Yesterday, the boys had a week off from their weekly fitness program due to the university's Spring Break (I think). Regardless, the effect was that DW and I also lost access to the gym/fitness room.
DW came up with the idea of checking out the local community recreation center. We've had the boys do soccer there before, but never made use of the opportunity to try out the fitness room.
We headed out there, and while one of us was getting in an abridged workout, the other was playing with the small guys in the gym (kickball, soccer, jump rope, etc.)
Worked out well, they had a decent set of dumbbells (not as extensive as the university's, but hey, it's free) and several weight machines, treadmills, recumbent bikes, etc. Looks like we've found an additional resource with utility to help us with our goals! Considering that's what I chose to do on my b-day, not too shabby!
Today I got in the long ride of the 2013 season, so far. 22.99 miles; 1:39:26 ride time; 13.87 mph average speed; 32.09 mph max speed. This ride was intended to shake out some issues with Sunstreaker, the CX bike.
I'm starting to feel a little like the story of the Princess and the Pea, where the princess is able to tell a miniscule difference of the ride quality even with all that extraneous stuff on the bed. Sunstreaker is taking some time to tweak/adjust, a lot of that is me attempting to project what it will feel like for hours on end in the saddle.
Today was spent tweaking saddle setback and just trying to align my sitbones to rest properly while I was on the hoods. Handlebar angle was down a little bit too much, resulting in discomfort on the blades of my hands, what was slightly irritating on a 20 mile ride would be untenable on a 130 mile ride.
Probably will take 2-3 more similar rides to get it to where I really want it, partly because I'm just feeling it out as I go along and getting used to a lot of new gear, including shoes (where I'm experiencing some new getting used to it issues with cleat engagement due to the difference in tread pattern with my old shoes).
We're getting there, though. Found out how off my aerobic capacity is, though, got home after the ride, sat in the recliner with the boys while watching a movie and passed out. Guess I got gassed a bit more than I thought. Temp said 41F, but it was uncomfortable out there. Didn't bother with the balaclava and got a cold air sinus headache as a result.
Did some mileage on crushed limestone to see how I would be able to maintain the stated ride speed of 15mph average, should be okay considering the grade is fairly flat, just a question of if I can maintain that pace for an extended period of time. I'll make sure it happens.
Power generation and climbing seems okay with the leg work strength training I've been doing.
About 2 months to event day, so we'll see how this progresses, but the mileage is going to have to come up, now.
Analyze what it will take to accomplish your goals, and do it!
Begin the week with a bang!