Ok so the clock is ticking and and there are really three things I need to do to get things heading in the right direction.
First I need to get my weight heading southwards and there's only one way to do that, fix the diet.
I don't know about you but I love cooking and when I think about what to cook I tend not to think in terms of what will be healthiest or appropriate, it's more about interest and tastiness. I love Moroccan, French, Italian, Japanese you name it, on top of that I make bread and deserts. Overall great for my level of interest but invariably more than I need or should eat because lets face it making one portion of anything is impossible.
So being that I can't be trusted, what to do?
One answer, get someone else to do it. I was looking around at the various options and found a number of companies that do delivered food, the one I chose was the diet factory, Australian owned, I can select from different calorie programs (I chose the 1500cal per day pack). The basic idea is you pay for a week of food they deliver it as pre made meals for breakfast lunch and dinner. My first delivery should be here Friday, I'll let you know how it goes.
Ok the second thing in my grand list is ramping up my riding distances. Having been a slacker for the past three months or so that won't be hard. For this I'm employing the wise guidance of a book I've had for some time "The Long Distance Cyclists Handbook" by Simon Doughty which was written to help people train for various types of long distance ride from racing to touring. The book also covers preparing for Randonees which fairly closely matches the type of ride I'll be going on. I'll be putting up my training program and the outcomes as I go.
The plan so far is to do 3 - 4 short to medium rides of between 30 and 80kms per week for the first month with one 100 - 150mk Audax ride in there towards the end. The second month move up to 4 - 5 short to medium rides of between 30 and 100kms aiming for at least 300kms per week with one 100 - 150km Audax ride in there for good measure, the following two months continue to ramp it up to about 500kms per week and do at least one 200km Audax ride as well.
I have a great little cycle computer from Suunto that tells me how unfit I am, so I'll be adding some of that info to my training plan as I go.

The third and final thing is the most important for the ride, that is raising money for the Sydney and Brisbane children's hospitals. The organisers (Trev and Kate) have put together some great sponsorship packages for businesses so if anyone knows of any companies that would be interested in sponsoring us just let me know and I'll get the wheels rolling or jump on the site and contact Kate and Trev directly. Anyone else that would like to sponsor me there is a great page set up to collect money here, you can also leave nice inspiring messages :)

Also in the next couple of days I'll be posting my training schedule with route maps so if anyone wants to join me you are very welcome. I you have any sage advice don't hold back I'm all ears :)


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Comment by Kim on July 1, 2010 at 8:09am
David, don't panic so much about your training regime. Believe me, your body will get fitter during the trip. I always find the first day of a trip is the hardest as my body gets into it.

I have to say though I haven't ridden 230kms (or whatever you have to ride per day) but I have ridden 200kms in a day (with panniers, a headwind from hell and suffering from a cold) and you'll be surprised how the next morning you'll wake up and want to do it all again.

Just make sure you keep your fluids up on your rides.

You'll be fine.
Comment by Susan on July 1, 2010 at 10:17am
Great plans sounds like your on top of the food and training. Be interested to see how the ordered food is? Hope it works out for you.
Comment by David Taylor on July 1, 2010 at 1:23pm
Planning is definitely the part I am good at anyway :)

The big thing with the ride is that it is a supported group ride so I want to make sure I keep up and have plenty in reserve for long days (270kms on one day) or big hills.
One thing I want to do budget allowing is swap out the gruppo on my second road bike to support a triple chain ring, put on a more comfortable seat and generally make it into a long ride machine. For the moment I'm training on my BMC with Ultegra/dura Ace and not much in the low end of the spectrum, so the other option is just go for a slightly smaller small chain ring.
Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on July 3, 2010 at 6:47pm
I got good results using the 210 plan as a guide for Bay in a Day last year. I found the planned rest days very useful for me as a newb to long rides.
Comment by David Taylor on July 3, 2010 at 7:50pm
Thanks for the donation Michael, I've downloaded the 250km guide looks really good.


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