What are your thoughts on this last 14 day period. Train hard or not at all, long rides, short rides any suggestions ?
The advice that I've been given by various folks is that the last 14 days is all about tapering. You are as strong as you're going to get for this ride. Stay fresh and don't get injured. If you need to obsess about something, focus on your packing.
Personally, I'm still doing my commute, but it's all regular pace and nothing intense. No intervals, no hard hill climbs (except for when I'm running late to home and need to cook dinner), no chasing unencumbered roadies. I did a 75 mile training ride on Saturday, and here's a 350k populaire scheduled for this weekend that I might do, but there's a bunch of us talking about riding it "undocumented" and just doing half of it. The full route is a loop from Boston to Springfield with a cookout at the midway point in Barre Falls, and a few of us are considering just riding to Barre and back, instead. We'll see.
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please do not try to do any track racing from now till then. I got real scared when a sprint produced a mysterious muscle strain. It would suck to not do PBP cause of a little mishap in the city 14 days prior.
I tend to take an aproach not so much to taper before an event like this but to simply fill in extra time to prepare.... This includes double checking passport, air tix, also doing things around the house... Getting forms to postpone mail service... and so on...
I do recommend not to do too much interval training however due to the reasons above where it is possible to sprain a muscle or even injur a back muscle etc...
Two weeks back was my last long distance ride as training... where I rode from Ft Lauderdale to Naples (165 miles) spent the night and rode back. I'm still riding daily when possible but steady riding with no sprints... Speed is a bit reduced but I still follow out the sprint group as a starting lead up to the 30mph and then I just hold and pull over to let them go to town...
I'm getting ready to pack the bike tonight-and-tomorrow but I have a spare bike to ride until Friday... This Saturday I fly to London where I won't be able to get on the bike for around 5 days later when I get to Paris and assemble it and take it on a test ride.... I may do a bit on the Ourcq Canal Bike Route for this....