Big day in the saddle ahead: Cross-Florida 2014!
I’m on the east coast of Florida right now–just south of Cape Canaveral to be exact–and soon I’ll be rolling out on my longest single bike ride yet!
Today’s 274 kilometer/170 mile ride from the east coast of Florida over to the west coast is an event for which I’ve been training very hard. The long distance is just one of several factors that will make this a challenging adventure. The high temperature today is expected to be near 90° F, which is a near-record high for this day of the month, and it will definitely the hottest day so far in 2014. The wind will also also add to the challenge, as we’ll be either riding into a 7-8 MPH headwind or, depending on our direction at the time, a crosswind.
I’ll be rolling out shortly after 7:00 AM (EDT), and will be using my Garmin Edge 810‘s very cool LiveTrack feature as I cycle across the state. If we’re connected on Facebook you can view my progress in real-time, along with my stats such as speed, heart rate and power output. I will be posting the LiveTrack link to Facebook just before we set off. You can also expect Facebook status updates and photos as we make the trek over to the Gulf. If you’re not on Facebook don’t worry, I’ll have a complete recap in Monday’s blog.