“I can feel the training ramping up a notch now, with less than 3 weeks to go to the ABSA Cape Epic Prologue.
This past Sunday, I decided to head out to Grabouw and ride in some familiar Epic terrain. The Grabouw Country Club is my favourite place to ride in the Elgin valley. It offers long climbs, steep climbs, technical descents, rough single track and soft single track. It’s a versatile training ground, part of which the Cape Epic will be chasing us around for 2 full days.
Riding with friends is tricky, when your training schedule says 2,5 hours of “Epic pace” and they just want to do a normal ride.
I made sure we included as many climbs on our route as possible, so that I could try and “Epic pace” up those and let my mates catch up at the top or on the flats and descents. Along the way, I was shown some new single track that is being built for the 2015 W2W. How they get so much new single track built in this area is truly amazing. Every time I go back, there is another new single track to explore.
On Tuesday I went to for an interval session on the Compu Trainer. Man, that was tough!
When I hopped on my bike and looked at the computer screen, I saw 8 little blocks, very close to each other. “Ok, 8 sets I can handle. Can’t be that hard?”, I thought to myself. The coach says, “ 8 x 4 Minutes at 300 Watts with 90 second recovery in between”. As I was pounding away at the pedals, I kept asking myself, “Why? Why not just stop now and leave it?”
I made it in the end, but I was pretty broken the next morning. During our regular Wednesday Coffee Ride, which is considered a recovery ride, my legs were Eina!
Tonight we head out for our Thursday Night Ride, which is also factored into my training schedule. The legs will feel better, I am sure about that. Friday is a rest day , but then it’s full gas on Saturday and Sunday. More “Epic pace” on the schedule.
I will probably head back out to Grabouw on one of the days. The other session I will probably deal with at Welvanpas. Another Epic stage location for this year.
I will leave you with this: When you’re riding the Epic and you’re eyes are scanning the horizon for where the route might take you. Look for the highest point around you. If you see a track up there, that’s where you’re going!”