What else to do but forge forward to conquer my next cycling challenges? Ride London and a couple of events in Cape Town: the Cape Rouleur and the Argus. The latter two races are in March and cover 1,000km in a week between them. But training through the cold, wet London winter for long distances and balancing a demanding international job was a terribly dangerous way to go about it.
Luckily, we'd become aware of this cool-looking cycle academy called Njinga, and training changed forever.
Our training became more focused, constructive and measured and also fitting in a long weekend ride-out on the road was the perfect work-life-ride balance.Njinga's FTP builder programme & the Cape Rouleur
For my first Njinga experience, I took on the FTP builder Group Indoor Training Programme led by Togo and learnt techniques for cycling I didn’t know existed like smooth pedal strokes and threshold zone training.
Over eight weeks, I built my strength and stamina and added over 20 watts to the FTP score and achieved a 3.6 power-to-weight ratio.
The results of the training programme really showed in South Africa when I surprised myself entirely, finishing the 3rd amateur female in the Cape Rouleur.
Ride100: from 5h15m to 4h46m
I've always had a mental block with hills – I seem to slow up before I've even started climbing for fear of what's ahead. This mental block resulted in a finishing time of 5h15m for my first Ride100 which I did as an enthusiastic leisure rider.
For my second Ride100, the only thing I could see to do was Njinga's Mountain Goat training programme, and WOW –
I added mental and physical strength to my climbing and finished in 4h46m!