Staying focused over winter

December 30, 2010

I’m so glad the snow has melted and we can get out into the lanes again. I was finding it all too easy to stay indoors and skip a scheduled training session when there was so much snow and ice around. My biggest motivator to either get out there or onto the indoor trainer is to look at the calendar. So far, I’m committing to three big rides and one fun one next year plus a week in southern Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains with Vamos Cycling to prepare for it all.

My key cycling events for 2011:

  • Feb: Training week
  • Apr: 260km Tour of Flanders Sportive
  • Apr: 165km Paris-Roubaix Challenge
  • Jun: 200km Dragon Ride
  • Jul: 180km Dunwich Dynamo

The overnight Dunwich Dynamo is obvious the fun ride. I’ve ridden the past four editions and wouldn’t miss it for the world. The Tour of Flanders Sportive and Paris-Roubaix Challenge are on successive weekends so I’d better be in great shape to do well in them. There is a shorter version of Flanders (150km) which includes most of the main route’s climbs and pavé sectors that I may opt for if my preparation hasn’t been ideal. Lastly, I’d like to include a few local sportives to break up the rest of the year. SWRC’s May Flyer looks promising, as does the Castle Ride 100 but after such an intense start to the year, it may be nice to relax over summer and just enjoy our weekly club rides in the North Downs.

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