Well, my original Mt Sufferlandria plans (mentioned on another thread a while back) were cancelled due to Covid, but I revised this to getting my Super Randonneur status within a month (this is riding 200, 300, 400 & 600km Audax rides). Finished this on Monday, after doing the last two of those within four days.
A few things to comment on:
Yoga & Elements of Style made a HUGE difference to pain on the bike - I still get a bit of shoulder ache, but back pain is gone. Can’t recommend @abicarver’s workouts enough.
There isn’t really a training plan for ultra-distance cycling. I did the Climbing and Hilly Grand Fondo plans, and they work in that they’ve improved my base strength, making it easier to keep a decent speed for hours without working too hard. I do wonder whether it’s possible to have something more focused on long-distance, though. Without spending hours on a trainer, though:)
Yoga on the bike: I developed a routine a few years back to try relieve shoulder/back ache, and found that it’s a subset of the In The Office yoga workout. But it made me think that there might be room for a dedicated 1-minute routine that can be done while cycling outdoors (i.e. safe!) at regular intervals to keep things loose. Any ideas on this? (I currently do a sort of cat/cow, and twist my head left & right, and when possible (freewheeling downhill) do spinal twists).
Altogether, though - SUF has had a huge impact on my cycling this year - and I’ve only been around since late 2020. I tended to be of the “just go out and cycle up as many hills as I can” mentality, but I really feel stronger, more well rounded, and less prone to injury than ever before. And looking forward to the winter for a change.