Hi All and especially the @coaches
I have seen the bit on Data Protection on Sufferfest not being for kids, but is it suitable for kids on a training level?
My son is coming up to 14 and has trained on the road with me and a bit of Zwift over winter which he didn’t really engage with (there are free accounts for kids).
He has started training more and recently did some group sessions with me on Circuit Zolder in Belgium, doing some laps at 40+kph. He did his first race for 14 year olds (born 2007) this weekend and came 25th, without really training for racing, just having fun with dad. The race was at a blistering (for 14 year olds) 38.3 kph average.
He said he’d never done anything that hard despite running cross country running competitions and track and field. Rather than being disheartened, he would like to race more and is signed up next week for another race here in Belgium.
He would like to get more organised about his training and is more than prepared to “Suffer”, so is there any reason why over winter, I shouldn’t put him on a 12 week road plan in “Novice” mode?
I’ve always trained and used to race but stopped racing several years ago, but got back into it more seriously lately (inspired by my son and wanting to keep up with him for a little longer) and my FTP has gone up 21% with 2x12 week plans, one on Intermediate, one on Advanced, so I know it works.
So, any reason he should not do Sufferfest apart from Data Protection/GDPR and the odd swear word, which he has heard worse from dad when we’ve been cut up on the road by a car driver?? And I’m sure he’s heard worse with his friends!!
Your advice greatly appreciated.