Just thought I’d post on here to say thanks to the TrainerRoad people - the combination of podcast and product has helped me so much over the last few years, and despite repeated injuries (broken spine, follow-up surgery on that, then ruptured Achilles just for fun!), I’m now more or less the fastest I’ve ever been.
For the last 6-9 months I’ve been planning and preparing for a ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE). (For those not in the UK - that’s essentially the length of the UK from the North East of Scotland down to the South West of England.) The shortest route is about 870 miles, but that involves a load of big fat busy roads. I chose to go with round numbers, so planned a route that was a touch over 1000 miles, to be done over 10 days, so on average a century a day. (I also planned it to go via my house and my parents’ house, so that I had some home comforts!) I set off on the 2nd July, on my aero road bike with some fairly minimal bikepacking gear, and stayed at B&Bs, hotels etc. The weather was mostly kind (or at least, not too cruel), my arse got sore but held up, and I cruised it - no injuries, nicely controlled power, just touring. Was very tired by the end, but it basically all went exactly to plan. You can see the route here if you’re interested (the ten days joined together with fake speed!): https://www.relive.cc/view/r10006581507
So… TrainerRoad really works for me. I don’t race, but I love the focus and consistency it gives me, not to mention the entertainment and education from the podcast…thank you guys!