Saturday, June 12, 2010
Yesterday, praise be to God, I took my last training ride before the Paul Bunyan Double Century on June 19. I have a whole lot to say about this one and so I'm going to spread my thoughts out over three days. Today I will blog about the basic facts of the ride, tomorrow about the nature of the ride and how I felt along the way, and the next day about my training plan. So with that here's the first part of what I wrote in my biking journal.
Yesterday was my last training ride for the Paul Bunyan Double Century and I almost didnít get it in.
The alarm went off at 3:50, I rolled out of bed at 4:00, and already I could hear the thunder and see the lighteningónot a good sign! But I went through the morning routine anyway just to mimic next week one more time and attempted to drive up north to check out a possible alternative route around the south side of Lake Mil Lacs.
However, the rain was coming down so hard that I couldnít see more than five car-lengths in front of me and my little 1990 Honda Accord was beginning to hydroplane so I decided to head back to Elk River, stop by Anytime Fitness for a quick walk, and get a drink at Caribou in the hope that the weather would pass. But the rain just kept pouring down!
So I decided to just try to get in as many miles as I could, when I could, and thus headed home, checked a few of my favored weather sites, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the weather was going to break around 8:30 and stay relatively dry for the following six or seven hours. Seeing that, I decided to squeeze in a fairly fast-paced century but about 30 miles in I realized that I didnít have the strength to ride fast for that distance and thus backed off to a pace I felt I could hold.
When I checked the weather after my first 39.2 mile loop, I saw that it was likely going to remain dry into the night and therefore I adjusted the plan one more time and decided to go for the full 150 miles. I resolved to finish the ride on the trainer if the storms fired back up or if the sun set before I was through, and I felt thrilled that I was going to be able to complete this final training ride.
As for the route, I used the house as my anchoring place and took three loops. I began with a 39.2 mile loop which I completed in 2:24:12 at 16.2 mph. I then took a 57 mile loop, with a rest stop in the middle, which I completed in 3:57:04 at 14.6 mph (cumulative 96.2 miles in 6:10:51 at 15.1). Finally, I took a 53.8 mile loop which I completed in 3:49:01 at 14.0 mph (cumulative 150.0 in 10:10:23 at 14.7 with 2 hours of rest at 4 stops; I hit the century mark in 6:38:09 at 15.1).
Tomorrow I will share my thoughts about the nature of the ride and how I felt along the way. I'll try to put you on the bike with me!
God bless and thanks for reading.