Training for the Cape Town Cycle Tour
I have no idea how he did it but Togo knew exactly what type of training was going to work well for me. He helped me discover that I’m a power athlete:
The harder Togo worked me, the more I loved it.
He intuitively knew the physiological changes I needed to make in order to get stronger, a distinctive departure from every other coach I’ve ever had before.
Some days I smashed my training goals. Other days were tough and I couldn’t train. Whatever the day I was having, Togo was there, supporting and encouraging me whilst pushing me to achieve what he knew I could.
My goal for the Cape Town Cycle Tour was 3h15 at 33.4 km/h.
The day of the big race
When the day arrived, I huddled in my start pen with 150 other riders. Though my nerves were shot, legs heavy and stomach churning, Togo had prepared me well and I told myself that all I needed to do was sit on the wheels.
When the gun went off and we surged forward, my legs screamed at me. Luckily I knew my body well enough to know that it takes about 50km to warm up properly, so I just dug deep and pedalled.
Riding in a huge peloton of 300+ riders, we maintained speeds of around 37-40 km/hr.
When I reached the climbs, for the first time in my life I was overtaking fellow cyclists on the climbs.
It felt comfortable, manageable and I was in great form.
At the top of the last climb, with 15km to go, I began to attack; some riders came with me and we formed a group riding well together until the last kilometre. I looked at my time – I was on track for a sub 3h10! I changed gears, went on my drops and pushed hard all the way to the end and over the finish line.
Later on, I discovered that not only had I achieved a 3h07 finishing time at 35 km/h, but I was eighth in my age group and the 31st female overall out of 3,200 female participants.