I’ve been reading Murakami’s “What I talk about when I talk about running” (as shown by my last post) and the guy is crazy. He runs for the enjoyment of running for starters, but even when you get over that minor peculiarity, he runs a lot. I used to think I rode a lot. Before uni I used to ride five or six times a week. During uni I rowed about as often. This guy runs, almost without fail, six days a week, sometimes covering in excess of 200 miles each month. I don’t think I’ve often bettered that counting both cycling and rowing. I’ve run further this month than in any other month of my life (a fact my legs seem keen to remind me of each time I stand up) and have barely covered a tenth of that amount.
At this point I have to remind myself that my sporting aspirations are somewhat higher than his (in no way implying that my achievements to date are anything close) and that just sitting in awe of the distance he runs isn’t going to get me anywhere. As well as the often quoted 10,000 hours level, I remember reading that tour riders often ride tens of thousands of miles a year and rowers often cover 100+ miles a week to get to any appreciable level. I am in no place to row any distance at all at the minute but what I do have is time and a bike.
As such I am instigating a new training plan for myself. I am no longer going to focus on anything other than actually doing training. Of any sort and at any level of effort. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is the distance.
I originally planned to try and mimic Murikami’s 200 miles a months but considering I don’t plan on running any more often than possible and cycling is a fair bit faster, I am going to change the (non-existant) rules a bit.
I will now endeavour to cover a minimum of 500 miles per month. This can be run or cycled (or rowed if I ever find myself in reach of a river). Time spent on the turbo will count and will be measured as if it had been at 15mph for UT2 and 18mph for UT1. These seem to equate to speeds on the road for such efforts while also working out nicely considering most of my turbo sessions are 40 minutes.
This works out at just under 17 miles a day. My usual training routes range from ~14-21. Turbo sessions would most likely be 10 or 12. On paper, this challenge seems doable. The most important aspect, and the one I would most like to take away from this, is the routine of riding every day. Murakami has a rule that he never has two days off in a row. If I can replicate this I will be more than happy.
In practice I imagine I will struggle to achieve the 500 mile target, at least for the first couple of months. So far this month I have only covered 31 miles. This isn’t looking good already.