I’m just over six months out from the RAAM Challenge in Ohio. I’ve certainly never ridden 640 Km (400 miles) before, in fact I’ve done exactly half that. But one thing I do know is that fortunately difficulty in riding doesn’t increase in difficulty with every extra kilometer that you add, otherwise I never would have even been able to do 320 km.
As long as I can keep the food down, and my hydration levels up (plus keep my mental state in a reasonable shape…and oh yes, keep the lack of sleep in check) then if I’ve done my training right, and have at least one ride at around 75% of the total, I should be right.
I rode last year in New Zealand, and for a short time rode with Ron Skelton, who completed a full RAAM a few years earlier. This was in November, and he had only been back in training for 5 weeks! He did an iron man the previous March, but had totally put the bike away till he decided he couldn’t not compete. Now, I was doing a 320 km ride, but he was doing the 1280 km. A total of eight laps of Lake Taupo. Now the key thing here I think is he had an awesome base (probably also above average physiology), and so just needed a top up, which he said he was able to do with some single legged intervals, which took around an hour each morning, plus a couple of 200 km rides.
So, look. At this stage, its all about building that base, as much as I can, without getting too worked up about intensity, heart rate, and all of that stuff, that can come later.
Again, to put things in context also…here is a picture of what I do for about four hours each day…I travel by car and train as an IT manager to Nth Melbourne, from my home in Geelong. I leave home at 6:10am each morning, and get back home again around the same time in the evening.
So, my basic plan is this right now…as I get home about 6:30pm each night, I eat my dinner pretty much straight away, then at around 8:30pm, jump on my indoor trainer four days a week to become a Zwift demon..then punch out a couple of long rides each weekend.
For example this morning I rode around the Bellarine peninsula, stopping off at Lake Connewarre for a quick break…
The good thing about Zwift is that I can do the structured workouts, and get as much bang for my buck as a I can, and while the Autumn sun lasts, get some real riding in.
So for now, it really just consistency, and riding to build a base, so that when I need to, I can start to add some intensity, strength and mental training into my regime…
Tomorrow I heading out with some mates (most times I ride alone), so that will be fun, so cheers for now…