New for this year I decided to put together a training program specific to preparing for riding the 60km Actif Epica course. My wife and I plan to ride the course a week or two in advance of race weekend to scout any last minute issues and we thought that sharing our training plan would be a good way to let others know how doable training for an event like this can be.
But first, a few caveats:
The training plan is focused on cycling the course. Obviously if I planned on running it some of the training would look different. What’s more, we’ve actually already ridden the 60km route :). As we looked at modifying the race route this year we wanted to ride it in one stretch ourselves to get a feel for things so last September we did just that. My point is that we’re not newbies. With that said, I’ve never really considered myself an endurance athlete. My greatest competitive successes have come from things like a middle sprint distance collegiate track and field career, racquet sports, and soccer, and I’m decades removed from those glory days. These days I enjoy cycling almost daily just for the fitness of it (but often not more than an hour or so at a time), paddling the river behind our place as much as I can, and regular strength training. What I want to demonstrate here is that it’s not tough for someone with a general fitness base to train for the specific goal of a 60km winter ride/race.
The training plan below is what I’m following. I’m a certified fitness instructor and I’ve put this plan together for me and my wife. I’m not prescribing it to anyone else. If you’re new to this kind of physical activity and/or have any health concerns it’s recommended you go through the Par-Q Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire linked here and follow its guidelines before starting your own training plan.
My plan is 10 weeks long and my intention is to blog about my progress through it here every week or so as we approach Race Weekend. You are of course welcome to follow along as you do your own training. As I blog further I’ll share more details about the workouts.
Happy riding and running! – Scott