Being very motivated, cyclefucius was curious to see the training programme recommended by the good people at La Legion who organise the Ronda 101 km event. Here it is. (In Spanish.)
The first few weeks go like this:
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: Gym + 30 mins light pedaling
- Wednesday: 2 hours riding including 30 mins of intervals
- Thursday: Gym + 30 mins smooth running
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: 2 hours comfortable riding on semi-flat terrain, not exceeding 80% effort
- Sunday: 3.5 hours group ride on varied terrain at a cadence of 80 to 90 rpm
So we notice we have 3 rides, two gym sessions and two rest days. cyclefucius likes to do weights on non-riding days so this is fine, but notices that the gym is always followed by spinning or running. Aha moment.
cyclefucius has been on a plateau for a while and wonders if this might unlock something. And cyclefucius’s version of intervals up to now had been riding up the same hill 10 times.
But at around 5 months from the competition this is pretty hardcore stuff. cyclefucius infers that: (i) this event is going to be hard – really hard; (ii) he will be going round with guys who are doing all this already and are beasts – really, beasts.
cyclefucius will need to play a bit with the rest days and – like all cyclists – juggle work and home life (and blogging). And, cards on the table, 3.5 hours is something he needs to work up to again.
But if we get stuck into this it could be breakthrough time. Time to become a beast.