Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I have set two goals for myself. One is short term and my deadline is October 11. The other goal is for next year.
GOAL 1: I'm going to do an organized ride on October 11 called the Colorburst Tour, provided funds are available. It's only $20, so I should be able to afford the entry fee, job or no job. There are 4 loops (17, 30, 62, 100) and I'm shooting for the 30 miler. It's a one day ride and that means getting some serious training in, watching everything I eat and making sure my bike will survive. I've done this ride before, although a shorter version (25 miles), and pulling a trailer packed with kids. I can do this one on "Ol' Rusty" pretty easily. That's step one to my next year goal.
GOAL 2: To do the century ride that's connected with the Colorburst tour. A century is 100 miles in one day. That should be almost exactly 1 year from this year's date. That ride is going to take even more intense training and the training should take me all summer. How I'm going to schedule the rides I'll need to do beforehand is going to be tricky. I'd have to have a new bike. Ol' Rusty is too heavy for me to keep the speed up that I'd need to maintain to complete it in a reasonable amount of time. I'd have to do at least 20-25 mph to get done in less than 6 hours. 15mph isn't going to cut it.
TRAINING: Well, I started today on my training for the 30 miler coming up. I went 21.2 miles today, finishing in about 1h 45m, not counting breaks. It was blazing hot today, so I went around 9:00 to beat most of the heat. Still sweated my booty off.
I would have gone earlier, but had to eat and let it settle somewhat. Still working out how to not make myself nauseaus by eating too close or too much. Plus, it was the first day of school and I needed to make sure the kids were long gone and take a few to relax. I can't really eat while they're getting ready. I'm in their way - Heaven Forbid! Teenagers!
Drank lots of water, had a Clif Shot Energy gel after the first 15 minutes to get me going, ate some apple slices and part of a Powerade midway. There's a handy McD's at the trailhead and you can buy the apple slices -minus the burger and other junk. They also have Powerade in the fountain, so it's a good place to stop. Might have done well to have another gel after the first hour, not sure tho, I'm still in the trial and error stage of eating new things. The apples helped and so did the Powerade. I never used to eat as much when I rode a couple years ago because so much of my diet was garbage and sugar. Now I'm doing things differently and finding that I need to eat during a ride and not relying on sugar to get me by.
Well, that's all for today. If I pass you on my bike, be sure to wave!