Training for the Big Ride
Thursday, June 07, 2012
I biked 40 miles yesterday, sort of by accident. I had to be downtown in the morning, which is about 10 miles, so I biked in. (I take dress shoes and skirt and blazer with me, and wear a shell top so that I can just pull the nice clothes on over my bike shorts and look at least passably professional.) Heading back, it was such a beautiful day that I decided to take the longer route home, which runs along the lakeshore and then through some lovely, quiet neighborhoods. By the time I was near home, I was already at 22 miles, so I decided to go for it. Today I'm planning on a 25-miler, as I need to start training back-to-back days in preparation for two long days of riding.
Tuesday night I attended a "prepping for multi-day rides" clinic at the local bike clinic. There was some good information about what to remember to bring, but the most helpful question that someone asked was what kind of fitness -- other than training for distance -- we should be focusing on to help on the ride. Both speakers agreed: yoga, and core training. Yoga obviously for flexibility, and the core training for relieving strain on the shoulders and arms by better supporting the body without just leaning into the handlebars. So that's what I'm going to be doing for the next couple months. I've wanted to get back to doing yoga for a while now, and this will provide the extra motivation I needed.