In 2009 I purchased my first road bike. 2009 was also the first year I specifically trained for a cycling event. My goal was to complete 100 miles in the Apple Cider Century. As you can see, I came a little short of my goal distance and only finished about 71 miles of the event. However, this was the longest I have ever bicycled in one day.
Here is the information on my training for this event:
Keeping good records of your training is great so that you can take a look back and see how you might improve. One item that sticks out is that I only trained for 2 days in September. This was a result of becoming ill. Was it possible that I was over-trained? Another issue was that I only had 3-4 months of significant time on the bike for training. It’s possible that my goal distance was too high for the time (or lack there of) that I had.
Fast forward to 2011. Since the apple cider century in 2009 up to April 2011, I have only spent 23 hours total on a bike. Needless to stay, my fitness level was basically back to zero.
Here is the information on my recent training:
My next goal cycling event is to complete 100 miles in the Cycle Salt Lake Century 2012 (mid May 2012). With that in mind, my goal for August 2011 is to build up to consistently training 4 days a week for a total of 4 hours per week. This will help build a fitness foundation for further training.