About me: I am currently 47, I was ok fitness wise at the start of the year, I play hockey regularly and was doing 2 or 3 tough circuit training classes a week. I used to road bike lots when I was younger. I had mountain biked a fair bit during my my “middle ages”. I bought my first road bike for many a year in 2012, a Specialized Allez and started to go out more and more on road, and less and less Off.
Once I signed up for the C2C it was time to spend more time on the bike. As a basic rule I wanted to do a set amount of miles a week, increasing that amount through spring and into summer.
I planned to do three tough 100 mile plus rides that included over 10,000 feet of climbing.
I also joined the Alba Rosa Cycling club at the end of 2013 and they run regular club rides on a weekend as well as specific training nights, I planned to attend at least one ride a week. In reality I found their Tuesday night ChainGang training worked well for me. 32 miles at a fast pace in formation averaging close or over 20mph.