The easiest way to explain what goes into the training for Danang is to show you what a typical week looks like. So here goes…
On Sundays, it’s usually a long-ish team ride of between 80-120km. That may seem long if you’ve never done anything more than cruise up and down East Coast Park in a rented bike. That’s maybe about 20km..?
But once you’ve tried out riding a road bike properly fitted for your body, the miles disappear a lot quicker and you get to see a lot more of Singapore than you normally would.
The team starts off from Mandarin Gardens (affectionately known as MG) and takes us to Kallang, Balestier, Thomson, Mandai, Yishun, Punggol, Sengkang, Pasir Ris, Loyang, Changi, and ends at our homebase in Mana Mana at East Coast Park. Sometimes we throw in Kranji, NTU, West Coast for a bit of variety.
Because of the relatively early start, I’ve been known to either chase the group because I arrive late (blame the snooze button), or do my own 100km+ ride on my own.
The latter is psychologically quite draining because a) the sun is earth-scorchingly hot, and b) pedalling on your own on increasingly crowded roads can be quite intimidating, and conversely doing long stretches of long, empty straights can be quite monotonous. Like I said in my last post, the support of having other people alongside pushing hard is one of the key benefits of being part of a training squad.
Once we’re done with the bike, 9 times out of 10 there’s a “brick” waiting, which means you change to running shoes and start pounding the hot asphalt. This is typically 15-30 min of running for me, but I suspect longer bricks are coming on in preparation for Danang.