I have finally completed the last full week of training for my Century Ride. I was especially happy to begin the taper week! There really is nothing like knowing that you can take it a little easier. At least that’s my opinion, just sayin’. It gives me a chance to enjoy the journey and get ready for next week’s race. I’m beginning to focus on what I need to take, my nutrition (staying hydrated and keeping the body limber), the logistics of everything (traveling with the bike on my rack) what to do with my bike when I get to the hotel and how far the start line is from the hotel etc. I’m not sure what I will be doing with my bike while I’m at the hotel. I definitely need to call. I’m sure they won’t let me take it to my room….
I plan to blog about my El Tour de Tucson Century Ride step by step, in hopes that others wanting to give a Century a whirl can learn from my successes and hopefully not to many pitfalls. This last week will be about prep, a couple of short rides then the big event.
It’s amazing how better equipped my body is to handle the distance and hills. Climbs that I didn’t look forward too before, I can now accomplish with ease. There was less physical effort needed and I still maintained my same average speed, which is interesting to me. I really tried to slow down and just complete the mileage but found my speed didn’t go down from last weeks long ride. I think my main concern will be to pace myself during the full race.
Overall I feel good. My knees and lower right back are hurting a bit and I am a little tired. I’ve been concentrating on hydration and good nutrition and feel I will be good shape come race day. I’m going to do a little yoga every day to keep the body open and the hips less tight. Yoga is so good for you and really makes a difference in overall body health. I’m partial as a yogi!
Nothing too crazy this week or anything special to note. National douche bag alert was at a medium level. It’s garage sale season here in Phoenix, with the cooler weather, and people are driving crazy to find their second hand treasures.
Had two shorter rides during my busy week and then the long ride on Saturday. Packed my gels and decided to bring a brownie flavored Cliff Bar®. I was at one of my stops and I was watching a video message from my friend who is working in Germany, love technology, and as I opened the package the bar went flying to the ground. You know how something happens and you’re in disbelief and just staring. I looked at the bar on the ground just pondering my next step. I know what my next step is…pick it up and eat the damn thing. As I was picking the bar up I turn and see this little kid and his family looking at me as I stuff the bar in my mouth… and I smile. Yep, leading by example. Buck up kiddo, this thing cost about $2.50 and I have 20 more miles to go.
Completed 60.71 miles this week. Looking forward to getting this challenge complete! There are 7241.92 miles gratefully remaining. Happy Miles to You!