A few weeks ago I attempted to start the training program from Nicole Cooke's Cycle for Life book. Due to Xmas festivities and illness, that went kaplooey. I had made a decision to restart come January 4 2010, and to also incorporate a program to start running, doing the cycling and running on alternate days.
As I was riding to work this morning - in the lovely rain that we so desperately need - I wondered why I was waiting two and a half weeks to start this, when I could start now. I have no festivities after work at all next week, then I have a whole week off. Let's get this show on the road!
So I have worked out a training plan (will post spreadsheets in the sidebar at some point) that gives me 2 clear goals.
I want to be able to ride 50kms again. I don't care how long it takes, I just want the endurance to do it. I have based my training loosely around the one set out by Nicole Cooke, but modified it so I will get to where I want to be. I am not starting from zero fitness level here. I can comfortably do 10kms in half an hour. I can still ride over 25 kms in a day. So it is just a matter of building on that. For the most part my cycling will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
I am using the word running instread of jogging (although it will probably be more of a shuffle) because running is what I want to ultimately do, so I am going to start using the word. My first goal is to be able to run 1km without a break. Yes, this may seem like a small goal, but I can not run at all right now, so I figure 8 weeks to get me there should be do-able. I need to be careful. I am still carrying SO much extra weight and I do not want to risk injuring myself, so I am starting small. For the most part I will be walking/running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Fridays will be my day off. I am also going to try and put some swimming and yoga DVD's in there as well, just to round out what I am doing.
I do have a major fitness goal in mind that will take quite a long time to prepare for. It is not something I am prepared to share right now. But let's just say that this is the first step towards this larger goal.