On track for 2,000 km month; A century per day for a month?
I mentioned earlier this month that I was looking to break my single-month cycling distance personal record (currently 1,838 km/1,142.1 miles, set last month) and to also break the 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) mark for the first time. I’m ahead of pace to accomplish both of those goals, having ridden a total of 1,600 kilometers/994 miles so far in August. With seven days of riding remaining in the month, I’ll only need to average 57.14 kilometers/35.5 miles per day. Nothing short of a serious injury is going to stop me from reaching this goal.
Last week I did two 162+ kilometer/100+ mile rides, and the day after each of those centuries my legs felt great. About the only thing that was even remotely hurting on my body was my butt. After the 274 kilometer (170 mile) Cross-Florida ride I did earlier this year, I said that I was going to look into getting a new saddle, but I still have not done that. I’m convinced that if I can find a saddle that is more comfortable/fits me better I could literally ride all day long (I’d love to get a 400 kilometer ride under my belt). After all the work I’ve put into becoming stronger on the bike, it’s a little frustrating to have my sore ass become the limiting factor. I need to stop talking about it, get down to my LBS and start trying out some different saddles. Maybe I’ll get things rolling when I pick up my re-laced Zipp wheel later this week.
So all that stuff was running through my head while I was riding yesterday. Along with that–and this is probably because my legs felt so fresh after the previous day’s century–a new challenge came to me: A century per day, every day, for a month straight. Depending on the month, that would amount to almost 5,000 kilometers/3,000 miles. I’m convinced that if I had a more comfortable saddle I could do this. Well, there’s one other problem: time. That’s about a 6 hour time commitment per day, and that’s almost impossible for me right now. Still, the seed has been planted, and I’d like to make this happen. I’ll stew on it…