below is mail from someone being very honest, and probably a bit worried! hopefully my comments might be usefum for others...
I have entered the TT5 and my training hasn't been to the prescribed
I started training in December and to date I have ridden 2500kms (which is not so bad!)
My first and to date longest rides have been a back to back of 100kms and
165 kms in early March and 220 km ride on Sunday. I normally try and
commute once a week and for me its 95 km round trip. Its a 1 hr 40 ride
each way with an 8 hour break. Is this decent training to do? Yes, this is excellent. if you can manage to fit in one more like this per week, that is alot more than many other riders will be getting in during the week. if not possible, then shorter, more frequent rides - maybe getting in a quick 90 minute ride after work - would also be effective.
Also I plan
to do some racing, I am a 3rd cat so it will be 90 odd kms rides/races but
again is this good training or bad. Would I be better suited to long rides? Racing is fine for maintaining a good level of fitness of course, and will help for the 'sign sprints' ! The only trap this has, in regards to the Tour, is getting used to riding hard for a shorter period of time than you will be doing on the French roads. As long as you balance this with some longer rides to develop your endurance, it's perfect. you are going to have a very good level of cycle-fitness, so up-ing your game to cover twice the distance, but at a steady pace, will not be too much to ask of your body.
December to Feb were mostly completed a slower pace but I completed the
Tour of Flanders sportive and this long ride on Sunday but beginning to
feel guilty that I am not spending enough hours on the bike. Normally this
time of year I would start racing and concentrate on strength and power.I think you can relax and worry less about your training. You can still build your power but this is best complemented by some long miles. do NOT worry about how fast or slow you do the miles (which, as a racer, you will tend to do) because all you need to do is teach your legs to spend that much longer turning the pedals.
I am aiming to get a 2 x 200 km back to back ride in by middle of May. Perfect. The Tour of Wessex sportive is one of the best training events to do : i think there are a few other TdForce riders planning to do this one....
I probably average 10 hours per week but a fairly high level. Again, this is perfect. anyone doing 12-14 hours, but steady, is well on top of their game. doing less, but 'hard' is fine.
I guess what I am asking you is, do you think I am on target. I have some
experience of climbing so prepared for Ventoux ( i did the Etape Part 1
2011 ) and stumbled up Galibier and Alpe D'Huez and I am lot fitter and
stronger than then. So you know what a mountain looks like and you even know the Alpe. This time, instead of stumbling up, you will be smiling your way up....well, first time round anyway!! In summary, you are looking fine on paper and should carry on as you do, watching that you do not go too hard in training, with your 'race-head' on. ease up on the longer rides and get used to the distance progressively. i hope this helps. Phil