I used to be already toying with the concept of canceling the Sacramento century and simply doing one from house. With GPS, it’s probably not essential to do an organized problem as a result of you could have your coaching log to indicate what you could have finished. However what was actually driving that is that the air high quality out within the central valley, together with the Sacramento space, has been poor currently due to the big wildfires which are nonetheless not contained. There’s an excellent likelihood this won’t have resolved itself by early October when the Sacramento century is scheduled. In distinction, the place I stay, we’re lucky sufficient to typically have a prevailing wind bringing clear ocean air inland, so our air high quality has been significantly better.
I used the ridewithgps free app to map out an excellent largely flat route for a neighborhood century. I used to be going to do a couple of extra weeks of coaching then go for the century in early October. Fridays are my lengthy experience days, and I had a six hour experience scheduled immediately. However I had an amazing coaching experience this morning and was feeling sturdy and quick. By lunchtime I’d already gone 72.5 miles in 4 hours 46 minutes, for a median velocity of 15.4 mph. It occurred to me that in a pair extra hours I might simply go forward and knock off the century after lunch. So I did, making it to 100.69 miles in 6 hours 47 minutes, for an total common velocity of 14.84 mph. You possibly can see I slowed a bit after lunch, I used to be getting drained and the wind had picked up a bit. Nonetheless I’m ecstatic concerning the consequence, I’d been hoping to maintain it underneath 7 hours. The final time I rode a century was again in 1982 on the age of 29. I don’t bear in mind my precise time however I don’t assume this newest consequence, on the age of 68, was a lot slower, if in any respect. You lose a step or two with age however can overcome it, at the least to some extent, with smarter coaching.
The experience is damaged into a number of logs as a result of I restarted my GPS once I took breaks:
Complete 100.69 miles at common velocity 14.84, common coronary heart fee 121
I’m type of relieved this occurred. The coaching for a protracted distance like this was getting time consuming. Now it’s time to decide on my subsequent problem. I’m certain it is going to be one thing shorter. Again once I was operating marathons, on two separate events I set a 10K private file a few months after finishing a marathon. I feel this was partly psychological, it felt good to do tougher however shorter coaching after spending a lot time on the lengthy stuff. However it was additionally physiological, the lengthy distance coaching for the marathon established an excellent “base”, after which a few months of speedwork led to an excellent consequence. I must provide you with one thing equal now. However there’s no hurry. Just a few restoration days can come first.