For the couple of months or so I have started going to the gym. I've found it hard to fit cycling in around University lifestyle with irregular patterns and the consistent wet, cold and windy weather of Bristol. It is starting to warm up so I should get on the bike now so I'll try to trade in some of my gym time for cycling.
At the moment I've been prioritizing this elements of my training:
Weight loss > Strength training > Stretching > Cardio vascular > Cycling endurance
Post Transcontinental Race 2015 I managed to get down to 64kg but since then I've started University where my weight increased. After Christmas my weight peaked at 78kg but since I've reduced it down to 68 kg as of April 3rd. It's been done via a combination of calorie measuring, daily gyming and 5-8 miles of walking a day to and from lectures. The aim is to get down down to 60kg by the race start.
After doing some cardio in the gym I've got a 20-30 minute strength training routine. At the moment it mainly focuses on legs but it will eventually include more core exercises.
Leg curls 3 sets of 20 repetitions
Leg extensions 3 sets of 20 repetitions
Leg press 3 sets of 20 repetitions
Abdominal press 3 sets of 20 repetitions
Calf raises 3 sets of 25 repetitions
I've been attending a weekly stretching class for 30 minutes as well as doing post-workout stretches.
At the moment it's fairly limited but I've been 20 minutes of running intervals. I have, however, realized running is not my forte: even after a month of running 5 times a week I still get pains in my knees and ankles. Supplementing this I have been doing the occasional spin class when it fits my schedule which is much better on my joints than running.
I've done no specific training for this but stretching and strength training should supplement this.
Training trip to Italy
Over the Easter weekend I went to Sabaudia in Italy. The plan was for my mum and her rowing club to row on the lakes that Sabaudia has and for me to cycle. Unfortunately I was quite ill during the trip so didn't get as much cycling done as possible, still it was nice to be on the bike in the sun.
I've largely finalized my route but I've made sure to go on main roads for most of it as they're quicker and have more food supplies.
90% done however still to test it out. I've pretty much got everything on order and it should start coming together soon.
Last year the most stressful part for me was getting to the start line so this year I have been prepared and I have got an Air BnB already booked for the Thursday and Friday night.