Monday, January 04, 2010
I've completed sereral "centuries" now, that is, a 1-day, 100-mile bike ride, and I'm ready to go to the next level. In MN where I live there's an event called the Paul Bunyan Double Century, a 200-mile ride that leaves from Anoka High School, goes around Lake Mil Lacs, and returns to the school. It's mostly flat but the winds can get nasty and one way or the other 200 miles is a long way to ride a bike in one day. But I'm up for trying. The ride takes place on the last Saturday in June so here's my training plan for the next six months:
1. Cross-train in January-February, spending some time on the bike but mostly on xc skis and in the gym. The goal here is to increase overall fitness and endurance, especially on the skis.
2. Increase time on the bike in March-April working on speed, strength, and endurance. The goal here is to strengthen my core cycling skills and to begin working on the mental toughness that will be necessary for completing the ride in a good time.
3. Begin focusing on endurance riding in May-June, bringing my training to a peak one week before the ride. I'll then allow my body to heal and strengthen the week before the ride so that I'll be ready to give my all on the big day.
4. Increase my knowledge and discipline with regard to diet so that I give my body everything it needs to thrive on the bike.
5. Increase my knowledge and practice of key mental skills that will help me both relax and endure over the course of the ride.
I'm simultaneously excited and intimidated by this goal but mostly excited! Having specific and challenging goals is such an important part of advancing in the pursuit of health and I hope that this one will help me.