Training for The Big Ride

18 Mar

Training for a long bike ride takes a lot of time. It is not just the workouts, but the extra hour or two of getting there and fussing about with the stuff you need to be active. Training to get ready is taking a big chunk of time.  It is still cold and Wintery  here in Pennsylvania and so far just a few nice days but not the weekends when I am off.  While we seek sunshine to get outside, our workouts are all indoors. Hopefully, this week on Sunday we will get out for a long ride.  It is time to step up the training and get out doors…asap!

Here is what I am doing with 3 months to go:

Monday – 45 minutes on elliptical or treadmill
Tuesday – 2 spinning classes 15 minutes break between (120 minutes)
Wednesday – 90 minutes of Flow Yoga
Thursday – 2 spinning classes 15 minutes break between (120 minutes)
Friday – easy day – 30 minutes on elliptical or treadmill
Saturday – 90 minutes of Flow Yoga
Sunday – 3 hour  Bike Ride depending on weather.

Here is what the organizers suggest:

The organizers of the Big Ride across America have a webpage that shows a recommended training schedule for participants.

Month Total Weekly Miles Longest Ride in Miles Days per Week Total Hours per Week
1 50-75 10-25 3-4 6-8
2 75-100 25-40 3-4 8-10
3 100-150 45-55 4-5 10-12
4 150-175 55-75 4-5 12-14
5 175-200 75-100 5 14-16
6 200 + tapering 100 5 14-16

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