I was on a little training ride just after a heavy raining session, and I see this ;). It’s the first one I have seen in my life, so had to take a picture.
So, I’ve got my new sixth form timetable, and it suits me and my cycling. This is what I’m going to be doing from now on.
Monday : Sixth form 9:00-1:30 – Long commute home (30 miles)
Tuesday : Sixth form 1:00-4:30 – Hill climbing in the morning, sixth form at 1:00-4:30
Wednesday : Sixth form 9:00-10:45. 50 mile ride home.
Thursday : Sixth form 10:45-4:15. Normal commute (8 miles each way)
Friday : Sixth form 10:45-12:15. TT Normal commute (8 miles each way)
Saturday : Club run or Football or stay in bed all day
Sunday : Club run or stay in bed all day.
So hopefully that routine will get me on a weekly mileage of about 190/200 miles a week. A good amount of base miles throughout the winter, then start getting intense training in the new year.
Throughout the day, I was thinking about my training this year and what I need to improve on next year. I gained all these visions of what I was going to do pre season in 2012 but then I realised there’s still another 3 and a half months left here. My training starts now.
The major thing throughout winter is base miles, building stamina. This is something I desperately need to do. I’m quite fortunate that the club I ride for has gained a lot of members which are around my age in recent months, I was the only one for some time, this is a bonus for two reasons. One being the obvious one that it’s someone to gauge progress with but the other being that I’m no longer doing it alone. I’m able to share ideas and tips with people who are trying to do the exact same thing as me. I’m looking at 150 miles weeks throughout winter, with the main bulk of that being done over the weekend and with a small academy developing, it looks like this can be easily achieved through group rides, excellent.
Another thing I’m looking into is the possibility of TTT style training, these can be much longer than the standard TT session which I want to do throughout winter, so are perfect for keeping the legs sharp, especially as the majority of racing I want to do is very early on in the season.
In other news, we drew the winners to our giveaway yesterday, see the post below to check if you’ve won, or if you just want some stickers! 😉
Now then, I start college tomorrow. That came around quick. I’m not looking forward to it for two reasons. The first being because it’s massively hard work and you don’t get anything to show for it until the end of the year, where you realise you should of worked harder and you’ve still got relatively little to show for all the effort you did put in. The second is related to the bike.
Time on the bike is limited at the best of times. I work online from home so any time I don’t spend infront of the pc is time I’m not getting paid. Now I don’t mind cycling taking over that time as I can go out early in the morning and work late into the night, or work in the morning etc. It’s flexible. But when I have to spend 7 hours of my day travelling, actually inside or travelling back from college, it just isn’t good. This means I’m losing money. In turn, this means I have to take valuable cycling time and trade it for pc time. Awkward, I know. Then the night starts drawing in, so I can no longer ride my bike straight after college. Something needs to give. Last year, it was the bike.
Fortunately, this year will be entirely different, the swift purchase of a turbo trainer before the end of the season will mean I get to ride my way through winter without losing time infront of the pc or on the bike. Result! But this opened a whole new can of worms. I never knew there was so much choice when it came to turbo’s! This is where our viewers come in. I need advice on what to buy and whether there will be any deals soon. I’m set on a turbo, not rollers as space is an issue. I need variable resistance to spice things up on the bike. One thing I’d like is a mat as I’m not known for having a spotless bike.
Please comment below with any suggestions or ideas and they’ll be greatly appreciated. Of course if you are the manufacturer of a new type of trainer and you’d like an impartial review, I’d be welcome to a loan. 😉
I think everyone knows the stereotype that teenagers don’t like to wake up in the morning. Me, for example. Over the summer holidays, I have only seen before 10am on a few occasions. Over the past two weeks or so, I have made an effort to wake up early, because riding in the countryside in the early morning is pure bliss. It didn’t matter what time I went to bed the night before, I would always wake up late. I’ve put together a few tips, most of which have helped me beating that typical teenager lie-in.
- Place your alarm clock strategically : Put your alarm clock somewhere where you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. The main problem I encountered was just turning my alarm clock off, then going back to sleep. This way, you have to actually get out of bed, making it harder to get back to sleep.
- Get everything ready : Before you go to bed the night before, put your kit out on the floor (preferably somewhere you’ll see it once you wake up). This makes it so much easier and quicker to get out in the morning, and your not faffing about trying to find where you put your bib shorts.
- Check your bike : Again, the night before, check that your bike is ready to ride as soon as you wake up. Lube the chain and pump up the tyres up. This would save so much hassle when you are tired in the morning.
- Have a drink : I found that having a drink as soon as a woke up helped. I have a mini fridge in my bedroom (typical student eh?), so I get a nice cold drink in the morning, normally just water or some fruit juice.
- Good breakfast : Some people don’t like doing this due to feeling sick if they eat before the ride, but that doesn’t bother me. A good energy filled breakfast makes me wake up good enough. Favorite is wheatabix with banana slices on top. Just make sure that you’re not going out to hard on the bike, otherwise your handlebars will be covered with tiny little lumps of what you’ve just eaten.
Hopefully those few tips will help you stop being a lazy bugger, they are currently working for me. If you have any tips you’ll like to give to other readers, post in the comments below.