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One pound to go; Big month of cycling ahead.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by  
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March
5
2014

1My scale weight this morning was 161.0 pounds, which means just one pound stands between me and my goal of 160 pounds! My body fat is just below 7%, and I suspect I’ll be closer to 6% by the time I wrap this one up.

On yesterday’s ride I felt great. I was flying up hills with noticeably less effort than usual, and that left me feeling much fresher as I attacked the flats. A 24 pound weight reduction over a relatively short seven weeks is one hell of a cycling upgrade, and it was free.

That final pound should be long gone by the time I do my usual Sunday stats, as I’ve got some fairly big training rides planned for this week and beyond…

I’ll be doing a 100 kilometer/62 mile group ride in the hills today, and this weekend I’ve got another WMBC ~170 kilometer/105 mile XFL (Cross-Florida) group training ride in store (different route than last weekend’s 170 kilometer XFL training ride). Of course I’ll be training every day, but those are the two longer rides I’ve got planned for the week.

Last week I set a new cycling single-week distance personal record with 485 kilometers (301.1 miles) ridden. I doubt I’ll break that PR again this week, but I should be within spitting distance–probably somewhere in the mid-450 kilometer (280 mile) range.

Looking forward to the the 15th, we’ve got our longest XFL training ride on tap. That one is going to weigh in at 210 kilometers (130 miles), and will be a big training day for sure.

On March 22nd most of us will be doing the 162 kilometer (100 mile) Clean Air Ride out at the Withlacoochee Trail. I’ve not been out to the Withlacoochee before, so I’m really looking forward to checking it out. It’s a pretty flat trail and it has very few street crossings (much like Van Fleet), so I’d like to push the pace on that ride. Hopefully I can get part of the group to hammer it with me. I’d like to average 21-22+ MPH on that century.

After the Clean Air ride we will start to taper in anticipation of the XFL, which is April 6th. The weekend before the XFL will likely be a shorter ~100 kilometer ride at a moderate pace.

Then, finally, the XFL ride will be upon us! The Cross-Florida ride is 275 kilometers (170 miles) long, and it stretches from the east coast of Florida all the way over to the west coast in a single ride. This will be a fun, yet challenging day in the saddle. I am very much looking forward to a great ride with a fantastic group of cyclists. You can read more about the XFL ride in my recent blog, “I’m in: 33rd Annual Cross-Florida Bike Ride“.

My new Garmin Edge 810 is still performing flawlessly, and continued testing indicates that the Garmin and my Galaxy S4 smartphone should have more than enough battery life to broadcast my entire XFL ride live using Garmin’s very cool LiveTrack feature. I’ll be posting the link to Facebook on the morning of the ride, so you’ll need to have a Facebook account to join in.

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