OK boys and girls, crunch time! It never ceases to amaze me how fast a year can go! Seems like not that long ago I was posting that I had decided to make the one day Seattle to Portland my big ride of the year.
Then there was the post when I actually signed up for it back in January. Suddenly, I look at the calendar and there are only 30 days left before the ride!
Now is when the training rides have to start being strategic. Too much and I am too tired to ride the big one. Not enough and I run out of gas half way there.
Two weekends ago I did 128 miles. 98 of them were hard, full of hills, and great for building the left muscles. The other 30 were along the trail to and from the ride. I eased it back and just let the legs pick how fast to go.
I jumped right back into the bike commute the week following. I had no issues completing the rides, but I was noticing the legs were NOT recovering the way I wanted them to. Walking upstairs at work was HARD!
So last week I relaxed a bit more. It wasn’t the time to skip riding completely, but it wasn’t time foe a big ride either. A fast 30 along the trail loosened the muscles, and got blood pumping, but didn’t make me work too hard. The result? My legs were MUCH fresher last week.
I decided I needed to step up the commute home to give the legs a bit more work. To do this I have switched to the steeper uphill route from the house. It goes up for over a mile, then a VERY steep 1/4 mile climb, then the last gradual mile to the house. Perfect! Takes about 5 minutes longer to get home, but worth it. I will continue this till the big ride.
I can’t give up on the long rides though! The legs gotta know they have work to do coming up and be ready for it. More in importantly, I have to keep the butt in saddle shape. 200 miles can HURT!
So here’s the plan I’ve come up with. tomorrow morning will be a decent distance, a 60 mile lake Washington loop. Michelle has been kind enough to put together road food for me!
This week, as it is a not a Manchild weekend next weekend, I will get an extra day of commuting. Then, its has been decreed (by me) that one day next weekend is a century ride. This will be unsupported, just me. That means getting things ready during the week for the ride.
Plan A is to go to the top of Chinook Pass from Enumclaw. It’s a long drive to get there, and takes me to the top of a mountain pass. I love that ride, but for it to work, the weather has to be nice. I don’t mind getting rained on anywhere else, but up there, it can lead to hypothermia.
If the weather is bad, I catch the ferry
and then ride to Sequim, Not as much fun, but full of rolling hills and pretty scenery of Puget Sound. Either one is a good training ride.
That will probably be the last 100 mile day before the big day. I will do more 60s and 70s as the week gets closer, then the week of the ride, the bike stays home! I will drive in to work with Michelle and then take the bus home. I will give these old legs 5 full days of rest before I saddle up and head south at 445 AM.
The goal, to have this face as I come to the finish line again! HOPEFULLY, before 9PM that same night! Like the wind!