Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Crowley, Tx
Bikes: Bacchetta Corsa, RANS Stratus XP
My turn to ease up
After doing 5000 miles in each of the last two years (my first years of riding in 40 years), I have already done almost that many miles this year. I ratcheted up my training level quite a bit, adding Tuesday and/or Thursday Texas Wheel fast paced club rides which go up Texas Plume hill, the tallest and longest hill near me. I did four 200k brevets and numerous centuries. In July, I had more miles than I've ever had before in a month (826), and the first week of August, I had the most miles I've ever done in a week (225). I did a number of accomplishment pay rides, ending with the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred in August and the Tejas 500 last weekend. I wasn't as fast as I had hoped in either of those, but they'll serve as good benchmarks.
Now, it gets dark too early for the Texas Wheel rides. They're over until spring. I have surgery scheduled for November 15th, to remove a thyroid nodule. By the time I recover from that, the weather and shortness of daylight will make it tough to get in my usual mileage. As of now, I'm going to start doing more easy pace rides, quite a few with my wife, on my Nimbus and EZ Tandem. I'll still try to kick it up in a club ride here and there, but until spring (or at least late winter), it's my turn to ease up.