Welcome to my new blog which I'll use to document my ten month lead up to the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) final to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2014.
My blog will be a mix of hopefully interesting stuff for you, from my training—both on bike and in the gym—nutrition, stuff about the bike, some fun and other updates along the way. From sponsors products and special deals only available through the Road to Ljubljana, to updates from the UWCT qualifying races around the world with some quirky side trips every now and then.
Who am I?
I'm a 50-year-old 'recreational' cyclist, who over the past few years has moved from 'riding' to 'training' with commensurate increases in my focus, determination and on-bike ability.
In September I rode the Australian qualifying round— Amy's Gran Fondo in Lorne, Victoria, and posted a time in my age bracket to qualify for the final in Ljubljana next year.
I am 185 cm and currently weigh 78.5kg putting my BMI at 23.
What training will I be undertaking?
All my training sessions come from the excellent training tome 'The Cyclists Training Bible' by Joe Friel. I find this an excellent source for the self trained athlete. Have a look at his website here. Joe posts to an excellent blog here.
In general, my plan starts with building an aerobic base, then focusing on muscular endurance, then building anaerobic endurance and then building increased power. These are the areas I need to focus on to achieve my goals. As of October 1, I have already undertaken my aerobic base training through winter here, and I am now moving in to the 'build' phase of my training. These is shorter duration sessions, but higher intensity training. I'll blog more about this specific block of training in the next week or two.
The training hours per week for the next six week training block are 11:30, this includes a one hour weight session per week. The longest ride is three hours and I have a rest day each Monday. At my age I build in a rest and recovery week every third week, so where someone younger might train in a block of Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and a rest and recovery week. I now do a block which goes Week 1, Week 2, rest and recovery week, Week 2, Week 3 , rest and recovery week. It obviously makes each block longer in duration, six weeks instead of four, but for me it's more sustainable.
At the moment I am training to heart rate zones, although I would like to step up to power based training in the near future; however the cost is a bit prohibitive at the moment.
So that's the plan. There will be regular updates and hopefully you will find something of interest to you, whether that be structured training, nutrition or just following my progress toward Ljubljana.
As part of the whole package check out my YouTube channel, Facebook page and snaps on Instagram. This blog is mirrored on Blogger here along with some further info including sponsorship opportunities. You can also follow my training rides on STRAVA. Like the pages to be kept up to date on new posts.
You can also get in touch with me at email@example.com
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