In this week's Trans Baviaans Countdown we are going to discuss the Training. This Training Program, designed by Leon Scheepers, spans 20 Weeks. This will give you a good guideline on where you should be at now and what you can achieve when the time comes to stand by your team mates!
Just remember to have fun in the process. “It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery This is a 20 week training program and is only a general program which will give you a good guideline on where you should be at with your training for the Trans Baviaans.
Leon Scheepers did not design this program around lactate like most other specialized training, instead you should be training from your maximum heart rate. The formula to get your maximum heart rate is as follows:
Option 1 First, determine your average resting heart rate, measure your heart rate in morning before you get out of bed for 3 days then average it out. Next find your maximum heart rate: 220 minus your age = Estimated maximum heart rate Next subtract you estimated maximum heart rate from your resting heart rate, multiply this value with the percentage intensity and then add the resting heart rate up again, this will give the given training zone.
Option 2 Go find a long hill and do a proper warm up then zero heart rate monitor and ride as hard as you can up the hill until you cannot carry on any more. The maximum heart rate from this test will then be your maximum heart rate.
Don’t die in the process of doing this test. Read here for the full training program. Source: www.transbaviaans.co.za "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory." - General Patton You should more or less be busy with Week 13 of the training program, depending on which event you will be attending. This is an Excellent Training Program, and anyone who followed this program will be well prepared for the Trans Baviaans. “Adventure is out there!” - Ellie, Up