Cycling Training part one

Starting out - know you own abilities

Everyone has his or her own physical and mental abilities, goals and aspirations; therefore, devising your own training programme personal to your needs will be the key to your success.

This cycling challenge is designed for people of average fitness, but you do have to be prepared to train.

On these pages we will give you suggestions to assist you in preparing for the challenge. Use it as you see fit and modify it for your own purposes.

Keep in mind that your ultimate goal is to be as physically prepared as possible for the challenge.

The majority of people taking part in cycling challenges are not cyclists. It is therefore imperative that everyone follows a reasonably serious course of training in order to enjoy they experience and feel that sense of well being and achievement.

Although you may feel that you are fit enough, remember the challenge may impact on parts of your body not conditioned for cycling specific activities, therefore cycle training (as opposed to gym training) is to be recommended to acclimatise your body to the task ahead..

Getting fit

You may be cycling distances of up to 100km  sometimes in inclement weather conditions, and over hilly terrain, this will require a degree of endurance, leg strength, aerobic fitness and a tolerance to sit on a bicycle saddle for over three- four hours a day, therefore  regular cycling in preparation to the challenge will help avoid possible neck, shoulder, back and bottom pains by preparing the necessary muscles required for the task.

Be creative

If you have a busy lifestyle of work, family and fundraising commitments then draw up a weekly training plan.

 Be creative in your training and start doing things such as getting up an hour earlier to go for a bike ride, cycling to work or to the shops and going to the gym.  

Your ultimate goal is to be as physically prepared as possible for the challenge.