Here goes nothing. Monday is the day I officially begin my Century Ride training!
If you’ve been following along for a while, you may remember that I did the JDRF Saratoga Springs Century Ride, last September. I absolutely loved the physical and mental challenge that, that ride put me through. It was hands down one of the best riding accomplishments I’ve had to date. Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the event this year. HOWEVER, my friend Debra and I have decided to tackle our own little challenge.
In late August (7 weeks, to be exact) we will set out on our own, self-supported century ride. While I technically made it through (and shockingly did better than expected!) last year’s ride, this year’s big ride will be different for several reasons…
First, No hills!
This is sort of a cop-op, I know. Saratoga Springs was full of rolling, challenging hills. And honestly, I loved it. Alas, this year we are riding the Lake Erie Coast, which happens to be relatively flat. I guess we will have to aim for speed instead 😉
Second, We will be fully self-supported.
The beauty of doing organized rides is that there is SAG support in case of flats or technical issues, not to mention food/water stops basically every 25-ish miles. Which means we will not only have to carry any and all fuel/hydration (unless we opt to stop at gas stations/watering holes) but we also won’t have that mental crutch of “just get to the next rest stop”. Oh yeah, and while my fingers are crossed that we won’t have any, we’ll have to roll up our sleeves and fix our own flats. Whomp, whomp.
Third, and probably most importantly, I’m actually training!
Yeaaaaahhhh. About that. Last year I barely rode before the big ride. You know, because life happened, and well, #excuses. This year I’m upping my game taking things a little more seriously. But don’t worry, I’m not THAT serious – no matter how hard I try. But yeah, I have actually developed a little training guide for myself! #thatsanaccomplishmentinitself
Here’s the deal. After some googling, Pinterest-ing, and the likes, I came across several (seemingly) awesome training plans. The problem is, I don’t have 4+ hours a day to dedicate to training. I am a full time working mother, after all 😉 So, below is what my plan is. I figure setting aside dedicated time to being on the saddle, consciously making an effort to rest/stretch, and then cutting out processed food (while I figure out what sort of nutrition plan would work best for me), is a good starting point. Even with what I have listed below, I feel like I am probably being over zealous with how much time I am giving myself daily to train. Realistically, even if I ride half of my ideal times, I’ll be happy.
Please note: This is what I am doing, though I make no claims that this is ideal. I’m being realistic with my own schedule, and still having time for work and to hang out with my favorite peeps. If you’d like to join in on the fun for your own little challenge, feel free to do so. Just remember I am not a professional trainer. ALSO, again, this is based purely on my own life schedule so if you ARE following along, feel free to adjust as needed!
*** I’m debating starting a little Strava challenge… basically encouraging all of us to rack on the miles over the next several weeks. If this is something you’d like to be a part of, let me know!
Anyway, here you go…. my goal for the next 7 weeks!
As always, feel free to shoot me a message or comment below if you have any questions/concerns!