The "ride to train" season is over for this old fella. The last mountain century of the year/season was supposed to be yesterday-but with the forecast for a rainy cold day in the NC mountains I opted to walk 18 holes of golf instead. Climbing the 2 miles of Grandfather Mountain after riding 100 miles is something everyone should do on a clear fall day but when it's rainy and foggy its just a lot of work. From talking with folks that wound up doing the ride it was really smart to sit that one out.
Between now and December my training becomes how much Mexican food, margaritas, cakes, pies and popcorn I can consume. I'll probably do a few more organized rides but they become more "sit up and enjoy sightseeing tours" versus the challenge of finishing before a magic hour. The routine becomes letting the body and focus go and then start the rebuilding process again in December. It took me several years to figure out the right routine that helped to keep me sane. Thanksgiving is a really good target for peaking on calorie intake!!
I still have the final 10 mile TT to go next week but hopefully I can stay upright for 10 miles and avoid throwing up afterwards.
How about you?