Really hope you keep up the blog and go for it! Definitely on my bucket list now, following the current TD daily and wishing I was there. Sometimes, I really do wish I could just bugger off for a month or so, good for you taking the opportunity while you have the freedom.
Preparation for the Tour Divide
Thanks for all the encouragement and kind words folks. I shall purchase those books mentioned and possibly watch 'Ride the Divide' again tonight, if only to marvel at Matthew Lee's tan lines...
Time booked off work and flight booked. Very excited!
Paul Howard two wheels on my wagon and Jill homers books are worth a read, I will do it one day,when my boys are a lot older.
The more practice you put in leading up to the event the easier things will become.
Yes get the miles in, but also get used to being in the saddle for long hours day after day after sleeping in your Bivi. A lot of people focus on the riding but forget about the camping aspect. Its little things like being able to find somewhere suitable when your tired and keeping yourself dry when the weathers foul which will allow you to get a good nights sleep so you can keep on going day after day.
Learn not to plan too much. As soon as you start any plan is going to go out of the window so you're going to need to be able to think on your feet and also know how you're going to cope when you're tired.
Theres plenty of other events if you look on the other forum
including Blackhounds Bivi a Month challenge which will be a good place to start
I read this thread with great interest, as i'm also going to do the TD next year
I've got as far as confirming the time off with work (taking a few months off so i can travel as well)
as for preperation, i will be tapping up as many people as poss for tips etc
For the kit side of things, trips to the wilds of Wales or similar, aiming for min of one overnighter a month
For the fitness, i'm going to gradually up the milage, i don't want to burn myself out over the winter, so probably start really upping if post xmas. I'll be building up a cx bike that i will start to use where possible instead of the car
seeing the coverage of this years event, i'm excited alreay
I'm desperate to do this, money is the only blocker. I have to make a family trip out of it, so I think I'd fly out to the start, the wife and kids would fly out to her folks in the Mid West, then they would road-trip down to the finish with perhaps her sister and family too, then we could all drive back. Costly, and more time is required than just the 3-4 weeks of riding.
That blogs making me chuckle already, bookmarked. As another fat middle aged IT pro I'm cheering you on. I managed to dump the ciggies a few years back, if I can do it you can.
Think you should publicise the events you plan to do with your rider number so we can encourage (well, heckle) you. And chapeau for having cohones for posting it up here .. the ideas out there, you're doing it now..
Awesome. I'm a bit young for the diesel engine to have kicked in yet, but when I get a bit older racing the Divide is on the to do list.
Fair play to you.
From an XC and road racing background, I can't emphasize the importance of strength for a ride like that. For a long time I thought fitness was the be all end all, just get out and ride your bike la de da. I'm now beginning to realise that for any comfort or longevity in sport, you need to keep on top of your strength. Body weight exercises- squats, lunges, pressups, planks, bridges are as much as you need, just getting them done regularly is the important bit. To be honest, I just enjoy riding my bike, so I'm not that fussed on rolling round the floor getting sweaty, but after having to sit out for weeks and months with injuries, there's a net gain in bike riding enjoyment if you do a little hard graft. Get a routine and stick to it and you'll never have to worry about it again.
Best of luck
Good luck will also be keeping an eye on the blog.
Went to see a talk by Mark Beaumont last night. Very inspiring, but one point he made (as ^^) was to train in all aspects of fitness, gym work, other sports, core strength, everything. By cycling, even every day, you just develop the cycling muscles. The point at which you get injury / strain in endurance events is when the big fat cycling muscles that you have worked on eventually get fatigued (which they will after a number of days in the saddle) and then your shoulders hunch, your knees go out of line etc. At that point it is all the other 'non cycling' muscles that hold you together and keep you going.
Once again, thanks for the words of encouragement folks!
Good call on the gym work/core strength stuff. I need to work much more on that sort of thing, along with much more thorough stretching. My bad back at the moment is the result of too much driving and not enough effort put into maintaining my core. More sit ups in the morning for me I think!
Just reading the bio's of the TD racers on the Salsa website. Scary stuff!
That blog is bloody good Brakes - cheers for that
please don't copy the dancing videos though.
With regard to core, be careful of burning yourself out. I know that I don't really enjoy it (maybe you will so you won't need to worry, don't let me influence you!), but can hang in with a hard session for 3 or 4 weeks. But that is all I can do. After 3 or 4 weeks I'll find something else to do or kid myself that it's not worth it, no matter how good my intentions are.
That's not the approach you want. Stay modest and underexpecting when planning how many reps of whatever you'll do. Much better to start low(easy :O!) but consistently build up than suffer with something that's tough for as long as you can bare - which won't be the 12 months that you have.
If you have money, then potentially a circuit class or something would be the best medicine, they're much more 'enjoyable' than your bedroom floor and much harder to back out of (in a good way)
very good points above on core strength - this underpins everything
Thats a fair point - my love affair with the gym comes in fits and starts and it's when I leave it alone for a period of time that I end up with chronic pain. I might join the local gym this weekend as it seems pretty good and they have circuits there that I can partake in. I also have to drive past it on the way home so that'll guilt trip me into going
And think about doing some audaxes, the antipodeans have done this. Martin & I did a few and Mike Hall has done some this year as well. The 300/400/600km ones are excellent for just getting used to massive hours on the bike. Any bike.
The last 3 months particularly try and ride 2 days in a row weekly with all your kit on your bike so that the body is used to it. Good luck, you will have a great time. And as I said earlier stretch and core;-)
This is a great read about 2 guys riding the divide
about the only book I have ever read cover to cover without getting bored
May as well chirp in here. After the HT400 this year I've fully committed to the TD next year. Already highlighted need for time off next year. Just a matter of riding myself into shape again.
Round is a shape right?
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