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Currently training for the UCI Hour Record at Revolution, Paralympic Gold medallist, and cycling inspiration, Dame Sarah Storey, gives us her low day of her time training in her favourite sports complex, Club La Santa.

8-8.30am: Wake-up and either do an easy Hour before breakfast or if I have a long ride planned then I eat breakfast straightaway. This consists of a glass of juice with my morning vitamins and fish oils, two sachets of CNP Protein porridge with semi-skimmed milk and a banana plus two cups of black coffee.

9.30-10am: If I have a long ride then I would head out by 10am after checking the tyre pressure at the Bike Centre. I always take 2 ×750ml of CNP Pro Hydrate on my rides as well as money to buy extra water if I need to. In my pockets I have a selection of food, banana being the favourite alongside my CNP caffeine and Hydro gels, energy bars and for the longest rides a protein flapjack. I eat something 2 or 3 times an hour so I am constantly fuelled and will sip my drink for the whole ride, except during efforts. I always make sure I take my caffeine gels at least 20 minutes before the start of the efforts.

I ride a Ridley Helium training bike with 11 speed Di2, 38cm handlebars and a PRO Falcon saddle, my wheels are Ultegra with Schwalbe One clinchers. For road training and racing I have the Lazer Z1 helmet and Magneto glasses.

These long rides can vary from 3-5 hours and will always take in at least 2 of the many climbs on the island. The longest climb is up Tabayesco and this is 10km so perfect for threshold work as it takes about 30 minutes to get up. I won’t do efforts on every ride as with a 5 hour ride I can achieve over 2000m of climbing which is a challenge in itself!

2-3pm: Return from the ride for a CNP PRO MR recovery drink which contains a good balance of carbohydrate and protein, it doesn’t take long to drink and after a quick shower I head to the Pool Bar for lunch. This usually is a hearty salad, omelette or a famous CLS triple decker sandwich, washed down with water and another coffee.

3.30pm: If I did a pre-breakfast ride then I would be heading out for my main session of the day around 3.30pm. This would be on my Time Trial bike and the session include specific length efforts with target powers to hold.

5.30pm: Either returning from a ride or heading to the Wellness for a massage. Recovery is key to the next session being done well!

6.30pm: Dinner in Atlantico. The all-you-can-eat buffet is perfect for refuelling after a day of training! Pasta, rice and vegetables with fish or meat and plenty of salad. There is plenty of choice everyday.

7.30-9.30pm: Chill out and play with Louisa before I put her to bed. She isn’t an early to bed baby so that suits everyone well. I usually head to bed soon after her.

9.30-10pm: Bed!


We are very excited to announce that Sarah will be taking part in a very special 1 hour Twitter Takeover while during her stay at Club La Santa. Want to know how she balances motherhood with training? Or how she is feeling for her upcoming hour record challenge? All you have to do it visit our Twitter page , ask your questions and add #AskDameSarah.

Sarah will be taking over the @ClubLaSantauk from 10.00-11.00am! PLUS as an extra treat to our lovely Club La Santa followers, Sarah’s favourite question will win 2 tickets to watch Sarah take on the UCI world record in London!

Date Posted: 16th January 2015

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