Multisport put out a Distance Challenge for the months of July, August and September (see ‘Results > 2020’ from the Main Menu to see the badges TOETTees earned) and it gave me an idea… why not post the distance challenge that I’ve set for myself as a goal so that my athletes see that coach practices what he preaches… he talks… does he ever talk, but does he walk the walk (especially since its his own)? I have simple computers that do not connect to Strava or upload to TrainingPeaks — I maintain an Excel spreadsheet for my training log — so I thought to myself, perhaps it would be worth sharing what volume I’m setting for myself with the hopes that it encourages y’all to put in a couple more miles yourself.
My goal… 70km a day on the bike all summer long (actually my goal is riding daily 3hrs but 70k works as well)
In May, I put in 2000+ km
In June, I put in 2300+ km
In July, I put in 2465 km which brings the 3 month total of summer biking to 6,794 km
Let’s see if it can be a 10,000 km summer of riding!
UPDATE — NOVEMBER 2020 : it actually ended up being a 10,800km summer of riding, and I haven’t stop. Still putting in outdoor volume in mid November and loving it! So far, total outdoor mileage this year is 14,000+ km and if you add on my indoor volume I’ll break 18,000 km before the end of November. Cannot express how much fun its been and how much fun it is to be able to ride no matter what. No idea what next year will hold? If I can ride like this now and now I have a winter of dryland to build more strength… can’t wait to find out what’s in store in 2021.
I cannot tell you how much fun its getting to be to be putting in these miles day after day. I’m finishing rides and nothing is sore, sure I need to shake out a wrist or hand while out on the ride, but day after day, I’m able to start out on my bike without anything being sore, and then finish without anything being numb, sore or painful… its awesome, and its amazingly fun. How is this possible? All winter long I worked on my core strength & endurance, and it did take a bit of time to translate all of that dryland into sport specific capacity but now that it has…. woo-hoo! And now with this mileage in me… do you think that attempting any race distance is at all intimidating? Nope. Isn’t that the point? Train so that you can do whatever you want to do when you want to do it! That’s the difference between training to cope (if you can even call that training) and training to win… I want to win in whatever I do, so I train in a manner that sets me up to win. You can too.