This weeks post will go over the ins and outs of my training program for the 2017 Trans-Provence Enduro Race.
I have to admit to everyone that the when I first found out that I was going to France to do the Trans-Provence I was terrified. And to add on to this fear of the unknown, I would have to train for something that I had never done.
Luckily for me I have some amazing brothers, and one of them (@ericpedals) has had his eyes on a goal for next season’s Pisgah Stage Race which is going to require a significant investment in training as well. Eric had already decided to enlist the help of a top-notch trainer, Dee Tidwell, to build him out a program for the stage race. Our schedules are different, but I’m hitting the gym and the trails with my brother as much as possible to prep my body for this immense challenge. We have almost finished our first month and we can both tell a significant difference in our riding and fitness.
Working out in the gym is hard!! Lots of lunges, lots of weight training, lots of push-ups and lots and lots of squats…at least this month haha. There’s lots of working your core strength as well as body mechanics and being able to stabilize even when you are fatigued and breathing like a wild pig. I’m really enjoying it overall. I follow my brother to the gym about 3-4 times a week most weeks, which is nothing like I’ve done before.
Usually about 2 times per week my brother and I set up cones in a parking lot or go on our local trails and spend time really perfecting body position, cornering, braking, etc. The key is that your eyes are looking ahead and you are drilling in the basics—the old saying “old habits die hard” is an understatement to say the least. We are making well-deserved progress and I can tell it’s going to be a crucial part of the program in the long-run.
We ride about 2 times a week and this is where we both see the training paying off. It’s very interesting seeing progress when you aren’t really looking for it. Riding has just ‘felt’ different the past couple weeks and I can tell it’s strictly from training. I really try to keep the ‘training’ aspect out of our rides because the more I enjoy the woods and trails the faster I usually ride.
This week I had to switch up that days I worked out and the days I rode due to my nursing schedule. I ended up riding one of the most ‘famous’ trails in Pisgah, NC-Black Mountain. It’s a really sucky, long gravel climb that leads directly into a 30 or so minute hike-a-bike section that would tough for any athlete. Anyways, once you get to the rhododendron tunnel at the top you know the gnarly downhill section is around the corner. Just as I was about to end the first of 3 sections (that’s how I break up the ride) my left grip/brake lever caught a branch and I was ejected from my bike. Usually a standard affair in the woods of NC. Overall the ride was great and the dirt was sticky.
Anyways, after some pints and the local bike shop I started to notice my right wrist being a little sore. And the next day it was worse. Unfortunately that means I’m off the bike and not able to complete the full workouts for the next week or so. Kind of disappointing, but what is pushing the limit without struggle and failure?