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Rained out; Ramping up my bike training time; 100 mile MTB race?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by  
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September
19
2012
Yesterday's Mt. Dora group ride rained out. :(

Yesterday’s Mt. Dora group ride rained out. 🙁

Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with us for yesterday’s planned group ride at Mt. Dora. The rain came down in sheets all morning long and through most of the afternoon, and the ride had to be cancelled. I’m sure it will be rescheduled, but I was really looking forward to the ride and was disappointed that it had to be called off.

After the ride was cancelled, it was still raining and I needed to get my workout in. I was not looking forward to riding the indoor bike, but I knew that’s what I had to do. I laced up my shoes and got it done. I decided to do 15 miles at a medium-high intensity: 158 BPM average heart rate/183 BPM peak. It was a good workout, and I’m glad that I did it.

After the week in August when Loki got sick and I did no training at all, I came back with a vengeance. Since that event with Loki I’ve either gone mountain biking, rode the indoor trainer or done weight training every single day. The below chart shows the mountain bike and indoor cardio sessions:

August 2012 vs September 2012 cardio and mountain biking training. In August I only rode 93.96 miles all month (and that included a 42 mile ride at Santos), while this month I've already done 215 miles after only 18 days.

August 2012 vs September 2012 cardio and mountain biking training. In August I only rode 93.96 miles all month (and that included a 42 mile ride at Santos), while this month I’ve already done 215 miles after only 18 days.

 

18 days into this month and I’ve already more than doubled the total miles I rode in August.

While I’m happy with the increased training I’ve been doing, I can do much better. Increasing my bike training frequency is only the first part of the plan; I’ll also be increasing the number of miles I ride. I want to ride more miles each month than I did the month prior. I’m working up to a “Dirty Century”, which is a 100 mile mountain bike ride (or race).

Jim Beyer invited me to participate a 100 mile mountain bike race that will be held in Tennessee next spring. As if a 100 mile mountain bike race isn’t challenging enough on its own, there’s a rub: 14,000 feet of climbing. I have not decided if I want to do that yet, but I have to admit I’m intrigued. We’ll see how my training goes over the next few months. I think getting a road bike and putting in some big rides on it is going to be instrumental if I expect to take a shot at something like this race.

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