Tour de France Fitness Challenge Week One Done – Quick Recap

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The picture above is from today’s ride data posted at, to give you a sample. This week has been 230+ miles and over 15 hours in the saddle. My challenge is a little more difficult than I thought but I feel a bit better each day.

On to week two.

Since I have to fit in clients and classes these are becoming decent volume training weeks. It is averaging around 2 hours, pushing pretty hard (with stop lights and signs) to complete each 50k. In order to complete each day’s 50k ride, I sometimes have to break up rides into twice or more a day. I am going to see if I can wake up early enough to do that tomorrow and slip the Sole Runners’ Saturday run in between.

Next week I get to ride in the Sierras which probably means I’ll be climbing, just like the pros.

Ride Focused, Steve Mackel – Cycling Coach