Using TR to prepare for C2C

Hi first time poster here.

I have used TR for the past 3 winters, but I can’t say I have followed my plans religiously. It has been something to keep my at least a bit focussed until the weather allows me to train outside again.

I signed up to do UK Coast Coast in a day (150 miles and 4500m of ascent) which for me is a big deal. I have completed century rides before but not a 150. For my previous centuries I have just trained outdoors. However this year with Covid lockdowns etc, I have really decided to commit to TR for as long as I can. I have a very time consuming job and two young kids.

When I started training I used the Plan Builder and tried to be realistic as to how many hours I can devote per week to training and it recommended Low Volume. I am following it religiously and adding in a few sessions when I get extra time.

Question is, will that be enough to get me through to say March time and then switch to outdoor to continue my build toward the event at end of June? Should I look to increase volume now? Or is it impossible to say?

I am doing 3 sessions a week rising to 4 with additional sessions. I figure that anything I do now is better than sitting on the sofa eating pizza (define better…) and the plan helps me to be structured but it doesn’t feel like a lot.

A mate of mine is doing free rides etc on Zwift and doing ‘50 mile’ rides on there. Is that a more sensible approach given the type of ride I am building towards or is the plan I am following likely to reap equal levels of benefit?

Thanks

For context

I am 48, weigh 79kg and have an FTP of 200 (until the next test) which has improved from 170 when I started with TR in October.

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I have used TR over several years and it has been very successful at getting me ready for long rides like the one you mentioned.

Keep the faith with TR.

I did a few long outdoor rides nearer the time just to check equipment, food, and a bit of comfort saddle , but that just for reassurance.

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Year before last I did the way of the roses in two days as mid way was very near my sisters. I ignored my mates who were zwifting and stuck with TR increasing my FTP. A couple of months before I did a hilly 65 miler with my riding buddy and the Sunday club ride to get a feeling for the stress of back to back long days. Learnt loads - much if it was around fuelling.
So during a very hot summer with tarmac melting on the roads me and my mate did two 100 mile days back to back and managed it pretty easily.

Up to then I’d relied on TR to build my engine and energy systems and a few club rides to get some long days in.

We were also going to do The Reivers way last year, in a day, (the off road version on gravel bikes) but Covid put that on hold. But we’ll do it when we can.

If you build yourself with consistent training and good rest and nutrition you should get through - you don’t have to ride long to go long but getting a few hours on your sit bones is a good idea to condition you and practice fuelling though if you’ve done a century OK you’ll be aware of that. The last 50 will be more mental toughness…

I’ve also done the coast from where I live and back in a day which was 130miles - pretty much all on TR plans and not setting off too fast.

As @Pipipi says and I agree a couple of longer rides near the time and work on building your base.

Your mate on Zwift - if he’s just noodling around he’s not getting the benefits of structured training that you would. And there’s a suggestion in many threads that the Zwift training sessions aren’t that great.

Good luck - let us know how it goes and which version you end up doing. Steady away!

For context when I did it I was 53, weighed around 98kg and my FTP was around 250.

Now I’m much lighter and quicker than then, thanks to TR. All on low volume plans. :joy:

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Some good points there.

I forgot to mention that I did it all on low volume plan. It was London to Brighton which is 55 miles, but my personal challenge was to ride to the start and ride back so that turned it into 155 miles.

The few practice rides were to check things like being comfortable on a bike for 4 hours or so, are the bib shorts ok, where to put food etc. Because I was riding solo there and back I took some tools and tubes and lights. I ended up having a small thin rucksack (needed to take a rain jacket and sandwiches) and I also had a toptube bag (the thin kind that almost hide behind the top tube that held a few gels which I could top up every few hours from the rucksack).

There is a whole load more I could write but it starts coming down to personal choices about clothing and food.

But the main bit I would focus on…TR definitely works. Commit to the plan. Aim for the highest compliance you can. I know it sounds weird that 4-5 hours a week can prepare you for a 10 hour ride but it works.

Best of luck.

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You’ll be fine - I did the C2C a couple of years ago (before I started with TR) on fairly unstructured training and regular club group rides.

The route works out fairly nicely in the sense that you’ll hit Hardknott and Wrynose quite early on when you’re still fresh. I would find yourself a long steep hill and test whether your gearing is low enough to get you up Hardknott though.

(It’s a beautiful route btw - I’d love to do it again one day)

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Thank you so much for your replies - they have given me some confidence. Io just know once the sun starts shining I will want to get outside! Pretty sure I can find away of balancing both.

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Think we’re all waiting for the same. If you put the time in now when the sun shines you’ll hopefully find many things easier - on the bike anyway. :grin: