Posted By Ron

My goal is to finish PBP 2019 with a 2-hour margin (1230 km in 88 hours), but without adversely affecting my family, my employment or my friends.

Stephen says that most people can handle three projects at a time, and can stretch to four for short bursts. I find that the energy and time spent switching back and forth between projects wears me down. Long before I realised that, I avoided starting working on a project when I couldn't see finishing it, and finishing it well in the same sitting.

So my goal is simple, and includes maintaining life balance. It can be broken into manageable chunks. This blog is about the PBP training, so won't have a bunch of soap opera.

Weight: I will get down to 190 pounds by Christmas, and stay under 190 through Christmas. That's 1.4 pounds per week which is attainable. Then another 10 pounds in the first 10 weeks of 2018, which will be harder. I was last 180 pounds in the 1980s. Then maintain that weight through to the start of the 2019 brevet season, and maybe go lower from there. That all can be done by eating less overall, and in particular, eating a lot less crap. I know how to do it; I just have to do it. Weigh-ins will be before breakfast on Tuesdays, and will be published here weekly.

Cycling: In 2018, I will ride a full series of brevets that are more difficult that I have done before (i.e. one 200 will be the hardest 200 I have ever done), and I will do my first 1000. This will involve improving my speed, endurance, time management and mental/emotional preparedness. I will not start any brevets that I don't fully expect to finish. (There were several rides in 2015 that were No Big Deal. I need to have rides like that next year.)

In 2019, I will complete the PBP qualifying series as early as my schedule will allow (although probably not in a Hell Week).

My work/school schedule for September-November 2017 is good. I have been granted professional development leave, and my SFU classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. My Tuesdays and Thursdays will be packed with homework, to be sure, but there will be time for riding. At least twice a week I will ride to and from classes (46 km each way, with 500 m vertical in the morning). Saturdays and Sundays, I'll put in at least 150 total, with one 200 km permanent each month. My outdoor riding will be at transportation speed, with the intent of creating an aerobic base.

On days when the weather is just plain awful, I will substitute Sufferfest training sessions. One way or another, I will use The Sufferfest as least twice a week. These will be shorter than my outdoor rides, but much more intense. The goals are improved speed and power. So, on a real or indoor bike 4 days a week for the next three months, and further planning from then.

Also, I will measure my FTP using The Sufferfest every 10-12 weeks and publish.

Reports for all rides will be recorded here. Often just a sentence.

Upper body: I don't have a very good record of going to the gym. I do think that upper body should be of some help in cycling and in life. Maybe in the new year.

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