I have signed up for Andalucia Bike Race. It's a mountain bike stage race with six days of racing. The event start is on the 26th of February.
OverviewDuration: 6 days / stages
Total distance: 413 km
Total climbing: 9732 hm
The race takes place in the Andalucia region of Spain. Three of the stages start in Cordoba, one in Andujar, and the last two from Linares. There's a lot of climbing which, as you know, I like.
Today is about five weeks until the race starts. I'm trying to work out a good training strategy for the time leading up to the race. I need to drop some weight. This morning I was at just below 75kg. I want to get closer to 70kg.
Updates(2016 December about 79kg)
2017-Feb-16: 72.8kg (less training the last weeks before the race means weight has stopped decreasing)
Achilles tendon is getting better. The reduced training load of the last two weeks before the race is helping. I did two mountain bike sessions this weekend with just a little bit of pain. Hopefully this last week before the race, with even less training, will make the tendon heal completely.
Here's the previous week of training:
The race officials have updated the route of the event. All stages have gotten longer and harder. I've updated the totals and the profile on this blog today.
I currently (after last weekend's heavy training) have a very painful and swollen achilles tendon. I have not been able to train properly (on the bike) since Sunday. Today (Wednesday) I just did a slow commute and even that hurt.
4 weeks of heavy training finished. Two weeks to go before the race. Now I go into the taper period:
The list of participants was released today. It seems that there are 160 riders in the M40 category (my category): http://www.andaluciabikerace.com/carrera/participantes
Stage 1 (XCT) - Villafranca de Córdoba 31,1 km | 1.118 m+
Stage 2 (XCM) - Córdoba 80,0 km | 1.803 m+
Stage 3 (XCM) - Córdoba 79,4 km | 2.039 m+
Stage 4 (XCM) - Andújar 69,7 km | 1.885 m+
Stage 5 (XCM) - Linares 103,7 km | 1.911 m+
Stage 6 (XCM) - Linares 49,3 km | 976 m+