
Right now this is what's so...
Shorter distance (an hour): average 15mph
Longer distance (20 miles): average 13.3-13.8mph
Goal: to complete 100 miles with an average of 15/16mph, and in under 8 hours.
Workout: 5-6 times a week
Type: weights, running, interval training
I'll be adding in the above schedule of cycling training: speed, steady and distance training. I'll be increasing my endurance and speed.
I also will be looking at specific stretching, and possible yoga movements for cycling; to aid recovery and enhance performance.
Water: 3-4 litres / day
Food: rarely eat "junk", looking at how my macro-nutrients can aid my performance (i.e. carbohydrates, protein and fats) - specifically what foods are best for fuelling the body for cycling and when to consume them.
Nutrition products: Herbalife Nutrition, which I've used for 4 years now and see a massive difference in my fitness from using them.
To lose 3.5-7kg over the 6 weeks; with the idea that being lighter will allow me to move faster.
Most of all... enjoy the journey! ;)