End of June is a scheduled recovery week, so not much during the week other than a 75 minute tempo ride on the 30th. Then on the weekend 2nd July was a group ride 2 hrs 30 mins, 56% in heart rate zone 2 and 38% in zone 3. On the 3rd it was Hill repeats at threshold/V02

The Training Guide reflected the need for some recovery in the readings for some of the days. It appears it worked as I ended the week on two consecutive HIT recommendation days.

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This week returned to a bit more structure in training, starting with a 60 minute recovery/low endurance session on the 4th. The 6th gave a ‘Go for it’ recommendation so did a 100 minute ride that included 2 x 20 min threshold intervals. On the 7th this was followed up by 75 mins recovery/low endurance and then on the 9th a fast group ride for 130 mins. On the 10th 100 mins session that included 60mins of sweet spot. A good grouping of green readings this week.

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Leading up to Ride London at the end of the month, training would focus around harder rides with easier recovery ones and additional days of rest. I needed to do an FTP test, so this was done on the 14th although the reading wasn’t ideal, but down to availability to do it.

The 16th was a group ride at 18mph, 42 miles. Then the 17th was an intended sweet spot ride but the days reading wasn’t good and felt flat. The 19th was a recovery ride of 60 minutes.

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Still keeping with the harder training sessions with easier ones between and additional days of rest, a more polarised method. 20th was a 2 hour ride that included 2 x 20 minute threshold intervals. 22nd was a recovery/low endurance ride for 60 mins. The 23rd a faster 2 hr group ride 20+ mph and the 24th 90 minutes of higher endurance/low tempo.

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This week was about tapering leading up to Ride London on 31st. Readings generally where I wanted them to be during the week, leading up to the ‘go fot it’ on the day. On the 27th I did 90 minutes which included around 60 mins of sweet spot work. On the 29th was 80 mins of recovery work that included a few sprint efforts.

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Overall, pleased with the ride and training over the 7 months leading up to it, which resulted in doing the ride 32 minutes quicker than last year!

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I am a recreational athlete, who has around 5 to 8 hours a week to train (season dependant). I have a family with 2 young children and run a business. Therefore the ethos of my training is to use training principles that elicit the best results in minimal time.

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