Preparation Days (13/01 – 14/01)
We got some instructions on beforehand like to try to limit our physical (intensive) efforts and be very well-hydrated. To do that, I planned my last Zwift (indoor ride) session on Tuesday evening so that I would be well-rested for Friday. Next to being well-rested, we needed to be well-hydrated so my days before existed mostly about drinking liters of water and being prepared for the tests.
Testing day (15/01)
On Friday, the first medical tests were planned for the EY Cycling Tour! Before the test, we had a short conversation with the sports doctor who guided us through to process of what we could expect from the day.
Afterwards, I first started with the body scan which measured my height, weight, body fat and muscle weight. Then it was time to start the ‘sufferfest’. The test itself started at a minimum resistance (100 watts for the cycling enthusiasts) and every 5 minutes, they increased the resistance by 40 watts. The first cycles were pretty okay. But after a while, my legs started to burnand I was only halfway there! I needed to keep the pace as long as possible. I stopped somewhere within 340 watts and I felt completely tired.
After the test, we had time to recover a bit and had a chat with our coaches who will guide us through the upcoming months. They explained clearly what we will do and how we need to train for the 615km tour.
I’m already looking forward to starting training for this event!