Strength training for cyclists – find it on the wall…

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…and not the bonking kind!

Since falling well and truly in love with cycling all strength training has taken a back seat. Whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are of course areas that I should continue to work on, for example strength and conditioning. The last thing I want is an injury. I try to go to yoga when I can but recently I rediscovered a childhood activity that tested and strength trained me in a new and fun way. View Full Post

Vertical KM – Training Update

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How do you train for a race like this? I don’t know is the answer to that, what I do know is what I have done so far and the progress I am making. As I have said previously I never use a coach or trainer for no other reason really than I can’t afford one, but at the same time I feel as though it enables me to gain a better understanding of my body, my capabilities and enables greater flexibility when ‘life’ crops up.

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So when I came out of the SDW50, the vertical KM became my immediate focus, now unfortunately or fortunately (but more as to why later) I also have Ride London in July, one month after the VKM and cycling is a much weaker and newer sport for me. So alongside my VKM training I have been bashing out some pretty decent mileage (for me) on the bike.

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Remember YOU!

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Today was a rest day! It wasn’t planned to be but my body asked for it..and I listened. It’s typical though the weather is beautiful and I’d would have loved to be out on the bike or running but I physically couldn’t drag myself out. Instead I took the opportunity this morning to assess my cycling progress…

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Real Recovery

I follow a lot of incredible runners on Instagram, twitter and even Strava and it is very easy to get disillusioned with ideas of what the body should be capable of when comparing yourself to them. Since completing my first 50 miler four weeks ago it has astounded me how long I have felt fatigued. I have now got my ‘oomph’ back but it took the best part of three weeks.

Images from the Running photo shoot, {iptcday} {iptcmonthname} {iptcyear4} in Greenwich Park. Photo: Paul J Roberts | RobertsSports Photo. All Rights Reserved

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