Month: February 2014

Ready for 100 miles. In eight weeks I will be!

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From the previous post you will know I now have a Garmin Edge 200 to assist with the training rides for #RideLondon. One of the benefits of having a Garmin Account for recording workouts is you have access to a wealth of training assistance. The plan below was created by Robby Ketchell who knows his stuff from is work with Team Garmin-Sharp, yes the pro team of David Millar!


Robby Ketchell is the Director of Sport Science for Team Garmin-Sharp. He is responsible for aerodynamics, equipment, technology, nutrition, biomechanics, data analytics and human performance. Told you he knows his stuff!

Well this is the plan I will be following for the next eight weeks to ensure I am ready for the big one come August. Yes I am starting early but If I can get into shape come May, then I can complete a few sportive’s to ensure I am fully ready for August!

Robby states “The purpose of this training program is to gradually increase your mileage over 8 weeks to achieve completing a Century ride. By increasing the distance gradually, you will build the fitness needed, avoid injury, and prevent over-training.

To start, count back from the date of your Century 8 weeks and use the following program as a guideline for managing your mileage and efforts. This program assumes that you are starting with the ability and fitness to complete a 25 mile ride. If you are not beginning at this level, consider reducing your goal to a half century”.

The training plan is outlines below on a weekly basis.

Week 1: The total amount of miles to complete this week is 60 miles with the furthest ride being 25 miles long. This week, you should complete 4 total rides, giving you 3 days of recovery. The first two rides should be 12 miles long, the third 25 miles, and the fourth 11 miles. You can use the recovery days for this week and any other week moving forward to spread out the rides appropriately given your schedule. The intensity this week should be very low (at the level that you can still carry out a conversation while riding) and you should avoid big climbs.

Week 2: The total amount of miles to complete in week 2 is 75 while doing a maximum distance ride of 35 miles in one day. The mileage for each of the 4 days of riding is: 10, 20, 35, and 10 miles respectively. Again, use your rest days wisely to make sure you don’t push yourself too hard during the second week of this program. The intensity should be similar to week 1 but allowing you to increase your intensity above week 1’s on any hills that you encounter.

Week 3: The total mileage for week 3 is 95 miles with a big ride of 40 miles. Rides for this week are: 20, 25, 40, and 10 miles. Intensity should not increase from week 3 and you should pace yourself on this week’s long ride. It is important to make sure you are eating food regularly now that your distance is increasing.

Week 4: This week’s mileage increases to 105 miles with the biggest ride at 50 miles. Again, this week you will ride for 4 days including 15, 20, 50, and 20 mile rides. Once again, keep the intensity low and especially manage your pace on the longest day of the week.

Week 5: Now the distance is starting to increase beyond a half century, you should be considering the weather and time of day that you are leaving for your rides. Make sure to carry the right clothing with you if it looks like it is going to get cooler as the ride goes on or if rain is likely. Also, if the sun is setting early, make sure you are wearing the appropriate reflective clothing. The maximum one-day distance ride for this week is 60 miles, making a total of 125 miles for the week. These rides should be 20, 30, 60 and 15 miles long. Intensity this week can increase as you feel comfortable, but remember that the main goal is to complete the distances, not to do them fast.

Week 6: This is both the longest total distance week and the furthest single day ride that you will do to prepare for a Century. The longest ride is 70 miles long, and the total distance for the week is 135 miles. These rides are 20, 30, 70, and 15 miles long. Remember to use your rest days to help recover from each workout. Once this week is completed, you should feel confident that after a week of tapering you can complete a Century.

Week 7: This week has less miles than last week for a reason – you are giving your body some rest before you complete your Century. The longest ride should not exceed 55 miles and you should not complete any more than 70 miles for the week.

Week 8: Century! For me I will either complete the London to Brighton Night Ride aiming sub 4 hours for the 60 miles or the Dunwich Dynamo which again at night is double the distance at 120 miles. Yet to be decided!

If at any time during this program you have an injury or feel over fatigued, you should back the mileage off to your needs. Never push through a training program just to complete it and make sure that your general health is the main priority.

So as you can see this will be my riding plan for the next eight weeks. I plan to complete the distances with riding to/from work again which is what I have done in the past with the Sunday ride being the long ride. I will also use the gym to ensure the miles are completed as this has to be the main goal here.

Right less blogging and more cycling!

New kit

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Today my orders arrived. It means on Sunday I won’t need to wear shorts over tights as I get to try out my new leg warmers, plus no more cold feet due to my neoprene shoe covers. All the above is dhb nd I have to say I am a big fan of their stuff. I will, in the near future, get some of their bib shorts too. Well if it’s good enough for Laura Trott then it’s good enough for me at my level.

To add I have my Garmin Edge 200 set up and ready to go. It really is a case if get it out of the box and once charged off you go. And it charged from dead to full in quick time too. More detail about the items next week after they have been tested, which I am looking forward to doing.

I’ll still be uploading my rides to Strava, just from a Garmin devise rather than a mobile phone. I think training will be helped as I’ll be able to constantly check my average moving speed and check if it is above my target. I’ll also be able to use it for my runs too which is useful. That in your eye-line information which will keep me honest and on my toes!

Lets see how it all fits together and hope it improves my performance.


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The other day I received a lovely request via Twitter to promote an event by retweeting the original tweet. I was happy to do this after checking out the event which was being sponsored by TescoBank. Unfortunately I will not be able to take part but good luck to all those who are and I hope you all raise loads of money for such a good cause.


I was surprised that such a request had come to little old me as the twitter account doesn’t have many followers, but maybe it is a sign that others see the blog and twitter account as something worth following. If this is the case then great. Chuffed to bits I am!

I try just to write things that are interesting and. I know that some of it has been useful to other people and then the blog has met its objective. If the blog grows organically then fantastic but if not and it remains a very small niche then that is great.

Thank you for the lovely people who have read the blog and the tweets and have left their comments. They are appreciated.

2014 a clash what should I do part 2

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A few months ago I blogged about a clash with the Dunwich Dynamo and the third London to Brighton night ride, both happening of the weekend of 12/13 July this year. This is of course 4 weeks before I will be cycling in the second RideLondon-Surrey 100.

In the first blog I suggested the more sensible plan would be to complete the “dun run” as this would be the longest ride I have ever completed and therefore would put me in tip top condition for the August ride of my life.

Well I am still undecided and have now started to think a stab at getting the #l2b ride close to 4 hours as possible would be a good test of how the training has gone. I know I can complete the distance, having done the ride twice before but this year with better lights, spare batteries and the target of posting a sub four hour time could just be the ticket for getting me through the 100 miles the following month. After all 60 miles will come at the right time in the training and would be ideal preparation I am starting to think. Another thing is if I can ride 60 miles in 4 hours I have a good chance of riding 100 in about 6 hours 27 minutes which on last years times would put me nicely in the middle of the pack, well in the top 70% and I’d take that!



As you can see from the info graphic last year the average time for men was about 6 hours. This is a good pace and certainly a goal to work towards. Completing #l2b in under four will give me an outside chance of hitting the average from 2013. As previously mentioned first time out the goal has to be to complete, raise the required target for Sue Ryder and then a good time if possible would be the priority.

Whatever the final decisions, which need to be made, the fact is it all has to be about what would be best for the final prepeations fior August. I now have some idea of what the pro teams have to do to get their riders in form for the grand tours and other events throughout the season. The training plan leans towards #l2b as the shorter ride which will act as a final conditioning ride for the big one come August. However lets see!  Any advice is greatfully recieved. What are other #RideLondon cyclist planning on doing?

I must remember I need time to improve.

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i suppose I am still getting over the excitement of actually knowing I will be part of the many thousands participating in Ride London come August. I know from experience the training will be hard at times and there will be good days and bad. At least I know from experience that I will be able to get through the low points and become stronger/fitter in time.

This weekend has training highs and lows. Saturday was the high with my first ever recorded 10km run which I am pleased about as it will help with the cardo work as preparation for the long rides. Sunday was the low. I felt in good shape but in reality I found the training difficult. I managed just 2km running before my legs gave way after the previous days run. I like to use the weekend to its full potential for training when I can as the weeks can be busy with work etc.

The lesson with this is REST. Rest is a critical part of the training plan. Remember I am not a runner so therefore by body needs longer to recover especially at the moment at the start of the training. My body is able to recover from cycling as it is an activity my body has completed more off.

The second lesson or reminder is that not all training need to be pushing the boundaries of physical exertion. After all I am training for a endurance event I need a combination of shorter more demanding intensive style workouts, as well as the much slower endurance building rides. The latter will come at the weekends in the coming months, I have just tried to hit the gym hardish to lose the excesses of the festive season and this has merged into the start of the training for Ride London.

In truth the actual training plan has not officially started yet as this will commence properly in March. My reason for this is mainly work commitments and the fact the weather at the moment in the UK is wet to say the least. I suppose the work I am doing now is pre training work. I refrain from using the work conditioning as I am not in any sort of condition apart from poor.

The main think I take from this weekend is stay focused and you can complete this challenge. I just wonder how long it will take me, but that is another post!

A different type of training today.

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So the training needs to be done and there will be lots of it. Keeping motivated will be the key which is why tracking my progress on Strava will help, as you can join challenges and set yourself goals as part of your training plan. From my reading well training should also include different types, cross trainer in the gym etc to smooth out any muscle imbalance, but also to break up the same of stuff. You need to exercise and train the mind as well as the body.

So today I hot a personal milestone. Regular readers (all 3 of you) will know that I am not a runner. Unlike @onevbusyman I am not training for the London Marathon so don’t need to spend hours pounding the pavement, but today I decided I would have another crack at running a 10k! To add to this I set myself the challenge to see how close I could do this to one hour and hopefully under it. The headphones were plugged in and I was off, gratefully assisted by the Prodigy which I have to say helped me keep a steady pace which was much quicker than I have run before. So with Invaders must die pumping into my ears I was able to complete my first 10k and have it record properly on Strava ( the previous attempt was recorded at 9.4km and that hurt being defined the distance) and in the process gain my first digital badge, yes I feel good!


I know that the use of Strava will be a valuable part of my training as I prepare for Ride London. I will see my fitness improve as the weeks and months roll by and hopefully I remain injury free and don’t suffer any hick ups along the way. With me feeling good and the first small milestone achieved, plus the bike saved from the floods earlier in the week it is time to get some rest before a ride in the morning, just to get the legs working once more.

Enjoy your rides this weekend whatever and wherever you’re riding.

If you can train in this part 2

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The bike is safe. Breaking news it might not be, but it is bloody important all the same.


This is excellent news, the floods came into the garden and entered the shed, but when I arrived home the water level was falling and I was able to perform a quick rescue if the bike. After she had been checked over ( as happens with all rescue attempts) she is a little damp but he is now indoors receiving some much needed tlc. I refrained from using the word moist, as wet would be a much better description.

As for the rest of the items stored in the bike housing building, known as the shed, they will have to fed for themselves until the morning when I will be able to fully assess the damage. The main thing is the bike is safe and well. As the rules say it’s all about the bike and the bike comes first.

If you can train in this then well done.

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Friday 7th February was going to be an evening of enjoyment with fellow gentlemen at the local dog track, however due to the extreme flooding. In this part of the world the evening is off, well probably.

The fact is the commute this morning took 1 hour and 32 minutes to travel 12 miles! Cycling would have been a much quicker although a very wet option. If you can get to train outside in these conditions well done. I suspect now that flooding has hit the Home Counties much more will be done to solve the problem, if nothing else just to get people into work.

So the plan was to catch the train as we had a taxi booked for the return home later this evening. So I pay my £7 for a ticket and then we find out the trains are delayed. Not a problem, delays happen on the commuter lines almost daily, but I didn’t expect to be asked to make a change and have to wait 30 minutes for another train. Anyway the train finally crawled to my destination and I arrived at work. Just enough time for a bacon sandwich before the day started.

Anyway the rain keeps coming and the bike could be in danger as the river has burst it’s banks at the bottom of the garden and is slowly moving towards the house. With the rain now slowing down I hope the levels will stop rising at least for enough time for me to get home and rescue the bike, and maybe a few other possessions. However the bike is top of the list of items to rescue.

So I look forward to a potentially difficult journey home and then the challenge to rescue the bike. I will let you know how I get on later.

A 30 min spin

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Well yesterday I said the hard work had to start on and off the bike and this morning I got going.

I have been reading a few articles and blogs about training for endurance and there is a split opinion to measure your distance or the time spend in the bike. One thing they both have in common was as the training develops you spend more time on the bike. No surprise really.

Until know I have focused on building the distance. Another thing I took on board from my reading was to experiment with different was of training and food used to fuel yourself. The food experiment will come later, but for now I am trying focusing on the time on the bike. This mornings effort was 30 mins on a hill plus programme on the indoor trainer covering a total of 16.8km. I also tried riding up the hills out of the saddle keeping the cadence at a constant speed. I enjoyed the different way of training and this will help me get into shape before the summer. I also enjoyed the fact that my average speed for this session was 33.6 kph. I know that I won’t be travelling at this speed for 160km as if I did I’d complete the course in under 5 hours which would be a ridiculous effort.

Well I can say I have started. The weekend will involve a 50k ride to start to get “proper” outdoor rides in my legs. I think for the rest of the month if I can complete about 100-120 km per week of a mixture of gym and outdoor rides I will start to get my body ready for the long training schedule it will face over the next 5-6 months.

Next on my research is a suitable diet which will allow me the carbohydrates I need for the longer rides and protein for muscle recovery. I am sure I will me making more fruit milkshakes with ice cream as a way to reward myself after a long ride, naughty I know but you have to reward yourself for the hard work.