There is only so much that a training app algorithm and YouTube can do, so I interviewed a few coaches and signed up with Togo.
He told me he would be straight talking, and he was true to his word.
Being told what not to do is sometimes more valuable than being told what to do,
but just having him there to make sense of my numbers, guide me as I learnt about my body, and consult as we tried and tested nutrition and fuelling on the bike was invaluable.
Working with Togo in 2020 saw me destroy my century PB with a 4 hour and 15 minutes for the Ride London 100 miles sportive.
I then felt totally destroyed in hotter conditions over the same distance but with 3 times more climbing metres, as I topped Alpe D’Huez and finished the Etape du Tour 6 weeks later.
Going in to 2023 we decided it was time for my first race, and I signed up for the Tour of Cambridgeshire (TOC). Togo devised a programme focusing on my base over the winter and strength and speed in the run up to the event.
I was the strongest I’d ever been, my FTP was over 300 watts and I was smashing everyone on the club ride,
but on the day I was just not strong enough. I averaged over 300 watts in the first hour, holding the wheel and managing peloton surges that meant I smashed all my power PBs, and set new HR thresholds. It was a tough introduction to racing, then I crashed. A bidon came out of nowhere and hit my front wheel, I went down hard, picked myself up quickly and rode on. I finished, but my bike and I were broken.
King Alfred's Way (KAW) and multiday events are planned for late summer 2023, and on the bucket list, the full 21 days of Tour de France.
Its been an incredible few years working with Njinga and I know I have it in me to continue to achieve new milestones with the coaching and support from Togo.