Ah, the most beautiful of all bike races begins tomorrow, along with the next phase of my training program. I love the Giro, and think I post something stating this every year, but this year it’s more accessible due to the participation of one Texan.
In fact, something like 12 Americans are lining up for the start and one, Levi Leipheimer, is among the favorites. My money would go on Italian Ivan Basso, but I looking for a surprising ride from the Z-Man, too. In fact, to see him in pink tomorrow night would be less than shocking. You can follow the race at all the usual media outlets but, mainly, check out Universal Sports will be broadcasting every kilometer on both the net and TV!
So now I need to announce my virtual Giro, which isn’t going to be in the same scope as last years, at least I don’t think. I have two long work trips that are going to make this challenging. But it’s supposed to be challenging, right?
Since riding isn’t my focus it’s going to look a little strange on paper. The goals of the next three weeks are:
Build climbing strength
Build cycling and running base
But in mimicking the Giro I also need to commit to something that follows the day in, day out, intensity of racing. I can’t follow their schedule exactly, but here’s what I plan to do.
Train aerobically (running or riding) 20 out of 22 days
Do 10% of their kilometers
Time trial on TT days to gauge progress
Stretch post workout on 20 or 22 days
Do pull-ups and core training on 20 or 22 days, completing 2000 pull-ups and 2000 core movements (no crunches or anything wimpy)
For the six mountain top finishes, complete six big climbing days (I haven’t had one yet this year). A big day consists of at least 100 boulder problems, 30 easy routes, 20 moderate routes, or 10 hard routes, or something grade IV or above.
I’ll admit, this isn’t my most aesthetic virtual grand tour. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be challenging.