There’s only 3 weeks to go until the start of the challenge and I’m relieved that I’ve now finished my training programme.
The programme ended at lunchtime on Wednesday (13 August 2014) following 2 back to back 160km and 170km rides, unfortunately on both days I’ve had to go into the office afterwards, so trying to recover properly isn’t easy, at least in France I’ll get the chance to recover after rides. I also had the misfortune, to forget to take a pair of socks in on Wednesday, so I spent the afternoon hoping not to many would notice the suit and no socks look.
I actually designed myself a training programme over Xmas, which commenced in March, it detailed on a daily basis the length of rides to be completed. With the exception of the odd cold, or family event, I’ve pretty much kept to the schedule which is really satisfying.
On a weekly basis, I’d update the spreadsheet and total the distance tally. At times I thought I never get there, but it’s frightening to realise that since March, I’ve covered 10,000 kilometres and I reckon somewhere in the region of the equivalent of 20 ascents of Mount Everest – let’s hope it pays dividends.
Basically I’m now tapering, this in effect means that I’ve reached my peak level and the objective is to just sustain the level of fitness, whilst keeping the legs fresh for the challenge ahead. I still have a couple of 100km rides and five 50km rides plus a few turbo trainer sessions to keep the legs spinning over the next fortnight, but at least there’s no more big rides – well for 3 weeks at least!