Catching my breath after a long climb
Above the clouds at the top of Hogback Mountain on Skyline Drive
Getting back to work means less time for long rides. I did get in a century today, a cool, sunny, clear day that made cycling a pleasure. It is my first in 3 weeks. Doing a century feels effortless; what a change from the spring.
Most of my rides have been shorter: 30 to 50 miles. I don’t know if they really count for training. But it is the only way to get 300 miles a week. At least I am getting in the rhythm of daily riding. It has been 14 straight days.
Friday was true training. I got in 56 miles. It was climbing in the rain: over 6000 feet of climbing. That counts as work.
The 1893 wooden swing bridge at New Richmond, my favorite place to snack.In addition to the sheer volume of 300 miles per week, there are 3 goals remaining in my training: climbing 8000 feet regularly and getting in long rides of 150 and 200 miles. Yesterday I rode my first double century. I started before 7am and finished after 8 pm, with good breaks at miles 75, 130 and 182. I had planned to tackle 150 but the day was comfortable and I felt strong. So I kept going.
I was fundamentally strong. Hydration and nutrition were good, no bruises, no equipment problems, and the flat West Michigan roads meant that I could stand for the few hills. The only thing that wasn’t strong was my fundament: but I can accept chafing after 200 miles.
I am beginning to believe I can complete the whole journey.
Home on the lake shore.