My training routine has kept me sane this month! I've been doing well to keep up the mountain bike riding in the cold, windy and rainy conditions in January. I think I've been averaging around 50 miles a week, but I've done some really good long routes including a 4 hour trail ride which (Google Earth tells me) had an elevation gain of over 3000ft!
The regular post-work night time route which I do twice a week is a 15 mile-ish loop that crests Caerphilly mountain. Then I'm free to go for a nice trail ride on the weekend. Normally about 20 miles with some nice off road trails.
If I can keep this up, it should at least give me a base level of fitness for the first few races of the season. I have done about 4 hours riding on my EXC so far, and the first race is coming up in 5 weeks time. That will be the Brechfa Rally, the opening round of the 2014 All Terrain Rally Challenge.
I can't wait to see what the competition's going to be like in the >250cc two strokes class. If it's anything like the >350cc four strokes class of last year, it'll be highly competitive.
For those of you who don't know, the UK rallies normally have a rating system 1-10 for ability levels. You rate your own ability, with 1 being the experts and 10 being the beginners. If I remember correctly, at the start of last year, I started off racing my first full season of rallies at the Brechfa Rally at 5. Throughout the year over 6 rounds my results improved and I am now comfortably racing at 3.
Bring on the Brechfa on the 9th of March!