I'm taking part in my first ever sportive in about 10 days time, and to be honest I'm having a MASSIVE crisis of confidence. Will I be able to make it around?
I'm tackling the short route on the Anthony Maynard sportive, which at 105km and plenty of climbing is perhaps not the gentlest of beginnings. But I wanted to support them and as it starts near where I live I thought it would be a good introduction to sportive events.
I have been training for it, but not as much as I would like (isn't that the same for everyone!). Having small children and running my own business has meant I've not been able to match the training programme I set myself.
The BIG concern is I haven't done that distance, or length of time riding before. My training so far has been:
* A 30-35 mile ride at the weekends, averaging about 16mph
* A turbo session during the week (using sufferfest videos)
* A 20 mile ride in the evening during the week (again averaging about 16mph). Sometimes I do hill reps other times just a nice ride to clear the head and legs
But I haven't gone anywhere near 60 odd miles on a ride, so it is going to be a big step into the unknown. Should I just go for it, or am I mad attempting it?