1 - Personal preparation.
2 - Vehicle Preparation.
3 - Event Preparation.
It is a good idea to segregate the three into separate 'folders' and in doing so it makes things clearer and simpler avoiding confusion and possible failures.
Basically, compartmentalise and then List ! it's what I used to do on a daily basis as part of my job when I was particularly busy and the consequence of missing something could have been serious causing upset and hurt to a client. Further more, using red and green pens along with standard black means I can monitor at a glance what has been done and what needs to be done.
Personal preparation is probably the easiest (technically speaking) to arrange. Important for Speed Week is to be physically fit, bike fit and . . . lose some weight to allow the bike the opportunity to go a bit faster. It's that E = MC squared thing again !
The conventional wisdom is to go on a diet, eat less and take green coffee tablets or what ever happens to be the fashionable supplement at the time. This may get you started and some weight loss will be attained, however, my target is to lose 14 lb (7 kilos ) and I am half way there now in just over six weeks losing 1 lb a week. It's now getting tougher, so we are past the 'conventional diet' stage which is unsistainable in the longer term and my weight loss programme will now change to an Atkins-style of lower carb, minimal sugar, steady exercise format where I will have a low-carb high protein breakfast, some mixed nuts and dried fruit at lunch, and a small-portion hot diner with plenty vegetables but less starchy component. Low fat diets are NOT the way to lose weight, significantly reducing sugar consumption and balancing out insulin release is much more helpful.
Another element of physical preparation is being bike-fit (off-road track biking) and yoga for balance and co-ordination. I am now attending a bikers yoga class once a week and feeling the benefits already. If it works for the TT riders, it will do for me !
Walking, swimming, weight training and static cycling are all done on rotation to maintain a higher level of calorific burn-up in order to improve physical fitness whilst burning a few more calories and in doing so, maintain a slight calorific deficit, . . . this loses weight in the form of stored fat.
And if I slip-up in a moment of weakness and have a starchy snack, no worries, so long as it's at the weekend only and not regular, I will forgive myself.
Here's what I had yesterday, Frazzles, 2 packets, they were yummy but no more till next week end.
|. . .frazzleicious !|