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This year, it started early. In January, I was jonesing to get on the bike for more than a few miles, and I was already thinking about riding that hundred miles. I kept telling myself I had time to make plans, that the weather was still crappy (and got worse, actually), and riding more than a few miles just wasn't going to happen. Now, here we are - almost to summer, but certainly well into spring - and I have no official plan.
That ends today.
I pondered wimping out and saying I'd do a metric century this year and plan the century next year, but, who am I kidding? I'll continue to put it off if I don't have some way to force myself into it. I can't seem to find a supported century that I want to ride or can get to somewhat conveniently, so I'm saying, "screw it" and doing my own. I don't mind riding by myself and I won't have to worry about anyone closing down aid stations. I just have to plan a route that has a way for me to refill water and get snacks as needed. It can be done, and more importantly, it will be done. This summer. It's happening. Really. <-- Just trying to reassure myself of this fact.
Strava, and while the distance I want to go has nothing to do with my (in)ability to climb a short distance in the fastest reported Strava time (and, the reality is that only one other female has recorded the climb to date - so, it's not really as great as it seems on the surface), I think it motivated me to see what else I can achieve. After all, if the one who hates to climb somehow managed a small victory on a hill she truly avoids at all costs, what else is she capable of doing?
I'm working on a route I'd like to travel... preferably, I'd choose something that 1) isn't into the mountains (as we all know G.E. hates to climb anymore than necessary); 2) isn't going to be a mass of never-ending, barren land and/or dead weeds by the time I ride it (which actually excludes a lot of the typically ridden areas); and 3) has some stops for water/food as needed. Doesn't sound too complicated, but I also know that I can get that portion (the planning) done fairly easily. The difficult part is the training. Maybe not so much difficult, as it is time consuming. When one (one being me) rides slow, it's even more time consuming, but I'm not using it as an excuse to let another season go by without going after this goal. The excuses could go on infinitely, but this will happen.
The plan is to do the ride no later than the week of August 17-24. I'm giving myself an approximate week window in case of some sort of catastrophe or weather unpredictability - and knowing me, I'll put the ride off until the very last moment. That gives me a maximum time to get my act together and train of just shy of 3 months. There's endless info on the web about training for such an event, but I'm not even concerned about the how as much as actually - well, honestly the why some days - and perhaps more importantly, getting time on the bike and completing it. I'm not great when it comes to planning things out for some future time, but this is one of those instances that probably will require me to buckle down a bit to have success.
I'm on this though, and I appreciate having a space to make myself accountable to someone other than Sam... who will certainly encourage and push me, but will also definitely let me woos out if I whine enough. :O) Poor guy has to live with me, so I don't blame him at all.
Anyone else making plans for a new-to-you ride or other goal this summer? Feel free to share your tips/tricks/ideas/thoughts.