Bert and I are training for the LiveStrong century bike ride in July. Let me begin this story with a request for advice…all you cycling experts, I’d love to hear your suggestions for training.
Emails directly to me at kathleen at jumpmarketing dot com are welcome!
What sorts of distances should be we doing between now and then? How quickly is it wise to add mileage, etc.
What potential pit falls should we watch out for and (hopefully) avoid?
Today we had a kick a** ride. First of all, the summer in January continued with a lovely day. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right! I was Goldilocks today.
We left from Half Moon Bay and rode 15 miles down Highway One to Pescadero Road. The ocean was calm and a lovely deep blue color and there was nice breeze to keep us cool on the hill climbs.
Once we reached Pescadero we headed inland for a couple of miles and then turned North again, this time on Stagecoach Road. What a pretty little back road! Meandering through fields and groves of eucalyptus the road has a couple of gentle climbs that rewarded us with sweeping views of the coast.
The ride was about 34 miles and included roughly 1,600 vertical feet of climb. It took us 2 hrs and 45 minutes which I’m sure wicked slow. Which brings me to another question. How does one get faster at biking? Other than just pushing yourself to go faster.
Today’s ride was a watershed moment for me though. I’ve only done this distance once before (at the Santa Barbara Triathlon last August) but I felt relatively strong today and am hopeful that I can build on this.
And maybe one day I can join Sarah on one of her amazing rides like this one last weekend where she rode 50 miles and climbed 6,000 feet!
I am going to sleep really well tonight!