A Pedal to Paris Training Update – Help!
I sat down yesterday with the calendar. According to ical, I have 7 weeks until my ‘Pedal to Paris’ ride. That is only 35 week days (with 3 left in hand for emergency training). I’m going to have to focus!
I then sat down with the suggested Training Programme given to me by kind Graham from the Royal British Legion back in the new year and studied it. The only possible conclusion to make is that I’m going to have to shape up pretty fast. Just look at this:
Suggested Training Programme:
Please note that a gentle cycle to and from
work each day is not going to be enough.
Oh dear…see how the trainers have gone out of their way to point out rather firmly that gentle cycling just won’t cut it; they must know that I’m all too happy to harbour this kind of fatal delusion.
5-6 months before
You should be aiming to cover a minimum of
60 miles a week. Break it down into manageable
pieces: try two short 15 milers a week and a
30 miler at the weekend with a pit stop.
I’ve sort of done that (more or less). Hurrah!
3-4 months before
You should try to cover about the same distance
during the week i.e. total 30 miles, but aim to
increase the weekend ride to 40-45 miles, with
some pit stops.
Oh no – I haven’t done the weekender 40/ 45 miles at all – not even with lots of pit stops – but I have done the right mileage. Do you think that will count?
1-2 months before
You should now have longer days and more light.
Try to increase your weekday rides to 20 miles
each but keeping your weekend ride to 40-45
miles, as before.
So this is where I should be now. The weekday rides are in hand but I’ve got to start doing the 40-45 mile rides from scratch.
In 7 weeks, I’ve got to be able to cycle:
Day 1: London to Calais (129km)
Day 2: Calais to Abbeville (120.9km)
Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais (106.9km)
Day 4: Beauvais to Paris (100.8km)
SHAPE UP LIBERTY HEN –
To focus the mind, I have acquired a new top to cycle in:
What do you think of it? I was worried in case people would mistake it for ‘The Yellow Jersey’…
[Definition of yellow jersey (n)Bing Dictionary
- yel·low jer·sey
- race leader’s jersey: in the Tour de France, the jersey awarded to the cyclist with the fastest elapsed time at a completed stage of the race]
The Agent however has reassured me, saying there’s absolutely no possibility that anyone would ever make such a mistake. He has said though, that it is very…yellow.
Yours, confidently looking forward to feeling both focused and high viz…