I’ll admit it, after 3 Haute Routes I still have to look on the Interwebs to find out how to taper for the damn thing. It seems like conventional wisdom says to still ride as you usually do, with the same intensity, but reduce your time on the bike by 50% or so.
For me this would mean riding most days next week, with probably the travel day (Friday) off.
There is unconventional wisdom, too, however, and it says you want to be as fresh as possible, so take the whole week off.
If you are riding Haute Route, what’s your plan? Be quick with your answer…I need to know what to do tomorrow!
In related news, I climbed Ventoux yesterday with fellow Haute Router, Brad, and I was happy to see myself reaching the top under 1:40. Brad did 1:36 and we probably ‘lost’ a few minutes out Bédoin, where we were chatting and hadn’t yet realized we were going to hammer it. I’m not sure an effort like this was the best thing a week from the event, but I’m glad I did it because it gives me hope for surviving the Pyrenees for 7 days straight.