Taking a steady, regular and progressive approach to your preparation will ensure that you can complete the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
Everybody is at a different level of fitness, has various daily routines and different expectations. Therefore, these are basic monthly guidelines that you can adapt to suit your particular circumstances.
The two key principles to keep in mind at all times are:
- Consistency – ride you bike as much as possible
- Progression – begin at a level comfortable for you and progress slowly but steadily.
Riding consistently through June and further building your distance will set you up for an enjoyable Ring of Kerry. Also, reinforce all the other suggestions we have made on pacing, equipment, nutrition and skill.
At this stage your experience is the best guide to the level of training you can sustain and try to gradually extend yourself further each week for the first three weeks of the month.
Along with the normal consistency and progression which we have stressed, you can set yourself a key target distance for June.
We suggested mentally ‘chunking’ the Ring of Kerry into four approximate segments and completing the distance of the third one this month will ensure that you can complete the event.
Therefore, set yourself the target of approximately 120K (75 miles) in one ride, taking breaks if necessary. As in May, this will be easier at an organized event or with a group of similar standard.
However, this in itself is a good challenge and not being able to do it for any reason shouldn’t rule out your attempt at the charity cycle.
It is very important that you take things easy during the final week and let your body recover from the weeks of effort to make sure that you are fresh on the day.
You want to be in the best ‘form’ for the Ring of Kerry, and form is a balance between fitness and freshness.
You will add very little to your fitness during the last week by ‘cramming’ further training, but you could ruin your freshness from making the body tired.
Therefore, back off quite a bit in the final week – approximately half your weekly effort for June – and get plenty of good food and sleep. Spend the ‘spare’ time checking your equipment and planning for the event.
The main thing is to keep a sense of perspective, enjoyment and fun. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is mainly about supporting deserving charities and providing a personal challenge and a great day out for the riders.
No matter how your preparation has gone there will be a big army of volunteers and thousands of supportive cyclists to make sure you complete your challenge and finish with a smile on your face and a great sense of satisfaction.
Enjoy the day!