…one bite at a time.
I don’t think I could train for a race in 7 months without setting myself some interim targets. That’s what I’d do in marathon training, and that’s what I’m doing for the Transrockies. Rather than seeing it is 7 long months stretching out, I want something to aim for in the short term. As well as helping me judge my fitness, it adds some variety to the training (I remember how bored I got doing the same old routes last time). And we’ll get to meet up with some of the folks we met in 2009.
So, Mark and I have entered (almost) a bunch of enduro events between now and the BIG DAY:
- CRC Spring Marathon, Builth Wells, 10th April
- Dyfi Enduro, Machynlleth, 1st May (hopefully)
- Bucks Off Road Sportive, 15th May
- CRC Marathon, Llandovery, 22nd May
- Torq RoughRide, 12th June
- And a new one for us, a 3-day event in the Black Mountains in Wales, 1- 3 July (I love that it’s organized by “the bearded man”)
Add to that 3-day back-to-back rides around 20th July, and you can see some semblance of a plan coming together.
Before I trained for the 2009 TR, I’d never done an organized bike race. Mark and I did 3 or 4 these events in 2009, and it was a good decision…riding in a race (even if you’re not racing it) takes some getting used to – the feeling that you holding up faster riders, or being held up, keeping to your pace plan and feeding plan etc etc.
I have to say, putting the Torq (formerly Marin) Roughride on there fills me with dread…we hated it in 2009 – long, boring, and unrewarding. We told ourselves that it was good training…but it really wasn’t fun…I just hope the course is better this year!
Now those dates are set, I can start to build the plan around them, always trying to stick to the 2 hard week – 1 easy week plan. As well as biking in wind and rain this weekend (if the forecast is right), that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend.