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Epic Camp France 2011 – Performance Analysis

Epic Camp France 2011 – Performance Analysis

If you are unfamiliar with terms like Training Stress Score or Performance Management Chart then much of this post will go over your head. I want to close Epic Camp with a look at the numbers behind the training. I’ve written extensively on how camp progressed and how I felt, but never had time to […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Afterthoughts

Epic Camp France 2011 – Afterthoughts

Every Epic Camp is different. Different athletes, motivations and objectives; on a personal level I’ve approached each at differing levels of fitness. They are always challenging, but it’s up to each athlete to make the most of them. Points provide some incentive, camp completion another; how you survive is your choice, it can be as […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 8 – Survival

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 8 – Survival

I’ll be brief. Longer blogs about the camp, the experience and the event of the last eight days will follow, but for now I want to get something up and go out and celebrate camp completion. We had one, single task today – ride from Annecy to Lyon. 175km taking in the Col du Grand […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 7 – Pure Fatigue

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 7 – Pure Fatigue

I had my first solid night’s sleep of camp, only waking when the alarm sounded at 6:30. I appreciate the rest, but unfortunately it was a sign of the level of fatigue I’ve reached. My legs felt dead and my motivation was waning. Still I traipsed down to the lobby and met the other guys […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 6 – The ‘Easy’ Day

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 6 – The ‘Easy’ Day

After five hard days of training, a chance to kick back and relax; at least after Epic Camp’s easy training is done. There was no lie in, not that I’d slept much in our hot hotel room; window open, the noise of Annecy kept me awake, peaking with a 5am brawl outside our hotel. Tired […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 5 – A Minor Detonation

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 5 – A Minor Detonation

I was hoping that a massage, sleeping with compression on and raising the foot of my bed would be enough to keep my legs in working order for the fifth day of camp. A group of us started day five with a run up the hills of Briancon to the old town, a medieval castle; […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 4 – Living up to Green

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 4 – Living up to Green

This is going to be brief (and unedited), though hopefully not truncated like yesterday’s entry was. Time is limited; sleep, food, massage and of course training take precedent. Blogging will suffer, but I’ll catch up properly when we hit the easy day. Before that I have one more hard ride to push my body through. […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 3 – On the Front

Epic Camp France 2011 – Day 3 – On the Front

End of the third day of camp and I’m exhausted. Fortunately when the day started I’d managed eight hours sleep thanks to a pair of ear plugs and some antihistamines. I’d slept well, but my reaction to the previous day’s wasp sting had left me with a swollen head, I could barely open my right […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – The first two days

Epic Camp France 2011 – The first two days

Day 1 – Hard riding and Accidents I came into Epic Camp at a new level of bike fitness and spent the first day testing this. Tactically foolish and in opposition to my objective of controlling my effort. We drove to the start of the first ride, 120km to Embrun with a Col or two […]


Epic Camp France 2011 – The Day Before

Epic Camp France 2011 – The Day Before

There are a handful of occasions each year when I really stretch myself in training. Epic Camp brings eight days of pushing my limits together and places them in a supportive, but highly competitive environment. A camaraderie develops between Epic Campers, we share the suffering and also a cruel pleasure in making each other hurt. […]