As most of you know, I’m due to take part in an event called Ride Yorkshire. It’ll take me a total of 102 miles and 5,500 ft of climbing around the glorious Yorkshire countryside. I’m actually really looking forward to it, I’m sure that’ll change once I embark up the first of many hills. Still never the less, it’s good to have something to look forward it.
I thought it would be a good idea to let you all know how my training has been going so far. Now, I have to admit that I haven’t been following a particularly structured training plan. In fact, there has been no structure at all. I’m afraid my life just doesn’t work that way; there’s always something going on. As the saying goes, life gets in the way of life.
I mainly ride at the weekends and the rides will vary in length and sometimes bikes. One weekend I might go out on the road bike and do 30 – 50 miles, another weekend I might be out playing in the woods on the mountain bike doing a lot fewer miles but probably climbing a fair amount more. Either way, I’m getting the miles in and continuing to build up my fitness which will hopefully help me out. Summertime has also helped me out as I can go out for a quick spin in the evenings as it currently doesn’t get dark until around 10 pm.
As the date of the ride gets closer, I’ve been planning and riding a couple of longer rides and making a day of it. I also have to admit that I’ve been on my road bike more often than my mountain bikes. Mind you, I have just finished building my new Specialized Tarmac S-Works so who can blame me?
I have a few more long rides planned and hopefully, the weather will continue to be warm and sunny for a bit longer. My longest ride so far within my training has been 72 miles in 30 °C heat which was a challenge in itself, mainly because of the temperature. I know I like cycling in hotter weather, but that was another level. Still, I enjoyed it and was rewarded with a great tan. I am still aiming to actually reach 100 miles before setting off on the ride. At least that way, I know that I’ve done that distance once before, so in theory, I can do it again.
On a slight side note, at the beginning of the year, I set myself a target of cycling 1500 miles for the year and I’m currently just over 900. Strava is kindly telling me that I’m roughly 100 miles ahead of the pace. Hopefully, I can keep it that way and also smash my 1500 mile target.
As well as taking part in the event mentioned above, I’ve also decided to raise money for charity. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has donated so far. If you’d like to know more information check out my article called Raising Money For Charity and if you’d like to donate towards a good cause please check out my Just Giving page.
How is your training going this year?
Until next time.
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