Waiting and preparing – Day 2

Still waiting to hear from Genghis Grill to find out if I made the cut for the finals of the Health Kwest contest.

In the mean time, here are some more thoughts on my preparations and plans for both the contest but also my training schedule to do the Oklahoma Freewheel tour this summer…

Bicycle training: I’ve been doing some research on how to prepare for a 7 day long-distance bike tour. The Oklahoma Freewheel website has some tips, including a very helpful link to a training schedule created by the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure (PDF download). The challenge is that this schedule is geared towards someone who is training to ride a one-day long ride, not for someone who would be doing a long ride for seven days in a row.

So here’s my thoughts right on a possible schedule, but I’m hoping that some more experienced cyclists (especially Freewheel veterans) might have some ideas on what I should do differently.

Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Weekly Total
1-Jan-25 0 10 0 10 3 10 10 43
2-Feb-01 3 12 3 12 3 12 12 57
3-Feb-08 3 14 3 14 3 14 14 65
4-Feb-15 3 16 3 16 3 16 16 73
5-Feb-22 3 18 3 18 3 18 18 81
6-Mar-01 3 20 3 20 3 20 20 89
7-Mar-08 3 22 3 22 3 22 22 97
8-Mar-15 3 24 3 24 3 24 24 105
9-Mar-22 3 26 3 26 3 26 26 113
10-Mar-29 3 28 3 28 3 28 28 121
11-Apr-05 3 30 3 30 3 30 30 129
12-Apr-12 3 32 3 32 3 32 32 137
13-Apr-19 3 34 3 34 3 34 34 145
14-Apr-26 3 36 3 36 3 36 36 153
15-May-03 3 38 3 38 3 38 38 161
16-May-10 3 40 3 40 3 40 40 169
17-May-17 3 42 3 42 3 42 42 177
18-May-25 3 44 3 44 3 44 44 185
19-May-31 3 46 3 46 3 46 46 193
TOUR! 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 420

Mental preparation: I met with my counselor yesterday and discussed my plans for my plans for this training program and the contest. He was very encouraging but urged me to consider what techniques I will use to control anxiety and other issues, since I (like most people) have used food as a soothing/coping mechanism, and that this will be an essential element of me being successful in this program.

He raises a very good point. I will be giving some thought to this in the coming weeks but I am hopeful that the physical activity will be helpful, as I’ve often had good results in improving my mental state by exercising, but especially cycling.

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