Training for my century is well underway. My current plan is to do one long ride a week, as well as two or three 15-20 mile rides. For at least one of those shorter rides each week, I’ll focus on increasing my speed. I’m not particularly fast, especially on the hilly terrain that the century will be on, so I’m working on picking up the pace.
The long rides are scheduled to be:
Week of 7/15 (last week): 31 miles
Week of 7/22 (this week): 36 miles
Week of 7/29: 42 miles
Week of 8/5: 50 miles
Week of 8/12: 60 miles
Week of 8/19: 75 miles
Week of 8/26: 55 miles
Week of 9/2: CENTURY (Just one 15-20 mile ride, at the beginning of the week)
That is a lot of saddle time, so I’m working on figuring out the best fuel, gear and post-ride routines for myself. These are my thoughts so far:
- I got my bike fitted last week and it is making a huge difference. My shoulders weren’t nearly as pinch-y on last Friday’s speedwork ride. Three cheers for comfort!
- A better fit, acupuncture, ice and stretching seem to be keeping my usual knee pain at bay.
- I need to rethink my morning fueling for long rides. Fruits and vegetables don’t always sit well with me during hard hill climbs, so maybe I’ll experiment with some granola recipes for a nice carb, sugar and protein combo.
- I’m also experimenting with the fuel I take in during a ride. A Clif bar, bottle of Gatorade and plenty of water works for 30-ish miles, but I can tell that I’m going to need something more for any rides that are longer than that.
- I’m wearing a different pair of bike shorts on each week’s long ride to see which pair will hold up best to a full century. So far, the bright pink ones are the most comfortable, but we’ll see if that changes.
- Giant holes in biking gloves = a shopping trip for a new pair is in order this week.
- I should not accidentally use non-sport sunscreen before a ride. At the end of my 31-miler last Wednesday, I had so much sunscreen running into my eyes that I could hardly see. Ouch!
Wish me luck!
Dan and I started fundraising yesterday. If you’d like to contribute to our fundraising for AIDS research, here is the link.