Monday, November 29, 2010

Training for the Tour of Bright is done

It wasn't a big week and I ended up doing even a little less than what I had planned, which I hope is going to keep me fresh. The saying Less is more and Quality and not Quantity was the approach I embraced for this final week of preparation for Bright.

I had two days off the bike followed by a quick session to MacAfee's (not too bad at 17'29") on Wednesday, a short Clear Mountain hit on Thursday and a Brisbane Riverloop on Friday. The later been a good recovery ride, followed by coffee with friends.

For Saturday, I had planned a three hour, high intensity ride, including a race at Nundah. It was raining when I got up so I drove there (Soft! I hear)and did a 12 min warm up on the track before the start of the 60 min + two, A grade criterium race. It meant, coming home after the race, having something to eat and a little rest before heading out for another couple of hours on the bike.

Because I haven't raced much lately, it was important to do a fast race and see how I could cope with the high intensity and race speed. It ended up been a real test. I made myself as active as I could, got dropped and got back (it took me almost two laps to do so) and finished with the first half of the field of 49 riders.

I could even have finished it a bit better if I had noticed the two-laps-to-go sign. It was raised by the commissaires at 57 min, not 60 as we were told in the brief. So, all I got was the bell when sitting very close to the back, terrible place to be when you have 1200 m of a criterium circuit to overtake 30 or 35 guys... I will learn one day, I kept telling myself... but good training anyhow.

A 2.5 hour bunch ride and a ride to town to meet Sandra (on her new Peacemaker) for coffee marked the end of my training for the Tour of Bright. A nice way to finish the week, and the year as I will be off the bike for four or five weeks after the race. It will be time for a long rest and to start looking into what I am going to do next year. More on that another time.

Well, I still have to do something before the race next weekend but I won't even call it training. I call it resting. I want to get to Bright with a rested body and mind and I need to make sure I don't get a flu or cold when the immune system is running at a low level, as it does after so many weeks of training.

Sure, we have heard of tapper, race week, etc. I will be just spinning my legs a bit, doing a couple of sprints to get the lactic acid production and elimination systems going and to remind every cell in my body that we have some tough challenges still to come. And that's it, I might spend 5 or 7 hours on the bike before Saturday, no more.

The rest of the time, I will use it for massaging my legs, checking and preparing the bike and packing. And packing for a stage race in Victoria means a lot of time and lots of stuff as we can see on the photograph. Basically, I am taking gear to ride a bike in temperatures that might range from 4 to 28 degrees and, according to the weather forecast, possible in wet conditions!

I can't wait! Have a great week!

Week Forty Seven: Peak
Time: 11 h 23 min
Dist: 325 km


Ant said...

Hi Alberto - Good luck for the weekend! Sounds like you've done your homework and are as ready as you can be. Weather here has been rubbish (3 inches of rain since Friday) but here's hoping for an improvement.

We rode Falls Creek on Sunday in the wet, not so pleasant, but no issues keeping warm on the way up (was able to do it in a jersey and jacket) - but make sure you pack the embrocation cream! And make sure the soigneur has a warm, dry set of clothes at the top of Hotham for you.

We're heading to Bendigo for a 100km MTB race, so praying for good weather very, very hard.

Best of luck and looking forward to the race report.

AMR said...

Hello Ant,
100 km MTB race? Now, that's hard. Good luck!
Have to say, I thought you would be racing ToB this year... Never mind, will catch up with you next year.
True, I am feeling very good but experience(s) tell me that it all comes dawn to The Day...
I can't wait, cheers and thanks!!

Colin said...

From Noosa Alberta, have a great race. We will catch up during your rest period and before xmas. In the meantime, safe and fast racing in Bright,

bikesgonewild said...

...'berto, hoping you had a great "bright' & ya, here i am checkin' 'cuz i was wondering how you fared...

...i've gotta say, looking at your training ride fotos of "o'reilly's", that, wow, there is some wonderfully scenic riding in that area...diverse, challenging & absolutely beautiful...

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