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YoKaiser wrote:How would you tackle something like this?
I've done it a few times, but then again I do 180mi for training rides and doubles are my favourite events.
I suggest doing one double and seeing how you fare. Then, when you're going to do back-to-back, make sure your recovery between the two is phenomenal.
Your second day will be mostly LSD style riding. The first day, not so much, depending on how good you are at ultra events.
Good luck, I've had my eye on LEL2013 for a while, but family commitments (bub on the way just before then) and distance and $$$ (I'm in Australia) will make it too hard. I'm sure you can do it!
I would focus your training on building your sustainable power. This will enable you to ride longer at the current speed as it will place lower demands on your body. So on the weekend I would focus on 2-3 hours at steady sub-threshold pace, say 75% of MHR to build the aerobic engine, plus a 2x20 threshold session. As you get stronger you should be aim to be able to maintain 20mph+ on the flat for the 2-3 hour ride. Once you can do this, riding all day at 15-18mph in a group is dead easy. On other commuting days I'd just focus on riding as slowly as possible, so no traffic light grand prix, hill sprints etc.
Then I'd start adding a longer ride every 2 weeks, say starting at 100 miles then 125 etc. so you ride 200 twice before the event. No speed goal - ideally ride at a speed so that you finish fresh with good nutrition. Probably the 200 miles is not really necessary - doing it is more psychological than pysical, so if you're tired from a big week at work, then only do half of it, then pick up from the previous week's level the following week.
Then your mileage budget will look something like this, assuming it's flattish where you live:
Aerobic power ride 3h = 60 miles
2x20 = 25 miles
Commute = e.g. 20 miles
Total weeks with no long ride = 100 miles
Long ride = 100-200 miles
Total for weeks with long ride: 200-300 miles
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