“One Of The Toughest Cycling Events You Will Take Part In!”
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Training for your first TWWB
We cannot underestimate just how important it is to do the miles in your training.
The earlier we finish each day, the earlier we can start to relax, we can refuel and get an early night’s sleep.
If you aren’t bike fit you’ll struggle, it will mean long long days in the saddle, that you then are limited in terms of recovery time.
This will mean you find your tiredness builds up over each day, so each day get a little harder, each day gets longer, each day you struggle more on the hills.
Finishing each day’s ride at a decent time, not only allows your body to recover, but your mind as well. Its just as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one.
This is also why you should be able to ride 60 miles in a day without too much struggle.
This is also why that you should be able to ride 30 – 40 miles without needing to stop for a rest.
Stopping / starting means you’ll get cold, which means your legs get stiff, which means its hard to get going again.
Also stopping does not allow your body to process the lactic acid build up in your muscles. Again which means you get stiff and your legs hurt when you start again after a long break.
Mental Fitness / Toughness
A Suggested Training Plan
January / February / March
You should be riding twice a week and be at the point where 25 – 30 miles is achievable without needing to stop.
Goal – Complete Lionheart Sportive Standard Route ( 60 miles ) in March.
Riding 3 Times ( 25 – 30 miles each ride ) a week + One long ride of 40 – 60 miles at a weekend.
Goal – Complete Circle Sportive Bath – Standard Route
Riding 4 Times a week ( 25 – 30 miles each ride ) + One long ride of 60+ miles at a weekend.
Goal – Take part in a TWWB Group Ride
Goal – Complete Jurassic Beast Sportive – Standard Route
Goal – Complete 1 of the 3 Days of The Tour of Wessex ( Standard Route )
You need to be “Bike Fit”, you won’t get this by going to to gym, or spinning classes. You need to put the miles in on the road. This should include plenty of hilly routes. TWWB is not a flat ride. There’s plenty of climbing to be done.
If you can get to the top of King Alfred’s Tower, without having to walk, that is a reasonable guide to the sort of hills you are going to come across. You should make sure you include this climb in your training rides.
On TWWB you will tackle hills that have short 30% inclines.
You should be aiming to be able to complete a 60 mile ride with hills in it, in around 4 – 5 hrs by this point. Average speed at around 15 mph.
I know this sounds tough, but if you can get yourself to the point where you can do the above. You are going to be able to complete TWWB 2017 and not have to worry too much about your physical fitness.
To Sum Up
If you train right.
If you have a bike that’s comfortable to ride.
If you have the right drink.
If you have the right food.
If you have the right clothing.
You’ll complete TWWB and you’ll also enjoy it.
Written by Dave Gillard
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