Monday, June 27, 2011
Next week is my last major training week for my annual cycling event, the Ride Across Minnesota (5 days, 300 miles). The plan is to take five 40 mile rides in a row at race pace. The goal is to come in at an average speed of 18.0+ mph.
So the question is, what to do with this week? Given how I'm feeling right now I think rest is probably more important than anything else. So given this need here's what I plan to do:
1. Pay particular attention to nutrition, ensuring that I stay at around 1800 cals per day and get a good mix of carbs, protein, and liquids.
2. Work hard during the day but sleep long at night! I need sleep right now, I'm very tired. Praise God, I was able to sleep 10 hours last night but I need more. So sleep is my number one priority this week.
3. Ride at recovery pace 3-4 days this week for no more than 15 miles per ride. Stay completely off the bike for 2-3 days before the training begins.
4. Complete my normal core routine 3 days this week, leaving at least two days of rest before the training begins.
So, day by day, here's what I'll probably do:
Tuesday: Recovery ride and core training
Wednesday: Recovery ride and light core training
Friday: Recovery ride and core training
Saturday: Off--clean bike
Then let the intense training begin! I welcome any thoughts and hope you have a great day.