Today’s group ride; Record-breaking month?; Six Gap training.
My favorite day of the week has finally arrived! This past work week was especially stressful, and so today I’m excited to do a long group ride with friends, enjoy my weekly splurge meal and spend some time with my awesome wife.
July is shaping up to be another record-breaking cycling month for me in several respects. I’m right on pace to have my first 2,000 kilometer (1,243 miles) month (current PR, set last month, is 1,824 kilometers), and last month’s elevation personal record of 40,070 feet (12,213 meters) is almost definitely going to fall–I may even break 50,000 feet of vertical this month. I’ve also set 38 PRs for time so far in July, and 10 power output PRs. Meanwhile, my scale weight continues to fall and my power-to-weight ratio continues to climb.
As positive as all of this sounds, I am going to have to get very serious about my training as I prepare for Six Gap. Six Gap, which is at the end of September, will be my biggest cycling challenge to date. You can read more about the event in this blog, but this is the short of the long:
“The Six Gap Century’s ultra challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia Mountains. Test your stamina with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104 mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 1,400 feet to 3,460 feet. The toughest climb, Hogpen Gap, will test even the strongest riders, averaging a 7% grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15%.”
I’ve put the call out to my friends, and I hope at least a few of them will join me. If not, I’ve decided that I’m going anyway. There will be more than 3,000 cyclists there, so I’ll have plenty of partners in suffering.
I’ll be talking more about my training for Six Gap in upcoming blogs, but for now I need to get ready for this morning’s ride. Today’s ride will probably be around 140 kilometers, and it’s going to be HOT. I’ll be thinking about those ice-cold Fat Tires waiting for me in the fridge when the going gets tough. 🙂