|Sagan winning Tour of Oman. (Image Credit.)|
Believe it or not, but there are only 14 more training weekends before the AIDS/LifeCycle! That means its time to stretch the creaks out, clean and lube your bike, and hit the road. If you’ve been neglecting your training up to now, no worries. There’s still plenty of time to be fit and ready for the ride.
I’ve made 32 posts about training. The important ones to absorb at this stage are:
- The essential elements of a training program.
- Planning for a successful ride.
- Riding with groups.
- The importance of training rides.
- Driving a positive feedback loop in training.
- Hydrate. On a 30+ mile ride, make sure you’re draining both water bottles.
- Eat. You need to be fueled up before, during, and after your rides.
- Train. Time on the bike is probably the only thing which will improve your riding.
- Work your way up to 60 miles. If you can do this, you can ride the ALC.
- Work your way up to back-to-back days of 30+ miles each. Ditto.
- Rest at stops, but don’t dwaddle. You get sore; you get hungry; you get irritable.
- Ride with mates. Sometimes you’ll need to ride alone, but friends make the ride rock.
- Be safe. Listen to the safety speech and follow the rules on every ride.
- Dress in layers and in bike clothing. Street clothes are not up to the task, are bulky, and detract from your ride.
- Keep your bike in good working order. Get a bike fit! Bring your bike into the shop or learn how to clean and maintain it.