Minimal training LEJOG

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Minimal training LEJOG

Postby ryanp » 4 Jul 2018, 6:05pm

Hi all, just hoping for some advice to see if this is at all possible.

I'm a 32 year old male, reasonably fit, gym goer but not a regular cyclist. Last week I was offered a cancellation for a 14 day supported LEJOG in 1 month. I decided to establish a baseline and did way of the roses over the weekend, I did a slight detour so approx 3 x 60 mile days with luggage in approx 26-30 degrees heat and some headwind. I managed it but found it very tough and had to push my bike at several points. My quads were on fire on Monday.

I really don't know how to interpret this baseline regarding LEJOG, I think the route averages 74mpd but it is supported. Do people think that may be a step too far and foolish to attempt?

Any help would be massively appreciated!

Many thanks

Ryan

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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby Vorpal » 4 Jul 2018, 6:27pm

I think it's feasible, if you managed okay with Way of the Roses. Ride your bike at least every other day (can you commute to work on your bike?) and do increasingly longer rides on the weekends. Leave at least one rest day per week; two is better.

Rest a week before you go & get your bike serviced.

Walking up hills is probably gearing as much as fitness. It's possible that you will have to walk up a hill or two on LEJoG, as well. Don't let that bother you; just enjoy the ride.
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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby Cyril Haearn » 4 Jul 2018, 7:17pm

You could skip some stages, take the train and have some time to recover
Maybe that will not be necessary, you might get fitter and stronger each day
There are lots of LeJoG stories on here to inspire you
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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby thirdcrank » 4 Jul 2018, 7:52pm

If you can do rides like that with no preparation I'd suggest you should be OK, so long as you keep it up between now and then.

For most riders new to cycling / returning after a long break, the physical problem is a sore backside. Although some people assume it can be eased with a soft saddle, it's caused by the muscles in the backside (gluteus maximus?) not being used to working while being sat on. Soon cured by regular riding.

The other thing can be worrying too much about whether the task ahead is too great. We get some people wanting to prepare for a ride without any experience and the general advice is to get some miles in, including eventually some back-to-back rides if people are planning something like a LEJOG. You've done that already and I'd say if you can do three consecutive sixty mile rides in the Dales / North York Moors you really should be fine. You already have a good idea of what you might be letting yourself in for so it shouldn't involve fear of the unknown.

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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 4 Jul 2018, 8:00pm

Hi,
Your age means you can adjust easily to physical challenges and you now have experience.
Only point would be get someone to look at your bike set up to make sure your saddle is not too low, quick guide is to straighten your leg and your heel should touch the pedal, cranks aligned with seat tube, I am assuming that you are clipped in.

Good luck and enjoy the ride.
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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby althebike » 4 Jul 2018, 9:42pm

If 74 miles worries you, then how about 2 legs of 25 miles with a break after each one, then a shorter leg of 24 miles with the evening meal and early night to look forward to. I do not know how your organised tour will plan it but it should allow for a range of abilities.
You should recover after each ride if you keep your intensity down, so no racing other riders or pushing yourself to keep up with a fitter rider , enjoy it and good luck.

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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby pwa » 4 Jul 2018, 11:55pm

I did LEJOG in the late 1980s with no training and little recent experience of rides over 30 miles, and I just got stronger as I did it. Just do a few rides to get your body used to cycling, which is different to other forms of exercise, and don't worry about it.

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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby Vorpal » 5 Jul 2018, 7:03am

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Your age means you can adjust easily to physical challenges and you now have experience.
Only point would be get someone to look at your bike set up to make sure your saddle is not too low, quick guide is to straighten your leg and your heel should touch the pedal, cranks aligned with seat tube, I am assuming that you are clipped in.

Good luck and enjoy the ride.

That's a good point, and a common mistake. It could also explain the Monday discomfort. You could have a look at member 531colin's bike set-up guide, too http://wheel-easy.org.uk/uploads/docume ... 02017a.pdf

Clipped in, though, isn't needed, and you should stick with what you've got at this point.
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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby Spinners » 5 Jul 2018, 7:37am

No problem. Go for it!
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Re: Minimal training LEJOG

Postby PhilPub » 5 Jul 2018, 9:21am

Definitely doable.
Did you end up walking because you ran out of gears on hills? There's no avoiding hills on LEJOG but you'll manage the distance a lot easier if you can ride (slowly) up the hills rather than walking any distance. Might be worth reviewing your gearing options?