I have ten weeks to train for my London to Brighton charity cycle ride, which means it’s time to really get myself into gear.

Admittedly, the weather has only recently improved to make outdoor cycling a less arduous task. But I have decided to stop making excuses for myself because come rain or shine, I’ll be on that bicycle to Brighton on the 25th August anyway.

So, I’ve come up with a training schedule which I just wanted to share with anyone who is thinking of doing this ride. I’ve been scouring the net for training schedules and the most comprehensive one I have found is by the British Heart Foundation, which you can download here.

Inspired by the intermediate schedule and thankfully relieved to see that it is ten weeks long, I have come up with my own version which I can incorporate into my busy week. If I think about it realistically then gym sessions would be easier for me to keep up over the ten weeks, with a weekly outdoor cycle ride to train my stamina. So, this is what I’ve come up with:

Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Rest 45 min. Spin Class 5k Run 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
2 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
3 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
4 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
5 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
6 3 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
7 3.5 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
8 4 hour ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
9 3.5 hour long ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class 45 min. Spin class Aerobic Class Rest
10 3 hour ride (easy pace) 45 min. Spin Class Gentle Swim 45 min. Spin class Rest EVENT!

I started this schedule yesterday and cannot wait to get back on the bike next weekend. It’s been over a year since I have taken my road bike off its wall mount so it’s about time!

*To find out more about my London to Brighton cycle ride, please click here and if you would like to sponsor me, please click through to Donna Ida’s Just Giving page, here. Thank you in advance!*