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I've got a training plan. I'm gonna get trained.

There comes a time in a man's life when he sees a picture of himself hanging off the back of a Cat 4 race, and he thinks to himself: I'm a bit fat, and not fit enough even for the very bottom rung of the sport I love, which is more than a bit disappointing. Okay, maybe it doesn't happen to everyone. But it did to me.

So. That's where I find myself right now. I've made plenty of excuses, but enough is enough. It's time for some affirmative action, and that's where Dave Smith comes in. Dave's a sports scientist with coaching experience up to Olympic level. He's helped a hatful of chuffers like me, as well as a wide selection of elite athletes. So I asked him.

I just got Dave's training plan for the next 3 months or so. It is, and also it isn't, what I expected. I knew already that his approach wasn't totally mainstream, so that wasn't a surprise. Having said that, the plan certainly surprised me a bit, especially some aspects of the nutrition side. To get to where Dave wants me to be, nutrition-wise... well, it's a fairly long way from where I am now, let's just say that. It'll be an interesting journey.

I'll try and update on here every two weeks. That's as much to keep me focused as it is to specifically keep anyone informed. I'm not good at rigid frameworks. I'll need some help. And the fear of having to say on here how I'm getting on will be a more effective stick than the fear that I've wasted my money.

Anyway, let's go.

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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