My Week in Numbers: Mary Wilkinson

Although she’s better known for her eRacing performances on Zwift, Canyon eSports’ Mary Wilkinson is also a formidable rider on the road. We spoke to Mary to find out all about her week in numbers.

Although she’s better known for her eRacing performances on Zwift, Canyon eSports’ Mary Wilkinson is also a formidable rider on the road.

And while the UK outdoor road season is coming towards a close, there’s still plenty for Mary to train and race for in the coming weeks.

We spoke to Mary to find out all about her week in numbers.

“It was a busy week building in preparation for the upcoming Zwift season and the National Hill Climb Championships in October – a really key period to get in some good aerobic volume and to touch on intensity.

“I started off with a hill climb race on the Monday evening before a functional threshold session two days later. I did an aerobic capacity session as well as two four-hour hilly endurance rides, an active recovery ride and I even managed time for a rest day.

“All in all, I spent just over 16 hours on the bike covering 266 miles. I live in the Yorkshire Dales – I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful places to ride, but it does mean a lot of hills! I ascended almost 7000 metres during the week and part of my training took me up the Great Dun Fell near Kirkby Stephen – the highest paved road in the UK.

“Every ride I go on feels like an opportunity to explore and enjoy the amazing world in which I live and I love the chance to go and ride somewhere new. Being able to train in such beautiful surroundings is definitely a huge motivational factor.

“I’d be lying if I said I always fully appreciated it during my big effort rides, but I definitely soak it all in during the recovery sessions!

“Training indoors for Zwift racing brings different challenges and I can understand why some riders might find it tough not being out on the open road.

“For me, my motivation indoors is just to be the best athlete I can be and to make sure I am as strong as possible to support my teammates. That’s what drives me to push myself as hard as I can.

Photo credit: Anthony Wood

“I feel very lucky that technology allows us to feel incredibly immersed in a video game, such as Zwift. Tech plays a big part in my training now and the InfoCrank power meter has been a total game-changer. I can now work towards the goals set by my coach and have complete confidence in the data I’m seeing.

“During the week, I reached a maximum power of 720 watts (12/6w/kg) and my average power during the hill climb in Ulverston in the Lake District was 362 watts (6.3w/kg).

“I know I have to commit to hitting the targets my coach sets and to dig deep to hold a wheel in a Zwift race, or I’ll be disappointed with myself.

“All I can do is give my best and as long as I do that, I’m happy.”

Fast Facts:

Total km ridden: 428km

Total time on bike: 16.07 hours

Meters ascended: 6969m

Max power: 720 watts 

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