The New Year is here and I can avoid it no longer. For the third year on the trot I have signed up to a challenge that is the exercise equivalent of having eyes bigger than your stomach.
The most Western to the most Eastern part of England, or L2L for short.
It involves starting at Lands End on Friday 26th May at 20:00 and finishing at Lowestoft at some point on the Bank Holiday Monday. We will ride through the first night, sleep through the second and ride through the third.
In numbers that is:
- 447 Miles (720km)
- 27,621 ft of climbing (8,418m)
- oh, and nine idiots
We’ve done similar challenges before (see Biggleswade to Paris as an example) but this is going to be something else!
The Training Plan
With 447 miles to do across three days what is clear is that I need to get some big miles in. Being a retailer, the run up to Xmas is always tough so it’s been a while since I’ve had a big week. I decided on a slow build up through January followed by ever increasing rides with rest weeks built in.
I have just planned in the long ride for each week and am planning on trying to get three rides in a week with a recovery ride and also something shorter and faster every 7 days. These can be done depending on when I get time off and may have to be completed on the turbo trainer. Most weeks I only tend to take one full day off on Saturday or Sunday so the other rides will just have to fit in as and when.
While the miles are going to be brutal, what is going to be a real killer is the time. There will be big chunks of days off going missing over the coming months, but this is not a challenge that can be taken lightly. My plan is as follows:
- Sun 8th – 40km
- Sun 15th – 60km
- Sun 22nd – 70km
- Sun 29th – Rest week as working both weekend days. Will try and get a shorter ride in during the week.
- Sun 5th – 80km
- Sun 12th – 100km
- Sun 19th – 100km
- Sun 26th – Rest
- Sun 5th – 120km
- Sat 11th – 120km
- Sun 19th – 100 miles
- Sun 26th Rest
- Sun 2nd – 120km
- Sat 8th – 150km
- Sun 16th – Rest
- Sun 22nd – 200km (Tour De Bedfordshire)
- Sat/Sun 30th – 130 miles (Overnight test run from Welwyn to Lowestoft)
- Sun 7th – 100km
- Sun 14th – 150 miles
- Sun 21st – Taper/Easy Going
- Fri 26th – L2L