My gal and I decided to do a week-long tour here in Wisc (Bikenorthwoods), and treated ourselves to new road bikes... all in honor of our 50th year (we are kicking around the idea of making velcro panels for our jerseys for our fictitious bike club, "The Half Century Bikers" nyuk, nyuk)
IN an effort to make it less painful, we are trying to keep to a 2-3 ride-a-week train schedule.
Over the last 5 weeks (a lot of them being pretty chilly!) We've managed approx 450 miles total. We are also trying to do back-to-back day rides to approximate what the ride will be...
Last week we did back to back days of 35 and 45 miles under windy clouds and 50 degree temps... with a midweek 20 miler. This week we did a 22 mile midweek and this weekend a 66 mile ride and a 35 mile ride. Whoo! Almost 120 miles in a week! We are jazzed. The 66 miler was a blast and a challenge. Every hill I thought would defeat me was another I managed to get up... and Mindy did the same.
After so many years off the bike (tho some were involved doing master swimming), I am PLEASED to feel the strength and endurance returning. Rest and recovery are key, along with Advil, water, and food! the best part is seeing the world at 12-15 MPH vs. 55-70 MPH. Those black specs out in the field? Those are a bunch of wild turkeys! That thing on the side of the road? That's a real live human with a few things to say about local history. Those small buildings over there... those are way old settlement structures in historic Cooksvile. Cool stuff
So I'm just checking in and wondering if anyone else is tuning up for one of these casual bike tour groups and how your training is going.