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Going for another cycling distance PR; Upcoming events/training.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by  
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Last month I set a new single month cycling distance personal record of 1,006 kilometers (625 miles), and I also set several other cycling-related personal bests. My plan this month was to get back to mountain biking and lay off the road riding a bit, but it really hasn’t worked out that way….

I kicked off June with a 100 mile ride, and that was such a nice early mileage boost that the competitive side of me naturally started thinking, “Maybe I should go for another distance PR this month?”

And so I am. πŸ™‚

So far this month I’ve ridden 400 kilometers, I’ll be doing another ~32 kilometers today, and tomorrow I’m going to do a metric century (100 kilometers). That’s going to put me around ~530-540 kilometers by the 13th, so I’m well ahead of record pace.

I’m finding it a little strange how much I’ve started to enjoy road riding. I wouldn’t be riding my road bike as much as I have been if I were not loving it. That, of course, is not to say I don’t still love mountain biking! I tend to be very focused and single-minded, though, so it’s not completely surprising that I’m in one mode or the other.

So I’m going to keep putting in the miles on my road bike this month, and of course continue my cycling training program (which is going extremely well).

There are some cool mounting biking events on my upcoming schedule, so after this month I’m going to need to get back in the dirt.

I’ve got the Black Bear Rampage race in early September, which is in Tennessee. The Rampage is going to be an incredible experience, as the trails are entirely different than anything I’ve ever ridden before.

This is "Sugarloaf Mountain". At 312 feet above sea level, the top of Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in peninsular Florida.

This is “Sugarloaf Mountain”. At 312 feet above sea level, the top of Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in peninsular Florida.

I’ll be doing the 40 mile version of the Rampage (there’s also a 20 mile course), which has almost 4,000 feet of climbing. I’ll be doing a lot of climbing training leading up to that event. Helter Skelter (the new Advanced trail at the Mt. Dora MTB park) has some tough climbs, so I’ll be spending some quality training time there. Also, I’m going to take my road bike over to Sugarloaf mountain and do repeats. That’s going to suck, but it will be great training for the elevation at the Rampage.

Shortly after the Rampage, I’ll be doing the 50 mile Ride Of The Living Dead (ROLD) at Santos in late October, and I’m really looking forward to doing that again. We had a blast last year!

Following almost immediately on the heels of the ROLD, I’ll be making a trip down south to beautiful Miami for the Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia road race. That event will be held on November 10th, and it will be my first road cycling race. I’m still undecided on the distance I’ll be riding. I’m vacillating between the 55 and the 100 mile course. It’s tempting to want to do the century, but for my first race it might be better to do the 55 mile ride. I could really hammer the 55 mile course. I’m less sure of my proper pace for a century, as I’ve only done one 100 mile ride before. We’ll see how my training goes over the next few months.

I was buried in work yesterday, and decided to stay focused on that and didn’t ride. That’s OK, I needed a day off. This morning before work I’m going to go get a quick ride in, and tomorrow I’ll be doing that 100 kilometer ride I mentioned above.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s metric, as I’ll be riding with someone I came to know through Strava, a guy named Harv Carpenter (and my friend Mike is going to try and make it, too). Some of you may remember that before Mike and I met in real life we had been trading KOMs at the Mt. Dora MTB trails for about a couple months. Harv is sort of the roadie version of Mike. πŸ™‚ For the past 3 or 4 months Harv and I have been battling over about 10 segments and trading KOMs. Harv is a very strong rider, and we’ve pushed each other to ride harder and faster. Strava may not be perfect, but it certainly has its positives: friendly competition and meeting new people to ride with are just a couple.

Oh, those Saltstick caps I mentioned the other day came in yesterday. I’ll be bringing those along on tomorrow’s 100 kilometer ride. I have never cramped on a “short” metric century road ride before, but tomorrow’s probably going to be really hot. It will be interesting to see if I am able to maintain my hydration level better with these caps.

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8 Responses to “Going for another cycling distance PR; Upcoming events/training.”
  1. My advice…. do the 100 miler (~160km).

    I’ve done a lot of Fondos and I’ve never regretted doing the 160km distances. I did the 100 km Tour de Grand instead of the 160km this past weekend and had a blast, but I wish I did the 160km. I was feeling really good after the 100km and was ready for more.

    Big group rides like that give you plenty of opportunity to hammer on the front or sit a few deep and recuperate. Plus the feed zones with snack and water are something to really take advantage of, so you’re bound to be fine water and nutrition wise for a nice supported ride like that.

    πŸ™ http://www.strava.com/activities/59334927

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    • I suspect I’ll probably wind up doing the century. Not only because of the things you mentioned above, but also because it will be November and (presumably) cooler, plus Miami is really flat. I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire century has less than 1,000 feet of climbing.

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  2. One thing to remember on your quest for a new PR this month…May has 31 days, June only has 30. Your PR in May w/ 1006 km equates to roughly 32.5km/day. Km/day may be a better measure of your PR in order to account for differences in the number of days per month.

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    • I consider the ~3% difference between 30 and 31 day months small enough to not be a worthwhile factor. I guess if I came up short this month by ~30 kilometers a case could be made, but I plan to exceed last month’s distance anyway. πŸ™‚

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  3. I remember Sugarloaf Mountain from when I was a young boy. Years ago (1983 to 1994) we lived in the Pine Hills area while my Dad was a golf pro at Errol Estates in Apopka. We rode the MS-150 several years in a row and we always attempted to make Sugarloaf a part of our out and back training rides around Lake Apopka. Not sure if it’s still a popular destination, but “Thrill Hill” up in Eustice was also a popular place to ride because of the speeds you could reach.

    I love reading about your rides… they’ve brought back such great memories!

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    • Hey Scott, wow, small world! Yep, thrill Hill and Sugarloaf are still a very popular with the cyclists around here. About the best road cycling around these parts (IMO) is found in Lake County. I love riding in Eustis and Clermont.

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