I’ve been mulling over New Year resolutions. It might be the start of the 2018 but in theory, every day is the start of a new year so really there’s no excuse for putting things off.
Since The Big Ride, I’ve been asked on several occasions whether I would attempt The Marmotte again and what my advice would be to anyone thinking of taking it on.
Here’s my top tips for taking on The Marmotte for the first time:
It’s been over 5 weeks since The Big Ride so why on earth has it taken me to write my blog about it? Did I not finish it? Did I hate it so much that I’ve blocked it all from my mind? Absolutely not. I totally loved The Big Ride and have thought about it every day since.
People warned me that there would be a gaping hole once it was over and they were right, I’ve had post-ride blues and have delayed writing this entry as it signifies the final chapter of my Marmotte challenge.
It’s the day before ‘The Big Ride’ and I’m sat in a chalet in Venosc. It’s been a week of ‘highs and lows’ in many ways. There’s been plenty of training miles, multiple bottles of red wine drunk, bread munched to excess and the bikes seem to have been cleaned continuously.
In amongst the stomach churning nerves, it’s time to think how ready I am.
This time in seven weeks the big ride will be complete…well hopefully! As I plan the next 48 days of training, I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come since saying ‘yes’ to becoming part of the Marmotte-Gorilla crew and also far is still to go, and I don’t only mean the 21 zigzagging hairpins of Alpe D’Huez.
I’ve always been aware of the need to keep energy levels up during a ride however my emphasis on keeping my body fuelled has increased as the number of long training rides has upped in my preparation for The Marmotte. My training rides have significantly increased over the last few months so I’ve been testing out different food/energy supply strategies.
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Over the last couple of years, my winter training has included a fair few sessions on the turbo trainer. Many of my cycling pals find the idea of sitting on your bike in the ‘turbo cave’ totally unappealing and would much rather switch to a mountain bike, brave the weather or reduce the amount of time in the saddle over the winter months.
As we move into March, supposedly springtime, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my winter training.
My winter training officially started in October. When the clocks changed the long bib tights came out and the winter wheels were donned. Although there were some lovely fresh autumnal days, on the whole it was time to hit the garage and forget about average speeds and start focusing on form, fitness and strength.
Every cyclist needs goals, something to aim for, a purpose for getting on the bike. Goals can come in a variety of forms and my Gorilla Bike Girl goals are likely to be very different from the rest of my cycling pals.