I read somewhere that the best training for a 1,200km Audax ride is comprised of three components:
- Ride hills, hills and more hills
- Ride into headwinds and then find some more headwinds to ride into
- Ride in the rain and when it rains go riding.
Well, it wasn’t raining this morning but I did go out to find some hills and I did turn around and ride back into the headwind instead of taking the easy way home.
Sure, 652m climbing in a 48km ride isn’t what anyone would call epic mountain climbing but I did ride up and over the biggest ‘mountain’ in my local area and then turned around and rode back over it. And there were some good 10%-20% grades in there too.
My climbing is definitely improving and, even after just three hill sessions since deciding to ride my first 1,000km or 1,200km Audax ride next year, I can feel the benefits.
Total: 48.2km road ride (Strava here)