During the last two months you may have reached midway to the 50km mark by way of distance, however you’re a long-distance bike owner already. Don’t let anyone inform you any totally different. Your health, core power and cardiovascular conditioning must be enhancing, because of the mixture of power coaching, strolling, yoga and biking. You must also be very snug in your cycle by now and can be noticing the saddle soreness much less and fewer with each journey regardless of the rising distance.
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You’re prepared for the ultimate stretch now. Nonetheless, should you had issue with the 25km journey and are feeling uncertain about progressing to larger workloads, take an additional day of relaxation after finishing Week 8’s coaching plan. Use this present day to relaxation each your physique and thoughts and strengthen your psychological resolve to stay to the plan.
As you begin the ultimate leg of this couch-to-50km coaching plan put collectively by Bengaluru-based biking coach M.S. Sriram, bear in mind to not skip straightforward coaching and relaxation days. Sriram, additionally the founding father of Sprocket Science India, a start-up that gives cycle servicing and bike match to purchasers at their doorstep, says: “Whilst you may take your large journey days significantly as a result of your purpose is to journey 50km, likelihood is you simply may dismiss the sunshine days similar to strolling, power coaching, stretching and relaxation days. Power coaching helps you construct and strengthen the muscle tissues that you’d have to journey effectively and injury-free. Cross-training (like strolling and yoga) and relaxation days assist your biking muscle tissues get better so to give your greatest each time you head out to your rides.”
If you’re fearful about “hitting the wall”, it’s a honest concern. Kolkata-based leisure bike owner Pranjal Neog, head of human sources at Goodricke, confronted one thing like that in his first lengthy journey try again in 2013. “I had managed to up my mileage to 25-30km with none hassle inside a month of getting my cycle. Just a few weeks later, a number of pals and I made a decision to take off on an extended journey. We knew nothing in any respect about long-distance biking. We erred within the choice of our route, didn’t have sufficient water or vitamin, and had no clue what it takes to cycle lengthy distances. Nonetheless, we had no hassle reaching 30-35km. After that we pushed and carried on until the 40km mark. That’s after we needed to cease. We would have liked some tea or coconut water and a few power bar or bananas to maintain going. It was a Sunday and there weren’t too many shops or distributors on the route we had picked. We had virtually completed all our water as effectively. It was at that time after I type of hit the wall that day. To this present day, it’s only across the 45km mark that I really feel like I’m exerting myself,” says Neog, 50.
Nonetheless, there’s excellent news for you when you’ve got caught to this coaching plan. “In contrast to operating, the place you may hit a wall even whereas operating a 10km race, in biking for distances similar to 50km, folks don’t often hit the proverbial wall. It stays a low-impact sport, and during the last two months, we’ve elevated the workload and depth very scientifically. So, once you set out to your 50km journey on the finish of Week 12, you shouldn’t have any hassle in any respect so long as you carry out as per your tempo and health ranges,” says Sriram.
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A method of estimating how lengthy your 50km may take is to report the time taken for the 24km journey in Week 9. “That is your greatest alternative to guesstimate how lengthy you might be prone to take to complete your 50km three weeks later. Persist with your regular tempo and don’t try something loopy or particular. Say, you took 1 hour 25 minutes for the 24km, then your 50km timing must be between 2 hours 50 minutes and three hours,” says Sriram.
And earlier than you head out for the 50km journey, right here’s some recommendation from the coach: “Hold sipping water recurrently; should you drink once you really feel thirsty, it’s already too late. Eat one thing similar to chiki, banana, power gel or vitamin bar, each hour. It’s okay to cease to eat and drink, however don’t cease too usually or too lengthy; you don’t need your physique to chill down an excessive amount of. Don’t exit too quick or too gradual; preserve a good tempo. If in any respect you’re feeling like going all out, do it within the ultimate 3-5km. Lastly, it’s best to have a biking companion. However discover one who can match your tempo and capabilities. It’s at all times higher to journey with firm. It does wonders to your security and efficiency,” says Sriram.
Let’s crank it on.