My Next ChallengeGoing Bespoke and Training Smarter
The biggest one? To ride Tour de France’s Mont Ventoux. I knew two things: it would be tougher than anything I’d done before, and that the reward would be worth the sacrifice.
With the solid cycling foundation Njinga’s FTP programme helped me build — including base-line knowledge on pedal technique, understanding wattbikes and, most importantly, building my FTP score — I felt confident. I’d gone up 39 watts in my FTP score to 240 watts and seen a 20% improvement and made the All Time Njinga FTP Improver Leaderboard.
And then on holiday disaster struck: a ski accident that left me with only seven weeks to prepare for the ‘Beast of Provence’. I thought that was it — I’d have to throw in the towel and maybe try again the next year. Then I recalled that, alongside their regular training sessions, Njinga also offers multi week bespoke training programmes. Having already done an Njinga programme, I knew what to expect and felt excited: scientific-based, razor-focused, efficient training with no junk miles in sight. It was the best chance I had at getting myself ready for a ‘hors categorie’ climb (the French term used in stage bicycle races to designate a climb that is "beyond categorisation") in under two months.
Having already done an Njinga programme, I knew what to expect and felt excited: scientific-based, razor-focused, efficient training with no junk miles in sight.
It was the best chance I had at getting myself climb-a-giant-mountain-ready in under two months.
Njinga’s Bespoke Training Programmes
At the beginning of the programme, I was given a clear training guide that laid out all the training sessions I’d take and detailed how and why they'd help me build towards my Mount Ventoux goal.
Right away, I knew I’d made the right decision to tailor my training with Njinga.
From the core aspects of the plan — the bespoke strength- and climbing-focused sessions, the comprehensive nutritional advice on when and what to eat to fuel my training — to the small stuff, like my favourite Wattbike always being reserved for me, the programme was exceptional.
At the end of each training session, I was provided with detailed stats on my heart rate, power, effort levels, and more, so I could tangibly track the data and review my progress with my Njinga coach.
Every session was challenging and tough. But with each one, as my numbers improved, I felt my confidence and stamina grow.
More than that, what makes this programme truly irreplaceable is the feeling of community and support that thrives at Njinga.