In just under 7 weeks I will be heading up to Bright for a cycling weekend that was to involve 5 peaks, 350 km & close to 7,000 vertical metres of climbing. To prepare for this I’ve managed to cop virus after virus after virus. 5 of them all up and a day hasn’t gone by over the past 9 weeks where I haven’t been sick.
I am still sick & only able to get out for a short ride this week. The enormity of what I’d need to do to get in shape has hit me hard. I’ve performed numerous miracle recoveries in the past. Given I’m still not 100% & the weather has been shocking. Melbourne recording one of its wettest Spring’s in history I don’t know if I will get there this time.
I’m a firm believer of staying positive, and I will need to find my chi pretty quickly. I’ve been averaging less than 50 km a week since April. For a ride like the 3 Peaks course which is 235 km & 4,300 vertical, I would normally look at pumping out 250 – 400 km a week. With quite a bit of vertical in-between. At best most of the k’s I can do now and November could be commutes which are pretty much flat.